South Baldwin Jewish Center
  2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510
Phone: 516-223-8688 | Fax: 516-223-8689
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2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510

Co- Presidents Message

Another month of self-isolation during this pandemic has taken a toll on our congregation. We have not gathered together for services in over 10 weeks. To survive we must embrace change and we adopted Zoom as a means of connecting. We are having classes, meetings and a limited amount of services via this online tool. It has become our lifeline of all that is Jewish, keeping us connected in this new normal. Trump has advocated reopening houses of worship. He said “these are places that hold our society together and keep our people united.” However our governor has only authorized a maximum of 10 people. Religion is about treating people as children of g-d, not about buildings. Each of you are indispensable and you have obligations to one another. We must keep each other safe, by not chancing the spread of this virus, and with this in mind we have continued to keep our building closed. We will try to start with Friday Shabbat services of no more than ten people soon, possibly outdoors if the weather permits.

Getting down to business, the results of the vote at our annual congregation meeting were emailed to everyone last week. To recap, the congregation voted to retain Rabbi Shaffin, accepted the budget as presented and the entire slate was adopted without any nominations from the floor. We welcome Steve Kahn as the only new addition to our board. Steve and Meryl rejoined a few years ago, and will again be active in synagogue affairs. We do still a few openings that we need to fill. We need a financial secretary as well as a secretary. Barry Finkelman, who served as secretary for the past two years, is not continuing in that position. Barry will be missed, as he was a trusted advisor and generated some of the best minutes we have ever had.

Looking forward, we will be sending out new invoices for dues. All invoices will be at the published amounts and anyone that needed adjustments in the past are requested to contact either Evelyn or Malka, as Ozzie is not authorized to make any changes.

Hopefully by TuBe’Av things will be back to a new normal and be assured that ritual is already working on the High Holiday services

Keep safe, wishing you continued health,
Evelyn & Jeff

Rabbi's Message
Rabbi Royi Shaffin


If We Are Not Prophets, Then We Are Certainly the Children of Prophets:A Vision of Hope for Our Time


If we are not prophets, then we are certainly the children of prophets, our tradition teaches.  Each Jewish person, as a descendant of the prophets of old, has at least a degree of the gift of prophecy.  In our adult education classes, we have been studying about prophecy.  Among the powerful messages of the prophets of Israel is that following destruction and devastation, comes redemption.  We are inspired by our prophets to be dreamers.  We are spiritually moved to rise above (sometimes, esoterically, float above) what we see on the earth with our own eyes to behold, with our spiritual sight, the sacred promise of tomorrow.  Those who today sow in tears, the psalms teach, will, in the future, reap with great joy.

As the summer is upon us, Tisha Be’Av and the destruction of the Jerusalem Temples are on our minds.  Although the Holocaust is much more recent in our historical memories, the destruction of Israel by Assyria and of Judah by Babylonia, and then Rome, were also very traumatic.  Before the “Never Again” of the Holocaust, we chanted, “If I forget you, O’ Jerusalem.”  Some Jewish thinkers even place the Holocaust as directly related to the second exile.  Such a genocide of the Jewish people, along with the Inquisition, pogroms, and 2,000 years of oppression were, according to these thinkers, the direct result of the loss of Jewish sovereignty.

Despite the destruction of the first and second Jewish commonwealths, the prophets of Israel responded with messages of hope.  “Nachamu, Nachamu!!!” (Be consoled.  Be consoled, o’ my people) says Isaiah.  The dry bones shall rise again, and a grand Temple shall be rebuilt, prophecies Ezekiel. 

These are messages not only for the times of old, but forever, and especially for our current times.  The Coronavirus pandemic may have taken its toll on our community and our society, but we must envision the day that we will overcome this virus. 

We will recreate and rebuild our beautiful society and our thriving Jewish community.  Coronavirus will be but a page in our history.

May this dream, that I know we all share, blossom speedily in our day, like the beautiful almond tree, in the vision of the prophet Jeremiah.  Amen.

Zoom services and adult education

Adult Education - Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat - Fridays at 6:30 PM
Havdalah - Saturday nights after 9 PM  (Time will change depending on time of sunset.)

This schedule is tentative.  Please watch for changes.  Please watch for additions and deletions.

Useful information
from Senator Brooks
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Many of our neighbors are standing at their doorways or windows at 7PM and clapping to show thanks to first responders and all essential workers for helping us through this crisis- doctors, nurses, cleaning staff, mailman, grocery cashiers/restocking & restaurant staff, news people, truck drivers, delivery and sanitation guys,,MTA and our public servants.

We would like to suggest that all our members join in and take part in this nice gesture.


Dear Friends,
April 6, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus, the Men's Club deemed it unwise to distribute the Yellow Candles this year, as to do so would risk spreading this virus. Likewise, we have canceled our Annual Yom Ha Shoah Program, which had been set for Sunday April 19th at 7PM.

