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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 services over Zoom and in-person for Shabbat Shacharit. You must register in advance in order to attend Shacharit davening (see below).

Community update posted here (June 19, 2020)

This Week at Darkhei Noam


Mondays - Fridays @ 8am Sundays @ 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:

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


Friday Night

Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat

Join us to welcome Shabbat together as a community.
We will finish in plenty of time for candle lighting.
Kaddish will be recited during mincha.  

To join:

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

Candle Lighting: 7:46pm



We hope that you will join us for our various Shabbat activities this week, listed below. Please RSVP by Thursday at 6pm for Shacharit so we can gauge our numbers. It is also crucial that we have records of attendees in the event that we have to notify people as part of contact tracing.

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

Bring your own siddur, chumash, tallit, and kippah. Space is limited. We are limiting capacity to 15% of our space. Those in attendance who are not part of the same nuclear family must social distance; you must reserve spots for each member of your group who wishes to attend. 

Registration is a commitment to attend and arrive on time. You must register in order to attend. We cannot accommodate walk-ins.


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. Individually wrapped grape juice and snacks will be provided for "kiddush" afterwards.

Location: Enter Central Park at the NE corner of the 97th street entrance, and go left around the bend. 


Social Gathering in the Park (weather permitting)
5 - 7pm

Bring a blanket to sit on and come by to say hi. You may bring food for members of your household, but it should not be shared.

Location: Enter Central Park at 96th Street and Central Park West on the south side.


Havdalah: 8:35pm


No Virtual Havdalah This Week
Join DN members Avram Mlotek and Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek every other week for havdalah followed by Divrei Torah and songs. The next session will be August 22.

To join: 



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:


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:



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. 

This class is a continuation of Joe's Shabbat morning shiur; all are welcome to attend.

To join:




Book Club for Middle Schoolers
Sunday, August 23, 3:30-4:30pm

For our next book, we will read The Schwa Was Here by Neal Schusterman.
Click here for more information.

Community Annoucements

  • Mazal Tov to Eric Peterman on the marriage of his daughter Ana to Benjamin Jubas! Mazal tov to the Peterman and Jubas families!

  • Mazal tov to Carol Spanbock on the birth of a granddaughter! Mazal tov to the proud parents Sara and Jason Genrich. 

  • Mazal tov to Stacey and Rob Schlissel and big brother Hudson on the birth of a baby girl - Sarina Eden (Sara Eden) Schlissel.

  • Mazal Tov to Beth & Abe Rosenberg and Deborah & Barry Berg on the birth of their granddaughter Sloane Ruthie Berg and to the proud parents Marissa & Zachary Berg. Mazel Tov to the great grandparents, Sandra and Gerald Fineberg & Lili Goldberg.

  • Mazal tov to Layla Barnett who will celebrate her bat mitzvah with us this Shabbat.

  • Mazal tov to Abbe Pick on her engagement to Dani Katz!

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


  • The Pandemic Journaling Project was created through the University of Connecticut to make sure that ordinary people struggling through this pandemic have their voices heard, and their experiences remembered. Click here for more information.

  • 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 will remain open exclusively for phone orders, storefront pickups, shipping and free, door-to-door delivery in Manhattan. To place an order or ask for more information, please email or call 212 362 7846.

  • Since the UWS does not have a public central location for Kosher Grab n Go, they'll be delivering to homes instead. So, if you or someone you know would be interested, email Shelly Fine [or 917-453-3911] with your name, address, phone, and number of people [confidentiality will be respected].

  • The New York primaries, including for president, will be held on June 23rd. New York State has issued an order allowing us to cast our ballots safely from the comfort of our homes. To register for an absentee ballot, click on this link, enter your name, address, and check “temporary illness” to indicate the coronavirus is the reason you’re requesting a mail-in ballot.

  • 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.

5780 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.

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