Philadelphia Community Kollel Weekly Update
November 29, 2018
Shabbos Parshas Vayeshev 5779
In This Issue
Shabbos Parshas the Kollel.
Shacharis over Chanukah.
Refua Shelaima.
Special Masmid Program with Horav Shmuel Kamentetsky, shlit"a
Chanukah Mesiba at the Kollel...
Special Women's Chanukah Shiur THIS Shabbos
Kollel's 18th Chai Annual Dinner!
Security System Update.
Kesher Save the Date!
Masmid Program
Kollel Lost and Found
Community News
Mazel Tov:

Mr. and Mrs. Ari and Rebecca Adlerstein on the birth of a baby girl. 

Rabbi and Mrs. Menashe and Amanda Benedict on the bris of their son, Yosef .

Our Condolences to: 
Mrs. Andrea Diamond Sederowsky on the passing of her beloved mother, Judith Tallerman z"l

Rabbi Ephraim Goldfein on the passing of his beloved father, Mr. Seymour Goldfein z"l

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News and Events
Shabbos Parshas Vayeshev
at the Kollel
Thursday, November 29 :
8:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Gemara with Rabbi Biberfeld
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Kollel Erev
10:00 p.m.: Maariv

Friday, November 30:
4:18 p.m.: Candle Lighting
4:36 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset

Shabbos, December 1:
8:15 a.m.: Shacharis
8:50/9:26 a.m.: Latest Krias Shema
4:00 p.m.: Mincha
Followed by Shalosh Seuodos
4:36 p.m.: Shkiya/Sunset
5:31 p.m.: Maariv
5:48 p.m.: 72 Minutes
6:30 p.m.: Masmid Program 
7:30 pm.:  Rabbi Reisman's Navi Shiur

For a Printable version of the November- December Zmanin
please click on the link below. November- December 2018
Special Times for Shacharis over Chanukah
Shacharis will be starting at 7:20 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. for the week of Chanukah, Monday, December 3rd through Monday, December 10th. (Sunday 8:00 a.m.)
Refua Shelaima
Please daven on behalf of our dear chaver, Rabbi Mike Stern, Yosef Elimelech Ben Yehudis, sheyichyeh, for a refua shelaima. To make a donation, please click here.
Special Pre-Chanukah 
Masmid Program this Week
We Will BE"H Be Joined By
Horav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlit"a

You dont want to miss this special program.
Horav Shmuel Kamenetsky, 
is scheduled to visit the special pre-Chanukah Masmid program this week to addressed the crowd and greet the boys personally.  

Join us for a special Pre-Chanukah program this week featuring singing, dancing and special treats for all the boys. There is no better way to prepare for Chanukah than to join the special learning and celebration. Hope to see you there!

Sponsored by:

Mr. and Mrs. Ted and Phyllis Kosloff
In honor of their son,   David, 
and his commitment to  Torah Learning.

Chanukah Mesibah at the Kollel
With Rabbi Yosef Reinman
This  Tuesday, December 4th
Save the Date for the
Kollel Chanukah Mesibah
For Men and Women
Tuesday Evening, December 4th, 8:15 p.m.
At the Kollel Beis Medrash
Rabbi Yosef Reinman
of Lakewood, NJ 
Renowned author, historian and Talmudic scholar 
  who will be speaking on the topic
Difficult Decisions in  Ancient and Modern Times 
Join us for divrei Torah, a dessert reception, dancing, and a kumzits

We thank our sponsors to date:
Eli and Tamar Miller

Sid and Susan Laytin
In memory of Anette Sollins z"l

Drs. Israil and Inna Pendrak
in memory of Israil's father 
Mendel Ben Ezril Zelig Hakohein z"l

Sponsorships Available  $180 - $360 - $500
Please contact Rabbi Zeffren at 
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Reinman is a renowned author, historian and Talmudic scholar, who also a speaks widely on Jewish history and thought. He has authored Shufra Dishtara, a seminal study of the philosophy of Talmudic contractual law in Hebrew, and Abir Yosef, a study of Chumash according to Rashi's commentary. All in all, he has written sixty-five books, and his articles have appeared in numerous Jewish periodicals. Among his works are the very popular Destiny: The Story of the Jewish people and the Western World and the twelve-volume Strasbourg Saga, a work of historical fiction, under the name Avner Gold.

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 Special Women's Chanukah Shiur THIS Shabbos
Parshas Vayeishev, December 1st
Women of the community are
 invited to join us for a special Chanukah
 Shiur by Mrs. Rachael Biberfeld
next Shabbos Parshas Vayeishev, 
December 1st at 3:00 pm 
at the home of the Zeffrens, 111 Bryn Mawr Ave.

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Kollel's 18th Chai Annual Dinner!

Security System Update
The Kollel's secure entry system will be fully operational within one week. In order to gain access on weekdays you will need to use your fingerprint. We apologize for the delay as our computer system was repaired.

To sign up for access, please visit Rabbi Kaganoff who will be available in the Kollel Social Hall on the lower level at these times:
Daily:  9:30 - 9:55 p.m.  and   10:15-10:30 p.m.
In case you have trouble coming at those times please contact Rabbi Kaganoff at 201-414-7854.
Women can sign up at the Kollel office. To make an appointment please email
There are a limited number of cards and fobs available to those who have experienced trouble with fingerprint access in the past. Please mention this before signing up.  
Thank you.
Kesher Save-The-Date
The Kesher Mother-Daughter program will begin a new season on December 16. Please look out in your email for information. 

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

 December 1st, at 6:30 p.m.
At the Kollel 
(see above for a special announcement )

Sponsorships are available.
If you would like to dedicate a program, please do so today to ensure you reserve the opportune week for you.
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 eighteenth 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:  Masmid Email Sign-up

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 will IY"H meet this Shabbos, from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm at LMS. Please pay your yearly membership dues if your daughter attends Bnos.  
  • Pirchei/Torah Youth this week from 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm at LMS.
  • *New!!* Local Shatnez Tester conveniently located on Stoneway Ln in Bala! Dropoff hours Sunday and Thursday 1-2pm and 7-8pm. Endorsed by local Rabbonim. For more info call: (718)570-2729 or email 
  • 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.