The Prospect Heights Shul is a Modern Orthodox Shul in Brownstone Brooklyn


The Prospect Heights Shul
A Modern Orthodox Shul in Brownstone Brooklyn
Shmeni Atzeret/Simchat Torah

Candle Lighting Day 1: 6:05 PM Candle Lighting Day 2: 7:04 PM |  Havdalah: 7:01 PM

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Updates

Shemini Atzeret Lunch: We are having a BYO Shmini Atzeret communal picnic on the prospect park lawn! In place of an ice cream kiddush, we’ll be bringing a mix of milchig and pareve ice cream desserts for the whole community. Please join us! 1230pm by the Prospect Park shabbat tree

Rain policy. As of now, there is a chance of rain on Sunday (currently forecast to begin Sunday afternoon/evening, but that may change). If it does rain, we urge you to bring rain gear as the major tents were taken down over chol hamoed. If the rain and/or wind is sufficiently heavy we may adjust our service substantially.  

Updated alcohol policy. In light of recent covid issues and upon further reflection, we’ve decided to adjust our alcohol policy for Simchat Torah. Instead of having alcohol consumption during shul, we’ll have an optional distanced l’chaim at the end of shul and kiddush-to-go opportunities.

Kids’ Simchat Torah bags! In the absence of having programming for kids, we’ve put together goody bags to be enjoyed by your kids on Simchat Torah! We’ll be distributing them on the lot at any PHS davening and at the picnic on Shmini Atzeret. Thank you to Marisa Harary for organizing and procuring! 

Chatanim/Kallot Torah & Bereshit. This year, our COVID policy mandates that our Chatan/Kallat Torah and Bereshit be the actual readers of the torah. What could be better in a year when we all seek renewal and joy than to have two newlywed couples serving as Chatannim and Kallot?  Shlomo Fingerer and Melody Soriano have long been incredible sources of energy, presence, support, and love for our community, and we are thrilled for them to be our Chattan and Kallat torah. Jonathan Rachmani and Alana Dakin only joined us recently, but they have quickly become indispensable to our community. They have taken on crucial roles organizing layning, sharing torah, and being a backbone of our tefilah. We are excited for them to be our Chattan and Kallat Bereshit. 

In This Week's Email:

Shabbat and Virtual Davening Schedule

We are excited to gather for in person Shabbat davening at our temporary outdoor space (505 Grand) and Tot Shabbat in Prospect Park. Please sign up here for all Shabbat/Yom Tov activities and review the health protocols on our website (

For a full list of activities and message about the weekend, please see here

Davening Times

Oct 9: Hosanna Rabah/Shemini Atzeret
Shacharit 7:30 AM
Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv 6:15 PM

Oct 10: Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 
Shacharit and Yizkor 9:30am
Mincha 6:00pm

Oct 11: Simchat Torah
Shacharit 9:30am

As we approach Yom Kippur, we are asking the broader PHS community to contribute to our annual High Holidays appeal. Our appeal represents the single largest fundraising source for the shul outside of our membership drive. It goes without saying, but this has been a very unusual year, and we’ve faced a host of new challenges as we’ve confronted the impacts of this pandemic.

For more information about our appeal, please see PHS President David Hammer's recent email


PHS is proud to have been awarded a $2,500 grant by SHAMAYIM: Jewish Animal Advocacy as part of its Synagogue Vegan Challenge. This annual program, generously sponsored by VegFund, brings veganism to Jewish communities across the country through a friendly, food-based approach. The goal of the Synagogue Vegan Challenge is simple: to provide training, education, and funding for Jewish communities to incorporate vegan programming for a year. 

As a shul we have always strived to support our vegan and vegan curious members. With this grant, we will be able to do that in a more intentional way and provide important educational opportunities to the broader community to learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet.

As a component of the grant, SHAMAYIM and VegFund requests that the awardee communities complete this survey. Please take a few moments to do so.

If you have any ideas for vegan-based events or learning opportunities, or if you would like to spearhead the planning of such an event, please reach out to

As a way to kick-off this initiative, Rabbi Leener recently gave a kosher certification to Terms of Endearment, a vegan bakery in Williamsburg. Do you have a vegan spot that you want to become fully kosher? Email Rabbi Leener and he will reach out to the restaurant! 

Support PHS through Amazon Smile

A reminder that PHS is now eligible for the AmazonSmile program. With the AmazonSmile program, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to PHS at no extra cost to you! Set PHS as your default charity through this link, or visit directly every time for your purchases to count towards a PHS donation.

Community Support - Goods and Services

Community Volunteer OpportunityCrown Heights JCC at 899 Montgomery Street is looking for volunteers to support the food pantry they created to meet the rising need for emergency food assistance in Crown Heights. Volunteers will sort food and package to-go pantry bags that will then be distributed to clients. They are also looking for drivers to deliver these food packages. To sign up to package food and/or to drive, follow this link. This is an ongoing opportunity. If you have any further questions, email Jeremy Nicholson. 

Community Volunteer Opportunity: Camp Friendship (in Park Slope) is looking for volunteers for their food relief projects. Their most immediate needs are: Friday Drivers. Folks who can drive and deliver meals Fridays 12-3 (bring your own car and a copilot if you can) and Tuesday shifts in August. They continue to accept donations of non-perishable items at Camp Friendship 12-4 on Tuesdays and 10-1 on Saturdays, as well as at several bars that have drop boxes: Skylark on 5th Ave and Angry Wade's on Smith Street. They also accept durable bags like Fresh Direct bags to use in distribution. Sign up here to volunteer, or just bring donations during the donation time.  You can also donate directly to their GoFundMe site at to purchase more food. 

Community Support: We are blessed with many generous community members who are eager to support the broader PHS community during this difficult time. If you are in a position to offer a good or service (e.g. an old laptop for work or school, help with groceries or medications) please fill out the following spreadsheet. If you are seeking assistance, please feel free to reach out to anyone on the list directly. Questions may be sent to

COVID-19 Relief Fund: Rabbi Leener is still maintaining a COVID-19 tzedakah fund, through which he has been able to discreetly provide direct financial assistance, provide hot meals for 80 people, and support funeral arrangements for those in need. If you are able, please donate here, and specify that the gift is being made for relief funds. 

Thank you and tizku l'mitzvot. 

WhatsApp Groups

To join our tefillah whatsapp group, click here
To join our women’s whatsapp group, click here
To join our tehillim whatsapp group, click here
To join our Talmud class group, click here

Eruv Announcements

The PHS community relies on the Greater Crown Heights Eruv, the Brooklyn Heights Eruv, and the Park Slope Eruv. For a map of the boundaries for the eruvim please follow this link. To donate for the upkeep of the Greater Crown Heights Eruv click here

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