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Baldwin, NY 11510
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Good afternoon,

I just received a call from one of our congregants thank you Eleanor, who informed me of the passing of a former congregant Carl Deitchmann. Baruch Dayan Emet. I also reached out to Jerry Bandel who resides in Florida and he gave me the address of his daughter Bonnie. If anyone would like to make a donation in his memory, please contact the office.



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,

A quick message from the sisterhood. The Ballet scheduled for Sunday, March 29th at Molloy College has been cancelled. We will keep you posted when there is a reschedule date.

The book club will be meeting on Tuesday April 14th at 1:00pm. The book for review is "An Orthodox Match" by Naomi Ragen. A few copies will be available by the middle of next week please check with the office.

Thank you,
Betty and Sheila,
Co/ Presidents of Sisterhood.


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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2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510

My Dear Congregation,

We have now entered the month of Nissan. This is known as the month of liberation from slavery, as it is the month of Passover. As we continue to struggle with the situation, it is important to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors. In other words, it is important not to give up hope. We must continue to pray, to stay in touch with one another, to help one another, to find joy in life, to take care of ourselves, our families, our friends, and our community.

The future is before us. It holds a bright new light of liberation and freedom. We must have faith that cures and vaccines are coming soon. When they are made available, we will break the chains of our servitude and breathe free again.

I wish us all a Shabbat filled with prayer and hope for the future and a month of Nissan filled with the spirit of liberation,

Rabbi Royi Shaffin

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.

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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 zeppole’s 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


Rabbi Royi Shaffin

Purim is a holiday about masks – about the hidden and the revealed.  We find that “Esther,” the name of our heroine, may be linguistically related to the Hebrew root word (called a shoresh) for hidden, “s(e)t(e)r.”  Our tradition also teaches us that, while the name of G-d is not explicitly mentioned in the Megillah, every time we chant the word “Hamelech” (the King), we are also, in fact, referring to G-d.  In other words, G-d is hidden in the word “HaMelech” (even though the contextual reading is that it is referring to King Achashverosh).  We thus wrestle with the Jewish concept of hester panim (the hiding of face).  When we cannot explain world events in terms of the just rule of G-d, some people explain that G-d is hiding G-d’s face, hester panim.  In other words, the face and meaning of that which has occurred or is occurring is hidden from us.

As human beings, we also wear masks and hide our faces.  Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes it is detrimental to us and to our community.  Sometimes, it is permitted to tell a small lie, to wear a mask, in order to create good.  For example, it is permitted to tell a bride that she is beautiful even if this is not the case.  This goes along with the famous saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.”  On the other hand, so many people are wearing masks in our day and age and lying for their own selfish interests.  They mislead us, smile at us, use small print, and try to take advantage of us.  Senior citizens are especially targeted as the phone keeps ringing with scams and it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish between a scam and the real thing.  The surface is a beautiful mask, but underneath is the ugly face of falsehood, scams, and all out lies.

The holiday of Purim teaches us to promote a society of truth. Our tradition teaches us that lies have no legs, so they are eventually destined to fall.  The more we tell truths, the more the lies will fall. Esther was brave enough to stand before the King and tell the truth.  While the evil Haman told anti-Semitic lies about the Jews, Esther told the truth, and the truth prevailed.  So too, must we stand before our sometimes intimidating “Kings” and tell the truth.

Esther also took off her “mask” before the King to reveal her true identity as a Jew.  As we feel threatened by the rise of anti-Semitism and take tighter security measures to protect our community, this act, which placed Esther in a position of vulnerability, stands out to us as an act of great bravery.

As we celebrate Purim with costumes and rejoicing, let us remember a beautiful message of Purim – there are times when it is appropriate to put on masks and then there are other times when there is a Jewish mission to uncover the Truth.  In fact, if we think about it, all of Torah is a search for truth.  The first letter of the Aleph Bet is Aleph, a middle letter is Mem, and the last letter is Tav.  This spells Emet, the Hebrew word for Truth.

Notice of Meeting

There will be a congregational meeting on Monday March 2nd at 7:30pm.

