פרשת כי תצא

Parshat Ki Teitzei

9th of Elul, 5780

August 28th - 29th, 2020

Candle lighting: 7:15 pm

Havdalah: 8:14 pm




4503 Fieldston Rd.
Riverdale, NY 10471


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

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

  • 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.

  • To sign up for a place in davening, please click here to fill out the form for Shabbat Morning.

  • 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.

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

August 30th - September 3rd


Davening at 7:15 pm

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

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The Kehilah is pleased to inform the community that The Kehilah of Riverdale is planning to meet for all the tefilot of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur:

The Riverdale Y 
Outdoors on the Patio deck in the back of the building.
5625 Arlington Avenue, 
Bronx, NY 10471

Please click HERE to fill out the form regarding the Yamim Noraim schedule and sign up for outdoor tefilot.

Please feel welcome to join us!

Yahrzeit Commemoration

for Last Week and this Coming Week


5th of Elul
Ruth Metzger, a"h
Mother to Leon Metzger (and Emily Blum), grandmother to Gabriel, Ethan and Renee Metzger.

5th of Elul
Avraham ben Yishayahu David HaLevi Turok, a"h
Father to Michael Turok (and Adrienne Goldfeder Turok), grandfather to Eitan, Gilad, Avi and Dan Turok.

7th of Elul
Elizabeth Franks, a"h
Mother to Paul Franks (and Hindy Najman), grandmother to Marianna and Ezra Najman-Franks.

9th of Elul
Yehuda Yonatan Najman, a"h
Father to HaChazzan Chaim Najman (and Dr. Sherrell Najman), grandfather to Yehuda, Hindy, Dina and Danny Najman.

25th of Elul
Miriam bat Avraham, a"h
Mother to Maura Shaykin (and Leonard), grandmother to Emma and Joseph Shaykin

May each neshama have an aliyah and may each neshama be a mailitz yosher for his or her family, for Klal Yisrael and for the world.
The Kehilah Membership Drive for 2020

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 2020.

Your membership and financial support over the past year has enabled The Kehilah to meet regularly at the Society for Ethical Culture.  It has allowed us to expand our programming to include events on every holiday of the Jewish calendar year. 

We continue to have a great deal of programming planned for the 2020 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,

Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman, Marta d'Atra

Jonathan Konovitch, President

William Scheiner, Fundraising Chair

The Kehilah Sunshine Committee

wishes Happy Birthday to

Leah Nerenberg

Judah Zmood

Wishing them good health, joy and fulfillment ad me'ah v'esrim shana in good health.


A Short Vort for Shabbos:
Parshat Ki Teitzei 

Among the many mitzvot listed in Parshat Ki Teitzei is the mitzvah of Kan Tzippur.
The Torah teaches in Devarim, 22:7:

שַׁלֵּחַ תְּשַׁלַּח אֶת-הָאֵם, וְאֶת-הַבָּנִים תִּקַּח-לָךְ, לְמַעַן יִיטַב לָךְ, וְהַאֲרַכְתָּ יָמִים

“You must first send away the mother and then you may take the young. This is order that you have it good and will live long.”

This is the prohibition of removing eggs or chicks from a nest when the mother bird is present.  The law is as follows.  One must first shoo the mother bird away and then proceed to take the eggs or chicks.  

Most often, the Torah does not indicate a reward for fulfilling this mitzvah.
The Torah, however, indicates that one will be rewarded with long life in fulfilling this mitzvah.
There is another mitzvah where the same reward of long life is associated with the mitzvah:  Honoring one's father and mother.
In the ten commandments in Shemot, 20:12 the Torah commands us:

כַּבֵּד אֶת-אָבִיךָ, וְאֶת-אִמֶּךָ--לְמַעַן, יַאֲרִכוּן יָמֶיךָ, עַל הָאֲדָמָה, אֲשֶׁר-ה' אֱלֹקיךָ נֹתֵן

"Honor your father and thy mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God gives you." 

Chazal will connect these two pesukim.  Shiluach haKein is a seemingly easy mitzvah to perform.  Honoring one's parents is not so simple.
Yet, this demonstrates that no matter the level of difficulty, both mitzvot have equal importance, equal reward.  Thereby demonstrating that each mitzvah, regardless of level of effort is seen as equal and necessary.

While this is an important message of mitzvah observance in general, the idea that idea that sending away the mother bird as an "easy mitzvah" is unclear.  Honoring one's parents has its challenges, for sure.  However, should sending a way a mother bird be viewed as so simple an action.

