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YINR Shabbat Newsletter


           Parshat T'zaveh/Zachor                 9 Adar 5775               February 27-28, 2015


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Shabbat Times

Candle Lighting: 5:25pm

Mincha: 5:35pm

Daf Yomi:  6:55am and 4:00pm

Hashkama: 7:45am

Teen Minyan: 8:45am (MP1)

Main Minyan: 9:00am

Sof Z'man Kriat Sh'ma: 9:40am

Mincha: 5:00pm

Talmud Class: 5:20pm

Women's Tehillim: 5:20pm

Shabbat Ends: 6:29pm


Daily Davening Schedule


Sun: 7:30/8:00/8:30/9:00am

Mon & Thu: 6:20/7:00/7:30/8:00am

Tue: 6:30/7:00/7:30/8:00am

Fri: 6:30/7:00/7:30/8:00am

Mincha/Maariv (Sun-Tue): 5:35pm

Late Maariv (Mon-Thu): 9:00pm


Taanit Esther/Purim Schedule

Taanit Esther/Purim Night,


Fast Begins: 5:12am

Shacharit: 6:10/7:00/7:30/8:00am

Mincha: 5:25pm

Maariv followed by Megillah: 6:20pm  

Fast Ends: 6:24pm


Approx. 6:30pm:  Megillah reading followed by a delicious break-fast and a celebration that will include a red carpet costume runway and a special performance by magician Tom Pesce


Late Maariv followed by Megillah reading: 9:00pm

Appx. 9:10pm: Megillah reading (Beit Midrash)


Purim Day, Thursday

Shacharit with Megillah Reading:

6:00am (Beit Midrash)

7:00am (MP1)

7:30am (Main)

8:30am (Beit Midrash)


Megillah reading only: 10:30am (Main)


Early Mincha: 3:00pm

Mincha/Maariv: 5:35pm

Maariv: 9:00pm


Schedule of Classes 


R. Fink's Minchat Chinuch class will not be held this week.


8:00am: Talmud, R. Abish Zelishovsky of Bais Medrash Gavoha of Lakewood



R. Fink's Parshat Hashavua class will not be held this week. 


R. Fink's Jewish Philosophy class will not be held this week. 



8:30am: Women's Tehillim Group at the home of Anne Wasserman


8:00pm: Talmud Ta'anit, R. Reuven Fink 


Daily Daf Yomi Shiurim

Sun: 6:40am

Mon: 5:30am & 8:00pm

Tue: 5:40am & 8:00pm

Wed: 5:30am

Thu: 5:20am 

Fri: 5:40am

Sat: 6:55am and 1 hour before Mincha


Calendar Links

February Calendar


YINR Hospitality

Welcoming New Members to YINR!  Women's League's Hospitality Committee plays an important role in helping to ensure that newcomers to our community feel welcome and have a smooth transition.  Please email the shul Hospitality Committee if you:


* need a Shabbat or Yom Tov


* would like to host new

  members for a Shabbat


* have any ideas as to how we

  can better serve guests and

  new members

* know of new families who

  are visiting the




NewRoShul Mailing List

The NewRoShul Yahoo Group is a mailing list serving Jewish families in the New Rochelle vicinity. Topics of discussion involve childcare, service providers (electricians, gardeners, plumbers, doctors, etc.), items for sale/to give away, and much more.  Men and women welcome.  Please click here to join.  If you have any questions, please contact Tamar Weinberg.


Shabbat Youth Program

Shabbat Morning Schedule

8:45-10:30am Teen Minyan - Grades 7-12 (MP1)

9:00-10:30am: Babysitting - Nursery-Kindergarten (MP3/4)

9:30-10:30am: Junior Congregation - Grades 1-4 (MP2) 

9:30-10:30am:  5th and 6th Grade Davening Groups (MP5/6) 

10:30-11:30am Groups:  

Nursery - MP3/4

Kindergarten - MP2

1st/2nd Boys - MP1

1st/2nd Girls - MP2

3rd/4th Boys - MP 5/6

3rd/4th Girls - MP1

5th/6th Boys - MP7

5th/6th Girls - Social Hall


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Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Laurel and Jonathan Hecht on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Lucy.  Mazal Tov to Lucy's sisters, Jessica and Sophie, and grandparents Renee and Neil Hecht, Amy Mayer and Nathaniel Mayer.


