In This Week's Email:
Fri November 13
We are excited to gather for in person Shabbat davening at our temporary outdoor space (505 Grand). Please sign up here f
or all Shabbat activities and review the health protocols on our website (www.prospectheightsshul.org)
4:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat
Sat November 14
9:30 AM Shacharit
4:05 PM Mincha
Please see our recent email about our plan for outdoor davening through November 21 (Nov 13-14, Nov 20-21).
Shiur in Memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sachs
The Prospect Heights Shul community mourns the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. A masterful orator and brilliant intellect, Rabbi Sacks inspired and educated millions around the world. The impact of his writings and leadership on world Jewry is truly immeasurable.
Rabbi Leener will teach a class in memory of Rabbi Sacks this Thursday, November 12 at 8 pm on the Parsha in his memory based on his essay "Prayer and Conversation". Please RSVP here.
Zoom Info: https://zoom.us/j/91731675563?pwd=K3FhSWVQU2NnVTlIdjN2U1dRekQwUT09
Meeting ID: 917 3167 5563 Passcode: 632203
Finding God in Isolation
First Session: Thursday, November 19, 8:30-9:30 PM (Zoom link provided upon RSVP)
featuring Rabbi Dr. Zohar Atkins
In this series, five luminaries offer their take on the connection between God and loneliness. Does loneliness or isolation have a purpose in our tradition? Is Loneliness the opposite of spirituality or even the absence of spirituality? How do we think about returning to religious community after periods of isolation? Join PHS for a series designed to challenge you intellectually and nourish you emotionally. Every class features a major Rabbi, scholar, or writer on the theme of God and loneliness, a significant short text that you will study in depth, and a conversation with our Brooklyn community.
Rabbi Dr. Atkins is the Founder of Etz Hasadeh and a Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He holds a DPhil in Theology from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and semikha from JTS. He is the author of An Ethical and Theological Appropriation of Heidegger’s Critique of Modernity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Nineveh (Carcanet, 2019). He writes a weekly Torah commentary @ etzhasadeh.substack.com
and a daily question @ whatiscalledthinking.substack.c
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 smile.amazon.com directly every time for your purchases to count towards a PHS donation.
Community Volunteer Opportunity: Crown 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. 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. 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. Sign up here to volunteer, or just bring donations during the donation time. You can also donate directly to their GoFundMe site at https://www.gofundme.com/f/park-slope-food-pantry-at-camp-friendship 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 email@example.com.
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.
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