Philadelphia Community Kollel Weekly Update
June 28, 2018
Parshas Balak  5778
In This Issue
This Shabbos at the Kollel
Special Kiddush This Week.
Women's Oneg Shabbos THIS Week.
A Path to Character Development...With Mrs Greer.
The 10-Minute Halacha Shiur...Continues
SHIVTI Shabbos Afternoon Learning Learning Laws of Tosefes Shabbos
Lost and Found - A Camera...
Are You New to the Area?
Community News
Mazel Tov to:
Omid and Rachel Niknam  on the Bar mitzvah of their son, Binyamin.

Alan and Paige Nochenson  on the birth of their daughter, Rochel Mindel.

Arthur & Tziviah Toran on the birth of a grandson, born to Gabriel & Hannah Toran.

Rabbi Michael and Denise Stern on the recent marriage of their daughter, Devori, to Zecharia Fertel of Baltimore, MD.

Zach and Yana Weiser  on the marriage of their daughter, Shana, to Chaim Sinensky.

Rabbi Aaron and Esther Gold
on the birth of a great-granddaughter born to their grandchildren Yehuda and Rivka Sendler in Detroit. Mazel tov also to great-grandparents Reb Shmuel and Khana Globman.

Condolences to:
Rosalyn Hirsch on the passing of her beloved brother, Stuart Scheer.

Daniel Himmel on the passing of his beloved father, Mr. Ronald Himmel
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This Shabbos at the Kollel 
Parshas Balak
Thursday, June 28:
Please note: Rabbi Biberfeld's 
Gemara Rosh Hashana shiur will not take place this week. The additional mincha and maariv will also not be held.
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Kollel Erev
10:00 p.m.: Maariv
10:15 p.m.: Daf Yomi

Friday, June 29:
8:15 p.m.: Candle Lighting
8:33 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset

Shabbos, June 30:
8:15 a.m.: Shacharis
8:43/9:19 a.m.: Latest Krias Shema
6:30 p.m.: Mincha
8:33 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset
9:28 p.m.: Maariv
9:45 p.m.: 72 Minutes

Follow this link to see the NEW Shabbos Zemanim chart for   May-June 2018
Special Kiddush THIS Week
Parshas Balak
The Philadelphia Community Kollel
invites you to join us
for a special kiddush in honor of 
these Penn Law graduates who have contributed so much to the Kollel over the last few years. We wish them loads of hatzlacha as they embark on this new stage in their lives.

Shmuel and Yael Baldinger
Reuven and Elisheva Rosen
Dani Epstein
Yehoshua Abraham
Dovid Sheps
Chaim Aron and Faige Gross
Dovid and Rachel Spinka
Yossi and Hindy Rosenberg
(List in formation)
This Shabbos Parshas Balak
After davening (approximately 10:20 a.m.)

Women's Oneg Shabbos 
THIS Week 
Parshas Balak
The Philadelphia Community Kollel
Women's Division invites you to join us
for a Shabbos Afternoon Oneg
for Women and Children
THIS Shabbos Parshas Balak
June 30th 4:30 - 6:00 pm
At the Zeffrens
111 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bala Cynwyd
Enjoy good company, Shabbos treats
 and words of inspiration.
Join us as we bid farewell to community families who are relocating!

A Path to Character Development 
A Two-Part Series
With Mrs. Sima Greer
Starts July 10

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The 10-Minute Halacha Shiur
Laws of Amir l'Akum 
Mazel tov to the participants of the 10-Minute Halacha shiur upon completing sefer  Hilchos Shabbos B'Shabbato. On Monday, t he group began a new sefer, Orchos Shabbos on the Laws of Amir l'Akum on Shabbos. The shiur runs each weekday night after maariv, Monday through Thursday.

The Laws of Tosefes Shabbos
Shabbos Afternoon Learning Program
 for Men and Boys

For Advanced Learners:
The Laws of Tosefes Shabbos
5:30 pm-6:15 pm: Chavrusa Learning
6:15 pm-6:30 pm: Chabura 
from the Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Yechiel Biberfeld, 
and Rabbi Dovi Goldschmidt (in rotation)
6:30 pm: Mincha
For Beginners: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: 
Study the Prophets together with  Rabbi Moshe Yosef Spiegel
For Boys: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm 
 Learning, Stories, and Nosh  on the Lower Level
*Shivti was founded by Beth Medrash Govoha in 2014 to share intensive learning opportunities to those outside the physical walls of the Yeshiva. Participants experience genuine growth in learning.
The Shivti curriculum starts with in-depth Iyun and ends with Halacha L'maaseh's practical applications, incorporating the quality and methodology that are the hallmarks of Beth Medrash Govoha. The weekly Shivti booklet features carefully curated content, clearly presenting exactly what the Sugya is, what will be learned, and which specific path is optimal to take through the Sugya. Shivti learning typically takes place within a chaburah setting, led by the local Rav, similar to the classic Yeshiva learning seder. The goal is to entirely engage the participants, so that they emerge each week with great clarity, both in the sometimes difficult lomdus and in the real world knowledge of Halacha and Minhag L'maaseh.  
Lost and Found - A Camera
A Canon camera (point and shoot) was left at  the Kollel this week. If it's yours, please claim from Rabbi Zeffren at  
Are You New to the Area?
Are you new to the area? The Philadelphia Community Kollel welcomes you to our community. We offer many learning opportunities for men, women and children. We invite you to browse our website, to get an idea of what we do. You can sign up for email, regular mail etc. and even make a request for a chavrusah here:
Feel free to give us a shout for anything you might need. Hatzlacha in your new home and welcome! 
Community News
  • Bnos of Bala Cynwyd  will not meet until after the summer. 
  • Torah Youth will not meet until after the summer. 
  • Bauminger's Library: The library will once again be open every Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at 228 Stoneway Lane, Merion.
  • "כל השונה הלכות בכל יום": "Whoever studies two Halachos a day is assured a place in Olam Habah." If you would like to receive a free daily e-mail with two halachos a day, go to  and sign up, or send a request to These are two separate services with separate halachos.  
  • Rabbi Ungar's dynamic shiur on the Parsha- please join us for an unforgettable shiur every Monday night at Jeff and Daryl Klein's home at 161 Union Avenue at 8:15 p.m.