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OZ Weekly: Shabbat Shuva & Yom Kippur - IMPORTANT INFO

09/25/2020 10:56:14 AM


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Celebrate the High Holidays at OZ

  • Thank you for your patience and understanding as we arrange seating according to distancing guidelines - we hope iyH next year to resume preferred seating
  • Yom Kippur Seating List, Schedule, and Seating Maps:
    • Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow for spaced entry
    • Please bring your own machzor if you can
    • Please note that names appear under the account registered - and if you rsvp'd for more than one minyan your name may appear 2 times (Eg Sukkah Kol Nidrei & Early Shacharit)
    • Please sit only in your assigned seat. The Main Minyan & Sukkah Minyan are closed out. 8:15pm Late Maariv, 6:30am Shacharit & 8:00am Sephardic Minyan still have seats available.
  • Davening Guides:
    • Machzor Page Guide (ArtScroll, Koren, Birbuam): Click HERE
    • Ohr Torah Stone Condensed Printable Machzor: Click HERE
    • Steinsaltz Printable Torah Reading & Commentary (Shacharit, Mincha, Yonah): Click HERE

Order your Lulav!

Help us close the Fiscal Year!

  • Check Your Account Balance & Support our Shul by Clicking HERE.

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Sponsor Kiddush To-Go (

  • Roz Singer & Robby Bindiger, in commemoration of the first yahrzeit of Rhoda Bindiger, Rivkah Kraindel bat Eliezer Moshe v' Chanah z'l

Mazel Tov

  • Robert & Pam Lunzer, on the engagement of their daughter Rena and Eli Kittay
  • Jenny Michael, on the engagement of her daughter, Shira Moffson to Kenneth Eckstein
  • Andy & Ronnie Schonzeit, on Jacob receiving Semicha in Israel
  • Jay & Zohara Taragin, on the engagement of Barak to Zahava Milstein

Baruch Dayan Emet

  • Vivian & Gerald Adler, on the passing of Vivian's mother Grace Kahn z'l
  • Edith Nathan, on the loss of her sister Devorah Lepkifker z'l

Have a Blast! - UPDATED

  • High Holiday ZOOM Classes with Rabbi Allen Schwartz
  • (Zoom, Schedule, Sponsor)
    • Wednesday @ 8:00pm - Minchas Chinuch: The Holiday Mitzvot, meets on Wednesday Sept. 30

Minyan Update

  • Participants in Minyanim must follow all Shul & Social Distancing Guidelines, including wearing masks, sitting in marked seats, and following New York's self-quarantine rules
  • Rabbi Schwartz is emphatic that absolutely no one should feel any pressure to participate at this point.
  • Weekday 6:00am Shacharit is temporarily suspended until after Sukkot
  • Current Tefillah Times:
    • Shacharit
      • Shabbat: 7:30am, 9:15am
      • Sunday & Legal Holiday: 8:00am
      • Monday & Thursday: 6:50am, 7:50am
      • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00am, 8:00am
      • Rosh Chodesh: 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am
    • Mincha/Maariv
      • Zman - Please check Calendar

Youth Events

  • Youth Corner below

Volunteers Needed

  • Please contact to help shop for the homebound

OZ Online Opportunities,

  • Daf Yomi Daily Conference Call

  • Zoom TNLP on Tuesdays starts at 7:30pm

  • Zoom Discover Judaism (Wednesdays) starts of 6:45pm

  • Stay Tuned for More... Events!

Shabbat Refresher Course with Adam Resnick

  • The Fall Season has started with a review of the 39 Melachot
  • Topics to be covered: Reheating Food, Food preparation, Housework, Personal grooming, Appliances, Carrying, Eruvin, Muktzeh




