פרשת נשא
Parshat Naso

11th day of Sivan, 5781

May 21st-22nd, 2021

Shabbat Candle lighting:  7:54 PM

Havdalah: 8:55 PM


Sign Up to Daven with The Kehilah of Riverdale

Shabbat Parshat Naso

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

Davening starts at 9:00 AM

Click here to sign up for Shabbat Davening

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.

The weather forecast for this Shabbat is expected to be in the 70s - 80s.  

Kiddush to Go this Shabbat is sponsored by Dr. Sherrell & Chaim Najman and Channie & Dr. Ruby Levy in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of their beloved mother,

Evelyn Lichterman, z"l
שרה רבקה בת לוי יצחק ופשעל רחל, ז״ל


Please note: In adherence with our Medical Advisor and the CDC, those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks in our outdoor davening space.
We continue to adhere to social distancing protocol. 

For those partially vaccinated or not vaccinated at all, mask wearing remains in effect.

We strongly recommend all our participants to vaccinate.  If one needs assistance in finding vaccination sites, please reach out to an we are more than happy to assist you.

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


Kol tuv,

R’ Dina Najman, Rabbi

Jonathan Konovitch, President


The Kehilah would like to thank the Sopher Family for hosting the location for the outside Tikkun Leil Shavuot learning this year.  Tizku l'mitzvot!

As always, thank you to the Haller Family for facilitating Shabbat davening in the morning and afternoon, arranging the davening space, storing the kiddush and shul items, and ensuring that we have davening each week.  
Tizku l'mitzvot!

Thank you to those who prepared and gave shiurim and divrei Torah throughout the evening:
Judy Federbush, Prof. Paul Franks, Shoshana Hoffman Kleiner, James Licht,  Sara Marko,
Nachman Mazurek, Dr. Josh Milner, R' Jonah Winer

May we continue to grow and find fulfillment in the learning we share with each other.


Thank you to those who led tefilah, leined and gave a drasha this past Yom tov:
Paul Franks, Michal Geller, Avery Haller, Chad Haller, Chloe Haller, Ethan Katz, James Licht, Nachman Mazurek, R' Dina Najman, Aryeh Padwa, Eytan Rait,
R' Jonah Winer, Joseph Zeltsan
The Kehilah Book Club

The next Kehilah Book Club will meet on

Sunday, June 13, 2021

at 10:00 am

on Zoom.


Password:  113089

We will discuss “The Angel ”
(Which won the National Jewish Book Award)

By: Uri Bar -Joseph

Sherry Najman 
and Carole Oshinsky will Facilitate the discussion.

As the son-in-law of President Gamal Abdel Nasser and a close advisor to Anwar Sadat, Ashraf Marwan had access to the deepest secrets of his country’s government. Under the code name of “The Angel”, Marwan, was a spy for Israel and turned Egypt into an open book. He saved Israel from a devastating defeat by tipping off the Mossad in advance of the joint Egyptian-Syrian attack on Yom Kippur in 1973.
 This spy thriller is a trenchant account of the career of a master spy.


Update from last book club:
We were privileged to have 
Bonnie and Issac facilitate, our last Kehilah Book Club, “An Orphan in History” by Paul Cowan. Their questions and comments  made the book come alive for us and created very enthusiastic participation.
We thank Rabbi Dina Najman for enabling us to Zoom in and benefit from the dialogue of our Kehilah Book Club.
Looking forward to seeing you on June 13, 2021 for our next exciting Kehilah Book Club


Ruth Licht-
Sherry Najman
Mincha/Maariv Davening on Zoom

Join us for Mincha/Maariv.

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

The weekly davening this coming week, May 23rd - 27th, will take place at 8:00 PM.       

Join Us on Zoom:

Password:  113089

The Kehilah Membership Drive for 2021

Time to Renew your Kehilah Membership!

Please renew your membership or consider becoming a member of The Kehilah

The Kehilah would like to thank all those who contributed to The Kehilah with renewing membership and contributing end of year donations.

Please remember to renew your membership for 2021.

Your membership and financial support over the past year has enabled The Kehilah to continue to meet weekly, have daily minyanim, have shiurim and outdoor functions even with the obstacles our community faced during COVID.  It has allowed us to expand our programming to include events on holidays and other times during the Jewish calendar year. 

We continue to have a great deal of programming planned for the 2021 year.
The Kehilah needs your support. 

