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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.

We meet for Kabbalat Shabbat outdoors and Shabbat morning services at 150 West 85th Street (MCS), between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

Click here for information on our Covid protocols (updated Jan 6, 2022).

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.



Candle Lighting: 4:42pm


Kabbalat Shabbat - Riverside Park

Email for more information.




Shabbat Davening and Kiddush - 150 West 85 Street (MCS)

  • Kiddush this week is sponsored by Ann and Dov Scherzer in memory of Dov's father, Seymour Scherzer, z"l.

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.


Kids' Parsha Group - 150 West 85 Street (MCS)
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.


Tot Tefillah in the Park (weather permitting)
(email for more information)
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.
In the event of inclement weather, Tot Tefillah will not meet. 


Parsha Group for Teens (7th grade and up) - 150 West 85 Street (MCS)

Together we will explore the weekly Torah portion in an easy going, interesting and conversational fashion. In particular, we will look at the questions all young people are thinking about these days, as refracted through the Torah portion: Who am I? What do I want to do with my life? Who are my real friends? What do I hope to become and why? How do I get through the crazy of life and still be a normal young person? That kind of stuff. We don't pretend to have any answers for these questions, but we do think that exploring them together, with the wisdom of the Torah helps us live a little better. If you're interested in joining, please contact Peter Beinart at​​​
Masks and vaccination required.


Havdalah: 5:43pm



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:



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

  • We regret to announce the passing of Marcia Horvath, mother of DN members Jordan Horvath (and Elana Elster), grandmother of Sarah and Paul Horvath. In-person shiva will take place at Jordan and Elana's apartment (email Jordana for address) on Tues, Wed, Thur, and Sun 4:30-7pm. Zoom shiva will take place Tues, 8-10pm; Wed & Thurs, 2-4pm & 8-10pm; Fri, 10am-12pm; Sat, 8-10pm; and Sun 2-4pm & 8-10pm. Email for link.

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.

  • 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.

Tue, January 18 2022 16 Shevat 5782