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Dear family and friends of Rita Robbins, We are so sorry to inform you of Rita's passing early today, Sunday, March 7, 2021 All of you are very special to our mom. Funeral service and burial will take place in NY. She passed peacefully in her sleep after a week in hospice at her home in Boca.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:00am. Eastern Time Gutterman's Chapel in Woodbury, NY on Long Island 8000 Jericho Tpke Woodbury, NY 11797 516-921-5757 Burial to follow at: Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY 300 Elmont Road Elmont, NY 11003 516-328-1300 *Shiva will take place Wednesday from 6-9pm 3/10 6-9pm 3/11 7-9pm 3/12 12-3pm 3/13 7-9pm 3/14 12-3pm & 7-9pm 3/15 12-3pm & 7-9pm Libby & Glenn Rochlen 6 Toni Place Plainview, NY 516-637-3622 *Shiva participation for in-person visitation: Limited to individuals who have been fully vaccinated. Please wear mask and social distance. Zoom for shiva will be updated when we have more information. Gail, David, Zak, Josh & Eli Lazar Libby, Glenn, Jared & Amanda Rochlen Lyle, Dalia, Samantha & Jacob Robbins David, Pearl, Ethan, and Ryan Furman.

...chance of sun everyday!


Purim Event - Megilla Reading and more in Yiddish.
Join the Museum and the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene for a simkhe (celebration) in honor of Purim. The evening will feature a lively reading of the Meglies Ester (Book of Esther) in Yiddish, as translated by the great poet Yehoash, followed by a festive musical performance. The reading will include English subtitles so all can follow along. Wear a costume at home!
The program will also include a presentation of historic artifacts from the Museum’s collection illustrating Purim and its role in 20th century European Jewish communities.
A $10 suggested donation enables us to present programs like this one. We thank you for your support.


Rabbi Shaffin has just informed us that Arnie Gewirtz’s brother has passed away. Rabbi said, that given the COVID situation and the fact that the funeral will take place tomorrow in Staten Island and Shiva will be in Brooklyn, people are not expected to attend.

He,would however, appreciate condolence phone calls.

His number is 516-546-0780


We were just informed of the passing in Florida of Debbie Silver, Sister of June Mitnick.

No further information is available at this time.

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Our congregation sends its condolences to the families of Sandy Wald and Debra Silver (Sister of June Mitnick).

May God comfort you among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem.
Shiva minyanim will take place on Sunday (tomorrow), Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday  at 7:30 PM in memory of Sandy Wald and Sunday (tomorrow), Monday, and Tuesday at 7:30 PM in memory of Debra Silver.  With permission of both families, these minyanim will be combined on the days that they will both be taking place at the Zoom site below.

Topic: Shiva Minyan
Time: Feb 28, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every day, until Mar 3, 2021, 4 occurrence(s)
Feb 28, 2021 07:30 PM
Mar 1, 2021 07:30 PM
Mar 2, 2021 07:30 PM
Mar 3, 2021 07:30 PM

For more information please refer to your email.

The Meaning of Purim For Our Time / Rabbi Royi Shaffin

Purim teaches the lesson of "nahafoch hu," turning the up-side-down, right-side-up. In the Purim story, the anticipated doom of the Jewish people was turned right-side-up through the miraculous victory of the Jews over their enemies, who sought their destruction, and the subsequent security of the Jewish community within the Persian Empire.

We live in a tumultuous up-side-down era of pandemic, political turmoil, economic uncertainty, and societal upheaval. It is not an easy time. However, we can all learn from the power of the prayer of Esther and Mordechai. Let us pray for another "nahafoch hu" during our upcoming observance of Purim. May our sadness turn into joy and our period of mourning change into a joyous celebration.

On Purim, we use groggers to drown out the reading of the name of Haman, who represents all of the negativity in our world. During this upcoming holiday, let us drown out COVID with groggers. Let us also drown out the hatred and violence between different segments of our society.

The sweet triangular cookie, the Hamentash, traditionally eaten on Purim, is often filled with a poppy-seed filling called "mun." Its name thus reminds us of "Ha-mun," Hebrew for Haman. The word "mun," however, is also Hebrew for the manna that fell from Heaven when the Children of Israel were traveling through the desert. It thus reminds us that during our time of need, the answer to our cry and our very sustenance comes from the Heavens.

Purim is a holiday of faith and hope for the future. With the coming of Purim, the time has come for prayer that the up-side-down turn right-side-up and that blessings come down upon us from the Heavens as in times of old.

