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Supporting Beth Aharon:

On-Line: Click this Link: Donate On-Line

By mail: Please write checks to: Congregation Beth Aharon.

Mail to Cong. Beth Aharon / HIR, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY 10463.

Drop-off: At the Beth Aharon’s mail box at the HIR office.

Annual Membership: Family - $500; Individual - $250.

Tizku l’Shanim Rabot v’Tovot!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hanuka Candle Lighting Memorial Vigil for Ezra Schwartz & all Terror Victims - Tues, Dec 8th @ 6pm


Please note: Contrary to what was announced on Shabbat morning, this vigil will be held next Tuesday, Dec. 8.
AMCHA - The Coalition for Jewish Concerns is holding a Chanukah Candle Lighting Prayer Vigil next Tuesday, Dec. 8th, the third night of Chanukah, at 6:00pm at the Israeli Consulate (42nd Street and 2nd Avenue, Manhattan).  In the aftermath of the murder of Ezra Schwartz and others, we'll be gathering to express our solidarity with the bereaved families and all of Am Yisrael - offering tefillot and proclaiming loudly and clearly, "Am Yisrael Chai."  
Rav Avi said: "This is an opportunity to come together in the spirit of Chanukah, the festival of lights, and declare, 'A little bit of light has the power to push away all the darkness.'"

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Drishat Shalom from Rome...

Shavua Tov! This week -

Today, Sunday, 29 November On this day, 68 years ago, people around the world gathered together awaiting the monumental announcement to come. On November 29, 1947, a centuries-long dreamwas realized. The UN General Assembly voted in favor of Resolution 181, adopting the plan for the partition of Palestine into 2 states: A Jewish State and an Arab State. The Jewish delegation accepted the establishment of two states, the Arab States rejected it. 6 months later, the Jewish State was established. Kaf"Tet November

Also today - 17 Kislev - National Day of Recognition to wounded Israeli soldiers. Refuaa Shelama! Recognition Day

Monday - 30 NovemberIsrael nationally recognized day commemorating the Jewish Nakba. Jewish Nakba

Friday, November 27, 2015

BABlog - Congregation Beth Aharon: Sova Catering Information

BABlog - Congregation Beth Aharon: Sova Catering Information: Catering Delicious Food for any Event.

ShabBAN Vayishlah Shalom

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This Shabbat Kiddush is with thanks to Sova - catering Good Eats to Riverdale & Beyond.

Shiur before Minha @ 3pm: Hilkhot Sefer Torah with Rav Shmuel

Mila baParasha after Minha @ 4:20pm: "Dina" - the meaning of the name and the Dina story.

Shabbat shel Shalom

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Shavua Tov. Many Thanks.

Many thanks to Rav Dov Lerea 

for a great shiur yesterday on Hilkhot Thanksgiving 
or maybe vegan...

and to the Calipha and Kamhim families 

for a great kiddush Image result for kiddush

and to all those who joined us for another great shabbat @ beth Aharon.

May we have a week with only b'sorot tovot.

Condolences to the family of Hadar Buchris z"l

Our condolences to the family of 
Hadar Buchris z"l 
who passed away after being brutally stabbed in the head by a Palestinian terrorist, 
earlier today in Gush Etzion.

May her memory be a blessing.

Barukh Dayan HaEmet - Ezra Yehiel z"l

Barukh Dayan HaEmet

Along with all of Am Yisrael we mourn the heartbreaking loss of 
Azra Yehiel - עזרא יחיאל - z"l 
son of Ruth and Ari Schwartz, who was murdered in a terrorist attack in Israel Thursday along with Rav Ya'akov Don of Alon Sh'vut and Shadi Orfa of Hevron.

Many knew Ezra and many of us who did not know him feel the pain of this tragedy deeply.
The funeral will take place Sunday at noon, Eastern Standard Time, 
at Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St., Sharon, Mass.
The live stream link for the funeral is: 

From SAR High School
Many have asked how they can show support to the Schwartz family at this time. For those who would like to show support by giving tzedakah, the family has identified the following four institutions that Ezra was fortunate to attend and that helped to form him into the beautiful young man that he was.

They are:
The Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon, MA
The Maimonides School in Brookline, MA
Yeshivat Ashreinu in Bet Shemesh, Israel
Camp Yavneh in Northwood, NH.

