Minyanim

Shabbat Parashat Chukat

10 Tammuz 5778 / June 22-23, 2018

June Calendars 

Click here for the LMS Calendar & Flyers.

Click here for the LMS Youth Calendar

DAVENING TIMES

Friday, June 22

Earliest Candle Lighting: 7:01 pm

 

Candle Lighting: 8:15 pm

 

Early Mincha followed by Kabbalos Shabbos: 6:50pm (Main Sanctuary)

 

Mincha followed by Kabbalos Shabbos: 8:20 pm (Main Sanctuary)

 

*Repeat shma after 9:23pm

 

*TVT: 9:22 pm

 

Shabbat, June 23

Shacharis: 7:15, 9 & 9:15

 

Mincha: 8:05 pm

 

Rabbi Shmidman’s Pirkei Avos Shiur will meet at

7:05 p.m.

 

Maariv: 9:20 pm

 

Shabbat Ends: 9:25 pm

 

Sunday Shacharis: 

6:45, 7:30 & 8:30 am.

8:30 Shacharis is in the Main Sanctuary.

 

Monday & Thursday Shacharis:

6:45 & 8 am

 

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Shacharis:

7 & 8 am

 

Sunday – ThursdayMincha followed by Maariv: 8:20 pm

 

Welcome to the Orthodox Union’s Our Way Shabbaton Participants 

Our Way participants will be visiting the Shabbat morning youth groups to teach sign language to the children. Please ensure your children are at groups on time so they don’t miss this great opportunity!

 

The 9:00 a.m. Main Sanctuary minyan will also include sign language participation.

Annual Congregation Meeting this Monday, June 25

All LMS members are invited for the Annual Congregation Meeting at 8:00 p.m.

The nominees for the four open three-year terms on the LMS Board of Directors (ending June 2021) are: Shari Saiman, Janet Michaelson, Brian Cohen, and Ellen Braffman. The nominee to fill an expected vacancy through June 2019 (for Alan Joffe, who has been nominated to an officer position) is Dov Haselkorn.

The nominees for officers are as follows: Tom Baker, President; Moshe Chasky, First Vice-President; Judy Pomerantz, Vice-President of Committees (Vice-President and Chair of the Board); Alan Joffe, Second Vice-President; Sara Bleier, Corresponding Secretary (Vice-President); Elana Obstfeld, Recording Secretary (Secretary); and Hedy Cohen, Treasurer.

Please note that the positions noted in parentheses are the positions these nominees will assume if the proposed amendments referenced in our previous message are adopted prior to the elections.

The agenda is as follows: review the past year’s highlights; review the budget for the coming year; vote on proposed By-laws Amendments recommended by the Board; and elect new Board members and Officers.

 

Practical Halacha Shiur on Thursday, June 28

Rabbi Shmidman will give a new shiur on Hilchos Shabbos and Kashrus at 1:30 p.m. at LMS. The shiur will be followed by a question and answer period. Please note this shiur will be given a four-part session.

 

Tea & Torah on Shabbat Parashat Balak, June 30

Dr. Frani Pollack will speak at the next Tea & Torah at 5:00 p.m. This program will take place at the home of Yonina Jacobson, 167 Summit Lane in Bala Cynwyd.

 

Senior Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, July 3rd

The next Senior Lunch & Learn will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd at noon. Dr. Paul Finkelman, President of Gratz College, and expert on American Legal History and Constitutional Law, will speak on the topic “Is the Supreme Court a Friend of the Jews”?

 

Personal Belongings and Sefarim

Please ensure that all personal items and put away as all shul spaces will be in use over Shavuot. In addition, please re-shelve all LMS siddurim, chumashim and sefarim after use.

 

Lower Merion Community Mikvah Open Nightly & Men’s Mikvah Open Daily

Appointments must be made in advance and fees are due prior to use. For an appointment or fee and membership, visit www.lmcmikvah.org  or call 484-808-5626. Click here for fees, hours and other details about the Men’s Mikvah.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities at LMS. Right now, the Shmira and Kiddush Committees are actively seeking volunteers! For more information, pleasesign up here.

 

Sunday Mornings with Sephardic Minyan

All are invited to join the Sephardic minyan on Sunday mornings for Shacharit at 8:00 a.m. followed by a 15 minute mini-shiur by Sammy Ben-Samuel on Halachot from the Yalkut Yosef. Bagels & coffee will be served.

 

Upcoming Shabbat Mincha Leining Schedule– Sign Up Now!

The gabbaim have organized a rotation of boys to lein at Shabbat Mincha. To be included, email Shlomo Troodler at troodler@blankrome.com.

 

Safety Notice

Scooters, skateboards and similar toys present a serious risk to people with mobility issues.

If your child rides one of these to shul, it needs to be “parked” in the first spot on the kitchen side of the building. This spot will be set aside for scooter parking.

