Wishing everyone a very healthy, safe and happy 2021.

The RIJC continues to serve the community, via Zoom, as we have regularly since March 20, 2020. 

We continue to offer services, celebrate holidays, observe life-cycle events and more, virtually via Zoom, as we start 2021, hopeful for good health, vaccines and the eventual return to in-person activities later this year...

Until then, please join us for any or all of the activities scheduled below. 

Please check your email or this site for further information.

Shabbat Services

 Saturday, May 29 at 11 am - A Saturday morning Shabbat service as Aliza Wagreich is called to the Torah to become a Bat Mitzvah.  Details, and a special Zoom link will be posted & emailed.

 

 Friday, June 11 and

 Friday, June 25 -

 Times to be announced;  Look for our return to the Meditation Steps...

Our very own Rabbi Sebert is the editor of a version of the Sim Shalom Siddur that includes a full transliteration - for Friday night services.  Please feel free to use this siddur for this and every Friday night service, by clicking the link below.

 

 Minchah & Kabbalat Shabbat.pdf

 

It also contains the weekday (afternoon) service, which includes the full weekday Amidah (Shemonah Esrei), so it’s quite useful for daily services too.  (Unfortunately, the full Sim Shalom siddur is not available with transliteration.)


Havdalah:  Saturday Evenings  

We celebrate the end of Shabbat with a little study & conversation, prayers and, when we have a minyan, say Kaddish. 

 

Additional dates and times to be announced...keep checking back

 

Zoom information for Saturday evenings:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89737683676

Meeting ID: 897 3768 3676
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  1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Shavuot:

Sunday, May 16th

Please join us this Sunday night, May 16th, at 6:45 pm (via Zoom, services begin at 7 pm), as we celebrate Shavuot, the time of the giving of the Torah.  (We will use our regular Friday night Zoom link.)

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84917615726

 

Meeting ID: 849 1761 5726

 

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        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

 

After services (ending approximately at 7:45), please be ready to enjoy a dairy dessert in honor of the holiday.   Then, at approximately 8 pm, we will begin our Tikkun Ley’l Shavuot, a Shavuot-night study session.  Description below:

RIJC Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: In what ways does Jewish law permit forbidden activities in order to save a life?  

A few weeks ago during our weekly pre-Havdalah get-together, we studied a verse from the Torah which teaches us the utmost importance of “saving a life” in the Jewish tradition.  Since we have so many physicians and health care providers in our community, I thought it would be interesting to look more closely at some Jewish sources on the subject.  Please join us to add your voice to the conversation. 

 

(In advance, you may want to take a look at this article on a related subject.  We will look at some of the sources quoted here during our session.) 

There are also some wonderful live Torah study sessions in honor of the holiday throughout the evening.  Here are two that you may want to check out:  

 

*  Shavuot at the Meyerson JCC Manhattan  (registration required). 

 

*  Conservative / Masorti Tikkun Leil Shavuot  (24 hours from 12 noon Sunday through 12 noon Monday!)