Sunday-Thursday: 6:50 PM

Join us for daily Mincha/Maariv on Zoom

We will have Mincha/Maariv davened privately but with the opportunity for Kaddish.


It is the 12th yahrzeit of Major Adam Sutart Wolfer, z"l, brother to Beverly Wolfer Nerenberg (and John Nerenberg) and uncle to Leah, Adam, Sarah and Shmuly.
We remember his heroic service for our country as he gave the ultimate sacrifice for us all during his service in Iraq.

Rabbi Asher Lopatin and Rachel Lopatin will share words between Mincha and Maariv in memory of Major Adam Stuart Wolfer, z"l.

May Maj. Wolfer continue to be a mailtz yosher for his family and may his neshama have an aliyah.


In keeping with the shiur discussion last Thursday night, the Kehilah will be offering people the opportunity to daven their own private tefilah with the space to recite Kaddish for all zoom participants to answer.

While the tefilot will be tefilah b'yechidut, people saying mourner's Kaddish will have the opportunity to recite Kaddish with their community joining on zoom.


Please note:
As explained by R' Najman, this position of Kaddish being recited via Zoom is due to the unusual circumstance of the COVID-19 pandemic, given that people are practicing social distancing and putting Pikuach Nefesh above all else, by staying indoors.
This position does not allow d'var sh'ebikdusha during the Tefilah without a minyan present.
This position of the recitation of Kaddish with a quorum of 10 men on zoom is not to be understood or used as a long term p'sak. 
This p'sak is only enforced during this unusual predicament people find themselves in during the
COVID-19 pandemic.

This position, following the p'sak of Rav Eliezer Melamed and the opinion of Rav Benny Lau, permits mourner's kaddish to be recited by a virtual minyan answering amen. 
However, if a person would like to daven l'chatchila without recitation of Kiddush, one should do that.
This p'sak is meant for those individuals who feel they would benefit saying the words of Kaddish and confirming that it is not considered a Bracha l'Vatalah.

May the need for this leniency be lifted soon and may we hear b'surot tovot.

For more information, please contact R' Najman at 

     Guidelines for Social Distancing in our Riverdale Community:

Dear Riverdale Jewish Community,

As the coronavirus crisis grows, we consider it our most basic duty to share the further guidelines for us all to practice to help save lives - to best ensure the welfare of each of us and each other.  This document was prepared by doctors and community representatives based on national guidelines. 

Social Distancing: At first, COVID appeared to be limited to certain travelers or individuals.  It has now spread randomly in the community.  Please keep this in mind as you read the information that follows. 

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the CDC has encouraged us all to practice "social distancing." Social distancing is a public health strategy that aims to reduce the encounters healthy people have with those who have a communicable disease like COVID-19.  Remember, more than 80% of people with COVID-19 will not have symptoms or the illness will be very mild.  Additionally, there are also people who think they have the flu or a cold, but actually have COVID-19. These people will be walking around with COVID-19 and it can be spread directly to you if they cough or sneeze. Additionally, the virus will be on their hands and passed to door knobs, counter tops, etc.  By keeping your distance from others, you decrease your chances of being exposed.  

Please read and consistently follow the guidelines below.  More information and background follows at the end of the document. 

May we be blessed with healing and strength,

Rabbi Steven Burton, Congregation Shaarei Shalom

Rabbi Steven Exler, HIR – The Bayit 

Deann Forman, The Riverdale Y

Rabbi Aaron Frank, Kinneret Day School

Rabbi Thomas Gardner, Riverdale Temple

Rabbi Shmuel Hain, YIOZ of North Riverdale/Yonkers

Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, SAR High School

Rabbi Simon Hirschhorn and Rabbi Noah Aronin, Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Yeshivat Maharat

Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale

Rabbi Binyamin Krauss, SAR Academy

Rabbi Jonathan Kroll, SAR High School

Rabbi Dov Lerea, Congregation Beth Aharon

Rabbi Dov Linzer, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Rabbi Dan Margulies, The Riverdale Minyan

Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman, The Kehilah of Riverdale 

Rabbi Joseph Robinson, Riverdale Jewish Community      Partnership (an initiative of Riverdale Y)

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad of Riverdale

Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn, Congregation Tehillah

Rabbi Dovid Zirkind, Riverdale Jewish Center

Social Distancing Guide

Below is a quick guide to what you should not do, what you should do with caution (remembering the 6-foot rule and washing or sanitizing your hands frequently) and things you can do with relative safety. 

Please note: the following guidelines apply to those who are feeling healthy, have no underlying “at risk“ conditions, and are younger than 60 years old, based evidence of those who are at higher risk from COVID-19.  If you are sick, have one of the “at risk“ conditions, or are 60 years old or older, CDC’s and other guidelines are clear that you should stay at home. This more restrictive approach for these populations, especially people older than 60 who feel healthy and well, can be tremendously burdensome and challenging. But we truly view this as what each of us can do to help save lives.


