Davening at KOT

COVID Update: Kabbalat Shabbat

Due to the need to keep social distance during COVID19 the shul is closed, however we are meeting weekly for a Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat from 5:45-6:30pm on Fridays via Zoom.


Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat will include a D'var Torah and Paul's Joke but we will not be accepting Shabbat and will stop the tefila prior to that point.


1. Download zoom web chat at https://zoom.us/ OR download the app at the app store and sign up then


2. Open up the following link which will take you right to the session- https://zoom.us/j/8109156125   



3. If you prefer to CALL IN and not use video, you can dial: 646-568-7788 and enter meeting ID: 810-915-6125

COVID Update: Shabbat Morning  (As of June 6th)

With tremendous gratitude to Hashem, we are able to continue gradually reopening our shul.  Our aim is to balance our desire to come together with communal safety in accordance with the OU guidelines and the safety recommendations of the CDC. 


Please keep in mind, that although praying together is important, you should not feel obligated to sign-up if you do not feel comfortable even if that means we will not get a minyan.


Please see below for details: 


Minyan Protocol 

  • The minyan will be outdoors and will be weather permitting. Should there be rain during the service, minyan will be cancelled 

  • In an effort to keep the service as concise as possible (as per OU guidelines), the following should be said alone prior to the start of the service: Birkot Hashachar (morning blessings on page 18, Shema on page 26, Rabbi Yishmael on page 48) and Pesukei D'Zimra (morning Psalms from page 368-400)

  • The communal service will begin at 9:30 am from Nishmat Kol Chai (page 400). 

  • There should be no kissing of ritual objects (Torah, mezuzot etc...) 

  • The Baal Koreh (Torah reader)  will receive all aliyot and make a bracha before and after each aliyah

  • The Dvar Torah will be given during the virtual Kabbalat Shabbat 


Instructions for registering to attend minyan 


  • Attendance is dependent on your RSVP to oribergman@gmail.com

  • A confirmation email to all those who RSVP will go out on Friday morning confirming the minyan (dependent on weather and attaining a minyan)

  • Please RSVP by Thursday at 10 pm. 

  • If we do not get ten, minyan will be cancelled

  • Please note that if you confirm, the minyan is dependent on you so please make every best effort to be prompt

  • At the same time, should you feel unwell (including beginning to feel unwell on the morning of the minyan) you should stay home! While Tfilla b'tzibur (communal prayer) is a Rabbinic obligation, preserving and saving lives is the quintessential Torah obligation. 

  • Please note that should you feel that it would be safer for you to stay home, there is no obligation for you to attend and your safety and health is THE MOST important factor to consider. 


Specific instructions for minyan attendance 


  • All participants are required to wear masks and maintain at least 6 feet from each other 

  • All participants will be required to bring their own siddurim, chumashim and tallitot 

  • There will be disinfected chairs spaced at least 6 feet apart. 

  • Only the restrooms will be available for use, one person at a time. All other facilities, including the kitchen, should remain off limits

  • Disinfectant spray will be made available for you to clean any object touched 

  • There will be no congregating before or after davening and no food will be served


 Your understanding and cooperation is very much appreciated. 


If you want to attend, please email oribergman@gmail.com


We look forward to the near future of when we can all come together

 879 Hopkins Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221

Rabbi: Ori Bergman     President: Jeff Schapiro