2 Sivan, 5780
May 25, 2020

Minyans at the Family Shul are BH back to the regular schedule. Shachrit [email protected], [email protected]:40, [email protected]:30, Mincha & Maariv [email protected]:50, [email protected]:30.
Please only come to Shul if you are feeling well and not in a direct risk to yourself or a household member. If you have recently traveled, please wait 2 weeks before coming. Make sure to wear a mask at all times and keep proper social distancing. Wash your hands with disinfectant as soon as you come. Try to bring your own Siddur, Tallis & Tefillin. When we have too many people, let's divide into multiple minyanim. Please help us keep the above guidelines and the new temporary procedures for getting aliyas. Feel free to bring friends that will keep the rules.

May 24

Dear Friend,

In these challenging times, do you find yourself wanting to pray? Are you plagued with doubt of how and what to say?

You are not alone. 

To many, prayer is an art reserved for the rabbi, a religious activity with very defined times. “Rabbi you pray for me”, is something you may have recently heard. Now is your chance to unleash the hidden gift we have each inherited from our great ancestors, the power of Tefillah - prayer.

Throughout our history, anytime a community faced a crisis they gathered together and prayed for salvation in perfect unity. In fact, many cities had a town square that was dedicated to such prayer and gatherings.

With the power of technology, we can unite in prayer like never before. Join the international Jewish community for Pause4Prayer; a half-hour of prayer, charity, and absolute unity.

Please see below some highlights of the program. It was designed to allow each individual to pray on their own level for the blessings we each need personally, along with prayers for the world at large.


- Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau - former chief rabbi of Israel and holocoust survivor will say a prayer

- Chazzan Helfgot will sing the Mi-shebeirach (Prayer for healing) & other songs

- Interactive prayer - text will be on the screen in Hebrew, English, Transliteration with audio 

- Short video presentation on the power of prayer




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As of today, we will not be having a public Seder:( We hope and pray that very soon life will be back to normal, or even better, with the coming of Moshiach & world peace. Please stay tuned to CDC recommendations and Chabad Chayil updates. 

If you know anyone that doesn't have food for the Seder, please let us know. We will do our best to have food delivered to them. If you are young and healthy and would like to help deliver food or if you can sponsor Matzah, more meals or the quality of the meals, please let us know or click here to donate.  


Effective Immediately - Sunday, 4 Nissan, 5780 

As per request of Chabad of Florida, Chabad Chayil will no longer have a minyan, until the threat is over. Although we took this very seriously, davening outside, 10+ feet distancing, young people, washing hands, gloves and masks... they feel it is necessary for Chabad as a whole to be united. I encourage you to stay home. Although I believe full heartedly that we were doing the right thing by yes having a Minyan and being a proper example to the world in the way we had it, at this time, there is nothing better than unity!

May Hashem protect us all and send complete healing to all those that need it. 

Rabbi Moishe Kievman 

PS If you or anyone you know needs Kaddish said for a loved one, or would like to name a baby girl at the Torah or make a Misheberach for someone who is not well, please let me know and I will make the proper arrangements. 



Dear Friend,

We are living through uncertain times and unprecedented circumstances.

We have a number of updates below, which will hopefully help a little bit. We will continue to provide for our students and community and adapt as needed, as the situation evolves and changes.

We must never lose sight of the importance and power of prayer and Torah study. It is vital that we continue to focus our hearts and minds in prayer to Almighty G‑d, who provides the ultimate means of protection and healing for the entire world. 

As always, the safety of our students, community, and visitors is our number one priority. We are following all updates and regulations from the CDC & Health Department,.

We pride ourselves on the unity and closeness of our community and the idea of disbanding and isolating from one another goes against all that we believe in and work hard for. Our function is not just as a gathering place, but as a family and community. 

This is why we are not shutting down our operations, G‑d forbid. We are adapting (hopefully temporarily) to the current crisis and continuing to serve. 

Thank you to our donors for your unconditional support, your partnership enables Chabad Chayil's activities, programs and efforts in good times and in challenging times. Your selflessness and Tzedakah is inspiring and humbling and makes it all possible. On behalf of everyone who we serve, may Hashem bless you and your loved ones.

