December 1, 2017 / 14 Kislev 5778


Shabbat Bulletin
Available at approximatley Noon on Friday.
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Friday, December 1
4:10 PM Candlelighting

5:45 PM Lechu Neranena Service and Dinner
~ Library-Upstairs (Registration closed)

Saturday, December 2
9:00 AM Shaharit

Morning service / Bar Mitzvah of Ben Soffer
~ Sanctuary Upstairs

9:00 AM Minyan Kivinu ~ Library-Upstairs


Tot Tefilah/Ages 0-4 and parents
~ Taub Room-Downstairs
Tefilat Yeladim/Ages 5-7 (parents welcome)
~ Board Room-Downstairs
Pickup Davvening/Ages 8-11 (parents welcome) ~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs
Teen Kollel
~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

12:30 PM Hazzan's Tisch ~ Library-Upstairs

4:10 PM Minha/Maariv
Afternoon service.
~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

5:10 PM Shabbat Ends


Friday, December 8
4:09 PM Candlelighting

6:00 PM Ruach Shabbat Service and Dinner
~ Taub Room-Downstairs
Register Here

Saturday, December 9
9:00 AM Shaharit

Morning service ~ Sanctuary Upstairs


11:00 AM Text Wrestlers

12:30 PM Hug Ivri

4:09 PM Minha/Maariv
Afternoon service.
~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

5:09 PM Shabbat Ends


Sisterhood Bazzar

Sisterhood Bazaar
Sunday, December, 3, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Great opportunity for holiday shopping at this weekend's Sisterhood Bazaar as Hanukkah begins on December 12th!

Volunteers Needed for Setup:
Saturday, December 2, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, December 3, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Visit Sisterhood for complete details


CSSJoin the CSAIR CSS Team!

CSS Level 1 training will be offered on Sunday mornings, December 3rd and 10th, from 9:30- Noon at CSAIR. Babysitting will be provided. Training is open to all adults over 18, who can volunteer for approximately 2.5 hours every 4-6 weeks on Shabbat mornings. There are no major physical requirements. Join us to help keep CSAIR safe!

To apply: visit Contact for more information.

Hesed InitiativeEgg Salad

Over the past year, the CSAIR membership has successfully expanded the wonderful practice started by the Havurah of providing meals to people in need, whether because of new babies, mourning, illness, or other life cycle events. The recipients of these meals have been deeply appreciative.

Being part of this initiative is a great way to get involved in the community and to lend a helping hand when one is needed. We are once again reaching out to the community to expand the pool of volunteers. If you would like to help to provide meals - either by cooking them in a kosher kitchen or ordering them from a kosher establishment - please send an email to with your name and phone number or click here so that we can add you to the list.

CSAIR ISRAEL TRIPTrip to Israel 2018
July 2 - 12, 2018
Led by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz & Shoshi Talesnick

From $3,199 land only


  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator (walking tour on Shabbat)
  • One group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, one lunch and five dinners
  • Youth counselor for one day in Jerusalem
  • See classic Israel sites through the lens of personal stories
  • Leave the beaten track for unique experiences
  • Optional Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

CSAIR Participating in Food Drive
Monday, November 27 - Wednesday, December 20

Grocery DonationsCSAIR will participate in the Kingsbride-Riverdale-Marble Hill Food & Hunger Project, Inc. This is an interfaith, cooperative non-profit organization sponsored by participating religious and community institutions. They are staffed entirely by volunteers and rely on food and cash contributions. They provide:

  • Supplementary, kosher grocery packages for the most home bound elderly through the YM/YWHA of Riverdale's Friday hot meal program.
  • Distribute food supplies to individuals and community agencies via the Church of the Mediator, which houses the pantry.
  • Give holiday gift packages to children, needy families, recent immigrants, the homeless and bring special cheer to home bound seniors, as well as, women, men and children in shelters.

Please CLICK HERE for a list of suggested grocery donations. If you prefer to make a financial contribution, please make checks payable to KRMH Food & Hunger Project, Inc. and drop off at CSAIR office. Cans/boxes of recommended food can be brought to the CSAIR lower lobby beginning Monday, November 27.

