Sunday, October 18, 2020


Dear Friends,

I am pleased to inform your that the Old Broadway Synagogue is open for services. According to New York State regulations, we are allow to admit 25% of our capacity. We still have space for a few additional mispallelim. If you would like to join us, please email us at or at 

In order to make sure that everyone is safe in the synagogue, we require everyone who attends the shul to observe the guidelines below.

Warm wishes for a good week.

Paul Radensky


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Safety Protocols

In accordance with New York State regulations we have opened the shul but at reduced capacity. In order to keep everyone safe, everyone who attends must abide by the following instructions:

1. We require that people who are new to the synagogue and wish to attend services email us in advance of their arrival. We can reached at or

2. While in shul everyone should wear masks, with exception made for the light kiddush. Please note the mask rule will be enforced. 

3. Within the synagogue, you must sit at least six feet apart from other people (except from those who live in the same household as you do).

4. Please refrain from shaking hands, hugs or other personal contact. Please bring your own siddur oir take a siddur and keep it at your seat.

5. Members and guests over 65 years of age and/or those members with immunocompromise issues and underlying health conditions should not attend shul.

6. If you feel even mildly ill, you should not attend shul.

Soap is available at the sinks and hand sanitizer  has been placed throughout the building.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

High Holidays at the Old Broadway Synagogue, 5781


Cantor Joelson leadng the Kol Nidrei Service in "The Jazz Singer"
(source: Museum of Family History)

Motzoei Shabbos (Sunday morning) 
September 12/13, 2020

Rosh Hashanah
September 18-20, 2020 

Friday, September 18, 2020
Minchah and Maariv (First night) 6:30pm

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Shacharis (First day)  8:30am
Minchah 6:20pm
Maariv (Second night)  after 7:41pm

Sunday, September 20, 2020 
Shacharis (Second day)  8:30am
Minchah and Tashlikh  5:45pm
Maariv after 7:36pm

September 27-28, 2020

Sunday, September 28, 2020 
Kol Nidrei and Maariv  6:20pm

Monday, September 29, 2020
Shacharis 8:30am
Yizkor 10:30am
Minchah 4:45pm
Ne’ilah 6:20pm
Fast ends 7:23pm

We are delighted to announce that services
 will be led by the talented baalei tefilah
Rabbi Reuven Hoff and Mr. Yosef Tannenbaum.

Purchase your High Holiday tickets now!
Reservations are $100 per person.

To reserve please pay by Paypal 
or send a check for the appropriate 
amount made out to 
“Old Broadway Synagogue”and send it 
to the shul at 15 Old Broadway, 
New York, NY 10027.

Please note: 
Due to the coronavirus all attendees will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing within the synagogue. Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Warm wishes for a happy, healthy, kosher Passover!

Passover Letter
to Members and Friends
 of the Congregation

Nissan 5780
April 2020

Dear Friend,

I hope this note finds you and your family well.

Like everyone, I was stunned by the onslaught of the coronavirus and by the steps that all of us are taking to prevent its spread. We never expected to prepare for Pesach in the middle of a contagious pandemic. Out of nowhere, our usual routines have disappeared, everything seems uncertain and our families and friends are suddenly out of reach. And what does this mean that we are hit with a plague before Passover?

The writer David Sacks shared a dvar Torah that was based on the teachings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev and which illuminates our situation. When Moshe appeared before God at the burning bush, God told Moshe to remove the shoes from his feet because the ground he was standing on was holy. The word for shoes is na’alekha, which suggests things that are locked. The word for feet is raglekha, is similar to the word, regilekha, “your habits.” Perhaps God was saying to Moshe. “Get out of your routines, out of your assumptions. God’s glory has been revealed and from here on in, things will be different.

The current crisis  also demonstrates that God is still in charge. The extraordinary disruption of our normal lives should give us pause to appreciate what has been taken away from us – hopefully only temporarily – our fellow congregants, co-workers, and family members that too frequently we took for granted. We should use this opportunity to be grateful for the families, friends and communities we do have and which give our lives meaning.

In the meantime, we know that this will pass, and life will return to  normal. The last pandemic to hit the United States, the Spanish Flu, wrought destruction, but in the end disappeared. Three people associated with Old Broadway and whose yahrzeit plaques hang in the lobby died at the height of the Spanish flu pandemic: Isidor and Anna Parnes, ages 22 and 32, both of whom died on October 19, 1918, and Moses Edelstein, age 29, died on October 5, 1918. May their memories be for a blessing. I hope and pray that in the current pandemic, unlike that of 1918, all of us will make it safely through.

We are grateful for the warm and beautiful community that we have built at Old Broadway and for which we currently long.  We had been doing well with regard to minyanim and learning. Rabbi Avi Heller has been giving  his shiurim every month, which were well attended. Moshe Jennings had been sharing divrei torah on Friday nights and Rafi had been giving divrei torah on Shabbos morning during davening. Shimon Yaakov Laxer had been leading our Gemara chabura (study group) on Maseches Sanhedrin on Shabbos afternoons. Now that spring is here we hope that we can reopen soon and get back to our regular schedule at the shul. In the meantime, we have set up shiurim, divrei torah and melave malkahs via Zoom, which is an on-line video conferencing application.

In addition to establishing our regular services and learning programs when we do reopen, we look forward to moving forward with the project to reinforce the first floor and thereby also stabilize the staircase going to the second floor. By the beginning of March, the engineer has almost completed the drawings. The next major step, once we return,  is to solicit bids from contractors for the project.

We eagerly anticipate the day that we can put the coronavirus behind us and resume our lives, including the life of our shul and our community. Everything that we have accomplished thus far, we have done thanks to your ongoing support. You have enabled us to welcome people in the tradition of Rabbi and Mrs. Kret, zikhronam le-vrakhah, with meaningful davening, a beautiful shul and a warm community. As Passover approaches, we hope that we continue to be worthy of your assistance so that we may continue to be a beacon of Yiddishkeit and Torah to many Jews in Harlem, Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side.

Thank you in advance for your help. Warm wishes for a sweet and kosher Pesach.

Paul Radensky

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

One holiday we take very seriously....

!משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה

Purim at Old Broadway!

Monday, March 9, 2020

Taanis Esther

Fast begins: 5:55am

Fast Concludes: 7:38pm

For these and other times, please visit

Maariv & Megilah: 7:30pm

followed by a break-fast including pizza, hamentashen


an original play set in West Harlem

but based on real events that

happened in Persia 2,500 years ago.

* * * * *

... and the fun continues on

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

at  8:00am with Shacharis,

Megilah Reading and Breakfast

!מיר װינטשן אײַך אַ פֿרײליכן פּורים

Monday, December 23, 2019

Please Join Us for Our Chanukah Simchah!

Please Join Us for Our Annual

Chanukah Simchah

Motzoei Shabbos

December 28, 2019, at 6:30pm

We will have music, latkes, sufganiyot,

arts and crafts, a candle-lighting and a lot of fun!

A $10 donation would be appreciated!

!חג אורים שמח
!אַ פֿרײליכן, ליכטיקן חנוכּה