פרשת קרח
Parshat Korach

2nd day of Tammuz, 5781

June 11th-12th, 2021

Shabbat Candle lighting:  8:09 PM

Havdalah: 9:10 PM

Sign Up to Daven with The Kehilah of Riverdale

Shabbat Parshat Korach

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

Davening starts at 8:45 AM 

Click here to sign up for Shabbat Davening

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 morning is expected to be in the high 60s, low 70s during our Tefilah.

Please note: In adherence with our Medical Advisor and the CDC, those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks in our outdoor davening space.
We continue to adhere to social distancing protocol. 

For those partially vaccinated or not vaccinated at all, mask wearing remains in effect.

We strongly recommend all our participants to vaccinate.  If one needs assistance in finding vaccination sites, please reach out to an we are more than happy to assist you.

Looking forward to our davening together in a safe and meaningful way.


Kol tuv,

R’ Dina Najman, Rabbi

Jonathan Konovitch, President

Mazal tov to our 2021 Graduates!

Join the Kehilah next Shabbat on: 

June 12th/2nd of Tammuz
Shabbat, Parshat Korach

as we celebrate graduates of all ages:
from Pre-K through Grad school at our 

Annual Graduation Kiddush
with a Kiddush 2 Go for those in attendance


Thank you to...

-Jessica and Chad Haller for accomodating all the deliveries and kiddushes.

and to...

-Nahum Palefski for planning and organizing the Kiddush

Tizku l'mitzvot!  


Please let us know the name/s of your graduates so that we can mention them in the 2021 Graduation list in the bulletin.

If you would like to sponsor kiddush in honor of someone who is graduating, please contact us at
click here to sponsor the Kiddush

Suggested Kiddush Sponsorship is $50


As the graduates have reached their milestone, we wish them much hatzlakha as they begin the new journey ahead.  
May it be one where they have fulfillment and good health.

Mazal tov.

וכל מי שעוסקים בצרכי צבור


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Please complete this questionnaire and let us know what you would like to help out with.  

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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, June 13th - June 17th, will take place at 8:10 PM.       

Join Us on Zoom:

Password:  113089

The Kehilah Book Club

The next Kehilah Book Club will meet


Sunday, June 13, 2021

at 10:00 am

on Zoom.


Password:  113089

We will discuss “The Angel ”
(Which won the National Jewish Book Award)

By: Uri Bar -Joseph

Sherry Najman 
and Carole Oshinsky will Facilitate the discussion.

As the son-in-law of President Gamal Abdel Nasser and a close advisor to Anwar Sadat, Ashraf Marwan had access to the deepest secrets of his country’s government. Under the code name of “The Angel”, Marwan, was a spy for Israel and turned Egypt into an open book. He saved Israel from a devastating defeat by tipping off the Mossad in advance of the joint Egyptian-Syrian attack on Yom Kippur in 1973.
 This spy thriller is a trenchant account of the career of a master spy.


Update from last book club:
We were privileged to have 
Bonnie and Issac facilitate, our last Kehilah Book Club, “An Orphan in History” by Paul Cowan. Their questions and comments  made the book come alive for us and created very enthusiastic participation.
We thank Rabbi Dina Najman for enabling us to Zoom in and benefit from the dialogue of our Kehilah Book Club.
Looking forward to seeing you on June 13, 2021 for our next exciting Kehilah Book Club


Ruth Licht-
Sherry Najman
The Kehilah Membership Drive for 2021

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 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:

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,

R' Dina Najman, Marta d'Atra

Jonathan Konovitch, President

William Scheiner, Fundraising Chair


A Short Vort for Shabbos:

Parshat Korach

When did Korach actually rise up in opposition to Moshe?  
Ibn Ezra maintains that Korach raises his opposition to Korach, earlier on in the Torah text, when the tribe of Levi was designated for service to the Mishkan.  Unlike Ibn Ezra who suggests that the the episode with Korach appears out of chronological order, Ramban accepts the chronology that the Torah presents us with.  According to Ramban, Korach felt a great deal of resentment for a while.  It was festering  inside him.  However, Korach realized that any opposition to Moshe the beloved leader would meet with opposition.  However, after the various episodes of the spiral down fall of Bnei Yisrael (themitonn'mimKivrot haTa'ava and then the meraglim, which resulted in many of  Bnei Yisrael not entering the land of Israel), Korach recognizes that perhaps this people are ready for a revolt.  Korach takes this opportunity - feeding off of the impressionable nature of K'lal Yisrael and takes advantage of the low morale of the people.  He instilled within the people doubt beyond themselves, but within their leadership as well.
According to Ramban, it was wrong for the people to fall into Korach’s trap and reject Moshe’s leadership.  The people had too deep a weakness at this point.  Moreover, Ramban asserts that this could not have taken place earlier.  For had it been at the moment when the Leviim were appointed their service, before the people erred so profoundly, Korach’s revolt would have failed.  Moshe lovingly maternally, cared for, tended to, and prayed for the people.  Moshe was still respected in the eyes of the people and for all he did to defend them and support them.
Unfortunately after cheit meraglim, the people could not look past that disappointment.  Even on those rare occasions when leaders slip, the leader continued to deserve the people’s continued support and respect even after the debacle of cheit ha-meragelim.  
Ramban teaches a great lesson: People fail.  But, Korach presents us with the challenge how we will return.  How will we in turn, still commit to them?  This must be our attitude:  People in our lives deserve our hakarat haTov and appreciation.  But, gratitude is owed even when there may be occasional bumps in the road of that leadership.  Korach's taking advantage of the peoples skepticism teaches us a valuable lesson:  We are humans.  We will err.  When that happens, we make sure to establish reasonable expectations of others and our selves.  Never lose the appreciation and the drive to represent others and doing their best to serve and lead.  
This does not mean leaders are not subject to scrutiny. But, reminding ourselves as to the accomplishments of the leader performed in the past and the confidence we can display in the improvements of that leader in the future, will in turn allow for the best possible outcome for us all.

Shabbat Shalom
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

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
Interested in Sponsoring a Kiddush at The Kehilah?

Please contact our Kiddush Coordinator,
Nahum Palefski at:
The Kehilah Sunshine Committee 

Wishes a Mazal Tov to...

Jonathan and Laurel Hecht

on the upcoming marriage of their daughter



Harry Ottensoser

son of Deena and Gilad Ottensoser

Mazal tov to Jessica's siblings Sophie and Lucy.  Mazal tov to grandparents and the entire Hecht - Ottensoser family. May Jessica and Harry have a long, beautiful, joyful and healthy life, ad me'ah v'esrim shana.  May they build a beautiful bayit, ne'eman b' Yisrael.


Mazal Tov to...

Billy and Linda Scheiner 
on the recent engagement of their daughter



Daniel Rand

son of

Jeffrey and Susan Rand

Mazal tov to Sylvia's brother, Harry and grandmothers Margot Scheiner and Phyllis Rayman. 

May Sylvia and Daniel have a life of good health and success ad me'ah v'esrim shana.  May this new union bring much joy and celebration to their families and Klal Yisrael.

Happy Birthday to ...

Lea Geller

Ariela Migdal

Esther Wolfer

May they each have joy, good health, fulfillment and all they desire for themselves, ad me'ah v'esrim shana in good health.


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.

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