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


The Prospect Heights Shul
A Modern Orthodox Shul in Brownstone Brooklyn
Parshat Vayikra

Candle Lighting 6:48 PM |  Havdalah: 7:48 PM



In This Week's Email:

Shabbat and Virtual Davening Schedule

We are excited to gather for in person Shabbat davening at our NEW temporary outdoor space. Please sign up here or all Shabbat activities and review the health protocols on our website ( We are pleased to share that the bus company Monsey Tours has granted us permission to daven in their nearby parking lot (857 Dean St).

Fri Mar 19
6:50 Kabbalat Shabbat

Sat Mar 20
9:30 AM Shacharit (after a brief kiddush)  
6:20 PM Mincha

Please see our recent email about our plan for outdoor davening moving forward.  
Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to Jaclyn and Perry Swergold on the birth of a baby girl! You may send the family a meal here.

Mazal tov to Rachel and Josh Suskewicz, big sister Rose and big brother Salem, on the arrival of Arlo Emmett Suskewicz / Aryeh Emet!

Mazal tov to Caila and Eric Moed on the birth of a baby girl! Caila and Eric are having a month of postpartum meals provided by the kosher restaurant Sage Kitchen. To contribute to nourishing the couple, friends can Venmo @Jasmine-Einalhori or PayPal $40 sponsors a meal for the couple - however, any amount is so deeply appreciated.

Hi friends! You may notice our website looks different - that's because we've decided to migrate our internet presence to ShulCloud's native website functionality. While we loved the visual look and feel of our old website, we found that it was more difficult to keep it up to date and reflective of our community with our limited administrative time. Our new website will be able to directly integrate into ShulCloud and make administration and maintenance much easier, so that folks who visit our website can more accurately get a sense of who we are and what's going on.

In addition, while will still work for the foreseeable future, we've decided to switch to the shorter (and niftier) as our main website domain.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Pesach Learning with Rabbi Leener
Zoom InformationLink or Meeting ID: 961 9690 8001 Passcode: 091527
March 23: Preparing Your Kitchen for Pesach (8:30pm) 
Can I kasher my dishwasher for Pesach? Is all coffee kosher for Pesach? What's the deal with glass? Join Rabbi Leener as he addresses common issues and questions around preparing your kitchen for the holiday. 
The Holiday of Freedom? 

Zoom InformationLink or Meeting ID: 961 9690 8001 Passcode: 091527

March 21: "The Holiday of Freedom?" (8:30 pm) - Jina Davidovich
Every year, Pesach is the first holiday that we celebrate in the Jewish, Biblical year, which starts in the month of Nissan. This year, Pesach also marks a full Jewish calendar cycle in quarantine, as many reflect on Purim 2020 being the last "normal" religious, communal activity in which they engaged before various lockdowns became our reality. How does the cycle of the Jewish calendar prepare us for this Pesach, where we still find ourselves bein ha'mitzarim - in challenging, narrow straits - but the hope of freedom feels ever-closer?

Bring your favorite beverage (chametz or not) and join this Torah study, which will act both as a way to explore how the Jewish calendar serves to situate us in the holiday cycle, as well as considering how the texts of the Haggadah can inform what liberation means when we remain at odds with freedom - whether due to global realities or our own personal struggles. We'll consider the questions that we may wish to bring to the Passover seder, whether to ask ourselves or to engage with those around our tables.
PHS Community Haggadah Companion

Seeking contributions for our first-ever PHS Community Haggadah Companion! Our goal is to capture a multitude of voices, reflections, and perspectives in our community on this holiday of redemption, a year after individual and collective trauma and challenge. We hope that by putting this haggadah companion together folks will have a chance to reflect on the past year and reconnect with each other, even if we're still not able to fully gather together. We will send everyone a printable PDF copy of the final version ahead of Seder, on Thursday, March 25. 
HOW TO SUBMIT: Fill out this form with directions included
DEADLINE: All submissions due by March 21 5pm EST


  • You do not need to write a d'var Torah or a long essay 
  • Feel free to be creative with the form of your submissions. 
  • We really hope to incorporate *children's* perspectives and drawings. 

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. 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 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. 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, 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 NEW Pesach WhatsApp Group for Kashrut questions, click here 
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
To join our parents' 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

Want to share your news with the community? Please let us know at Deadline for the newsletter is Tuesday at 9 pm.