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Bialystoker Synagogue
Shabbos Announcement -Shabbos Toldos
2nd - 9th of Kislev 5777
December 2nd - 9th 2016

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Earliest Tefillin:

6:09 AM

Latest Shema:

9:25 AM

Mincha 4:15 PM

Maariv 5:00 PM

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Friday Night

Candles: 4:10 PM

Mincha: 4:20PM

Shabbos Day
Shacharis: 7 & 9 AM
Daf Yomi: 3 PM
Mincha: 1:30 & 3:55 PM
Rabbi Romm's Shiur: 3:30 PM
Maariv & Shabbos Ends: 5:19 PM

1st Minyan:
2nd Minyan:
Shalosh Seudos: Hanit Daniels in honor of the recent marriages of Jacob & Alexandra Bernstein and Yaakov & Adina Faitelewicz
PLEASE NOTE: All sponsorships MUST be confirmed with Aviva or Hondo (before you make any personal food order please speak with Hondo)

Rav's Message

Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday night we will begin adding "Tal U'Matar" -- the request for rain -- into our daily Shmoneh Esrei prayers.

The choice of the evening of December 4th (or, in some years, December 5th) to begin this recitation is curious. The Talmud explains that the starting date is based on the climate conditions in ancient Babylonia. Ancient Babylonia was damp and marshy, and needed far less rain than dryer climates; thus, requesting rain was only necessary approximately two months after the start of winter.

Today, there are virtually no Jews left in what was once Babylonia, and yet we Diaspora Jews still link our requests for rain to conditions that once prevailed there. Why?

Allow me to suggest the following:

The history of the Jewish relationship with Babylonia is complex. Babylonia was the site of the infamous "Migdal Bavel," the Tower of Babel. It was the nation that destroyed our Beis HaMikdash and created the concept of a Jewish Exile. Yet, the very lifeblood of Torah study -- the Talmud Bavli -- was created in Babylonia.

Regardless or where we live, our Halacha asks us to remember our link to Babylonia when we ask for rain. That link reminds us that life is complex; that the very locale which can be a source of destruction can also produce the greatest expression of the Oral Torah by which we live. This complexity is also part of the phenomenon of rain, which can be either life-giving or destructive.

As we begin reciting "Tal U'Matar" on Sunday night, let us remember that life is complex -- but daven that we merit to see its positive side.
With wishes for a wonderful Shabbos,

Rabbi Zvi Romm

Torah Fund
A contribution of $54 to the Torah Fund enables you to sponsor a daily shiur in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion. This past week donations to the Torah Fund were made by:
~Yaakov Pollak in memory of his parents Eliyahu ben Moshe Chaim & Esther bas Avraham

Mazal Tov
~Moshe & Baila Rosenbaum on the bris of their grandson Aryeh, son of Yechezkel & Batsheva Rosenbaum
~Chaim & Tovah Finkelstein on the marriage of their daughter Chana Bracha to Yosef Dovid Schlamme
~Lenny and Shaindel Greher on the marriage of their granddaughter Shoshana Bracha Solomon
~Eva Greher on the marriage of her great-granddaughter Shoshana Bracha Solomon


~Chava Gottlieb on the loss of her mother Rose Eisner

Shabbos Youth Groups

Children ages 3-12 are invited to join us for stories, snacks and davening:

  1. Ages 3-6 from 10:00 AM until Shul is over.
  2. Boys ages 7-12 from 10:00 AM until Shul is over.
  3. Girls ages 7-12 from 10:30 until Shul is over.
Bnos of the East Side (Girls in K-6th grades)

At the Bialystoker Shul from 2:40 - 3:50 PM

Pirchei of the East Side (boys in grades 1-8)

At MTJ - 145 East Broadway, 6:30 PM.

For more Pirchei information click here

Weekly Shiurim

  1. Rav Singer Chevra Mishnayos Shiur: Daily between Mincha & Maariv.
  2. Mishna Berura Yomis: Daily after Maariv.
  3. Daf Yomi by Rabbi Fishelis: Sun - Thu at 8:00 PM.
  4. Daf Yomi by Rabbi Yechezkel Rosenbaum: Sun 6:45 AM, Mon-Fri 6:00 AM.
  5. Medrash Koheles: Sunday morning 7:45 AM
  6. Women's Shiur: Sunday at 10:15 AM -- given this week by Rabbi Sholom Rephun on "Jewish History Through the Prism of Chanukah"
  7. Rabbi Romm's Ibn Ezra Shiur: Wednesday nights following Mincha

Mishmar learning in memory of Morris & Beth Faitelewicz and Yehuda Bayme takes place on Thursday nights, following 10:10 PM Maariv at the East Side Torah Center

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 7th, 7M: Sisterhood Paint Night

Shabbos, December 9/10th: Mizrachi Synagogue will have the privilege of hosting Chazzan Sruli Hersh, who will be leading us in Carlebach style Tefillot both Friday night and Shabbat. In addition, Chazzan Hersh will lead an Oneg at the Arfe Residence, 475 FDR Drive, #105, on Friday night at 7:45 PM . All are invited.
To sponsor or for further information please email

Motzei Shabbos, December 10th, 8 - 9:30 PM :
"Laugh your head off with The Magical Comedy of Avi" .
will take place at the Orenstein Building - 15-17 Bialystoker Place
$25 per person (paid by 12/1); $36 per person (after 12/1).
Sponsorship $100 includes admission for 2
RSVP Payment can be made online under general donation and mark 12/10 event. This event is for adults and children over 12 (no exceptions)

Sunday, December 18th, 12 noon - 3 PM: Celebrate 18 years with the Lower East Side Conservancy. "A Taste of the Lower East Side" at the Manny Cantor Center Rooftop. For tickets and journal ads and more info:

Sunday, December 18th, 3-5PM: Bialystoker Youth Department Chanukah Party featuring the amazing Dr. Shnitzel's Wacky Science. $15 per person; $36 per household (PAID by December 11th); After 12/11 $20 per person; $54 per household. Sponsorships available. To RSVP and pay click here and go to general donation and mark Chanukah.

Wednesday, December 7th, 7PM: Do something for HUE..a paint note master will give step by step instructions for creating your own canvas masterpiece while socializing and enjoying light snacks . All supplies will be provided. For women and girls ages 10 and above. In the Orenstein Building. $25 for sisterhood members;
$30 for non Sisterhood members
Space is limited!
Must RSVP and PAY by December 1st

Saturday night, January 14, 8PM: We will be hosting the owner & chef of Le Marias Restaurant for a cooking demonstration.
$18 per person
Must RSVP and PAY by January 8th to attend!
RSVP to Bialystokersisterhood@
Jose Meirelles, the owner of Le Marais, will be visiting Bialystoker with his chef Mark Hennessey in order to give a demonstration from their new cookbook. They will tell the story of how they got invested in the kosher restaurant business, and how they adopted the recipes they knew best to the laws of Kashrus.

Good Shabbos,

Zvi David Romm, Rabbi

Yosef Peretz, President


For any announcements that you would like to include for Shabbos, please have the information called or e-mailed to the shul NO LATER than 11:00 AM on Thursdays.