Philadelphia Community Kollel Weekly Update

  December 11, 2014  
Parshas Vayeshev 5775
In This Issue
This Shabbos at the Kollel
Chanukah Mesiba with Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein
Masmid is Sponsored by...
SUBMIT ONLINE TODAY!...Kollel Annual Dinner
Yield To Incoming Traffic
Spotlight on Kollel Programs
You Shop~Amazon Gives
Community News



Michael and Ellen Braffman

upon the birth of a grandson, born to Jacob and Shoshana Braffman



Mrs. Shira Press and R' Dovid and Ettie Wachs on the birth of their grandson, Chaim Meir, to Avi and Tovi Wachs.

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News and Events
This Shabbos at the Kollel 
Parshas Vayeshev
Thursday, December 11: 

8:15 P.M.: Rabbi Biberfeld's Gemora Yoma Shiur

9:00 p.m.: Maariv
9:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.: Rabbi Frand's Weekly Parsha Shiur  
9:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.: Kollel Erev
10:00 p.m.Maariv
Friday, December 12:
4:17 p.m.: Candle Lighting  
4:35 p.m.:Shkiya/Sunset

Shabbos, December 13:
8:15 a.m.: Shacharis
8:58/ 9:34 a.m.: Latest Krias Shema
Chacham Lev Boys Program
3:56 p.m.: Mincha
Shalosh Seudos
4:36 p.m.:Shkiya/Sunset
5:31 p.m.: Maariv
5:48 p.m.: 72 Minutes 
6:30 p.m.: MASMID 
7:30 p.m.: Rabbi Reisman's Navi Shiur

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Chanukah Mesiba with

 Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein

Wednesday Evening, December 17 

 Please Join us for the Philadelphia Community Kollel Annual Chanukah Mesiba


We are pleased to welcome men and women

to a special Chanukah lecture by the renowned

Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein


 Come and enjoy a dessert reception 

by the famous Kollel Kitchen!


Wednesday Night! 

2nd Night of Chanukah

December 17, 2014

8:15 pm

At The Philadelphia Community Kollel 

Beis Medrash

364 Montgomery Avenue

Merion Station, PA 19066



Sponsor- $250

Gold- $500


For more information please see our website, or call the Kollel office at 


To listen to past Kollel Chanukah Shiurim, please click here.


Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein is the Rabbi of Congregation Ishay Yisroel of Lakewood, New Jersey and a well known and much sought-after speaker. For more than 20 years, he has made regular appearances before tens of thousands throughout North America, Israel, Europe, South Africa as well as at England's Cambridge University.


A student of Yeshivas Mir Jerusalem and ordained in 1976 at Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem in New York City, he appears frequently throughout the US and Canada on behalf of Project Chazon and Project Inspire and has authored numerous articles for popular Jewish print media. Rabbi Milstein, can regularly be heard on New York and internet radio at


      To listen to the audio of this 
Special Chanuka Series
Festival of Lights
Practical Halacha and Hashkafa on Chanukah

by Rabbi Biberfeld, 
please click on the Shiur below.



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Kollel's  Fourteenth 

Annual Dinner 

Forward and Upward

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Guests of Honor:

Mr. and Mrs. Barry & Miriam Gesserman 

Over two decades ago, the Gessermans, who originally met in Philadelphia, moved to Lower Merion from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where their three children, Yoni, Aron, and Leah were born. Barry began....see more.

Young Leadership Award:

Dr. and Mrs. Andrew & Chava Paris

Although relative newcomers to the community, Chava and Andrew, New Yorkers who also first met in Philadelphia, wasted no time in making new friends and getting involved. Chava was a principal in the successful....see more. 



Mark your calendar for a memorable evening! 


 Please be advised that a new sign has been hung at the top of the driveway that states



For many years there has been a safety concern with our parking lot's incoming and outgoing traffic. Poor design allows for only one way traffic and in the case of an impasse, someone has to give way. Due to safety concerns for those that have to back up into traffic on Montgomery Avenue, the resident business owners have decided to post a new sign asking all visitors exiting the lot to YIELD TO INCOMING TRAFFIC. If find yourself exiting the parking lot and as you get up the hill an incoming vehicle is seen, kindly back up and allow them to pass. It may even save a life or two. Thank you for your co-operation!

Spotlight on Kollel Programs: 

This Week Featuring 


Get your week off to a terrific start!
Kesher, a learning program for mothers and daughters grades 1-5, brings generations together in a beautiful atmosphere of bonding through learning. A stimulating curriculum based on Pirkei Avos, Ethics of our Fathers, will be explored, followed by an interactive discussion and exciting art activity.
 Material suited for all ages and all backgrounds.
Invest an hour on Sunday morning and change your week! 
The program will run for six Sundays during January and February:

January 4th, 18th, 25th, and February 1st, 8th, and 22nd

at the Union Fire Station Social Hall, 149 Montgomery Avenue

Looking Forward to seeing you!

The Committee:
Shayna Malka Zeffren, Shari Saiman, Minnie Nosenchuk, Shani Daniel, Faigy Prupas, Liba Bauminger and Dana Kupfer



To sponsor a session or season, please contact Rabbi Yosef Prupas:

For more information and to register, please visit our

Kesher webpage.



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Community News
  • Bnos of Bala Cynwyd will iy"H meet this shabbos, Parshas Vayeshev, Dec.13th from 2:45pm - 3:45pm at LMS. Please pay your yearly membership dues - for more info, contact Meira Friedman.


  • Bnos of Bala Cynwyd Annual Chanuka Event for girls ages 3Y through 6th grade - balloon sculpting and treats on Monday, Dec. 15th from 5:30 - 7:30pm at LMS. $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

  • Torah Youth 2:45 - 3:45 pm in the Social Hall, Grades K-8th.   Stay tuned for information on the annual Chanukah Mesiba.  If you would like to help sponsor or want more information contact Rabbi Sruli Schwartz at or Rabbi Ari Silver at 610-6686-6833 or

  • The Man With the Truck will be at the Kollel on Monday, December 8, from 4:30-8 pm.

  • LMS Sisterhood Chanuka Evening Out for Ladies Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at the home of Lisa Lipschutz, 321 Brookway Road in Merion Station. 7:00- 9:00 pm. Featuring a performance by the Lower Merion Women's Choir. Join us for a special concert, wine and refreshments.

  • KoshersyncLike to know what's going on in the community? Join the Koshersync weekly update list! Simply send an e-mail to with the word "Subscribe" as the subject. This free service will update you weekly about the events scheduled for that week and a digest of new events. To post an event, e-mail with the event name, location, time, and description.
  • 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.