פרשת תרומה

שבת זכור


Shabbat Parshat Zachor

Parshat Terumah

8th of Adar, 5781

February 19th-20th, 2021

Candle lighting: 5:17 PM

 Havdalah:  6:19 PM
(Kiddush Levana if moon is visible)

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 Terumah/Shabbat Zachor
February 20th at 9:00 am


Given the cold temperatures, The Kehilah will be meeting for approximately an hour, from 9:00am - 10:00 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

This coming Shabbat is Parshat Zachor.
If possible, please make sure to go to shul to hear the Torah reading of z'chirat Amalek (remembering what Amalek did to us as we traveled in the desert).

Devarim 25:
Zachor Et Asher Asah Lecha Amalek BaDerech Betzetchem MiMitzrayim”

“Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! 

On the Shabbat that comes before Purim, two Torah scrolls are out:  One for the regular parsha and one for the Maftir .  
The Haftarah is also about Amalek, taken from Shmuel Aleph.

Chazal teach that there is a mitzvah in the Torah to recall what Amalek did and blot out the name.  As such, a public Torah reading of Parshat Amalek is formally read on the Shabbat before Purim (Haman being from Agag - who connected with Amalek).
This Torah portion is taken from Devarim, in parshat Ki Teitzei.  If one cannot make it to shul to hear Parshat Amalek, a person can have in mind to fulfill their obligation of blotting out the name of Amalek
when one hears Ki Teitzei during the end of the summer months.

For those who will not be coming to shul, it is also recommended to take a chumash and lein Parshat Zachor from the chumash.

May this time period enable us to go m'yagon l'simcha - from saddness to joy.  Chag Sameach.


Mincha/Maariv: February 22nd - February 24th

Davening at 5:20 pm

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

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משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה



6:15 PM Maariv followed by reading of Megilat Esther
(men and women will be leining the megilah)

Followed by... Break-fast/Purim Treats to Go 

Outdoor Patio of The Riverdale Y *
5625 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, NY  10471

* Parking Available at the Riverdale Y*

Given Social Distancing and limited seating, please reserve your place for megilah reading by clicking here.

There will be opportunity to perform Machatzit haShekel

There will be the opportunity to donate to two separate places to fulfill Matanot l'Evyonim
(monies will be distributed on Purim day).



Question:  How to I Sponsor Mishloach Manot?

Answer:  By Going to our Website:
or by clicking here

For $36, send a gift to the entire Kehilah Community.

Purim Mishloach Manot Sponsorship Options:


Hatach:  $36
Charvona:  $50
Mordechai:  $75
Esther:  $100


***Special thanks to
Sarah Braum and Molly Palefski
for co-chairing the Purim event


Everyone who comes to the Kehilah on Purim evening will receive a Mishloach Manot package

Mishloah Manot pickup will be available immediately after Erev Purim Megilah reading.

If you will not be there but would still like to receive your gift, please email: to make other arrangements.

If you are interested in helping deliver Mishloach Manot, please contact us at


!חג פורים שמח

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THIS WEEK:  Parshat Tetzaveh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to watch the video from 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.



Dear Kehilah,
As New York State has entered into Phase 1b of its vaccine distribution, many in our community are now qualified for receiving vaccinations, including those 75 years of age and educators. 
To see if you are eligible, please refer to the list

To make an appointment by phone, please call: 877-829-4692, ;
Phone lines open at 8am. Call early, additional appointments are available daily.

Online resources: 
Below are vaccination booking sites where you can make an appointment. New slots are to open regularly, so keep checking if there are no slots currently available. You may need to keep trying and try different sites.  Please note, you must be in an 
eligible category and you must make an appointment.

