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


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

Candle Lighting: 7:28 PM |  Havdalah: 8:35 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) and Tot Shabbat in Prospect Park. Please sign up for all activities here and review the health protocols on our website (

7:30 PM Friday Night - Kabbalat Shabbat at 505 Grand
10 AM Shabbat Morning  - Tot Shabbat in Prospect Park
7:15 pm Shabbat Afternoon - Mincha at 505 Grand 
*You must sign up by Thursday evening. Spots are first come, first serve. You will receive a confirmation from Rabbi Leener on Friday. Walk ins unfortunately cannot be accommodated. 

Virtual Davening 
Mincha/Ma'ariv daily, time shifts daily (please email Rabbi Leener to sign up for updates)
Location: via Zoom Meeting ID: 508 189 498
One tap mobile +16465588656,,508189498# US (New York)

Save the Date: Town Hall with Rabbi Leener

As noted in his email, Rabbi Leener invites the entire community to join a town hall/ brainstorming session on Sunday, August 23 at 8:30 PM how we can meet this moment and build a community that is sustaining for us all in the coming year. 

Please RSVP to receive Zoom info.

High Holiday Workshop with Rabbi Leener

Get yourself ready for the High Holidays with "This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared" by Rabbi Alan Lew. Rabbi Leener will be leading the discussions, learning, and reflections at each session.  
Please RSVP here. Only those who sign-up will receive the Zoom info. 

Please read the following chapters ahead of each meeting and be prepared to discuss. Come one or all!
August 17 (Chapters 4-5)
September 14 (Chapters 6-7)
September 21(Chapters 8-10)
October 5 (Chapter 11) 

*This is being offered in partnership with Base Brooklyn*


The PHS community extends our deepest condolences to our neighbors Matthew Levy and Kelsey Osgood Levy and family on the loss of their father and father-in-law, Ted Levy. 

Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to Shlomo Fingerer and Melody Soriano on their engagement!
Mazal tov to Ari Daube and Jen Volmer on their engagement!

Mazal tov to Deena Klein and Sima Lichtschein on the birth of a baby boy! Please help them welcome their new arrival with a meal.

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. Volunteers will sort food and package to-go pantry bags that will then be distributed to clients. They are also looking for drivers to deliver these food packages. 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. Their most immediate needs are: Friday Drivers. Folks who can drive and deliver meals Fridays 12-3 (bring your own car and a copilot if you can) and Tuesday shifts in August. 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. They also accept durable bags like Fresh Direct bags to use in distribution. Sign up here to volunteer, or just bring donations during the donation time.  

You can also donate directly to our GoFundMe site at and we'll use the funds to purchase more food. We've raised over $5,000 so far! And we'll keep going as we serve more people each and every week.

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

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. 

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

Eruv Announcements


We need eruv checkers for Thursday August 20.  If the eruv is not checked, it can not be relied on for Shabbos Shoftim, August 21 and 22.  The eruv needs to be checked during daylight on Thursday so that if repairs are needed they can be made the evening before Shabbos.  It needs to be checked during daylight so the checker can clearly see the status.  Checking the entire eruv by car takes about 1 hour.  It can be divided between multiple checkers.  It can also be checked by bicycle or on foot.   If you haven't checked before you need to be trained.  Training takes about 1 hour plus.  Training will be on Thursday August 6 and 13 during the day (during the weekly check).  However, if this time doesn't work another time can be arranged.  

Please contact Zusha Dean, 917-514-4052 or if you are able to help.

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

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