Hempstead Town Announces Mount Sinai South Nassau New Testing and Vaccination Mobile Unit Initiative will help protect community during virus's second wave

During a special Town Board meeting, Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella and Councilman Chris Carini unanimously approved a new initiative to be implemented by Mount Sinai South Nassau. This action by the Town Board provides $695,042 of CARES Act funding to Mount Sinai South Nassau to establish a COVID-19 testing and vaccination mobile unit for Town residents.
This new program stems from the success of a previously approved grant to Mount Sinai South Nassau which established a drive-thru testing center to help contain the spread of the virus by testing residents from the safety of their vehicles and reducing person-to-person contact. This program tested 1,733 residents from December 5. 2020 to January 23, 2021.
“We’re proud to be once again team up with Mount Sinai South Nassau to provide these essential COVID-19 related services to our residents,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin. “We thank Senator Schumer for making the funding available to our town that has led to the creation of many programs to keep our residents safe.”
The mobile testing and vaccination unit is expected to be up and running within the next 60 days, serving all areas of Hempstead Town, focusing on those areas hardest hit by the pandemic. Further information will be posted on the Town of Hempstead website once the new program is fully operational. The drive-thru rapid testing program continues to be offered at no charge to Town of Hempstead residents, but are available by appointment only by calling 516-390-2888. The COVID-19 rapid tests are administered at Mount Sinai South Nassau’s Oceanside campus, at the Washington Avenue entrance.
“This mobile unit will allow us to bring COVID rapid testing and potentially vaccinations directly to communities within the Town of Hempstead, particularly areas that have been hard hit by the pandemic,” said Richard J. Murphy, President & CEO of Mount Sinai South Nassau. “We are very grateful to be partnering with the Town on this initiative. Supervisor Clavin, Councilman D’Esposito and the Town Board early on recognized the importance of testing to fight the spread of the virus. We appreciate their leadership and willingness to fund this important public health effort.”
“This pandemic is not over by any means, and we want to continue to help families have more options for free COVID-19 testing, and to prepare to expand access to vaccines, so we can help put an eventual end to this public health crisis,” Goosby said. “We’re proud to work with Mount Sinai South Nassau to provide this important service to help protect the health and safety of our residents during the pandemic,” Blakeman added.
“As a first responder, I know how critical of a role that Mount Sinai South Nassau has in our communities, fighting this pandemic on the front lines from Day 1, and we are proud to partner with them to provide a new mobile testing and vaccination unit for our communities,” D’Esposito said. “We still have a tough battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to provide essential services and helpful assistance to residents during this trying time,” Dunne said.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, in fact, the infection rates continue to remain way above where we want them to be, and it’s programs like this initiative with Mount Sinai South Nassau that will help us defeat this pandemic once and for all,” Muscarella said. “As a former police officer, I know firsthand how our healthcare heroes are saving lives each and every day, and it’s truly rewarding to know that we are working with Mount Sinai South Nassau to help fight this pandemic together,” Carini added. 
Last year, the Town of Hempstead received $133 million federal CARES Act funding to use as economic relief grants to aid businesses, organizations and residents facing unbudgeted expenses caused by COVID-19. This funding line was set to expire on December 31, 2020. However, this grant has been extended into 2021, providing opportunities for the continuation of existing programs as well as new programs as needed.
“The pandemic certainly did not end when the calendar turned to 2021,” Clavin added. “In fact, providing additional free options for COVID-19 testing are as urgent as ever. Ultimately our goal is to expand this unit to enhance access to COVID-19 vaccines in our communities. Thank you to my Town Board colleagues and Mount Sinai South Nassau for this important initiative as we continue to combat the health and economic effects of the pandemic, and work to protect and assist the residents of America’s largest township.”
For more information on these testing programs, and the Town of Hempstead’s other COVID-19 initiatives and resources, visit

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

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.

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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.
B.516-505-5556 F.516-505-5557 Website:

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: 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

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Ki Tisa

Friday, March 5, 2021
Adar 21, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:33 PM

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Adar 22, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:32 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayikra

Friday, March 19, 2021
Nissan 6, 5781
Light Candles at:
6:48 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Nissan 7, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
7:47 PM


Saturday, March 27, 2021
Nissan 14, 5781
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:55 PM
From a pre-existing flame

Sunday, March 28, 2021
Nissan 15, 5781
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:56 PM
From a pre-existing flame

Monday, March 29, 2021
Nissan 16, 5781
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:57 PM
From a pre-existing flame

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: Vayakhel-Pekudei

Friday, March 12, 2021
Adar 28, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:40 PM

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Adar 29, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:40 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Tzav

Friday, March 26, 2021
Nissan 13, 5781
Light Shabbat Candles at:
6:55 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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