October 4 — Parashat Vayelech

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

Visit our Website at http://etzahaim.org for the latest news


  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Mincha: 6:18pm
  • Candle lighting: 6:18pm

Saturday - Parashat Vayelech

We now have a complete Shabbat Children's Program with our new Youth Directors: Please feel free to bring your children

  • Rabbi Hakakian's Parasha Class: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 9:17am
  • Kiddush is sponsored by the Congregation
  • Tehillim Group for Women: 4:05pm
  • Zera Shimshon with Rabbi Hakakian: 4:05pm
  • Class: Spiritual Preparations for Yom Kippur with Rabbi Bassous: 5:05pm
  • Mincha: 6:05pm
    • Followed by Seuda Shelishit
      • Sponsored by Alex and Carol Kotlyar & Family
      • Class: Laws and Customs of Erev Yom Kippur with Rabbi Bassous
  • Shabbat Ends: 7:18pm


  • Selichot: 7:30am
  • Shacharit: 8:30 am
  • Class for Women - Igniting the Power of Tefillah: 10:00am
  • Rambam Hilchot Teshuva: 5:40pm
  • Mincha: 6.10 pm
  • Shaare Teshuva: 6:50pm


  • Selichot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Shulchan Aruch The Laws of Teshuva. Very Important 5:40pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:10pm

Tuesday -- Erev Yom Kippur

  • Selichot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Hatarat Nedarim: 7:20am
  • Mincha: 2:00pm
  • Fast Starts: 6:11pm
  • Candle Lighting: 6:11pm
  • Kol Nidre: 6:11pm

Wednesday -- Yom Kippur Day

  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Sermon: 11:45am
  • Yizkor: 1:00pm
  • Mincha: 4:15:pm
  • Ne'ilah: 5:45pm
  • Shofar: 7:09pm
  • Arvit: 7:09pm
  • Fast Ends: 7:09pm
  • Kiddush HaLavana: 7:20pm


  • Shacharit: 6:30 am
  • Shulchan Aruch -- The Laws of Teshuva: 5.40pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:10pm
  • Kaballah (for Married Men Only): 8:00pm

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Candle lighting: 6:06pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:08pm

News and Events From our Webpage

The following events and news items can be found on our webpage at http://etzahaim.org

Bikur Cholim of Congregation Etz Ahaim

  • Contact Rose Reiss at (732) 828-7415 in order to volunteer.
  • Seeking volunteers to visit: Shirley Cohena and others at the Regency Nursing home on DeMott Lane in Somerset. For more info, contact Rahel Baruh.
  • Drivers and coordinators needed. Call (732) 572-7181 for more information.

The congregation extends refua shelema wishes to:

  • Avishai ben Esther
  • Avraham ben Sarah
  • Linda Balavram (Emuna bat Sarah)
  • Clara bat Rachel
  • Cochavit bat Victoria
  • David ben Farha
  • Esther bat Liba
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Gittel bat Leah
  • Bradley Greenberg (Yehuda Dovid ben Tzvia Sarah)
  • Lita Greenberg (Tzvia Sarah bat Golda)
  • Keren bat Orly
  • Liba Shaindel bat Chava
  • Lidia bat Paulina
  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)
  • Miriam Devorah bat Bracha
  • Mary Naar (Miriam bat Yitzchak)
  • Penina Rachel bat Bracha
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Rosa bat Rachel
  • Shaul ben Regina
  • Velvel ben Chana
  • Yehuda Reich (Yehuda ben Hermina)
  • Lilas Saltiel (Leah Saltiel)
  • Sheva bat Merel
  • Yaakov Chaim ben Sarah
  • Zimbul bat Vida

Community News

Lefkovits Family Park Mikvah

October Hours

  • Sunday – Thursday: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Motzai Shabbos: October 5, 12, 19: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Motzai Shabbos: October 26: 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • October 1, Motzai Rosh Hashana: 9:15 – 11:15pm
  • October 2, Tzom Gedalia: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • October 8, Yom Kippur: closed
  • October 9, Motzai Yom Kippur: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • October 13-14, 1st day Sukkos: appointment only
  • October 15, Motzai 1st day Sukkos: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • October 20-21, Shemini Atzeres / Simcas Torah: appointment only
  • October 22, Motzai Simchas Torah: 9:00pm – 11:00pm

All Friday night appointments should be made online. Alternatively they can be made by texting/calling (732) 221-8155

Highland Park/Edison Connects presents the final video in the Tammy Karmel Elul series! Highland Park/Edison Connects invites you to attend a very special video screening on Sunday evening, Oct 6th, 2019 (the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) at the home of Rachelle and Zev Stern (27 Brookdale Court, HP) at 8:45pm.