This is to approve the transfer of the cemetery burial plots inherited from BJC in the merger with SBJC to a separate new corporation formed on advise of our legal advisors.

The new corporation is already set up and this is one of the final steps needed to complete the process. This is strictly a formality required by the NYS Attorney General’s Office.

The total time needed should be less than 15 minutes as there will be no discussion, we only need your presence for a vote. If you cannot attend please request a proxy from the office.

Thank you,
Jeff Barkan
Evelyn Estrine

We're Going to the Ballet!

Where: Madison Theatre at Molloy College
When: Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 3:00
What we are seeing: Swan Lake performed by The Russian National Ballet What the cost is: $55.00

We have purchased a limited number of tickets. Please submit your payment to the SBJC Office. Your payment will confirm your reservation.

Regretfully, in the event of your cancellation, we will not be able to refund money.

Happy Purim

Sisterhood Mishloach Manot is the Purim Mitzvah of sending treats to our families, friends, and neighbors. Sisterhood invites you to fulfill this Mitzvah in a wonderful way. We will prepare delightful Purim bags, filled with surprises, along with a beautiful Purim greeting card for each family in our shul. This is a lovely way to enhance the joy of the holiday! In addition, this year, we will be allocating a portion of your donation to Hatzilu. he cost of sending cards and bags to the entire congregation and staff members is $100.00.

If you would like to be included in this Mitzvah, we request that you bring or mail your check for $100.00, payable to Sisterhood, to SBJC, Sisterhood, Attention: Shalach Manot, 2959 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510. Please submit your payment before February 24, 2020. Each family will receive a bag. If you would like your name to be included only on the cards of selected families, please attach their names along with your payment.

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Dear Congregants and friends,

Please join us in,
The 24th annual, Shabbat Across America and Canada on February 28th 2020 at South Baldwin Jewish Center.

Our program and dinner will start at 6:30pm and then we will join in with the Rabbi for our Friday night service at 8:00pm Please note, If you are planning to attend our Shabbat service and attend the dinner, we must put a cut off date of February 21st, 2020. Please let the office know if you are attending and send in your checks of $20.00 per person to hold your reservation. If you decide you would like to attend this function after our cut off date of February 21st, please let Evelyn know as soon as possible (516) 225-5075. I, Ozzie will be out of the office from February 18th to February 23rd 2020 and will not be able to take any reservations at that time.

Thank you for understanding,
Ozzie, John and Juan.
The Staff at South Baldwin Jewish Center.

Candle Lighting and Torah Readings

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

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Ki Tisa

Friday, March 13, 2020
Adar 17, 5780
Light Candles at:
6:42 PM

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Adar 18, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
7:41 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayikra

Friday, March 27, 2020
Nissan 2, 5780
Light Candles at:
6:56 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Nissan 3, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
7:56 PM


Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Nissan 14, 5780
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:09 PM

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Nissan 15, 5780
Light Holiday Candles after:
8:10 PM
from a pre-existing flame


Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Nissan 20, 5780
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:15 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Nissan 21, 5780
Light Holiday Candles after:
8:17 PM
from a pre-existing flame

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Nissan 22, 5780
Holiday Ends:
8:18 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Tazria-Metzora

Friday, April 24, 2020
Nissan 30, 5780
Light Candles at:
7:26 PM

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Iyar 1, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
8:29 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayak'hel-Pekudei

Friday, March 20, 2020
Adar 24, 5780
Light Candles at:
6:49 PM

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Adar 25, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
7:49 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Tzav

Friday, April 3, 2020
Nissan 9, 5780
Light Candles at:
7:04 PM

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Nissan 10, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
8:04 PM

Shabbat, Intermediate Days of Passover

Friday, April 10, 2020
Nissan 16, 5780
Light Shabbat Candles at:
7:11 PM
from a pre-existing flame

Saturday, April 11, 2020
Nissan 17, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
8:12 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Shemini

Friday, April 17, 2020
Nissan 23, 5780
Light Candles at:
7:18 PM

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Nissan 24, 57800
Shabbat Ends:
8:20 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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