Vaccine Finder NYC  
NYC Health and Hospitals
Mt. Sinai
 (7 locations, including St. Luke's at 114th and Amsterdam) 
Go Health (including West 69th Street and Amsterdam location)
Affiliated Physicians

Once you have made an appointment:

  • You will need to complete this for
  • Reschedule if not feeling well on the day of your appointment.
  • Wear a mask to your appointment.
  • Bring a government issued ID to your appointment and proof of eligibility (e.g. employee ID card).
  • Be prepared for the possibility of a long wait at the site; appointments made earlier in the day may have a shorter wait.
  • Once vaccinated you still need to obey all COVID-19 prevention steps: stay home if  sick, wash your hands, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • You will be given a card for your records after your first dose. Do not misplace it and we recommend taking a photo of the front and back.
  • You will need to schedule an appointment to receive your second dose 21-28 days later.
When getting a shot, one may make the following declaration from Brachot 60a, followed by the bracha "HaTov v'HaMeitiv"

״יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה׳ אֱלֹקי שֶׁיְּהֵא עֵסֶק זֶה לִי לִרְפוּאָה, וּתְרַפְּאֵנִי. כִּי אֵל רוֹפֵא נֶאֱמָן אָתָּה וּרְפוּאָתְךָ אֱמֶת, לְפִי שֶׁאֵין דַּרְכָּן שֶׁל בְּנֵי אָדָם לְרַפּאוֹת אֶלָּא שֶׁנָּהֲגוּ״.

May it be Your will, O Lord my God,
that this enterprise be for healing and that You should heal me.
As You are a faithful God of healing and Your healing is truth.
Because it is not the way of people to heal, but they have become accustomed.

ברוך אתה ה׳, הטוב והמטיב

Blessed are You, oh Lord, our God, King of the universe, Who is good and bestows good.

If you have concerns or need assistance making an appointment, please email us at and we will assist you in any way we can.

Thank you to our medical advisor, Dr. Josh Milner and to the Riverdale community for continued assistance surrounding COVID-19 concerns, questions and advice.

May we all hear b'surot tovot,
Rabbi Dina Najman and The Kehilah Board of Trustees
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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If you would like to send a personal check or 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.

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 Sunshine Committee 
wishes a Happy Birthday to...


Lisa Sopher-Deutsch

Beverly Wolfer Nerenberg

May she have good health, success and joy ad me'ah v'esrim shana.
The Kehilah Book Club:

The next Kehilah Book Club will meet this coming Sunday

February 21, 2021

at 10:30 am on Zoom.

The ZOOM Information is:
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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.

Vort for Shabbos:

Parshat Terumah: The Giving Heart

Our Parsha begins this week with the directive of giving.  

In Sh'mot, Perek 25, Pasuk 2:
דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְיִקְחוּ-לִי תְּרוּמָה:  מֵאֵת כָּל-אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ, תִּקְחוּ אֶת-תְּרוּמָתִי.

Speak unto the children of Israel, that they should take for me donations; of every man whose heart makes him willing you should take my donation.

With these words, Hashem instructs Moshe to begin the preparations for building the Mishkan by explaning what types of donations need to be collected.  Interestingly, the rest of this parsha has within it detail after detail relating to the construction of the Mishkan and the vessels that will be necesssary for its function.

The opening, however, is non-specific and there seems to be a contradiction in the instruction by Hashem.  First, Moshe is commanded to tell Bnei Yisrael to donate.  Then, Hashem tells Moshe that these funds for will come from every person whose heart motivates him to donate:  
מֵאֵת כָּל-אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ
Rashi will explain that all the objects to be donated to the Mishkan will come from voluntary gifts, each person giving as each person's heart stirred them.
Others, such as the Abrabanel, comment that donations to the Mishkan were obligatory.  That even though the Mishkan could have been funded by a few large donors, Hashem wanted each member of Bnei Yisrael to donate to be able to participate in the Mishkan and be able to feel that they were a part of the building of this communal center for the people.

What is the ideal way for community give and build its central institutions?  Should there be obligatory dues to ensure that an entire community is invested in institutions?  Or, do we work off of an entirely voluntary model to ensure that all donation are given with a full heart - where there is no pressure or feelings of resentment?

This struggle between how we bring in donations is seen in pasuk bet alone.  There is an internal struggle between these conflicting values:  Bnei Yisrael are told to build the Mishkan, but, it must come from the heart.  Each person must give that which they are able and / or motivated to give.

