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


The Prospect Heights Shul
A Modern Orthodox Shul in Brownstone Brooklyn
Parshat Ha'azinu and Shabbat Shuva

Candle Lighting Day 1: 6:17 PM Candle Lighting Day 2: 7:15 PM |  Havdalah: 7:26 PM

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 (

Friday Oct 2:
Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv (6pm) 

Shabbat Oct 3:
Shacharit (9:30am) 
*Grape juice and rolls will be provided so you can make kiddush in the sukkah.
Mincha (6:00pm) 

Sunday Oct 4:
Shacharit (9:30am) 
*Grape juice and rolls will be provided so you can make kiddush in the sukkah. 
Kids' Program (3:30 PM)
Please join Miriam Braun and Rabbi Leener for a special kids' program in the Sukkah. Rabbi Leener will read from his new book, "Esther's Magical Mystery Torah." Individually packaged snacks will be provided.

Communal sukkot: Sukkot will be available for individual use. Please sign up for a slot here.
Sukkah Logistics - Please Read!
- We will have two sukkot with two tables each
- You may sign up for 1-hour slots for meals
- Cleaning materials will be available. We ask that you clean up after your meal and take out your own trash. We want to keep our lot clean and safe!
- Please adhere to social distancing and masking protocols (when not eating)

COVID-19 GUIDANCE: This year we are in an unusual situation given the strict social limitations imposed upon us by the pandemic. Given the paramount importance of ensuring everyone’s health and safety, we have added special guidelines and detailed options that are relevant for this year. Rabbi Leener is highly encouraging everyone to use the minimum height (40inches) for their Sukkah walls this year to ensure proper air flow. A sukkah wall may also be made of a series of ropes/slats/cords/wires that are either horizontal or vertical, or a combination of both if within 3 tefachim (9.4 in.) of each other. These ropes/slats must also reach a height of 10 tefachim (40 in.) from the ground but do not need to reach the sekhakh. Please contact Rabbi Leener with further questions.
Virtual Davening 
Mincha/Ma'ariv daily, time shifts daily (please email Rabbi Leener to sign up for updates)
Meeting ID: 917 3167 5563

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! 

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. 
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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