To send a tribute card from YINR in honor of this simcha, or any other reason, please click here.



Kiddush after the Hashkama and Main Minyanim is sponsored by YINR.



We extend condolences to Ruth Levy on the passing of her beloved mother, Doris Pugatsch.  Shiva will be observed in Switzerland until Wednesday.  Ruth can be reached at 914-316-6874.  Please note there is a 6 hour time difference.


To send a tribute card from YINR in memory of Doris Pugatsch, please click here


Tomchei Shabbos

Thank you to the following families for sponsoring this week's Tomchei Shabbos: 

Mattice and Marc Aaronson in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Marc's father, Dovid ben Yosef

Sasha and Andrew Fox in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Sasha's father, Alexander Zapadinsky

Jill and Bruce Schanzer in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Bruce's mother, Ellen Bernstein Schanzer

Vicky and Michael Turek in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Vicky's mother, Fanny Acriche

Heddy Gold and Scott Wright in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Heddy's mother, Esther Gold



We welcome Rabbi Joshua Lookstein and his family, who are spending Shabbat with us. Rabbi Lookstein will lead a child-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service at 5:35pm, and will be speaking in the Main Shul on Shabbat morning on "It's Not Me, It's You: The Jewish Way to Celebrate."


Please remember that women and men are obligated to hear the reading of Parshat Zachor.  Parshat Zachor will be leined again right after davening on Shabbat and 15 minutes before Mincha.


Alisa and Tully Auerbach and family wish to thank Rabbi Reuven and Abby Fink, Women's League, the Shiva Committee and the entire New Rochelle community for their outpouring of support and kindness following the loss of Tully's mother, Nellie Auerbach.


YINR 6th Annual Cholent Throwdown.   Despite the bitter cold last Friday night, a wonderful crowd came out for a special evening of cholent, kugel, drink and camaraderie.  Congratulations to this year's winners: Shlomit Storfer, our Top Chef; Carey Schreiber, Second Place; Gabriella Jacobs and David Moskovich in a tie for Third Place; and Talya Laufer, winner of the Popular Vote.  Many thanks to our judges, Dini Klein of Dini Delivers, Tamar Weinberg and Uri Weinstein.   Special thanks to the Cholent Committee led by Dan Lurie and including Seth Sokol, Michelle Goldberg, Sarena Horowitz, Tamar Weinberg and Uri Weinstein.  Thanks to Lois Fischman for designing our logo and to Barbara, Rhetta, Mira, Anton and their team, Josh Blechner and everyone else who helped make this great event a success.  The bar has been raised even higher - and new competitors are always welcome - so start working on your recipes for next year.

SAR/Yachad Shabbaton.  SAR and Yachad are coming to New Rochelle on Shabbat, March 13-14.  We are in need of housing for Yachad children and their leaders.  Please email Marilyn Gordon if you can house one or more members along with their leaders.  If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact the office.  We encourage everyone to participate.


World Zionist Congress Election.  We Need Your Vote! Between January 14 -  April 30, North American Jews will have the opportunity to seat the 37th World Zionist Congress, an entity that decides on the policies of and funding for Zionist organizations in Israel and around the world. Running under the banner "Vote Torah," The Religious Zionist State is comprised of delegates from America's foundational religious Zionist organizations who provide a religious voice for world Jewry by championing programming and policies that promote Jewish unity and continuity as well as the preservation and enrichment of Torah values and Jewish life in Israel and around the world.  Several YINR members, including Debbie Isaac, Barbara Rascoff and Elly Goldenberg, are candidates.  For more information and to cast your vote, please visit



Child Friendly Kabbalat Shabbat.  All children in the community and their families are invited to join Rabbi Joshua Lookstein, Head of School of Westchester Day School, at a special Kabbalat Shabbat davening, Friday night, February 27 at 5:35pm in the YINR beit midrash.  Bring in Shabbat with singing and dancing in a child-friendly environment.  


