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This Week's Schedule

Parshat Pinchas
Week of July 26, 2024
Tammuz 5784

Erev Shabbat, Friday July 26, 2024 (20 Tammuz)
Candle Lighting at 7:59pm

Shabbat, July 27, 2024 (21 Tammuz)
Services will begin promptly at 9:30 and will be followed by a Kiddush open to all at 12pm.

Havdalah at 9:03pm  

Kiddush this week is sponsored by the house. If you'd like to sponsor Kiddush in the future, please reach out to


Dear Friends,

This week, we will be reading Parshas Pinchas. There are two haftaros associated with this parshah and whether Pinchas falls before or after Shiva Asar B’Tamuz determines which one we read. This year, when Pinchas falls after Shiva Asar B’Tamuz, we will be reading Yirmiyahu 1:1-2:3, the haftarah linked with Mattos (next week will be the double portion of Mattos-Masei and we will read the haftarah for Masei). I would like to focus, however, on the other haftarah.

When Pinchas falls out before Shiva Asar B’Tamuz, we read from 1 Kings 18:46-19:21. In these passages, we read about Elijah the Prophet running away to the desert to escape Achav and Jezebel, who are out on a mission to kill him. Elijah, like Pinchas, is a zealot filled with the fire of God’s truth and has dedicated his life to holy rebuke. Some Midrashim even go so far as to say Elijah and Pinchas are one and the same.

Elijah runs all the way to Sinai. When he gets there, he is confronted by God who says, “Why are you here, Elijah?” Elijah responds that he is there because he has been exceedingly zealous for God while the rest of the Jews have been worshiping idols and abandoning the covenant. God then makes a strong wind blow, followed by an earthquake, and then a fire, but it is made clear that God was not present in any of them. Finally there is a still, small voice in which God does seem to be. After this encounter, God asks again “Why are you here, Elijah?” and Elijah responds with the same answer he gave previously. It is then that God tells him to go back to where he came from, and to appoint a successor.

It seems that God was trying to tell Elijah to ease up some - to stop being a strong wind, an intense earthquake, a consuming fire. God’s ways are not supposed to be so destructive. Still, Elijah could not see that and this marks the beginning of the end of his prophetic tenure. Passion for God and truth is good but we cannot let it blind us to the needs and worth of others, even when they aren’t being the best versions of themselves. This altruistic concern for others is embodied by Elijah’s successor, Elisha, who makes a point to go home and kiss his parents, then slaughter his oxen and feed them to the people, all before joining Elijah on the road.  

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Birkeland

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Mazel Tov to Our New Rabbi, Rabbi Ben Birkeland!

We are so excited for the journey ahead, and look forward to many opportunities to learn, daven, and spend time together as a community. 

Below are the results of our 2024-2025 Board Elections.

Mazel Tov To the Members of Our 2024-2025 Board!

David Deutsch
Ethan Ellenberg
Michael Gordon
Judy Josephs
Felix Wolf

The below trustees are not up for reelection and will be serving the second year of their 2-year term:

Mona Klaber
Lina Morales
Marc Schwartzberg

  Annual  Membership  Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined our Annual Membership Meeting, and to all who participated in our Board elections. 

Please Note: Membership Invoices have been sent out to all who held Memberships last year (2023-2024) and have not yet paid for the 2024-2025 year. Please reach out with any questions.

Thank You for Making Our Annual Fundraiser a Success! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us or donated towards our annual fundraiser. This year's theme was "Tequila & Kehila", and we were grateful to come together as a kehila to celebrate our beloved Shul, and all of the incredible people who make our community what it is. Photos will shared in the coming weeks!

While the event has passed, we welcome continued donations towards our annual fundraising efforts.When donating online, kindly select "donation" as the payment type, and indicate "T&K fundraising" in the payment notes.

Stanton Street Shul Stands with Israel. 

Dear Stanton Community, 
We are shaking from the war breaking out in Israel. Hamas has fired thousands of rockets, over 167 citizens are hostages, and over 1,200 Israelis are dead with thousands more wounded. There are also thousands dead in Gaza -- innocent civilians caught in the line of fire. 
This is unprecedented and the most deadly attack on Israel in a generation. We must take action.
In addition to our prayers, we ask you to consider making a generous donation to one of the listed causes.
The One who makes peace on high, may He bring peace down below to us, 
Dvir and Shalhevet Cahana

The Tishrei  5784 Bulletin is Out!

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Women's Tefillah Group  Services


Thank you to all who have joined us for services this year. Our schedule for 5785 will be released in the coming weeks.

If you would like to layn, lead services, or give a d'var Torah with us, or if you have questions, please be in touch!

StantonKids Programming for  5784

Shabbat Programming for 5784

Our schedule for 5785 will be released in the coming weeks.

All StantonKIDS gatherings include Shabbat tefiloth (prayers), a Torah service, kiddush, a special healthy snack, and interactive, hands-on activities relating to Jewish themes and holidays.

We hope to hold family-friendly Sunday events for Purim, Sukkot, and Lag B’Omer, often celebrating them in the Siempre Verde Garden—a community garden across the street from The Stanton Street Shul. 

Our professional children’s programming is provided at no cost. We ask that community members and participants alike help support StantonKIDS by making a donation. Here’s one easy way: sponsor a program in honor of your family’s or child’s simcha. 

Shul History in Pictures

Click HERE to see more great photos from our long history as a landsmannschaft shul on the Lower East Side. 

Wed, July 24 2024 18 Tammuz 5784