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Reminders:

  • Mincha Erev Shabbos at 13:30, 17:20 and 18:44.
  • Davening times (especially Mincha) are changing due to the changing times of sunset. Please see the newsletter for a full explanation and the schedule.
  • New weekday Mincha at 15:15.
  • Shabbos Shiurim with the Rav:
    • The Rav’s shiur on Beis Elokim written by the Mabit takes place this and every Shabbos at about 08:05.
    • The Rav’s Pirkei Avos takes place immediately after the 3rd Mincha (approximately 18:20). It is open to both men and women.
  • Weekday Shiurim with the Rav:
  • American Friends of Ahavas Shalom Inc. (a 501c3 Corporation in New York State) is now up and running. Donations are deductible as per the USA Tax Law. See www.ahavasshalom.com for details about donations.
  • Contact Mrs. Miriam Zakoo, the Ahavas Shalom Administrative Secretary, to pay your membership dues or make a donation to the Kehilla.

Good Shabbos!

Yomim Noraim 5781

Rosh Hashanah is TWO WEEKS away, and there is still uncertainty in the government over what decrees they will impose upon us.

The Ahavas Shalom Vaad, Gabbaim and even the Rav know about as much as you know, but we are doing our best to prepare given this moving target. Current regulations allow us to have more people in our beloved Beis Medrash than we had last month, but still not as many as we have had in the past for Rosh Hashanah.

Therefore, we have prepared for an overflow crowd by reserving another location that can accommodate several dozen people, and have even arranged for baalei tefillah, gabbaim, a baal tokeah and more.

We need your help so that we can determine the exact needs of our kehilla. For example, we might designate this alternative minyon to be a Vasikin minyon which will coordinate with sunrise (starting before 06:00; sunrise 06:37), which many men might like. Or we might ensure that there is a minyon of men, but assign the room mostly to ladies. There are many other options, too. But only 14 days to implement them!

We are also still working out pricing, but the current pricing model for members for all three days is 250₪ in the main beis medrash and 200₪ in the satellite minyon. Family members sitting adjacent to the paying member would be at a 100₪ discount. If there is space, then we would open up to non-members at a higher rate.

ACTIONS TO TAKE: Ensure that you have told Aryeh Beer or a vaad member your intentions for Yomim Nora’im by Motza’ei Shabbos. The Vaad and Gabbaim will then do their best to implement a plan that accommodates all members and as many “others” as possible.

(Please note that at this stage making a “reservation” and even “paying for a seat” will not guarantee you a place this year. This is because of all the uncertainty created by the government, who at any moment could lock down the country. We will do our best to first accommodate men who are full paying members of our kehilla, after which we will try to accommodate everyone else. If we are unable to accommodate someone who has paid, we will of course return the money to them.)