Friday, January 25, 2008

Obituary - Otto


January 24, 2008

Burlington County Times


"You can do anything you want, just be here at 5 for dinner". Madge was always in charge of the family vacations. She had an itinerary and it was best to follow it. But you could bet that when in Ocean City she would make time to take the grandkids on "the rides", to play miniature golf and of course to relax on the beach. If not at the shore, she made sure the whole family headed to Disney World or on a cruise. Her family was always at the center of her world. She never missed a soccer game. Whether at Delran or Holy Cross, she never missed a game. But those folks at Holy Cross might remember her from working in the cafeteria as well. Even when her kids were not playing, she loved soccer. She was especially fond of Women's National Soccer team and Carly Lloyd. Always looking for a challenge, she could often be found working on crossword puzzles or watching the Game Show Network.

As a Navy Brat, she was always on the move, till she came to Philadelphia. That's where she met her husband, Joseph, when they were both in the early teens. They would spend the next forty-eight years together, and be blessed by their children, Joseph (Jackie), Michael (Stella), Jennifer Olivo (Mark), and Michelle Sacca-Otto (Tony), all of Delran, as well as their grandchildren Tommy Kozub, Tyler and Madison Otto, Mikey and Mark "Butter" Olivo, Lindsay and Lauren Skorny and Anthony Sacca. Madge is also survived by her brothers, Johnny, Joseph, Jimmie and the late Raymond Mooney, as well as her sisters, Mary Whartenby, Alice Marcinkiewicz and Rosie Mullen.

Come celebrate 61 well organized years Friday from 5 to 8 PM and Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the SWEENEY FUNERAL HOME, 337 Bridgeboro St., Riverside. Funeral Mass to follow at 11 AM at Church of the Holy Name, Delran. Interment: Private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Delran's Lloyd enjoys support The World Cup soccer player has a big fan at home.

Posted: September 26, 2007

One of the best soccer players in the world, Carli Lloyd, is playing in the biggest soccer tournament in the world in China.

But her No. 1 fan is in Delran.

Lloyd, a Delran High alumna, and the U.S. women's national team will take on Brazil tomorrow in the semifinals of the 2007 Women's World Cup in Hangzhou, China. The game can be seen at 8 a.m. on ESPN2.

Cancer patient Madge Otto is one of Lloyd's biggest supporters. Otto hosted a soccer breakfast in Lloyd's honor Saturday. Members of the Delran High soccer teams, including senior Stephen Lloyd, a center midfielder just like his older sister, assembled at the Otto house at 7 a.m. to watch the U.S. team defeat England, 3-0, in the quarterfinals.

"We had 30 to 40 people here," said Otto, who is battling breast cancer. "They watched the game on a big-screen television in the great room and a flat screen in the living room."

A member of the national team for three years, Lloyd, 25, graduated from Delran in 2001 and Rutgers in 2005. She has 36 international caps and has started nine games this season, including the first three World Cup matches. She hasn't scored in World Cup play, but overall this season she is the team's third-leading scorer with seven goals and two assists.

A day after Mother's Day, Carli Lloyd made a surprise visit to Delran. The soccer star brought gifts for Otto, including a T-shirt signed by the national team and a pink hat autographed by Lloyd.

"I could not believe it. The whole team signed the shirt," Otto said of Lloyd's visit. "They wore pink shirts with blue trim for the first time in a game they played [May 12] before Mother's Day."

The pink jerseys worn by the national team were intended to raise breast cancer awareness.

Breast cancer is diagnosed in about 200,000 women annually, according to the American Cancer Society. More than 41,000 men and women died of breast cancer in 2006.

Lloyd is no stranger to the disease. Her grandmother died of breast cancer and one of her aunts is recovering from it.

Mike Otto, one of Madge's four children and the head coach of Delran's team, said his mother wore Lloyd's mementos all the time. They have helped take her mind off the cancer, Mike Otto said.

Stephen Lloyd and his teammates were happy to lift Otto's spirits by watching Carli's game.

"Carli has a lot of support from Delran," Stephen Lloyd said. "Not many people have a chance to be on the national team. Everyone is proud that she is from Delran."

Lloyd is one of three New Jerseyans on the national team. Defender Christie Rampone is from Point Pleaseant and forward Heather O'Reilly is from East Brunswick.

Contact staff writer Bill Iezzi at 856-779-3826


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ohr Somayach, Monsey

Source: The unreliable Wikipedia

Ohr Somayach, Monsey, also known as The Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum Educational Center, is a "spin-off" of the original Ohr Somayach founded in Jerusalem in the early 1970s. In 1979 the Jerusalem campus sent several rabbis to establish an American campus. They chose Monsey, New York, because it was about thirty five miles north-west of New York City. Because it was the home of Bais Midrash Elyon, kosher food supplies and such were already available, easing the relocation.


Since 1979, Ohr Somayach, Monsey has served as an Orthodox yeshiva with a student population that is about half baal teshuva. Their cirriculum is designed to provide Jewish male college-age students with Orthodox ideology and integration while they study the textual sources of classical Judaism, such as the Torah, Tanakh, Talmud, and Shulkhan Arukh. While much talk is given to intellectual rigor, study is mostly confined to rote memorization.


