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


The Prospect Heights Shul
A Modern Orthodox Shul in Brownstone Brooklyn
Parshat Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Candle Lighting: 6:52 PM |  Havdalah: 7:50 PM

Stay tuned for a full high holidays schedule! Shabbat Shalom all. 

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 for all activities here and review the health protocols on our website (

7 PM Friday Night - Kabbalat Shabbat at 505 Grand
10 AM Shabbat Morning  - Tot Shabbat in Prospect Park
7 pm Shabbat Afternoon - Mincha at 505 Grand 
*You must sign up by Thursday evening. Spots are first come, first serve. You will receive a confirmation from Rabbi Leener on Friday. Walk ins unfortunately cannot be accommodated. 

Virtual Davening 
Mincha/Ma'ariv daily, time shifts daily (please email Rabbi Leener to sign up for updates)
Meeting ID: 917 3167 5563

Save the Date: Musical Selichot Sept 12

Unfortunately we had to cancel this activity. Here are some other local options:


The Carlebach Shul: Selichot with Yehuda Green (12:15am)

Dear PHS family, 

One of my favorite traditions in Elul is to do a cheshbon ha'nefesh, or soul accounting. To reflect on the past year – our relationships, work, and spiritual life – and to set intentions for the year ahead. For me, as a parent to two small people, this exercise has become increasingly sacred – a quiet space for honest reflection. All are welcome to join me for a chesbon ha'nefesh workshop on Tuesday, September 15th 8-9:30pm on Zoom.  We will do some guided writing exercises, reflection, and chevruta. My hope is that this will both be a space for us to reflect, and get to know one another better. All are welcome. Please RSVP here. 

Faith [Leener]

"Blotting Out Sin or Elevating It" 

Does repentance imply continuity or severance of the past? Join Rabbi Leener for this year's Shabbat Shuva Shiur on Thursday, September 24 at 8pm via Zoom to explore the notion of Teshuvah based on Rabbi Soloveitchik's classic work "On Repentance". 

Please RSVP here

This year more than ever we are all navigating uncertain waters. We know that for many the yamim nora’im is the acme of their personal religious experience and a source of stability in turbulent times. We recognize that responsibility and ask for your patience and forbearance as we attempt to facilitate a meaningful experience for our entire community. Please see PHS Board President David Hammer's recent message describing PHS' plan for both in person and virtual options for the High Holidays.

Registration and updated capacity information can be found here

High Holiday Workshop with Rabbi Leener

Get yourself ready for the High Holidays with "This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared" by Rabbi Alan Lew. Rabbi Leener will be leading the discussions, learning, and reflections at each session.  Please RSVP here. Only those who sign-up will receive the Zoom info. 

Please read the following chapters ahead of each meeting. All are welcome. 
September 21(Chapters 8-10)
October 5 (Chapter 11) 

*This is being offered in partnership with Base Brooklyn*

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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