To become a member and/or donate, please select one of the following choices:

Through Paypal click on the donate button:

If you would like to send a personal check, go through a charitable foundation or charitable fund, please: 

Send a check made out to "The Kehilah" to:
The Kehilah
P.O. Box 78
Bronx, NY 10471
Or –

Go to our website at: and click on the

Membership tab.

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.


Once again, thank you for your generous support.

With deep appreciation,

R' Dina Najman, Marta d'Atra

Jonathan Konovitch, President

William Scheiner, Fundraising Chair



Blood Drive
Masks may hide your face but they do not hide the heroism inside. Be a part of the solution and sign up to donate blood at the Riverdale Y on Sunday, May 23 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm). We could always use heroes like you! For more information and registration details, please click here.

Summer Stage (ages 6 - 14)
From June 28 through August 6, join us in a musical theater intensive where we will be performing Legally Blonde Jr. Campers will train in all aspects of performing arts. For more information, and registration details, please visit

Riverdale Y Early Childhood Center 2021-22
The Riverdale Y is enrolling for our 2s class starting in the fall. We offer full day, limited half day spots and extended hours. Children in our 2s program are given priority application status to both our free 3s and PreK program through NYC DOE. For more information, please visit
Interested in Sponsoring a Kiddush at The Kehilah?

Please contact our Kiddush Coordinator,
Nahum Palefski at:

Don’t Top Off Your Gas Tank


Topping off the gas tank can result in your paying for gasoline that is fed back into the station’s tanks because your gas tank is full.

Gasoline vapors are harmful to breathe

You need extra room in your gas tank to allow the gasoline to expand.

Topping off your gas tank may foul the station’s vapor recovery system.

For more information, see:


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.
A Short Vort for Shabbos
Parshat Naso

In this week's parsha, we read about the Nazir.  Parshat Naso, spends many pesukim thinking about a situation where a person restricts him or herself from refrain from drinking wine, cutting hair or coming near a dead body.
In Perek vav, pasuk vav, the Torah instructs about the Nazir

 כָּל יְמֵי הַזִּירוֹ לה' עַל נֶפֶשׁ מֵת לֹא יָבֹא:

The pasuk states that a Nazir cannot come in contact with a dead body .

Rav Yaakov ben Asher - The Ba'al haTurim explains:  that the reason the Nazir is not allowed to cannot come in contact with a dead body is because the nazir has Ruach haKodesh, and it might seem that the nazir is, potentially getting some information from this dead body.
Many question why the Baal haTurim would say that the nazir has Ruach haKodesh?

Rav Shalom Levin, (the student of Rav Shimon Shkup) offers an answer in defense of the Baal haTurim:  What does a nazir do?  He doesn’t drink wine or shave.  What could he possibly do which will allow him to acquire Ruach haKodesh?
Rav Shalom Levin explains that there are times when a person does small things with a pure heart.  Bit by bit, turning one's attention towards God - this enables success. 
Whether or not this Nazir has Ruach haKodesh, Rav Levin’s explanation of the Baal haTurim resonates for a person becoming chayav in mitzvot and all of us who recently celebrated our renewed commitment of accepting the Torah on Shavuot. 
One does not have to accomplish herculean feats to achieve greatness.  The motivation and focus is a growing and deepening relationship with Hashem.  When we recognize and carefully care for our mitzvot, a more profound relationship with Hashem emerges.  Whether or not it is ruach haKodesh - that is debatable - the deepening of a connection with Hashem is what facilitates a person achieving greatness and aspiration to deepen this relationship.

Shabbat Shalom

The Kehilah Sunshine Committee 

Wishes a Happy Birthday to those who have May Birthdays...

Chole Haller
May 1st

Chad Haller
May 5th

Dahlia Prager
May 10th

Rukhl Schaechter
May 12th

Rahel Bayer
May 14th

Hezekiah Konovitch
May 20th

Ben Prager
May 20th

Noa Nagata
May 21st

Talya Nagata

May 21st

Leila Haller
May 23rd

Akiva Najman-Licht
May 23rd

Claire Prager
May 24th

Lamelle Ryman
May 24th

Pearl Sussman
May 24th

Robert Zimmerman
May 24th

Riley Michaeli

May 27th

May they each have joy, good health, fulfillment and all they desire for themselves, ad me'ah v'esrim shana in good health.
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