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

Reminder! Join us tomorrow at 4:30 pm to fulfill the mitzvah of hearing parshat Zachor, and then again at 8:30 for another Community Cooking class with Sho.

Chag Purim Sameach!

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

8:30pm: Cooking in Community With Sho! Just in time for Purim, join Shushana Young for a demo of the classic Persian dish Khoreshteh Geymeh (Split Pea Stew). 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. Zoom Link or Meeting ID: 961 9690 8001 Passcode: 091527
And don't forget to register for Mishloach Manot! Deadline is February 22 at midnight.

Thursday, Feb 25 (Erev Purim/Ta’anit Esther)

  • 5:15 AM Fast Begins

  • 6:30 AM Shacharit on the lot. Please sign up if you’d like to join!

  • 5:30pm: Kids’ (and Adults’) Costume Contest! Please join us with (or without) your little ones before Megillah for a costume contest! Let us know if you will be participating by signing up here. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 contenders! 

  • 6:12pm Fast Ends

  • 6:15pm: Megillah Reading. Megillah reading will be mostly livestreamed over zoom but there will be limited in-person attendance as well, capped at 30 people. Please sign up here if you’d like to join in person!

Friday, Feb 26

  • 7am: In-Person Shacharit and Megillah Reading. Please join us for megillah reading in the morning! We will also be presenting our new shul megillah, dedicated in honor of Elie Pariente for allowing us to use his lot.  

Laws of Purim  

FAST OF ESTHER/Taanit Esther 

  • Fast begins at dawn. 
  • If you’re pregnant, recently given birth, or nursing you’re not obligated to fast.
  • If you’re not feeling well you shouldn’t fast. This is especially important this year with the spread of COVID-19. Taanit Esther is a customary fast not obligatory. 
  • Tachanun is not recited at Mincha


  • The Scroll of Esther is read publicly in the evening and on the morning of Purim. It is required to hear both readings. 
  • Your obligation can be fulfilled by listening over Zoom/Facetime of a Megillah reading so long as the Megillah is read from a kosher Megillah. 
  • It must be read from a scroll written in accordance with Halachah.
  • The reader and the audience must have intent to fulfil the mitzvah of reading and to fulfil the obligation of the blessings before and after.
  • Ideally the scroll should be read in the presence of a minyan.

PRAYER/ Tefillah

  • The prayer 'al hanissim' is added in the Silent Prayer (Shmoneh Esrei) and in Grace after Meals.
  • If one forgot 'al hanissim' one does not repeat the prayer. 

GIFTS TO FRIENDS/ Mishloach Manot

  • One is obligated to give at least one gift to one fellow Jew. The more the better.
  • One should spend more funds on gifts to the poor than on mishloach manot. 
  • The gift must consist of at least two different items of food, ready to eat.
  • One should be careful to observe proper social distance and mask wearing when delivering gifts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

GIFTS TO THE POOR/Matanot Le'evyonim

  • One is obligated to give a gift of money, sufficient for one meal, to at least two poor people. The more the better. 
  • One should spend more funds on gifts to the poor than mishloach manot. 
  • Funds must be available on the day of Purim. (No post-dated checks.)
  • It is preferable to take care of this obligation early in the day.
  • The gift may be given to a third party in order to distribute on the day of Purim.
  • It is customary to give charity to all who ask.


  • It is obligatory to partake in a festive meal with wine on the day of Purim. 
  • One should not have an indoor seudah with anyone outside of their family or pod because of the spread of COVID-19. If eating outside one should ensure that proper social distance and masks are observed. 
  • One may recite 'al hanissim' even if the meal goes into nightfall. 
  • Many have the custom to have the seudah on Friday morning when Purim runs into Shabbat. Some have the custom to have the seudah in the later afternoon and go into Shabbat. If doing this, one can simply cover the food, recite Kiddush and continue.

**If you have any questions please email Rabbi Leener ( or call/text (240-505-7914)**
Tachanun is not recited, nor is the prayer lamenatzeach.