Parshas Vayechi – January 1 – 2, 2021

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Young Israel Shomrai Emunah – Shabbos Shorts

January 1 – 2, 2021 – 18 Teves 5781 – Parshas Vayechi

Light Candles by 4:38 – Havdalah 5:42

The Shabbos Shorts is sponsored this week by the Edeson and Stern families to commemorate the 2nd Yahrzeit of their beloved husband, father and grandfather, Jacob S. Edeson, Yaakov Shlomo ben Yosef Nosson, Z"L, and by the Gaisin family to commemorate the Yahrzeits of Manuil Gaisin (Menachem Mendel ben Eliyahu HaKohen, Z"L), Sophia Gaisin (Sara Gittel bas Avraham, Z"L), Leon Millman (Leib Eitan ben Avraham, Z"L), and Nora Millman (Necha Gittel bas Avraham Zalman, Z"L).

Mazal Tov

* Eva & Ben Bazian on the birth of a new British subject of the female persuasion to their children, Sara & Ben Baliti of London, UK. Mazal Tov to aunts, uncles and cousins: Shoshana & Doni Moskowitz, Zach, Rebecca and Maya; Jessica & Sam Bazian, Rafi and Rena; and Shira Bazian.


* Marcelle Chalom on the passing of her sister, Allegra Setton, The funeral took place in New York on Sunday.

* Eliezer Goldfeiz on the passing of his mother, Miriam Goldfeiz. The funeral took place in Israel. Eliezer is observing Shiva through Monday morning. He may be reached during Shiva at 240-472-6800.

Shabbos Schedule

Limited Minyanim are now taking place at YISE under Montgomery County's Phase 2 guidelines. All Minyanim require advance registration and confirmation. If you are interested in attending Minyanim and have not already registered, please go to If you are registered for a Minyan and are unable to attend at that time, please do not go to a different Minyan. If you have any questions, please contact

Friday Night:

* Light Candles by 4:38

* Mincha: 4:45, 4:40 (Sephardi)

If you Daven Kabbalos Shabbos prior to Shkia (4:56 PM), it is preferable to Daven Mincha prior to Plag (3:57 PM).

Shabbos Day:

* Shacharis: 7:20, 9:00, 9:30, 8:30 (Sephardi)

* Mincha: 2:30, 4:00, 4:00 (Sephardi)

* Shabbos ends/Maariv: 5:42

COVID-19 Updates

* Outdoor Minyan – If you are interested in a Shabbos morning outdoor Minyan without a tent, subject to weather conditions, please email Ari Elias-Bachrach at

* Advance registration for Minyanim is required and space is limited. Go to to register. If you have changes to your original registration form, please send an email to with details.

* 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 updated times, go to:

* Rabbi Rosenbaum – Daily – one chapter of Tehillim followed by a 15-minute Shiur on the Parsha. Sunday through Friday 8:30 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 selfimprovement), 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, Zoom A.

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

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

* Unraveling the Navi with Rabbi Hillel Shaps, Zoom B.

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

* Rabbi Yonatan Zakem's Shiur for men & women, Pearls of Prayer, exploring the depth and meaning of our daily prayers. Sunday evenings, Sundays at 7:30 PM, Zoom I.

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

* For Men & Women – Zoom C (except as noted):

* Mondays: (for men only) Rabbi H. Shaps, On the Same Page Gemara, Zoom B.

* Tuesdays: Rabbi Winter – Torah Topics

* Wednesdays: Rabbi Grossman – Reading Responsa

* Thursdays: Rabbi Grossman – Parshas Hashavua, 9:00 PM

* For Women – Zoom D:

* Mondays: Mrs. Sara Malka Winter – Parsha Journeys

* Tuesdays: Mrs. Sara Malka Winter – Bereishis in-Depth

* Semichat Chaver Program, Tuesdays at 9:00 PM with Rabbi Hillel Shaps. For more information, please contact Rabbi Hillel Shaps:

* The Golden Network Presents: Rabbi Barry Greengart's Shiur on Daily Halachos for men & women, Tuesdays 9:15 AM, Zoom E.

* 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 H.

