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 Sunny and in the mid 60s.
Looking forward to our davening together in a safe and meaningful way.
R’ Dina Najman, Rabbi
Jonathan Konovitch, President
A MESSAGE TO THE KEHILAH COMMUNITY
May 14, 2021
As rockets originating from Gaza are continuing to fire down on Israel, we mourn the lives lost this past week in Israeli and Palestinian communities.
I want to clearly state that I believe that Israel must defend itself against rocket attacks and cannot allow the barrage of missiles from Gaza go unanswered. Simultaneously, I am saddened and mourn the loss of Palestinian life. It is important for us to be able to hold both of these thoughts in our mind at the same time - and to express them.
As Jews we are unified in our belief that each person is created b’tzelem Elokim (in the Image of God). Moreover, we our rabbinic tradition teaches “kol ham’abeid nefesh echat, ma’alin alav haKatuv k’elu m’abeid olam malei” - each loss of life is an entire world lost.
As such, we are reminded at this most challenging, frightening and difficult time that we are dedicated to see the infinite value in each individual. The death of any innocent person is a profound tragedy.
There are no words to express the level of fear and anxiety that many of us are feeling at this precarious time.
In the absence of words, we turn to tefilah. Together, we pray
that Hashem protect us - the Jewish people, the Jewish State from harm and ask that Hashem protect all humanity from harm. We daven that there be a quick cease fire and commit ourselves to continue to work for a world where we are able to recognize the Divine spark in each individual and yearn for a world where no more innocents lose their lives.
May Hashem bring success to the leaders of Medinat Yisrael and of the Palestinian people where we find a way to co-exist.
If you have friends and family living in Medinat Yisrael, as terrifying as this is for us, it is that much more intense living under the constant threat of attack. Remember to take the time to reach out and check in on them and express your concern.
As begin this month of Sivan and Shabbat is upon us, may it be a peaceful Shabbat in the region. May God provide us with renewed hope in humanity to meet the challenges we are currently confronting: Where tomorrow brings us better news of peace, security and increased calm in the region.
Rabbi Dina Najman
THE KEHILAH'S 9th ANNUAL
TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT, 5781
SUNDAY EVENING INTO MONDAY MORNING: 6th of Sivan / May 16th-17th
Shiurim begin at 11:00 PM
LOCATION: The Sopher Home
(in the outside driveway / patio area) 555 West 252nd Street
Riverdale, NY 10471
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.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN INCREDIBLE LINE UP OF SHIURIM:
Introduction by R' Najman
Sara Marko Inception of Jewish Architecture or One Unique Jewish Building: The Temple
Dvar Torah: Lea Stern Break
12:00 AM Prof. Paul Franks TBA
D'var Torah: Ben Wechselblatt Break
1:00 AM Dr. Josh Milner The Pintele T-cell: Chassidic thought and fighting COVID-19
Dvar Torah: Marianna Najman-Franks Break
Nachman Mazurek I Think, Therefore I am - Rambam's View on How Cognition and Awareness can Subject a MInor to the Mitzvah of Talmud Torah
James Licht Chamar Medina: What are we Whining About?
Judy Federbush TBA
4:10 AM R' Jonah Winer A Our Souls Went Out As G-d Spoke
5:05 AM Vatikin Tefilah
ALL NIGHT PRE-TEEN/TEEN LEARNING PROGRAM
GET READY FOR ALL NIGHT LEARNING!
Beginning at 11 PM - there will be an
area for middle and high school grade learning
R' Jonah will lead a session for teen learning.
R' Najman and Rav Jonah will be available to assist students studying for Judaic Studies exams or just learning lishma.
Divrei Torah will be given to students throughout the evening.
Students who need assistance practicing leining will have people to assist them.
For students who wish to learn on their own or in a chevruta, there will be high school age students available to assist in learning.
...And get your shailot ready for an Ask The Rav Session with R' Dina Najman
ALL ARE WELCOME
DELICIOUS DAIRY AND PARVE REFRESHMENTS THROUGHOUT THE EVENING
VATIKIN MINYAN AT 5:05 AM
PLEASE NOTE: WE REQUEST THAT MASK WEARING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING CONTINUES TO BE OBSERVED EVEN AS WE WILL REMAIN OUTSIDE
(There will be "mask break" areas for eating and taking a break from mask wearing for those who require a break separate from the learning areas).
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 19th - 20th, will take place at 7:55 PM.
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:
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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
SAVE THE DATE
UPCOMING COMMUNAL EVENTS
COMMUNAL EVENTS:Riverdale Run 2021
Running from May 9 through May 16! Registration is now open. 100% of proceeds from the Riverdale Run support our Free Senior Meals Program, which delivers meals to over 200 seniors daily. For more information, or to sign up, please visit www.RiverdaleRun.com.
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 www.RiverdaleY.org/summerstage.
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 www.RiverdaleY.org/ecc.
Interested in Sponsoring a Kiddush at The Kehilah?
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
In the second Perek of Bamidbar, we learn about the "degalim", the flags or markers in the encampment of Bnei Yisrael, which were used to divide the tribes into four groups.
Each degel for each of the four directions. In his HaEmek Davar, the Netziv explains that beyond each degel, each family member had a specific banner as well. The Netziv appreciates that these degalim represented different qulaities or tasks of each of the shevatim or even smaller groups among the people. Each group highlighted a different quality. This spoke to the uniqueness of the our people.
However, the question as to why Hashem chooses now to order the people in this fashion into their second year of being in the Midbar is glaring? Why did it have to occur only upon departing from Har Sinai?
In his Emet l'Yaakov, Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky zt"l explains that the separate tasks given where the people were situated could cause a great deal of disagreement among the people. They could have much conflict with one another. Therefore, these divisions would not take place until the Mishkan was constructed. The Mishkan, which served to unify the people at the center.
As we near the Shavuot Chag on Sunday evening, we consider this idea in light of the Ramban. In the beginning of Parshat Teruma, the Ramban explains that the Mishkan would serve to maintain the experience Bnei Yisrael encountered at Har Sinai. The role of the Mishkan, says Rav Kaminetzky, is similar to that of Matan Torah. Like Rashi explains: k'Ish Echad, b'Leiv Echad. They stood there as one person, with one heart. Like the Mishkan, the Torah was and remains the unifying force that keeps our people together. When we left Har Sinai and began to practice and learn what was given us on Har Sinai, we will, with out a doubt, understand, learn, interpret and practice the same Torah differently. Each with his or her own character. The tribes, with each one's personality, went in their own direction. Yet they were rooted with the Mishkan, a reminder of Matan Torah at their center. As we read Bamidbar and begin to appreciate the many different qualities of our people, and we learn together this coming Shavuot, and commemorate the acceptance of the Torah on Har Sinai: The "Na'aseh v'Nishma" moment - we recall how we, as a people stood together, with one voice and along with appreciation of the plurality of ideas and understandings.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.
The Kehilah Sunshine Committee
Wishes a Happy Birthday to those who have May Birthdays...
Chole Haller May 1st
Dahlia Prager May 10th
Rukhl Schaechter May 12th
Rahel Bayer May 14th
Yael Michaeli May
Hezekiah Konovitch May 20th
Ben Prager May 20th
Talya and Noa Nagata May 22nd
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
May they each have joy, good health, fulfillment and all they desire for themselves, ad me'ah v'esrim shana in good health.