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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 (150 West 85 Street). You must register in advance in order to attend Shacharit davening (see below).

 Darkhei Noam's 2021 Spring Campaign

Fifteen months ago, if you’d told us that Darkhei Noam would be meeting outdoors every Shabbat, bouncing between Riverside and Central Parks with -- maybe -- 35 people coming to MCS every week, I’d have wondered what had gone so wrong.

But as the pandemic struck, if you’d said that every week, we’d have 30 people coming together for daily Shacharit, 40 people for Kabbalat Shabbat, be 35-strong inside for Shabbat Shacharit, and have more than 120 people come to a frozen hill in Central Park on Saturday morning for kids’ programming and Musaf, we wouldn’t have believed it possible either.

Read more here.

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 (weather permitting) - Soldiers and Sailors Monument (89th and Riverside)

Bring your own siddur and join us at Soldiers and Sailors Monument at 89th Street and Riverside. As with our outdoor davening, children are welcome if they can remain masked and stay near a parent at all times. 
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: 7:47pm




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

We are pleased to announce the return of divrei Torah to Shacharit at MCS.

Bring your own siddur, chumash, tallit, and kippah. Space is limited. We are limiting capacity to 60 people, approximately 25% 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. 

Click here to register.

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

Musaf in the Park (weather permitting)

Bring your siddur and join us in the Park for Musaf. In the event of inclement weather, Musaf will take place at MCS with those who registered for Shacharit and will follow the "rules" for indoor davening.
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.

Social Gathering in the Park (weather permitting)

Thank you to Hannah Rothstein and Tzvi Borenstein for sponsoring kiddush in memory of their son Yosef and in memory of Hannah's father William.

Thank you to Jill and Jonathan Mohrer for sponsoring kiddush in memory of Jonathan's mother, Beverly Mohrer, on her first yahrzeit.

Havdalah: 8:48pm



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

Click here for more information on the class.



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 DN members Jenny Chubak and Etan Slomovic on the birth of a baby girl, Orly Sabina, and to Abby Knopp and Freddy Slomovic on the birth of their new granddaughter. Mazal tov to the whole Chubak-Slomovic family. Click here if you would like to provide a meal for the growing family.
  • Mazal tov to DN members Ann and Dov Scherzer on the engagement of their son Jonathan to Danielle Medin.
  • Mazal tov to DN members Hannah Rothstein and Tzvi Borenstein on the birth of a grandson, son to their children Gavriel and Gittie Borenstein. Mazel tov also to Gittie's mother Nechama Spiegel.

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.

Sat, May 15 2021 4 Sivan 5781