Rabbi Zev Silber
39 Riverside Drive
Binghamton, NY 13905
Tel. Office: (607) 722-1793 Cell: (607) 761-7098
Tuesday and Friday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
The number of active COVID-19 in Broome County and in Binghamton continues to fluctuate and remains higher than desired. The county also remains in the yellow zone. Therefore, Beth David Synagogue remains closed for in person services. We hope and pray that those infected will recover. Please keep them in mind in your prayers! A decision of how we will proceed will be made if conditions change and will be posted here.
A weekly discussion of the parsha is held on Fridays at 2:00 pm via Zoom. For information please contact the Rabbi.
The Tuesday night Talmud class will be held Tuesdays at 7:30 pm via Zoom. For information please contact the Rabbi.
The Beth David Mikvah will remain open. Women under quarantine or ordered to be placed in isolation or who are experiencing symptoms of acute infectious illness (e.g., cold, flu, stomach bug) may not use the Mikvah.
We pray that God, the faithful healer, heal all those who are ill and that we be protected from any further harm.
Purim is Coming!
The following Purim activities are being planned which will all be held on Zoom:
- Parashat Zachor – There is a Torah obligation to remember the evil of Amalek, a descendent of which was the wicked Haman, and to accept upon ourselves the mitzvah to do all in our power to eliminate evil, anti-Semitism and unbridled hatred from this world. The rabbis ordained that this mitzvah of remembering is fulfilled by the yearly reading of these 3 verses from a kosher Torah scroll on the Shabbat before Purim. Since we are not congregating together and we cannot ZOOM on Shabbat, it is permitted to do read this portion on the Friday before. We will be doing this on Friday, February 19 at 1:00 pm to be followed by my weekly Torah portion discussion. Even if you cannot stay for the discussion, join us in fulfilling this mitzvah.
- Sisterhood Meeting and Congregation Purim Celebration – This will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 pm. The celebration is still in the planning stages and more information will be provided as we get closer. Let’s celebrate the holiday together and enjoy each other’s company!
- Megillah Reading (see also under “Services”) – The main mitzvah of Purim is hearing the Scroll of Esther twice, Purim evening and during the day of Purim itself. We will be reading the Megillah on Thursday night, February 25 at 6:45 pm and again on Friday, February 26 at 11:00 am so that you can fully fulfill this mitzvah. There will be more information about this in the ChaiLine.
- Purim Charity for the Needy, Matanot La’evyonim – Each year I collect cash gifts from our congregation to fulfill this obligation and the Jewish Family Services distributes our contributions to local needy Jewish individuals and families. We also send money to Israel for distribution there on Purim day itself. The deadline for contributions for the local needy is Friday, February 19 and for distribution in Israel is Wednesday, February 24. Checks are to made out to Beth David and the Rabbi Discretionary Fund. You can send the Rabbi a text or email informing him of your gift if you cannot get the check to the office before those dates.
- Mishloach Manot and Purim Seudah – will be discussed in the ChaiLine.
- ZOOM Meeting ID and Passcodes will be on various flyers that will be prepared and in future updates.
Pre-Pessach Workshop on March 10: For more details click on “Sisterhood”!
Shabbat Luncheon Series
We are continuing our Beth David Shabbat Luncheon Speaker Series in Zoom format as the Corona virus pandemic prevents holding regular Shabbat luncheons.
Beth David Luncheon Speaker Series takes place the second Shabbat of the month after morning services and is open to the community. The date of the next Shabbat Luncheon has not been determined yet. You are also invited to join us earlier upstairs for services that start at 9:45am. There is no charge for the luncheon, but Beth David welcomes donations to the Luncheon Fund in order to keep the program going; they can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, or to mark a special occasion. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905 Attention: Luncheon Fund.