* Rabbi Moshe Arzouan's Advanced Gemara Shiur for Men, learning Maseches Gittin on 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: 349 754 2180, password GWCK
Zoom C: ID: 746 455 2195, password GWCK
Zoom D: ID: 601 853 4021, password Winter
Zoom E: ID: 970 1398 4837, password 613
Zoom F: ID: 978 8156 7874, password RabbiHyatt
Zoom G: ID: 539 496 3506, password ygwarz
Zoom H: ID: 713 7408 5130, password 045079
Zoom I: ID: 269 840 3648, password online Pearls, phone 621690

YISE Programs and Listings

Grocery Drive for Holy Cross Hospital – YISE is happy to join with the other Shuls in the area in providing much-needed food for Holy Cross Hospital employees in need, and will be making its contributions in the month of January. See the attached flyer or go to for details on donating through PayPal, or directly with non-perishable items. It is important that we support those hospital employees in their time of need, when they are the ones who often provide for us in our times of need.

Ask The Rabbi! Come join our new virtual, interactive monthly program featuring different Halachos of Shabbos! This month's topic: Borer (selecting) on Shabbos and Yom Tov. How am I supposed to separate the food I want from other foods on Shabbos? Is it really true that borer applies to cleaning up a board game? Tuesday, January 26, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Zoom A. The first 45 minutes are for Shailos submitted in advance and the last 15 minutes are for Q & A. Send in your questions related to Borer to: by Sunday, January 24. For more information or to submit questions by phone, contact Miriam Friedman, 301-754-1517 or To sponsor the Shiur, contact

Come Join Rabbi Koss's Monthly Jewish History class – now 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 4, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Zoom A. For more information, contact Miriam Friedman at

Camp Shomrai is back for another fun-filled summer with programming for children in preschool through ninth grade! Camp runs from July 5th through August 13th. For more information or to register online, visit our website at

UPDATE: Learning to live with COVID-19 – Motzei Shabbos, January 23, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM on Zoom – Meeting ID: 878 2795 1873, password 699427. Organized by Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington and YISE. See flyer for details.

Go Social! Want to reconnect with Shul friends you lost touch with these past COVID-19 months? We're missing our Shul buddies as well! YISE's Social Committee wants your energy to help lead new (Zoom interactive, of course) programs. Sahra Ginsburg Sharon Shimoff and Max Rudmann are waiting to hear from you.

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.

Our current limited ability to Daven with a Minyan and to say Kaddish is difficult and a challenge. However, 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 (Sunday 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 Chumash 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 Pre-Shabbos Drasha video is available for sponsorship at $54.

Please email to sponsor. Thank you for your support.

Thank you to this past week's Shiurim sponsors:

Rabbi Rosenbaum's Tehillim/Parsha and Halacha Shiur

* Jacob & Debbie Frenkel in honor of and in appreciation to Seth Katz, Manasseh Katz and Rabbi Rosenbaum for their tireless efforts and dedication to enable and maintain safe and comfortable in-person Minyanim for those who wish to daven in Shul.

* Jacob & Debbie Frenkel in honor of Rabbi Rosenbaum and in appreciation to him for his insightful and excellent daily Shiurim, his unparalleled commitment to and thought about safety for our Minyanim, and his leadership through this most unique period.

* Judy & David Marwick in memory of Henry Greene, Judy's grandfather, whose Yahrzeit is 15 Teves.

Rabbi Hyatt's Gemara Shiur

* David Jaray for a Refuah Sheleimah for Rabbi Hyatt and in honor of Rabbi Grauman and all those who attend the Shiur.

Rabbi Rosenbaum's Wednesday Night Women's Chumash Shiur

* Rosalyn Bramson in memory of Madeline Bramson, Menucha bas Alexander Ziskind, whose Yahrzeit was the 6th day of Chanukah on Rosh Chodesh Teves.

Rabbi Rosenbaum's Erev Shabbos Parsha Drasha

* Dr. Farrell Bloch in honor of the Yahrzeit of his mother on 21 Teves, Gittel bas Velvel Noach Halevi (Gertrude Bloch).

* Naomi & Ori Carmel for a complete Refuah Sheleimah for Ephraim Avraham ben Rachel.

YISE Youth Announcements

Dor L'Dor – Motzei Shabbos, January 9, 7:15 PM. Parsha, pizza, prizes and more – but this year virtual! Register by Friday, January 8 at If you have any questions or would like to sponsor, please contact Michael Shimoff at See flyer for details.

Game Night – Motzei Shabbos, January 16, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM on Zoom A. For ages 7 – 18. RSVP to by January 12. See flyer for details.

