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Bayit Email Tue 5/19/20: Today's Classes, Daily Way to Help and More

05/19/2020 07:26:44 AM


Dear Bayit Family,
Today is the 40th day of the Omer - five weeks and five days of the Omer.    
1) Today's Schedule and Links - Tuesday, May 19
2) Today's Way to Help
3) Free Kosher Food Distribution in Our Community - Two Opportunities
4) Covid-19 Resources Page
5) Closing Message

1) Today's Schedule and Links - Tuesday, May 19
• 6:45am: Shacharit - 
• 7:30am: Daf Yomi - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3702
• 7:50am: Shacharit - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700
• 10:00am: Book of Exodus with Rav Avi or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910.
• 11:00am - Midrash HaShavua with Rav Ezra - 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

• 7:00pm: First Responders, Health Care Workers & Essential Workers Clap
• 7:55pm: Mincha/Maariv -
2) 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.
CovidWatcher  - Help NYC Understand COVID-19's Impact
Columbia University  has rolled out a  new research tool called  CovidWatcher  which will track COVID-19’s impact on New York City neighborhoods in real time, filling in critical gaps in knowledge of the virus to better understand the needs across New York. Your data leads to more insights, updated daily. The link is It should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey is intended for everyone to fill out, regardless of symptoms or concerns about exposure.  

3) 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.
4) Covid-19 Resources Page
5) Closing Message
I'm taken by the way this week's parashah describes the encampment of the Children of Israel around the center of the camp, the Mishkan, God's dwelling place – a place we longed to connect. יַחֲנוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִנֶּגֶד סָבִיב לְאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד יַחֲנוּ – “the Children of Israel should camp mi-neged, surrounding the Tent of Meeting.” The word mi-neged contains a paradox: on the one hand, it means facing; on the other hand, it means distant from. The Children of Israel could not come close to the thing they faced and oriented towards. When we face something and want to be close to it, being distant is such a challenge. The next challenge, though, is that after a long period of distance, perhaps we stop facing stop wanting to connect and be close. What I wish for us in this increasing period of distance is that we never stop facing, longing to connect, feeling the feelings of mi-neged, even from afar.    (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 #54

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