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Bayit Email Thu 5/14/20: 4pm Youth Parsha, 8:20pm Niggun Circle, 8:45pm Medical Professionals Support Group and More

05/14/2020 05:31:36 AM


Dear Bayit Family,
Today is the 35th day of the Omer - five weeks of the Omer.    
1) Today's Schedule and Links - Thursday, May 14
2) Book of Remembrance and Shavuot Reader - May 15 Deadline
3) Today's Way to Help
4) Free Kosher Food Distribution in Our Community - Two Opportunities
5) Covid-19 Resources Page
6) Closing Message

1) Today's Schedule and Links - Thursday, May 14
• 6:45am: Shacharit - 
• 7:30am: Daf Yomi - click here (Meeting ID: 874 8420 7977, password: bayit) or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 874 8420 7977
• 7:50am: Shacharit - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700
• 8:30am (following 7:50am tefillah): Laying the spiritual groundwork for Shabbat with Rabbanit Bracha - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700
A mini-shiur and discussion on the upcoming week of Sefirat HaOmer. Using God's attributes (Sefirot) as a model for our lives, we will follow the path towards personal spiritual refinement as set down by the Kabbalists
• 10:00am - Book of Isaiah with Rav Steven or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910
• 1:00pm-1:45pm: Breath-Body-Mind with Shira Gordon. RN, MS, MPH, certified Breath-Body-Mind Teacher. Movement and breathing for anxiety reduction and resilience - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700

• 4:00pm: Youth Parsha Discussion with Bayit Youth Directors Emily Hausman & Joseph Robinson - learn and connect at
• 7:00pm: First Responders, Health Care Workers & Essential Workers Clap
• 7:50pm: Mincha/Maariv -
• 8:20pm (following Mincha/Maariv): Niggun Circle returns! Each Thursday after Mincha/Ma'ariv or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700
Join us to sing niggunim in wordless song and uplifting melody
• 8:45pm-9:30pm: Medical Professional Check-in and Process Space with Dr. Evelyn Hartman, Dr. Elli Kranzler, and Rav Steven - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3702 
2) Book of Remembrance and Shavuot Reader - Deadline Tomorrow
Deadline for the Book of Remembrance is THIS Friday, May 15th. The updated Yizkor Book will be especially precious this Shavuot when we are unable to connect in person for tefilla and are struggling with the pain of our recent losses. Please submit your listing at
Deadline for the Shavuot Reader is also THIS Friday, May 15th. The Bayit will produce a "Shavuot Reader" filled with community contributions. All individuals connected with the Bayit are welcome to submit an essay, drawing, poem, photograph, short-story, memory, illustration, painting, comic about "How do you imagine the receiving of the Torah?" Written submissions should be less than 1000 words. Images should be emailed as a high quality .jpeg to
3) Today's Way to Help
If you would like to suggest a way to help for the daily email, please send it to  You can find all of these ways to help collected on our Covid-19 Resources page here.
Donate Blood - Riverdale Y Blood Drive, May 27
New York Blood Center has declared a Blood Emergency and your help is needed as we are experiencing an increase in demand for blood. To help meet demand, we are asking you to please attend this blood drive coming to your area:
The Riverdale YM-YWHA Gym, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 11:00 - 5:00pm - 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
  • Due to the current public health crisis and social distancing rules, donors MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT (walk-ins will not be permitted at this time). Click here or call 1.800.933.2566 to schedule an appointment.
  • Don't forget to bring your donor ID card or know your donor ID number. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating.  We look forward to seeing you. To learn more about the importance of donating during this time and to answer your questions regarding COVID-19, please visit
  • Do not donate if you have: a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing), had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days, been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 14 days after your illness has resolved. NOTE: close contact is defined by CDC as being within 6 feet of an infected individual for a prolonged period of time.
4) Free Kosher Food Distribution in Our Community - Two Opportunities
1) Kosher Meals from Get Food NYC: The Riverdale Y is partnering with Get Food NYC to provide kosher meals for seniors in the community. If you already receive Kosher Meals on Wheels, you may not apply for this program. Beyond the Riverdale Y's capacity, they will now be able to refer your name to Get Food NYC so you can receive the kosher meals. For more info call: Lydia Ecker at the Riverdale Y - 347-913-4391.
2) Kosher Grab-and-Go Meals in Riverdale: The Kosher Grab & Go Meal site in the Bronx is at P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil (660 West 236 Street, Bronx, NY 10463).  Each day, three free OU-kosher grab & go meals will be available  for anyone in need. Meals are available for children and adults Monday through Friday. Serving children and families from 7:30am-11:30am and adults from 11:30am-1:30pm.  No one will be turned away at any time; all adults and children can pick up multiple meals at once. No registration, ID, or documentation required.
5) Covid-19 Resources Page
6) Closing Message
In a teaching in R Yitzhak Hutner’s volume of Pahad Yitzhak on Shavuot talking about the importance of emulating God’s qualities and focusing on God’s Oneness, R Hutner says we model God's Oneness by containing opposites inside ourselves. I've been thinking about this as I speak to many of you over these days and, almost to a person, you share with me what's been hard in these times and what's been good and blessed – in different proportions, and in different ways, for each of us. I truly think the capacity to hold and share both what's hard and what's good is one of the key tools in our toolbox to get through this time together. May we continue to emulate God as we hold and share with each other the רע and the טוב - the pain and the difficulty, and the goodness and the blessing.    (You can see this closing message in video format here.)
Reminder to all to take good care of ourselves and each other.  Try to do something specific today that strengthens you, and something else that strengthens someone else.
May it be a good day,
Rav Steven, Rav Ezra, Rabbanit Bracha, Rabba Sara and Rav Avi
Richard Langer, Executive Director
Daniel Feit, President
Staff Contact Info: Richard Langer: 732-626-5902,  /  Phyllis Newsome: 201-503-4923,  /  Yael Manor-Oshinsky: 201-503-5562,  /  Shuli Boxer Rieser: 929-269-2892,
All the emails we are sending about Covid-19 are posted to our website at Coronavirus Email #51

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