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UPDATED OZ Weekly: Holiday Weekend - Hoshana, Shemini, Simchas, More...

10/09/2020 10:33:26 AM


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Reminder - Entry to Shul requires:

  • Self-check of symptoms and temperature at home
  • Stay home if not feeling well
  • Stay home if awaiting test result, even for non-sick reasons like work or travel requirements
  • Masks worn at all times
  • Rabbi Schwartz is emphatic that absolutely no one should feel any pressure to participate at this point.

  • Thank you to our members, participants, gabbaim, staff, and Rabbis who made the High Holidays Services as safe and seamless as possible!
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OZ Online Opportunities,

  • Daf Yomi Daily Conference Call
  • Zoom TNLP on Tuesdays starts at 7:30pm
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  • Social Distancing guidelines are still enforced at all minyanim. Please self check symptoms at home. Masks must be worn at all times on premises. If you do not feel well, or are awaiting test results - stay home.
  • Community Leining: We will discharge the 'Tzibbur's' obligation to hear the Parshios that were missed in the Spring by distributing the leining throughout the final days of Shemini Atzeres & Simchas Torah. 
  • Aravos: Have been generously donated this year. Contributions are still welcome - please deposit them in the drop boxes in the Bet Medrash lobby or Office Door, or make an online payment at
  • Hoshanos: 7 Circuits will be conducted around the Bima in each minyan. They will be limited to 5 (Beis Medrash) to 18 (Main Shul) men depending on the location of the minyan. Those comfortable participating should take turns at each circuit. Only 1 Torah will be taken out. 
  • Hakafos: Like Hoshanos, Hakafos will be limited to the number of participants. We will sing one song, and have 1 Short Dvar Torah at each Hakafa from members of the community.
  • Kol Nearim: Parents are asked to keep their children with them at their side
  • Simchas Torah Aliyos: Both the Hashkama and the Main Minyanim will conduct only 5 Aliyas, plus the Chasan Maftir, Chasan Torah, and Chasan Bereishis. The Main Shul will host Aliyas as well for the additional missed Parshios to be read throughout Yom Tov.


Upcoming Series

Mazel Tov

  • Steve Erenberg & Tamara Balaban, on the birth of a baby boy

Simchas Torah 5781 Chassanim

  • Kol Nearim - David Ascher
  • Chassan Bereisis - Zachary Prensky
  • Chassan Torah - Rabbi Allen Schwartz
  • Chassan Maftir - Dr. Ariel Brandwein

Hoshanos Sponsor

  • Anonymous, in honor of Beverly, Chad, and Ignacio & his team, and their hard work on behalf of our community

Simchas Torah Kiddush-to-Go Sponsor

  • Yehuda Weinstock, commemorating the second Yartzeit of his father, Menachem Zalman ben Pinchas z'l.

Parsha Patron: Community Leining

  • Ki Tissa - Jeremy Cooper, in honor of his Bar Mitzvah parsha
  • VaYakhel - Michael & Alison Novich: in honor of Jonah Glassberg's bar mitzvah that was one of the first to fall to Covid-19
  • VaYikra - Camelia Serghie: in honor of Rabbi Allen & Rebbetzin Alisa Schwartz
  • Tzav - Joey Lifschitz - In commemoration of the first yahrzeit of his cousin Rabbi Yosef (Joey) Azar - Yosef Zvi Ben Yaakov v' Rachel Pesel z'l
  • Shemini - Paul & Pia Rubin, in honor of David Ascher & Family
  • Tazria - Blayne Ross & Scott Mathias, in honor of the OZ Community
  • Metzora - Sheldon Newman, in memory of his brother Joseph Newman - Yosef Binyamin ben Menachem Mendel z'l
  • Achrei Mot & Kedoshim - Lori, in gratitude to Hashem on a continued Refuah Shlemah to my beautiful mother Esther bat Vera
  • Emor - Zack Prensky: in honor of Daniel & Yoni
  • Behar - Rabbi Allen &Alisa Schwartz: in memory of Tzvi Menachem Mendel ben Michoel
  • Bechukosai - Andy & Ronnie Schonzeit: in memory of Andy's mother Rhea - Rivka Freya bas Yaakov z'l
  • Bamidbar - Sheldon Newman, in memory of his brother Joseph Newman - Yosef Binyamin ben Menachem Mendel z'l


Friday - Hoshana Rabbah

  • 6:30am - Main Shul
  • 7:15am - Beis Medrash
  • 8:15am - Main Shul
  • 4:00pm - Kol Ne'arim on Shul Steps & via Zoom
  • 6:06pm - Candles
  • 6:15pm - Mincha/Maariv
    • Dvar Torah by Rabbi Schwartz: "A Time for every Purpose under the Sun: Koheles in Modern Thought"
  • Upstairs Sukkah by reservation

 Shabbos - Shemini Atzeres / Koheles

  • 7:00am - Hashkama in Main Shul
  • 8:20am - Sukkah Minyan - RSVP Required
  • 9:15am - Shacharit in Main Shul
    • 10:30am - Yizkor
    • Community Leining: Ki Tissa, VaYakhel, Pekudei
  • 10:00am – Youth Groups in Central Park
  • Upstairs Sukkah by reservation
  • 5:30pm - Daf Yomi in Main Shul
  • 5:30pm - Sukkah Schmooze with Dr. Nava Silton Brandwein - RSVP Required
  • 6:05pm - Sukkah Minyan - RSVP Required
  • 6:05pm - Mincha in Main Shul
    • Siyum by Rabbi Schwartz
    • Community Leining: VaYikra, Tzav, Shemini
  • 7:00pm - Maariv
  • 7:12pm - Candles
    • Hakafos
    • Community Leining: Tazria, Metzora

 Sunday - Simchas Torah

  • 7:00am - Hashkama in Main Shul
  • 8:00am - Sukkah Minyan - RSVP Required
  • 9:15am - Shacharit in Main Shul
    • Hakafos
    • Community Leining: Achrei Mos, Kedoshim, Emor, Behar
  • 10:00am – Youth Groups in Central Park
  • Kiddush-to-Go
  • 5:30pm - Daf Yomi in Main Shul
  • 6:00pm - Mincha in Main Shul
    • Siyum Tanach & Siyum Mishnayos by Rabbi Schwartz, in memory of his father Milton Schwartz z'l
    • Community Leining: Bechukosai, Bamidbar
  • 7:00pm - Maariv
  • 7:11pm - Havdalah

Monday, Columbus Day

  • Shacharis: 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Mincha Maariv: 6:05pm


  • Shacharis: 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Mincha Maariv: 6:05pm


  • Shacharis: 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Mincha Maariv: 6:05pm


  • Shacharis: 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Mincha Maariv: 6:05pm


  • Shacharis: 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Mincha Maariv: 6:05pm
  • Candles: 5:55pm


Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyyar 5781