פרשת ויחי
Shabbat Parshat Vayechi

18th of Tevet, 5781

January 1st-2nd, 2021

Candle lighting: 4:20 PM

Havdalah:  5:22 PM


The Kehilah of Riverdale

will, BE"H, be davening Shabbat Morning

The back patio of the home of: 
Jessica and Chad Haller
4503 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471

Click here to sign up for Shabbat Morning
Parshat Vayechi
January 2nd at 9:00 am


Given the cold temperatures, The Kehilah will be meeting for approximately an hour, from 9:00am - 10:15 am
We will begin at Nishmat.

If you have any questions or require any further clarification, please feel free to contact Rabbi Dina Najman at

Please note the following details:

The service:

  • The Kehilah will be davening in our satellite location (where we have our sukkah). 
    Located in the back patio of the home of: 

    Jessica and Chad Haller
    4503 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471

  • The ba’al Tefilah and ba’al Koreh will be more than 12 ft. away, wearing a mask.

  • The gabaim will call aliyot from their seats.

  • The aliyot will be done, taken one step forward, looking at the Torah and then reciting a Bracha.  Each person called up will ensure that they are at a safe 12 ft. distance from the ba’al korei after taking a step forward.

  • Hagbah and Gelilah will be performed by the ba’al korei.

  • The ba’alei kriyah and ba’alei tefilah who hold the Torah, will do so with gloves on.


Protocols in place for those attending davening:

  • We will be limiting attendance to 12 men and 12 women above the age of bar/bat mitzvah.

  • We request that anyone who is healthy and has not had known exposure to someone with Covid-19 feel comfortable coming.

  • Anyone can sign up regardless of membership.

  • Those who feel that they can sit or stand in a designated place or section are encouraged to sign up.

  • Chairs will be provided and will be wiped down prior to davening.

  • All attendees must wear masks (including Ba’al tefilah and Ba’al Kriyah)

  • We ask that everyone bring their own siddur and chumash.  If you don't own a siddur or chumash, please let us know and we can loan you one of the shul's for the time being.

  • Please bring your own Tallis.

  • Please bring a warm coat and hat if needed.

  • Please bring your own water bottle or container of a hot beverage.

  • Please make sure to use the bathroom before davening.

  • There will be one bathroom available for emergency only.

  • After Tefilah, there will be no kiddush and no congregating.

  • The davening is weather dependent.  If it is raining, snow, ice or the temperature drops to a dangerous level, please plan on joining us the following week.


If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. As we have expressed before, we will continue to reevaluate the situation on a regular basis; we hope to be back to regular davening as soon as possible.


Looking forward to our davening together in a safe and meaningful way.


Kol tuv,

R’ Dina Najman, Rabbi

Jonathan Konovitch, President


Mincha/Maariv: January 3rd - January 7th

Davening at 4:20 pm

We will daven privately and have a minyan for those who are saying Kaddish.

Password:  113089


Parshat Shemot 

If you would like to watch the video from this past week's shiur, Parshat Vayechi, please click here .

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayigash, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayeshev, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayishlach please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayeitzei, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Toldot, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Chayei Sarah, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayera, please click here.

Please join us in welcoming R' Jonah to the Kehilah and in making the time to learn Torah from him.

ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם


As many families are now enjoying a well deserved break from the school semester, please remember to be steadfast in mask wearing, keeping socially distant and staying home if not feeling well.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable break.
Become a Kehilah Member or Donate to The Kehilah

Your support is genuinely crucial to our growth and we thank you for it.  If you have yet to become a member or make a donation, please feel free to contribute through one of the following methods:
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The Kehilah, Inc. is a congregation incorporated under Article 10 of the New York State Religious Corporations Law. Under federal tax code, a contribution to a synagogue which complies with 501(c)(3) requirements is automatically exempt.


The Sunshine Committee wishes 

Mazal tov to...

Aviva Zions & Chazzan Daniel Najman

on the upcoming hanachat tefillin of their son


Mazal tov to proud sister, Tal, Eliyahu and Yedidyah, proud grandparents haChazzan Chaim and Dr. Sherrell Najman and the entire Zions - Najman family.

May they see Ilan grow l'Torah, l'Chuppah, u'l'Maasim Tovim in good health.


Happy Birthday to...

Jeff Douglas
January 3rd

Ariel Groveman Weiner
January 4th

Ruth Licht
January 9th

Esther Zimet
January 4th

May they have good health, success and joy ad me'ah v'esrim shana in good health.
To schedule an appointment at the Riverdale Mikvah, please click here.

Please keep in mind that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to a person in their home who is not feeling well are asked to refrain from MIkvah use.
The Kehilah Book Club:

The next Kehilah Book Club will meet on

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021

at 10:30 am on Zoom.

