Philadelphia Community Kollel Weekly Update
November 17, 2016
Parshas Vayerah  5777
In This Issue
New! Leil Shabbos Learning Program
Friday Night Oneg for Women with Mrs. Greer
Masmid Continues!
Masmid Sponsorship Opportunities
Save the Date! 16th Annual Dinner
Kollel Expansion...Featured in the News
Rabbi Reisman Navi Shiur...IS BACK
Are You New to the Area?
Community News
Mazel Tov to:

Rabbi Yerachmiel and Yitty Lichtman on the bris of their son, Elozar Menachem

Zac and Rachel Miller on the birth of their daughter, Esther Rus!

Saul and Batzi Levitt  on the recent marriage of their daughter, Simi to Simcha Makowsky.

Koby and Rivky Milgraum  on birth of a boy. The Shalom Zachar will take place at their home 221 Edgehill Rd., Merion Station starting at 7:45 p.m.

Condolences to:

Mrs. Fran Weinberg on the loss of her mother,  Mrs. Shirley Zelenetz .

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This Shabbos at the Kollel 
Parshas Vayeirah
Thursday, November 17:
  8:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Gemara Rosh Hashana with Rabbi Biberfeld
9:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.:  Kollel Erev  
9:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.:  Rabbi Frand's Weekly Parsha Shiur
10:00 p.m.: Maariv
10:15 p.m.: Daf Yomi

Friday November 18:
4:24 p.m. :  Candle Lighting
4:42 p.m.:  Shkiya /Sunset

Shabbos, November 19:
8:15 a.m.:   Shacharis
8:36/ 9:12 a.m.: Latest Krias Shema
4:01 p.m.:  Mincha
Shalosh Seudos will be served!
4:41 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset
5:36 p.m.: Maariv
5:53 p.m.:  72 Minutes
6:30 p.m.:  Masmid
7:30 p.m.: Rabbi Reisman Navi Shiur

Follow this link to see the Shabbos Zemanim chart  for November-December.

Please note: The Kollel has begun davening Shacharis on Sundays at 8:00 a.m.
A Brand New Program for Men and Boys!
Sponsorships available - please contact Rabbi Yoel Zeffren 
at for more information.
It's hard to believe but Chanukah is only a few weeks away. It's always challenging to get into the proper mindset so here's a great idea to help you do just that. Shivti is a brand new, 3-week Sunday morning program, for men and boys, K-3rd grade. Come to the Kollel for these three Sunday mornings and study a topic related to Chanukah. Men will join a group led by Kollel Rabbis, and boys will enjoy a special presentation on the lower level each week.
Schedule: November 20 & December 4 & 11
8:00 a.m.  Shacharis
8:45 a.m.  A gourmet breakfast with bagels, pancakes, omelets, iced coffee and a flavored brewed coffee bar.
Men: 9:20 a.m.-10:20 -  Chavrusah and Group Learning in Beis Medrash
(based on the renowned Shivti curriculum )
Boys: 9:20 - 10:20 a.m. -  Special presentation on the Lower Level followed by raffle drawings.

All boys who attend all 3 programs will receive a special prize. For more information on this program please contact Rabbi Zeffren at

New! Leil Shabbos -Friday Night
Learning Program at the Kollel
Indulge your neshama with a special dose of Torah on the long winter Friday nights. The Kollel Beis Medrash is open (with chavrusos available by request) for our new Leil Shabbos seder. Refreshments are served. The program runs from 8-9:30 with optional shiur from 9:10-9:30 and is followed by a hearty cholent and kugel snack!

Please contact Rabbi Yedidyah Kaganoff ( for more information or to arrange a chavrusah. 

Friday Night Oneg for Women with Mrs. Greer
Inviting all women, please join us for a Leil Shabbos Shiur and Oneg with Mrs. Sima Greer, Director of Women's Programming of the Philadelphia Community Kollel
This Friday Night,  Parshas Va'Yeira.,  November 18th, 2016
8:30 PM - 10:00PM  at the home of Ilana Baltuch,   204 Cynwyd Road, Bala Cynwyd. Mrs. Greer will addressw the assembled witha  talk entitled: Avraham and Sara: How To Use Laughter To Navigate Life's Trials.  Come gather with friends and enjoy f ood, Singing, and Inspiration.

Masmid Continues
This Week at 6:30 p.m.

This Motsaei Shabbos, November 19, Masmid will begin  at 6:30 p.m. a t the Kollel.  Don't miss it!
New photos have been posted 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 sixteenth 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.
To sponsor a program today, click here:
Masmid Sponsorship
To sign up for Masmid email, click here:

Sponsorship List Now Open!
Reserve a Program Today- (Only 5 Left)
In Honor of a Loved One!
The Masmid Sponsorship list has only recently been open and already most have been reserved.
If you would like to dedicate an available program, please do so today to ensure you reserve the opportune week for you.
To sign up as a sponsor today, click here:
The Philadelphia Community Kollel's
16th Annual Dinner
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Meet our Honorees!

The Philadelphia Community Kollel's sixteenth annual dinner will be held on January 15, 2017 at the Hilton City Avenue. Please mark your calendar for a most memorable evening and look out for a mailing in the near future announcing the details of this exciting event. We deeply appreciate our community's support and look forward to your participation.

To met our honorees, click here: MEET OUR HONOREES
Kollel Expansion
Featured in the News
The Kollel's new expansion of 5 new families into the community has been featured in the Hamodia Newspaper.
If you haven't yet met any of the newcomers - Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Yitzchok and Penina Akerman, Rabbi and Mrs. Eliyahi and Brocha Breiner, Rabbi and Mrs. Dov and Sima Greer, Rabbi and Mrs. Yedidya and Chana Kaganoff, Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Yosef and Miriam Baila Speigel - come by the Kollel or look out for upcoming programs in which you will have an opportunity to meet and greet them.
To see a printable version, please click on graphic.
Rabbi Reisman Navi Shiur
For Our 12th Year
Join us for our twelfth season!
Each Motzaei Shabbos (Saturday night), this shiur reaches us from Brooklyn, NY where it is received by over 1,000 people each week. Take advantage of the TCN revolution to experience outstanding shiurim. This shiur is shown at two locations, in Merion Station and in Northeast Philadelphia at Cong. Bnai Israel, 8201 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia as a Joint Project of BIOZ, TCN, and the P.C. Kollel. For more information on the Northeast location, please call 215-342-2999. 
Place: Each Motzaei Shabbos in the R' Leib and Rachel Kohn Conference Room.

Times for Winter 2016-17:
Oct 29                     9:00 p.m.
Nov 5                      8:30 p.m.
Nov 12- Jan 28       7:30 p.m.
Feb 4,  - Feb 25      8:00 p.m.
March 4                   8:30 p.m.
March 18 - 25        9:30 p.m.
April 1 - 8             10:00 p.m.
April 15- 29          10:15 p.m.
May 6 - 27           10:30 p.m.

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 iy"H meet this week, Parshas Vayeira, Nov. 19th from 2:45pm - 3:45pm at LMS. Great Bnos Chanukah Craft Event on Dec. 11 - members $6, non-members $20! Please pay your yearly membership if you'd like your daughter(s) to participate in Bnos motzai shabbos events. Contact M. Friedman ( for more info.
  • Torah Youth  will iy"H meet this Shabbos, Parshas Vayeira, November 19th from 2:45pm - 3:45pm 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.
  • Parsha Shiur by Rabbi Ungar of Etz Chaim-  a 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.