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Congregation Keter Torah

600 Roemer Ave

Teaneck, NJ 07666

(201) 907 - 0180

Shabbat Schedule









4:38pm - Candle lighting

4:40pm - Mincha / Kabbalat Shabbat









7:15am & 9:00am - Shacharit

8:30am - Parsha Shiur

Rabbi Baum on Midrash with contemporary applications

Post-Hashkama Shiur

Rabbi Weiss on "Heavenly Bread"

9:15am - Youth Groups / Junior Congregation / Teen Minyan

9:41am - Latest Shma

10:45am - Torah Tots

3:30pm - Salsa Shiur

At the Linder residence, 789 Downing Street, Teaneck

3:40pm - Daf Yomi

3:40pm - Al haTorah

Keter Torah Al haTorah Chavurah, studying Sefer Bereshit, sponsored by Rabbi Meier Brueckheimer and family in memory of Helen Brueckheimer, z"l

4:30pm - Mincha / Shiur

Rabbi Baum on "Torah Reading and Shaming"

5:42pm - Shabbat ends








Motzei Shabbat

6:45pm - Parent / Grandparent & Child Learning with pizza and prizes, led by Rabbinic Intern Akiva Rosenzveig

7:30pm - Rabbi Reisman's Navi shiur



Mazal Tov

  • To Rifkie & Alex Goldberger on the birth of a daughter. Mazal Tov to grandparents Roz & Shloime Liberman and Phillipa & Peter Goldberger.
  • To Tilly & Mark Lichtschein on the aufruf of their son, Avi, and his upcoming marriage to Katie Barnett, daughter of Susan & Joel Barnett, this Sunday in Miami Beach, Florida. Mazal Tov to grandmothers Margit Lichtschein and Dorene Barnett.
  • To Aviva Itzkowitz and Alan Itzkowitz on the engagement of their son, Ilan, to Rachel Weintraub, daughter of Naomi & Steven Weintraub of Staten Island, New York. Mazal Tov to grandparents Kena Hiller, Henry Cohen and Mr. & Mrs. Jack Weintraub.
  • To Aviva Itzkowitz and Alan Itzkowitz and Chana & Rabbi Dr. N.Z. Leiter on the birth of a grandson, to parents Russi & Alex Itzkowitz. Mazal Tov to great-grandmother Kena Hiller.


Welcome New Members

  • Jamie & Shmully Ash and their children, Joseph and Brielle
  • Tova & Noam Burack and their children, Daniella, Daphna, Ruby and Shana
  • Elkie & Harry Bram
  • Cara & Hillel Lazarus and their children, Rosie and Harry
  • Aviva & David Markowitz and their children, Zev, Azriel, Ilana, Talya and Shana
  • Chaya & Jonathan Siskind and their children, Chaim, Sophia, Dovid and Gila
  • Talia & Adam Wildstein and their children, Emily and Carol


Teen Minyan Kiddush Sponsored by

  • The Boyarsky family in honor of Akiva laining his bar mitzvah parsha.


Nichum Availim

  • To Debbie Rapoport on the passing of her beloved sister, Fern Weller, z"l.
  • To Arthur Yagoda on the passing of his beloved brother, Harry Nathan Yagoda, z"l.


Thank You

  • To all CSS members who are volunteering their time to protect our Shul this Shabbat.


Youth News               Youth Director: Rivki Rosenthal (

  • There will be a "get-to-know-you" Kiddush for the third and fourth grade boys group and their families on Shabbat, February 2, following the 9:00am minyan. To sponsor, e-mail
  • On Shabbat, February 9, Rabbi Dov Emerson, Director of Teaching and Learning at MTA, will give the Dvar Torah at the Teen Minyan.
  • The Junior Congregation cake wars event for 5th and 6th graders will take place Motzei Shabbat, February 9, from 8:30-9:45pm at Keter Torah. For price information and reservations, e-mail


ATARA News    Presidium: Yael Rudolph ( & Ricki Scharf ( )

  • To donate a siddur or chumash in honor or in memory of someone, contact Wendy Shindler at
  • To celebrate your child's birthday with our Birthday Maaser program, e-mail Michelle Frohlich at


