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Updated - OZ Weekly: VaYeshev 5781 + CSS, Chanukah, More...

12/11/2020 10:55:24 AM


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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:


Chanukah Safety from West Side Hatzoloh

Dear Neighbor,

Here are some quick reminders to keep you and your family safe over Chanukah!

Lighting the Menorah:

  • Never leave Chanukah candles unattended!
  • Place the Menorah on a sturdy heat resistant surface away from anything that can catch fire including walls, curtains, cabinets, wooden and plastic tables, tablecloths, etc.
  • Light candles where they can’t be reached by children and where they won’t be knocked over
  • Keep surfaces and surrounding areas clear from burned matches, wick trimmings, oil residue, and other debris
  • Do not light “school project” Menorahs made from materials that can burn (wood, plastic, etc.)

Cooking Latkes:

  • Keep small children away from hot oil and cooking areas
  • Keep hands, hair and sleeves away from open flame
  • Use extra caution when carrying hot food around children
  • Designate ovens, stoves, and heat containing appliances as a “NO GO ZONE” for children
  • Never put water on a grease fire, use a fire extinguisher and call the Fire Department

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy Chanukah!

West Side Hatzoloh



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)





Welcome — CSS Shabbos Volunteer Appreciation

Chanukah Sunday Spectacular

  • 11:30am: Youth Dept: Sing, Spin, Savor
  • 6pm & 7pm: Chanukah Party on the Patio

OZ joins RZA Mizrachi

Kiddush-To -Go

  • Sponsors welcome at all levels - donate online:
  • Rabbi Allen & Alisa Schwartz, on the birth and bris of their grandson Tzvi Mechanem, born to their children Chani & Joel Bloom
  • Johnny & Tammy Glaser, express their deep gratitude to the OZ community for its out-pouring of love and support while Tammy was ill and their newborn son Max Isaac was in the NICU, and during their subsequent recoveries — They feel blessed to be members of a community that truly cares and reaches out to each other in both good and challenging times!
  • Beth Moritz & Leonard Brauner
  • Chad, Yael, Lily, and Aliza Hopkovitz - Happy Birthday to Talia!
  • CSS, wishing the OZ family a safe Chanukah season

Join the 'Click'!

Local Shopping

  • All your Chanukah needs at West Side Judaica
  • Welcome to the new EmberSTK in Riverdale - 


New Outdoor Davening Options!

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



Friday, December 11, 2020 — 2nd Night

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

Shabbos Parshas VaYeshev 5781 | Mervorchim

  • 7:30am - Hashkama in Main Shul
  • 8:30am - Sukkah Minyan - RSVP Required
  • 9:15am - Shacharit in Main Shul
  • 10:00am – Youth Groups at Park West Village
  • Kiddush To Go — Shabbos Chanukah!
  • 4:00pm - Mincha in Main Shul
    • Text & Context in the Main Shul
    • Men's Daf Yomi in the Social Hall
  • 5:10pm - Maariv
  • 5:19pm - Havdala | Chanukah Candles after

Sunday, December 13 —4th Night

  • Shacharis: 8:00am
  • 11:30am: Youth Event
  • 6pm/7pm: Patio Party
  • Mincha/Maariv: 4:20pm

Monday — 5th Night

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

Tuesday — 6th Night 

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

Wednesday - Rosh Chodesh Teves - 7th Night

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

Thursday — 8th Night

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

Friday — 8th Day

  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Candles: 4:12pm; Mincha / Maariv: 4:25pm


Hashkama Minyan - Rabbi Blanchard's Blurb

Where do we find a certain depth of meaning in our lives? Most of the time,  we find it in the concrete experiences and possibilities of our daily lives. But, sometimes, for a moment, we aspire to dream big dreams--to dare, if just for an instant, to do something exceptional. However, as we act, we need to pay careful attention to the why of our imagined "great" possibilityIf we seek to do something extraordinary out of our of own vanity-because it is we who will be great--then we are actually contracting our focus. lessening who we are. But if we seek what is substantial  for others, or significant for "all of us", then, if only for a moment,  we are indeed changing the world-- making a kind of mini-renewal of creation.  
[Occasioned by Genesis [Bereishit 37:2ff])
May you and yours have a time of joy and light, freedom and rededication to all that you hold dear



Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyyar 5781