Parshas Shemos – December 24 – 25, 2021

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Young Israel Shomrai Emunah – Shabbos Shorts

December 24 – 25, 2021 – 21 Teves 5782 – Shemos

Light Candles by 4:32 – Havdalah 5:36

The Shabbos Shorts is sponsored this week by the Edeson & Stern Families on the Yahrzeit of Jacob S. Edeson, Yaakov Shlomo Ben Yosef Nosson, Z"L, beloved husband, father, grandfather & brother, on the 19th of Teves, and on the Yahrzeit of Elliott Salsbury, Eliyahu Ben Nachum, Z"L, brother of Esther Edeson, on the 27th of Teves,
and anonymously in honor of Rabbi Dovid Rosenbaum, Sharon Freundel, Lianne Heller, Rabbi Ari Koretzky and Rabbi Dr. Ivan Lerner for the beautiful and insightful program that they presented. If you did not have the opportunity to hear it, please go to YISE's website, It may make you aware of important things in our lives and might even change the way you live your life.

Mazal Tov
* Sheila Gaisin on the recent birth of a great-grandson, Aharon, born to Shalva & Netanel Twersky. Mazal Tov to big brother Moshe and to the grandparents, Dr. Miriam & Rabbi Elchanan Adler. Mazal Tov to Uncle Jeremy, Uncle Reuven & Aunt Shera and the extended Gaisin family.

* Sheila Gaisin on the Bat Mitzvah of her granddaughter, Chanala Benschar, daughter of Meredith & Rabbi Tal Benschar. Mazal Tov to Uncle Jeremy, Uncle Reuven & Aunt Shera and the extended Gaisin family.

* Arona & Rabbi Amram Hes on the engagement of their son Chaim to Sora Bess, daughter of Reva & Rabbi Meir Shlomo Bess of Lakewood, New Jersey. Mazal Tov also to grandparents Sara & Rabbi David Hyatt and Debbie & Rabbi Ezra Hes.


* Mark Livingston on the passing of his mother, Bette Livingston. Shiva is being observed through Monday morning at 714 South Belgrade Road. Shacharis Sunday: 8:00 AM, Monday: 6:45 AM. Mincha/Maariv Sunday: 4:35 PM. The family requests vaccinated visitors only and masks required.

Shabbos Schedule

Minyan locations are listed as B = Belonofsky Sanctuary, S = Social Hall. LBM = Large Beis Medrash, SBM = Small Beis Medrash.

Friday Night:

* Light Candles by 4:32

* Mincha: 4:35 (B), 4:25 (Sephardi, LBM)

Shabbos Day:

* Shacharis: 7:00 (B), 8:45 (B), 9:15 (S), 8:00 (Sephardi, LBM), 9:15 (Teen Minyan, SBM)

* Mincha: 2:30 (B), 4:30 (B), 4:25 (Sephardi, LBM)

* Shabbos ends/Maariv: 5:36

Divrei Torah:

* 8:45 Main Minyan Rabbi Menachem Winter

* 9:15 Rabbi Hillel Shaps

* Sephardi Rabbi Rosenbaum

* Shiur after Mincha Rabbi Rosenbaum

Kiddush Sponsors:

* 8:45 Minyan Kiddush in a Bag is sponsored by the Edeson & Stern Families on the 3rd Yahrzeit of Jacob S. Edeson, Yaakov Shlomo Ben Yosef Nosson, Z"L, beloved husband, father, grandfather & brother, on the 19th of Teves, and on the Yahrzeit of Elliott Salsbury, Eliyahu Ben Nachum, Z"L, brother of Esther Edeson, on the 27th of Teves.

COVID-19 Updates

* The YISE Board has mandated that everyone 16 and older who is medically eligible for an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to enter the Shul building.

* Masks are required for ALL people in the YISE Arcola building, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, except for children under the age of 2.

* There are no social distancing requirements in the YISE building. There are no in-person Kiddushes at this time.

* The Shul office is still open, but hours may vary.

