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


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The Prospect Heights Shul
A Modern Orthodox Shul in Brownstone Brooklyn

PHS Family, 

It’s hard to believe that Purim is just around the corner. In many ways, the entire year has felt like Purim. We never even had the chance to take off our masks! As the year comes full circle, our time at "The Lot" will be coming to an end in the coming weeks as construction is set to begin. This spray-painted former junkyard has been our spiritual home since July! It has served us well and played an integral part in sustaining our community during these challenging times, and we’re in the process of lining up our next outdoors home.  

This opportunity was made possible by the generosity of Elie Pariente, owner of the property. Elie graciously allowed us to use the space rent free for nearly 8 months. As a way to show our gratitude to Elie and his family we've decided to dedicate our shul's first ever Megillah in his honor. This is a fitting gift as Purim shows us the power of Jewish unity in troubled times, and this Megillah is a reminder of that radical kindness and connection between Jews. I would also like to thank Adam Zucker for connecting us with Elie. 

Please join our Megillah Campaign by clicking here

This year our celebration will certainly be different, but I am confident that we can still experience a meaningful and safe Purim.  We will be in touch about some of those changes (including live readers, streamed reading), and you can reference the times below. We will also be sending communal mishloach manot (more info below). Stay tuned as well for other fun Purim activities.

In the meantime, one of the more significant changes that we wanted to flag, is that all members of the community regardless of gender will be reading from the megillah for the daytime reading in addition to the nighttime reading.

You may know that our historic minhag (custom) was for women to read megillah only at night, as some opinions hold that the day-reading has different halachic requirements. This year, in light of the challenging circumstances around COVID, we have made a number of changes to our services each week, and for Purim, will also plan to have women reading from the megillah for the daytime reading as well. This allows us to take full advantage of ALL potential readers. To be clear, this approach is fully consistent with the requirements of the halacha. We will revisit the issue next year and decide whether to continue this practice moving forward.  

I invite everyone to join me for a class on February 18th at 8:30 pm to further discuss the sources and the halachot and minhagim that relate to this topic.


Purim Blessings, 

Rabbi Jonathan Leener


Purim Learning
Feb 18
- 8:30 PM Hilchot Megillah with Rabbi Leener (Zoom Link or Meeting ID: 961 9690 8001 Passcode: 091527)

Purim Times
Feb 25 - Ta'anit Esther
5:15 AM Fast Begins
6:30 AM Shacharit
6:12 PM Fast Ends 
6:15 PM Megillah Reading 

Feb 26 - Purim 
7 AM Shacharit & Megillah Reading 

Mishloach Manot Program
Purim sneak up on you this year? Not sure what year it is? Want to send mishloach manot while also fighting hunger in our local community?

Then join PHS's mishloach manot campaign!
This year, PHS is offering its members the opportunity to send mishloach manot to friends for just $5 per recipient, or $180 to send to the entire shul membership. Participating members will receive a mishloach manot gift basket and all other recipients will be sent an e-card. (All delivered in a contactless way, of course). A portion of the proceeds from each gift will be donated to Masbia, a Brooklyn-based soup kitchen and food pantry.
Please use this form to order your mishloach manot today!
All orders must be received by Saturday February 20th.