Parashas Vayechi – December 21 – 22, 2018

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Young Israel Shomrai Emunah – Shabbos Shorts

December 21 – 22, 2018 – 14 Teves 5779 – Parshas Vayechi

Light Candles by 4:31 – Havdalah 5:34

The Shabbos Shorts is sponsored this week in memory of Debby and Shaine's brother Judah, A"H, and in appreciation for all the community support we received, including donations, visits and meals, during the Shiva week.

Mazal Tov

* Florence Avigan on the engagement of her grandson, Itzick Barzel, to Bracha Hoffman. Mazal Tov also to great-aunt and uncle Karen & Howie Schulman and the whole family.

* Debby & Barry Greengart on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Chaim, son of Chavi & Benjy Markowitz of Baltimore.

* Vivian & Arnie Kirshenbaum on the engagement of their grandson, Akiva Garfinkel, to Isabella Yampol, son of Shoshana & William Bokor and Haskell Garfinkel.

* Ranee Lewison & Keyvan Ahdut on the birth of a granddaughter, Naomi, daughter of Rachel & Efrayim Ahdut in Manhattan. Mazal Tov to siblings Matthew Ahdut, Ariella Ahdut, and Jordan Kanegis. Mazal Tov to great-grandparents Mousa & Farogh Ahdut and the Ahdut family in New York. Mazal Tov to the Kanegis and Paltrow grandparents and great-grandparents of New York and Florida. Mazal Tov to Safta Raba Marcia Lewison of Jerusalem and great-aunt Monique and cousins in Israel.

* Nissy & Eva Moskowitz on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Ilan Moshe, son of Gabi & Aryeh Moskowitz of Teaneck, New Jersey.

* Charlotte Weill and the entire Weill Family on the engagement of her granddaughter, Shira Weill, daughter of Malky & Menachem Weill, to Mordechai Kohn, both from Baltimore.

Refuah Shleima

* Jacob Edeson is back in the Hebrew Home. Visitors are welcome.

Shabbos Schedule

Friday Night:

* Light Candles by 4:31

* Mincha:

Ashkenazi: 4:35 Sephardi: 4:30 Nusach Sefard: 4:35

Shabbos Day:

* Shacharis:

Ashkenazi: 7:00, 8:00, 8:45, 9:15 Youth: 9:15 Sephardi: 7:45 Nusach Sefard: 7:00

* Mincha:

Ashkenazi: 2:30, 4:30 Sephardi: 4:15 Nusach Sefard: 4:30

* Shabbos Ends: 5:34

Divrei Torah:

* 8:45 Main Minyan Rabbi Rosenbaum

* 8:00, 9:15 Rabbi Silver

Kiddush Sponsors:

* Hashkamah/Nusach Sefard – Jonathan Bresler, Larry Korb, Arnie Sherman, Dr. Marc Katz, Michael Hourwitz, Chaim Neustadter and Jack Rutner in memory of their parents: the 6th Yahrtzeit of Harvey Bresler, Chaim ben Yitzchak; the 7th Yahrtzeit of Minnie Korb, Minah Shifrah bas Yisrael; the 8th Yahrtzeit of Racie Sherman, Rivka bas Yosef Yona; Gerrie Katz,Chana Pesel bas Dovid; and Albert Hourwitz, Avraham Mordechai ben Yitzchak HaLevi; the 25th Yahrtzeit of Goldie Neustadter, Sara Golda bas Harav Chaim Eliezer Alter; the 30th Yahrtzeit of Celia Rutner, Rachel bas Yitzchak HaCohen; and Dr. Howie & Karen Schulman in memory of: the 35th Yahrtzeit of Howie's mother Florence Schulman, Faige bas Yeshaiyah Baer, the 17th Yahrtzeit of Sherrie Schulman, Sahra Leah bas Avraham Dov; and the 7th Yahrtzeit of Howie's mother-in-law, Irene Amernick (Sherrie's mom), Tzipora Chaya bas Zorach.

* Sephardi Minyan – Luna & Avi Perez

* 8:45 Main Minyan – Rebbetzin Atara and Rabbi Dovid Rosenbaum in gratitude to Hashem for the birth of their daughter Miriam.

* 9:15 Minyan – Sam and Elana Garfield and family in honor of Rabbi Silver, Hillel Goldschein and all the people who work to make the 9:15 minyan every week.

Shabbos Shiurim:

* Rabbi Tuvia Grauman – Rabbi Hyatt's Gemara Shiur, after Hashkamah Minyan, lower lobby

* Rabbi Moshe Arzouan – Shiur after Sephardi Shacharit.

* Mrs. Yocheved Arzouan – Shiur following the Rabbi's Drasha, approximately 10:45 AM, behind the balcony.