We ask that each of you find a candle in your home, and on Monday evening, April 20th, light it in place of the Yellow Candle.

As you light it, give pause and reflect on all those souls starved, tortured,and murdered during the war; all those people whose post war lives were filled with the nightmares of what they had witnessed, and what they had undergone.

In the glow of the Yellow Candle, let us give thanks for each survivor who wrote, or drew, or spoke about the horrors men had perpetrated against one another. The actions of these brave individuals implore us to live the imperative of NEVER AGAIN.

For the foreseeable future, we must all practice social distancing. The SBJC Men's Club looks towards the day we can welcome one another back into our synagogue.

As the saying goes, if you can be only one kind to one another.

SBJC Men's Club President
Irving Epstein

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.

March 13, 2020
17 Adar 5780

As it has become the new reality that people are not physically allowed to gather in large groups, and many cannot attend Services to say Kaddish. We do not want you to be feel alone, and want our sisters throughout the world to know that although we may not physically be together, we can come together virtually.

WLCJ has created an avenue for our WLCJ Sisters, to read and study a Psalm every day, and say Kaddish.

Starting on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 1 pm EDT, we will have a Zoom Meeting for us to come together, to read and study a Psalm and say Kaddish. will do this every day, but on Shabbat, and holidays. (If this need continues into Passover.)

This is a situation of Sha'at HaDichak, a pressing time, where things are different, and so as Mara D'atra of WLCJ, I am saying that since we cannot all be part of a physical minyan of ten, ten coming together via zoom will be a minyan. Since we are in different time zones, we will not have a full Service, but rather read and study a chapter from the Book of Psalms, and then say Kaddish. The chapter will be on your screen, as well as Kaddish - we just need ten together on the zoom.

The following is the call in information for each day, starting Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 pm EDT, and will continue every day, but Shabbat, and the holy days of holidays - if we need to continue through Passover.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Let us pray for all of us, living during this time of uncertainty. We keep in our thoughts and prayers all affected by the coronavirus outbreak, a global pandemic.

El Na Refah Na La - Please God heal us all.
Shabbat Shalom,

Margie Miller
WLCJ President

Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields
WLCJ Executive Director

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

To all our members and their families,

As most of our membership is at or over 70, and some are immuno-compromised, or have underlying health conditions, we ask you to:

  • Remain indoors
  • Have visitors wear masks
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
  • Follow all suggested precautions

As we knew would happen, increases in testing have resulted in increases in identified cases of Covid-19. This is a very serious virus with deadly results for the senior population. It is important that we do not panic and that we follow the guidelines that have been established for our protection. This is how we flatten the curve and get ahead of this crisis. We ask you to follow the guidelines, to your best ability, and avoid any non-essential gatherings.

With that said, we have decided to suspend all religious services starting Monday 3-21, until further notice. We are saddened in that many of you will be deprived of your second home, but we know in our hearts this is the correct decision. The building will remain open during this trying time, as we house the Hatzilu Pantry, which has been designated an essential service. If the need arises please call the office and we will try to connect you with another congregant, so that they might be able to run errands for you, or to just pick up your needed medications. Also Rabbi Shaffin will be available by phone or email for any pastoral needs.

We urge you to take this seriously and hope that with guidance from the authorities, we can re-instate religious services in the near future.

Better safe then sorry,

Evelyn & Jeff

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.

Today we are suspending all classes and activities with the exception of morning Minyan and Shabbat Services. 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 practice social distancing and refrain from shaking hands, hugging, kissing etc. and sit at least 6 feet (3 seats) apart when in shul.
2. If you feel the need to sneeze or cough please do so into your elbow.
3. 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.
4. 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 update you as soon as possible, if there are any additional measures that we will be taking. We will also let you know when and if any of these drastic measures can be relaxed.

Evelyn Estrine
Jeff Barkan

Candle Lighting and Torah Readings

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

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Shelach

Friday, June 19, 2020
Sivan 27, 5780
Light Candles at:
8:11 PM

Saturday, June 20, 2020
Sivan 28, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
9:19 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Chukat-Balak

Friday, July 3, 2020
Tammuz 11, 5780
Light Candles at:
8:11 PM

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Tammuz 12, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
9:18 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Matot-Massei

Friday, July 17, 2020
Tammuz 25, 5780
Light Candles at:
8:05 PM

Saturday, July 18, 2020
Tammuz 26, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
9:10 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Korach

Friday, June 26, 2020
Tammuz 4, 5780
Light Candles at:
8:12 PM

Saturday, June 27, 2020
Tammuz 5, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
9:20 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Pinchas

Friday, July 10, 2020
Tammuz 18, 5780
Light Candles at:
8:09 PM

Saturday, July 11, 2020
Tammuz 19, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
9:15 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Devarim

Friday, July 24, 2020
Av 3, 5780
Light Candles at:
7:59 PM

Saturday, July 25, 2020
Av 4, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
9:03 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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