Let us Daven to Hashem to keep all of us in good health and to return our lives to normal as soon as possible. In protecting each other as we navigate this unfolding situation, may we grow stronger as individuals and as a community.

Weekday Shiurim

Options for remote learning are listed below. For the latest list and times, go to:

* Rabbi Rosenbaum – Daily – one chapter of Tehillim followed by a 15-minute Shiur on the Parsha. Monday through Friday 9:30 AM, Zoom A.

* Rabbi Rosenbaum – Daily – one chapter of Tehillim, followed by a 15-minute Halacha Shiur. Sunday through Thursday 7:30 PM, Zoom A.

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

* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Gemara Shiur for Men, Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 AM, Zoom A.

* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Nach Shiur, Wednesdays at 11:00 AM, now learning Mishlei, Zoom A.

* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Women's Navi Shiur, now learning Sefer Shmuel, Wednesdays at 8:00 PM, Zoom A.

* GWCK Sunday Kollel Brunch and Learn for Men – Sunday mornings, 9:30 AM, Zoom F.

* Rabbi Hillel Shaps – Unraveling the Navi: Melachim Aleph

* Rabbi Tuvia Grauman – Rabbi Hyatt's Gemara Shiur, Sundays at 10:00 AM, Zoom C.

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

* For Men:

* Mondays: Rabbi Hillel Shaps – On the Same Page Gemara – in person (Social Hall) and on Zoom F.

* Wednesdays: Rabbi Yitzhak Grossman – Reading Responsa – Zoom D.

* Thursdays: Rabbi Avraham Sussman – Yesodei Hatorah Gemara Skills Building – Zoom H.

* For Women – Zoom I

* Mondays: Mrs. Sara Malka Winter – Parsha Journeys

* Tuesdays: Mrs. Sara Malka Winter – Sefer Bereishis

* SCP (Semichat Chaver Program) – Tuesdays at 8:45 PM. A new semester began on October 19. Join the fastest growing Halacha learning program in the world! Now back in person at YISE. Register at

* Rabbi Yehoshua Levy's Gemara Shiur, Masechet Chulin, Sunday through Friday, 6:35 AM – 7:20 AM, in the Franco Beit Midrash.

* The Golden Network Presents: Rabbi Barry Greengart's Shiurim for men & women, Monday – Parasha, Tuesday – Halachos, 8:45 AM, Zoom B.

* Rabbi Yitzchak Scher's Shiur for Men and Women, Tuesdays, 1:30 PM, "A Second Look – Stories in the Torah from a Deeper Perspective", Zoom E.

* Rabbi Moshe Arzouan's Advanced Gemara Shiur for Men, learning Maseches Bava Kama 7th Perek Merubah. Wednesday evenings, 8:00 PM, Zoom G.

Connection Details: Go to and enter the meeting ID, or call 301-715-8592 and enter the meeting ID & password:

Zoom A: ID: 416 963 9000, password 492019
Zoom B: ID: 970 1398 4837, password 613
Zoom C: ID: 978 8156 7874, password RabbiHyatt
Zoom D: ID: 746 455 2195, password Learn
Zoom E: ID: 713 7408 5130, password 045079
Zoom F: ID: 349 754 2180, password Learn
Zoom G: ID: 539 496 3506, password ygwarz
Zoom H: ID: 803 356 4156, password Learn
Zoom I: ID: 601 853 4021, password Winter

YISE Youth Announcements

YISE Youth wants to express our deep gratitude to Mrs. Michal Merkin for her service to our Shul as Shabbos Groups Coordinator during a particularly critical time for our Shul: before and during Covid. Thank you so much, Michal. As Michal has recently chosen to retire, we would like to introduce Ms. Talya Miller as our new Shabbos Groups Coordinator. Talya is an experienced educator who works for Sulam. Talya grew up in our Shul and has worked extensively with our Shabbos Groups over many years. Welcome, Talya!

