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In recognition of Black History Month, I share with you an interesting article by R. Shmueli Boteach where he argues that historically Jews and Blacks shared several fundamental values, that created a bond between the two peoples. That is followed by a totally different topic – Returning to shul after Covid. R. Shlomo Katz of Cong. Shirat David in Efrat asks himself and all of us to think about - Before I return to shul, to what extent has my consciousness grown?
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Shabbat Terumah - Zachor
Friday, February 19 - Saturday, February 20
Friday, February 19
7:45am    Shacharit 
5:35pm    Candlelighting
5:35pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv

Shabbat, February 20
Shema must be concluded by 9:38am
9:30am     Shacharit followed by
11:15 am Parashat Zachor
6:35pm     Havdalah
6:55pm     Ma'ariv

Sunday, February 21
8:00am    Shacharit 
5:35pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv

Monday- Wednesday, Feb 22-24
7:45am    Shacharit
7:00pm    Ma'ariv

Davening Zoom Links
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Thursday, Feb 25 - Fast of Esther
5:34am    Fast Starts
7:45am    Shacharit
5:30pm    Mincha/Maariv
6:40pm    Fast ends
6:20pm    Megillah 1
8:30pm    Megillah 2

Friday, Feb 26 - Purim
6:50am    Shacharit
7:30 am   Megillah 1
9:30am    Megillah 2
5:45pm    Mincha/Maariv

Megillah Zoom Links
Thursday 6:20pm
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Thursday 8:30pm
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Friday 7:30am
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Friday 9:30am
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Adath Israel Zoom World
Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm
Friday, February 19, 4:00pm
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See below for a special message from this red bell pepper. Zoom is not required.
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משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה

Alla & Lev Mudriyan for the yahrzeit of Riva Mudriyan
David Reselbach for the yahrzeit of his beloved mother Phyllis
Anna Hartman for the yahrzeit of her beloved mother Phyllis Reselbach
David & Joyce Birenbaum for the yahrzeit of Max Birenbaum
Patty Ozeri for the yahrzeit of Faye Key
Joe & Ester Kaplan for the yahrzeit of Esther Strykowski
Leona Cleaner in memory of Marty Sosnick
Miriam & Jerry Butrimovitz in memory of Marty Sosnick
Emil Knopf in memory of Marty Sosnick
Morrey Klein in memory of Marty Sosnick
Tommy & Genie Tabak in memory of Marty Sosnick
Charlotte & Jerry Hyman in memory of Marty Sosnick
Young Mi Skehen in memory of Marty Sosnick
Young Mi Skehen in memory of Adam Tabak
Kalinki Family in memory of Adam Tabak
Gail Zerbib and Mela Katznelson for the yahrzeits of Julien Zerbib and Dr. Zalmon Katznelson
Mark Popovich for the General Fund
Tommy & Genie for a Mazal Tov to Rabbi & Rebbitzen Landau on the birth of their grandson Eliezer
Amy & Barry Greenberg and Sally Weiss for a Mazal Tov to Rabbi & Rebbitzen Landau on the birth of their grandson Eliezer
Pavel & Larissa Vinniskiy for a refuah shleima of Pesach ben Pinchas
Roman Slepnyov & Polina Pasynkova in honor of their son Daniel Mitchell Slepnyov donning tefillin for the first time, Mazal Tov!!!
Roman Slepnyov & Polina Pasynkova a huge thank you to Rabbi Landau for preparing our son Daniel for his Bar mitzvah.
Vicki Keyak for a mazal tov Hannah and her parents Velvel & Irina on her engagement to Jacob Roffe
Mazal Tov 
To Velvel & Irina Brodsky on the engagement of their daughter Hannah to Jacob Roffe of Hewlet NY
To Rabbi & Rebbitzen Landau on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson Ya’aqov Bresler of Beitar, Israel
Purim Particulars
See this link for all the times, places, and details you need to know about Purim 5781.

Mishloach Manot Community Builder & Fund Raiser
Based on the current medical forecast, our Purim programming will be limited due to the pandemic. Therefore, this year’s Mishloach Manot are going to be exceptional. How so? Since Purim falls on Friday (2/26) it is customary to eat the Purim Seuda earlier in the day and therefore we will be providing our community members with everything they need for a Purim Seuda brunch. The Mishloach Manot will include Izzy’s Bagels, lox, cream cheese, jam, Nutella, oatmeal, O.J., coffee, tea, sweeteners and a cake from the Rebbitzen. For those members who would like, there will be a Zoom Seuda around 12:30pm. 

