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Octoberfest — Beer & Bratwurst — for young Jewish families, couples and singles

SUNDAY • OCT 24 • 1 TO 3 PM

Meet your Jewish neighbors and enjoy a sausage (meat or vegan), beer and pretzels (with football on the TV!)

This 21+ event is hosted by the young families, couples and singles of Congregation B’nai Avraham of Brooklyn Heights.
Capacity controlled, vaccination pass checked.

(Open to all. No synagogue affiliation required.)

Free child-care and entertainment available (toilet-trained through 8).

For additional information or questions about this free event, email EventsAtCBA@gmail.com.

Please pre-register by Saturday night, Oct. 23. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Weekday Maariv now at 8 pm

Maariv through the winter  be at 8 pm Monday through Thursday. (No weekday Mincha service in the winter.)

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Mincha-Maariv will be at Friday's candle lighting time.

Masks required for early Shabbos minyan (8 am)

At other services masks are strongly encouraged, per the synagogue's medical committee's guidelines of August 22:

“We continue to see an increasing rate of Covid-19 infections in Kings County.  We are also seeing a greater risk of infection with the Delta variant among vaccinated people than with prior variants, and, more importantly, there appears to be a small but real increase in the risk of hospitalization among vaccinated individuals.  There may be waning of vaccine-induced immunity, particularly among the elderly, that increases after 6 months.  We therefore strongly encourage people to mask in shul until this wave recedes, particularly individuals who are immunocompromised, elderly or received their second vaccine dose more than 6 months ago.  A third dose of mRNA vaccine for the immunocompromised is now available, and can significantly improve protection.  A third dose for the elderly, which will be available mid September, has also been shown to dramatically enhance protection against the Delta variant in Israel.”  

You can daven every day (morning and night) at B'nai Avraham

[Updated Oct. 13] As the only Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn Heights, Congregation B'nai Avraham serves its community with daily minyanim that are attractive to both Modern Orthodox and Chabad daveners. In fact, the shul's services are accessible to anyone who wants to connect with Hashem. [Visitors who need guidance in approaching their tefilah — even if only to find the correct siddur or page — will find both the Rabbi and many congregants available to help.]

DAILY MINYANIM — Shacharit services on Sundays begin at 8:45; on Mondays through Fridays they begin at 7:45. (Morning services typically run 45 or 50 minutes, a bit longer on Mondays and Thursdays when the Torah is read.) • Maariv (evening services) are at 8 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and are combined with Mincha (afternoon services) at candlelighting time each Sunday. (There is no Mincha service on other weekdays.)

SHABBAT MINYANIM — We greet the Sabbath on Friday evening with Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv, beginning 5 minutes after candlelighting. On Saturday morning, there's a Hashkama [early] Minyan from 8 to 10 am, and a main Minyan starting at 10 am, each followed by a kiddush. Mincha and Maariv begin at Friday's candlelighting time.

HOLIDAY MINYANIM — There are special schedules for both Jewish and major secular holidays. Please consult updated listings on the shul's website, or contact the shul for more information.

WHATSAPP — To join one of B'nai Avraham WhatsApp minyan boards, request an invite from shternieraskin@gmail.com (for daily minyamin and the main Shabbat minyan) and samuel.e@me.com (for the Shabbat Hashkama minyan).

50 celebrate siyum with           CBA's Daf Yomi group

Congregation B'nai Avraham's first "come back to shul" social event was a rousing success, attracting 50 people to an outdoor siyum hosted by the shul's Daf Yomi group to celebrate their completion of Masechet Yoma.

The siyum, on Sunday, July 11, was held during the 9 Days, a period of communal mourning when we typically refrain from eating meat. A siyum overrides that prohibition, however, and a barbeque of hot dogs, sausages and burgers — grilled at a demanding pace by Daf Yomi group member Steven Inker — was served.

Meir Zelcer, who guides the Daf Yomi group through each page, concluded the masechet before the meal began.

“We’ve come out of a very difficult year and we’re all together,” said group member Ed Weintrob. “People can have differences of opinion about this or that — it doesn’t matter. We’re one community, we’re one shul.”

The Daf Yomi group meets remotely via Google Meet on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:15 pm and on motzei Shabbat at 9:30 pm (with members following the daf on their own or elsewhere on other days). To participate, knowledge of Hebrew, previous Talmud study and even having a Talmud volume is not necessary (participants can follow the dafs online, where they're available for free from Sefaria).

To receive links to the Daf Yomi's Google Meets, or for other information, contact Meir at mark.zelcer@gmail.com

Sat, October 16 2021 10 Cheshvan 5782