Congregation Keter Torah

600 Roemer Ave

Teaneck, NJ 07666

(201) 907 - 0180

From Rabbi Baum
September 11
We pause to remember the thousands of precious souls who were murdered 19 years ago today. We never forget them and offer our sincerest continued comfort to their relatives and friends. Special feelings of friendship to several of our own members who lost their loved ones, but continue to celebrate their lives with their incredible resilience and good character.  אתם נצבים היום
  • Selichot & Yamim Noraim Orientation - I know that many people will be returning to Shul for Selichot and for the Yamim Noraim. If you are doing so, I would encourage you to join an open minyan this Shabbat to get used to our protocols and orient yourselves to our new normal. Either way, we are excited to see you and I will be sending a video to the Shul early next week explaining "what to expect" at Shul on Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur. For example, all minyanim will be starting at Nishmat during the Yamim Noraim, and you will come to Shul or to the house minyanim, having already davened Pesukei Dazimra. When singing will be allowed, we are asking the congregation to hum along or to soft-sing no louder than their conversational voice. The same will be true for any responsive parts of davening.  Your compliance is critical to keep everyone comfortable. Kohanim will duchen but with some changes. Other guidelines will be provided. Shabbat Shalom.
  • Home for Yamim Noraim- Please email Aliza at before Sunday if you will be home for Rosh Hashana but unable to come to Shul for davening or the Shofar-only program. I will be happy to arrange a shofar blowing for you, and would like to touch base with you before Yom Tov. I have prepared special guidelines for home for Yom Tov, which will help you navigate the Machzor. Machzorim are also available from the Shul.
  • Home for Selichot- Selichot books are available at the Shul. You can return them after Yom Tov.
  • Guidelines for Motzei Shabbat/Sunday- It is best to say Selichot after 12:52am on Motzei Shabbat or on Sunday morning before Shacharit. If you are saying the Selichot alone, you omit the 13 Midot "Hashem Hashem....." but can say everything else. If you are watching the live broadcast from the Shul, you can say the 13 Midot at home. We can send you abridged guidelines for the Selichot for the rest of the week that I have prepared.
  • Hatarat Nedarim at Home- We will send information next week on how to fulfill this minhag at home.
  • 30 for 30 & Song of the Day- Thank you for the incredible feedback.
  • I was thrilled to see so many at the shiur last Shabbat; see the details about this week's live shiur after the 9:00am davening.

Motzei Shabbat - First Night Selichot
Rabbi Baum will speak before all three services.
11:00pm in Shul patio tent led by Joey Silverman (at capacity)
11:20pm in Shul grass tent led by Netanel Marmon
12:50am in Main Sanctuary led by Eric Kuperman
To sign up for the 11:20pm and 12:50am Selichot, click here. Password: KeterTorah5780. Deadline to sign up is Friday at 1:00pm
There will be a live stream of the 11:00pm Selichot service. To view, visit Thank you to Esther & Warren Levie for sponsoring the live stream in memory of their parents, Ruth & Paul Levie, z"l, and Chana & Moshe Podolski, z"l.
Daily Schedule for Selichot & Shacharit at Shul, Monday, September 14-Friday, September 18

Main Sanctuary: Monday-Thursday at 6:40am; Friday at 6:30am
Patio: Monday-Thursday at 7:00am; Friday at 6:45am

Backyard minyanim will set their own times and notify their groups.
ArtScroll Selichot books are available for pickup outside of the Shul for anyone who would like to have. Kindly return them after Yom Kippur.

For the latest RCBC community update, click here.
On our Shul Campus this Shabbat
Following the 9:00am minyan - Rabbi Baum will give a 20 minute, in-person shiur on "The Commencing Confession." The shiur will be held outside with social distancing and masks. Participants must be registered this Shabbat at a Keter Torah minyan, either on or off campus.

