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פרשת עקב
 8/8/20 - 8/14/20
י״ח מנחם אב תש"פ - כ״ד מנחם אב תש"פ


See below for Shul COVID-19 changes.

Leil Shabbos
     Early Mincha - 7:00
     Early Candle Lighting - 6:45 - 7:22
     Mincha/Candle Lighting - 7:53
     Shkia - 8:11

Shabbos Day
     Daf Yomi - 7:45
     Shacharis - 5:33, 7:15, 8:30
     Sof Zman Krias Shema (Gra) - 9:42
     Sof Zman Tefilla (Gra) - 10:52
     Daf Yomi - 5:00 (Shabbos 155)
     Rav's Gemara Shiur - 5:00
     Mincha - 2:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:35
     Rav's Halachic Issue Shiur - will not take place
     Maariv - 9:11
     Zman Melacha - 9:23

WEEKDAY (8/9 - 8/14)

Sun, Tues, Wed, Fri - 6:20, 7:00, 7:30, 7:55 (3rd flr), 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 (3rd floor), 9:05 (balcony)
Mon, Thurs - 6:10, 6:50, 7:20, 7:55 (3rd flr), 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 (3rd floor), 9:05 (balcony)

Sun - 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00
Mon - Thurs - 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00
Fri - 2:00, 3:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 7:53

Sun - Thurs - 7:50

Sun - Thurs - 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00
Sun - 11:30


Shalosh Seudos will not take place in shul this week.

Masmidei Layla of Baltimore is a new summer Night Seder program for boys ages 13-15 led by Rabbi Zvi Schwartz. The program started this past Monday,  and continues until August 13. The program takes place Monday through Thursday nights at 8:30 pm in the Agudah of Park Heights social hall, followed by 9:30 Maariv. Each night will include a shiur, trivia, raffles & refreshments (slushies/ice cream/popcorn/Thursday night cholent/etc). This program is limited to 20 participants. It is free of charge, donation suggested. Please contact Mr. Yehuda Nelkin with questions or to register, (410)-627-2924.

Please daven for Yitchok ben Yenta.

Shul COVID-19 Changes

מנינים update: In order to enable people to daven at the time of their choice and to ensure social distancing at all מנינים, we are monitoring the מנינים and adjusting accordingly. We are also working to ensure that no one comes to Shul at a scheduled time for a תפילה and does not find a מנין.

Face Masks: The Rav has stated that face masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn at all times at the Agudah building. This applies even when learning, davening for the amud, or leining for the tzibbur. One who is unable to comply should not enter the building.

Family members (from the same household) must sit next to each other so as to leave available more areas with proper social spacing.

Outdoor minyan: The Agudah would like to support an outdoor minyan in the parking lot to accommodate those unable to enter the building. Please reach out to President Aryeh Katz if you'd like to participate.

Non-members should choose Minyanim which have sufficient space for members and their children to sit with social distancing.

עזרת נשים: On שבת morning, the balcony will be available for women. The second floor עזרת נשים will be available for overflow men.

שמות: Many people are currently dropping off שמות. To avoid pile up, if you need to drop off more than the equivalent of one box, please call Michael Fulda (410.358.1234) and schedule a drop off.

In-person Learning Programs

Rav Heinemann

 Rav Heinemann's shiurim are also available by live dial-in at: 1-408-418-9388
         Access code: 798 761 947

  • Storch Memorial Halacha Shiur – Sunday, 7:30pm in 3rd floor Beis Medresh
  • Choshen Mishpat – Sunday, 8:30pm in 3rd floor side classroom
  • Rambam – Tuesday, 8:30pm in basement
  • Taaruvos – Thursday, 8:00pm in 3rd floor Beis Medresh
  • Michtav M'Eliyahu – Thursday, 9:00pm in 3rd floor side classroom
  • Halachic Issues – Shabbos, approx. half-hour before Maariv in 1st floor Beis Medresh
  • Halacha (women only) – alternate Mondays, 9:00 - 9:45pm in balcony

Rav Frankel

  • Daf Yomi –
    • At Agudah in library: Sunday 7:45 - 9:15am; Shabbos, one hour before mincha
    • At Glen Ave: Monday - Thursday 9:00 - 10:00pm
  • Mishna Berurah –
    • Sunday, 8:30 - 9:00pm
    • Monday - Thursday 8:20 - 8:55pm in balcony

Information and Resources

This website provides a live feed of updates in the Baltimore community related to the COVID-19 situation.

Loan Gemachs
During the current crisis, these Gemachs can lend a borrower up to $2000 to be repaid using head checks, the first payment will be due 3 months after the loan is made. The Gemachs require two cosignors for the loan. Contact the Gemach contact for more information.
  • The Agudas Yisroel of Baltimore Singer/Blatt Gemach - contact Tzvi Hefter 410-764-3913
  • PS Gmach - contact Nachman Schachter 410-358-2268
  • Avigdor Free Loan Association - contact Yitchok Steinharter 410-358-0316
  • The GLRMF Gemach - contact Yossi Goldstein 443-286-1327
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association - contact David Kramer 443-286-8092 or email

Downloads and Health Statements

On August 10th, the Agudah buried four 30 Cubic Yard dumpsters with the Shaimos of the City of Baltimore for the last two years.  Rav Heinemann's Hesped on the Shaimos – download video or audio


Corona-related Halacha sheets that were reviewed by Rav Heinemann:

Otzar Hachochma had generously granted free online access to its basic catalog in order to improve access to seforim during the peak time that are batei medrash were not available. We thank them for this.  To purchase a subscription click here.


Schedules from Pesach 5780 to Rosh HaShanah 5781 (note that many minyan times have been changed since this was posted):

Community Announcements

National Service: The Technology Chizuk Hotline. Inspiration regarding the challenges of modern technology. Call to listen to a collection of powerful speeches given by rabbonim and mechanchim. Tel: 641-715-3800 code 886563#. Available in English, Hebrew, Yiddish.

Ride Gemach - Please call the Share-A-Ride G’mach at 410-358-RIDE, if you or your guests are traveling to or from Baltimore and can take packages or passengers.
Fri, August 14 2020 24 Av 5780