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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 outdoors or over Zoom and inside for Shabbat Shacharit. You must register in advance in order to attend Shacharit davening (see below).

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:
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.


Friday Night

Candle Lighting: 5:36pm


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. 




Shacharit and Torah Reading - 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 advance. 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 on the north side of 85th street and follow the path up and to the left.


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.
Location: Enter Central Park on the north side of 85th street and follow the path up and to the left.


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.
Location: 86th and CPW in the dog run of central park. 


Social Gathering in the Park (weather permitting)
11:15am - 1pm
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 on the north side of 85th street and follow the path up and to the left.

Havdalah: 6:34pm



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. 

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

To join:
Meeting ID: 886 3453 4435      Passcode: 221543

Community Annoucements

  • Mazal tov to Shula and Tzachie Puder and big sister Vered Chana on the birth of Yael Tzipora on October 7! To help with meals for the newly enlarged family (organized by friends),
    please sign up here.
  • Mazal tov to David and Rebecca Rendsburg and big sister Dot on the birth of a baby girl!
  • Mazal tov to Abbe Pick and Dani Katz on their upcoming wedding! 
  • We regret to announce the passing of Eve Stern, mother of Darkhei Noam members Yaakov Stern and Sharon Samet. 
    Virtual Memorial: Mon, Oct 19, 12 - 1pm.
    To Join:
    Dial: 646 558 8656          Meeting ID: 991 2864 2098
    Zoom Shiva: Sun, Oct 18 - Wed Oct 21, 8 - 9 pm; Mon, Oct 19 - Wed, Oct 21, 10 - 11 am  
    To join:
    Dial: 646 558 8656          Meeting ID: 938 5956 8507

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].

  • 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.

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781