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Remote classes and programs this week

*All classes will take place through Zoom, a video-conferencing tool that also has a dial-in option. Details below.

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(Please note that the Daf Yomi class has a separate dial-in number that is listed subsequently below.)



1) Monday, June 1, at 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM - "Classics of Mussar Literature - Introduction to the Mesillat Yesharim" given by Rabbi Eli Babich. Please join us for this class via Zoom.


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 315 202 916

Password: 905909

Optional Dial-In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID.


2) Monday, June 1, at 6:30 PM - Alan Rechtschaffen will be teaching “Why We Do What We Do: Understanding the Origin of Our Mitzvot via Zoom.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 718 010 899

Password: 312112

Optional Dial-In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID.





3) Tuesday, June 2, at 7:30 PM: Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig will offer his weekly Talmud class on Tractate Chulin via Zoom. 


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 587 567 007

Password: 862332

Optional Dial-In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID.




4) Wednesday, June 3, at 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM - "Classics of Mussar Literature - Introduction to the Mesillat Yesharim" given by Rabbi Eli Babich. Please join us for this fascinating new class via Zoom.


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 315 202 916

Password: 905909

Optional Dial-In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID.




5) Wednesday, June 3, at 7:30 PM - "Stories from the Talmud" with Rabbi Eli Babich. We will explore some of the most famous stories of the Talmud and uncover their the modern day relevance. Please join us for this fascinating new class via Zoom.


This class is kindly sponsored by Claire Dienstag in memory of her father Maurice David Levine ob"m, and her mother Betty Levine ob"m.


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 937 3218 4007

Password: 504976

Optional Dial-In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID.





6) Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 PM - "What Do Our Sages Say About Prayers and Their Related Subjects: Part 4" given by Cantor Joseph Malovany via Zoom.


This class is kindly sponsored by Nizza Heyman in commemoration of the yahrzeit of her husband, John Heyman ob"m.


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 456 052 607

Password: 616440

Optional Dial-In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID.





We also encourage you to participate in the FAS Daf Yomi classes, which will continue by phone on the following schedule during the stay-at-home order.


Rabbi Shmuel Fishelis is teaching morning Daf Yomi, and we are learning the 8th Perek of Tractate Shabbos.

Daf Yomi will take place Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 - 9:00 AM, and Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM.


Evening Daf Yomi, led by Rabbi Kaplan, will take place at 9:00 PM Sunday - Thursday.


The Dial-in for Daf Yomi is as follows:

Dial-in Number: (425) 436-6348

Access Code: 643138#


Please be in touch with Jacob Gold at or 212-980-0140 regarding fluid schedule for Friday and Saturday night learning for the Daf Yomi afternoon class.


Special Virtual Erev Shavuot Yarchei Kallah

Wednesday, May 27, Special Virtual Erev Shavuot Yarchei Kallah:
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shavuot class given by Lisa & Rabbi Eli Babich: "Ten Commandments: The Inside Story." An introductory class given by Lisa and Rabbi Babich in conjunction with the RIETS Virtual Erev Shavuot Yarchei Kallah, which will immediately follow the class. See flyer below.
Zoom Registration for Rabbi Eli & Lisa Babich:
Meeting ID: 878 9355 4746 
Optional Dial-In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID. 

9:00 PM
For registration for the RIETS Yarchei Kallah please visit
Meeting ID: 878 9355 4746 
Optional Dial-In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID. 

Sundays from 10:00 - 10:30 AM - Youth program with Yosef Itzkowitz (Ages 5-10);
10:45 - 11:15 AM - Youth Program with Yosef Itzkowitz (Ages 10 +).
Meeting ID: 550 350 284
Password: 218475
Optional Dial -In: (929) 205-6099; same meeting ID.


Virtual davening 



Our davening will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will be led by Rabbi Eli Babich and Cantor Joseph Malovany through Zoom.

Our service will include the brachot and davening of a typical weekday minyan - Shema and Shemoneh Esrei, followed by a communal recitation of Psalms and a Misheberach prayer for all those who are ill with COVID-19 or other ailments. The service will conclude at 8:25 a.m. with a short D'var Torah by Rabbi Babich.

If you have a name of someone who should be added to the Misheberach, please email Rabbi Babich at

Click to Enlarge, Copy of Psalms

We pray that our communal davening will merit a refuah shleimah for all those who are ill and bring an end to the pandemic afflicting our world.

Zoom link:

Optional dial-in: 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 401 189 317,  Password: 268192

dr. alan kadish: The torah in the age of covid-19: allocations of limited healthcare resources.

Rabbi Meir Goldwicht: Yom Yerushalayim and Matan torah, presented on Sunday, may 17,2020.

The Power Of Compassion in the Book of Ruth with Professor Smadar rosensweig

COVID-19 update with infectious disease expert dr. Gregory storch, may 3, 2020.

