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Virtual Community / Coronavirus Updates

It is the goal and complete intention of CSAIR to keep our congregation safe and informed during this time as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We have set up this portal to continue to keep you informed of everything you need to know with regard to the synagogue and any support services we are putting in to place. 

Coming together as a community is at the center of who we are as Jews. Yet experts say that preventing the spread of this pandemic requires distancing ourselves physically from one another for a time. We will not let this physical distancing keep us from reaching out to one another in love and finding ways to support one another during a challenging period where so many emotions swirl. While we are pulling back on in-person opportunities to engage and connect, we are also looking at this as an opportunity to engage with our community in new, exciting and creative ways. 

We are filled with prayer, determination and love for our shul as we wish all of you Tihiyu Bree’eem.

Stay Healthy!

Cliff Nerwen, MD, President

Rabbi Barry Dov Katz

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Virtual Programming


Sunday, April 5, 8:00 PM
Ma Nishtana: Finding meaning in Passover this year particularly this year

As the holiday comes closer, Rabbi Katz, Cantor Stevens, Rabbi Greenberg and Mason Voit will do key elements of the seder, hear explanations of the different sections, and talk about what it feels like to enter the holiday and discuss what Pesach can mean for us this year. 

Zoom Link / Call 929-205-6099 Meeting ID # 667-945-553


Passover Together Over Zoom  Details
Register by Monday, April 6 to be a host or a guest of a Passover seder.


Monday, April 6, 4:00 PM
A Little Day Music with Sheila Reinhold of Intimate Voices

Take a brief break in your day and enjoy a few minutes of live music. Sheila will introduce and play a short selection of music for solo violin, and will be happy to take a few questions and chat.
Zoom   Phone: 929-205-6099  Meeting ID: 645 407 201  

Next Date:  Monday, April 13


Monday, April 6, 8:00 PM
Healthcare Professionals Conversation

We realize that some of you may want to talk about your experiences during these challenging days. Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, Hannah Lipman, MD, and Neal Spivack, PhD, invite all of our healthcare professionals to join the conversation.

Here is a link to the event. Note that this will be  a password protected Zoom call; to obtain the password, please contact Josh at or Neal at


Tuesday, April 7, 6:00 PM
Learn how to Tell a Joke with Mitchell LaDue
For Kids Ages 8-12

Hey kids, do you have a great joke for the Seder or would you like to learn one?  Join joke telling expert, Mitchell LaDue so that you can tell a Seder joke like a pro. 

Zoom /Call 929-205-6099 Meeting ID#465 778 387


Sunday, April 12, 4:30 PM
Moadim L’simcha: Hol HaMoed Pesach Celebration 

A  BYOM Bring Your Own Matzah (along with beverage of your choice) event featuring elements of the seder with a twist, a chance to talk in small groups, holiday fun, music and more. 

Zoom / Call 929-205-6099 Meeting ID# 893-382-874 


Monday, April 13 at 7:30 PM
Hol Hamoed Maariv service including Yizkor prayers - Zoom


Cooking Collectively Workshop with Judy Matthews
Join Judy, CSAIR member and chef extraordinaire, every Thursday night at 8:00 PM to cook together in preparation for Shabbat. It's a chance to prepare for Shabbat together and connect to each other virtually. At the end of the next few weeks, we will compile a CSAIR cookbook with all the recipes.

We will be sending out her recipes on Tuesdays so you can have time to read them over and check to see their ingredients. These are all recipes that are made to be easy and can easily have substitutions.

Please use what you have and do not make any extra trips to the supermarket to purchase ingredients.

March 26 Recipes
April 2 Recipes

Virtual Ways to Connect

CSAIR Marsha Dane Stern Hebrew School Remote Learning

Our Hebrew School has transitioned to remote learning with weekly zoom class sessions and home-based learning assignments.  Click here for the Google folders for each class.  All kids in grades K-7 and their families are welcome to join the Hebrew School in our Jewish learning experiences.

Emunah Groups

Our core response to the COVID 19 will be to divide the shul into groups of 7 families or individuals who will call and support each other during this time. We are calling the groups "Emunah Groups." If you choose to be part of one of these groups, then your commitment will be to talk to the people in your group once a week. That will mean that every member of our shul will talk to other members of the shul several times a week. Each group will have a convener, someone who will help get things started.  We want each of you to feel like you have the support you need during this time and that you can support others. Click here to sign up for a group.  Click here to sign up to be a convener.

For more information email Rabbi Katie Greenberg or Abby Pitkowsky.


Social Distancing Guide

Mental Health and Covid 19

Riverdale Mikveh is constantly updating its policies to keep people safe in light of COVID19.
Please check their website for current information.

In these extraordinary times, we know that many of you are exploring ways to pray as a community while engaging in social distancing. Fill out this form to gain access to pdf files of key services from Siddur Lev Shalem, Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat, and Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays. We have also made available a prayer for when there is no minyan for saying kaddish.

Kosher Meals for Seniors who are at Home
The Riverdale Y is delivering hot, kosher meals to seniors staying safe at home. If you are interested in receiving meals, please contact Sharon at

Looking for a few minutes of quiet focus? Here is a short mediation based on themes of Parshat Tzav with rabbinic intern Ben Perlstein. 

What you Need to Know

Hebrew School
Hebrew School will remain closed through March, and or until further notice.  Mason Voit and the educational team are actively developing ways to engage our students virtually.

What does it mean that CSAIR will close for activities?
All previously scheduled activities and programming have been cancelled. We will continue developing online alternatives to engage our membership and keep our community connected.

The shul office will be closed for in-person interactions.

Please contact Rabbi Katz or Rabbi Greenberg to discuss arrangements for any lifecycle events you are planning for both the immediate and foreseeable future.

I don’t know how to use Zoom!
We can help. Email or call Mason Voit, 718-543-8400 ext:5 and we will have someone call and walk you through set-up.

I’d like to help by making phone calls, writing cards, or running errands for people.
Please click here to fill out a form that will help capture this information. We will be in touch with you shortly.

I need help - with errands, food, or I am feeling lonely.
Please fill out this form and we will help coordinate what you need.

Financial Assistance 

Increasing disruptions and shutdowns have very real and challenging financial impact on many in our congregation and throughout the city. The Hebrew Free Loan Society recently launched its Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program to provide interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to lower-income residents of New York City who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

These loans address: 

  • Lost wages due to being unable to go to work 
  • Child care costs due to school closures
  • Small business losses 
  • Canceled study abroad programs 
  • Related medical costs 

For more information and an application, visit   Please help spread the word about this important resource.

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