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SBJC thanks Irving Epstein this memorial Day weekend, for always making sure that our American and Israeli flags are in good condition. Once again he noticed some fraying on one of our flags and speedily provided us with a new one. By doing this, Irving contributes to our being good neighbors in the Baldwin community. Likewise we thank John for keeping the American flag lowered during the Covid-19 Pandemic, while insuring the Israeli flag remains at a proper height.

Each one of us, supporting our synagogue in their own special way is how we continue to come together during these times that are keeping us apart.

We look forward to resuming some of our services in the near future and in the meantime we hope you are taking advantage of Rabbi Shaffin's services and classes on Zoom. Stay safe, follow social distancing, wear your face covering in public and we will hopefully get through this shortly.


Good Afternoon:

This email is just to let know that the office at SBJC will be closed on Monday May 25th 2020 for Memorial day.

Building will be closed.



Dear Friends

Our Shabbaton, weekend that was scheduled for May 15th - May 16th 2020 at South Baldwin Jewish Center has been postponed. We will keep you posted on our new dates. Be well, stay healthy everyone.

Best Regards,
Dona and Ted Schwab Committee Members.


Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to send out a note to all the congregants. As you know all activities have been cancelled at SBJC for the time being. I also, want to say that I am at the office and if there is anything we can do for you please call me. I am sitting here lonely too missing all my friends. If there is anything we can do for you whether its running out to the market or pharmacy, or anything, please let me know. I will make sure you get what you need. Morning minyan will be on Friday at 7:50am and Shabbat services will be at 8:00pm on Friday nights and morning Shabbat services at 9:30am. We haven't stopped praying.

Best regards and take care of yourselves.
Love, Ozzie


Good morning on this cold Winter day.

I know not all of you are social media fans and do not go on Facebook etc. That is fine and I address this to those that do regularly check in on Facebook.

Quite a few of you "Like" our SBJC page: and are on the feed.

I implore the rest of you to at least look at our page and "Like" it if you think the content is of interest to you. The page has almost every Email and Event that you would be interested in knowing about as well as interesting articles and links to other Temples and Jewish organizations in our area. Take a look and see for yourself.

Also our website has a link to the current calendar as well as the entire current Centerpost.

I will also be glad to post any relevant events that you are involved in as well as any interesting articles that you believe the members would enjoy reading. Just send an email to the office or a private message to our Facebook page.

Jeff Barkan


Good afternoon,

Since there have been scheduling conflicts at SBJC in the past months, we want to remind everyone of the procedure necessary to insure your event, meeting, kiddush etc. takes place on the date you want.

1. No one can schedule ANYTHING without checking with the OFFICE first to see if the date is available.

2. If the date is available you must fill out the event form, so that the appropriate people are aware of what needs to be done for the function. This insures that we have the person responsible, the type of event, and what is requested from staff. NO this does not get filled out the day before.

3. If this is not done, and the event is not on the calendar, the event does not exist! No I told so and so - No - We always do this on such and such etc.

Best regards
Evelyn & Jeff

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

Folk dancing meets on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Newcomers are always welcome to either group.

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Shavuot as a Spiritual Journey


Rabbi Royi Shaffin


The Torah can be looked upon as a metaphor for our personal journeys through life.  Each of us has at least one Egypt (an addiction, a hardship, a slavery of some sort) to break free from.  Each of us has a mountain of revelation to climb.  When we reach the peak, the view is amazing.  Each of us is searching for a personal revelation.  Each of us must wander in our own personal wilderness, looking for food and water (both physical and spiritual sustenance), until we finally arrive at our own personal Promised Land.  In the Promised Land, new challenges emerge.  There is a new mountain to climb and a Temple to build.

Many of us ask what the point is of all of these wanderings.  Our tradition teaches that the point is our relationship with G-d and with each other, as well as with ourselves.  As we wander through life, our wisdom and understanding grows, and our spiritual sight becomes clearer.  During this period of pandemic, of uncertainty, pain, loss, loneliness, worry, and seclusion, the message of Judaism speaks ever more loudly.  In the silence of bamidbar (in the wilderness), if we listen, we can hear G-d medaber (a word comprised of the same Hebrew letters, meaning “speaks”).

Perhaps that is the personal message of Shavuot for each one of us.  What is G-d telling each of us in our own personal Sinai experience?  What is our journey and what is our own personal revelation?  Where have we been?  Where are we at?  Where are we going?  What have we learned?  What do we see from the top of that mountain?

Shabbat and Jerusalem Day Message

My Dear Congregation,

Today is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the re-unification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War of 1967.  During the Israeli War of Independence of 1948, Jerusalem became a divided city and remained as such until 1967.  Jerusalem’s eastern part, including Judaism’s holiest sites, was under Jordanian control. 

Even the western section was under siege in the War of Independence and almost fell.  Due to the bravery of Israeli soldiers and to clever military and logistical tactics, Israel was able to hold on to the western part of the city, to circumvent enemy forces, and to bring food and supplies to its inhabitants.

Jerusalem holds a very special place in our heritage.  Throughout our religious services, we pray for the welfare of Jerusalem, G-d’s presence returning to Jerusalem, the establishment of David’s kingdom in Jerusalem, and celebrating Passover “Next Year in Jerusalem.”  Our tradition has us state, “If I forget you, oh Jerusalem, let my right hand wither” (Psalms 137:5), so that Jerusalem should be as much a part of us as our right hand.

