December 31 - Parashat Miketz

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shachrit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 3:55pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:22am
  • Candle Lighting: 4:22pm

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 with guest Chazan Weitzman Yaakov
  • Latest Shema: 8:56am
  • Extra lavish Kiddush: After Shachrit Services
    • Chana Bishburg iho her husband Eli's birthday and in honor of their visitors, Chazan Weitzman and Amit Yaakov
  • 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 Rabbi & Clara Bassous & Family imo his Aunt Flo.
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 5:22pm


  • Halacha/Parasha Class with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's class: 10:00am: Happiness
  • Shulchan Aruch Class: 3:50pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:20pm



  • Shacharit: 8:00am
  • Shulchan Aruch Class: 3:50pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:20pm

  • Shacharit: Tuesday - Friday 6:30am

  • Shulchan Aruch Class (Tuesday - Thursday) 7:00pm
  • Arvit (Tuesday-Thursday): 7:30pm

Next Week - Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 4:10pm
  • Mincha: 4:28pm
  • Candle lighting 4:28pm


  • 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

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

  • Women's Learning Initiative: Mrs. Miri Cohen's Parsha class: No class on January 3. For more info, please call 732-966-6503.

  • Women's Learning Initiative: Mrs. Leah Drillman's Shimiras Haloshon class will meet on January 2 at 7:30 PM at the home of Ellen Smith, 407 North 8th Ave., Edison. For more info, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.

  • Rebbitzen Eichenstein's classes for women:

    • Tefillah class on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 11:00 AM at the Aguda shul
    • Parsha class on Monday, Jan.2 at 8:00 PM at Cong. Ohr Torah.

For more info, please contact Aviva at 732-572-4408 or

  • The Women's AMEN Group meets monthly on the Sundays following the Shabbos in which one bensches Rosh Chodesh, at 9:30 AM 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.

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

Highland Park Mikvah

  • The Highland Park Mikvah now has Tzedakah boxes! Please contact Aviva at to obtain one.
  • If you are purchasing from Amazon, please consider signing up with A donation will be made to Park Mikvah.
  • Hours
    • Sunday through Thursday until March 8: 8:00pm - 10:30pm
    • All Motzai Shabbos in December and January: 7:30 - 10:00 PM.
    • 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.

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. Thank you.


  • Tiferes is free to all women in Kislev. Come watch DVD or listen to teleconferences
  • Tiferes DVD for women: Motzai Shabbos, Jan. 21 at 8:30 PM, at the Siegel house. Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayis and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference:
    • The Jewish Home - Maximizing my Role with Mrs. Chana Leah Rapaport. 212-444-9898; pin 1001. For more info, please contact Aviva

The Highland Park / Edison group of Tiferes is zecher l'nishmas Malka bas Shalom.