Mishloach Manot Participants
Cyril Attia & Linda Schmidt, Marc & Fleur Attia, Shay & Robin Attia, John & Diane Banner, Daniel & Leslie Benchetrite, Craig Berendt, Baruch & Batya Berenfus, Esther & Bob Berger, Anatoly & Tali Besedin, Ava Brand, Eric Brand, Velvel & Irina Brodsky, Miriam & Jerry Butrimovitz, Yanush & Helen Cherkis, Alex & Lina Chernyak, Issac & Denise Dan, Lev & Irina Dratva, Betsy Eckstein & David Heller, Drs. Jonathan Esensten & Raquel Gardner, Shelli & Mark Garnice, David Garth & Sarah Phommavongsay, Michael Gitt, Yoel & Jessica Gluck, Marc Gottlieb Amy & BarryGreenberg,  Frieda Greenspan, Hai Haham, Al & Sharon Hampel, Jonathan Harris & Courtney Beck, Zahava & Meir Holland, Jolana Hollanderand Family, Bonnie & Fred Kalbrosky, Daniel & Natalie Kaplan, Joe & Ester Kaplan, Phil Kaplan, Ian & Cheryl Katz, Anna & Keva Kelenson, Vicki Keyak, Dr. Leonid & Ludmila Khamishon, Alex and Baruch Kilunov, David & Roberta Kimmel, Llyod Klein, Morrey and Jeff Klein, EmilKnopf, Yakov & Regina Kogan, Jack & Rina Korek, Rabbi & Johni Landau, Harry Lenczer & Estelle Monderer, Shep Levine, Ben Leyne, Michael Lorincz, Renee & Kevin Mahan, Claire Manber, Bina Mitchell, Josh & Lynne Muller, Abe Newman, Patty Ozeri, Bella Pasynkova, Polina Pasynkova & Roman Slepnyov, Heddy Pilpel and David Pilpel, Jack & Dora Piotrkowski, Norman Reid, Ian & Jessica Ozeri Reynolds, Marina & Avi Riskin, Rita & Alex Riskin, Raviv & Wendy Rubin, Alex & Slava Ryvkin, Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz, Stanley Saitowitz, Dr. David Schiff, Alvin D. Sered, Gershon & Rayah Shif, Roni Silverberg, Young Mi Skehen, Seth & Sheila Skootsky, Max Slepnyov, Goldie Sosnick, Gabi Tabak, Tommy & Genie Tabak,Patrick & Sabrina Thillard, Rabbi & Judy Traub, Corinne & Elad Vaknin, Svetlana & Slavic Veksler, Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky, Sally Weiss, Tauba Weiss, Neal Wohlmuth, Rabbi Yisroel & Hadas Zaetz, Michael & Sofia Zakharevich, Eugenia Zelkin
New Security System
As you might recall Adath Israel was approved for a $100K federal security grant last year. B”H we finally received our first $50K and therefore the shul is now surrounded by 8 high quality exterior cameras. In addition, a new intercom/access system has been installed allowing access to the building from both inside and remotely. 
Enjoy Adath Israel's Kosher Kitchen Offerings:
Metropolitan Catering
Neshama Foods
Parasha in a Nutshell
Exodus 215:1–27:19

The people of Israel are called upon to contribute thirteen materials—gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; flax, goat hair, animal skins, wood, olive oil, spices and gems—out of which, G‑d says to Moses, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, and I shall dwell amidst them.”
On the summit of Mount Sinai, Moses is given detailed instructions on how to construct this dwelling for G‑d so that it could be readily dismantled, transported and reassembled as the people journeyed in the desert.
In the Sanctuary’s inner chamber, behind an artistically woven curtain, was the ark containing the tablets of testimony engraved with the Ten Commandments; on the ark’s cover stood two winged cherubim hammered out of pure gold. In the outer chamber stood the seven-branched menorah, and the table upon which the “showbread” was arranged.
The Sanctuary’s three walls were fitted together from 48 upright wooden boards, each of which was overlaid with gold and held up by a pair of silver foundation sockets. The roof was formed of three layers of coverings: (a) tapestries of multicolored wool and linen; (b) a covering made of goat hair; (c) a covering of ram and tachash skins. Across the front of the Sanctuary was an embroidered screen held up by five posts.
Surrounding the Sanctuary and the copper-plated altar which fronted it was an enclosure of linen hangings, supported by 60 wooden posts with silver hooks and trimmings, and reinforced by copper stakes. (