Please be advised of the following important updates and protocols. Obviously, this situation is very fluid and new information and changes will be updated as necessary.

1. Please Stay Home

For now, all regularly scheduled and special programs, and services that include assembly of more than 10 people are suspended until further notice.

Shul is temporarily ONLY for those who are young and feeling 100% healthy. Only a small Minyan will be taking place in the lawn outside the Shul. We are asking that anyone not young and in 100% of health, to please not come! There is no reason to put your life in danger. Needless to say, that anyone with any corona symptoms, or anyone who was in direct contact with anyone having symptoms, should please not come

2. Daily Minyan

For those that are young and feeling 100% healthy, and would like to come to the Minyan, 1) Please let us know that you plan on coming so that we count you as part of the ten. 2) PLEASE wash your hands properly and keep the social distancing rules seriously. Minyan during the week is at the regular 8:40am & 6:30pm. If any symptoms come up, please don't come!

3. Kaddish

If you don't fit in the category of people that should be coming now to Shul, or if you are not comfortable leaving your home, please send us your names for Kaddish, and we will gladly do it for you. If you know of anyone else who needs Kaddish said for them, please let us know. 

4. Shmura Matzah & Wine for the Seder

We have a limited supply of Shmura Matzah already on the truck to FL. If you would like to reserve a pound for your seder, please let us know, while supplies last! Also, whomever wasn't able to make it to the Wine Tasting two weeks ago, Shimon (Ricardo) agreed to offer the same wholesale pricing until the end of this week. 

5. Online Classes & Courses

With increased homebound time, many will have more time to focus on some extra Jewish Learning. Please visit ​​​​​ChabadChayil.org/corona where we put together hundreds of available free classes in one place for your convenience. I also encourage you to sign up for these online courses taking place this week. We also have a ton of things for kids at ChabadChayil.org/KIDS.

We are going through trying times. Let’s be there for each other. Every challenge is an opportunity. Let’s make the best of the situation we are all in. If you know of someone that can use a helping hand or if you are available to give a helping hand to someone in need, please contact us. As always, if there is anything we can do to help you, a loved one or anyone else, please reach out to us.

Wishing everyone health, safety and happiness. May we see the end of the coronavirus TODAY!
Rabbi Moishe & Layah Kievman and the Chabad Chayil Team

PS Please visit ChabadChayil.org/covid for previous updates.

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We hope you and your loved ones are in good health and spirits.

It is vital that first and foremost we turn our hearts and minds to G‑d, who can provide the ultimate means of protection and healing for the entire world. We will take all of the practical cautionary advisory steps to keep everyone healthy, but we must never lose sight of the importance and power of Prayer.

As always, the safety of our students, community and visitors is our number one priority. We are following all updates and regulations from the CDC and Health Department.

As the Coronavirus keeps spreading in the USA, please be advised of the following important information and protocols regarding Chabad Chayil's regular and special programs and services. Obviously, this situation is very fluid and the guidance and changes will be updated as necessary. Based on the information we have at this point, our plans are as follows:

At Chabad Chayil, we are dedicated to creating a safe and happy place for everyone. In that vain, we have increased our high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, and our custodian crew is working overtime. We are implementing the following additional temporary guidelines:

1.    If you or any family members are sick or showing any signs of sickness, please remain home.

2.     Share with us if you, a friend or close relative has been on a cruise ship or traveled overseas in the past three weeks or has been in close contact with someone who has.

3.     Everyone must use hand sanitizer before entering the building. Please also wash your hands with soap and water often upon entering.

4.     Let's refrain from handshaking, high fives, kisses & hugs.

5.     Shabbat dinner & lunch are on hold. Please let us know if you don't have food at home or need a place for Shabbat dinner or lunch.

6.   Please only throw your kiss to the Torah, Mezuzah, Siddur, but don’t kiss with your mouth.

7.   If you have, please use your own Yarmulke, Tallit & Tefillin.

It behooves ALL of us to be more prudent and careful; we are requesting that everyone complies with all official health policies. We are praying for the health and healing of all those who are affected by this illness and the safety and health of the whole world.