Shabbos Groups this Shabbos, December 25, from 10:00 AM until Shul ends. Masks required indoors for age 2+. Age 18-36 months (Mommy & me) in the toddler room off the Lower Lobby. Ages 2-5 years (drop off) in the room behind the balcony. Ages 6-9 years will meet at Shomrai and walk over to the Yeshiva. For more info., contact Talya Miller, YISE Youth groups coordinator, at

Dor L'Dor – The Family Chevrusah-style Learning in a fun environment! Next session will take place Motzei Shabbos, January 8, 7:00 PM in the Social Hall. Please email if you would like to sponsor. See flyer for details.

Bat Mitzvah Program for 6th Grade Girls – First event: Paint your own candlesticks. Motzei Shabbos, December 25, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Social Hall. See flyer for details.

YISE Programs and Listings

Pre-9:15 Minyan Chabura – A weekly Chabura in the Nesivos Shalom on the Parsha. Delve into the deeper dimensions of the Parsha and Holidays by learning the Nesivos Shalom's weekly insights. Begins at 8:55 AM Shabbos mornings in the Social Hall. This Shabbos, December 25, the Shiur will be given by Rabbi Moshe Holzer. See flyer for details.

Ask the Rabbi: Lashon Hara – NEW DATE – Tuesday, December 28, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Zoom A. Send in your questions about Lashon Hara to by Sunday, December 26. For more information and to submit questions by phone or anonymously, contact Miriam Friedman at 301-754-1517 or See flyer for details.

Kashrus in the Kitchen – Learn the background and practical laws of Kashrus. Tuesdays, 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM, at the home of David & Tamara Goodman: 11611 Kemp Mill Road. Masks optional. Given by Rabbi Postelnek. For questions or to join the WhatsApp group, contact Rabbi Postelnek at 571-340-0227 or Recordings available at

Come Join Rabbi Koss's Monthly Jewish History class on Zoom! Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington and the YISE Chesed Committee: Rabbi Koss will be speaking on a topic in Jewish history, Monday, January 3, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Zoom A. For more information, contact Miriam Friedman at

Book Repair 101 with Roberta Redfern – Repair your Sefarim and other treasured books. Presented by YISE Youth for teens and adults. Sunday, January 9, 2:00 PM in the Social Hall. $10 per person. RSVP to by January 4. See flyer for details.

Kiddush in a Bag! While we are not yet back to regular in-Shul Kiddushes, we are happy to now offer Kiddush in a Bag for the 8:45 Minyan. To sponsor the Kiddush in a Bag, contact Simi Franco at

Volunteers Are Needed Weekly to help assemble Kiddush in a Bag. If you can help please contact Simi Franco at or 301-593- 4465 x403.

Helping Hands Across Kemp Mill is a part of YISE's Chesed Committee. The program helps members undergoing serious medical crises. We are always looking for volunteers to help. To 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. In order to continue this muchneeded 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 info: Norma Burdett, 301-593-5964 or Pearl Bassan, 301-649-3137.

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

Dvar Torah Dedications/Sponsor a Shiur

During this difficult time, we pray to Hashem that the day that we can all come together again in Tefillah and Torah study in good health arrives speedily. Until that point, YISE continues to offer a number of different remote learning options. These options are now available for sponsorship on an individual Shiur or a daily basis.

Sponsoring a Shiur or other Torah learning is a meaningful way to commemorate a Yahrzeit or honor a loved one. Sponsorships are also a great way to celebrate a Simcha or any other milestone, while helping YISE at a time when many of the Shul's other sources of revenue are not available.

1. The following individual Shiurim are available for sponsorship at $18 (per day):
* Daily Morning (Monday through Friday) Tehillim and Parsha Shiur
* Daily Evening (Sunday through Thursday) Tehillim and Halacha Shiur
* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Sunday Morning Mussar Study Group for Women
* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Tuesday or Friday Morning Gemara Shiur for Men
* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Wednesday Morning Nach Shiur
* Rabbi Rosenbaum's Wednesday Night Navi Shiur for Women
* Rabbi Grauman – Rabbi Hyatt's Gemara Shiur, Sunday Morning

2. Sponsorship of the Morning and Evening Tehillim and Parsha/Halacha Shiurim together is available for $25.

3. The 8:45 and 9:15 Shabbos Drashas are both available for sponsorship at $54 each.

Please email to sponsor. Thank you for your support.

