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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

Fri, August 12 2022 15 Av 5782