Please inform your children of this rule before they arrive at shul and help us ensure these items do not present a hazard for our members. And, a reminder that the Safe Kids Pennsylvania group says “Be Smart From The Start… Wear A Helmet!”

LMS YOUTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
ALLERGY ALERT!

There are numerous LMS kids with severe nut allergies. Please do not bring nut items into the shul, and be especially mindful in the youth and baby rooms.

Rabbi Ari Silver

LMS Youth Director

(Email: silverdollar@verizon.net)

 

 

New Group Age Divisions

With many groups growing in size, the division of the group ages has changed. This means each group’s programs will be better focused on the children attending.

 

Pre-Group Game Room from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.:

Children are invited for a weekly supervised Game Room in the 2nd right-hand upstairs room with Avigayil Pechter

 

Shabbat Morning Groups from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m.:

Baby & Toddler Room: 1st left-hand upstairs room with Irit Goldman (Details for the 2 year old drop-off in this group are below). Please note this is only from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

3Y & 4Y: First right-hand room led by Leta Borck

Kindergarten & 1st Grade: 2nd right-hand upstairs room with Avigayil Pechter

2nd & 3rd Grades: Corner room on the lower level with Yael Battash

Game Room: 4th and 5th Graders :

2nd left-hand upstairs room with Stacey Daman and ZC Schwartz

Teen Minyan: Will resume in the fall

Middle School Girls’ Shiur:Will resume in the fall

  

 

Two-Year-Old Drop Off Program from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

We are excited to launch our new drop-off group for 2-year-old children! Our youth  leaders are planning a fun and age-appropriate program.

The safety of our children is a top priority of our Youth Department. To ensure the appropriate staff to child ratio, and to prevent crowding, there will be limited spots in the 2-year-old youth groups each week.

Spots will be available on a first come first serve basis and can be reserved weekly using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/T9aBMwZnncM9qf7t1. 

Children who are not registered in advance will not be able to attend.  

 

Bnei Akiva will resume in the fall.

Bnos will resume in the fall.

Torah Youth will meet from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

LMS SHIURIM SCHEDULE
 

  WEEKLY SHIURIM

______________

One Shul-One Mesechta

Please join One Shul-One Mesechta as they learn Masechet Sukkah this week. This week’s amud is Sukkah 30b. All are welcome!

The program calendar with the week’s amud, schedule changes and recordings can be found at:   http://tinyurl.com/oneshul

Sunday: 8:00 p.m. with Avi Feldblum

Monday: 8 p.m. with Gilad Gevaryahu

Wednesday: David Shakow, after Maariv

Wednesday: After Maariv with Rabbi Silver

Thursday: 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Gedaliah Feldman

Shabbat: One Shul-One Mesechta will meet this Shabbat at 7:05 p.m., one hour before Mincha.

Daf Yomi

Sunday: Following 7:30 Shacharit

Monday: 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday: Following Maariv

Wednesday: 9:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 p.m.

Shabbos: Between Mincha and Maariv

 

Sundays

9:15 a.m.: Gemara w/ Rabbi Ephraim Goldfein

9:00 p.m.: Beginner’s Gemara w/ Rabbi Schwersenski

 

Monday
9:00 p.m.  Ein Ya’akov w/ Gilad Gevaryahu

 

Tuesday 

10:30 a.m.: Rabbi Shmidman’s Parsha Shiur for women

Following Maariv: Rabbi Shmidman’s Advanced Gemara Shiur

3:00 p.m.: Rebbetzin Shmidman’s shiur. Next date TBA.

Shabbat

Post Hashkama Minyan:

* Intermediate Gemara w/ David Shakow and Akiva Bacovcin

*Minchas Chinuch Chabura at 8:45 (first

left-hand upstairs classroom)

*

Shabbat Chaburah with Amir Ben Gal

 

1 hour before Mincha:

Midrash (fall/winter) & Pirkei Avot (spring/ summer) w/ Rabbi Avraham Shmidman

 

Between Mincha & Maariv: Nach Study Group

LMS NOTICES & VOLUNTEER REQUESTS
Mi Sheberach

For members unable to be in shul on Shabbat, one may submit the names of cholim, prior to 12 noon on Friday, erev Shabbat, by clicking here.

 

Memorial Plaques

Individual yahrzeit plaques are available for $360 each, or $300 each for multiple plaques ordered at the same time. Purchase of a plaque also includes a Hebrew entry in the annual Yizkor book with the Hebrew name read at the Yom Kippur Yizkor service.

To order, complete the form at the link below and return it to the shul office, together with payment.

http://lowermerionshuls.com/localserver/?page_id=647.

Personal Belongings in the Coat Room 

Please make sure when removing coats and and jackets from the LMS coat room that they in fact belong to you and are not just a similar item that looks like your coat. Several LMS members have had their coats taken from the LMS coat room during the last few weeks.