Their original relocation was paid for by the Jerusalem campus, but the rabbis in New York soon proved themselves so proficient at fundraising they began to stand on their own financially. Using their carefully selected student body as the bait, they convinced Joe Tannanbaum to give theim $12 million to build the most wonderful study hall with Italian marble floors, oak accents and a bais midrash with 40 foot ceilings. All the rabbis live in huge homes that are paid for and don't work. Instead their lives are devoted to "Torah" and "Mitzvot".

Since 1979, Ohr Somayach, Monsey has provided a variety of Jewish learning opportunities to young adults from across the globe. For many students, Ohr Somayach is their first exposure to full-time Jewish and Torah study. They acquire the foundations of Torah study within the framework of Orthodox Judaism, with close contact with the surrounding Haredi and Hasidic communities that live in the Monsey area. For more advanced students who are already well-acquainted with the rudiments of Talmud learning Ohr Somayach affords the opportunity to acquire the tools and skills for independent self-study.

Ohr Somayach is built on a 14 acre (57,000 m²) campus with a residence facility.

Student enrollment policies have varied over time, vacillating between carefully chosen students and trying to flow as many people through as possible with the hopes of finding more donors. They are currently more in favor of having working people use their vacation time in Monsey and then go back to work the rest of the year wherever they came from, unless a younger student has parents supporting him. For those adults out of college, they suggest having a years worth of savings and a professional career than can be easily transplanted.


  • Rabbi Yisroel Rokowsky is co-Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Somayach Monsey. A native New Yorker, Rabbi Rokowsky developed his analytical approach to Talmudic scholarship under the tutelage of Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Jerusalem. He served as Educational Director of Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem. He returned to the United States in 1980 to head Ohr Somayach, Monsey.

  • Rabbi Yisroel Simcha Schorr is co-Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Somayach Monsey. Rabbi Schorr is an alumnus of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and Bais Medrash Elyon. Currently the senior editor of the English Artscroll Talmud, Rabbi Schorr joined the Ohr Somayach staff in his present capacity in 1980. Rabbi Schorr’s teaches the high level courses in the Bais Medrash Program. His weekly presentation on the Parsha Hashavua is a significant feature of the Yeshiva, and is well attended.

  • Rabbi Avraham Braun, Menahel ("Prinicipal") of Ohr Somayach, received his ordination at the Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. Having previously served as the Director of the Beer HaGolah Institute of New York, he became the Director of Admissions and the Educational Director of Ohr Somayach in 1982. Since his arrival at Ohr Somayach, Rabbi Braun has guided thousands of students through their educational decisions and offered advice on careers and marriage.

  • Rabbi Naftali Reich is the Executive Director of the Yeshiva. He graduated from Gateshead Talmudic College in 1983, and completed his rabbinic studies at Beth Medrash Gevoha in Lakewood, NJ. He joined Ohr Somayach’s staff in 1991 to further develop the Yeshiva’s introductory programs and became Director of Development in 1996. Rabbi Reich runs the Yeshiva's outreach division, “Legacy,” and gives lectures in hashkafa and Hasidic thought.

Is Ohr Somayach Harmful?

To remain within the strict mental and social confines of Ohr Somayach for even a short time can have the following disastrous effects:

Loss of choice and free will. Diminished intellectual ability, vocabulary and sense of humour. Reduced use of irony, abstractions and metaphors. Reduced capacity to form flexible and intimate relationships. Poor judgement. Physical deterioration. Malnutrition. Hallucinations, panic, dissociation, guilt, identity diffusion and paranoia. Neurotic, psychotic or suicidal tendencies.

The two basic principles of psychological coercion are:

If you can make a person BEHAVE the way you want, you can make that person BELIEVE the way you want. Sudden, drastic changes in environment lead to heightened suggestibility and to drastic changes in attitudes and beliefs.

Who Does Ohr Somayach Recruit?

Ohr Somayach wants people who are:

  • Intelligent

  • Idealistic

  • Well educated

  • Economically advantaged

  • Intellectually or Spiritually curious

  • Any age


Protect yourself! Why go away for a weekend or longer with a stranger or a strange group unless:

You know the name of the sponsoring group. You know its ideas, beliefs and affiliations. You know what is going to happen at the gathering. You know what will be expected of you. You know that you will be free and able to leave at any time.

Every cult can be defined as a group having all of the following five characteristics:

1. It uses psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain its members

2. It forms an elitist totalitarian society.

3. Its founder leader is self-appointed, dogmatic, messianic, not accountable and has charisma.

4. It believes 'the end justifies the means' in order to solicit funds recruit people.

5. Its wealth does not benefit its members or society.

Basic Characteristics of Ohr Somayach:

Communal living.

Members may leave or not join society's workforce.

Members usually report on each others private lives to the Rabbis.

Average age at the point of recruitment is in the 20's.

Registered as a religious group.

Appears to offer association with a group interested in making the world a better place via political, spiritual or other means.