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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Shafrin! 12/17/2021

Dear Kol Rinah Family,

We want to make sure that Shabbat is a time where everyone can gather and participate, whether in person or via our livestream. Since the eruv (which permits carrying objects outside on Shabbat) is still down due to ongoing construction, we would like offer anyone who would like to bring things to Kol Rinah in advance of Shabbat a place to store them. People can bring things to the building before Shabbat that they may need while the eruv is down. Please call the office to make arrangements.  (Note Erev is Now up for this Shabbat)


Yashar Koach again to the incredible Deborah Sacks Mintz, our scholar in residence this past weekend. It was an uplifting, powerful, and deeply moving experience to be able to come together and share in some wonderful learning and davening.Thank you to everyone who came to daven with her over Shabbat (even through the tornado!), to learn together, and to fill our synagogue with all of your wonderful energy!

For those of you who were not able to participate, and for all of us who were enthralled by the music Deborah infused into our services, here are links to a few of the new melodies we learned and sang throughout the weekend:

Makom Bina
Sunrise Nigun
Min Hameitzar
Ramzor Nigun
Miriam Haneivia
plus, Joey Weisenberg's L'eila , just released this past week. 

This afternoon, Rabbi Arnow will be leading Torah Talk  at noon (12:00pm) delving into some fascinating pieces from Parashat Vayechi. We look forward to a wonderful discussion with a great group of learners of all ages and backgrounds. (see link below)

Tonight, we will be coming together for Kabbalat Shabbat services 
in-person in the sanctuary at 6:00 pm. (see link below).

Candle lighting tonight is at 4:24 pm.  

Tomorrow morning, we will be gathering together for Shabbat morning services in the sanctuary starting at 9:30am.  We are so blessed to have the shelicha (emissary from Israel) at the J, Roni Lavi, who will be speaking during the servce. After completing her Israeli Army service, Roni arrived in St. Louis in September 2020. She will be talking about the life paths that young Israelis are taking, and will reflect as well on her time here in St. Louis.  (see link below).

Parshat Vayechi
Torah Reading:
Genesis 47:28-50:26

Haftarah: 1 Kings 2:1-12

Shabbat Mincha (the afternoon service) will begin at 
4:15 pm, followed by a little learning, Ma'ariv (evening services), and Havdallah.

Havdallah on Saturday evening will be at
5:27 pm.

COVID Protocols
Masks are required for everyone ages 3 and up, and are required to be worn properly (over nose, mouth and chin) whenever inside, and whenever outside in proximity of other people.  If you see someone wearing their mask improperly, please ask them (kindly, gently) to wear their mask properly. If there are any problems, please alert an usher or greeter.  

If you are feeling at all ill, or if you are at increased health risk, please stay home to keep yourself and everyone safe and healthy.

Our full COVID protocols are available here:

Please refrain wearing perfume or other strong scents to synagogue, as we have people with significant allergies. 

Shabbat shalom,  
Rabbi Scott Shafrin


To join our Zoom Minyanim or classes, click on the desired meeting link, or call into either of the following numbers: 
+1 312 626 6799
+1 646 558 8656
Then, when prompted, enter the Meeting ID of the desired minyan/class then press #.  Then, when prompted, enter the password then press #.  
Services (all times Central)

Evening Minyan on Zoom ( )
Sunday-Friday evenings at 6pm

Morning Minyan on Zoom ( )
Monday-Friday mornings at 7am; Sunday mornings and national holidays at 8am (not including Jewish holidays)

Learning Opportunities

Torah Talk with Rabbi Arnow or Rabbi Shafrin ( )
Every Friday at 12pm
Join us for study and discussion of the week's Torah portion.  
Shabbat morning ( )
Saturdays, 9:30am,  as well as the first day, seventh and eighth days of Passover
Click the link below, then click the triangular "play" buttom:

Until shortly before 9:30am, there will a filler screen, but livestreamed video and sound will both start around 9:30am.  

You can also set your computer or device in advance so that this link will continue streaming continuously and you will not have to press any buttons on Shabbat. To make sure that your device will not shut itself down or do into sleep mode, follow the directions below to disable sleep mode:

For PC:
To disable automatic Sleep:
1. Open up Power Options in the Control Panel. In Windows 10 you can get there from right clicking on the start menu and going to Power Options
2. Click "change plan settings" next to your current power plan
3. Change "Put the computer to sleep" to never
4. Click "Save Changes"

For Apple Products:
1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click "Energy Saver."
2. Do either of the following:
          a. Set the amount of time your computer or display should wait before going to sleep: Drag the “Computer sleep” and “Display sleep” sliders, or the “Turn display off after” slider.
          b. Keep your Mac from going to sleep automatically: Select “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.”
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