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                        About Darkhei Noam

DARKHEI NOAM is a lay-led partnership minyan and halachic Jewish community on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that meets for Shabbat and Holiday services.

Due to concern over COVID-19, we meet for Kabbalat Shabbat and Musaf services outdoors and inside for Shabbat Shacharit and Torah Reading (150 West 85 Street). 

 Darkhei Noam's 2021 Spring Campaign

Our 2021 Spring Campaign is underway and we are half way to our $100,000 campaign target for our shul!
Click here for more information on our spring campaign.
You can make a contribution using our general donation form.

Updated COVID-19 Protocols

In accordance with the current New York State regulations and with guidance from Darkhei Noam's Planning Committee, click here for our updated Shabbat protocols.

This Week at Darkhei Noam


Monday - Friday @ 8am; Sunday @ 9:15am
Start your day with Darkhei and join with other community members for davening and kaddish. Our vibrant daily minyan is a great way to stay connected during this challenging time. 

To join:
Meeting ID: 100 602 277      Passcode: 784642

Click here for a Virtual Tefillah Handbook, compiled by Talia Hurwich, which explains such things as the order of Shacharit and Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat.



Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat at Riverside (weather permitting)

Click here to read our updated Covid-19 protocols.

We hope to welcome as many of the DN community to outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat and outdoor Musaf. Please let us know at if you need any accommodations to help you to be there.


Candle Lighting: 8:09pm




Shacharit and Torah Reading - MCS (150 West 85 Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam)

Click here to read our updated Covid-19 protocols.

We have a misheberach list for those who cannot be in shul on during Shacharit on Shabbat. If you would like your name or the name of a loved one to be given to the gabbais at Shacharit on Shabbat, please contact Jordana.


Tot Tefillah in the Park (weather permitting)

Bring a blanket for your family and gather together for a socially distanced Tot Tefillah in the Park. If you can, please bring copy of the Tot Tefillah siddur and a stuffed torah. Grape juice and individually portioned snacks will be provided for "kiddush" afterwards.

Musaf and Kiddush in the Park (weather permitting)

Click here to read our updated Covid-19 protocols.

In the event of inclement weather, Musaf will take place at MCS and will follow the "rules" for indoor davening. 

  • Thank you to Rachel Rosenthal, Yair Rosenberg, and Eva for sponsoring kiddush in honor of Jordana Barnett and Talia Kahan on the occasion of their graduation from high school, and in honor of all the Torah they've made the time to learn over the last four years.
  • Thank you to Sol Zalcgendler and Susan Rosen for sponsoring kiddush on the occasion of the yahrzeit of Sol's mother, Ruth Caspary Zalcgendler z"l.

We hope to welcome as many of the DN community to outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat and outdoor Musaf. Please let us know at if you need any accommodations to help you to be there.


Kids' Parsha Group in the Park (weather permitting) 

This Shabbat kids ages 4-12 will gather for a discussion of this weeks Torah portion, a secret password and some ring pops led by Rabbi Dan Smokler (father of Shalev and Nadiv). All backgrounds and levels welcome. We will be wearing masks. Join us! Prize awarded for coolest mask, prettiest mask and most effective mask.


Havdalah: 9:10pm



Mishna Shiur  
8 - 9pm   

Join Darkhei Noam community members and Yuri Simon on Tuesday nights from 8 to 9 pm for a Mishna Shiur.

To join:
Meeting ID: 873 5964 7358      Passcode: 545504


Torah for the Plague
8:30 pm

Join Dan Smokler for an interactive study, learning primary Jewish sources on the weekly Torah Portion to glean a unique meaning for this particularly difficult moment. 

To join:


Explorations of Contemporary Halakhic Challenges with R. Ysoscher Katz, semester 2
8 - 9pm

This semester the class invites members to become active participants in an ongoing workshop dealing with the halakhic questions raised by transgender issues. The issues are multifaceted and will be examined from a variety of angles.

To join:
Meeting ID: 876 1154 8675     Passcode: 105852



Teachings of Wonder, Wisdom and Values with Joe Septimus
8 pm

We will explore selected teachings from Torah, Talmud, Midrash, and various other sources. The texts are rich in literary style, their willingness to confront the strengths and weaknesses of human nature, and their exploration of godliness and universal realities. Our texts and discussion will enhance and deepen our appreciation of life’s wisdom and Jewish values. 

To join:
Meeting ID: 886 3453 4435      Passcode: 221543

Community Annoucements

  • Mazal tov to Zelda Stern on being named one of Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and The Forward 16 over 61

We invite you to send us your community announcements to share with the community.


  • Mental Health Support: New York City has compiled a list of resources that might help. Go to for help- both Covid related and not. Or, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355) or text "WELL" to 65173* for help.

  • Click here for a list of free community resources including kosher grab-and-go food and mental health resources.

  • Support Our Local Businesses: Many local establishments are struggling and can use our support. Download this handy app to find a kosher restaurant that is open and will happily deliver: 

  • West Side Judaica - To place an order or ask for more information, please email or call 212 362 7846.

  • Virtual museum tours, Broadway shows and operas, and lots more free things to do. Click here for a list of free online events, programs, and activities.

  • We are deeply moved by the number of members who have already volunteered to support each other in various ways. This is what defines Darkhei Noam. Please let us know if you need anything or if you would like to join the volunteer effort or have other ideas about how we can stay connected.

  • Some of our members have asked about the halakhic basis for our virtual daily "minyan." Click here for a brief explanation prepared at our request by DN member Rabbi Ysoscher Katz. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Ysoscher or any of the other members of the ritual committee.

5781 Membership

As a growing minyan, we are solely dependent on membership and other contributions from our community to meet our operating expenses. Darkhei Noam invites you to renew your membership or join as a member for the first time. We welcome everyone to join as members irrespective of financial contributions.  We are deeply appreciative of all support from our community. Please keep in mind that membership dues alone only cover 25% of our budget costs. Therefore, we also ask that those members who have the ability to make an additional contribution please consider doing so.

To join or renew as a member, please click here.

Sun, June 13 2021 3 Tammuz 5781