Weekend Schedule

  • Shabbat Shuva 5781
    • Friday Night
      • 6:29pm - Candles
      • 6:40pm - Mincha/Maariv
    • Shabbat Day
      • 7:30am - Hashkama Minyan
      • 9:00am - Sukkah Minyan (RSVP Required, Click HERE)
      • 9:15am - Main Minyan
      • 6:25pm - Mincha, followed by Shabbat Shuva Shiur with Rabbi Allen Schwartz: "How To Bribe G-d In The Season of Repentance"
      • 7:25pm - Maariv
      • 7:35pm - Havdala
      • No Late Selichot
  • Sunday, Erev Yom Kippur
    • 7:50am - Selichot followed by Shacharit in Main Shul
    • 8:50am - Selichot followed by Shacharit in Main Shul
    • 1:16pm - Mincha (Gedola) in Main Shul
    • 4:15pm - Mincha (Ketana) in Main Shul
    • 5:30pm - Zoom Kol Nidrei & Selichot
    • 6:25pm - Candles
    • 6:35pm - Kol Nidrei & Maariv
      • Main Minyan (Closed Out)
      • Sephardic Minyan
      • Sukkah Minyan (Closed Out)
    • 8:15pm - Late Maariv in Main Shul
  • Monday, Yom Kippur (Yizkor)
    • Shacharit 
      • 6:30am - Early Minyan in Main Shul (starts at haMelech)
      • 8:00am - Sephardic Minyan in Bet Medrash
      • 8:00am - Sukkah Minyan (Sold-Out) - Social Hall if Rain (starts at Nishmas)
      • 9:30am - Main Minyan in Main Sanctuary - followed by Mincha (Sold-Out)
    • 9:47am - Zman Kriat Shema
    • 3:30pm - Community Yizkor on Front Steps
    • Early Minyan
      • 4:15pm - Early Mincha in Main Sanctuary
      • 5:15pm - Early Neilah in Main Sanctuary
    • Sukkah Minyan (Sold-Out)
      • 5:20pm - Mincha
      • 6:25pm - Neilah & Maariv
    • Sephardic Minyan in Bet Medrash
      • 5:30pm - Mincha
      • 6:30pm - Neilah & Maariv
    • Main Minyan
      • 6:30pm - Neilah & Maariv
    • 7:32pm - Havdalah
  • Tuesday & Wednesday
    • Shacharis: 7:00am, 8:00am
    • Zman Mincha Maariv: 6:30pm
  • Thursday
    • Shacharis: 6:50am, 7:50am
    • Zman Mincha Maariv: 6:30pm
  • Friday, Erev Sukkos
    • Shacharis: 7:00am, 8:00am
    • Zman Mincha Maariv: 6:25pm
    • Candles: 6:17pm

Parsha Points by Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard: Thoughts at this Time of Self-examination

As human beings, we are responsible for ourselves and our actions. This means, among other things, that we need to make up for the damage we have done to others--their person, their feelings, their dignity, and their property. Here are just some of the thoughts I had that are taken from the first chapter of the Talmud Tractate Bava Kamma that deals with damages and damagers.  I have found it helpful. I hope that you will too. 

On the whole, we need to repair / compensate others who have been damaged by anything for which we are responsible and over which we have control--typically this means property/animals/our body. I think that we should also think about the damage we have done through hurtful language and behavior.  This includes:

a. damage we have done by creating in our world/society realities that constitute physical, emotional, intellectual, moral  or spiritual "dangers" .. potentially harmful ideas, situations, experiences. 

b. we need to pay careful attention to damage that we did by initiating something which, joined with other forces around us, took on a life of its own and hurt others--snide comments, mockery of others, , gossip, etc.

c. We need to be careful about those to whom we entrust the things and powers for which we are responsible. Are they people who are worthy of our trust? Do they have the necessary capabilities? 

d. We need to be aware of the damage we cause simply by using our natural powers in the world in a commonly accepted fashion.. Just because ti is the custom/nature of humanity to act in these ways does not mean that we shouldn't look for alternatives that do not cause. Self seeking behavior is natural to humans, and we can't be taken to court for the damage that sometimes happens to others just from our doing so, but we still need to think carefully about how being " human only too human" can hurt others.

e.  We need to be aware of some motives for damage: 

Sometimes we simply intend to cause  damage.. hurting people just to show our power.   

Sometimes we are caught up in seeking our own pleasure , although this ends up hurting  others 

Sometimes we are "just following our nature" and the pain of others is  "collateral damage". 

Sometimes we are just too busy, self-involved or distracted to notice if others are being hurt. 

May we all work to merit a good life. 

In this season of the Jewish New Year may we all be written and sealed in the book of life. 











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