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Shabbat Ends: 8:51 PM


UMJCA Religious Council Announcement


To our dear Mashadi community,
Due to Tropical Storm Isaias, there has been extensive damage to the Great Neck Eruv. Lines are down and repairs are dependent on PSEG crews. It not clear yet whether or not it will be ready for Shabbat, and at this time we should be prepared for it to be down.Regarding the general laws of Eruv, here are some practical things to be aware of. When the Eruv is down:
- All forms of carrying are forbidden anywhere outside of a private area. This includes carrying keys, a mask, and even tissues in your pocket (wearing a mask on your face is ok).
- Remember to check your pockets before leaving your house.
Strollers and baby carriages cannot be pushed and children should not be carried.
- One may not ride a bicycle.
Please be in touch with our Rabbanim and Religious Council for any questions you have and for further updates about the Eruv before Shabbat.
Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Shabbat.
UMJCA Religious Council


A Weekly NEW ZOOM class series For Women

Fridays at 7:00 pm
Women’s Kabalat Shabbat: “Words of Inspiration by Ladies and Girls of our Community

Click Here for Login Info and Guest Speakers


BLOCKBUSTER Announcements for Ohr Esther!

1) KIDS ARE BACK! Junior khazans....Ices....& Free Football cards!!
2) August Express: 9:30 Baruch Sh’Amar,10:15 Torah (don't blink!) 11:20 Rabbi speech, 11:30 OVER!
3) ATTIRE: Covid Chic = Button down + slacks + mask. No ties allowed on premises!
4) Free iced coffee (must attend M-F or Shabbat)
Follow @OhrEsther for Fresh Contents!!!!


Shaare Rachamim Announcement

In order to abide by social distancing protocol and to add additional services to the community the Shaare Rachamim Board would like to announce the start of a new 8:30 am Minyan.
The Minyanim available now are:
8:30 am - on main floor - 9:00 am - outdoors in the tent - 9:30 am - in the main sanctuary - Shabbat Shalom

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Coffee Bar at the Shaare Rachamim Tent

Congregation Shaare Rachamim is happy to announce the Shabbat ‘Coffee Bar in the outdoor Tent. Ice-Coffee flavors of the Week: (NEW) Oreo Cookie Flavor, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Chocolate. For our health-conscious members, we will be serving a Sugar Free blend.


Rabbanit Coty Bitton NEW Torah class for the women

Join Rabbanit Coty Bitton for a new Torah class for the women of the community in the tent at Shaare Rachamim on Shabbat. Class this week will begin at 6:45 pm. Click Here for the Flyer and More Info


Shaare Shalom Announcement

In the past few months many people have borrowed Siddurim & Machzorim from Shaare Shalom. Kindly return anything you have borrowed as we are missing many items from our shelves.
Thank you in advance. Submitted by Parham Shaer.

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Mashadi Women's Shabbat Spice

A weekly dose of wisdom & insights on the Parasha to spice up your Shabbat table! Each week features articles by two women of the community. To receive this week's edition, subscribe weekly, or to write for us: email mashadishabbatspice@gmail.com. Submitted by Ashley Namdar.

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Introducing the Great Neck Kosher Food Pantry

July 30, 2020
Introducing the Great Neck Kosher Food Pantry:
The UMJCA Central Board is happy to announce the soft opening of our new UMJCA Kosher Food Pantry, also known as the Great Neck Kosher Food Pantry. The pantry is here to serve individuals of all ages & families in need of Kosher food and supplies in Great Neck, and the surrounding towns. We have been approved by the Island Harvest and Long Island Cares Food Banks and will be receiving groceries and daily living essentials from them as well. We expect to help 85+ families each week. We have just opened an Instagram page @GreatNeckKosherFoodPantry where we will update everyone on our progress and monthly statistics. Please be sure to follow us. If you are a family in need, a family that would like to support this cause or would like to see what the pantry looks like, please contact Melody Aziz at (516) 400-3026 or e-mail: Foodpantry@umjca.org Sponsorship opportunities are available and greatly appreciated. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Mr. Morris Aziz – (516) 850-8787 or Jonathan Hazghiyan (516) 241-9898

Click Here for the Official UMJCA Letter

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The Sisterhood 6th Grade Bar/Batmitzvah List for the 2020-2021 school year sign up has begun!

