South Baldwin Jewish Center
  2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510
Phone: 516-223-8688 | Fax: 516-223-8689
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We were notified of the passing of former BJC member Marsha Gottlieb this past December.

Her sister's info is:
Myrna Peskin
26941 NW 110Place
Scottsdale AZ 85262
No further info is available at this time.


Due to a possible exposure to Covid, John will be quarantining until he is tested later this week. Please note that the building will open at 11AM until further notice. As a precaution the building is being sanitized for your safety.
Thanks for your understanding,
Jeff Barkan


Our Office just received an email from Grace Goldberg who mourns the death of her brother, Herbert Liebman. Herbert was a former member of South Baldwin Jewish Center.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Pearl; children, Felice, Mark, Eric and grandchildren.

No other information at is available at this time.

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2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510

From Sisterhood:
Statement on the Attack on the United States Capitol


Rabbi Royi Shaffin

Welcome to 2021 and Happy New Year. While this is the beginning of the secular new year, there is a connection to the Jewish calendar, as it is also a Jewish new year. Ac-cording to the Mishnah, during this period of time, we celebrate the New Year of the trees, otherwise known as Tu Bishvat.

Tu Bishvat inspires us to think of the beauty of nature, the flowering of new life and the promise of tomorrow.

As winter draws to a close, the days grow longer and we begin to see the first signs of spring, we breathe the fresh air of change. This year, we pray from change back to “normal.” For many of us, the verse from our liturgy and from the Book of Lamentations is appropriate, "chadesh yameinu kekedem," "renew our days as of old."

As the vaccines are rolled out, we hope that society and other lives will go back to the way things were before the beginning of the pandemic. However, we still need pa-tience, as we have been told that this will be a gradual process, just as the white wine gradually turns red during the Tu Bishvat Seder, representing the flowering of the earth.

Gradually, more and more people will become immune to COVID-19. Although this gives us comfort, we must also realize that change in our society will continue. Positive change will take place if we continue to work on our own personal transformations, as the Tu Bishvat seder heeds us to do. We are taught, by this Kabbalistic ceremony, to remove our pits, uncover those crusty exteriors, and add sweetness to the world.

As such, we must not return to a pre-COVID world. Rather, we must make the post-COVID world, through positive personal and societal transformation, even better.

Town of Hempstead
(516) 489-5000
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Nassau County Office of Emergency Management 
(516) 573-9600

PSEG Long Island
(800) 490-0075 (Report Outages)
(800) 490-0025
Text “OUT” to 773454 to report outages or visit

National Grid
(800) 930-5003
(800) 490-0045

Nassau County Police
(516) 573-8800

American Red Cross
(516) 747-3500

In an emergency, dial 911.

Exemptions available for your house form

November 1,2020
Update on the Co-Vid 19 Virus

As you are aware the guidance from the CDC, the Governors’ office, and the County Executive has been evolving on a daily basis.

In the last few weeks we have resumed services and limited in person meetings. We are taking this outbreak very seriously as most of our members are in their later years, and they are most susceptible to this virus. We have redoubled our cleaning and sanitizing efforts but we have to reiterate the following important measures:

1. You MUST wear a mask, and it Must cover both your mouth and your nose.

2. You must practice social distancing and refrain from shaking hands, hugging, kissing etc. and sit at least 6 feet (3 seats) apart when in shul.

3. If you feel the need to sneeze or cough please do so into your elbow.

4. Stay home if you feel sick. If you believe you have been exposed to the virus, you and all members of your family should self-quarantine for 14 days.

5. Remember to practice good personal hygiene and make sure you wash your hands often, especially if you have been in one of our restrooms.

We will keep you updated, in regards to any additional measures that we will be taking, or if we can relax some of the restrictions. This outbreak is far from over and we ask that you exercise good judgement and follow medical advice at all times.

Evelyn Estrine
Jeff Barkan

Useful information
from Senator Brooks
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Rabbi Royi Shaffin, of the South Baldwin Jewish Center, said his congregation is following federal, state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and staying in touch with families through telephone and email.

We pray that our elected officials and medical researchers will find ways to provide cures, vaccines and medical equipment so that we can combat and defeat this dreadful disease, Shaffin said. We pray for those who have been afflicted and for the souls and families of those who have been taken from us. We pray that God will bless our medical professionals and keep them from harm.