Your contribution is tax deductible. KRMH is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Contact Graciela Berger Wegsman or 718-877-2787 for further information regarding the Hunger Project, volunteering, and organizing further support in your schools and businesses.

Safeguarding Our Children

Please join us on Shabbat December 9th at 12.30 PM immediately following Kiddush, for an open forum conversation with members of the Child Protection Committee.

The CSAIR Child Protection Policy will be discussed. Come hear how you can participate in our efforts to create a community that is safe for all of our children.

Information about our child protection efforts can be found here, or by contacting the Child Protection Committee at

Riverdale Jewish Project

Riverdale Jewish Project Game Night
Join us on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00 PM

Bring your friends to close out Shabbat with some of your favorite board games! Meet other Young Professionals / 20s & 30s living in the community and hang out with Jessica Fisher! This event will celebrate all things board games and community! $15.00. There will be food, board games, wine and beer. Please feel free to bring your own board game!

Click here to RSVP!

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, December 5.

If you have questions please email

Menorah Lighting - 5th NightCSAIR Baby Boomers & Friends Hanukkah Party
Saturday, December 16, 2017
8:00 to 11:00 PM - (5th night of Hanukkah)

Join us for an unscripted, casual evening of music, appetizers, wine, beer conversation and friends. This evening is underwritten by a wonderful long-time CSAIR member. The event is free, however donations to the CSAIR Baby Boomers' nest egg is greatly appreciated.

Bring your Menorah and 6 candles. We'll light them together.

Registration closes Monday, December 4, 2017. Click here to register!
For information contact Irene Smookler.


King DavidKing David: It's Complicated

Taught by CSAIR Rabbi Barry Dov Katz
Palace intrigue combines with personal drama to make the end of King David's reign a study in complexity. After his death,Solomon assumes the throne and is known for his wisdom, building, and political prowess. Come share in our discussions about David's last days then study the very different story of King Solomon's successes (and excesses) as king. No background necessary. All texts provided in English along with the Hebrew.

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - Noon | Next Class December 5

Free to CSAIR Sisterhood members and members of CSAIR affiliates. Nominal fee for others. Sponsored by Sisterhood.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah ClassAdult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class

Perhaps you never had the chance to ascend the bimah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Maybe you did, but want to do it again at a time in your life when you will appreciate your connection to Judaism in a different way. This course is designed for adult learners of any age who are members of CSAIR. It will provide an in-depth study of the Jewish lifecycle, holidays, history, and core Jewish concepts. You will learn to chant from the Torah and participate in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Spring 2019. No prior experience is necessary. If you need to learn/improve your Hebrew reading, we will work together to find a tutor/class who can help you.

Taught by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Rory Katz (Rabbinic Intern), Cantor Elizabeth Stevens

Wednesdays, 7:45 PM-9:00 PM | Next Class December 6


Amichai ReadingsHebrew Book Club:
Reading Yehuda Amichai

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Coordinated and Facilitated by Barbara Mann

Join us as we read the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, one of the 20th century's major poets. We will focus on poems from Amichai's final volume, Patuach sagur patuach (Open closed open)(1998). Participants should be able to read the Hebrew text with a bit of effort and a dictionary.

Do it with Kiddush at CSAIR!

Kiddush is a great way to celebrate special moments with family, friends & colleagues.
Co- sponsorships are available for Shabbatot & holidays.

For more information, contact Executive Director Jennifer Knobe or 718-543-8400.

More information is available here.


Friday, December 15
4:10 PM Candlelighting
4:10 PM Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv

Saturday, December16
9:00 AM Shaharit
4:10 PM Havurah Minha/Maariv
5:10 PM Shabbat Ends

Friday, December 22
4:13 PM Candlelighting
4:13 PM Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv

Saturday, December 23
9:00 AM Shaharit
4:13 PM Minha/Maariv
5:13 PM Shabbat Ends

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