Israel at 72: threats and opportunities. A special presentation via FAS webinar by Ambassador Ido Aharoni in commemoration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, held Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Annual Yom Hashoa Commemoration with special guest speaker Rabbi steven weil. "sonderkommando: Remembering the lives of the rarest and most tragic survivors,"

redemption and salvation with rabbi dr. sol roth, sunday, april 19, 2020.

Vegilu Bire'ada - Rejoicing even as we tremble with Rabbi Aharon kahn, sunday, APril 12, 2020.

Pesach 2020: Embracing Uncertainty and rising above fear with rabbi dr. daniel lerner

Fifth Avenue Synagogue Program on COVID-19 with Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Gregory Storch and Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Betsy Schur Levy - March 22, 2020.

A video message from Rabbi Eli and Lisa Babich. Perspectives on the current COVID-19 epidemic.

Insights into tehillim with rabbi eli babich

Guarding one's speech with Lisa Babich


Dear Friends,


This year, with Passover just around the corner, we find ourselves in circumstances that none of us could have anticipated. Many of us have left New York City to seek refuge outside of the city; others are hunkered down at home. We are separated from friends and family and dealing with stresses and anxieties that none of us would have imagined just one month ago.


As we confront these challenging times, Fifth Avenue Synagogue is working harder than ever to ensure that our community remains cohesive and strong. Although our building is closed, we have strived over the last few weeks to create a virtual shul that offers opportunities for learning and davening. We are providing classes every day of the week, programs on topics that are both religious and secular in nature (including an informative panel on the health and mental health effects of COVID-19), youth programming, communal davening of Shacharit, as well as Kabbalat Shabbat services, recorded video clips with inspiring Torah messages, and we have coordinated Passover resources for those who need them. In addition, on a human level, shul staff have been reaching out daily to members of our congregation, particularly those who might be alone or more vulnerable.


We continue to work as hard as ever, if not harder, to provide a spiritual home for you and your families. Thank Gd, although we have certainly made changes to our maintenance schedule, we have not had to lay off any of our staff at this time.


We know that some of you may experience financial stresses related to the pandemic affecting our world. This may impact the finances of the synagogue going forward. For those of you who have the capacity, we ask that you consider donating now to Fifth Avenue Synagogue’s annual campaign to allow our critical work to continue. Your donations will allow us to continue paying our staff and will support the maintenance of our physical facility. In addition to providing fundamental financial support, tzedakah is one of the best “investments” we can make in nullifying a negative decree from Hashem.


Your donations will allow us to continue providing resources to our families during this trying time, and will ensure that our community remains strong and flourishes spiritually. Please click here to make a donation. You may also mail a check to:


Attn: Annual Campaign

5 East 62nd Street

New York, New York 10065


(Please note that the synagogue is able to receive all mail sent through the Postal Service.)


If you would like to make a pledge to the FAS Annual Campaign, you may also contact FAS President Jacob Gold at or 212-980-0140; FAS Vice-President Kim Heyman at or 917-282-8022; or Rachel Akrongold, COO at FAS, at or 314-719-7344. Pledge payments may be made until Rosh Hashana.


We thank you in advance for your continued support, and we encourage you to reach out to us by phone (212-838-2122) or by email if we can be of assistance to you or your family.


We pray that our prayers and tzedakah merit a refuah sheleimah for all those affected and that all of us will soon merit a complete salvation.


Our warmest regards always,


Rabbi Eli Babich

Dr. Walter Molofsky, Chairman

Jacob Gold, President

Rachel Akrongold, COO


A pesach message from rabbi eli babich


Fifth Avenue Synagogue COVID-19 Update - Important


Torah classES at fas 


                        DAF YOMI CLASS with RABBI SHMUEL FISHELIS

Via Conference Call, see bulletin for details

     6:30 AM weekdays, 7:15 AM Sundays, and Shabbat mornings 8:00 AM

5:30 PM weekdays and Shabbat Afternoons (with Rabbi Kaplan).

  Shabbat afternoons, class times vary, see Shabbat bulletin for schedule.



                          PROPHETS CLASS with RABBI ELI BABICH

Via Zoom video conference, see bulletin for details.

   Join us as we continue to explore the lives of the Prophets Samuel, King David,             King Solomon and others. Study these dynamic Biblical personalities and see how            their lives and legacies left us not only with incredible stories but with valuable life lessons as well.       

                                     Monday, April 27, at 6:30 PM at FAS.

                                                                             Please RSVP to Tanya@5as.or.g





Via Zoom video conference, see bulletin for details.

       Rabbi Rosensweig’s weekly Talmud class on Tuesday nights at 7:30 PM at FAS.

Rabbi Rosensweig is teaching Tractate Chulin.


Wed, June 3 2020 11 Sivan 5780