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Important Mikvah event THIS SUNDAY (Nov 21) — for both MEN and WOMEN

 

SUNDAY • NOVEMBER 21 • 11 am to 1 pm

Very few B'nai Avraham men use the Mikvah and Mikvah events are typically open only to women. But the Mikvah is a VITAL COMMUNITY RESOURCE and as such ALL members of the community have a responsibility to support it.

For this Sunday's "Water of Life Campaign” — with its message, “Transform Fear into Faith” — men (as well as women!) are explicitly ENCOURAGED to attend.

The program will start with an address (via video) by elite Israeli marathoner and Haredi mother of five Beatie Deutsch. B'nai Avraham's Marcie Roth and Brooke Bryant will also deliver inspiring words.

At noon, there will be an OPTIONAL 5k Run/Walk (starting in front of the shul).

LUNCH will be served at 12:30.

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PLEASE plan to join in person or via Zoom ($54). And if for any reason you cannot make it in person or via Zoom, YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE MIKVAH FUND is still needed and will be very much appreciated.

Click here to register (and get Zoom link if you choose to attend remotely): www.heightschabad.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/4455050/jewish/Water-of-Life-Campaign.htm

If you cannot make it, you can still contribute. Click the DONATE button at the top of the BnaiAvraham.org homepage. Specify (in payment notes) that your donation is for the Mikvah fund. www.bnaiavraham.org/payment.php

Support the Mikvah. Support your shul. Support your community.

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, November 27 2021 23 Kislev 5782