This list becomes very useful when planning a Bar/Batmitzvah party. We are now starting our 2020-2021 school year list and would like to add the incoming 6th graders. To register simply click on the link below.
Submitted by Lena Kavakeb

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MYC Presents: Camp Lavi 2020!

Join us for our annual Summer Getaway for an all inclusive weekend lakeside with kayaking, paint balling, dune buggies, Wibbit on the lake, and more. Early Bird ends 8/1 , signups close 8/12. Venmo @mycofficial to reserve your spot, open to MYC singles. Strict Covid-19 precautions to be observed. Click Here for the Flyer and More Info


Shabbat Shiur with Rabbi Maroof at Ohr Esther are BACK

Starting this Shabbat July 18th, Rabbi Maroof will be resume his
Shabbat Morning Class at 9:10 am at Ohr Esther, 130 Steamboat Rd. Submitted by Micky Ghalandar.

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COVID Rent Relief Program

Dear community members, there is a Rent Relieve Program that can help many people during this COVID-19 crisis! Please share the info! The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness. The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance. Eligible households must meet the following criteria:
Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income must have been below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size. You can find your county’s area median income, based on your household size: www.hcr.ny.gov/eligible-income-limits-80-ami-county
Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been paying more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent. Gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.)
Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.
See our FAQs below for more information.
To apply see the application section of see below.
For assistance with problems with your application, please call the Call Center at (833) 499-0318.
Call Center support is available from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP - website
https://hcr.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/07/paper-application-hohincomeproof-7.14.2020-clean.pdf - application
Submitted by Anna Carmili

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Weekly Newsletter of the Mashadi Jewish Community of Milan. Clicca qui per Noam News


Preserve Your Story & Our Community's History!

Historian Dr. Hilda Nissimi is researching Mashadi Jews' stories and family histories, and their experiences of migration and absorption into the Jewish community in New York. We are looking for multi-generational Mashadis to interview for this project, including those born in and outside of Iran. If you would like to share your or your family's story, please reach out to Research Assistant Lerone Edalati at 516-244-6269 or lerone.edalati@gmail.com. Interviews will be conducted virtually and can be completely anonymous. Any help in locating documents, letters, personal memoirs or pictures would be deeply appreciated.

پروژه حفظ تاريخ مهاجرت جامعه مشهدی معاصر در نقاط مختلف دنيا

مورخ دکتر هیلدا نسیمی تحقیق در مورد تجربیات یهودیان چند نسل از جامعه مشهدی در زمینه مهاجرت و جذب جهانی به جوامع مختلف - ایالات متحده، اروپا، واسرائیل. این تحقیق به ما در درک بهتر تاریخ مشهدی ها در قرن بیستم و بيست و يكم کمک مى كند. ما برای اين پروژه احتياج به مصاحبه با نسلهاى مختلف جامعه مشهدی داريم. اگر شما یا هر کسی که می شناسید مايل است داستان مهاجرت خود یا خانواده خود را به نیویورک (یا مكانهاى دیگر) به اشتراك بگذارد، لطفاً به معاون پژوهشی ليرن عدالتى وستهايم، فرزند ديانا و داريوش عدالتى، مراجعه نماييد (lerone.edalati@gmail.com; 516-244-6269). مصاحبه ها بصورت مجازی انجام می شود و می تواند کاملاً خصوصى باشد. کلیه درخواستهای مربوط به مصاحبه به صورت محرمانه بر قرار خواهد شد

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Rabbi Ezrahian Classes on Zoom

If you have missed the popular Rabbi Ezrahian Classes on Zoom, you can watch the recordings at http://kanissanews.com/rabbiezrahian


In this week's Shalom Week:

Dear Reader, because of the power outage we were not able to produce Shalom Week in its regular format. This week’s edition will include the English text only.