Melave Malka.  Rabbi Reuven Fink and YINR will be hosting the annual Melave Malke for Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem this Motzei Shabbat, February 28 at 9:15pm. The entire community is invited.


Ruach.  The next Ruach program will take place on Wednesday, March 11.  If you would like to sponsor Ruach in honor or in memory of someone, please contact Vera Koppel.   


Purim Night Celebration.  Please join us for a delicious break-fast after the 6:30pm Megillah reading in the Main Shul.  The celebration will include a red carpet costume runway show and a special performance by magician Tom Pesce.  Please consider sponsoring our Purim night event. Sponsors of $100 or more will receive a family admission to YINR's Purim Carnival this Sunday.


Purim Day Matanot L'evyonim Delivery. Our annual tradition of distributing matanot l'evyonim in Brooklyn continues. We will depart from YINR for Brooklyn on Thursday, March 5 between 9:00 and 9:30am. If you would like to participate or contribute please contact the shul office. If you would like to help package Mishloach Manot to be distributed on Purim as part of this trip, please contact Lauryn Weiser.  We will be packaging on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00pm in the atrium.


YINR Annual Dinner.  YINR's 48th Annual Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 8.  Haina Just-Michael and Bernard Michael are our Guests of Honor, and Aura and Daniel Lurie will receive the Young Leadership Award.  Ads and dinner reservations can be submitted through our journal website (also accessible at or by downloading an ad blank and returning it to the shul office.  Ad and reservation deadline has been extended to Monday, March 2. 


Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies.  WIJS invites you to join us on Tuesday evening, March 17 at 7:45pm.  Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of Jewish Art at the Jewish Theological Seminary Library and Senior Consultant at Sotheby's NYC, will speak about "Imagining Esther: The Art and History of Illustrated Megillot."  This will be our final lecture before the Pesach break.  Please save the date of Tuesday, May 12 for the last presentation of this series, featuring YINR's Dr. Dana Fishkin.  Both women and men are invited to attend. 


Women's League

Mishloach Manot.  Purim is this Thursday, March 5!  You should have received an email from Women's League with a user name and password for you to use in placing your Mishloach Manot order. If you did not receive your user name and password, please contact the shul office.  The deadline for sending in your on-line orders has been extended to Sunday, March 1. 


Since Purim falls on a weekday this year, and there is a lot of ice and snow on the ground, Mishloach Manot will be available for pick up at the shul after Megillah reading both Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. We will not be delivering them directly to your doors.  Details on pick up time and location to follow.  


In addition, Women's League is looking for volunteers to help with packing the Mishloach Manot.  Our times are Monday, March 2 from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and 8:00pm to 11:00pm, Tuesday, March 3 from 10:30am to 1:30pm and 8:00pm to 11:00pm and Wednesday, March 4 from 9:00am to 11:00am.  We will be packing at the shul.  If you are available to help, please contact Elana Minkove at


Save the Date.  Women's League's Pre-Pesach Boutique will take place on Sunday, March 15!



6th-8th Grade Bowling.  This Saturday night, February 28 from 7:45 to 9:00pm.  Costs $18 per child (shoes included).  We will be bowling at Paradise Lanes in Yonkers, children are responsible for their own transportation.  RSVP to


Purim Carnival. The Purim Carnival will take place this Sunday, March 1 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  Carnival games, prize store, music, inflatables and more. $10/child (maximum $30/family). 


9th-10th Grade Oneg.  All 9th-10th grade boys and girls are invited for the final Friday night Oneg of the year on Friday night, March 6 starting at 8:15pm. The Oneg will take place at Eliana and Marc's apartment, 1250 North Ave. Apt. G-03.

Boutique Activities. There will be activities for children during the Pesach Boutique on Sunday, March 15. From 3:00-5:00pm there will be a magician, face painting and a balloon artist. From 5:00-6:00pm there will be Pesach arts and crafts. 


