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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, in-person services have been suspended.

Community update posted here (May 22, 2020)

This Week at Darkhei Noam


9:15 a.m.
Start your day with Darkhei by davening shacharit together- Sundays at 9:15am and Mondays - Fridays at 8am. Kaddish will be recited. To join:  


Daily Shacharit
8:00 a.m.

Kaddish will be recited. To join:  

Cooking and Cocktails
8:00 p.m.

Get ready for Shavuot with some new recipes. We'll make some classics, some new recipes, and also enjoy a Shavuot-themed cocktail. 

Get the ingredient list  so we can make the food and drink together on Tuesday night! To join:

Torah for the Plague
8:30 p.m.

Join Dan Smokler Tuesdays, 8:30-9:15 p.m. for an interactive study,  learning primary Jewish sources on the weekly Torah Portion and upcoming holidays to glean a unique meaning for this particularly difficult moment. 

Sources for study can be found here .
To join:


8:00 a.m.

Kaddish will be recited. To join:  

Pre-Shavuot guest lecture: Prof. Aaron Koller
8:30 p.m.
To help get in the Shavuot spirit of learning, Prof. Aaron Koller, chair of the Robert M. Beren Department of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, will teach about “Why was the Torah not given to Avraham? Criticism of Avraham in Shavuot piyyutim and in the Jewish tradition".

To join:


8:00 a.m.

Kaddish will be recited. To join:  

Mincha and Yizkor
7:00 p.m.

Because we can’t gather in person on yontif, we’ll recite Yizkor as a community after Mincha and before candle lighting.

Darkhei Noam’s Yizkor booklet can be downloaded here.
To join:  

Shavuot - First Night
Candles: 8:01

Don’t forget to make an eruv tavshilin


Erev Shabbat and Shavuot - Second Day
Candles: 8:01


Saturday night
Havdalah: 9:02

Virtual Havdalah
9:15-9:45 p.m.

Join Base and Darkhei Noam on Saturday night, starting with havdalah followed by Divrei Torah and songs. Led by Avram Mlotek and Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek. To join:

Upcoming Programs

Teachings of Wonder, Wisdom and Values with Joe Septimus
Thursdays at 8 p.m., resumes next week

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:

Mishna Shiur
Mondays, 8:30 - 9:30pm beginning June 1

Join Darkhei Noam community members and Yuri Simon on Monday nights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for a Mishna Shiur led by Yuri. The first shiur will be this Monday, June 1. (Note date change) 

Please try to be at the first session if at all possible if you are interested, as he will discuss what will covered, and also so that he can properly gauge interest. If you think you may be interested but cannot be there this Monday, please email Yuri at

To join:

Community Annoucements

  • Mazal tov to Rabba Wendy Amsellem and Rabbi Mike Moskowitz on celebrating their aufruf with us at Kabbalat Shabbat this week. Mazal tov to the Amsellem and Moskowitz families! We hope you can join us at the virtual aufruf.
  • Mazal tov to Avi Flatto-Katz for winning the US Chidon Ha-Tanach/National Bible Contest last week (Hebrew Middle School division). Mazal tov to Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, Dr. Sharon Flatto, and Gabi Flatto-Katz.
  • Mazal tov to Dr. Mindy Feldman Hecht, Ed.D., who graduated from Teachers College on Wednesday, May 20.
  • Darkhei Noam regrets to announce the passing of Doris Shaiman, mother of DN members Joel and Harriet Shaiman, grandmother of Aaron, Benjamin, and Sydney. There will be a private graveside funeral in Wilkes Barre, PA on Sunday.  
    Shiva will take place over Zoom, with details to follow.
  • Darkhei Noam regrets to announce the passing of Beverly Mohrer, mother of DN members Jonathan and Jill Mohrer, on Wednesday. She leaves behind three children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. DN shiva visitors are welcome on Friday from 11am to noon:
  • Darkhei Noam regrets to announce the passing of Jill Drollinger, grandmother of Nathan and Rachelle Steiger. She leaves behind her 8 children, 27 grand-children and 27 great-grand children.

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

Join Our 2020 Spring Campaign

Click here for more information on our spring campaign or here to make a donation.


  • 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.

Fri, May 29 2020 6 Sivan 5780