Keter Torah News

  • On Motzei Shabbat, February 9, Jennifer Wolf Seidel will be honored at The Frisch School Dinner. For information, visit
  • On Motzei Shabbat, March 2, Rachel Schwartz will be honored at The Moriah School Dinner. For information, visit

Please Join Our Ongoing Shiurim

  • Daf Yomi - Sunday 7:15am; Monday through Friday at 6:30am
  • No Breakfast & Learn and no Sunday morning shiur by Rabbi Weiss this week.
  • Tuesday & Thursday Torah in the AM 

         9:05am - Chavura studying Sefer Devarim

         9:45am - Gemara Horayot with Rabbi Menahem Meier

         10:50am - Halakha and thought in Rambam's Mishneh Torah, with Rabbi Meier (Thursday only)

  • Wednesday following the 7:15am minyan - Tefilla shiur with Rabbi Baum; cake and coffee will be served
  • No Parshat Hashavua shiur this week.
  • Wednesday - Studying the Siddur: what we say and why we say it, a ten-minute audio class with Rabbi Simcha Willig. To sign up, e-mail
  • Thursday at 9:00pm - Mishmar led by Rabbinic Intern Akiva Rosenzveig
  • Friday following the 7:15am minyan - Shabbat Table Boot Camp with Rabbi Baum. Audio of the shiur will be sent to subscribers via email or WhatsApp. To sign up, e-mail
  • Daf a Week Project with Rabbi Baum - This week studying Masechet Megillah Daf 17; to sign up, e-mail



Vacation 2019 - A Letter from Rabbi Baum

  • Many of our members will be away for "Yeshiva Week." It is important to be thoughtful before posting pictures on Facebook or other social media outlets. Keep in mind that not everyone in the community has the opportunity to vacation, and we are mandated to be modest, not only in our dress, but in how we publicize our lifestyles. This "old" TED talk by Dr. Daniel Kahneman addresses this issue from the perspective of our own happiness and provides insights and tools for experiencing memorable moments:
  • Kol Hakavod to the many members of our shul who cancelled vacation reservations with Airbnb and informed Airbnb of the reason for the cancellations. Many communities in the USA followed our lead and sent similar notices to their shuls.
  • Vacation time is an excellent opportunity to relax, recharge and reinforce and model our religious commitments, whether away or at home. This includes our interactions with other people. 
  • For those of us staying in town, the regular schedule of minyanim and many shiurim will be available.
  • The website lists minyanim available worldwide. In addition, the website has a special link for minyanim at popular vacation spots. 
  • For listings and maps of mikvaot throughout the world, visit For questions regarding how to satisfy the mitzvah of mikvah in different locations, please contact me at
  • There are many siddur apps if you forget to bring a siddur. Last year I received calls from people who either forgot or lost their tefillin. You should put your tefillin in your carry-on baggage. 
  • Davening on a plane: If a person needs to daven on an airplane, it is permitted to daven Shmoneh Esrei sitting down, if standing up is difficult or will prevent the person from davening with the proper kavanah. However, one should stand up prior to the parts of the Shmoneh Esrei that require bending down. Afterwards, one may again sit down. If a person davened while sitting and the plane lands before the end of Zman Tefillah, that person is not obligated to daven again (Igros Moshe OC 4:20). This all assumes that standing will not bother other people on the plane. Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Halichos Shlomo, page 75) was of the opinion that minyanim should not take place on airplanes, and if they do, one should not join them. In addition to many other concerns when bothering others, there is a violation of Vayikra 25:17 to not afflict others. This also applies when not davening. If the staff and passengers make special accommodations for minyanim, and if the minyan is in a clean area, one may join that minyan. 
  • For the location of local kosher establishments and the closest minyanim and mikvaot worldwide, please consult the Kosher GPS (for iPhonefor Android) app. All restaurants identified by Kosher GPS are acceptable. Thekosherapp is a new app that identifies agencies on product labels; it is currently available on Apple devices. If Thekosherapp identifies an agency you are not familiar with, share the information with me to determine if it is acceptable.
  • Please remember that one cannot carry outside in a location that does not have an eruv, and that most places surrounded by water do not qualify as being exempt from requiring an eruv. Building your own eruv is complicated, and should be done with onsite Rabbinic direction and supervision.
  • & are three excellent sites with shiurim available to download for the road.
  • Please be aware that unless you are on a kosher-only program, many kashrut issues come up on cruises and at resorts. For example, having a resort cook and prepare fish for you without supervision is not allowed. There are also many kashrut issues regarding foods prepared by non-Jews. Please see these excellent guidelines for cruises, prepared by my friend, Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue. 
  • Popcorn and cotton candy purchased at theaters and amusement parks require kosher supervision. This includes all local movie theaters. There are currently no local theaters that are acceptable. Frozen yogurt and ice cream stores also require hashgacha. Please follow-up with any questions.