* Rabbi Levy – Shiur at 3:45 PM, Large Beis Medrash.

* Rabbi Rosenbaum – Shiur after Mincha

Weekday Shiurim

* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Mussar Study Group for Women (spiritual self- improvement), Sundays at 9:30 AM, will resume December 30.

* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Gemara Shiur for Men, Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 AM – 6:45 AM, in the room behind the Balcony.

* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Halacha Chabura for Men, Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM, in the Small Beis Medrash. For more details, please contact

* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Nach Shiur, Wednesdays at 11:00 AM, in the Small Beis Medrash.

* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Chumash Shiur for Women, Wednesdays at 8:00 PM, in the room behind the Balcony.

* Rabbi Silver's Parsha Shiur for men & women, a mix of Halacha and Aggada. Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. For more details, contact

* GWCK Sunday Kollel Brunch and Learn for Men – Sunday mornings. Bagel brunch at 9:30 AM followed by classes from 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, will not take place this week.

* Rabbi Yonatan Zakem's Shiur for men & women, Pearls of Prayer, exploring the depth and meaning of our daily prayers. Sundays at 8:00 PM in the Social Hall.

* GWCK presents CLAS (Community Learning at Shomrai) – 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM at YISE. For more information, please contact Rabbi Hillel Shaps,, 347-869-9361.

* For Men:

* Mondays: Rabbi Shaps – On The Same Page

* Tuesdays: Rabbi Winter – Torah Topics

* Wednesdays: Rabbi Grossman – Reading Responsa

* Thursdays: Rabbi Sussman – Yesodei Hatorah

* Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Shivti led by Rabbi Sussman. Rabbi Grossman will be presenting weekly lectures on the weekly topic.

* For Women:

* Mondays: Mrs. Sara Malka Winter – Tehillim: An in-depth analysis

* Rabbi Levy's Amud Yomi Shiur, Sunday 6:25 AM-7:25 AM & Monday through Friday 6:25 AM – 7:10 AM in the room behind the Balcony.

* The Golden Network Presents: Rabbi Barry Greengart's Shiur on Daily Halachos for men & women, Tuesdays 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM, will not take place this week.

* Rabbi Yitzchak Scher's Shiur for Men and Women: 613? Appreciating Every One of Them! Tuesdays, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM, in the Small Beis Medrash.

* Rabbi Moshe Arzouan's Advanced Gemara Shiur for Men, learning Maseches Kesubos, Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in the Social Hall.

YISE Programs and Listings

YISE is participating in TEAM Shabbos, the national initiative to discuss issues relating to end-of-life matters this Shabbos. Rabbi Rosenbaum will speak at the 8:45 minyan about Halachos and reflections on comforting mourners.

Ruach Minyan – This Shabbos, December 21, at 4:35 PM sharp. There will be a special children's story telling during part of the Davening. Take the kids and invite your friends to bring in Shabbos with us. It's going to be Gevaldic! For more info contact

We welcome new members who were voted in at the last Board meeting: Dr. Aimee & Moshe-Yosef Kopolow

Dor L'Dor – The next Dor L'dor will take place on Motzei Shabbos, December 29, at 6:45 PM in the YISE Social Hall! F For people who would like their child to participate in Dor L'Dor but are not available to learn with him / her, we will try to match your child with an available volunteer adult, upon advance request (usually by 10:00 AM on the preceding Friday). However, parents accepting this offer are responsible for getting their child to and from the program.or more info., please contact Michael Shimoff at

Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington and the YISE Chesed Committee – Rabbi Koss will be speaking on a topic in Jewish History on Monday, January 7, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM at 1111 University Blvd. W. in the Penthouse. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Miriam Friedman at 301-754-1517 or

Shomrai Preschool Presents: How Learning Happens: Why We Do What We Do. Save the Date! Sunday February 3rd 7:30 PM. An experiential, educational evening for parents, open to the entire community. For more information and to RSVP, please email Suri Kinzbrunner at

Helping Hands Across Kemp Mill is a part of YISE's Chesed Committee. The program is a service to help members undergoing serious medical crises. We are always looking for volunteers to help. By signing up, you are not committing to help with anything specific. Tox be a part of this program by helping with meals, visitation, shopping, childcare, etc., contact: Melanie Karlin, 301-681-4740, or Miriam Friedman, 301-754-1517,

The Rachel Bassan Horwitz Fund is used for medical needs in our area, elsewhere in the US, and in Israel. Thousands of dollars have been distributed to individuals requiring assistance. Our funds are depleting and in order to continue this much needed medical fund your financial help is needed! Tax deductible contributions may be made payable to: YISE Charity SPECIAL Fund, c/o Norma Burdett, 11720 Lovejoy St., Silver Spring, MD 20902. Earmark: Bassan Fund. For more information: Norma Burdett, 301-593-5964 or Pearl Bassan, 301-649-3137.