 

New LMS Kiddush Options

In addition to the monthly Mazal Tov Kiddush, the Kiddush Committee is offering new sponsorship options. Hot and cold Kiddush items are available with menus starting at $475.00 — perfect when you wish to sponsor a Kiddush on your own but don’t want to bring in an outside caterer. To learn more or to reserve a Kiddush, click here.

 

Building Evacuation Volunteers Needed

Volunteers from ALL minyanim are needed to assist in the event of an emergency evacuation. To participate, email Aaron Epstein at aaronep@yahoo.com.

 

Join the Shmira Committee

Thank you to our Shmira volunteers! These individuals assist in monitoring the shul entrance on Shabbat along with our professional guard. Additional volunteers are needed for a one-hour per month commitment. To join, contact Mira Singer or Gwen Horowitz.

 

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and effective way to support LMS every time you shop, and at no cost to you. How does it work?

1. Visit www.smile.amazon.com.

2. Sign in with your existing Amazon credentials or create an account.

3. Choose Lower Merion Synagogue as your charitable recipient and start shopping! There is no extra cost to you at checkout and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to LMS.

4. Please remember to use the www.smile.amazon.com link each time.

 

Safety Vests for Walkers/Bikers Leaving LMS After Dark

A donation of a limited number of two types of high visibility vests has been made. These are for someone who may be walking/ running or biking in the street during low light conditions, such as before early shachris or after ma’ariv. Please note neither type meets ASCII standards and should not be used where OSHA would require such.

 

Join the LMS Chesed Initiative

The LMS Chesed Initiative addresses the many needs of our community and facilitates chesed opportunities that help build cohesiveness and a sense of unity. There are many opportunities to help — providing rides and packing meals are just some. To sign up, click here or contact the Co-Chairs, Rebbetzin Adina Shmidman and Stefanie Bloom.

 

New LMS Memorial & Tribute Cards Available

LMS has new Memorial & Tribute cards available for sale. Cards may be purchased at the shul office or mailed on your behalf. $7.50/card, $36/5 cards and $70/10 cards.

 

Stroller and Baby Carriages

Strollers and baby carriages present a fire and safety hazard in a crowded building. They may not be brought into the shul (including the coatroom and sanctuary) nor left in the entry walkway. During inclement weather, they may be brought into the Social Hall.

LMS YOUTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
ALLERGY ALERT!

There are numerous LMS kids with severe nut allergies. Please do not bring nut items into the shul, and be especially mindful in the youth and baby rooms.

Rabbi Ari Silver

LMS Youth Director

(Email: silverdollar@verizon.net)

 

 

New Group Age Divisions

With many groups growing in size, the division of the group ages has changed. This means each group’s programs will be better focused on the children attending.

 

Pre-Group Game Room from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.:

Children are invited for a weekly supervised Game Room in the 2nd right-hand upstairs room with Avigayil Pechter

 

Shabbat Morning Groups from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m.:

Baby & Toddler Room: 1st left-hand upstairs room with Irit Goldman (Details for the 2 year old drop-off in this group are below). Please note this is only from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

3Y & 4Y: First right-hand room led by Leta Borck

Kindergarten & 1st Grade: 2nd right-hand upstairs room with Avigayil Pechter

2nd & 3rd Grades: Corner room on the lower level with Yael Battash

4th & 5th Grade Girls: Right-side of the Social Hall with ZC Schwartz

4th & 5th Grade Boys: 2nd left-hand upstairs room with Stacey Daman

Teen Minyan at 9:15 a.m.: Lower level led Rabbi Josh Friedman

Middle School Girls Shiur: Right-side of the Social Hall led by Zahava Bauer (MS Girls daven with Teen Minyan at 9:15 a.m.  and then are invited to learn with Mrs. Bauer between the end of Shacharit and the beginning of Mussaf)

 

Two-Year-Old Drop Off Program from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

We are excited to launch our new drop-off group for 2-year-old children! Our youth  leaders are planning a fun and age-appropriate program.

The safety of our children is a top priority of our Youth Department. To ensure the appropriate staff to child ratio, and to prevent crowding, there will be limited spots in the 2-year-old youth groups each week.

Spots will be available on a first come first serve basis and can be reserved weekly using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/T9aBMwZnncM9qf7t1. 

Children who are not registered in advance will not be able to attend.  

 

Bnei Akiva:

Bnei Akiva will meet at 7:05 p.m. on the upper level

Grades 1 & 2 will meet on the upper level at 7:20 p.m.

 

Bnos will meet from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

Torah Youth will meet from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

LMS SHIURIM SCHEDULE
 

  WEEKLY SHIURIM

______________

One Shul-One Mesechta

Please join One Shul-One Mesechta as they learn Masechet Sukkah this week. This week’s amud is Sukkah 30a. All are welcome!

