פרשת שמות

שבת מברכין החודש
Shabbat Parshat Shemot

Shabbat M'varchin haChodesh

25th of Tevet, 5781

January 8th-9th, 2021

Candle lighting: 4:27 PM

Havdalah:  5:28 PM


The Kehilah of Riverdale

will, BE"H, be davening Shabbat Morning

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

Click here to sign up for Shabbat Morning
Parshat Shemot
January 9th at 9:00 am


Given the cold temperatures, The Kehilah will be meeting for approximately an hour, from 9:00am - 10:00 am
We will begin at Nishmat.

If you have any questions or require any further clarification, please feel free to contact Rabbi Dina Najman at

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 patio of the home of: 

    Jessica and Chad Haller
    4503 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471

  • 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’alei kriyah 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.

  • 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 warm coat and hat if needed.

  • Please bring your own water bottle or container of a hot beverage.

  • 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, snow, ice or the temperature drops to a dangerous level, 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.


Kol tuv,

R’ Dina Najman, Rabbi

Jonathan Konovitch, President


Mincha/Maariv: January 10th - January 14th

Davening at 4:25 pm

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

Password:  113089


Parshat Vaera 

If you would like to watch the video from this past week's shiur, Parshat Shemot, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayechi, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayigash, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayeshev, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayishlach please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayeitzei, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Toldot, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Chayei Sarah, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayera, please click here.

Please join us in welcoming R' Jonah to the Kehilah and in making the time to learn Torah from him.

Become a Kehilah Member or Donate to The Kehilah

Your support is genuinely crucial to our growth and we thank you for it.  If you have yet to become a member or make a donation, please feel free to contribute through one of the following methods:
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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
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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.


The Sunshine Committee wishes 

Happy Birthday to...

Barbara Indich Geller

Joanne Kipust Siegel

Ruth Licht

May they have good health, success and joy 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.
The Kehilah Book Club:

The next Kehilah Book Club will meet on

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021

at 10:30 am on Zoom.

The ZOOM Information is:
            Password:  113089

We will discuss “Concealed ”
By: Esther Amini


Ruth Licht will be our facilitator.
Esther Amini’s Concealed , is an emotional  memoir of a Jewish Iranian daughter caught between the  chador and America in the 1960’s. It’s a journey across time, culture, and Jewish values. She grew up in a Persian Jewish household in Queens, the daughter of tradition bound parents from Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city. Her parents had to practice Judaism “underground", while maintaining the appearance of being Muslims. 
She explores the little known history of Mashad’s underground Jews and the incident that pushed her parents to leave. She traces her family’s arduous journey to America as well as the conflict she feels between her indebtedness to her parents and her desire for more self-determination than their traditions allow. Amini weaves the themes of concealment and visibility in this moving view of culture and family.

Looking forward to seeing you on Feb. 21, 2021 for our next exciting Kehilah Book Club.
Ruth Licht-
Sherry Najman

Save the date:
On April 11, 2021, we will be discussing
“Orphan in History” by Paul Cowen.
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Short Vort for Shabbos:
Parshat Shemot:  A Prerequisite For Leadership

The first encounter Moshe will have directly with Hashem is at the burning bush.  It is there that Hashem will give over His first of many instructions to Moshe.  Hashem commands Moshe to not come close and take off his shoes since the place he is standing on is holy.

וַיֹּאמֶר, אַל-תִּקְרַב הֲלֹם; שַׁל-נְעָלֶיךָ, מֵעַל רַגְלֶיךָ--כִּי הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה עוֹמֵד עָלָיו, אַדְמַת-קֹדֶשׁ הוּא.


The straightforward explanation is that since the place upon which Moshe is standing is holy, out of respect, Moshe needs to take off his shoes.
As Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch explains:  A person who takes off one's shoes in a holy place demonstrates that they are devoting themselves to the holiness of that place.  
We see this with birkat Kohanim.  The Kohen removes his shoes to completely devote himself to the holiness of the floor of the Azarah.  The more a person attaches himself to a holy place, the more he will be able to feel its holiness.

Yet, perhaps this moment in time conveys to us a deeper message - that of the leadership role Moshe is about to acquire.  There is great significance in the removal of Moshe's shoes:  
When an individual wears shoes, one will feel mostly the larger stones and obstacles on the ground. Shoes allow the shoe-wearer to become removed and disconnected from the smaller pebbles on the road. However, a barefoot traveler feels every minute depression or elevation on the ground one walks on.
Therefore, Hashem instructs Moshe that before assuming any role or direct connection with Hashem, he needs to remove his shoes so that he can feel every nook, every bump along the way.  This is a critical message for leadership.  A leader must consider not only the larger general problems.  A leader serves his or her community by being cognizant towards the pain, the needs and the struggles of each member under one's leadership.  A leader must remember that he or she is the representative of a whole that is the sum of many parts.  Hashem instructs Moshe to identify, as much as he will be able to, the struggle and plight of each and every member of Bnei Yisrael.
Moshe removes his shoes, and in doing so, will be able to sense as clearly as possible the needs, the concerns and the personal struggles of his people.  Moshe cannot become a leader who shuts himself out to the smaller issues and concentrate his energies only upon the more general problems.  He must feel the pain of every single commoner under his rule.  With this new role he will take on, Moshe bears the responsibility to identify as much as possible with the plight of each and every Jew.

With the inauguration of a new leader for the United States of America upon us, we offer the hope and prayer, that every individual will be appreciated and respected by this new world leader.  May Hashem instill within all our leadership the sensitivity and perception to care for and internalize the requests, desires and requirements of each and every individual and see him or her as a significant member with infinite value.  May these leaders be worthy of the service they provide for their nations and individual community and serve as a role model for each of us to do the same.

Shabbat Shalom.




Book Festival
We are thrilled to present a Fall Book Festival that connects you to the author right in your living room. Featuring authors such as Harlan Coben, Mike Leven, Joan Lunden, and more. Visit for more information and registration details.
Sarah Lily Adoption Fund
Please share this with anyone who's adopting: The Sarah Lily Fund provides two $5,000 grants annually to help defray some of the many costs of forming Jewish families in this vital way. For additional information, as well as the application form, please visit

Monday, January 18th:  MLK Day of Service 2021 at the Riverdale Y.
Here for programming and details.
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