The story of Boca Raton Synagogue begins in May 1983, when three couples had a vision. Issy and Riwella Bruk, Albert a”h and Tamar Nawy, and Neville and Britt Ziff met to explore the possibility of establishing an orthodox synagogue in Boca Raton.

By the fall, other key founders joined in these discussions. They included Leonard and Trudy Sponder, Jonathan and Marion Santhouse, Stephen and Linda Marcus, Walter and Lillian Gettinger, Louis and Sylvia Thaler, Jerry and Gail Herbst, David and Carol Sclove, William and Debbie Rand, Yacov and Linda Shamash, and Jonathan and Patricia Stein.

Important Announcements

Covid-19 Update

April 2, 2020

Click HERE to read very important updates on Covid-19 policies.

Relief Resources for Small Businesses in Florida:

Department of Economic Opportunity - Emergency Bridge Loan Program: Activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opens March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020. Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in Florida affected by COVID-19 can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. These loans are interest-free for up to one year and are designed to bridge the gap to either federal SBA loans or commercially available loans. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020 and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19. Access HERE.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - SBA Disaster Assistance:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Apply for assistance HERE.

Resources for Families

April 2, 2020

PJ Library | https://pjlibrary.org/home & https://www.facebook.com/PjLibrarySouthPalmBeach/

- Lots of programs and resources for families every day

- Have you signed up for the gift of FREE Jewish Books? Visit us HERE.

- Kids ages 9-11 can choose a book each month for FREE TOO! Register at: www.pjourway.org

Amazon's Audible Complementary: Complementary for kids and teens as long as schools are closed. Access an incredible collection of books and audio stories. Click HERE.

Lion Country Safari | $15 drive through only Switcheroo Zoo- watch, listen and play games to learn about animals | www.switcheroozoo.com

Nat Geo for Kids | www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

Fun Brain- play games while practicing math and reading skills | www.funbrain.com

Library of Congress- great resourcses for families and kids | www.loc.gov/families

Code Academy- your kids can learn how to code | www.codeacademy.com

Scratch- program your own interactive stories and animations | www.scratch.mit.edu

Zoom Classes

March 23, 2020

Access all zoom classes in one place.

Join our Whatsapp group chat for a convenient way to access the links to all classes and programs on Zoom.

Click HERE to join.

Double Mitzvah

March 23, 2020

Please consider purchasing gift cards at local establishments that we can provide to those who are struggling. They can be dropped off in the mail slot in Rabbi Goldberg's office door at Shul.

Free Digital Download of Any Talmud or Mishnah Volume (From ArtScroll.com)

March 23, 2020

During these challenging times - as many parents and children are home seeking to take advantage of this opportunity to study Torah - we are privileged to offer you a free download of any single volume of the Schottenstien Edition of the Hebrew or English Talmud or the Schottenstien Edition Mishnah Elucidated.

Click HERE.

Prayer

March 23, 2020

For Those Saying Kaddish

The Sefer Hasidim, from the 12th century, lists a private prayer for those saying Kaddish, but can't get to a minyan. For all those having a Yahrzeit during this period of shul closures can say this Tefillah.

Click HERE to view or download image 1 for Kaddish

Click HERE to view or download image 2 for Kaddish

Mishna Club

March 23, 2020

All students can sign up to learn some mishnayos by clicking HERE to help us collectively finish Seder Moed together! We are hoping to finish within 2 weeks, by Sunday April 5th. Once we have finished we will make a virtual siyum for everyone!! More details to follow!

Youth & Teen | Tefillah Workshop

March 23, 2020

Contact Rabbi Eli Zians at 516-451-2123

Buddy System

March 23, 2020

Buddy System for Those who Cannot Go Out:

We are creating a buddy system for those who have been advised not to go out to help with shopping. If you are aware of neighbors or friends who may be in that category, please reach out to check in on them.

If you are in need of help shopping, please fill out this Google form HERE.

If you are in good health, have not been around those with a cold, cough or illness and are able to help shop for others, please fill out this Google form HERE.

Covid-19 Update

March 23, 2020

Personal Plea to Older Population:

Schools and the Shuls have closed, our entire way of life has radically changed, all in an effort to protect our collective health, but especially to protect the most vulnerable among us, including those over seventy years old.

If you are in an age or have a health condition that is considered at greater risk, we implore you to stay home as if your life depends on it. If you need shopping or provisions, we have a network who can help. Please stay put and reach out with any needs you may have. If you are in need of help shopping, please fill out this form HERE.

STOP going out! Don't risk your life!