Go to www.kanissanews.com/shalomweek.pdf

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Shalom Week has been printed uninterrupted for over 25
years and distributed to many Synagogues. We are continuing to produce an issue every week on Kanissa News (also available on Facebook and Instagram). The Editors would like to thank Mrs. Mina Khordipour for volunteering to continue with her help in producing Shalom Week. Please spread the word to your family and friends that Shalom Week is available online and can be printed (before Shabbat!) for those who prefer a printed copy. If you would like your Mazaltov with a picture included, please email to kanisssanews@gmail.com and holondon@aol.com or whatsapp/text to (516) 350 - 0354 by Wednesday Night.

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NEW Central Board Update – May 21, 2020

Dear Community members: First and foremost, we hope you and your family are doing well and have been staying safe during these past few months. As always, we would like to extend our gratitude for your generous support of the United Mashadi Jewish Community of America, and wish you and your family success, health and happiness.
As you are aware, our centers have now been closed since March, and we have put all our efforts into minimizing our operating expenses as best as possible. As we prepare for our potential re-opening, we will need everybody's support and cooperation, as the process will take time and will be new to everyone. In order to get our centers back open, with our staff and security (even if not at full capacity), we will be counting on all past pledges to be paid, as well as new Kavods, so as to sustain the increase in expenses. We kindly ask that any unpaid balances, if possible, can be paid in full. In addition, any new donations would be greatly appreciated in any denominations. Your current statement will be arriving by mail in the coming days. If you have any questions regarding your existing account, please contact the synagogue office at 516-487-3636.

Past payments as well as new pledges can be made through the following methods:

a) sending a check to Shaare Shalom

b) through the Venmo app: @UMJCA

c) through our online fundraising page: www.gofundme.com/f/e7ytj-umjca-operations

Sincerely, UMJCA Central Board

Click Here for the Official Central Board Letter



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A NEW Service by Kanissa News and Shalom Week

Livian and Abdolazadeh families for the engagement of Aviel & Odelia

Zar and Agus families for the engagement of Skylar & Joshua

Raymond & Sandy Mordekhai for the Barmitzvah of Ezra Moshe

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If you would like your Celebration and Picture listed in the Mazal Tov Page or Shalom Week, please email to kanissanews@gmail.com, or holondon@aol.com, whatsapp/text to (917) 859 - 0269 by Wednesday Night


Mr Bassalian Zoom Page

If you have missed the popular Mr Bassalian Classes on Zoom, you can watch the recordings at www.kanissanews.com/mrbassalian

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Sephardic Bet Midrash Presents:

SBM Daily Dose

Short, Powerful, and Life-Changing Daily Videos of Halacha, Inspiration & Parasha will be posted Every Single Day!

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WhatsApp: https://wa.me/15163870204?text=Add%20Me

Instagram @SBMDailyDose



For More information please contact SBM Daily Dose: (516) 387-0204

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Virtual Sedaka Box

Dear community members.
B”H We have a beautiful custom of giving Sedaka every day in our community. Community members who would attend Minyanim would give whatever amount they want, even a dollar a day during Shacharit and/or Mincha, which is given to the needy. Over the past few weeks, we haven't had the opportunity to attend a Minyan but we have a venmo account for the Charity Fund, that community members can give into a "Virtual Sedaka Box". Feel free to venmo any amount every day, and may the Mitzvah of Tzedakah keep us all safe and healthy B"H.
Venmo: @umjcacharityfund
You will be also able to venmo the amount contained of your SEDAKA BOXES
For umjca boxes, please use @umjcacharityfund
For angel fund boxes please use @umjcaangelfund.
Submitted by Moris Aziz

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Have Queens Hatzolah Volunteers ever been more VITAL to our Community?