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 anniversary date, 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

Leadership in Action: An Evening of Tribute – Celebrate with Yeshiva of Greater Washington from the comfort of your own home on Sunday, January 10, at 8:00 PM as we honor Rabbi Amram & Mrs. Arona Hes, Rabbi Yitzchak & Mrs. Aliza Scher, and Dr. Itzi & Mrs. Dassie Barr. Special Guests, Supporter Gifts, an exclusive pre-program, and more. Check out the program details, journal advertising, and RSVP at For additional information on either the campaign or the program, please contact

The Silent Struggle: Increasing Our Awareness of and Sensitivity to Infertility, Pregnancy Loss and Mikvah – Tuesday, January 12, 8:00 PM on Zoom, for women only. A panel discussion sponsored by the Robin Niman Mikvah Education Fund, a project of the Mikvah Emunah Society. Speakers include Aimee Baron, MD, Rebbetzin Elisheva Levitt, Rebbetzin Rachie Reingold, and moderator Karen Wasserstein, PsyD.

Franco Foundation End-of-year Appeal – COVID-19 has increased financial insecurity by families and individuals in our community. Since it was launched 23 years ago, the Franco Foundation has been helping, in communities across the Greater Washington region, hundreds of individuals and families in very tight circumstances, unemployed, facing eviction, or otherwise unable to make ends meet. 100 percent of your donation goes to those in need. Please send your donations to The Franco Foundation, 613 Bromley Street, Silver Spring, MD 20902 or use PayPal to

Yad Yehuda – Unfortunately, many individuals and families across the Greater Washington Jewish community are facing the twin challenges of financial and food insecurity. The scope of this need has grown exponentially during the current COVID-19 crisis. We receive new requests for assistance each week. With the help of Hashem, Yad Yehuda answers these requests through our Emergency Financial Assistance and Tomchei Shabbos Programs and through The Capital Kosher Pantry. Please consider making an additional year-end contribution, by visiting

The Yad Yehuda Clothing Exchange will be open to all members of the community this Sunday, January 3, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon. We have a lot of coats for all sizes! This is your opportunity to shop, at no cost, for beautiful, modest clothing in our well-equipped showroom. Shoppers must be in good health, not have been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid, wear masks and maintain social distancing. As we cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time, please schedule an appointment at A10iY/edit For questions or to schedule an appointment on another day:

Kemp Mill Toastmasters – Wednesday, January 6, 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

Penetrating Thoughts and Practical Perspectives – Thoughts on life, Torah and Middos. Based on Michtav M'Eliyahu, from Rav Eliyahu Dessler, Z"L. Mondays, 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM, with Rabbi Yitzchak Scher. Zoom – Meeting ID: 736 4190 7086, Passcode: torah. Presented by YGW Kollel Zichron Amram. For more information, contact Rabbi Moshe Chaim Blate at 404-273-3392.

Journey to Virtue: Self-Development through Jewish Study – Wednesdays, 8:00 PM on Zoom. Discover the great wisdom of the Jewish tradition to help you reach your full potential, enhance your relationships, and live life with greater meaning! Presented by Rabbi Hillel Shaps. The journey continues. Join any time! No cost. Zoom info and registration at

Remote Night Shiurim from YGW – Sunday 8:30 PM – 9:15 PM, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Blate; Monday/Wednesday 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky; Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Rabbi Eliyahu Reingold. Register at

Daf Yomi Shiur currently meets online 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.

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

Kemp Mill Village is providing friendly phone calls and limited deliveries during the pandemic. Call 1-833-KMV-20902 to request service or to volunteer. See for more information.

Silver Spring Gemachim – For a complete list:

The Week Ahead

Limited Minyanim will take place at YISE next week, advance registration and confirmation required. You are encouraged to Daven at home at the same time as a Minyan at YISE.

Shacharis: Sunday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM/8:45 AM; Monday through Friday 6:30 AM/7:00 AM/8:45 AM. Mincha/Maariv: Sunday – Thursday: 4:50 PM.

Halachic Times: Latest Alos Hashachar 6:02 AM, Earliest Talis and Tefilin: 6:30 AM, Latest Netz: 7:28 AM, Latest Krias Shema: 9:50 AM,

Earliest Mincha: 12:46 PM, Earliest Shkia: 4:58 PM, Latest Tzeis Hacochavim: 5:48 PM

Next Shabbos

January 8 – 9, 2021 – 25 Teves 5781

Parshas Shemos/Mevorchim Hachodesh

Light Candles: 4:45

Havdalah: 5:48

Next Shabbos Shorts Deadline: Wednesday, January 6 at 12:00 Noon

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