The program calendar with the week’s amud, schedule changes and recordings can be found at:   http://tinyurl.com/oneshul

Sunday: 8:00 p.m. with Avi Feldblum

Monday: 8 p.m. with Gilad Gevaryahu

Wednesday: David Shakow, after Maariv

Wednesday: After Maariv with Rabbi Silver

Thursday: 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Gedaliah Feldman

Shabbat: One Shul-One Mesechta will not meet this Shabbat.eag

Daf Yomi

Sunday: Following 7:30 Shacharit

Monday: 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday: Following Maariv

Wednesday: 9:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 p.m.

Shabbos: Between Mincha and Maariv

 

Sundays

9:15 a.m.: Gemara w/ Rabbi Ephraim Goldfein

9:00 p.m.: Beginner’s Gemara w/ Rabbi Schwersenski

 

Monday
9:00 p.m.  Ein Ya’akov w/ Gilad Gevaryahu

 

Tuesday 

10:30 a.m.: Rabbi Shmidman’s Parsha Shiur for women

Following Maariv: Rabbi Shmidman’s Advanced Gemara Shiur

3:00 p.m.: Rebbetzin Shmidman’s shiur. Next date TBA.

Shabbat

Post Hashkama Minyan:

* Intermediate Gemara w/ David Shakow and Akiva Bacovcin

*Minchas Chinuch Chabura at 8:45 (first

left-hand upstairs classroom)

*

Shabbat Chaburah with Amir Ben Gal

 

1 hour before Mincha:

Midrash (fall/winter) & Pirkei Avot (spring/ summer) w/ Rabbi Avraham Shmidman

 

Between Mincha & Maariv: Nach Study Group

LMS NOTICES & VOLUNTEER REQUESTS
Mi Sheberach

For members unable to be in shul on Shabbat, one may submit the names of cholim, prior to 12 noon on Friday, erev Shabbat, by clicking here.

 

Memorial Plaques

Individual yahrzeit plaques are available for $360 each, or $300 each for multiple plaques ordered at the same time. Purchase of a plaque also includes a Hebrew entry in the annual Yizkor book with the Hebrew name read at the Yom Kippur Yizkor service.

To order, complete the form at the link below and return it to the shul office, together with payment.

http://lowermerionshuls.com/localserver/?page_id=647.

Personal Belongings in the Coat Room 

Please make sure when removing coats and and jackets from the LMS coat room that they in fact belong to you and are not just a similar item that looks like your coat. Several LMS members have had their coats taken from the LMS coat room during the last few weeks.

 

New LMS Kiddush Options

In addition to the monthly Mazal Tov Kiddush, the Kiddush Committee is offering new sponsorship options. Hot and cold Kiddush items are available with menus starting at $475.00 — perfect when you wish to sponsor a Kiddush on your own but don’t want to bring in an outside caterer. To learn more or to reserve a Kiddush, click here.

 

Building Evacuation Volunteers Needed

Volunteers from ALL minyanim are needed to assist in the event of an emergency evacuation. To participate, email Aaron Epstein at aaronep@yahoo.com.

 

Join the Shmira Committee

Thank you to our Shmira volunteers! These individuals assist in monitoring the shul entrance on Shabbat along with our professional guard. Additional volunteers are needed for a one-hour per month commitment. To join, contact Mira Singer or Gwen Horowitz.

 

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and effective way to support LMS every time you shop, and at no cost to you. How does it work?

1. Visit www.smile.amazon.com.

2. Sign in with your existing Amazon credentials or create an account.

3. Choose Lower Merion Synagogue as your charitable recipient and start shopping! There is no extra cost to you at checkout and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to LMS.

4. Please remember to use the www.smile.amazon.com link each time.

 

Safety Vests for Walkers/Bikers Leaving LMS After Dark

A donation of a limited number of two types of high visibility vests has been made. These are for someone who may be walking/ running or biking in the street during low light conditions, such as before early shachris or after ma’ariv. Please note neither type meets ASCII standards and should not be used where OSHA would require such.

 

Join the LMS Chesed Initiative

The LMS Chesed Initiative addresses the many needs of our community and facilitates chesed opportunities that help build cohesiveness and a sense of unity. There are many opportunities to help — providing rides and packing meals are just some. To sign up, click here or contact the Co-Chairs, Rebbetzin Adina Shmidman and Stefanie Bloom.

 

New LMS Memorial & Tribute Cards Available

LMS has new Memorial & Tribute cards available for sale. Cards may be purchased at the shul office or mailed on your behalf. $7.50/card, $36/5 cards and $70/10 cards.

 

Stroller and Baby Carriages

Strollers and baby carriages present a fire and safety hazard in a crowded building. They may not be brought into the shul (including the coatroom and sanctuary) nor left in the entry walkway. During inclement weather, they may be brought into the Social Hall.