Click Here for a Special Video Presentation

Click Here to Show Your Support

Submitted by Michael Livi


You can now add AMAZON SMILE to your mobile apps

Registering with AmazonSmile gives .5% of all your amazon purchases back to UMJCA.

How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app:

1) Join AmazonSmile - If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ch/select?ie=UTF8&orig=Lz9yZWY9ZGF5b25lX3VzX3NtaWxlaG93dG9fMQ%3D%3D

Simply select "United Mashadi Jewish Community of America Inc" as your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you.

2) Get the app - Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

3) Turn on AmazonSmile - Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

As easy as 1-2-3 youre done. All of your future amazon purchases will have a portion donated back to UMJCA.

Submitted by Mika Hakimi


Learning Together While Apart

UMJCA in conjunction with Shaare Shalom, Ohr Esther, Shaare Rachamim, SBM and MYC Present: "Learning Together While Apart". While we all try getting through these challenging times, the Rabbis and teachers in our community have agree to continue giving their Shiurim and Lectures through the internet. Using online platforms like Zoom and FaceBook Live, we are able to stay connected even while in isolation. With over 1500 participants this past week, we have decided to continue the virtual learning next week. Each day, there are 12-15 different Shiurim for both men and women.

To be notified of the Shiur times, topics and how to listen live, you can go to:

- Kanissa News App - Updated Daily
- Apple Store Download
- Google Play Download

- Kanissa News Website- Updated Daily

- Join the Whatsapp Admin Only Chats.
Invite Link for Men Only Chat:
Invite Link for Women Only Chat:

May our Community always stay united, and Be'ezrat Hashem, in the Zechut of our Torah Learning, may both our Community and the entire world be protected from the virus.
For more information please contact: Michael Livi (516) 782-7720 or Kelly Namdar (516) 996-6606


UMJCA Chesed - Elderly Supermarket Delivery Services

Dear Community Members, As one of the projects the Central Board was looking to put forth for the community, we are proud to announce the creation of the UMJCA Chesed Committee. The objective of this new committee will be to engage all members, old and young, to partake in various acts of chesed, such as soup kitchens, clothing drives, and the like on behalf of the Mashadi community. For it’s first initiative, given the current situation we are in, we are happy to announce that we are
coordinating food deliveries from Shop Delight and Everfresh for only those individuals over the age of 70 to protect the elderly and lessen the congestion in our grocery stores: Steps for Food Delivery:
1) Please call 516.350.8787 and leave a message for one of our members to call you back, or send an email
to chesed@umjca.org with the following information: a. Grocery Store (Shop Delight or Everfresh)
b. Your First Name, Last Name and Phone Number
c. The Delivery Address
d. The List of Items You Need
e. Your Credit Card Number, Expiration Date and Zip Code
2) We will contact and order the items on your behalf and provide your billing information. We will then reply to you or call you back with the total amount and date/time of delivery.
3) Volunteers for delivery will always wear protective masks and gloves and will not interact with the recipient. They will leave the box of items behind the door and ring the doorbell.
May the good deeds of our volunteers warrant the grace of Hashem to bring us out of this uncomfortable situation.
UMJCA Central Board.
Click Here for More Info - Flyer One
Click Here for More Info - Flyer Two

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UMJCA Parties Calendar

During this difficult time we would like to encourage happy occasions and khoshees within our community. Therefore the Central Board has taken the initiative to help with scheduling these events, and to make it easier we have published the community calendar online. This calendar will be updated in real-time.

All rules will still be strictly enforced, with certain exceptions made to those affected directly in this Coronavirus time period.

For the remainder of 2020, only weddings and morning bar-mitzvahs can be reserved.

Please contact Mitra Heskia at mitraheskia@gmail.com to reserve a date. Reservation are confirmed only when you receive a confirmation email.


Click Here for the Central Board Calendar Rules and Guidelines

Submitted by Nasi Gorjian


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