The ZOOM Information is:
            Password:  113089

We will discuss “Concealed ”
By: Esther Amini


Ruth Licht will be our facilitator.
Esther Amini’s Concealed , is an emotional  memoir of a Jewish Iranian daughter caught between the  chador and America in the 1960’s. It’s a journey across time, culture, and Jewish values. She grew up in a Persian Jewish household in Queens, the daughter of tradition bound parents from Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city. Her parents had to practice Judaism “underground", while maintaining the appearance of being Muslims. 
She explores the little known history of Mashad’s underground Jews and the incident that pushed her parents to leave. She traces her family’s arduous journey to America as well as the conflict she feels between her indebtedness to her parents and her desire for more self-determination than their traditions allow. Amini weaves the themes of concealment and visibility in this moving view of culture and family.

Looking forward to seeing you on Feb. 21, 2021 for our next exciting Kehilah Book Club.
Ruth Licht-
Sherry Najman

Save the date:
On April 11, 2021, we will be discussing
“Orphan in History” by Paul Cowen.
An Environmental Message

Don’t Pre-Rinse the Dishes

If you can’t live without your dishwasher, then at least cut the pre-rinse. With a decent detergent, your dishes will be just as clean and you can save an average of twenty gallons of water per load.

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Short Vort for Shabbos:

In Parshat Vayechi, we read the well known passage HaMalach HaGoel, which we recite each evening in the Kriyat Shema Al HaMitah, right before one lies down to go to sleep.
In perek 48, pasuk 16 we read:

הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל-רָע, יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-הַנְּעָרִים, וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי, וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק; וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב, בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ.

the angel who redeemed me from all evil, should bless the youths; and let my name be named in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the land.
This timeless bracha Yaakov bestowed on Yosef's sons, Ephraim and Menashe, concludes with the phrase:  "v'yidu laRov b'Kerev haAretz." 
The verb ve-yidgu comes from the word dag, "fish." Often, this phrase is translated as "they should grow abundantly (like fish) in the midst of the land.  and hence this phrase is commonly translated as, "they shall propagate abundantly like fish in the midst of the land."  
The Chachamim in the Midrash Bereishit Rabba explains this pasuk differently:
 Just as these fish grow up in water, and when a single drop falls from above they greet it thirstily as if they had never in their lives tasted the taste of water, so do Israel grow up in water, in Torah, and when they hear a new idea from the Torah they greet it thirstily as if they had never in their lives heard a Torah idea.
According to the Midrash, Yaakov blesses his grandchildren that they should be like fish, loving Torah enthusiastically, welcoming each drop of water, each and every word of Torah that they hear.  It does not matter how much time engrossed in Torah they are, each new moment of learning should be approached with a sense of newness, of thirst.   
We can consider many areas where this message would facilitate a successful future for the Jewish people.  Here, the Midrash will emphasize learning Torah.  Like a fish who consistently leaps for each drop of water, the Jewish people must commit to continuing to re-energize themselves in learning.   All too often, intensive Torah study has the precise opposite effect: a student who devotes a significant amount of time to learning will at times respond with less enthusiasm to a d'var Torah than the Jew who invests little time in Torah study.  The Midrash likely seeks to impress upon the Torah student that his or her involvement in Torah learning should increase, rather than dull, his or her excitement over Torah knowledge.  Even after a student has looked deeply into every pasuk in Tanach, has delved into the depths of complex sugyot in the Talmud, he or she must still be able to exult upon hearing a relatively simple, straightforward Torah thought, and appreciate its value and beauty. 

The Midrash emphasizes that Yaakov is expressing to his grandchildren that they should develop a desire and love of their personal learning.  This message to continue to be thirsty, continue to strive puts into place the necessary coping mechanisms for a person to be Amail baTorah and to continue in this path throughout his or her life. 

Shabbat Shalom 



Book Festival
We are thrilled to present a Fall Book Festival that connects you to the author right in your living room. Featuring authors such as Harlan Coben, Mike Leven, Joan Lunden, and more. Visit for more information and registration details.
Sarah Lily Adoption Fund
Please share this with anyone who's adopting: The Sarah Lily Fund provides two $5,000 grants annually to help defray some of the many costs of forming Jewish families in this vital way. For additional information, as well as the application form, please visit

SAR Academy Information Sessions
Open your world to a school where your child's unique spirit and talents are respected, valued, and nurtured. Our open architecture promotes open thinking, boundless energy, and a warm inclusivity. We cultivate in our children the understanding that Torah informs who we are in all of our interactions, and how we carry ourselves in the world. 

Join us at an information session for prospective parents to learn about our Early Learning Center, Lower School, and Middle School:
January 7

Register for a session at
Prospective ELC families are also invited to attend Parsha Live, a chance to participate virtually with current ELC students in Shabbat singing and a lively parsha discussion. Register for Parsha Live at

For questions: call (718) 548-1717 x1251 or email
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