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        The Persian Hebrew Congregation

Shabbat P’ Chukat Balak

July 4 - July 9, 2020

Shabbat Shalom!

On behalf of the Persian Hebrew Congregation, we would like to wish a hearty Mazal Tov to Eddie & Tami Meyer and to the entire Meyer Mishpacha and especially to Avi on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah.

May Avi grow and blossom in Torah Judaism and bring Simcha and fulfillment to all that he comes in contact with.

This week, due to the celebration of the Bar Mitzvah and the Corona Virus situation, we will be having two simultaneous minyanim. Both Minyanim will begin with Baruch She’amar at 9:00am.

The Bar Mitzvah will take place in the main sanctuary upstairs and the regular minyan will move downstairs to the social hall. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.


This Thursday is the fast of the 17th of Tamuz. It marks the beginning of the period of time that we call “The Three Weeks”. Historically these are considered to be times that we need to exercise extra caution in all of our dealings.

We must be extra careful in this period of time especially because of the virus situation in the world at large. We must focus on our medical as well as our spiritual health. We must obey any restrictions that our medical professionals deem appropriate including the recent travel bans that will be going into effect.

We should also focus on our spiritual wellbeing. We should not wait for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur to correct that which needs to be corrected.

Every person knows deep down where and what they personally need to fix. For some it may be “Bein Adam LaChaveiro” (man to fellow relationships). For others it may be between him and his creator. Let us identify these areas and work on them.

On a communal level we need to focus on Kedushat Beit Hakeneset, the sanctity of the synagogue. We have made tremendous progress on our effort to not talk during the prayers. Our tefillot recently have been talking free.

We are also trying to get rid of cell phone usage in the sanctuary. It goes without saying that one should not talk on the phone in the sanctuary whether it is during the prayers or even not during prayer time. The Beit Kenesset is simply not a place for cell phones to be operated. Just as one is not permitted to take a cell phone into a secular court of law, so too and even more so we should not take a cell phone in to the sanctuary without a special need. Please let us not hear the ring of a cell phone in the Bet Kenesset.

To this end the Persian Hebrew Congregation will be installing a cell phone charging station right outside the main sanctuary. Anyone that wants to make a donation to help defray the cost of this project will be appreciated.

One more thing that we can do in order to demonstrate our respect for the Beit Kenesset, is that we should not speak loudly in the main sanctuary, even if not at the time of Tefilla.

We have to always remember that we are in the house of Hashem. Just as a guest will not raise his voice in someone else’s home, so too we must be careful not to talk in the sanctuary the way we might talk in the street.

Thank you.


Corona Update:

Baruch Hashem we are entering into our seventh week of resuming our Beit Kenesset. Baruch Hashem our minyanim are going well, although they are still small for now.

Masks and social distancing are still a must.

At all times when a person is in our building one must cover their mouth and nose with the mask. We understand that this is hard to do, but if you cannot comply please do not come. Please understand that this is an issue of danger to other people and we will not make any compromises on this issue.

We would like to commend everyone that has participated and cooperated so far.

At this point in time we feel comfortable and honored to invite the women to come on Shabbat morning.

Children that can sit and not run around and follow our social distancing and mask rules are also welcome. There will be no children groups at this point.

We know that many people would like to come back to Beit Kenesset but have reasons that prevent them from doing so. We truly miss you at shul. But please do not feel pressured at all to come to minyan at this time. We fully respect anyone’s preference to wait a little longer until they feel comfortable.


Shabbat Schedule

Friday Afternoon Candle Lighting may be anytime from 6:55pm ‑ 8:09pm

Shir Hashirim - 6:50pm

Mincha ‑ 7:00pm

Shacharit followed by Torah reading and Musaf ‑ 8:40am

Please note that Baruch She’amar is at 9:00am sharp.

It is a good idea to read the parsha of the week from a Chumash.

In the Artscroll Stone Chumashim it is page 838- 874.

The Haftara is found on page 1189.

Earliest time for Mincha on Shabbat is 1:38pm

Start eating Seudat Shelishit before 8:29pm

Mincha in the Beit Kenesset is at 8:10pm.

Havdala: 9:19pm


Daily Tefilla Schedule:

Shacharit Sunday - 7:20am, Mon- Thurs 6:10am

Mincha and Arvit - 8:10pm


17th of Tamuz Fast Day Schedule

Thursday, July 9

Fast starts at 3:53am for Sephardim, 3:33am for Ashkenazim.

Shacharit: 6:00am

Mincha is at 8:15pm

Fast is over at 9:12pm



Daf Yomi Shiur

If anyone would like to join our daily Zoom Daf Yomi Shiur please let Rabbi Hamaoui know.

The Daf Yomi schedule is:

9:00pm Sunday - Thursday.

Friday at 2:00pm.

Motzaei Shabbat 10:15pm.

We also have new early morning class from 6:30am - 7:10am on Sunday morning and from 5:30am - 600am on the week days. We are studying Gemara Berachot and Chumash with Rashi on Parshat Hashavua.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining any of the classes.


Please consider a making a donation to the Synagogue in honor of a happy occasion or in honor or memory of a loved one.


PHC has a What’sApp Group.

If you would like to be added to this group please reply to this email with your cell phone number.


Refuah Sheleima List:

If you have a name of a person that needs a refuah sheleima, you may reply to this email with the name of the person.

Let us pray that all those that are sick, especially from COVID -19, should have a recovery and all those that are healthy should remain healthy.

May Hashem bring a swift end to this plague.

 Dena Lea Bat Sarah, Raisal Gitel bat Esther, Chanania ben Flora, Chana bat Sima, Moshe ben Sara Yocheved, Raiza Gitel bat Esther, Betzalel Meir ben Sarah, Chana Leah bat Michal, Batsheva Beila bat Chava, Eliezer ben Leah, Klonomis Yehuda ben Esther Yechet, Chanit Rivka bat Ashira Yehudit, Devorah bat Bela, Chaim ben Meir, Eitan ben Chana, HaRav Yom Tov Yitzchak Ben Rissel, Leah bat Machla Rivka, Yitzchak ben Tavuos, Motaran ben Tavous, Baruch Ezra ben Eshrat, Rivka Bat Monear, Liba Ruth bat Dina, Tziporah Miriam bat Mazal, Soosan bat Zaman, Eliezer Shalom Zelig ben Tzivia Dina, Elka Freidel Bat Chana Gittel, Aron Yankel ben Roza Riva, Devorah Chaya bat Rachel, Jamie Benjamin ben Muzli, Rina Bat Muzli, and David ben Miriam. 

If the person whose name you submitted is no longer in need of a Refuah Sheleima, please inform the Rabbi.

Shabbat Shalom!



Tue, July 14 2020 22 Tammuz 5780