Thank you to the Shiurim sponsors for this Past Week: Rabbi Hyatt's Gemara Shiur

* David Jaray in honor of a Refuah Sheleimah to Rabbi Hyatt and in honor of Rabbi Grauman and all those who attend his Shiur. Rabbi Rosenbaum's Tehillim/Parsha/Halacha Shiur

* The Edeson & Stern Families on the 3rd Yahrzeit of Jacob S. Edeson, Yaakov Shlomo Ben Yosef Nosson, Z"L, beloved husband, father, grandfather & brother, on the 19th of Teves, and on the Yahrzeit of Elliott Salsbury, Eliyahu Ben Nachum, Z"L, brother of Esther Edeson, on the 27th of Teves.

8:45 Minyan Drasha

* Simi & Sammy Franco to commemorate the Yahrzeit of Jacob S. Edeson, Yaakov Shlomo Ben Yosef Nosson, Z"L.

Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary!

Looking for a way to celebrate someone's upcoming birthday or anniversary? For an $18 donation, you can include the name (birthday) or names (anniversary) in this section of the Shabbos Shorts. Please send the following information to Sponsor name, birthday or anniversarydate, name (birthday) or names (anniversary). The birthday or anniversary will be listed in the Shabbos Shorts based on the date of the event.

Community Programs & Listings

Throwing the Dice – Is one allowed to play games of chance? Fantasy football, March madness, lottery tickets, charity auctions, bingo, casino games… Federal Holiday Learning Program with Kollel Zichron Amram. Sunday, December 26 at YGW Boys Campus and on Zoom: Meeting ID: 892 627 5592, passcode 1216613. Davening 8:00 AM, breakfast 9:00 AM, Chevrusa learning 9:30 AM, Shiur with Rabbi Moshe Walter, 10:40 AM – 11:20 AM. For questions, contact Rabbi Moshe Chaim Blate at or 240-858-2041.

The Creation Code – How the Holy Hebrew Language, Lashon Hakodesh, contains secrets that define reality itself. Wednesday, December 29 and Wednesday, January 5, 8:00 PM on Zoom F. Presented by Rabbi Hillel Shaps. More info. and registration at

The Capital Closet of Yad Yehuda (formerly the Clothing Exchange) will be open to the community this Sunday, December 26, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, at 1910 University Blvd. West. Come peruse our beautiful, curated selection of winter clothing for men, women and children. Masks are required in the Capital Closet. If you prefer to schedule a private shopping appointment, please email Naomi Carmel at There is no charge for items in The Capital Closet, but donations to Yad Yehuda are always appreciated.

Women's Online Shiur with Rabbi Yehoshua Levy- Free 1-hour shiur on Zoom on the first and third Sundays of each month at 7:15 PM. Topic: Eishet Hayil, with principles from Mesilat Yesharim and weekly Sidra. In English. All levels of ability are welcome. You needn't attend every Shiur, but RSVPs are requested. Contact Shiur Coordinator at for details.

YGW Kollel Zichron Amram Machshava – Probing Jewish Thought Through the Works of Rav Yitzchak Hutner, ZT"L, with Rabbi Eliyahu Reingold, Rosh Kollel, Sundays at 8:00 PM on Zoom, Meeting ID: 825 0731 6850, Passcode: 1216613. For more information, contact Rabbi Moshe Chaim Blate at 404-273-3392.

Dirshu- Please join Dirshu as it began Bava Metzia on December 20. Shiur options at YGW: Monday – Friday, 5:45 AM (R. Reingold) or Monday – Thursday, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (R. Cortell/R. Werner). About 2.5 Daf covered each week.

Join the Mikvah Emunah Society – MES asks for assistance twice a year – once through an event, and then through membership fees. Membership, only $30 per month, includes user fees and provides educational opportunities, but most importantly keeps our community strong and thriving. The MES urges all who live in our community to join by becoming a member. Visit to show your support.

