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IMPORTANT COVID19 INFO: The office is open on a limited basis by appointment only. Please check the QJC COVID19 page on our website, the QJC Facebook page and Rabbi Kerbel's blog for important QJC updates.


07/02/2019 01:16:01 AM


Check back to this page for future postings from Rabbi Judah Kerbel.


Updates and Resources

05/11/2020 09:53:10 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

A few weeks ago, I wrote regarding Sefirat Ha-Omer and its mourning practices. For the last four weeks or so between Pesach and this point, the mourning practices created extra meaning as we mourn the losses of those who have lost their lives to this plague and are experiencing a more somber mood. Meanwhile, as I write this, we enter Lag Ba-Omer, the day that the plague affecting Rabbi Akiva's students ended.Read more...

QJC Shavuos Reader

05/07/2020 04:59:56 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Pesach was a point at which we experienced yuntif in a way we had never before. Being asked to stay at home during a time that is supposed to be full of simcha is very challenging. As we have counted the weeks towards Shavuot through Sefirat Ha-Omer, it looks like we will find ourselves in a similar situation where we will be celebrating yuntif from home. While Shavuot is meant to be a time centered around learning Torah together as a community, we sadly will most likely not be able to share that experience together.Read more...

Shiur Tonight and More

05/05/2020 01:22:56 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Please join me for my shiur tonight at 7:30 PM. We will continue in chapter one of the Shemonah Perakim, discussing the importance of the human intellect in Avodat Hashem. Tehillim and Mishnayot will resume tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.Read more...

Food Delivery for Seniors

04/30/2020 09:39:14 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

There is an effort on behalf of the office of Assemblywoman Nily Rozic to provide boxes of food for seniors throughout Queens (not just her district). Each box will contain enough food for about 9 meals. Please let me know as soon as possible if you or anyone else would benefit from this service.Read more...

Shiur Tonight

04/29/2020 03:43:20 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Yom Haatzmaut Sameach! Please join me for my shiur tonight at 7:30 PM. We will begin chapter one of the Shemonah Perakim. Tehillim and Mishnayot will resume Thursday night at 7:00 PM.Read more...

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut

04/28/2020 09:27:43 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Today and tomorrow we mark Israel's most solemn and most joyous days on the calendar, respectively. Read more...

Shiurim and Yom Haatzmaut

04/22/2020 04:19:55 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Daily Mishna Our daily mishnayot learning begins at 7:00 PM tonight. It will also take place tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.Read more...

Shiur beginning now

04/21/2020 07:33:14 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

A Message fromRabbi Judah Kerbel I apologize for the lack of reminder - my shiur will begin momentarilyRead more...

Reflections on Sefirah and COVID-19; Daily Mishnah Learning

04/19/2020 03:54:10 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, I hope that, to whatever extent possible during these trying times, that you were able to have a meaningful and enjoyable Yuntif. We missed being in shul and celebrating wtih you, but it was nonethless nice to have a yuntif.Read more...

Pesach Davening Guide and Divrei Torah

04/07/2020 12:18:47 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family,   This will likely be my last email before Pesach. I am tremendously sad that we will not be together to daven and celebrate Yom Tov. Read more...

Pikuach Nefesh on Shabbos and Yom Tov

04/07/2020 10:22:43 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family,   The following guidelines were put together by Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt.Read more...

Shabbos Hagadol Sources; Mechiras Chametz

04/06/2020 12:50:12 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Thank you to everyone who joined me for the Shabbos Hagadol shiur last night! I hope you found it meaningful and worthwhile.Read more...

Shabbos Hagadol Tonight at 7pm

04/05/2020 01:18:13 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Please join me tonight at 7:00 PM as we discuss "Mindful Mitzvot and a Life of Mindfulness" Feel free to bring some of your last minute chametz to enjoy as you listen!Read more...

Pesach Kits and Shopping Help

04/02/2020 11:07:49 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Pesach items:If you need items such as grape juice, matzah, seder plate, and a haggdah, please contact:Read more...

Resources from Last Night; Census

04/01/2020 08:15:41 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Good evening to everyone,First, I want to mention that I've increased my communication via email because I want to be able to stay in contact as best as I can and to guide everyone through Pesach and the pandemic.Read more...

Shiur Tonight; Important Resources

03/31/2020 10:49:42 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Good morning to everyone,I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We are experiencing a small golus, as we are exiled from shul and from each other.Read more...

Additional Pesach Updates

03/25/2020 09:49:40 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family,Thank you to everyone who joined us last night at the Q&A. It was great to see and hear from everyone.Read more...

Important Pesach Information

03/22/2020 11:19:10 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, As we all adjust to the new reality of social distancing in order to fight the novel coronavirus, we are in the midst of preparing for Pesach, which requires a different level of adapting. We hope to address some issues that may be on people’s minds in this communication. Read more...

Rabbi Kerbel's Shiur - Wednesday, March 18

03/17/2020 09:49:41 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Please join us for Rabbi Kerbel's shiurWednesday, March 18, 2020 7:30 pmRead more...

Further Updates Regarding COVID-19

03/15/2020 12:38:11 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, I hope everyone had a restful and meaningful Shabbos, despite the undesirable circumstances.Read more...

Rabbi Kerbel - Drasha for Shabbos 3/14/2020

03/13/2020 05:10:20 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, Please see the Drasha below that I would have delivered tomorrow, somewhat modified.Read more...

Practical Guide to Purim 5780

03/04/2020 07:46:11 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, Let's start with one joke - What was Queen Esther's gown made of? See the end of the email for the answer!Read more...

Important Political Processes

02/10/2020 08:37:39 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, As I have mentioned in shul over the past couple of weeks, there are a couple of relevant political processes taking place right now that are important for our community. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of them and provide the appropriate resources to take action.Read more...

Practical Guide to Chanukah 5780

12/22/2019 11:32:36 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, The Book of Maccabees and the Talmud have two divergent explanations of the Chanukah miracle...Read more...

Support for Queens Hatzolah

12/22/2019 11:32:06 PM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, Below is my drasha from today, in which I made the appeal to support Queens Hatzolah...Read more...

Rosh Hoshana Message

10/29/2019 02:02:08 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, As we enter Rosh Hashana in just a number of hours, I would like to share a thought and a brach for us all...Read more...

Yamim Nora'im Season recap

10/23/2019 01:01:07 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, Eliana and I would like to thank everyone for an amazing Yamim Nora’im season...Read more...

OU's Torah New York

10/08/2019 04:27:37 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, Please join Eliana and I at Citi Field on September 22nd and spend a few hours or the whole day studying Torah...Read more...

The 3 Weeks

07/18/2019 01:01:01 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, This weekend, we begin to mark the period known as “The Three Weeks” during which we mourn the destruction of the Beit Ha-Mikdash and our ongoing state of exile...Read more...

Welcome Message

07/01/2019 01:01:01 AM


Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Dear QJC Family, It is a great bracha for me to begin as the rabbi of Queens Jewish Center today. I am really excited to work together to bring this magnificent community to new heights...Read more...
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