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OZ Weekly - Terumah 5781 + Zachor, Megillah, and More...

02/19/2021 09:32:29 AM


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Purim Update

Rabbi Allen Schwartz's recent Purim Notice is posted in full at the end of this email. You must RSVP for Megillah readings this year. 

Printable Items & Len's Links

  • What's Happening at OZ - Click HERE
  • Rabbi Sacks z'l - The Home We Build Together: Click HERE
  • Rabbi Lamm z'l - The Illogic of Logical Conclusions: Click HERE


OZ Covid Guidelines & Online Updates


Celebrate with Ohab Zedek

  • Save the Date for Sunday, March 7, 2021 @ 7:30pm as our Annual Dinner goes Virtual this year!
  • Enjoy the comedy of MODI
  • Select RSVP's earn a Voucher to Kasbah Grill or Noi Due
  • Don't Delay - RSVP Today!


Purim 5781 Portal


Mazel Tov

  • Susan Fader & Larry Krule on the birth of a grandson, a baby boy to Laura & Jordan Feld who is joining big brothers JJ and Mason
  • Lisa & Jesse Krumholz, on the birth and bris of their son Aryeh Menachem
  • Miri & Ilan Schnitzer, on their marriage - Mazel Tov to Morris Schnitzer and Esther & Anton Weiss
  • Weldon & Sharon Turner, on the engagement of their daughter Aydan to Yossi Tarato


  • Mark & Vivian Gelberman, on the passing of Mark’s father Chaim Menachem Mendel Gelberman z’l

Kiddush To Go 

  • Riva Atlas & David Atik and family, in honor of Avi's forthcoming Bar Mitzvah, and in memory of Riva's parents Moshe & Shoshana Atlas z’l
  • Shira & Jeff Korenman, in memory of Riva Atlas’ father Moshe Atlas z’l

HaKol B’Seder: Shas Review of Seder Zeraim

  • Sponsored by Sheldon Newman and Larry Newman, commemorating the Yarzheit of their brother Joseph Benjamin Newman z’l

OZ Programs, Classes, & Events

Purim Portal —

  • Megillah & Minyan Sign-Up
  • Matanos Le’Evyonim
  • Machatzis HaShekel
  • Zoom Megillah

Parshas Zachor Readings

  • Hashaka Minyan: 7:30am, 8:30am Zachor
  • 'Sukkah' Minyan: 8:30am, 9:30am Zachor (In Social Hall depending on weather, rsvp required by clicking HERE
  • Youth Groups at 10:30am in Sukkah
  • Main Minyan: 9:15am, 10:20am Zachor
    • Additional Zachor Readings in Main Shul:
      • 11:15am & 5:20pm


Friday — 7 Adar  5781 | February 19, 2021

  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Candles: 5:17pm
  • Mincha / Maariv: 5:25pm

Terumah / Zachor 5781 — Check Aboce for Reading Time

  • 7:30am - Hashkama in Main Shul
  • 8:30am - Sukkah Minyan - RSVP Required
  • 9:15am - Shacharit in Main Shul
  • 10:00am – Youth Groups in the Sukkah
  • Kiddush To Go
  • 5:10pm - Mincha in Main Shul
    • Text & Context: Classic Commentaries
    • Men's Daf Yomi in the Social Hall
  • 6:20pm - Maariv
  • 6:26pm - Havdala


  • Shacharis: 8:00am
  • Parsha — R’ Blanchard: 6:15pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:30pm


  • Shacharis: 6:00am, 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Haftorah — Rabbi Schwartz: 8:00pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:30pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • TNLP — 7:30pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:30pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Discover Judaism Classes start at 6:45pm
  • Minchas Chinuch — R’ Schwartz: 8:00pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 5:30pm

Thursday — Taanis Esther

  • Fast Starts: 5:24am
  • Fast Ends 6:27pm
  • Shacharis: 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am
  • Mincha: 5:30pm
  • RSVP for Megillah:

Friday — Purim 5781

  • RSVP for Megillah:
  • Shacharis: 6:00am, 7:30am, 9:00am
  • Candles: 5:25pm
  • Mincha/Maariv: 5:35pm

Hashkama Minyan Dvar Torah: Rabbi Blanchard's Blurb

Sources of power, material, psychological or spiritual, may bring with them as much danger as creative opportunity, The mental power that builds a business can also tempt one to take advantage of less sophisticated customers and employees. The charisma that draws friends and followers opens the door to exploiting and using others for one's own pleasures and purposes.  Sacred places or objects reveal a transcendent dimension that  must be handled with a care and respect, that demands a protective boundary. We need force, energy and intensity in order to live a full life and make a difference in the world. To be fully human we must have them, But all such power comes labeled: Handle with care and caution. 