Come be inspired by the timeless words of the one and only Tammy Karmel as she speaks about the Aseres Yimei Teshuva and how to make the most of this auspicious time of year. This week's film is generously sponsored by Carol Federman and family L'zecher Nishmas her parents, Bertram and Doris Ney. The video start time is 9pm sharp. Open to all women. No need to RSVP.

Ahavas Achim invites you to join the Goldberg family on our 18th annual Israel Mission from January 15-27, 2020. The mission will include roundtrip non-stop flights on El Al Israel Airlines from Newark, 8 nights at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel, 2 nights at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv, 3 day touring excursion with experienced guides, full Israeli breakfast daily, two dinners in Tel Aviv, Friday night and Shabbat lunch on both Shabbatot, tips, transfers, and handling.

The cost per person (based on double occupancy) is $3,491. Registration is now open. Sign up at https://arieltours.com/aamission. Questions can be directed to: aamission@arieltours.com.

Tiferes: DVD for Women: Weekly teleconferences with topics such as Shalom Bayis and Parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: Teshuva – Real Change in Real Time with Mrs. Chani Juravel. For more info or to become a member, please contact Aviva at siegelmom@gmail.com. The Highland Park/Edison group of Tiferes is zecher l'nishmas Malka bas Shalom.

Rabbi Weiss's shiur on Tehillim for men and women: Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm at 154 North 10th Avenue, Highland Park. For further information, please contact Marsha Eiserman at 347-203-7906.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s Classes for Women:

  • Please call / text Aviva at 732-672-7104 or siegelmom@gmail.com for information about this week's classes.

The ACTT (Achieving Change Through Torah) program helps individuals succeed in making meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. New module to begin after the chaggim:

  • Class: Kiddush Hashem - Sanctification of G-d's Name 2
  • Source book: A Life Worth Living - Stories and Ideas for Constant Kiddush Hashem by Rabbi Shraga Freedman.

More details to follow. Inspirational reading material and shiurim can be found at on their website. For more info, call Phil Rosen (732) 572-8762 or email ACTT.

Women's Learning Initiative offers customized Torah learning partners and chavrusas! For a personalized study program of your choice, email your contact information to womenslearninginitiative@gmail.com.

The Women's AMEN Group meets monthly on the Sundays following the Shabbos in which one bensches Rosh Chodesh, at 9:30am in a downstairs classroom at Congregation Ohr Torah. The group meets in the zechus of a refuah shelaimah for Menachem Mordechai ben Ophira and the other Cholim in the community.

Bikur Cholim OWLS (Overnight Women Labor Support): A complimentary service for maternity situations whereby volunteers will come to stay with your kids during the night. For more info on receiving this service or becoming a volunteer, please contact Rikki at 732-249-5116.

Donations of diapers, pull-ups, and wipes are currently being accepted for the new HP/Edison Diaper Gemach. Please email diapergemach@gmail.com for more information.

The Highland Park Eruv has a webpage which includes a map and the most recent status of the eruv. You can even use the webpage to find out if someone’s house is inside the eruv. You can get automated notifications of the eruv’s status each Friday via Twitter, text, Facebook, or email. Go to http://hperuv.org/status for more information.

Gemachs Abound in Highland Park: A Gemach is sometimes thought of a free loan organization, but these organizations can lend way more than just money. For example, if you have a large simcha at your house and need tables, center pieces, and tablecloths, a gemach can help you out. Etz Ahaim has a complete listing of all local area gemachs.

Collecting Sheitels: Collecting Sheitels: Donated custom sheitels, some brand-new, some gently worn, are sold to women in Israel who would not otherwise have the funds to buy a quality wig Sheitels can be dropped off by Aviva, 16 Edgemount Road, Edison. For more info, please see contact Aviva Siegel (732) 572-4408 siegelmom@gmail.com