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                  The Kehilah of Riverdale

                              We will be davening

                           -Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv
                         -Shabbat Morning Davening


The back lawn of the home of: 

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

Click here to sign up for Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv, Shabbat Parshat Shoftim
August 21st at 7:25 pm

Click here to sign up for Shabbat Morning, Shabbat Parshat Shoftim
August 22nd at 8:30 am*

                 You may sign up for both tefilot


At the Kehilah of Riverdale, we are committed to working diligently and thoughtfully to balance our strong desire to come together as a shul, with the ever important health needs of our community and beyond.  Our plan has always been to err on the side of caution and restraint. 

As Governor Cuomo has permitted outside communal davening with restricted numbers, we carefully are enjoying the opportunity to come together, albeit with shorter davening and more distance among us. We thank the Haller family for generously enabling the Kehilah to utilize their backyard space for our "outdoor shul."
We will continue doing so putting in place the necessary precautions and recommendations to minimize contact.

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

  • There will be a separate entrance for the women’s and men’s sections (at the right and left side of the house respectively).

  • On Shabbat morning: Davening will begin 30 minutes earlier at 8:30 am (to minimize davening in the heat of the day). 
  • 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’al korei 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 hat.

  • Please bring your own water bottle.

  • 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, 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


*please note earlier davening time to ensure that davening takes place in a cooler climate.
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