Nov 19, 2012
Glamorous Gala Excites, Unites
Photos: Baruch Ezagui

500 guests who came to support Mikvah Mei Chaya Mushka of Crown Heights were treated to a most elegant event with great entertainment.

By COLlive reporter
Photos: Baruch Ezagui

Crown Heights showed up in support of a new building project that has been uniting the community - and it was well worth their time.

Men and women who stepped out Sunday night for the gala evening of entertainment in support of Mikvah Mei Chaya Mushka were greeted by a glamorous makeover of the Jewish Children's Museum.

The often visited lobby, staircase and event hall on Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue were almost unrecognizable due to the efforts of designer Maggie Rogatsky.

Silk curtains draped from the ceiling, snow-white benches on the sidelines and white flower arrangements, along with a plentiful wine bar and array of exquisite desserts, provided an ambience rarely seen in Crown Heights.

The elegant decor reminded the 500 guests of a similar work by Rogatsky soon to be completed - the new women's Mikvah she designed, for which the funds were being raised this evening.


It was also a reminder of how beautifully the Crown Heights community can join together in support of a common and positive cause.

Honored at the event were Mendel and Chanie Drizin of Crown Heights, who sponsored the evening in memory of his sister, Mrs. Rochel Pinson OBM, ahead of her upcoming first yartzeit.

Mrs. Pinson's son is Rabbi Moishe Pinson, President of Bais Shmuel Chabad Congregation and the visionary behind the much-needed Mikvah in the neighborhood.

In his remarks, Pinson thanked his uncle for the touching tribute to his mother, and for enabling them to raise the additional funding to complete the Mikvah, which is in its final stages.

Speaking later to, he said the evening was a success beyond his expectation.

"The environment was so warm and everyone had such excitement for the cause, that one donor approached me and said he will donate 50 cents for every dollar we raise tonight," he said.


Enjoying hors d'oeuvres and desserts by Levi Feigenson's Table 1 Catering and seated at tables surrounded by soft lighting, participants were entertained by the hilarious comedian Modi who joked about Jewish life.

The big name to take the stage was Mordechai Ben David, the "king of Jewish music," in his first performance since his home was ravaged 2 weeks ago by flood waters during Hurricane Sandy.

After enchanting the crowd with both his new and old hits, accompanied by the Freilach Band and production by Yaron Levy, MBD commented, "I'm overwhelmed by the warmth in this room. It's 'mechaye meisim'."

MBD was joined by music talent Boruch Sholom Blesofsky, an alum of "Jewish Star" who has since been working with the Werdygers.


The crowd was inspired by words from the world renowned orator Rabbi YY Jacobson and from guest speaker Rabbi Shimon Freundlich, the Shliach in Beijing who flew in from China for the event.

Rabbi Freundlich expressed appreciation to the people of Crown Heights, saying that he could not thank them enough for all the support they give to Shluchim around the world.

Attendees were given a copy of the new JEM production "The Greatest Blessing – The Rebbe's Advice for Families."

Pinson thanked Zalman Skoblo and Yingy Bistritzky who worked tirelessly to make the event a reality. "Tonight, we were able to come even closer to our goal of finishing the Mikvah," he said.

For more info about the Mikvah, visit and join the fan base on Facebook by clicking here.

Video clips from the event coming shortly.

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shalom and zali
(11/19/2012 5:11:56 PM)
who is choni goldman standing next to??
(11/19/2012 5:13:26 PM)
love yy jacobson shlita love mbd shlita as well thanks for all the brocho!
(11/19/2012 5:30:10 PM)
nice tie
Melly, where'd you get that tie?????
(11/19/2012 5:44:31 PM)
video clip
Can u please post the clip of the Rebbe that was shown last night. Thank you. I
(11/19/2012 6:08:21 PM)
you're awesome!!!!!!! I heard you were amazing!!!
(11/19/2012 6:30:10 PM)
to # 2
the Ceo of RJI enterprises
(11/19/2012 6:58:05 PM)
incredible event!
what an amazing event!!!was so proud to be there and be a part of this gorgeous simcha!!!! kol hakavod all the ppl who have worked so hard on this project!!!
(11/19/2012 7:00:54 PM)
Amazing snaps. B ezagui isa profesh.!
(11/19/2012 7:05:22 PM)
Zalman skoblo looking sharp as usual!
Thank you Yingy for your tireless help!
(11/19/2012 7:41:02 PM)
Reb Moshe Pinson
The event was one of the nicest I have ever enjoyed in CH

To Reb Mendel and Chanie Drizin :

Thanks so so much for sponsoring such a lavish event that so many people enjoyed. May the Zechus of this event and all the Charity you both do bless you both with Everything BIGUR!!!!