If we look at the mother bird as protecting her children in the same way that a human parent does, perhaps, sending away the mother bird should not be simple.  There is an instinctual love and protection that a parent has for his or her children.  In nature, we observe this as well.  The sorrow that the mother bird has in the loss of her chicks or the eggs she is carefully protecting is something that we should pause and feel for.  We need to respect and value that relationship.  We demonstrate this as well in our appreciation to our parents for their loving kindness, self sacrifice and unwavering protection which allowed us to grow to self sufficient human beings.

The Rav (Rav Soloveitchik) teaches us that the compassion that we extend to the mother bird before taking the chicks or eggs, is simply more of the same honoring of parents that we give to our own mother and father. 

Therefore, we do not take advantage of this loving relationship that a mother bird has for her children.  While it is physically easy to chase away the mother bird, it should not be easy for us to do so.  Appreciate this relationship.  Have compassion for her and by extension all living creatures.  This instinctual loving relationship of protection and care is one we cannot afford to dismiss.  In that way, we appreciate our own parent's compassion and uncompromising devotion and care. The reward of long life is indicative of valuing the life that the parent has selflessly provided for the child.  Recognizing them, and by extension, HaKadosh Baruch Hu, the partner with our parents in providing us with existence, makes us worthy of such a life.

Shabbat Shalom.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its massive impact on New York’s Jewish
community, the Hebrew Free Burial Association is, unfortunately, busier than ever. Since March 1st, they have conducted more than 218 burials, up from 79 a year ago. 

Unfortunately, in many of these cases, family members are unable to attend the burial due to the statewide lock down or their own health. Plus, with the backlog of thousands of unclaimed bodies currently being stored in refrigerated trailers by the NYC Medical Examiner’s office, some of which are Jewish, hundreds more burials are anticipated to take place in the weeks to come.
[Watch this video: See how HFBA is operating during the COVID-19 pandemic]

This increase in volume of burials has created a critical fiscal emergency for this important communal organization. Due to this tremendous surge in burials, the Hebrew Free Burial Association is currently facing a $650,000 shortfall and needs everyone across the broader Jewish community to rise to the occasion to help them perform this tremendous mitzvah.

Each burial in Mount Richmond Cemetery costs more than $5,000. This includes some of the following costs:
 Tachrichim (burial shrouds) – $54
 PPE equipment (for all people involved in the burial) – $100
 Daily cost to operate 40 foot refrigerated trailer (includes generator rental and fuel) – $150
 Tahara – $250
 Kosher coffin (simple pine box) – $300
 Grave opening – $650
 Additional grave digger needed due to COVID-19 – $650


1) DONATE NOW to help cover some of the costs of these burials:
2) Thank you to those who have donated more than 2,000 taleisim in the last few weeks, but don’t need more of these at this time. We respectfully ask that you please focus your giving solely on our extreme financial needs at this time.
Please open your hearts and participate in the highest mitzvah one can perform by supporting the Hebrew Free Burial Association TODAY.
The Hebrew Free Burial Association devotes its resources to chesed shel emet (the ultimate act of loving kindness), burying indigent Jews with dignity and respect. It is the only agency in the New York metropolitan area dedicated to assuring that every Jew, regardless of financial means or religious affiliation, receives a dignified, traditional Jewish funeral and burial.
An Environmental Message
Step Out and Turn it Up!
To help you save money on the AC you use, first try setting your thermostat higher when you’ll be out of the house; there’s no point in keeping all that air cool when nobody’s there to enjoy it.
And even when you’re home, try setting the thermostat for a slightly warmer temperature—it pays. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, for each degree you raise your thermostat, you’ll save 3 to 5 percent in cooling costs. That means by setting the temperature five degrees higher, you could save 15 to 25 percent on your energy bills.
Community Happenings at the Riverdale Y:

Riverdale Y Sunday Market
There are still a few spots remaining for the Riverdale Y Sunday Market. After an amazing first two weeks, come join us to see what the entire community is talking about. You must register for a time slot, for more information or to register, please visit

KCI Community Food
KCI Community Food provides fresh Kosher food delivery to anyone in the community. The economic downturn has affected many people, and the Met Council and UJA Federation of New York are helping the community get these food resources to help. Please call (646) 647-1380 or email All requests are confidential, and all food is delivered to your door. 
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