Reflection based on the Ark of the Covenant. 


Dear OZ Family,

The year 5781 conflates a number of anomalies that combine to make this a very rare calendrical year.  Purim on Erev Shabbos, The 10th of Teves on Friday, Chanukah all together missing Parshas Miketz, Erev Pesach on Shabbos, Tisha B’Av on Sunday, and the very rare readings for the Haftorahs of  Miketz and Tetzave, make all these anomalies a once-in-a-century year.

Please read below for select Purim Halachos and Guidelines, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you for your resilience in allowing us a responsible reopening during this time. 


Celebrate with OZ

When the month of Adar comes, the Talmud tells us to increase our Joy. What better way than participating in this year's Virtual Annual Dinner featuring the comedy of MODI. Please click HERE to RSVP.


Parshas Zachor

This coming Shabbos we will fulfill the Torah law of reading Parshat Zachor.  Covid offers us a special challenge, and we will be reading Parshas Zachor at OZ on Shabbos multiple times (Covid Guidelines can be reviewed HERE). 

Below are approximations, including Minyan start times. Please come early to ensure you can join on time.

  • Hashaka Minyan: 7:30am, 8:30am Zachor       
  • 'Sukkah' Minyan: 8:30am, 9:30am Zachor (Social Hall depending on weather, RSVP required by clicking HERE
  • Youth Groups at 10:30am in Sukkah
  • Main Minyan: 9:15am, 10:20am Zachor    
  • Additional Zachor Readings in Main Shul: 11:15am & 5:20pm

If you are not able to make it to Shul, you may read the verses of Parshat Zachor from a Chumash at home, preferably while standing.  The verses are Devarim 25:17-19.

Some Poskim consider that one may fulfill the reading of Parshat Zachor by hearing the laining on Purim. 


Machatzis HaShekel

This Mitzvah can be fulfilled by donating HERE.  Based on the current stock price of silver (which is constantly fluctuating), to fulfill the maximalist opinion of fulfilling this mitzvah, an $18.00 donation will suffice, but “Kol HaMarbeh Harey Zeh Meshubach.”


Purim Mitzvos & Ta’anit Esther

  • Taanit Esther is Thursday, Feb. 25th and fasting begins at 5:24am and ends at 6:27pm.  We should preferably daven Maariv and hear the Megillah before breaking our fast, but if we have no access to hear the Megillah earlier, then daven Maariv before eating and then join one of the later readings. 
  • This year, you must RSVP to attend our 'in-person' Megillah Readings. There will be social distancing in the Main Shul and limited space in the 'Sukkah.' Please click HERE for evening and morning times.
  • For those who due to health concerns cannot participate 'in-person', we will host Zoom Megillah Readings on Thursday at 8:30pm and Friday at 11:00am - click HERE for free RSVP. There is a call-in option as well.
  • Matanos L’evyonim can be fulfilled by donating HERE.  This year the need is great, especially in Israel.
  • Shalach Manos must inlcude at least 2 food items to 1 person.  Every year I announce that we should concentrate more on Matanos L’evyonim than on Shalach Manos.  This goes doubly for this year.  Please exercise discretion in fulfilling this mitzvah. 
  • The Seudas Purim should begin before Midday, and the custom is for it to be dairy so as not to impact on the Shabbos meals.


Please let me know if you can assist with delivering Shalach Manos to some of our homebound seniors and assist them with their shopping or even setting them up for Zoom Megillah Readings.


Special preparations for Pesach will follow as a Shabbos Erev Pesach brings its own special rules. 5781 continues to be an anomalous year in many ways. 


Kol Tuv,


Rabbi Allen Schwartz

Wed, May 12 2021 1 Sivan 5781