If you are under seventy and in good health, please maximize your social distancing. Act as if you are essentially quarantining and only go out for essential reasons. Nobody is completely immune from this disease, regardless of age. Please - no playdates, no guests for Shabbos meals, and no social interactions with anyone outside of your own immediate family.

Laptops:

Carmi Gross has 5 laptops that can be lent out, please contact at csgross@gmail.com

Drop off Available at BRS

March 23, 2020

For those who need to drop off checks or correspondence, or sensitive questions, you can leave them in the mail slot outside Rabbi Goldberg's office, to the right of the main entrance.

BRS Office Hours

March 23, 2020

The BRS Office will be open for business, even while the Shul is closed for programs and services. Our congregants are asked not to come in person, but to contact our staff by calling 561-394-0394 or emailing the staff members directly. For general communication, please email info@brsonline.org

BRS Rabbis Available

March 23, 2020

Your Rabbis remain available and accessible for any questions or help you may need. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg - reg@brsonline.org

Rabbi Philip Moskowitz - rpm@brsonline.org

Rabbi David Shabtai, MD - rds@brsonline.org

Rabbi Rael Blumenthal - rrb@brsonline.org

Rabbi Josh Broide - joshbroide@yahoo.com

Rabbi Eli Zians - rez@brsonline.org

Rabbi Gershon Eisenberger - rge@brsonline.org

Mikvah Updates

March 23, 2020

The Mikvah hours have been reduced to 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM sharp.

The Men's Mikvah is closed but the Women's Mikvah and Keilim Mikvah remain open.

If going to the Keilim Mikvah, please prepare all your utensils in advance so you can minimize the time others need to wait. For those using the Keilim Mikvah, please carefully rinse whatever was immersed with soap and water and wash your hands carefully:

1. Please wear latex gloves when immersing vessels.

2. Wash hands both before and after using the mikvah.

3. Surfaces should be wiped down appropriately as often as possible.

#BRSALONETOGETHER

March 23, 2020

Let's Connect

We desperately want to feel connected to our BRS family, even while we must be apart at this time. Please post or share pictures of you and/or your family davening, learning, spending time with #BRSAloneTogether or send to Office@brsonline.org

Flowers for Shabbos, Delivered to Your Front Door:

The BRS Men's Club, in partnership with Boruch Len, want to help brighten your Shabbat table.

Show appreciation to your spouse that has been home all week with the kids, the teachers that are now teaching remotely, those you can't go to out or to work and are in quarantine, or just because you should have flowers on your Shabbas Table.

Click HERE & choose the type of flowers you want to complete your order (Orders must be in by Wednesday, 3:00 PM). Flowers will be delivered Thursday Night or Friday morning depending on availability. For the next 2 weeks, there will be free delivery to Montoya Circle residents!

Flowers will be left at the front door. No contact necessary.

BRS Tehillim

March 23, 2020

To join a group reciting Tehillim on behalf of those impacted by coronavirus, click HERE.

Join the Orthodox Union Today and Every Day at 1:00 PM EDT for Tehillim and Divrei Chizuk. To participate, please dial 773-377-9170

Due to the unfolding community crisis, we are gathering together to beseech HaKodosh Boruch Hu for His unlimited mercy and compassion. We ask Him to protect us and give us the strength to withstand the difficulties that we each may face in the time ahead.

Please join the Orthodox Union community for the recitation of Tehillim (chapters 20, 27 and 130) and divrei chizuk (words of inspiration) from our rabbanim.May the group recitation of Tehillim serve as a zchut (merit) for those who are ill and to ward off this pandemic.

Events Calendar

Events

Learn more about our events HERE.

Virtual Classes

Rabbi Goldberg's Whatsapp Groups

Whatsapp Groups

Go to rabbiefremgoldberg.org/whatsapp

More Whatsapp Groups for Learning

Whatsapp Groups

Daily Halakhah (on the Sephardic Announcement group) - With Rabbi David Shabtai.

Phone Chavrusa

Phone Chavrusa

If you are interested in setting up a phone chavrusa, contact Rabbi Shabtai at rss@brsonline.org or Rabbi Eli Zians at rez@brsonline.org

Torah Classes Online

Torah Classes

You can find classes from BRS rabbis and many others at YUTorah.org or Rabbi Goldberg's classes, including the series on Living With Emunah, on rabbiefremgoldberg.org.

Motzei Shabbat

Motzei Shabbat

9:00 PM: Shabbos Hagadol 2020 | 5780 with Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

Join Zoom HERE.

YouTube link HERE.

Call 929-205-6099, enter 102 139 627

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