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Purim Holiday Schedule

Thursday Taanit Esther, Erev Purim February 25th:
5:15a Fast Begins
6:23p Fast Ends
6:25pm: Maariv will begin in shul and via ZOOM
6:40pm: Megillah will begin in shul and via ZOOM
To attend services by phone, dial 1 929 205 6099 and enter Meeting Code: 842 9533 9498

Friday, Purim February 26th:
8:30am: Shachris will begin in shul and via ZOOM
9am: Megillah will begin in shul and via ZOOM
12 - 2pm: Shoshana and Rabbi Leead host an outdoor Purim Seudah in the courtyard behind their apartment at 194 East 2nd Street
To attend services by phone, dial 1 929 205 6099 and enter Meeting Code: 863 3082 0334

NOTE: For Halakhic guidance about hearing the Megillah over Zoom, please see the Rabbi's COVID Purim Guide below.

Rabbi Leead Staller's COVID Purim Guide

Halakhic guidelines to be aware of for Purim during COVID:

Parshat Zakhor: The Shabbat before Purim is Shabbat Zakhor, in which we read the section from Parashat Ki Teitzei where Amaleik attacks the Jewish people. We hold that hearing this Parashah constitutes a Mitzvah DeOreita, a Torah commandment, as it fulfills the obligation of “Remember what Amaleik did to you.” As such, ideally everyone should hear Zakhor read in person from a Torah. If that is not possible due to the COVID reality, you should read Parashat Zakhor (Deut. 25:17-19) to yourself from a Chumash, and when Parasha Ki Teitzei (August 21, 2021) comes around, assuming (God willing) that we are past COVID isolation, you should have in mind then for the Torah reading to fulfill your biblical obligation of remembering Amaleik.

Fasting: While one should fast for Taanit Esther, as all minor fasts, if one has any symptoms of COVID whatsoever, even if they are not yet severe or they have not yet gotten test results back, they should not fast. Same if you are COVID positive, of course.

Megillah: Ideally, Megillat Esther reading should be heard in person. Unlike Eichah and some of the other Megillot we read, the reading of Megillat Esther is not a Minhag, a custom, bur rather, a Mitzvah, a commandment based in the biblical verses of the Book of Esther. As such, the standard expected to fulfill the Mitzvah is higher, and it is harder to fulfill it via Zoom. Ideally, if one cannot hear the Megillah in person out of caution, quarantine, or illness, the next best option is borrow/purchase a Megillah and read it for one’s self. However, acknowledging that most do not have the means or access to purchase their own Megillah, we will be broadcasting our Megillah reading live with Zoom. While most authorities are hesitant to allow for a Zoom Megillah reading, if that is your best option, please be sure to attend it live, as that is halakhically more sound.

Matanot LaEvyonim: There is a Mitzvah on the day of Purim itself to distribute funds to at least two poor individuals, so that they may afford meals for the day. We will have a local in-person option, coordinated with Rabbi Joe, as advertised in the announcements. Additionally, one can fulfill the Mitzvah by donating to any in-person charitable organization available online (Yad Eliezer is a popular Israel-based charity). If someone needs help fulfilling this Mitzvah, feel free to reach out to Rabbi Leead.

Machtzit HaShekel: It is customary to give a donation to the synagogue in this season as a remembrance to the half-Shekel coin that was donated to the Temple as part of the census. Donations can be made here, and at the in-person Megillah reading there will be half dollar coins available for those who would like to perform the customary Machtzit HaShekel ritual. Seeing as this is a custom, if you cannot make it in person, don’t worry. 

Mishloach Manot: There is a Mitzvah to give a package with at least two foods (ideally fit for a meal) to a friend on Purim, in order to build community and connection. As per the CDC guidelines, preparing even homemade food is relatively low risk for COVID. While in years past, many may have gotten into the habit of giving Mishloach Manot to their entire social circle, the Mitzvah only requires one package be given. To fulfill the Mitzvah, one can gift any ready-to-eat food items, or purchase and gift a pre-made Mishloach Manot through Yachad . In addition to the Mitzvah on Purim itself, Stanton Street Shul will be collecting money for a “Mishloach Manot Fund” which will send seasonal greeting cards to all members, and provide those Shul members who find themselves alone or in isolation this Purim with a special Mishloach Manot package from the Shul, to help them feel their community’s care. While this does not fulfill the strict Mitzvah of the day, this is a beautiful way to support the Shul and spread the communal spirit of Purim during a difficult period.

Seudah: There is a Mitzvah to have a meal on Purim. During a normal year, there would be a complicated halakhic discussion about the ideal time to have that meal, given that Purim falls on Erev Shabbat. This year, I don’t anticipate that being a problem, as there shouldn’t be large elaborate Seudot. That said, reach out with any specific questions.

Purim Mishloach Manot Project

We are pleased to announce the 2021 COVID-safe version of celebrating the mitzvot of Purim at The Stanton Street Shul. With a $180 donation your Purim greetings will be sent out to the entire Shul community in our Pre-Purim weekly newsletter and a dedicated Purim email. In addition, your donation will fund a mishloach manot food package for shul members who live alone. Lastly, your donation will provide Matanot l’Evyonim.

Our Chesed & Social Action Committee will have the Mishloach Manot available for pick-up on Purim day--Friday, February 26th at 10am, or home delivered.
If you are interested in volunteering to distribute gift packages or if you know any members who live alone, please contact our shul Administrator.

Please make your contribution (and select Mishloach Manot in drop-down menu) by February 15th to be included in this unique opportunity.

We sincerely hope that our entire community remains healthy, safe and hopeful as the COVID vaccine rolls out. While we remain apart, we navigate ways to keep our Shul active and thriving. We hope that you will celebrate Purim in meaningful and safe ways and will contribute to our Mishloach Manot 2021 project.

Please note: by donating you are not fulfilling the mitzvah of mishloach manot.  That must be done individually. The same goes for Matanot l'Evyonim.  

Welcome Rabbi Leead Staller and Shoshana Bachrach

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Since Rosh Hashanah of 5781, we have been blessed with a new Rabbi at our shul. Rabbi Leead and Shoshana have brought great light to our community. They teach us, share with us, inspire us and strengthen our bonds.

If you would like to suggest an idea or ask a question, write Rabbi Leead an email.  

JOIN US ON ZOOM

If anyone would like assistance from the Stanton community during this challenging time, please email chesed@stantonstshul.com. A list of resources is available here.

Connect with us virtually for now, and we hope to see you in person again soon.

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in the heart of the Lower East Side.

The Stanton Street Shul is a unique, intimate Modern Orthodox congregation. Located at 180 Stanton Street, in a lovingly restored historic building, we serve the diverse population of Lower Manhattan and beyond.

Stanton is home to a vibrant and growing community. People of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of observance gather for weekly Shabbat services and lively kiddushim, life-cycle events, beginner and advanced level classes, kids programming, women’s tefillah services, young professional events, guest lectures, holiday and garden parties, community dinners, chesed activities, art exhibits, music performances, cultural events, tours and more.

We celebrate diversity while focusing on what we share in common, welcoming all who seek a place of heartfelt Jewish prayer and community, guided by our motto,

“All are welcome, all  feel welcome.”

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