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


The Prospect Heights Shul
A Modern Orthodox Shul in Brownstone Brooklyn
Parshat Terumah/ Parshat Zachor

Candle Lighting 5:17 PM |  Havdalah: 6:18 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). Please sign up here for all Shabbat activities and review the health protocols on our website (

Fri Feb 19
4:30 PM ZOOM Partnership Kabbalat Shabbat (led by Lonnie Firestone) on Zoom
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Sat Feb 20
9:30 AM Shacharit (after a brief kiddush) - Zachor 
5:00 PM Mincha

Sunday, Feb 21
4:30 PM Virtual Zachor Re-Reading. If you’re not able to join us on Shabbat to hear Zachor, tune in for a Zoom-based reading! Please see Rabbi Leener’s guidelines for additional ways to read Zachor if you can’t make it. 

Please see our recent email about our plan for outdoor davening moving forward.  
Membership Drive

Our 2021 PHS Membership Campaign is ongoing! Please see most recent email from PHS Board President David Hammer with more information on how to join or renew your membership. 
Cooking with Shushana

Just in time for Purim, join Shushana Young for a demo of the classic Persian dish Khoreshteh Geymeh (Split Pea Stew).
Sunday, February 21 at 8:30 PM

Feel free to simply watch or to cook along with the recipe below as our rough guide. No previous cooking experience or Persian genetics required. 
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1/4cup vegetable oil
2 pounds stew meat (if vegetarian, substitute mushrooms or white beans)
2 cups yellow split peas
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups water
1 can tomato paste
1 large tomato
5 whole dehydrated limes (3 pierced and 2 crushed) called leemuh amani in farsi
1/2 bottled lemon juice
1/2 cup canned potato sticks
salt, pepper
Zoom InformationLink or Meeting ID: 961 9690 8001 Passcode: 091527

Purim Schedule!
Purim is coming! ORDER YOUR MISHLOACH MANOT HERE by February 22nd at midnight.

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

Feb 25 - Ta'anit Esther
5:15 AM Fast Begins
6:30 AM Shacharit
6:12 PM Fast Ends 
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Feb 26 - Purim 
7 AM Shacharit & Megillah Reading 

And don't forget to contribute to the Megillah Campaign by clicking here.

The last year has been a painful reminder of our mortality and has led many to ask new questions around death. Join Rabbi Leener and members of the PHS community as we explore Jewish ideas around death, the soul, and the afterlife. Does Judaism believe in heaven and hell? Reincarnation? Where do we "go"? These are just a few of the questions we will be studying. In these isolating times, we hope learning in a continuous cohort will bring much needed connectivity.  

*The cohort is open to everyone, no previous knowledge is required, however we will be limiting the class to 15 people, so please sign up ASAP*

Tuesday, March 2 (8pm)
Tuesday, March 9 (8pm)
Tuesday, March 16 (8pm)
Tuesday, March 23 (8pm)


Please join us for an upcoming winter series run by YCT on important issues of the day during the month of February. PHS is a sponsor!

- Sunday, February 21, 8pm Eastern (7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific)
- Sunday, February 28, 8pm Eastern (7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific)

Please fill in the information below and you will receive the Zoom information upon registering. If you don't receive it, you can join us on Facebook Live ( If you are interested in closed captioning and/or ASL interpretation, please check that box below as well. You must use the Zoom link (not Facebook Live) in order to reliably view the captions/ASL interpreter.

You can sign up here:

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 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.