Philadelphia Community Kollel Weekly Update

June 22, 2017
Parshas Korach  5777
In This Issue
This Shabbos at the Kollel
Shivti Shabbos Learning Program
For Women: The Halachos of Muktzah
Green Speech Kick-Off Event
10 Minute Halacha Shiur...New Limud!
Kollel Lost and Found
Mikvah Update
Community News
Mazel Tov to:

Our Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Yechiel and Rachael Biberfeld, on the marriage of their daughter, Chaya, to Yaakov Yitzchok Rimmer.

Rabbi Dov and Mrs. Sima Greer
on the Bar Mitzvah celebration of their son, Moshe Chaim.

Drs. Nadav and Yedida Schwartz on the bar mitzvah of their son, Matan. Mazel tov to the proud grandparents, Steve and Phoebe Goldman.

Dr. Abba and Ruthie Krieger
on the marriage of their daughter, Penina, to Yossi Quint.

Dov and Shani Daniel on the birth of a daughter.

Dr. Shloimy and Rochelle Kalkstein on the birth of a son.  

Alex and Erika Perilstein on the Pidyon Habein of their son, Chaim Aryeh. Mazel tov to the proud grandparents, 
Ron and Jayne Perilstein and William and Elizabeth Shaid.
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This Shabbos at the Kollel 
Parshas Korach
Thursday, June 22:
10:00 p.m.: Maariv

Friday, June 23:
8:15 p.m.: Candle Lighting
8:33 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset

Shabbos, June 24:
8:15 a.m.: Shacharis
8:42/9:18 a.m.: Latest Krias Shema
5:30 p.m.: Shivti Program
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 Shabbos Zemanim chart for May-June 2017
The Kollel Rabbis and staff wish a hearty  Mazel Tov to
our Rosh Kollel
Rabbi Yechiel and Rebbetzin Rachael Biberfeld
on the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Chaya, to Yaakov Yitzchok Rimmer!
Mazel Tov to the Biberfeld, Jacob, Rimmer, and Lieberman families!
The Kollel Rabbis and staff wish a hearty  Mazel tov to  our Rosh Kollel
Rabbi Yechiel and Rebbetzin Rachael Biberfeld
on the Pidyon Habein of their grandson, Dovid Chanoch. Mazel tov to the proud parents, Zev and Rivka Teitelbaum and great-grandparents, Dr. Allan and Sandy Jacob. Mazel to the entire Biberfeld, Jacob and Teitelbaum families.
SHIVTI Continues...
Shabbos Afternoon
New Limud!


For Advanced Learners
In-Depth Understanding of
the Mitzvah of Tefillah
Recapture the Geshmak of Y
our Yeshiva Days - 
  Immerse Yourself in a Sugya!
5:30pm-6:15pm: Chavrusa Learning
6:15pm-6:30pm: Chabura from the Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Yechiel Biberfeld, and Rabbi Yosef Rabinowitz (in rotation)
6:30pm: Mincha

For Beginners
Study the Prophets together
with Rabbi Moshe Yosef Spiegel

For The Boys
Learning, Stories, and Nosh
led by Rabbi Yedidya Kaganoff on the Lower Level
A New Summer Series
For Women:
The Halachos of Muktzah
The Halachos of Muktzah
Categories and Allowances of Handling
Non- Shabbos Items on Shabbos

Taught by:
Mrs. Sima Greer
Director Of Women's Programming
Philadelphia Community Kollel

Monday mornings at 9:45 AM
at the Lower Level of the
Philadelphia Community Kollel
364 Montgomery Ave. Merion Station, PA

With words of inspiration about the beauty and sanctity of Shabbos at each session
Kick-Off Event
10 Minute Halacha Shiur
After Weekday Maariv Learning
Hilchos Shabbos B'Shabato
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: 
Mikvah Update
Mikvah Transition Notice
24 Sivan 5777 June 18, 2017

The LMS Mikvah will open on June 11th to the community on a nightly basis, as The Philadelphia Main Line Mikvah at Torah Academy will close its doors on June 10th.

We are gratified to see the Lower Merion Community Mikvah (LMCM) project moving along so rapidly. Its anticipated opening date is early fall.

The LMS Mikvah is available by appointment only. The phone number is (610)664-5626, extension 4. The message will be updated with the attendants' names, contact information and other relevant information. The nightly attendant must be called prior to 7:00 p.m. of that evening to assure an appointment. The LMS Mikvah phone number will be operational during Mikvah hours.

All Mikvah preparations must be completed prior to arrival at the LMS Mikvah. Mikvah users are asked to bring their own robes, towels, slippers and any other needed supplies. The Mikvah fee is $25.00.

The entrance to the LMS Mikvah is through the first door on the left side of the building facing Old Lancaster Road.
Attendant Schedule: week of June 18
Sunday, Monday night: Yael Steiglitz (484)557-1030
Tuesday, Thursday nights: Tanya Libesman (610)213-0898
Wednesday nights: Bracha Bettoun (610)202-3927
Friday, June 23th: Sandy Kornhauser (610)453-2499
Motzei Shabbat: Joan Betesh (484)410-9754

For questions, please contact Adina Shmidman at (205)999-7072 (cell/text) or Joan Betesh (484) 410-9754.

Adina Shmidman and Cheryl Epstein
Lower Merion Synagogue Mikvah Co-Chairs

If you would like to make a donation to the new Lower Merion Community Mikvah, please email
Community News
  • Bnos of Bala Cynwyd  will meet for the last session of the year this Shabbos, Parshas Korach/June 24, from 4:30pm - 5:30pm at LMS.
  • Torah Youth will meet for the last session of the year this Shabbos, Parshas Korach/June 24, from 4:30pm - 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.