פרשת שלח

שבת מברכין החודש

Parshat Sh'lach
Shabbat M'varchin haChodesh

25th day of Sivan, 5781

June 4th-5th, 2021

Shabbat Candle lighting:  8:05 PM

Havdalah: 9:06 PM

Sign Up to Daven with The Kehilah of Riverdale

Shabbat Parshat Sh'lach, M'varchin haChodesh

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

Davening starts at 8:30 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 high 60s, low 70s during our Tefilah.

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

Mazal tov to our 2021 Graduates!

Join the Kehilah next Shabbat on: 

June 12th/2nd of Tammuz
Shabbat, Parshat Korach

as we celebrate graduates of all ages:
from Pre-K through Grad school at our 

Annual Graduation Kiddush
with a Kiddush 2 Go for those in attendance


Thank you to...

-Jessica and Chad Haller for accomodating all the deliveries and kiddushes.

and to...

-Nahum Palefski for planning and organizing the Kiddush

Tizku l'mitzvot!  


Please let us know the name/s of your graduates so that we can mention them in the 2021 Graduation list in the bulletin.

If you would like to sponsor kiddush in honor of someone who is graduating, please contact us at
click here to sponsor the Kiddush

Suggested Kiddush Sponsorship is $50


As the graduates have reached their milestone, we wish them much hatzlakha as they begin the new journey ahead.  
May it be one where they have fulfillment and good health.

Mazal tov.

וכל מי שעוסקים בצרכי צבור


As our community continues to grow, we need your input.

Are you interested in helping out in a meaningful way?

Please complete this questionnaire and let us know what you would like to help out with.  

HERE to let us know how you would like to get involved.

Thank you!
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, June 6th - June 10th, will take place at 8:10 PM.       

Join Us on Zoom:

Password:  113089

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
Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, 5781

Rosh Chodesh will be:
This Wednesday night through Friday afternoon.
June 9th at night through June 11th daytime.

Please remember...

On Wednesday night: 30th of Sivan, June 9th:
-Ya'aleh v'Yavo in your Shemoneh Esrei

Shacharit for Thursday, June 10th:
- Ya'aleh v'Yavo in your Shemoneh Esreh
- Half Hallel after Shacharit Shemoneh Esreh
- Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
- Barchi Nafshi
- No Tachanun or Lam'natzeiach

Mincha on Rosh Chodesh:
-Ya'aleh v'Yavo in Mincha Shemoneh Esreh
-No Tachanun

On Thursday night, 1st of Tammuz
- Ya'aleh v'Yavo in your Shemoneh Esrei

Shacharit for Friday morning, June 11th
- Ya'aleh v'Yavo in your Shemoneh Esreh
- Half Hallel after Shacharit Shemoneh Esreh
- Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
- Barchi Nafshi
- No Tachanun or Lam'natzeiach

Mincha on Rosh Chodesh:
-Ya'aleh v'Yavo in Mincha Shemoneh Esreh
-No Tachanun

Chodesh Tov
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


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:


Do You B.Y.O.? 

Are you among the many New Yorkers bringing their own water bottles, mugs & shopping bags when on the go?
Start today.
It’s the smart, simple way to give your wallet & the planet a break. 

The New York City Department of Sanitation collects more than 3 million tons of waste annually, including 10 billion single-use bags, 315,000 tons of paper for recycling, and about 800 million bottles of water.

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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 Sh'lach

In Parshat Sh'lach, we read about the sin of the meraglim.  10 out of the 12 spies inject pessimism and a sense of despair into the minds of a people desperately awaiting news that the land they have been longing to enter is within their grasp.  Instead, Bnei Yisrael's hopes and excitement for successful entry into the promised land have been shattered.  The exception is Kalev and Yehoshua.  Most notably, it is Kalev, representing the tribe of Yehuda, the future leadership of the people, who encourages the people, saying it is possible and it is within your reach.  He attempts to instill confidence and optimism despite the psychological damage the people suffered from the report of the 10 spies.  Even though the people do not listen to Kalev, Hashem declares in Perek 14, Pasuk 24:  
וְעַבְדִּי כָלֵב, עֵקֶב הָיְתָה רוּחַ אַחֶרֶת עִמּוֹ, וַיְמַלֵּא, אַחֲרָי--וַהֲבִיאֹתִיו, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר-בָּא שָׁמָּה, וְזַרְעוֹ, יוֹרִשֶׁנָּה 
"But My servant Kalev – since he possessed a different spirit and was faithful to Me, I will bring him to the land into which he came, and his offspring shall inherit it" 
Rashi explains that in addition to Hashem not punishing Kalev, Kalev receives an additional reward - the city of Chevron, for himself and future generations.
It is understandable why Kalev was not punished with the rest of the people.  However, why the extra reward of Chevron?
 Rashi appreciates that Kalev received the reward which was Chevron because he articulated an opposition to the meraglim and offered strength and encouragement to the nation.  
Rav Moshe Feinstein, in Derash Moshe explains that even though the people still listened to the 10 meraglim and not Kalev, Kalev was still rewarded.  Rav Moshe explains that Kalev gave the people, albeit only a short amount of time the possibility for Teshuva.  Kalev reawakened within the people a confidence in their ability to move to go into the land of Israel.     Even though Kalev's arming himself with optimism did not result in a good outcome for the people, Kalev succeeded, for a moment, to change peoples negative attitude.  Teshuva even temporarily is an achievement. 
Even for a short amount of time, Rav Moshe explains, spiritual growth, albeit temporary, is valuable.  It is the capacity to instill within the people inspiration which rendered great reward.  

Ultimately, Kalev's optimism reignited in the people a hope, which, even though did not continue, remained a necessary aspect of the people's narrative...the possibility, even for a moment to feel bitachon in Hashem and that there could be a constructive outcome.

We must remember that positive encounters or messages are never an exercises in futility.  Our words have the capacity to positively move and impact another, no matter how short lived.
For this, Kalev is offered a great reward.

Shabbat Shalom,
The Kehilah Sunshine Committee 

Wishes a Happy Birthday to ...

Michal Geller

Stephanie Schneider Minkove

Barbara Sopher

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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