פרשת תצוה

שבת זכור


 Parshat Tetzaveh

Shabbat Zachor

11th of Adar, 5780/March 6th-7th, 2020

Candle lighting: 5:35 PM

Havdalah:  6:36 PM
The Kehilah Meets THIS Shabbat,

Parshat Tetzaveh/Parshat Zachor

March 7th, 2020/11th of Adar, 5780


4450 Fieldston Rd, Bronx, NY 10471

Davening begins at 9 am

KehilahKids will be meeting:
Led by Akiva and Gila


The Kehilah is an inclusive Orthodox shul, supporting spiritual and lay leadership irrespective of gender.

Everyone is Welcome!  
Please Join Us!
Dear Kehilah Friends,

Given this past week's news where there were those in Westchester county affected by the coronovirus, and there were people in Riverdale who may have had contact with these individuals, based on the recommendations and advise of the governor, NYDOH and other professionals, our greater community has committed to figure out ways where we can keep to the best health practices in our shul and in our homes. 

To minimize the spread of infectious disease and follow best health practices and infection prevention, please make sure to commit to consistent hand washing with soap and water or with hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. 
Additionally, given that this is the season of Purim with many gatherings from Parshat Zachor to Megilah readings, Seudat Purim and Mishloach Manot, we wanted to share with you the precautions we are taking and ask you to consider alternative and careful ways of celebrating.

Parshat Zachor:
Normally Parshat Zachor bring many to shul to hear z'chirat Amalek.  We are requesting that any person who feels ill, not come to shul.  Additionally, anyone with a cough, respiratory or at-risk health conditions are recommended and strongly urged to consider staying home. 
Our Kiddush Shabbat morning will be served by those wearing gloves.

Mishloach Manot
The obligation of Mishloach Manot is to give one package with
two - ready to eat items in it, to one person only.  In hopes to minimize contact between people in their homes at this time, we are recommending that each person give only one mishloach manot package this year.  
If people would like to contribute to others, we highly recommend contributing to the Kehilah Mishloach Manot sponsorship (please see below) and taking advantage of other communal opportunities to give.  
The greatest mitzvah on Purim is Matanot l'Evyonim.  Please consider contributing more to gifts to the poor in place of Mishloach Manot.

Purim Night:
After reading the Megilah in shul, there will be a break fast with the opportunity for each family to take home a mishloach manot from the Kehiliah. 
There will be people serving the food at the break fast with music playing.

We appreciate that this is a truly stressful time for us. We want to be here to support and assist you in any way that is helpful.
Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

We wish refuah sh'laima to those affected by the virus and hope that we hear b'surot tovot soon.

With love and devotion,

R' Dina Najman, Marta d'Atra
Jonathan Konovitch, President
משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה





*Everyone who comes to the Kehilah will

receive a Mishloach Manot package!*


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


All Are Welcome...bring your family and friends.

Childcare will be available during Megilah reading.

Parking is available at the Y.




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

Mishloah Manot pickup will be 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.

!חג פורים שמח

March 9th, 2020 / 14TH OF ADAR

The Riverdale Y
5625 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, NY  10471


7:00 PM Maariv followed by reading of
Megilat Esther
(men and women will be leining the megilah)

Followed by... The Kehilah Purim Chagigah with
food, fun and entertainment!  


Sponsor our Communal Mishloach Manot
by clicking here

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

Looking forward to Your Joining Us! 

Dear Kehilah Members and Friends, 

After a series of shiurim, and based upon overwhelming communal interest, our Kehilah has now expanded the roles for women during Kriyat haTorah.

Women and men are called to the Torah for aliyot and participate in reading from the Torah. 

If you would like to read from the Torah on any given Shabbat, please click
here to sign up to lein on our google sheets.

Now more than ever we need your support, and we encourage you to renew your membership with the Kehilah for 2020 today.
In addition to our basic membership of $500, we are introducing a new Chai Membership of $1,800
If you believe in the mission of the Kehilah, if you are excited about the dynamic programming changes, we encourage you to support us. 

The Kehilah will be meeting roughly every other week from January through June at the Society for Ethical Culture.

Below is a calendar of dates for the remainder of the first half of 2020 when the Kehilah will be meeting: 

March 7
March 28
April 4
April 25
May 9
May 30
June 13
June 20
June 27

Please mark your calendars and join us early and often!
Finally, we also ask that you to consider renewing your membership for 2020 soon. 

Now more than ever we need your support.

In addition to our basic membership of $500, we are introducing a new
Chai Membership of $1800.

If you believe in the mission of the Kehilah, if you are excited about the dynamic programming changes, we encourage you to support us.

Thank you for your generous past support and we look forward to seeing you THIS SHABBAT, February 22nd.

Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman
President Jonathan Konovitch





A Short Vort for Shabbos:  

Parshat Tetzaveh:

Shemen Zayit Zakh

At the beginning of Parshat Tetzaveh, Hashem commands Bnei Yisrael to supply pure olive oil - Shemen zayit zakh, for the lighting of the Menorah in the Mishkan. 
In Shmot, Perek 27, Pasuk 20:
  וְאַתָּה תְּצַוֶּה אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶיךָ  שֶׁמֶן זַיִת זָךְ כָּתִית--לַמָּאוֹר:  לְהַעֲלֹת נֵר, תָּמִיד
And you should command the children of Israel, that they bring to you pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually.

In Shmot Rabba, 36:1, the Chachamim comment on this pasuk, explaining that there is great significance in Hashem commanding His people to specifically provide olive oil for the Mishkan.  
The Midrash quotes Yirmiyahu in Sefer Yirmiyahu, Perek 11, Pasuk 16:
 זַיִת רַעֲנָן יְפֵה פְרִי-תֹאַר, קָרָא ה' שְׁמֵךְ
Hashem called your name a leafy olive-tree, fair with goodly fruit...