As we continue to battle the Coronavirus pandemic, we look for reasons to be hopeful and to look to the future.  One very important thing that I personally look forward to, once this situation is over, is visiting the holy city of Jerusalem.  Perhaps, we will all do this together as a congregation.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Yom Yerushalayim,

Rabbi Royi Shaffin

Rabbi's Message
Rabbi Royi Shaffin

Our history as a people and as a faith is filled with examples of people going to extraordinary means in order to practice Judaism and to insure the survival of the Jewish people.  Some prisoners in the concentration camps used potatoes as Chanukah menorahs.  Jews in Spain, during the Inquisition, lit Shabbat candles behind closed curtains.  While our situation cannot  compare to theirs, we can gain strength from their struggle and determination to preserve Judaism.  We can also be inspired by their creativity, resourcefulness, and ingenuity.  We, in the Age of the Coronavirus, must think “outside of the box” in order to preserve Judaism and our Jewish community.

In this spirit, one of our first SBJC projects, to cope with the current situation, has been to implement online programming.  So far, we have had online Yizkor, Havdalah, Kabbalat Shabbat, and Adult Education.  The ritual committee has also recently decided to permit the recitation of the Mourners Kaddish when there are 10 or more Jews together on Zoom.  We will therefore, from now on, be including the Mourners Kaddish at our Zoom services.  I hope that we are all keeping track of emails that are going out regarding upcoming events.  Other creative ideas are also being considered and planned.  We are determined to make Jewish life at SBJC thrive.

As we are currently in the period of counting the Omer, the period of time in between Passover and Shavuot, and we are instituting a great deal of computer-based programming, I would like to share an interesting connection between computers and Judaism.  Some philosophers have noted the similarities between the structure of the computer and that of the Etz Chayim, the Kabbalistic Tree of Life that we use for meditating on two or more aspects of G-d during each day of the Omer.  Each day, we think about Divine attributes such as beauty, understanding, wisdom, foundation, crown, kingship, splendor, judgement, grandeur, knowledge, bravery, eternity, compassion and loving kindness and seek self-refinement by modeling these attributes in our human behavior.  One might think of the counting of the Omer as an ancient and wise self-actualization manual.  In preparation for our approach to the Great Revelation on Mount Sinai, and the giving of the Torah, through the self-refinement process of the counting of the Omer, we try to become the best possible version of ourselves.

Computers are an amazing tool which allow us to stay in touch and united as a community during this challenging time.  I hope and pray that we all connect with each other, with synagogue online programming, and with the Divine attributes for use in human self-refinement.  During the counting of the Omer and our approach to Shavuot, let us connect with our heritage both through the ancient Tree of Life and the modern wonder of technology.

Times for Zoom services and adult education in the month of May

Adult Education - Topic - Prophecy: In Search of G-d - Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat - Fridays at 6:30 PM
Havdalah - Saturday nights at 9 PM (On the 30th, it will be a few minutes after 9 PM)
Shavuot - Thursday, May 28 - special schedule - There will be a Shavuot service and adult education starting at 6:30 PM
                - May 31 at 10 AM - Yizkor Service

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.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 630 830 287

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One does not have to pre-register, just call in.

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.
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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

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

My Dear Congregation,

It has been a difficult week. As we experience the full impact of the Corona Virus, we have no choice but to turn inward, not only physically but also spiritually. We inevitably begin asking ultimate questions in much the same way that we do on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

However, we are nowhere near the High Holidays. The next large holiday is Passover, and so I seek wisdom from our beautiful and wise tradition in the Passover Haggadah. The Haggadah states, "In every generation someone rises up with the intention of destroying us and the Holy Blessed One saves us from their hand." In our time, those that have risen against us are not human beings, but rather viruses. Yet, just as G-d has the power to save us from evil people, so too does G-d have the power to save us from evil animals, as the Tefilat Haderech (the Traveler's Prayer) clearly teaches.

When I visit the sick, I often mention that there are two types of medicine to heal the sick - physical medicine and spiritual medicine. Prayer is spiritual medicine. It also has an affect on the power of the physical medicine. As such, I would like to ask us all to pray... pray for the redemption of all of humanity from this terrible "evil animal", the Corona Virus. Just as God saved us from the hands of the ancient Egyptians, may G-d save us all from the Corona Virus. Please pray also that G-d bestow knowledge, wisdom, health, and fast thinking skills upon all those who are working so hard to develop cures and vaccines to fight this illness as soon as possible. Please also pray that our government officials be granted the know-how to supply the world population with necessities and with those things that will stop the spread of this virus. Pray for the quick and full recovery of those who have been afflicted, their families, and communities and - that they not spread the virus.

I think we can also take solace from being in this together as a united humanity. We are not alone. I pray for our well-being as a humanity, a community and as individuals. May G-d bless us all and watch over us.

Shabbat Shalom - May We Have a Shabbat Filled With Peace and Tranquility,

Rabbi Royi Shaffin

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: Emor

Friday, May 8, 2020
Iyar 14, 5780
Light Candles at:
7:40 PM

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Iyar 15, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
8:45 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Bamidbar

Friday, May 22, 2020
Iyar 28, 5780
Light Candles at:
7:54 PM

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Iyar 29, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
9:01 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Behar-Bechukotai

Friday, May 15, 2020
Iyar 32, 5780
Light Candles at:
7:47 PM

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Iyar 33, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
8:53 PM


Thursday, May 28, 2020
Sivan 5, 5780
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:59 PM

Friday, May 29, 2020
ivan 6, 5780
Light Shabbat/Holiday Candles at:
7:59 PM
from a pre-existing flame

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Sivan 7, 5780
Shabbat/Holiday Ends:
9:07 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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