Shiurim from Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer, ZT"L, are available at

YISE Youth Announcements

The Youth Minyan will meet this Shabbos at 9:15 AM sharp in the Small Beis Medrash, followed by a Kiddush sponsored by the Youth Minyan.

Please join us this week for groups: 2-5 year-olds 9:30 AM – end of 8:45 minyan in the youth room behind the Balcony. 1st-4th grade 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM at the Yeshiva. Walking group leaves at 10:00 AM. Girls meet in the main lobby. Boys meet outside the Social Hall. Please pick up child(ren) promptly.

Job Opportunity – Shabbos Groups Coordinator – The YISE Youth Committee is seeking a Shabbos Groups Coordinator for our weekly Shabbos youth groups for preschool through elementary aged children. This is an excellent opportunity for professional growth. Strong communication, programmatic and interpersonal skills are needed. Experience working with children is a must. Compensation commensurate with experience. For more information or to apply, contact Debbie Katz at

Community Programs and Listings

Bnei Akiva Snif – This Shabbos, December 22, 3:15 PM – 4:25 PM. 2nd – 6th graders at KMS. 6th grade at the Parness Home, 11727 Stonington Place. Walking groups leave YISE at 2:55 PM and return at 4:55 PM.

Rabbi Marvin Goldman's Shiur at University Towers – Shabbos, December 22, at 1121 University Blvd. West, Apt. 906, at 3:00 PM

"Christianity, Islam, and Avodah Zarah" – The Federal Holiday Learning Program for Men on Tuesday, December 25, with Rabbi Eli Reingold, Rosh Kollel, Kollel Zichron Amram of YGW. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 AM. Chavrusa Learning 9:30 AM; Shiur at 10:40 AM. YGW Boys Campus, 1216 Arcola Avenue. Sponsored by the Ratner family. For more information please contact Rabbi Reingold at 301-996-5910.

Post High School Girls Shiur – Tuesday nights, 8:30 PM at the Pepper home, 1101 North Belgrade Rd. Tuesday, December 25, the Shiur will be given by Mrs. Zakem.

Kemp Mill Toastmasters – Wednesday, December 26, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM in the YISE Small Social Hall. See what Toastmasters is all about and find out how you can become a more confident communicator & leader. Contact Debbie Katz at for more info.

"Halachos of Hafrashas Challah" – with Rabbi Eli Reingold. The second shiur in a new series in Halacha for women. Wednesday, December 26, 8:30 PM at the YGW Boys Campus, 1216 Arcola Avenue. Sponsorship for this shiur is by the Reingold family Lilui Nishmas Uda Faiga bas Tzvi Aryeh. For more information contact Rabbi Reingold at 301-996-5910.

"Zmanim – Understanding the Halachic Times that Our Torah Runs On" – The Federal Holiday Learning Program for Men on Tuesday, January 1, with Rabbi Dovid Heber, Rav of Khal Ahavas Yisroel Tzemach Tzedek in Baltimore. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 AM. Chavrusa Learning 9:30 AM; Shiur at 10:40 AM. YGW Boys Campus, 1216 Arcola Avenue. For more information please contact Rabbi Reingold at 301-996-5910.

Kemp Mill Village Book Swap and Meet a Neighbor "Bingo" – Sunday, January 6, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Kemp Mill Elementary School. Save the date and tell your friends! To brighten these quieter days of the winter season and have some fun, join us at a get-together to build community connections. Door prizes, good conversation, and light refreshments. Books can be dropped off in advance at 604 Winona Court, 12 noon – 4:00 PM, January 1.

Music Class for Babies and Toddlers, Ages 0 – 4 – Sunday, January 13, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM at Berman Hebrew Academy. Coffee, bagels, and schmoozing for the grown-ups and snacks for the kiddos too. Have fun, stay warm, and get a little taste of the Berman Hebrew Academy Preschool. RSVP to Elana Stein at 301-962-9400 or

Yad Yehuda Breakfast Save the date! Sunday, February 3, at 9:30 AM at YISE; Second annual Yad Yehuda breakfast, honoring Mrs. Susan Koss. Learn more about Yad Yehuda's Capital Kosher Pantry. For more information, contact Debbie Katz at