A special brocha to them for all they have done to help so many peoples lives in our neighborhood!!!! They are true Chasidim and always there to give a helping hand!!!!! They do a lot of good in a very quiet way and stay far very far away from the public spotlight. I know what they do and I know how special these 2 people have been to me and my family for so many years. I can write many pages about the many people and organizations they help with large sums of money in a quiet and low key way. May Hashem grant them many many happy years together till Moshiach!!!!

(11/19/2012 7:41:41 PM)
so much money in one room
(11/19/2012 8:01:18 PM)
snap shot
Nice shots how did you get nice job who ever did it.
(11/19/2012 8:10:59 PM)
WAs a most enjoyable ,inspiring evening!! Many women are so thrilled that this mikvas being built. THANK U mendel and chani drizin for sponsoring such an evening to bring awareness to our own shchunas needs! kol hakovod moshe and all involed!
(11/19/2012 8:20:00 PM)
now this is better!
than bizarre false articles!
this is the real true light of beis shmuel and more importantly moshe pinson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i am proud sister in law moshe! event looks amazing as everything you touch always does! may hashem give you the strength and mazal to continue doing such good deeds for crown heights and this world in general! and you should have the strength to ignore the low lives who are clearly so jealous of you!!!!!!!!!
we are proud!
keep it up!
(11/19/2012 8:29:49 PM)
od yishama
buruch shulum, you did it again
(11/19/2012 8:36:53 PM)
A +
This was a classy and spiritual event!!! Really glad I was there, the event was a true example of what the rebbe said in the video ( really inspiring video) that for a mikvah you should have the beauty of the gashmius combined with the ruchnius . Thanks for the video, I have heard the rebbe's words quoted many times, but hearing it from the rebbe , how can you compare?
(11/19/2012 8:59:09 PM)
beautiful event, loving the shaitels, necklines, and sleeve lengths - seriously! Well done ladies!
(11/19/2012 9:12:53 PM)
go rabbi
go rabbi of china
(11/19/2012 9:30:00 PM)
Mikvah event
The most beautiful you always do Maggie kol hakavod A++++++
(11/19/2012 9:32:11 PM)
(11/19/2012 9:50:53 PM)
Out of towner
Food set up is amazing, who was the caterer?
(11/19/2012 9:51:51 PM)
Can We know how much was raised
Towards to goal of 500K needed for completion?
(11/19/2012 9:57:22 PM)
To Reb Moshe Pinson
What an amazing job! and big thank you to uncle Mendel
(11/19/2012 9:59:47 PM)
So did they raise all the money to complete the mikve?
(11/19/2012 10:11:53 PM)
Levi Feigenson
(11/19/2012 10:30:43 PM)
Dudy Farkash
You're the coolest man ever!
(11/19/2012 11:07:46 PM)
videos awaited
well done rabbi pinson, you are a light unto the nations. please post the videos, as it seems a rather entertaining evening, with top entertaining people in Chabad: MBD, MODI, and Boruch Shalom.
(11/20/2012 1:13:44 AM)
menedel wolwovsky!
your fav neice
(11/20/2012 8:17:19 PM)
You look beautiful k'h...mountain sights misses you and of course Charles. I wish I was there! He you Moti!
(11/21/2012 12:02:48 AM)
was there was a beautiful! moshy made a well done job, lot of hatzlucha! you should finish it b'kurov, speakers rabbi YY and of course rabbi Shimon from beijing was to the point, king of chasidig singer mbd was a hit, heard r' moshes father the beautiful of mbd is that he is a warm chasidig man and singing from his hart, entertainer modi was the funny'st .please put up the video. thanks
(11/23/2012 10:09:32 AM)
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