Here, Hashem compares Bnei Yisrael to that of a fresh olive.  

In explaining this analogy, the Midrash points to a number of similarities between Am Yisrael and the olive, including, "Just as an olive is crushed and then produces its oil, so do Israel: the nations of the world come and beat them, and they then do teshuva (repentance) and Hashem answers them."   Since the olive's production of oil involves pressing, it is symbolic of Benei Yisrael's return to God in response to persecution.

The Sefas Emes, says:  "A human being is created to light up this world"(Chanukah, 1874).
Perhaps this is the necessary directive for the Jewish people as they were involved in the work of building a Mishkan - their contributions to filling the world with light.  The Mishkan is likened to a mini Briyat haOlam, creation of the world. Hashem is providing the opportunity for us to partner in this "creation" of sorts - of bringing light to this new intimate space for the Jewish people.  As the Midrash on this Parsha explains:  Hashem said:   "It is not that I need their light for for illumination.  I am the Light of the World.  Rather, I am giving you an opportunity to provide light for Me, just as I provided light for you."

Throughout the history of the Jewish people, we have worked hard to keep the light burning.  In reality, the light is beyond the physical flame.  For Jews, the purest light of the shemen zayit zach represents Torah (the root which is light) and the Jewish spirit more than the tangible light itself.  While the actual clear flame provides light and warmth, there is a psychological message of support in challenging times and circumstances. The key is to keep kindling the light - pressing the olive.  That is the difficult task at hand:  Creating a sense of spirit and encouragement.  The purer the oil, the brighter, firmer and stronger the flame.  This light is crucial for our existence and our continuity as a people.

Since Purim will take place this week, it is fitting to think about Megilat Esther.  The Megilah says, “Layehudim hayta orah v’simcha v’sasson vi’ykar.  The Jews had light, joy, gladness, and dignity.” The Gemara explain that orah refers to Torah. The Jews already accepted all mitzvot at Har Sinai, but their light, joy, and passion were missing. On Purim the Jews repented with love and with it came a new acceptance of the Torah with enthusiasm and gladness. 

Every week, as we conclude Shabbat in Havdalah, we say this pasuk from the Megilah out loud as a reminder to take the joy and inspiration of the Shabbat day into our week. 

May we continue to bring forth the pure light that comes from within us to enlighten each other through learning, energy and passion in service to Hashem and to our people.

Shabbat Shalom. 

Interested in Sponsoring a Kiddush at The Kehilah?

Please contact our Kiddush Coordinator, 
Nahum Palefski at:

Wishes Happy Birthday to...

Dahlia Sopher Harelick

May she have good health, joy and success ad me'ah v'esrim shana!


Sunday, June 7, 2020
at the home of Joyce Marcus
629 Kappock St.
Riverdale , NY 1046
Presenter:  To be announced

We will discuss “The Jews of Harlem”
By: Jeffrey S. Gurock

The Jews of Harlem follows Jews into, out of and back into the renowned metropolitan neighborhood of Harlem over the course of a century and a half. It analyzes the complex set of forces that brought several generations of central European, East European and Sephardic Jews to settle in Harlem, and it explains the dynamics that led Jews to exit this part of New York.
Gurock has populated his book with fascinating tales of Jewish Harlem’s development with all people, Jews and African Americans who gave the community life and vitality.
We look forward to seeing you on June 7th.
Ruth Licht-
Sherry Najman
If you would like to share an important part of the book, we’d love to hear your opinion.

Mrs. Lucy Lang to receive the Lotte Bravmann z’l Eishet Chail award 

The  Riverdale Jewish community is honored that our longtime founding member and benefactor Mrs. Lucy Lang  will receive the prestigious Lotte Bravmann z’l Eishet Chayil Award at the UJA gala Heart Matters Dinner : Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:00 PM  at Gotham Hall. Couples and individuals are welcome. 25,000 of us stood up to anti-Semitism at the “no hate no fear” rally in January.  Now join UJA to stand up and stand together with the Jewish community once again and raise vital funds for the security of our Jewish institutions throughout the area. We’ll honor 4 extraordinary individuals whose leadership and vision have helped build and strengthen UJA and our greater community - Alisa Levin and Chuck Nathan, Al Bernikow , and foremost among them are very own Lucy Lang. For more information,  reservations, or Journal ads, please follow this  link (—-), or contact Adrienne Rubin-Prince at RubinPrinceA@UJAFEDNY.ORG or (212) 836-1674.
Upcoming Communal Events:
Riverdale Run 2020
The Riverdale Y will be hosting its annual community-run on May 17, 2020. This year the proceeds will go towards funding our Inclusion Program. Save $10 by registering with our Early Bird Special! Bring your entire family, your neighbors, and building residents for a fun-filled day. Alongside the run, there will be an assortment of local vendors and activities available. To register, please visit

All In: Inclusion Program
All In is an inclusion program open to participants of all abilities for ages 6 - 16. This allows participants to engage with other peers as they learn to improve their social and communication skills through activities. The programming can include Sports, STEAM, Dance, Music, Arts, and Social Skills. This 10-session program runs from February 23 - May 3. To register, please visit

Maccabi Games
The Riverdale Y is happy to announce our plans for two great JCC Maccabi experiences this Spring and Summer. We're excited to be a co-sponsor of these games right in our backyard! We are planning to send a delegation that includes boys, basketball, and ideally girls basketball as well. For more information, please check out our website at
An Environmental Message

Change your light


If every household in the United State replaced one regular lightbulb with one of those new compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.

Don't like the color of light? Use these bulbs for closets, laundry rooms and other places where it won't be as much of a disturbance to you.

For more information, go to:

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