Kemp Mill Toastmasters – Wednesday, January 5, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM. See what Toastmasters is all about and find out how you can become a more confident communicator. Contact Manasseh Katz at for more info. Zoom meeting ID: 986 546 841, password: 3671

Learning Tanach in Memory of Avi West, Z"L – Please join a Siyum Tanach for our friend and mentor, to be completed by his Yahrzeit, August 22, 2022, 25 Av, 5782. Learning from Chumash has been subscribed. There are a number of sections remaining in Neviim and Kesuvim. Sign up for as many as you wish and please share this info. with others who may be interested in joining this learning. Sign up at

Save the Date! Nach Yomi Siyum – Sunday, January 16, hosted by SEHC and WSAT. Many women in the local area are poised to complete the OU Women's Initiative Torat Imecha Nach Yomi cycle. This first-time event is a culmination of an intensive two-year, daily, chapter-by-chapter, learning program of all Nevi'im and Ketuvim. The OU Women's Initiative will be celebrating a Siyum in New York. We are excited to be hosting a local Siyum at SEHC, in White Oak, starting at 11:30 AM, with a Zoom option. The celebration will continue with a livestream of the New York event at 1:00 PM. This event is open to all women and girls of the Greater Washington & Silver Spring communities. Light lunch provided.

Parsha Explorations with Rabbi Yitzhak Grossman – Presented by the Greater Washington Community Kollel and Kemp Mill Synagogue, Sunday evenings, 7:30 PM at KMS and on Zoom, Meeting ID: 655 813 1022, Passcode: 365636. For men and women.

TGN Program: Siddur Class – In-Depth Analysis of the Birkat Hamazon with Mrs. Esther Dziadek, Wednesday mornings, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, on Zoom B. For more information call 301-732-1773 or email

Navigating the Dating Experience – The Shidduch Spot of Greater Washington presents a series of talks to enhance the dating journey, featuring Rachel Burnham, Shidduch Dating Coach for Marriage-Minded Singles. Wednesday, January 5, 8:30 PM on Zoom, Meeting ID: 776 143 4208, password 613613.

Help our Senior Neighbors – What if you had to give up your car keys and depend on someone else to get you where you needed to go? This is happening to more and more of our senior neighbors. Consider volunteering with the Senior Connection to drive seniors to medical appointments, shopping, etc. Training and liability coverage are provided, and you can set your own volunteering schedule. COVID-19 precautions are followed for the health of drivers and riders. Contact, call 301-962-0820 or visit for more info.

Newly married? Growing family? Just need a budget check-up? IZUN is a community resource that provides free and confidential coaching to help you examine your budget and achieve financial stability. Go to or email us at

Daf Yomi Shiur currently meets online weekdays via a WebEx video conference. There is still room for a few more participants. Anyone interested may email Judd Lifschitz at to be added to the invite list. Sunday 8:30 AM, Monday – Thursday 9:00 PM. Shabbos in-person at 7:30 AM in the YISE Social Hall.

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

Silver Spring Gemachim – For a complete list:

The Week Ahead

Friday, December 31 – New Year's Day Observed

Halachic Times: Latest Alos Hashachar 6:01 AM, Earliest Talis and Tefilin: 6:30 AM, Latest Netz: 7:28 AM, Latest Krias Shema: 9:47 AM, Earliest Mincha: 12:42 PM, Earliest Shkia: 4:52 PM, Latest Tzeis Hacochavim: 5:41 PM

Next Shabbos

December 31, 2021 – January 1, 2022 – 28 Teves 5782

Parshas Vaera

Friday Night:

* Light Candles by 4:37

* Mincha: 4:40 (B), 4:30 (Sephardi, LBM)

Shabbos Day:

* Shacharis: 7:00 (B), 8:45 (B), 9:15 (S), 8:00 (Sephardi, LBM)

* Mincha: 2:30 (B), 4:35 (B), 4:30 (Sephardi, LBM)

* Shabbos ends/Maariv: 5:41

Next Shabbos Shorts Deadline: Wednesday, December 29 at 12 Noon

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