9:15am - Minyan with Rabbi Willig in the tent on the grass. To register, visit Password: KeterTorah5780.  ABSOLUTE Registration deadline 1:00pm TODAY. No pop- ins
9:15am & 10:15am- Junior Congregation - ABSOLUTE Registration deadline 1:00pm
5:35pm - Daf Yomi with Rabbi Weil   Registration required and closes today at 1:00pm
E-mail to sign up. Masks covering your nose and mouth and social distancing will be required. Rabbi Weil will speak from more than 10 feet away from the closest person.

Shabbat Schedule for Home
5:53pm - Plag HaMincha
6:52pm - Candle Lighting
6:55pm - Mincha / Kabbalat Shabbat

9:42am - Latest Shma
1:23pm - Earliest Mincha
  • Rabbi Baum will recite the Keil Maleh prayer for those observing yartzeit from 23-29 Elul
7:09pm - Sunset (finish Mincha before sunset)
7:45pm - Ma'ariv
7:51pm - Shabbat ends

Mazal Tov
  • To Sharona & Jacob Schulder on the bar mitzvah of their son, Saadya. Mazal Tov to grandparents Esther & William Schulder and Helene & Terry Korn.
  • To Racheli & Yitzy Robinzon on the bat mitzvah of their daughter, Bailey. Mazal Tov to grandparents Gail & Yossi Robinzon and Eileen & Dr. Kenneth Horowitz, and to great-grandfather Richard Jacobs.
  • To Tilly & Mark Lichtschein on the birth of a granddaughter, Raina Chaya Lichtschein. 
  • To Barbara & Stanley Shapiro on the marriage of their grandson, Menachem Shapiro, to Shira Hameir. Mazal Tov to parents Alisa & Rabbi Ezra Shapiro and to grandparents Carrie & Ronnie Wachtel.

Welcome New Members
  • Judi & Gary Krasna

  • To sign up, click here. Many of the minyanim are at capacity, but there are still seats available.
  • Women and men are needed as captains for Yamim Noraim minyanim. To volunteer, email
  • Please let Rabbi Baum ( know if you will be home for the Yamim Noraim but not coming to Shul.
  • Coming early next week: Pre-Yamim Noraim video with Rabbi Baum

Nichum Aveilim
  • To Michelle Davidowitz on the passing of her beloved mother, Sara Zoldan, z"l.

Welcome Back
  • To former Keter Torah Rabbinic Intern, Binyamin Pfeiffer, who will be giving the Daf HaShavua shiur for the next four weeks. To sign up, e-mail

A Note from Susie Shepper
  • Zev and I are happy to make a donation of sefarim to the Shul library in memory of my dear mother, Chana Penina bat Aryeh HaKohen, z"l, on her tenth yahrzeit. My mother was a true tzadeket, who was involved in many charities, and opened her house to anyone in need. My mother was a lady who was kind, generous and thoughtful, embodying the Torah way. May her Neshama have an aliyah.

Guidelines for Sunday, September 13, through Thursday, September 17
Mincha: Earliest times to daven Mincha
  • Sunday and Monday - 1:22pm; Tuesday and Wednesday - 1:21pm; Thursday - 1:20pm
Sunset: Finish davening Mincha before sunset
  • Sunday - 7:08pm; Monday - 7:06pm; Tuesday - 7:04pm; Wednesday - 7:03pm; Thursday - 7:01pm
Ma'ariv: Daven Ma'ariv after sunset

Ledovid is said at Shacharit and Ma'ariv. Shofar during Elul is only sounded at a minyan.


Elul Specials
30 for 30 - New WhatsApp Group
Chodesh Elul group with Rabbi Willig, Rabbi Israeli and Rabbi Baum. Daily and series sponsors welcome. To sponsor, contact Rabbi Baum or email Click to join

Series Sponsor
  • Sara & Reuven Falik in honor of their parents, and wishing a refuah shlemah for those affected by the pandemic
This Week's Cosponsors
  • Estee & Rabbi Wilie Balk and family in memory of Rita Balk, Rachel bat Yisrael, z"l, on her first yahrzeit
  • Rachel & Daniel Fischer in memory of Rachel's mother, Alita Liba bat Binyamin Zev, Alita Wiznitzer, z"l
  • The Suss family to commemorate the yartzeit of Chaya Malka bat Yaakov, z"l

Youth News             Youth Director: Rivki Rosenthal (
Thank You
  • To Edana & Lloyd Desatnick for their donation of coat racks to the Shul.
  • To all CSS members who volunteer their time daily to protect our Shul.
Keter Torah Schedule
  • To download the Keter Torah September calendar, click here.
  • This season's Matan bat mitzvah class with Debbie Baum will begin in February 2021; details to follow.