Siddur Making.  All Nursery through Kindergarten children are invited to make their own Siddurim on Sunday, March 22 from 11am-12pm. This will be an educational and fun event. Children will learn about Tefillah and will be able to make Tefillah come to life by creating their own Siddurim.


Tribute Cards

We gratefully acknowledge those who have sent YINR tribute

cards and donated siddurim and chumashim during February:

Russi and Joey Bohm, Yvette and Jack Finkelstein, Alan Genachowski, Sylvia Burian and Gary Katz, Lori and Hesh 

Lieman, Susan and Joel Rosh, Anne and Mark Wasserman and Paula and Leslie Walter.


Community Events

Girls Softball League for Grades 3-8.  Sign up now for a great season of recreational softball sponsored by the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. To register or for more information visit our website or email our commissioner, Nina Bruder.  Cost $125.  New player evaluations this Sunday, March 1 at SAR Academy between 9:00 and 11:00am. Players of all abilities and experience are welcomed.


Gemara Fundamentals Class.   The Jewish Renaissance Experience (1495 Weaver Street, Scarsdale) will offer a six week course for learning the skills to understand, decode and engage in the Talmudic text.   The course will meet on Mondays at 8:15pm beginning February 23.  To register or for more information, contact Rabbi Yossi Oratz.


Chabad of Larchmont and Mamaroneck Speaker.  Chabad of Larchmont and Mamaroneck presents "Confronting the Rise of Radical Islam and its Infiltration into Israel, Europe and the U.S." with Dr. Mordechai Kedar tonight, Thursday, February 26 at 7:30pm at Chabad, 921 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck.  RSVP. Advance tickets $15; At the Door $18; Sponsors $180; High School Students Free.  


Westchester Torah Academy Comedy Night.  Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of laughs, food and music.  Join us this Saturday evening, February 28 at 8:30pm at Westchester Torah Academy (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard) when following a buffet dinner and music by Ernie's Dixieland Band, comedian Modi will take the stage.  Tickets cost $150 and 100% of proceeds benefit the WTA Shomrei Torah Scholarship Fund.  Click here to purchase tickets/sponsor or to make a donation to the WTA Shomrei Torah Fund.  


Purim at Alef Bet Preschool.  Come celebrate Purim in Candyland with the Alef Bet Preschool on March 5 at 5:00pm.  All are welcome to join in the fun at 1228 North Avenue with a hot buffet, games, prizes and music!  To purchase tickets in advance, please click here or call the school office at 914-278-9757.


Westchester Hebrew High School Annual Dinner.  WHHS's Annual Dinner will take place on March 12 at 7:00pm at Temple Israel of New Rochelle.  The dinner will honor our members Dina and Ira Herman, and recognize WHHS alumni Gabi Berger, Yehudit Shuter and Philip Steinmetz, currently serving in the IDF, as well as the Graduating Class of 2015. To make a reservation, place an ad or for addition information, please click here.


NORPAC Annual Mission to Washington.  NORPAC's 2015 Mission to Washington is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, with a bus departing from and returning to YINR that day.  Please join our shul's teams to advocate on behalf of the US-Israel relationship in small groups meeting with Senators, Representatives and their staff.  Registration is now open on their website with an Early Bird Discount.  For more information, please contact Judy and Marc Berger or call 914-637-2546.


Westchester Summer Day Program.  Westchester Summer Day's program is packed with new and exciting trips and events for children entering Nursery through 6th grade.  The program offers a safe and caring environment with swimming instruction, arts and crafts, and sports.  Summer activities are infused with Jewish culture and Zionist values.  Activities include boating, rock climbing, ziplining and more.  Kosher lunch and snacks daily. Air-conditioned buses from New Rochelle.  To schedule a tour, please call 914-698-8900 ext. 154 or visit for more information.


Joel Daner Yachad Communal Fellowship.  Post college fellowship for individuals interested in social services and disability advocacy.  Candidates must also be concerned about and dedicated to the global Jewish community.  Fellowship dates are August 2015 - August 2016.  $25,000 stipend.  Fellows will be full members of Yachad's staff.  Please click here to apply.