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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 (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. 

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Mishna Shiur
8 - 9pm   

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

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Torah for the Plague
8:30 p.m.

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. 

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Wednesday Night Game Night

Come and socialize with other members of the DN community. We'll hang out in small groups to chat for a bit, and then break up into small groups to play a few social games. Options include Scattegories, Pictionary, Trivia, Boggle, and more! No experience necessary. Organized by the Hospitality Committee.

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Teachings of Wonder, Wisdom and Values with Joe Septimus

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.

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Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat

Join us to welcome Shabbat together as a community.
We will begin at 7pm and finish in plenty of time for candle lighting.
Kaddish will be recited during mincha. This week, Kabbalat Shabbat will be led by Rachel Mackson-Landsberg followed by a dvar Torah by Molly Pollak.

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Candle Lighting: 8:13pm




Tot Tefillah in the Park - Central Park in the 90s

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. RSVP for exact location.

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

Bring your own siddur. Space is limited. We are limiting capacity to 10% 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. Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Please RSVP by Friday at noon so we can ensure we have a minyan. You will receive an email Friday confirming your reservation.

Social Gathering in the Park - Central Park in the 90s
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. RSVP for exact location.


Havdalah: 9:13pm

Virtual Havdalah
9:25 - 10pm

Join DN members Avram Mlotek and Yael Kornfeld-Mlotek
for havdalah followed by Divrei Torah and songs. Havdalah meets every other week. After this Shabbat, the next session will be July 11.

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Readings for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: A Class for Middle and High School Students - Taught by Wendy Amsellem
Mondays and Wednesdays from July 6 to 29, 2-3pm via Zoom. After taking the class, the students will write reflections on the story of their choice. We will then publish these reflections as part of a high holiday companion to share with the Darkhei Noam community. Click here for more information including the full schedule and to register.

Please join us for a Darkhei Noam Community Book Club discussion of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:30pm. Click here for more information and to register.

Community Annoucements

  • Mazal tov to Daphna Ezrachi and Yitz Landes and big brother Shai on the birth of a baby boy, Yehonatan Ze’ev.

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.

Sat, July 4 2020 12 Tammuz 5780