To join the Keter Torah WhatsApp group, click here or email to get the link.
To follow us on Instagram, find us @ketertorah
Follow us on Facebook, @CongregationKeterTorah
Please Join Our Ongoing Shiurim
Sunday at 7:15am
Monday at 6:30pm
Tuesday through Friday at 6:40am
Daf Yomi
Dial in: +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 878 5954 9975 Password: DafYomi
Monday at 7:30pm
September 14

Salsa Shiur via Zoom Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting
Meeting ID: 869 7850 3933 Password: 550559
Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15am
September 15 & 17

Torah in the AM with Rabbi Menahem Meier 
Meeting ID: 646 176 156; Passcode: 545433; Dial in: 646 558 8656
Wednesday at 10:30am
September 16

Yael Weil's Parshat Hashavua shiur via Zoom
or +1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 842 0873 2809
Wednesday via WhatsApp & Email
September 16

Studying the Siddur: A ten-minute audio class with Rabbi Willig.To receive the shiur via WhatsApp
click here. To receive the shiur via email, e-mail
Thursday via WhatsApp & Email
September 17

Daf a Week Project, this week with former Keter Torah Rabbinic Intern Binyamin Pfeiffer
studying Masechet Yevamot Daf 18To sign up, e-mail


Thank You to Our Learning and Shiur Sponsors

Daf Yomi
In honor of
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
Yael Weil's Parshat Hashavua Shiur
In memory of
Gail & Binyamin Rieder
Alisa Flatow, z"l, HY"D
Jacqueline & Jason Demby
Jason's father, Pinchas Leib ben Mendel Hersh HaKohen, Peter Demby, z"l
Erica & Jerry Silverman
Jerry's father, Rav Dovid Lipah HaLevi ben Meir, Rabbi David L. Silverman, z"l
Susan & Daniel Turk
Susan's mother, Pesya bat Chaim Yehuda,
Pearl Berger Melnick, z"l
Community News
  • On Wednesday, September 16, at 7:30pm, RYNJ will hold a parlor meeting at 255 Warwick Avenue, Teaneck. For information, email Tamar Kahn at
  • On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 7:10am, Bnai Yeshurun will present shiurim by Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky. Zoom information:
  • Children's Clothing Exchange - This resource is not need-based and is open to all. Parents should fill out forms on the website and indicate the gender and size of children's and teen clothing they wish to donate and/or need. These parents will be matched with other parents so that they can exchange clothing. Donations are welcome and needed. For more information, e-mail Dalia Stelzer at
  • The Bergenfield Kosher Food Pantry for people in need is located in a garage at 65 Thames Blvd. in Bergenfield. The garage is open Sunday from 11:00am-10:00pm, Monday through Thursday from 4:00-10:00pm and on Friday from 3:00pm until Shabbat starts, and has pantry and refrigerated items. One person at a time should go in, while wearing a mask and gloves. If donating and someone is inside the garage, please leave the food outside the garage, and volunteers will bring it in later. Donations are welcome and needed. For more information, e-mail Dalia Stelzer at
  • The Teaneck Keylim Mikvah is open by appointment only, Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 2:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 5:30pm. To make an appointment, visit

Please include in your tefilot IDF soldiers and KT members serving in the IDF:
Chana Cohen, Eli Englard, Tzvi Silver, and Andrew Wolf.

Shabbat Notes      -      Parashot Netzvanim-Vayeilech      -      Shabbat Shalom      -      September 11 - 12 / 23 Elul

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