December 17 - Parashat Vayishlach

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shachrit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 3:55pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:12am
  • Candle Lighting: 4:12pm

Shabbat Day

Full Range of Children's Groups: 9:45am - 11:30am

  • Boys 6 and up in the Library
  • Girls 6 and up upstairs left classroom.
  • Children 3 - 5 upstairs right classroom
  • Class with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: Weekly Parsha and Halacha: 8:00am
  • Shachrit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:50am
  • Kiddush: After Shachrit Services
    • Sponsored by Albert Levy Mitzner and Dr. Leora Mitzner & Family
      in Honor of Dr. Stanley Messer and Donna Messer's 50th Wedding Anniversary and Dr. Yechiel Weinstein & Family iho his wife's birthday.
  • The Appontment of King Solomon and the Building of the First temple -- Rabbi Bassous: 3:00pm
  • Mincha: 4:00pm
  • Seuda Shelishit after Mincha
    • Sponsored by Alex & Carol Kotlyar and Family iho the completion of the first chapter of Masechet Brachot
      Class 'The Talmudic Section on Chanukah'
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 5:12pm


  • Halacha/Parasha Class with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's class: 10:00am: Happiness
  • Shulchan Aruch Class: 3:45pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:15pm


  • Shacharit: Monday - Friday 6:30am
  • Shulchan Aruch Class (Monday - Thursday) 7:00pm
  • Arvit (Monday-Thursday): 7:30pm

Next Week - Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 3:55pm
  • Mincha: 4:14pm
  • Candle lighting 4:14pm


  • Parsha and Halacha: Shabbat and Sunday: 8:00am
  • Nach: Shabbat: 3:00pm
  • Woman's Class: Happiness: Sunday: 10:00am
  • Mishna-a-Day: Monday to Friday: 7:20am
  • Halacha-a-Day: Monday - Thursday: 7:00pm
  • Bitachon: Mondays: 8:00pm
  • Talmud Berachot: Tuesdays: 8:00pm - Starting Chapter Two

Simcha Kiddush on December 24

We like to thank the following people for sponsoring:

  • Diamond Sponsors
    • Reza Green and Moshe Silver - Hanukkah Sameach!!!
    • David, Elon, Daniel, and Noam Weintraub - In Honor of Rachel's 55th Birthday
    • Richard and Liba Shakarchi - For Our Son Reuven's Birth
  • Gold Sponsors
    • David and Heidi Stokar - For Our Amazing, Wonderful Children
    • Anonymous - To Shalom Bayit for All of B'nei Yisrael
  • Silver Sponsors
    • Eli and Chana Bishburg - To the Good Health of the Congregation
    • Ray and Gloria Morris - To Rachel Teicher and Uri Yarmush
    • The Rushefsky Family - To the Wedding of Rachel & Mitchell Palacios
    • Albert Levy Mitzner and Dr. Leora Mitzner - HaKarat HaTov
    • Abraham and Vicky Cohen - For the Good Health of the Congregation
    • BJ and David Simon - For the Good Health of the Congregation and For the Good Health of Our Grandchildren.
    • Rivka and Martin Himmel - To our Sons' Engagements and Weddings
    • Rabbi and Mrs. David Bassous - In Honor of All the Very Special Members of our Congregation
    • Audrey & Spencer Rockman - In Honor of the good deeds of Daniel & Corrine Rushefsky
    • David and Yehudit Tawil - In Honor of the Birth of of Daughter, Mazal bat Yehdit, Michelle Rose
    • Sorah Rosen - In Honor of having Rabbi Bassous as the Rav of the Kahillah
  • Deluxe Sponsors
    • Tzippy and Elisha Russ-Fishbane - For he Rabbi and the Community
    • Aaron Epstein and Leora Wenger - For the Good Health of the Congregation
    • Dovi and Adi Yarmush - In Honor of Our Children, Idan and Omri and the Engagement of Uri and Rachel.
    • Rose and Nat Reiss - For our friendly Etz Ahaim Community
    • Ze'ev Feldman - In Honor of Our Congregation
  • General Sponsors
    • Dina and Leo Horowitz - Everyone
    • Alex & Liz Kemeny - To Our Wedding Anniversary
    • Jacob Oslick and Alisa Pinkhasik - Kahal Kadosh Etz Ahaim
    • Haim and Rahel Baruh- In Honor of Our Congregation
    • Steven and Ann-Sheryl White - In Honor of Rachel and David Weintraub - Just Because

If you would like to help sponsor the Simcha Kiddush, go to Etz Ahaim's website and fill out the form.

