South Baldwin Jewish Center
  2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510
Phone: 516-223-8688 | Fax: 516-223-8689
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I was just notified by our Ritual Committee member that Estelle Midoneck has lost her dear brother Norman Epstein who resided in Montreal.

May his memory be a blessing to her and her family. Wishing her comfort at this time.

Baruch Dayan Emet

No further Shiva information at this time.


Mah Jongg meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

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Baldwin, NY 11510

Rabbi’s Message
Rabbi Royi Shaffin
July 1, 2020

Good News Is Everywhere

This month, I would like to ask us all to concentrate on good news.

Reading about or listening to the news all the time can be quite disheartening. We are all in this COVID-19, social distancing situation together. We are all limiting our lives in order to preserve our lives and the lives of others. Yet, despite this difficult situation, we can control that which enters our ears and our hearts, that which we say to ourselves, and that which comes out of our mouths. While I am not suggesting blocking ourselves off from the news, as it is very important to remain informed, many in our society are clinging on to bad news, and this is not helpful.

Instead, I suggest concentrating on good news. Good news can be anything from the academic success of a grandchild to a beautiful sun set, from inspiring music to a good book, from an interesting movie to a pleasant phone call, and from a great religious experience to seeing someone we love either in person or via Zoom. When we receive good news, Jewish tradition asks us to say a berachah – a blessing:
Baruch atah H”, Elokeinu Melech Haolam, hatov vehameitiv.
Blessed art Thou, Lord our G-d, Ruler of the Universe,
who is good and who does good.
One might consider this a Jewish way of counting our blessings. How important it is, in our time, to count our blessings.

I invite those who feel comfortable doing so to continue to join our community for our socially-distanced and masks-required services on Shabbat (Fridays at 8 PM and Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM) in our sanctuary and on Zoom (currently at around 9:15 PM on Saturday nights) for Havdalah, for our Zoom adult education classes on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM, and for other special functions that we have on Zoom (announced via emails to the congregation).

I have been asking our community, during these times, to share our good news and give each other blessings. The television news, internet news, and newspapers may be limited in terms of the good news that they can provide, but that does not mean that we have to do the same. Let us pay attention to the good news, count our blessings, stay in touch with each other, remain involved in the congregation, share blessings with one another, and say a blessing for the good that is in our world. I bless us all that G-d should send us, our families, our friends, and our congregation a great deal of good news. Amen.

Zoom services and adult education

Adult Education - Thursdays at 7:30 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
Click here to view

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.


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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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.
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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

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: Ki Tavo

Friday, September 4, 2020
Elul 15, 5780
Light Candles at:
7:03 PM

Saturday, September 5, 2020
Elul 16, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
8:01 PM

Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 18, 2020
Elul 29, 5780
Light Shabbat/Holiday Candles at:
6:39 PM

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Tishrei 1, 5781
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:36 PM
From pre-existing flame

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Tishrei 2, 5781
Holiday Ends:
7:35 PM

Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Tishrei 9, 5780
Light Candles at:
6:24 PM

Monday, September 28, 2020
Tishrei 10, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
7:21 PM

Shemini Atzeret

Friday, October 9, 2020
Tishrei 21, 5781
Light Shabbat/Holiday Candles at:
6:05 PM

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Tishrei 22, 5781
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:02 PM
From pre-existing flame

Sunday, October 11, 2020
Tishrei 23, 5781
Holiday Ends:
7:00 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Noach

Friday, October 23, 2020
Cheshvan 5, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:44 PM

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Cheshvan 6, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:42 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Nitzavim-Vayelech

Friday, September 11, 2020
Elul 22, 5780
Light Candles at:
6:51 PM

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Elul 23, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
7:48 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Haazinu

Friday, September 25, 2020
Tishrei 7, 5780
Light Candles at:
6:28 PM

Saturday, September 26, 2020
Tishrei 8, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
7:24 PM


Friday, October 2, 2020
Tishrei 14, 5781
Light Shabbat/Holiday Candles at:
6:16 PM

Saturday, October 3, 2020
Tishrei 15, 5781
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:13 PM
From pre-existing flame

Sunday, October 4, 2020
Tishrei 16, 5781
Holiday Ends:
7:11 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Bereishit

Friday, October 16, 2020
Tishrei 28, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:54 PM

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Tishrei 29, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:51 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Lech Lecha

Friday, October 30, 2020
Cheshvan 12, 5781
Light Candles at:
5:35 PM

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Cheshvan 13, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
6:33 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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