Philadelphia Community Kollel Weekly Update
September 7, 2017
Parshas Ki Savo  5777
In This Issue
This Shabbos at the Kollel
Shivti is Back!
Pre-Rosh Hashanah...Evening of Inspiration 5777.
Mother/Daughter Pre-Rosh Hashana Craft Event
Kollel Women's Annual Yom Tov Bake Sale Event
Donate to Aid Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Yomim Noraim Seating Sign-Up
New! 5-Minute Mussar Shiur
Kollel Lost and Found
Community News
Mazel Tov to:

Rabbi Sruli and Rivka Schwartz on the bris of their son, Zev.

Michael and Ellen Braffman  on the birth of a granddaughter, Meital Temima, born to Ruthie Braffman and Danny Shulman.

Joshua and Aliza Rosman on the birth of a daughter.

Michael and Michal Twersky  on the birth of a daughter.

Sherman and Susan Frager  on the bar mitzvah of their son, Yaakov Moshe.

Condolences to:

Rabbi Eli Back and Rabbi Simcha Back on the loss of their mother, Mrs. Laya Back, a"h.

Dr. Michael Braffman on the loss of his mother, Mrs. Anne Braffman, a"h.
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This Shabbos at the Kollel 
Parshas Ki Savo
Thursday, September 7:
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.:
10:15 p.m.:
Daf Yomi

Friday, September 8:
7:02 p.m.: Candle Lighting
7:20 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset

Shabbos, September 9:
8:15 a.m.: Shacharis
9:11/9:47 a.m.: Latest Krias Shema
5:15 p.m.: Shivti
6:15 p.m.Mincha
7:19 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset
8:14 p.m.: Maariv
8:31 p.m.: 72 Minutes

Follow this link to see the NEW Shabbos Zemanim chart for September-October 2017  
Shivti is Back This Shabbos!
Learn Hilchos Sukkah
September 9th and 16th
Shivti returns this Shabbos afternoon!
 Join Shivti this Shabbos,  September 9th, and next Shabbos, September 16th, for
Hilchos Sukkah

3 Programs-
For Advanced Learners:
In-depth understandind of the mitzvah of Sukkah
Recapture the geshmak of your yeshiva days - immerse yourself in a sugya!
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Chavrusa Learning
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Chabura from the Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Yechiel Biberfeld
and Rabbi Dovi Goldschmidt
6:15 p.m.: Mincha
Come with a chavrusa or we can set you up!

For Beginners:
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Study the Prophets together with Rabbi Moshe Yosef Spiegel

For The Boys:
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Learning, stories and nosh, led by Rabbi Yoel Zeffren and Rabbi Yedidya Kaganoff on the lower level

Looking forward to seeing you there!
This Wednesday!
Pre-Rosh Hashanah
Evening of Inspiration
with Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier
Join As a Sponsor Today!
Moshe Chaim and Jasmin Shinohara
in memory of Aizik Yitzchak ben Aryeh Leib
Israil and Inna Pendrak
Eli and Tamar Miller
Ronald and Marguerite Werrin

Silver Sponsors:
Jonathan and Mindy Zaslow

Gold Sponsors:
Rabbi Sruli and Rivka Schwartz
Ted and Phyllis Kosloff

Sponsorship for this event are available as a great way to increase your merits before Rosh Hashanah.
Sponsors $180 - Silver $360 - Gold $500
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Join us for our ninth annual community-wide
Pre-Rosh Hashanah Evening of Inspiration
to hear Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier of
Wednesday, September 13 at 8:30 p.m.
at the Kollel Beis Medrash
364 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station

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Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier was a high school rebbe for 15 years before creating . The Shmuz, a popular website that dispenses weekly Torah inspiration to 10,000 people across the globe, reflects the down-to-earth, practical voice of Rabbi Shafier. Offering refreshing parasha thoughts, life-changing hashkafa workshops, and captivating marriage seminars (like "10 Really Dumb Mistakes that Very Smart Couples Make"), Rabbi Shafier is direct, daring, and downright funny, providing audiences with essential Torah principles packaged in an enticing, enjoyable way. A father of six and grandfather of four, Rabbi Shafier lives in Monsey, New York.
Pre-Rosh Hashana
Mother-Daughter Craft Event
The Pre-Rosh Hashana
Mother-Daughter Craft Event
Exclusive headband creations for girls ages 4-10

Enjoy special mother-daughter bonding time before Rosh Hashana, and come home with something beautiful for Yom Tov!

Sunday, September 17th at  10:00 a.m.
at AISH Philadelphia/ KTA
50 E. Montgomery Ave  in Bala Cynwyd

Ages 4-6 led by Mrs. Deena Schwersenski
Ages 7-10 led by Mrs. Tova Dworkin

With words of inspiration for Rosh Hashana
delivered by Mrs. Sima Greer

Suggested Donation:  $5 per child -  $15 family max

For more information, please contact
Mrs. Lea Schechter at

**Please bring a pair of scissors**
Kollel Women's Annual
Yom Tov Bake Sale Event

Monday, September 25, 2017
7:00 p.m.
At the home of Michie Pasternak
265 Winding Way
Merion Station

Dairy and pareve  salad bar

Fabulous assortment of YomTov desserts for sale


Pre-Yom Tov inspiration

from our guest speaker,

Mrs. Chani Juravel


Couvert $36
Donate Now to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Yomim Noraim Seat Signup
You can now sign up for Yomim Noraim seating at the Kollel by visiting  and choosing the "Yomim Noraim 5778" tab or follow the link at the bottom of this item.
Please note: As in past years, the seating for women will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, we will not be reserving seats. There should be enough room for everyone with comfortable seating. In the event that you have special circumstances that require you to have a specific seat reserved for you, please let us know in the comment box below and we will do our best to accommodate you.
The Kollel Rabbis and Staff wish you and yours a
kesiva v'chasima tova!

To sign up for
Yomim Noraim Seating,
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To memorialize a loved one on our
High Holiday Memorial Scroll,
click  here .  
New for Elul!
5-Minute Mussar Shiur Before Maariv

In an effort to capitalize on the auspicious time of Elul and earn merit for a kesiva vechasima tova, we will be starting a new, 5-minute shiur before maariv each night. The shiur offers practical insights into perfecting our avodas Hashem.
The shiur takes place
in the Beis Medrash from 9:50-9:55.
To hear these shiurim online, visit the audio page here .
Kollel Lost and Found

Unclaimed items left in the Kollel for longer than 30 days will be disposed of.
We have launched a Lost and Found Page to help people become aware of lost items.  Periodically, we will post on this page photos of items that are found in the Kollel facility or at Kollel events.  Please look at the items and let us know if any of them are yours at  (Please hover over each picture to read further details about the item/s in question.
In addition to this page, there is a Lost and Found box by the coat rack at the back door.
Community News
  • Bnos of Bala Cynwyd  is starting again for girls in 4Y nursery through 6th grade!! Bnos will iy"H meet this Shabbos, Parshas Ki Savo / September 9 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm at LMS.

    PLEASE remember to pay your Bnos 5778 membership dues ($40 per girl with a $100 family maximum) if you'd like your daughter(s) to attend Bnos.
    Contact M. Friedman for more info.
  • Torah Youth will resume after Sukkos.
  • 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.