Weekly Bulletin

  • Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley is thrilled to announce the new hospitality room at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital! It is located on the main floor. Go through the main entrance and bear left towards the gift shop. Turn right through the double doors. Follow hall and turn right. The room is located opposite the surgical intensive care unit. You will find it fully stocked with food and any items that you might need. There is a microwave, urn, sink, table & chairs, For inquiries, please call the helpline at 732-572-7181

  • If you have an outstanding balance with Etz Ahaim, please send in your payment to help the Synagogue. Your help is appreciated.

  • If you are the last person to leave the building (except for Shabbat and Chaggim) make sure all the lights are out

  • If you are celebrating a simcha or want to remember a loved one, sponsor a kiddush is one of the best ways to mark the occasion. Please contact Yvonne at 908-227-5194. To sponsor a seuda, call the shul at 732-247-3839.

Bikur Cholim of Congregation Etz Ahaim

  • Our Congregation has its own Bikur Cholim Committee. If you know of a congregant who is in the hospital or a nursing home and would like a visit, please let us know. If there is a Home-bound congregant who is in need of a visit or assistance, we can help. We may also be able to make contact with a Jewish Agency which may be able to provide additional services. Please call Rose Reiss at 732-828-7415.

  • Nursing Home Visitation: Seeking volunteers to visit Mollie Reuben, Esther Tucker, Red Mordoh, and Shirley Cohen and others at the Regency nursing home on DeMott Lane in Somerset. For more info or an updated list of residents requesting visitors, please call Rahel Baruh at 732-672-4673 or email

  • Transportation Committee: Drivers and coordinators needed. Coordinate rides to and from medical appointments - match requests with an available driver. Each coordinator serves for two weeks at a time. To volunteer to coordinate or to drive, please call Bikur Cholim hotline at 732-572-7181 or fill out the volunteer form on the website

The congregation extends get-well wishes to:

  • Al Benzilio
  • Soroh Rosen
  • Viktorya Koen
  • Avishai ben Esther
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Joey Cenci (Yoseph Michael ben Yael Rut)
  • Linda Balavram (Emuna bat Sarah)
  • Esther Tucker
  • Red Mordoh
  • Nancy Reich
  • Yehudah Reich
  • Benny Mayo
  • Mary Belsky
  • Esther Arouh
  • Lilas Saltiel
  • Donna Bardy
  • Mary Naar
  • Lita Greenberg
  • Bradley Greenberg
  • Marcelo Schor
  • Sarah bat Naava
  • Perla bat Leah

Community News

Women's Learning Initiative

  • Parsha: Mrs. Miri Cohen: Tuesday, December 6 at 9:30am at the home of Tzippy Rieder, 6 Cliff Street, Edison. (off of Brookhill Avenue, past Stone Street). For more info, please call 732-966-6503.

  • SemPlus Evening Shiur for post seminary girls: Please call the hotline to confirm at 732-966-6503.

  • Tiferes DVD for Women: Motzai Shabbos, December 17 at 8:30pm, at the Siegel house. Weekly teleconferences with topics such as Shalom Bayis and Parenting are available to Tiferes members. For more info, please contact Aviva The Highland Park/Edison group of Tiferes is Zecher l'nishmas Malka bas Shalom.

Highland Park Mikvah

  • The Highland Park Mikvah now has Tzedakah boxes! Please contact Aviva at to obtain one.
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  • Hours
    • Sunday through Thursday until March 8: 8:00pm - 10:30pm
    • Friday nights by appointment only. Please arrive with enough time to be out before closing time.
  • We are excited to announce that Park Mikvah will be undergoing renovations! We are looking forward to our new State of the Art mikvah!
  • Please check the mikvah website and/or call our phone message, before coming, for any updates as to when the mikvah will be closing. The Highland Park Mikvah recently sent out a mailing. If you have not received the mailing, or need more information, please call 732-249-2411 or email