Online programming is expected to be expanded in the coming days.

We have faith that our society can be led out of our slavery to COVID-19, just as the Children of Israel were led out of bondage in times of old in the Passover story, Shaffin said. We wish the Jewish community a Happy Passover, and we wish a Happy Easter to all of our Christian neighbors.May the Lord bless you and protect you (Numbers 6:24).

Clergy members are planning for the upcoming holidays of Passover and Easter, as well.

Call and order Wednesday morning and have it delivered Thursday Morning...Fresh bagels, cream cheese, tuna salad, egg salad, sliced lox, warm danishes and muffins. Stuck at Home...We'll deliver it sealed and secure.

Get your Shabbat Package delivered safely to our home. Order anything (Challah, Danish, Tuna, Egg Salad, Muffins, Cookies Etc...) Call before Thursday 10am and get Free delivery to your home in West Hempstead before Shabbat. Every order over $35 gets a free danish or muffin. Stay safe in the troubled times.

For those having difficulty and Need Free Challah or Rolls for Shabbat, please call Bageltown in West Hempstead before Thursday 12:00 and Pre-Order and Pick Up or get Free Delivery to West Hempstead before Shabbat. (Your Identity Will Be Strictly Confidential) 516-505-5556.

Bagel Town Management. ALL baking done on premise.
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Pop-Up Take out Dinners: Sunday, March 22 - Tuesday, April 7
Place your order on line. Delivery available.Text:516.247.9047 Email: See ad for menu

Offering Free Delivery to West Hempstead families from
11am-6pm. We are running our 2 For $20 Pie special daily. Our store is open, sanitized, spotless and ready for you to visit for takeout. If you do not want to leave your house, let us delivery directly to your door within one hour.

338 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead. Closes:7:00PM
Website: Order:

I&D Glatt is Open for business and will continue to stay open
327 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead
516- 489-6926

LONG ISLAND JUDAICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS Fully stocked for Pesach. For those people who are quarantined or afraid to go out we are offering free delivery to your doorstep for orders over $50 and a $2-$5 charge for orders under $50.
Long Island Judaica
350 Hempstead Ave

Oma's is open for take out only
492 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead

We are now offering $5.00 delivery service on $30.00 minimum pre-paid orders to the West Hempstead / Garden City and Franklin Square communities. Deliveries will be made between 9am–12PM.. 516-481-7636, 282 Hempstead Ave West Hempstead

Free delivery with no minimum. With every delivery you will receive free zeppoles or a pasta dish. 239 Nassau Blvd. West Hempstead website: 516-743-3585

Wing Wan will be open Thursday from 11:00am to 9:00pm and Friday until 3:30 PM. Take out orders only! Order by phone at 516-292-9309.
248 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead.

Kind Regards,
Caron Margolin

Candle Lighting and Torah Readings

Daylight Saving Time: In effect. Times have been adjusted accordingly

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayechi

Friday, January 1, 2021
Tevet 17, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:20 PM

Saturday, January 2, 2021
Tevet 18, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:24 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Va'era

Friday, January 15, 2021
Shevat 2, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:34 PM

Saturday, January 16, 2021
Shevat 3, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:38 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Beshalach

Friday, January 29, 2021
Shevat 16, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:51 PM

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Shevat 17, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:53 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Mishpatim

Friday, February 12, 2021
Shevat 30, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:08 PM

Saturday, February 13, 2021
Adar 1, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:09 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Tetzaveh

Friday, February 26, 2021
Adar 14, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:25 PM

Saturday, February 27, 2021
Adar 15, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:25 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Shemot

Friday, January 8, 2021
Tevet 24, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:27 PM

Saturday, January 9, 2021
Tevet 25, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:31 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Bo

Friday, January 22, 2021
Shevat 9, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:42 PM

Saturday, January 23, 2021
Shevat 10, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:45 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Yitro

Friday, February 5, 2021
Shevat 23, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:00 PM

Saturday, February 6, 2021
Shevat 24, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:01 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Terumah

Friday, February 19, 2021
Adar 7, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:17 PM

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Adar 8, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:17 PM

It is considered a great mitzvah and responsibility to honor the Sabbath by lighting candles 18 minutes before sunset on Friday evening.

This unique commandment, entrusted to the Jewish woman, is rich with meaning and purpose.
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