For those who wish to send letters of condolence to the family, correspondence may be sent to

May the Family be comforted from the Heaven

Min Hashamayim Tenuhamu 

Friday, November 20, 2015

This Shabbat @ Beth Aharon @ 11:15am

Rav Dov Lerea on Hilkhot Thanksgiving!

This Shabbat Rav Yuval Cherlow @ the Bayit

The Bayit is honored to welcome 

Rav Yuval Cherlow

to give a guest shiur this Shabbat titled
"Sex Selection in Halakhah and Jewish Ethics"

The shiur will take place in the Lower Level Beit Midrash this Shabbat morning immediately following Kiddush.

Rav Cherlow is one of the leading open Religious Zionist rabbis in Israel today. He is Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Hesed Amit Orot Shaul in Raanana, one of the founders of Tzohar, and a member of the ethics committee of the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Join Beth Aharon for Tefilot Shabbat Vayetse

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After Shahrit - 11:15am - Shiur by 
Rav Dov Lerea 
"Hilkhot Thanks Giving" 
followed by a special kiddush.

Shabbat shel Shalom!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Barukh Dayan HaEmet

It is with broken hearts that we share with you the very sad news that Ezra Schwartz z"l was murdered in a terrorist attack in Israel earlier today. 

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Ezra z"l was a recent graduate of the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA, and a counselor at Camp Yavneh. Ezra was spending his gap year in Israel, reportedly studying at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh.

We offer our deepest condolences to Ezra's family, classmates, and friends. May the Schwartz family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

This Shabbat @ Beth Aharon - Shiur on "Hilkhot ThanksGiving"

Join Beth Aharon for Tefilot Shabbat Vayetse

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After Shahrit - 11:15am - Shiur by 
Rav Dov Lerea 
"Hilkhot Thanks Giving" 
followed by Kiddush.

After Minha - Mila baParasha:
"Lavan" - what's the meaning of his name and was he really white? 

Join Chai Lifeline Chanukah Toy Drive: Bring a Toy & Get a Smile :)

Help Our Community Kids!
Chai Lifeline Chanukah Toy Drive 
Monday, November 16 - Wednesday, December 16!
Bring a smile to a child's face and brighten up their Chanukah! 
Drop-off brand new unwrapped toys in the Bayit coat room. 
Gifts for children ages 13+ are especially appreciated These toys will be given to children who are undergoing medical procedures and whose immune systems are compromised. 
Used/unsealed toys will not be accepted. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

HIR led Vigil for Paris Victims

Reported in the Riverdale Press:
Locals hold vigil for Paris after attacks
Religious leaders and local elected officials led about 150 residents in a vigil at the Riverdale Monument this morning to show solidarity with Paris after terrorists there killed at least 129 people and wounded many others on Friday.
Rabbis from the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), which organized the event, gave speeches and led sign-carrying attendees in singing the U.S., French and Israeli national anthems while cars circled the monument, some of them honking in support.
Several Riverdale residents originally from France sing the French national anthem, 'La Marseillaise,'  at the rally.
“We are here because if there is one human being in the world who was injured, who was wounded, who was murdered, because of who he or she is and nothing more, then we have all been wounded. We have all been injured. We have all been murdered,” said Rabbi Avi Weiss, the longtime leader of HIR. “We stand with Paris.”
Riverdale residents originally from France also addressed the group standing beneath the tall monument, located at the intersection of Riverdale Avenue and West 239th Street.
“This disaster which occurred in my country is a mini 9/11,” said Stephanie Zvi, who comes from Lyon.
Our friend Dan Sebbah, a member of  Congregation Beth Aharonsaid a friend of his nephew’s was killed in a restaurant during Friday’s attacks, in which assailants targeted a soccer stadium, restaurants and a concert hall.
“It’s very sad. I’m scared — it’s kind of history coming back,” said our friend Cyril Benichou, also member of Congregation Beth Aharon, “Maybe right-wing groups and political parties will take advantage of this situation and we may have a new Hitler coming in Europe.”
“We are all with you here in New York,” he went on to say in French, addressing people in Paris. “We support your efforts and we are wholeheartedly with you.”

Condolences to the people of France

Our condolences to the people of France on the murder of 129 innocent lives.
We pray for refuaa shelema to the injured.

Please let us know if you are aware of members of our community who were personally affected by this Horrific terror attack.


