Parshas Ha'Azinu
Shabbos Shuva
September 26, 2020
8 Tishrei, 5781
Shalom and hello everyone! I hope you are healthy and doing well.
A few important announcements on this shabbos shuva!

1. It is an ancient custom for a pulpit Rabbi to deliver a drasha this shabbos on the subject of Repentance. Join me for an abbreviated 5-minute lecture before Mussaf on, “How to Live Your Best Life!”

It is a short parsha this week so we will end early! Don’t come late! Then join me for a delicious outdoor kiddush consisting of fresh individually wrapped pastries I personally purchased in Boro Park last night! 
2. We will study Daf Yomi mesechta eiruvin this shabbos afternoon between mincha and maariv. This shabbos, the very first on calendar year 5781, we are especially encouraged to study Torah. Let’s accumulate all the merit of limud Torah b’rabim before the yom hadin

3. We are completely SOLD OUT for yom kippur in our amazing outdoor tent minyan! I am pleased to announce that close to 250 people have reserved seats and during the neilah service, we will swell to over 300 people at Congregation Ohav Sholom.  

4. Thanks to the genius of board member Jeremy Sanders, each participant will be safely distanced 6 feet from each other and spread throughout the street, under tents and canopies, or protected by scaffolding. Our minyan will now safely extend eastward towards Broadway. 

5. It is now safe to say that Ohav Sholom enjoyed the most amazing rosh hashanah davening in New York City! What an incredible and inspiring experience for hundreds of seated and adjoining and proud Jewish onlookers. It is my goal to exceed this with our upcoming yom kippur mega event. 
6. I welcome my friend and colleague Rabbi Jonathan Shippel and his congregation The Beis, to join us for yom kippur under our BIG tent. It is exciting to collaborate with and join forces to storm the gates of heaven on the Day of Judgement. We need all the reinforcements we could get!
7. Our new chazzan for kol nidrei and shacharis is Menachem Biton, originally from France and now Lakewood, N.J.

I will continue my tradition of leading Mussaf and Neilah

Menachem’s beautiful voice fills the air nightly at weddings and simchas as a singer in great demand throughout the tri-state area and he’s been a professional chazan for the yomim nora’aim for the last 8 years.    

We are in for a real treat! 
8. Please respond generously to our yom kippur appeal. This year is like no other and we need your support more than ever. Upgrades, improvements, and important innovations are being implemented at Ohav Sholom to make us all safe and secure and this takes enormous resources. Please help me tackle the projects in 5781 to make our shul strong for the next 100 years! 

9. Enjoy a super break-the-fast-collation after yom kippur in our outdoor tents. Don’t run immediately home! Stay awhile and safely socialize with new friends over individually wrapped fresh pastries and cold drinks. 
10. Order your lulav and esrog set today!

Please email me directly at and your set will be ready on yontif in shul or pick up a day before the chag on the second floor. 
11. Lastly, I wish to welcome and extend a hearty beruchim haba’am to our new sister minyan at Ohav Sholom: Congregation Tiferet Yisroel, The Yemenite Synagogue of Manhattan!

This vibrant Yemenite community will occupy our lower level and add warmth and exciting Jewish diversity to our kehillah. I fully anticipate many collaborative events in the near future, including joint shabbos weekly kiddushim, and much more! 
I am proud of the following members who volunteered to serve as ushers for this unique and exciting rosh hashanah/yom kippur: Sherry Brown, Zahava Sanders, Howard Zeisel, Justin Spiro, Yisroel and Eliyahu Sanders.

And much thanks to our outstanding COVID gabbaim who have served us faithfully all these months: Dr. Jose Fefer and Dr. Jeremy Novich. Tiskel l’mitzvos! 
Mazel Tov!

Ohav Sholom extends a hearty mazel tov to Barak Taragin upon his engagement to Zahava Milstein from Flatbush. Mazel tov to members Jay and Zohara Taragin! 
May they see much nachas from the young couple for 120 happy and healthy years! Amen.
Ohav Sholom has always depended on the generosity of its members, beyond the basic dues - which are quite low both for single or family membership. We therefore turn to you now, before Yom Kippur, to generously support our beloved Shul through our annual Kol Nidre Appeal. Whatever contribution you have given in the past years we ask you to continue and if possible increase this year.  
We hope to achieve close to 100% participation of all our members, friends and those who participated in our outdoor RH minyanim or will be participating in our outdoor YK minyanim.
Please help us achieve our goal!  
Your valuable and needed contribution gives real meaning to our sacred request that "Repentance, Prayer and Tzedaka" will redeem us. 
May you and your family enjoy the blessing of a sweet, happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to joining with you at our Shul for the Yom Kippur and the rest of the year.
Gmar Chatima Tova! 

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman
Micah Bloomfield, President  
קנג. אוהב שׁלום
Have a wonderful shabbos, 

See you in shul!

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman
מרא דאתרא קנג. אוהב שׁלום

Erev kodesh ha’azinu/ Shabbos Shuva - 5781 
Shabbos - Yom Tov Timetable
Friday, Erev Shabbos Shuva
Candle Lighting: 6:29 PM
Mincha/KS: 6:4o PM

Saturday, Shabbos Shuva
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Shabbos Shuva Drasha: 10:40 AM
Kiddush: 10:45 AM
Mincha: 6:25 PM
Maariv/Shabbos Ends: 7:26 PM

Sunday, Erev Yom Kippur
Selichos/Shacharis: 8:00 AM
Mincha: 2:00 PM
For women who light candles, fast begins at 6:25 PM
For all others fast begins at 6:40 PM

Monday, Yom Kippur
Shacharis: (Hamelech) 9:00 AM
Yiskor: 10:30AM
Mincha: 5:30 PM
Neilah: 6:30 PM
Yom Kippur Ends/Fast Ends: 7:23 PM
Break-the-Fast Collation to Follow
Congregation Ohav Sholom (212) 877-5850