Keter Torah Al HaTorah Chavurah

  • This Shabbat at 3:40pm, the Keter Torah Al haTorah Chavurah will continue its study of Sefer Bereshit. 
    • Registered participants receive, via email, a sheet guiding their study of the Torah.
    • On Shabbat afternoon, an exciting learning Chavurah session takes place at Keter Torah to discuss the chapters.
    • The Al haTorah questions are being prepared by Lori Linzer, professor of Hebrew at Yeshiva University and Chavurah participant. 
    • To register and receive the weekly sheets, e-mail Debbie Baum at 
    • Learning sponsored by Rabbi Meier Brueckheimer and family in memory of Helen Brueckheimer, z"l.
    • New participants welcome.

Weekday Minyanim



6:40am, 8:00am & 9:00am

Monday (Tu B'Shevat) & Thursday

5:50am, 7:15am & 8:10am

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

6:00am, 7:15am & 8:10am








Mincha / Ma'ariv

Sunday through Thursday - 4:45pm



Thank You to Our Learning and Shiur Sponsors


Day of Learning

In memory of

Renee & Bob Denis

Bob's father, Yosef ben Naftali, George Denis, z"l

Phyllis & Buzzy Green

Phyllis's mother, Rivka Malcha bat Shmuel v'Tzesna, 

Ruth Waldman, z"l

Debbie & David Kahn

David's mother, Miriam bat Avraham, Miriam Kahn, z"l

Tali & Brian Kardon

Brian's mother, Nechama bat Zvi Hirsch, 

Nataline Kardon, z"l

Barbara & Joseph Rotenberg

Barbara's father, Yehuda ben Avraham, 

Julius Rosenzweig, z"l

Week of Learning

In memory of

Esther & Warren Levie

Esther's mother, Chana bat Aryeh Leib, Chana Podolski, z"l

Daf Yomi

In honor of

Coffee & pastries sponsored anonymously

The Daf Yomi Chaburah and the Keter Torah Chesed Committee

Keter Torah Al haTorah Chavurah

In memory of

Rabbi Meier Brueckheimer and family

Helen Brueckheimer, z"l

Rabbi Weiss's Halacha Series

In honor of

Terry & Dennis Eisenberg

Terry & Dennis's children and grandchildren

Rabbi Baum's Tefilla Shiur


Shiur, coffee and pastries by

Lazy Bean Café


Yael Weil's Parshat Hashavua Shiur

In memory of

Shiur by Gail & Binyamin Rieder

Alisa Flatow, z"l, HY"D

Coffee by Susan & Daniel Turk

Susan's mother, Pesya bat Chaim Yehuda, Pearl Berger Melnick, z"l

Shabbat Table Boot Camp with

Rabbi Baum

In memory of

Elana & Marc Rothenberg and

Rachel Feiner

Elana and Rachel's father, Azriel ben Yaacov Feiner, z"l


Community News

  • This Shabbat at 3:00pm at Rinat, Rabbi Yonah Berman will give a shiur in commemoration of the ninth yartzeit of Bonnie Berman, z"l.
  • Rabbi Sason Gabay will speak at Beth Aaron on Sunday, January 20, at 8:45am.
  • The Ben Porat Yosef Dinner will take place Motzei Shabbat, February 23. For information, visit


 Please include in your tefilot for refuah shlema: Aharon Meir ben Yael Miriam.

Please include in your tefilot IDF soldiers and KT members serving in the IDF:
Keren Agus, Akiva Gold, Naftali Lieber, 
Eli Putterman, Jonathan Seidel and Tzvi Silver.

Shabbat Notes    -    Parshat Beshalach    -    January 18 - 19, 2019 / 13 Shevat