Philadelphia Community Kollel Weekly Update

May 18, 2017
Parshas Behar-Bechukosai  5777
In This Issue
This Shabbos at the Kollel
Kiddush This Week
Kollel's 18th Annual Lecture
New! Shivti Shabbos Learning Program
SHAVUOS 5777...At the Kollel.
Bnos Melochim Worldwide Event.
Torah Time for Toddlers
Community News
Mazel Tov to:

Rabbi and Mrs. Aron Katz on the birth of twin boys.

Reb Chaim Aron and Faige Gross on the birth of a boy.  There will IY"H be a shalom zachor this Friday night at 8:45 pm at the home of the Zeffrens, 111 Bryn Mawr Avenue.

Max and Gale Bienstock on the engagement of their grandson, Matisyahu Sinai, to Rachelle Fox from Bet Shemesh.

Sheldon and Miriam Feinstein
on the birth of a grandson, born to Boruch and Sara Chaiya.

Bob and Judy Pransky
on the engagement of their grandson, Shimon, to Penina Klein from Cleveland.

Suri Rabinovici and Cheryl Epstein on the birth of a (great-)granddaughter, born to Dov and Baila Epstein.

Condolences to:

Denise Gorlechen on the loss of her father, Mr. Terry Steen, z"l.  Please click here to sign up to learn mishnayos on his behalf.

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This Shabbos at the Kollel 
Parshas Behar-Bechukosai
Thursday, May 18:
8:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Gemara Rosh Hashana with Rabbi Biberfeld
9:00 p.m.: Maariv - Lower Level
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Kollel Erev
10:00 p.m.: Maariv
10:15 p.m.: Daf Yomi

Friday, May 19:
7:55 p.m.: Candle Lighting
8:13 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset

Shabbos, May 20:
8:15 a.m.: Shacharis
8:43/9:19 a.m.: Latest Krias Shema
Kiddush this week is sponsored jointly  by Dr. and Mrs. Levi and Dahlia Ocken in honor of the birth of their daughter, Atara Faiga, and by Rabbi and Mrs. Menachem and Chavie Friedman in honor of the birth of their daughter, Rachel.
5:30 p.m.: Shivti Program
6:30 p.m.: Mincha
8:14 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset
9:09 p.m.: Maariv
9:26 p.m.: 72 Minutes

Follow this link to see the Shabbos Zemanim chart for May-June 2017
Kiddush This Week

Kiddush this week is sponsored jointly by

Rabbi  and Mrs.  Menachem and Chavie Friedman

In honor of the birth of their daughter

and by
Dr. and Mrs. Levi and Dahlia Ocken

In honor of the birth of their daughter
Atara Faiga.
This Wednesday Evening!
Last Chance to Join as Sponsor...
18th Annual Lecture
In Memory of Dr. David E. Epstein, z"l

The Kollel's Eighteenth Annual Lecture
The Dr. David E. Epstein, z"l Memorial Lecture

Rabbi Yonasan Sacks

Understanding the Divine Will

will take place on
Wednesday Evening
May 24, 2017

at the
Levering Mill Tribute House
(Formerly Woman's Club of Bala Cynwyd)
382 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004

 For Men & Women

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Suggested Donation $18
Students Free


Chai Event Sponsorship- $1,800
Platinum Sponsor- $1,000
Gold Sponsor- $500
Silver Sponsor- $360
Sponsor- $180

All participants are invited to a dairy and parve dessert reception before and after the lecture,
featuring a cheesecake bar by Lilac and Creme.

There will be an exclusive pre-lecture reception with Rabbi Sacks for all sponsors.
Silver Sponsors and above will receive a book written by Rabbi Sacks.
Reserved seating for sponsors.


If you have any questions, please contact the Kollel office.  610-668-9557 ~
SHIVTI Continues...
Shabbos Afternoon

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For Advanced Learners:
Gain a Kinyan in Kinyanim!
Recapture the Geshmak of 
Your Yeshiva Days - 
Immerse Yourself in a Sugya!
5:30 pm -6:15 pm:
Chavrusa Learning
6:15 pm -6:30pm:
Chabura from the Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Yechiel Biberfeld,  and Rabbi Dov Goldshmidt (in rotation)
6:30 pm: Mincha
Come with a Chavrusa or We Can Set You Up!

For Beginners!
5:30 pm -6:30 pm:
Study the Prophets together with
Rabbi Moshe Yosef Spiegel

For The Boys!
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm:
Stories, Singing, and Nosh, led by
Rabbi Yedidya Kaganoff
On the Lower Level
At the Kollel
SHAVUOS 5777 At the Kollel
Chock-full of learning opportunities in store for Shavuos night at the Kollel!
See above poster for more details.
Bnos Melochim Worldwide Event
This year's all-new, fascinating audio-visual, entitled
"You are Here"
presents an awe-inspiring array of insights, perspectives and discoveries presented by dynamic and erudite lecturers.

Complete with soul-stirring song and witty drama, the symposium of powerful messages will invite you inside a world of self-respect and a deeply satisfying spiritual existence.

Showing Locally at the Kollel
Tuesday, June 6
8:15 pm

$15 per attendee and $10 for students

For Women Only

More details to follow
A 3-Part Program
Torah Time for Toddlers
A 3-Part Program for Mothers and Toddlers
with Mrs. Sima Greer

Prior attendance not necessary.

Prepare for Shavuos with songs and learning about Hashem's Special Present with your little one!

Wednesday Mornings,
May 10, 17, and 24
9:15 a.m.
at the home of Dana Kupfer
468 N. Highland Ave, Merion Station, PA

For mothers and toddlers (children 3 and under, infants welcome!)
Community News
  • Keystone-K: Temporary California Infestation Alert:
    The Kashrus agencies are finding that California leafy vegetables presently have a high level of infestation.  This is caused by recent climate conditions.  Extra care should be taken when cleaning and checking these vegetables.  It will be more difficult to find leafy vegetables with a reliable supervision during the next few weeks.
  • A Night of Inspiration - Rabbi Paysach Krohn will be speaking on "Infusing our Lives with Simchas Hachaim" on Wednesday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m. at LMS. The event is in memory of Mrs. Marilyn Borck, a"h. 
  • Bnos of Bala Cynwyd will iy"H meet this Shabbos, Parshios Behar/Bechukosai (May 20) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at LMS.
  • Torah Youth will iy"H meet this Shabbos, Parshios Behar/Bechukosai (May 20) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at LMS.
  • 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.