Are you a member of the Mikvah Emunah Society? We know the mitzvah of Taharat Hamishpacha (family purity) is private, but community support of the Mikvah is not! Please support the MES by becoming a member for 2019. Membership donation of $360, or just $30 a month, allows women to use the Mikvah with no fee for 2019, allows for men's use without a fee for the Yomim Noraim, includes voting privileges at our annual meeting, creates educational programs, and is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please respond by sending a check to Mikvah Emunah Society of Greater Washington, P.O. Box 1714, Silver Spring, MD 20915, or you can pay the full amount online, or set up a $30 monthly subscription at

Newly Married? Growing Family? Just need a budget check-up? A new community resource, IZUN, provides financial education and decision-making support for young couples, growing families, and those facing changes in their financial status. IZUN provides tools and trained confidential counselors to help you examine your budget and review options to sustain financial stability. IZUN is a resource for families of all income levels that choose to take a forward look at their finances, and it has the enthusiastic support of community leaders and Rabbonim. Email us at, or call (240) 433-3944.

Boys Baseball & Basketball – Registration is now open! This spring, Ko-ach Sports is back for another great season of spring Baseball (1st – 5th grade). We are also excited to announce the launch of winter Basketball (2nd & 3rd grade) with head coach Adam Mervis! All sports play on Sundays. Go to for more information.

Camp Chaverim – Registration is now open summer 2019! Big Early Bird Discount available until December 31st. Camp Dates: June 26 – July 23. Camp Divisions: Camper Division, Senior Division, Masmidim Division. For more information and to see our new camp video, visit our website at or contact us at 410-925-2257 or

Kollel Dirshu Silver Spring is learning Maseches Nazir. Learn in the morning (5:45 AM – 6:30 AM) or in the evening (9:00 PM – 10:00 PM) at the Boys Yeshiva. For more info, please contact Rabbi Eli Reingold at 301-996-5910 or Ranon Cortell at 240-277-2730.

Daf Yomi meets in the Yeshiva Beis Medrash – Sunday at 6:30 AM, Monday through Thursday at 9:00 PM, and Shabbos at 10:30 AM.

Learn Mishnah Brurah Hilchos Shabbos in 18 Months – Shiur for men with Rabbi Eli Reingold. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 – 8:45 PM at the Boys Yeshiva. Questions? Rabbi Reingold at 301-996-5910.

Daily Halacha Program from Rabbi Eliyahu Reingold – Receive one every day in your inbox. Visit and click "Sign Up."

Shmiras Halashon – Rabbi Levy's Shiur for men in Shmiras Halashon, weekday afternoons, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, 609 Hyde Rd.

The Value of Modesty – Rabbi Levy's Shiur for women, based on text by Rav Shimshon Dovid Pincus ZT"L. Alternate Sundays, 7:00 PM, 609 Hyde Rd.

Silver Spring Gemachim – For a complete list:

The Week Ahead

Sunday December 23 Monday December 24 Tuesday December 25 Wednesday December 26 Thursday December 27 Friday December 28
Ashkenazi 6:30, 7:30, 8:45 6:15, 6:45, 7:35, 8:30 6:30, 6:55, 7:35, 8:30 6:30, 6:55, 7:35, 8:30 6:15, 6:45, 7:35, 8:30 6:30, 6:55, 7:35, 8:30
Sephardi 7:30 7:15 7:15 7:15 7:15 7:15

Ashkenazi 4:40 4:40 / 7:30 4:40 4:40 / 7:30 4:40 / 7:30 See Shabbos schedule
Sephardi 4:35 4:35 4:35 4:35 4:35

Halachic Times: Earliest Talis and Tefillin: 6:29 AM, Latest Krias Shma: 9:45 AM, Earliest Mincha: 12:41 PM

Next Shabbos

December 28 – 29, 2018 – 21 Teves 5779

Parshas Shemos

Light Candles by 4:35 – Havdalah 5:39

Friday Night:

* Light Candles by 4:35

* Mincha:

Ashkenazi: 4:35 Sephardi: 4:30 Nusach Sefard: 4:35

Shabbos Day:

* Shacharis:

Ashkenazi: 7:00, 8:00, 8:45, 9:15 Youth: 9:15 Sephardi: 7:45 Nusach Sefard: 7:00

* Mincha:

Ashkenazi: 2:30, 4:30 Sephardi: 4:15 Nusach Sefard: 4:30

* Maariv/Havdalah: 5:39

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 21 Ruach Minyan, 4:35 PM, Social Hall

Sunday, December 23 Kashrus Symposium, 9:30 AM, Social Hall

Motzei Shabbos, Dec. 29 Dor L'Dor, 6:45 PM, Social Hall

Motzei Shabbos, Jan. 5 Wine Glass Painting for Singles, 8:00 PM, Social Hall

Sunday, January 13 Clothing Drive, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, KMS

Next Shabbos Shorts Deadline: Wednesday, December 26 at 12:00 Noon

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