Solidarity Gathering @ the Monument - Today @ 11am

Riverdale Community Memorial & Solidarity Gathering
for the victims of terror in France, in Israel, and around the world
Today, Sunday, November 15, at 11:00 AM 
the Riverdale Monument on 239th St  

Friday, November 13, 2015

ShabBAN Todlot haShalom is Attached. Shabbat shel Shalom!

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Shabbat shel Shalom!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

V'samahta B'kislevekha - Hodesh Kislev Tov!

Kislev Starts tonight - Wednesday!
Kislev is an autumn month which occurs in November–December on the Gregorian calendar and is sometimes known as the month of dreams. 
The name of the month may be taken from Akkadian kislimu, which means "inspissated, thickened" due to plentiful rains. (wiki)

Can you find the squirrel?

Trying to help a family in need with clothing

Trying to help a family in need with clothing

Women size 0
Boy 18 months
Girl size 7

Contact Rav Ari: 


This Sat. Night @ 7:30pm - Rav Steven's Installation Celebration

The celebration of Rav Steven's installation is just 3 days away - 
Saturday night, Nov. 14 @ 7:30pm.
More than 550 people who have already registered to attend and over 250 people are sponsoring this event.  
We hope the entire Bayit community will join us to celebrate this wonderful occasion.  
If you have not yet registered and/or would like sponsor this event at any level, please register today.
Registration is here: website at 
Pledges and gifts are highly appreciated!
All are invited!
Thank you for your support!

Honorable Veterans Day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This Motsash! Celebrating Rav Steven's Installation as the Bayit's Senior Rabbi

The Riverdale Bayit, 

The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 

joyously invite you to join in celebrating the installation 


Rabbi Steven Exler as the Bayit's Senior Rabbi


Motza'ei Shabbat Kodesh, 3 Kislev 5776, Saturday Night, November 14, 2015,
 Program to begin promptly at 7:30pm

Dessert Reception to follow.

Monday, November 9, 2015

חג סיגד שמח לאחינו האתיופים. Happy Sigd to all Ethiopian Jews

Sigd is an Amharic word meaning "prostration" or "worship" and is the commonly used name for a holiday celebrated by the Ethiopian Jewish community on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. 
This date is exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur, usually falling out in late October or November, and according to Ethiopian Jewish tradition is also the date that G-d first revealed himself to Moses.
In 2008 Sigd became a national holiday in Israel.
This year Sigd begins at sundown tomorrow, Tuesday; 29 Heshvan - 10 November

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Shavua Fine!

Tonight, Sunday @ 7:00PM - Kristallnacht Commemoration @ the Bayit

November - Supporting the Roth Family in Israel

November fundraising: $300 needed to cover education costs.

The Beth Aharon and the Riverdale Community raising funds for the Ruth Family
The 5 Roth children are raised by a single mother and live in Jerusalem.
Our goal for this coming November is to assist them with Dental care expanses.
Please contact Sandra @ 917-885-4714 or email us @
Please mark Donation: The Roth Fund
Checks: Congregation Beth Aharon, 3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy #102,  Bronx, NY 10463
Online: Donate OnLine

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Shavua tov - Thanks - Refuaa Shelema

Shavua tov!

Many thanks for Inbal, Sarah, and Rahel for organizing a wonderful lunchidush this shabbat and for enabling Beth Aharon to have a great community time.

Please pray for refuaa shelema to Yegel ben Hofit who was critically injured in Hevron on Friday

Friday, November 6, 2015

ShabBAN Haye Sarah v'Shalom from Beth Aharon @ the Bayit

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*** Join Beth Aharon for Tefilot Shabbat & Lunchidush as we celebrate the birthdays of 
Gil Ohana, Michael Wachsman, and David Haimovich. ***

Shabbat shel Shalom!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This Shabbat Haye-Sarah & Beth Aharon (Nov. 7)

*** Join Beth Aharon for Tefilot Shabbat ***
Please join us in a kiddush buffet
celebrate the birthdays
Michael Wachsman, Gil Ohana and Dudu Haimovich
sponsored by
their loving wives and kids.
Wishing our men a very happy, healthy and successful year ahead.
After Minha: Mila baParasha - "Yishma'el" - the meaning of the name; was he wild; and will there ever be peace?