Do not:

  • Gather in groups, including for such life cycle events as weddings and funerals, and home or synagogue minyanim

  • Have sleepovers or playdates or hang out with friends (of any age) 

  • Play sports with non-household family members 

  • Have meals with friends and neighbors

  • Do any non-essential driving with others (except household members not in quarantine)

  • Have non-essential visitors or workers in your home

  • Spend too much time in stores or places of business for any reason, get in and out as soon as possible

  • Go to malls or crowded stores 

Do with caution:  

  • Shop for groceries quickly and not in crowded stores, and shop during off peak hours when the stores are less crowded; opt for delivery by phone or utilize internet orders if possible

  • Pick up a prescription at a pharmacy (if you cannot arrange for delivery)

  • Go to work only if you must

In each of the above cases, try to keep to the 6-foot rule, wash or sanitize your hands frequently (especially as soon as you get home) and consider changing and washing your clothing upon returning home


Safe to do:

  • Go for a walk or a run.  Even if you live in an apartment building you can go outside and get some fresh air (keep in mind the 6-foot rule, and wash your hands frequently)

  • Ride a bike

  • Play in the backyard with household members not on isolation (if you live in a house), or sit outside on your balcony (if you live in an apartment)

  • Go for a drive with household members (if not in quarantine)

  • Cook a meal or bake together as a family

  • Work from home

  • Exercise at home

  • Meditate

  • Connect with others by phone, text, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom



1) What does it mean to be in isolation?

In isolation, you should have no contact with anyone unless absolutely necessary.  This is reserved for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 because they have the greatest likelihood of spreading the disease.

2) What does it mean to be in quarantine?

Quarantine is in order when someone has been exposed to COVID-19.  Because people can transmit the disease before they have symptoms, in quarantine you should restrict yourself to your home and have contact only with individuals in your home.  You should do your best to stay 6 feet from each other and you should not share utensils, beds, cups, etc. with them.  

3) So how does social distancing differ from quarantine?  

Quarantine is when you are restricted to your home and can be in contact only with those living there with you.  Social distancing allows for minimal movement in the community if you focus on reducing contact with others.  One of the main ways of doing this is by avoiding events and crowds, reducing meetings and other gatherings to a few members, working from home with video and phone meetings as necessary, and keeping a safe distance of 6 feet with anyone you are with for longer than 6 minutes.  

 If you do go out, try to stay 6 feet away from others.  If you live in an apartment, try not to touch handrails or other items in the stairwell and avoid crowded elevators.  In all cases, use hand sanitizer frequently and wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you return.  

Not easy, we know!!  But during this uncertain time, when we are all looking for ways to help out and keep our community, friends and loved ones healthy, social distancing is something simple we can all do.  It is a selfless act that saves lives.

4) How is the Coronavirus spread?

COVID-19 appears to be spread via respiratory droplets, and mainly from person to person. This means that with a cough or a sneeze the viral particles may directly spread to another person or fall to the surrounding surfaces or the ground. The particles travel generally no more than 6 feet, therefore the “six feet rule.”  The virus can live on some surfaces for many hours, so someone who touches those surfaces and then touches their face, especially their eyes, nose and mouth, may introduce the virus into their system.  That is why cleaning surfaces, frequent hand washing and minimizing touching the face is crucial.

5) Where can I learn how to protect myself and more about social distancing?

The CDC has a very clear website on actions to be taken to protect yourself and your family.  The recommendations on this site are very much a part of what social distancing is about. 

Click here to view this useful web page.  Additional information about COVID19 and social distance from the New York City Department of Health can be found here

6) Coming Home from a flight abroad or separate community from areas with active transmission (like Israel, New York, New Jersey, Florida, etc):
These individuals are recommended to self quarantine for 14 days - symptom free.  If possible, they should sleep in separate locations and keeping at a safe distance from others in the home.  Many individuals are arriving home from schools abroad. As difficult as it may be to resist hugging and kissing grandparents or any relative who may have their health seriously compromised from catching COVID-19, please refrain from doing so


 Patronizing Local Establishments

We are fortunate to have a thriving group of Jewish institutions and kosher stores and restaurants in the Riverdale community. Many business owners and institutions are currently or potentially facing challenging times as we are not able to support their establishments in the ways that we usually do.
Let's make a strong effort to continue to patronize them.
When we return to our normal routines, we are going to need and want them to continue serving our community.



Dear Friends,

The Riverdale Mikvah is making a few more changes in order to ensure everyone's continued health and safety, and enabling people to continue to fulfill this mitzvah.

As such, the Riverdale Mikvah will move to an appointment only model every night. This will allow us to stagger usage and run the pool filters between each use.

Please use this link to make your appointment. If you need a spot that is not available for a personal or medical reason please call the Mikvah. We will be sure to do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs.

Please do all Mikvah preparations at home. There will be no prepping at the Mikvah.
When possible, please come with your own personal robe and towel. However, the mikvah will continue to supply these items if needed.

If you or anyone in your household has a fever, any respiratory symptoms or are experiencing any other signs of illness, we ask that you not make use of the mikvah at this time. If you are in quarantine, you may not go out to use the Mikvah.

Of course, as always, please consult your Rav and physician with any specific questions you might have.

Riverdale Mikvah Committee



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