For many, the situation is creating significant concerns and uncertainty - and sometimes logistical difficulties. Our function is not just as a gathering place, but as a family and community. We know that many students have not returned home and are staying in town.

As such, we continue to be here for all of you in whatever ways you need. Our daily Minyans will continue as usual. Our limited afterschool classes will continue as usual as long as MDCPS remains open. Events like next weeks Concealed Permit class, will be postponed until further notice. 


It is imperative to remember:

Taking precautions and listening to medical advice will save lives. At the same time, panic is counterproductive. We all need to continue living and thriving while taking reasonable measures.

As we take extra precautions to avoid contagion, it's important to strengthen those areas of our 'spiritual' health that have a direct effect on our physical health. We encourage you all to keep finding safe ways to exercise your soul. As classes move on-line, we will be ramping up efforts to offer Jewish learning opportunities and conversations through Zoom and other online mediums. We encourage you to look out for these resources and utilize them. B'ezrat Hashem - with G‑d's help - we will all get through this and take lessons to heart to improve as individuals, as a community, and as a society.

The following are a number of suggestions of things that can be done to strengthen one’s 'spiritual' immunity:

1) Be sure that the Mezuzahs of your household are Kosher.

2) Be sure your Tefillin are Kosher.

3) Woman and girls, be sure to light Shabbat candles on Friday at sunset before Shabbat begins.

4) Give extra charity on a daily basis. Have a dedicated Tzedakah box in your home. Women have a custom of giving charity before candle lighting on Friday.

5) Recite chapters of Psalms daily: Suggested chapters 20, 22, 69, 150.

6) Acquire a letter in a Torah scroll.

7) Ensure that you and your fellows have some Shmurah Matzah in anticipation of the holiday of Passover. In the Kabbalah, Matzah is referred to as both "the food of faith" and "the food of healing."

8) Most importantly, strengthen oneself and others in the faith that: "if one thinks good, it will be good."

If your or anyone you know needs any help with the above Mitzvot, please let us know and we are here to provide this and any other resource.


Wishing everyone health, safety and happiness at this time. May we see the end of the coronavirus TODAY!


Rabbi Moishe & Layah Kievman and the Chabad Chayil Team



We are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among others, and are taking their precautions. We are asking all students, community members and visitors to do the same. We ask you to please take public health guidelines seriously and visit the following sites regularly for updates.

Reliable Resources:

The CDC has a special web page with Coronavirus information, updates and tips. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Miami-Dade County’s Coronavirus page also has updates as well as a listing of additional online resources. http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/home.page

Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus page​​​​​​​ http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html

The Miami-Dade County Public School Board also has a Coronavirus page, as well as a Parent Guide to the Novel Coronavirus (pdf). ​​​​​​​http://covid19.dadeschools.net

I also encourage you to read this article by my friend (and brother-in-laws father) Dr Reuven Freedman, who specializes in infectious  diseases. https://mymdmiami.com/coronavirus/ 


Coronavirus Important Information (COVID-19). The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

·          Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·          Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

·          Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

·          Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw used tissues in the trash.

·          Wear gloves when handling and serving food

·          Clean and disinfect countertops and tables before preparing and serving food.

·          Stay home if you are sick.

·          Boost your health and your immune system - eat properly and get enough sleep. Don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider if there is anything that concerns you.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

·          Fever

·          Cough

·          Shortness of breath

I f you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

·          Contact your health care provider for guidance.

·          Stay home when you are sick.

·          Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

·          Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Large gatherings:

The Health Department’s guidance includes information about those who should NOT attend large gatherings in the community. That includes those who:

·   are a contact to a known or suspected case of COVID-19

·   are over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions

·   are immune compromised

·   are ill

·   have been exposed to someone with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days

·   have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease

·   have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, especially to destinations under a level 3 travel advisory

·   have traveled to or from a geographic area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is advising all individuals who travel internationally to follow new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, which are:

·   Level 3: CDC recommends 14-day self-isolation and social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your County Health Department (CHD) or health care provider.

·   Level 2 and Cruises:  Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your CHD or health care provider.