Philadelphia Community Kollel Weekly Update
December 29, 2017
Parshas Vayechi  5778
In This Issue
This Shabbos at the Kollel
Kiddush this Shabbos
Mazel Tov! to the Ellens and Brucks
17th Annual Dinner - ad journal is closed
Masmid Program - make sure to qualify for Frequent Masmid prize
Family Roller Skating- sponsored by Kesher
Next Kesher session
Rabbi Gold's shiur for retirees
Community News
Mazel Tov to:

Rabbi Avraham and Adina Shmidman  on the bar mitzvah of their son, Ephraim.

Yisroel and Rachel Ellen  on the birth of a son. Mazel tov to proud grandparents, Sandy and Margie Bruck. The Shalom Zachar is Friday night 7:00-11:00pm at the Ellens' home, 435 Levering Mill Rd. The bris will IY"H be at the Philadelphia Community Kollel Tuesday morning following the 7:30am Shacharis minyan.

Jonathan & Dee Tanner  on the bris of their  grandson, Yohanan, born to Rachel & Mordechai Fleising in Israel.

Rabbi and Mrs. Josua Levy  on the birth of their granddaughter, Sarah Chasha, born to Yaakov and Shifra Rabinowitz.

Larry Deutsch and Ruth Garfield on the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Rivka, to David Cetlin.

Jeff and Rachel Lobman  on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Joey.

Condolences to:

Rachel Niknam on the loss of her father, Mr. Eli Kahn  a"h.

David Wachs, Michael Wachs, and the Wachs family on the loss of their wife and mother, Mrs. Judith Wachs a"h.
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This Shabbos at the Kollel 
Parshas Vayechi
Thursday, December 28:
8:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.:  Gemara Rosh Hashana with Rabbi Biberfeld
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Kollel Erev
10:00 p.m.: Maariv
10:15 p.m.: Daf Yomi

Friday, December 29:
4:26 p.m.: Candle Lighting
4:44 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset

Shabbos, December 30:
8:15 a.m.: Shacharis
9:07/9:43 a.m.: Latest Krias Shema
Kiddush this Shabbos is sponsored by Moshe and Rachael Starkman in honor of his siyum on Shas Mishnayos. IY"H, Moshe will be making the siyum at the kiddush.
4:00 p.m.:  Mincha
4:40 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset
5:39 p.m.: Maariv
5:56 p.m.: 72 Minutes
6:30 p.m.: Masmid
7:30 p.m.: Rabbi Reisman's Navi Shiur

Follow this link to see the Shabbos Zemanim chart for
Kiddush This Shabbos

Kiddush this Shabbos is sponsored by

R' Moshe and Rachael Starkman

In honor of R' Moshe's siyum on Shas Mishnayos

IY"H, R' Moshe will be making the siyum at the kiddush.

Mazel Tov! to the Ellens and Brucks
Blue Baloons
Mazel tov to Sanford and Margery Bruck, 
President of our Board of Directors, 
on the birth of a grandson born to Yisroel and Rachel Ellen.
Mazel tov to the Ellens. 
The Shalom Zachar will take place tonight, Friday night from 7:00-11:00pm at the Ellens' home, 435 Levering Mill Rd. 

The bris will IY"H be at the Philadelphia Community Kollel
on Tuesday morning following the 7:30am Shacharis minyan.

The Kollel's 
17th Annual Dinner
Ad Journal SUPPLEMENT is Still Open
RSVP's Still Available Until January 2.
The Kollel Ad Journal for 2017 is closed. We will be printing a Journal Supplement for all ads that are received before Wednesday, January 3rd at 12:00 p.m. Reservations deadline is Tuesday, January 2. For any last-minute concerns, please email Rabbi Zeffren at:
The Philadelphia Community Kollel's Seventeenth Annual Dinner will be held on January 7, 2018 at the Hilton City Avenue.
Submit Your Ad or RSVP Online!

Last Program of First Session
This Motzaei Shabbos at 6:30 p.m.

Make Sure to Qualify for the Masmid Frequent Attendance Prize
In order to qualify for the frequent attendance prize, a child needs to have attended 7 of 8 programs in a session.  (We do allow one chance per session for the child to learn elsewhere with an adult for 45 minutes in the event of inclement weather or need to be away from home.) If your son needs only one additional week to qualify, this week is his last chance. 
Please make every effort to attend this last program of the session in order to qualify. A list of boys who already qualify can be found here. A list of boys needing one more week to qualify can be found here.
In the event you feel these records are incorrect, please inform Rabbi Zeffren ASAP so we can properly award your child his prize.
This Week's Masmid Program is sponsored  in memory of:
Mr. Chaim Steger  z"l ר' חיים בן מרדכי פרץ  
On his  seventh Yahrtzeit
By his children:
Ms. Sara Steger and
Rabbi Baruch and Mrs. Miriam Lichtenstein
Only 1 Week still available for Sponsorship
If you would like to dedicate a program, please do so today to ensure you reserve the opportune week for you. Only $360. To sign up as a sponsor today, click here:
Join the crowd during long winter Motzaei Shabbosos at our ever-popular and exciting Masmid Program. Young boys come to learn with fathers, grandfathers, and mentors and enjoy great learning, stories, raffle prizes, and pizza! We welcome you to our seventeenth year. To experience a taste of the Masmid Program, follow these links: 
Masmid Stories     Masmid Photos    Masmid Videos
The cost for sponsorship is only $360 per week.
Click here to sign up for Masmid newsletter emails

Family Roller Skating Event
Sponsored by KESHER

Inviting all mothers, girls, and boys to a

Family Roller Skating Event

Monday, January 1st
10 am - 12 pm
Millenium Skate World
1900 Carman Street, Camden, NJ 08105

We will be alternating between boys and girls skate.
Cost: $6 including skates
Cheaper rate if you bring your own roller skates/blades

No RSVP necessary
Featuring Jewish music
and a nice family atmosphere

Pizza will be sold - $2 per slice
To order pizza, text: 718-909-7712
or email:

January 7th

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December 3, 10, 24
January 7, 28
February 11
10-11:15 a.m.

At Kosloff Torah Academy - 50 East Montgomery Ave. in Bala Cynwyd
Rabbi Aaron Gold's Shiur for Retirees

Rabbi Gold's shiur for retirees will be starting Rambam hilchos tefilla this coming Monday, January 1st.
Community News

  • Bnos of Bala Cynwyd will Iy"H meet this Shabbos, Parshas Vayechi (Dec. 30), from 2:45-3:45 p.m. at LMS.
  • Torah Youth will Iy"H meet this Shabbos, Parshas Vayechi (Dec. 30), from 2:45-3:45 p.m. 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.