Parasha Thought
By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky
In this week’s portion, Hashem commands the Jewish nation to build the Mishkan. Each one of the utensils is specified as to how it should be constructed, its width, its length, and its height. The type of material whether it was gold, silver, or copper, is enumerated and the details of its ornaments are provided.
The procedure for the construction of each vessel is preceded by a command stated in the singular form: “And you shall make” “And you shall make a show bread table.” “And you shall make a Menorah.” “And you shall make an Altar.”
The command is directed toward Moshe to delegate the construction. The Aron Kodesh, the Holy Ark is different. Its command is not stated in the singular form, rather in the plural. The Torah does not say and you shall make a Holy Ark, it states, “And they shall make a Holy Ark.” The commentaries ask, why was the command to build the Ark the only one that was given to a group?
In a small shul in Yerushalayim, a daily Daf HaYomi shiur (Talmudic folio class) was held each morning before Shacharis. An elderly Russian immigrant attended the shiur. Quiet as he was, his behavior in the shiur intrigued the lecturer. He would never ask a thing. Often he would nod off. Sometimes, when the Rabbi quoted a particular Talmudic sage, the old man’s face would light up – especially when the Rabbi mentioned an opinion from a obscure Talmudic personality.
This behavior continued throughout the summer. Always quiet, the man would sometimes nod off, and at other times he would perk up. Then winter came. The group of men would gather around the table in the frigid mornings huddled close as they would warm to the strains of the Talmud and the straining heater in the old synagogue. The old man never missed a class.
One morning a rare snow blanketed Jerusalem. No one showed up to the shiur except the Rabbi and the elderly Russian Jew. Instead of giving his usual lecture, the Rabbi decided he would ask the old Jew a little bit about himself.
“Tell me,” he inquired, “I watch you as I say my shiur. Sometimes you look intrigued but at other times you seem totally disinterested. The trouble is I would like to make the shiur more interesting for you during its entirety, but I can’t seem to make out what perks you up and makes you doze?”
The old man smiled. “I never had a Jewish education. I can barely read Hebrew. I do not come to the shiur for the same reasons that the other men come.” He paused as his eyes pondered his past. “You see, I was a soldier in the Red Army during World War II. Every day our commander would herd us into a room and put a gun to our heads. He commanded us to recite the names of every member of the Politburo. And we did. We learned those names backwards and forward. I come to this class to hear the names of every rabbi in the Talmud. If I cannot learn at least I will know the names of all the great sages! “That.” he smiled “is my Daf HaYomi!”
Although the show bread table, the Menorah, and the Altar can be constructed by individuals — the Ark that holds the Torah is different. One man cannot make it alone. It must be a communal effort. Just as the Torah cannot be learned by one man alone, its Ark cannot be built by an individual either.
The Torah is given for everyone to learn and to experience – each one according to his or her own level and ability. Lighting a Menorah is a clear-cut ritual delegated to the Kohain. The Altar is used for the sacrifices brought by the kohanim. The Torah is for everybody. And each individual has his own Shas and Daf HaYomi. Each person has his share in Toras Yisrael. Everyone extracts something holy from the Torah. To some it may be extrapolative halachic theory, while for others it may be the refinement of character. And still for others it may be the names of Abayai and Rava.and swung wildly at the whistling teapot smashing it with all his might.
“Believe me,” he yelled, “I know! You have to destroy these monsters while they are still young!”
The Torah understood the Jewish nation’s feelings toward its own experience. Slavery is loathsome and reprehensible. The impact of that experience could have shaped an unhealthy attitude toward servitude even in a humane and benevolent environment. Therefore, the Torah immediately directed its very humanitarian laws of servitude — clearly and openly. Six years of service and no more. A servant can never be humiliated or degraded. In fact, the rules of Jewish servitude are so humane that the Talmud surmises that “whoever owns a servant has actually acquired a master. If there is only one pillow in the home — the master must give it to his servant!”
So instead of shirking from the difficult task of detailing the laws of servitude or pushing them to a back-burner, the Torah discusses those laws first — without any apologies.
Because in an imperfect world there are imperfect situations. People steal. They owe money. They must work for others to pay off debt or money they have swindled. But when the problems and injustices of life are dealt with in a Torah way, the imperfect world can get a little closer to perfection.

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