When requesting Tzedakah, the same concerns exist.  It is an obligation to give Tzedakah.  However, with this model in place, we are given the opportunity to direct our giving in a place which moves us. There are so many ways we can give of our resources and our time.  Be it assisting in feeding those in need, helping to collect clothing for those especially in the harsh months of winter, volunteering to package care packages for our US troops, raising money for bullet proof vests for Israeli soldiers, committing ourselves to giving to the environment where we become more sensitive and responsible for our world, providing funds for our shuls, schools and other communal institutions. Where can we give in the best way that moves us, that inspires us and allows us to utilize our individual talents.

An additional way to appreciate this pasuk is in the following way:  Often a person cannot begin to conceive of how to give if not asked.  Hashem commands us to give, but, it is up to us consider what is important in the community.  Often instruction helps direct us.  

After being asked, the Torah tells us in Parshat Vayakhel that there were so many funds brought forth that Moshe had to instruct Bnei Yisrael to cease their giving.  As Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch comments in Parshat VaYakhel:

The meaning of [the root] n-d-v is that is flows from an inner source… a person who is "nadiv" is someone who is free and independent, such that his actions are motivated solely by the dictates of his inner self… The text highlights this quality of giving (hitnadvut) by appending the word "lev" (heart) – "nediv lev" (a person with a generous heart). Or, for extra emphasis, "nediv libo" – his own heart. Thus the text removes any hint of coercion, or even any external influence, which may direct the act of the person who brings….

The level of donations for the Mishkan ended up being put to a halt, because it was so plentiful.  The contributions were abundant.

This Shabbat, as we read of Hashem opening up the possibility for the generous donations of each member of Am Yisrael, it is fitting that we simultaneously raise awareness for Halachic Organ Donor Society (HODS).  HODS is an organization which works tirelessly to encourage Jewish people around the world to consider becoming organ donors and supporting those who do.  There is a perception that organ donation is prohibited according to Jewish Law.  This is a misconception.
In reality, there are various types of organs that are permissible according to almost all rabbinic opinions.  There are other donations which are debated in Jewish law with major poskim on either side of the debate.  
HODS educates about the different medical and Halakhic issues involving organ donation.  You can sign up for a specific type of organ donor card where people can become organ donors in accordance with Jewish law.  

Organ donation saves lives.  Please keep this in mind with an open heart.  

סנהדרין, פרק ד, משנה ה

" וכל המקיים נפש אחת, מעלים עליו כאילו קיים עולם מלא..."
The Mishna in Sanhedrin, Ch. 4, Mishna 5 teaches that "Any person who saves one life, it is as if this person has saved an entire world."

For more information and to sign up, visit 
May each of us, as individual members of the collective of the Jewish people and our world find ways of fulfilling our ethical obligation to contribute to giving to others and building our world in the way that move each of us, in our heart.

Shabbat Shalom.


An Environmental Message

Green Your Costume

There are many great ways that you can incorporate “green” learning into your Purim carnival activities. A fun, useful, and easy idea to use whether you are having a carnival or not, is to use recycled materials to make masks for this holiday! If you have enough people, or if it is at a carnival, you could even have a contest of who uses the most creative recycled material for their mask!

For more information and ideas, go to:


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
Hebrew Language Course:
A six-week course beginning in March, beginners or advanced. Our beginners course helps introduce the basics of the Hebrew language while our advanced course will focus on improving speaking and comprehension skills. For the class syllabus and registration info, please 
click here.

Early Childhood Center
The Riverdale Y Early Childhood Center is accepting registrations for the 2021-2022 school year for our full day nursery school program, including Pre-K for All. The early bird deadline is February 15. For more information and to schedule a tour, please visit

Sunday Market Selections
The Riverdale Y Sunday Market is organizing a preorder/pickup service for our customers. We understand that people want fresh food throughout the year, and we appreciate that you want to continue buying that food from your favorite vendors at the Market. For a full list of vendors and information on the pre-order process, please visit

Enrichment Activities
Join us for fun enrichment programs to get moving and active. Sign up for activities like swim, basketball, theater, dance, or music at

Senior Meals
Our community’s seniors need your support! The Riverdale Y is preparing and delivering free, hot, kosher meals to seniors in our community! Please visit and donate generously. If you'd like to donate your time, you can help volunteer by reaching out to
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