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Updated - OZ Weekly: VaYishlach 5781

12/04/2020 02:45:41 PM


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SoShul Distancing Guidelines- The 3 W's

  • Wear a mask at all times on shul premises (including over the nose)
  • Wash your hands and use our hand-sanitizing stations
  • Watch your space as you enter and exit, and sit in marked seats (blue tape)
  • Remember to check your symptoms at home
  • Rabbi Schwartz is emphatic that absolutely no one should feel any pressure to participate at this point.
  • To sign-up for Shabbos Shacharis in the Sukkah/Patio, please click here:



  • Rabbi Schwartz's Monday Night Haftorah Class will now meet exclusively on Zoom until further notice.

  • Remember on Saturday Night to start inserting V’Ten Tal U’Matar  in weekday Shemoneh Esrei

  • This week’s Zman Krias Shema:  9:26am - 9:30am

  • Please Note that Early Weekday Shacharis will now meet at 6:05am / 6:10am


OZ Presents Friday Night Discussion & Dessert To Go

  • "Saving one life is like saving the entire world"
  • Friday, December 4 @ 7:45pm
  • Space is limited
  • Social Distancing 
  • RSVP Required
  • Sponsors Welcome


Join OZ for a Virtual Cooking Demo with the 'Aussie Gourmet' Naomi Nachman!

  • Sunday, December 6 @ 6:00pm
  • Ingredients List & Zoom Link upon registration
  • RSVP:
  • $12 Members | $18 Guests & Friends
  • Sponsors Welcome!


OZ Youth Presents Sing, Spin, Savor

  • Sunday, December 13, 2020
  • 11:30am in the OZ Sukkah
  • Space is limited
  • Social Distancing


OZ Presents Chanukah Party on the Patio

  • Sunday, December 13, 2020
  • 2 Times Slots: 6:00pm & 7:00pm
  • Space is limited
  • Social Distancing 
  • RSVP (Free) Required
  • Sponsors Welcome




  • UPDATED: Shabbat Youth Groups are now at Park West Village (off Columbus, behind Whole Foods)





Mazel Tov

  • Rabbi Allen & Alisa Schwartz, on the birth of a grandson - a son born to Chani & Rabbi Joel Bloom


  • Esti & Jason Buskin, on the passing of Jason's father Stephen Buskin z'l


  • Sarah Stambler & Shlomo Bar-Ayal, in memory of Shlomo's mother, Nanette Hirschkowitz z'l - נכה בת משה
  • Lori, in memory of her grandmother Vera bas Avraham z'l
  • Sponsors welcome at all levels - donate online:

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New ‘Take 5’ for Tehillim

  • Every Tuesday on the OZ West Side WhatsApp

Smile with OZ!

  • Find First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek on Amazon Smile and shop ‘till you drop!

Support our Local Vendors!

  • Café Roma open for delivery & limited in-dining
  • West Side Judaica starts their Chanukah Sale
  • Kodesh Press offers discounts to members
  • Krispy Krème Donuts now open on the UWS 
  • Ember Steak House in Riverdale is now open, 

New Outdoor Davening Options!

  • Contact Rabbi Varon about Park West Minyan, Shacharis: Weekday 7:30am, Shabbos 9:30am
  • Shabbos Sukkah Minyan continues at 8:30am (RSVP Here



Friday, December 4, 2020

  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Candles: 4:10pm
  • Mincha/Maariv: 4:20pm

Shabbos Parshas VaYishlach 5781

  • 7:30am - Hashkama in Main Shul
  • 8:30am - Sukkah Minyan - RSVP Required
  • 9:15am - Shacharit in Main Shul
  • 10:00am – Youth Groups in Central Park
  • Kiddush To Go
  • 4:00pm - Mincha in Main Shul
  • Text & Context: Classic Commentaries on the  Parsha  in the Main Shul
  • Men's Daf Yomi in the Social Hall
  • 5:10pm - Maariv
  • 5:18pm - Havdala - VaTen Tal U'Matar


  • Shacharis: 8:00am
  • Mincha/Maariv: 4:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:05am, 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Mincha/Maariv: 4:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Mincha/Maariv: 4:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Mincha/Maariv: 4:20pm

Thursday - First Night Chanukah

  • Shacharis: 6:05am, 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Mincha/Maariv: 4:20pm

Friday - Second Night Chanukah

  • Shacharis: 6:05am, 6:45am, 7:45am
  • Candles: 4:10pm; Mincha / Maariv: 4:20pm


Hashkama Minyan - Rabbi Blanchard's Blurb

When it comes to hurting others, we can't seem to help ourselves.  We make mistakes and our mistakes sometimes leave unfinished business behind us. We know  that we must take responsibility for what we have done to wrong others, even when it was unintentional or even necessary as the lesser of two evils.   Facing those we have wronged is difficult and sometimes frightening, especially when they are family or close friends,  A part of us wants to forget, to just pull the covers up over our heads. 
Sometimes  "forgetting" is possible, although difficult. But not always. Then we must live through the awful moment of returning to face the ones we have hurt and own the  consequences of our offenses, misdeeds and mistakes. When we do have to look our "victims"  in the eye, we may first try and "buy off"their pain and anger with gifts and even flattery.  When this fails, we pray for the courage  to stand up to their rebuke and condemnation and, if, no matter what we do, they seek revenge, we hope for the courage to confront and endure it successfully. After all, we cannot allow our life to collapse under the weight of our mistakes. In the end, if we are very fortunate, we may find reconciliation. And, if not, a bearable and safe way to part ways.
Reflections occasioned by Genesis 32:4-33:20 and the accompanying rabbinic exposition and commentary.  



Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyyar 5781