South Baldwin Jewish Center
  2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510
Phone: 516-223-8688 | Fax: 516-223-8689
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Sisterhood has selected The Guest Book by Sarah Blake as the next book to review.

We will be meeting on Tuesday, December 15, at 1:00, via Zoom. The link will be sent just prior to the meeting.

We were able to secure a few copies of the book from The Baldwin Public Library and they are available to be picked up at the SBJC Office.

Kudos and thanks to Cindy Gunther, our Book Club Vice President, for her diligence.

Wishing you a peaceful and healthy Thanksgiving.

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

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2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510

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

November 2020

Lowering Our Emotional Temperatures
Rabbi Royi Shaffin

There is more than one way to have a high temperature.  These days, with the COVID-19 pandemic still out there, we are very concerned with our temperatures.  However, there is more than one way to have a high temperature.  There is a high biological temperature, and there is a high emotional temperature.

I have noticed that, with the elections coming, political divisions becoming apparent, the pandemic affecting all of us, and all of us itching for a vaccine or another solution to this very straining situation, many of us have had high emotional temperatures.

I see this on the road, with the way that people drive, the way that people speak to each other, and in the public discourse.  We don't have to be a part of it.  We don't have to be a part of the problem.  In fact, we have a Jewish obligation to be part of the solution.  As Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of the Ancestors) teaches, "In a place where there are no people, ie: no one is behaving like a mensch (a good person), try to be a mensch." In other words, we need to set the example.

A beautiful interpretation of the laws of Shabbat explains that not only are we forbidden to light a physical fire on Shabbat, but also an emotional fire.  In other words, we give ourselves high emotional temperatures and we can choose to keep our emotional temperatures at a healthy level.  We can also choose to heal others and help lower their emotional temperatures.

Unfortunately, I am hearing more and more of people who are ending relationships with people who disagree with them, or who are voting in a way they disagree with.  How are we ever going to heal the wounds of our country and our society if we refuse to listen to each other?        (Continued…)

Our tradition places great emphasis on “Shma,” listens. Stephen Covey wisely teaches that we should first try to understand and then to be understood.  As we enter the dark winter months, even before Chanukah, let us shed some light on the darkness in our world.  Let each one of us be the light.

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.


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: Toldot

Friday, November 20, 2020
Kislev 4, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:15 PM

Saturday, November 21, 2020
Kislev 5, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:16 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayishlach

Friday, December 4, 2020
Kislev 18, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:09 PM

Saturday, December 3, 2020
Kislev 19, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:12 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Miketz

Friday, December 18, 2020
Tevet 3, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:11 PM

Saturday, December 19, 2020
Tevet 4, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:15 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayetze

Friday, November 27, 2020
Kislev 11, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:11 PM

Saturday, November 28, 2020
Kislev 12, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:13 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayeshev

Friday, December 11, 2020
Kislev 25, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:09 PM

Saturday, December 12, 2020
Kislev 26, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:13 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayigash

Friday, December 25, 2020
Tevet 10, 5781
Light Candles at:
4:15 PM

Saturday, December 26, 2020
Tevet 11, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
5:19 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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