October 11 - Erev Shemini Atzeret

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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Wednesday - Oct 11 - Shemini Atzeret Evening

Don't forget to make your erev tavshillin

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha & Arvit: 6:06pm
  • Candle Lighting: 6:06pm

Thursday - October 12 -- Shemini Atzeret

  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Yizkor: 10:00am
  • Rabbi's Class: 5:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:05pm
  • Candle Lighting: after 7:07pm
  • Simchat Torah: Kiddush and Dancing: Following Arvit
    • Kiddush sponsored by Ben and Diane Hakaian and Family
    • Kiddush sponsored by Uri and Rachel Yarmush

Friday - October 13 - Simchat Torah Day

Come for Torah reading and get an aliyah

  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Kiddush and Dancing with the Torah following services
    • Kiddush sponsored by Ben and Diane Hakaian and Family
    • Kiddush sponsored by Uri and Rachel Yarmush
  • Mincha: 5:00pm
  • Hakafot and Arvit following Mincha
  • Candle lighting for Shabbat: 6:04pm

Saturday - Shabbat - Parashat Bereshit

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.

  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Kiddush after services sponsored by Rabbi & Rebbitzen Moshe Silver & Family
    • In honor of Rabbi and Rabbanit Bassous and in gratitude for the beautiful Etz Ahaim community.
  • To sponsor a Kiddush, go to our kiddush sponsorship webpage.
  • Tehillim group for women: 4:00pm
  • Class with Rabbi Bassous: 4:45pm
  • Mincha: 5:45pm
  • Seuda Shelishit after Mincha
    • Sponsored by Rabbi and Clara Bassous and Family for the success and good health of everyone and in memory of his Aunt Mazal Tov bat Simcha
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 7:02pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class: 10:00am - Rambam [Hilchot De'ot]. New Members Welcome!
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:00pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah class 9.00pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Mincha & Arvit: 6:10 pm
  • Mondays: Jewish Meditation 8:00 pm resumes on Oct 30
  • Tuesdays Talmud 8.00 pm resumes Oct 31

Friday - Next Week

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 5:52pm
  • Candle Lighting: 5:52pm


  • Parasha and Halacha with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: Shabbat 8:00am
  • Nach: Shabbat: 5:30pm
  • Woman's Class: Hilchot De'ot of Rambam: Sunday 10:00am
  • Mishna-a-Day: Monday to Friday 7:30am
  • Halacha-a-Day: Monday - Thursday 6:50pm
  • Eye to the Infinite: Monday 8:00pm
  • Talmud Berachot - Chapter 3: Tuesday 8:00pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah: Sunday 9:00pm

Weekly Bulletin

  • 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 on Shabbat and Chaggim) make sure all the lights are out

  • If you are celebrating a simcha or want to remember a loved one, sponsoring a kiddush is one of the best ways to mark the occasion. To sponsor a Shabbat Kiddush, please go to our Kiddush Sponsorship Page on our website and fill out the on line form. We'll get in contact with you as soon as possible. To sponsor a seuda or a Sunday morning breakfast, 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, 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 or email Rahel Baruh at 732-672-4673
  • 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.

The congregation extends get-well wishes to:

  • Viktorya Koen
  • Avishai ben Esther
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Joey Cenci (Yoseph Michael ben Yael Rut)
  • Linda Balavram (Emuna bat Sarah)
  • Stuart Balavram (Shammai ben Yitzchak)
  • Nancy Reich
  • Yehudah Reich
  • Benny Mayo
  • Mary Belsky
  • Esther Arouh
  • Lilas Saltiel
  • Donna Bardy
  • Mary Naar
  • Lita Greenberg
  • Bradley Greenberg
  • Marcelo Schor
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Leora bat Matana
  • Abraham Wishinski

Community News

An Appeal from an OE Member Family

Update - Thank you to all who have contributed to raise funds for a community member to attend a rehab program. This person has completed the first and most expensive part of the program, and is, thank G-d, doing well. Even with the generous donations shared by community members, the family was forced to borrow thousands of dollars each month to pay $6,000 monthly for the program. They are struggling with significant accumulated debt, and our help is still needed.

Please help this local family recover from extreme financial burden. They have generously supported our community in the past and never though they would need to ask for themselves. Please visit their The Chesed Fund webpage to donate by credit card or if you wish to make out a check instead of contributing online, please make it out to Congregation Ohav Emeth and in the memo write Rabbi’s Charity Fund. On a separate note (not in memo), write that it is for the rehab campaign.

Park Mikvah

Park Mikvah is now providing towels and robes.


  • Sunday - Thursday 9:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Friday Nights: By appointment only. Leave a message at 732-249-2411 or via the website.
  • Motzai Shabbat
    • October 14, 21, 28: 9:00 - 11:00pm

We appreciate your patience and financial support. Please continue to check our website and hotline at 732-249-2411 for updates

Have you participated in this incredible mitzvah campaign yet? Please go to www.parkmikvah.org/donate to help raise the remaining funds!

Bikur Cholim

  • Volunteers: To visit a male patient at the AristaCare facility in South Plainfield. It is a 10 minute drive from our community. Also looking for a male to sit, schmooze and learn with a male patient at AristaCare. Family is willing to pay. For more information please contact Nitza Adler (732)819-9294

  • 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 and chairs, as well as two reclining chairs. For inquiries, please call the helpline at 732-572-7181.

  • Mother's Helpers: Bikur Cholim is looking for Mother's Helpers to help with a special need's five year old girl. Volunteers are needed for any time, Monday through Friday. We are looking for girls tenth grade and up. If you can help, even for a few hours, please call Mrs. Rivka Teresh directly at 347-598-9448.

  • Homebound Visitation: Seeking adults and 11th graders and older who would be interested in volunteering to visit homebound people in our community. For more info, please call Bikur Cholim at 732-572-7181.

  • Nursing Home Visitation: Seeking volunteers to visit at the Regency nursing home on DeMott Lane in Somerset. For more info, please call Rahel Baruh at 732-672-4673 or email rbaruh@yahoo.com

  • *Transportation Committee: Drivers and coordinators needed. Coordinate rides to and from medical appointments - match requesters 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

Tiferes: Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayit and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: Elul – Mining its Treasures. Speakers: Mrs. Tehava Lebowitz, Rabbi Menachem Nissel, and Rabbi Daniel Glatstein. For more info, please contact Aviva siegelmom@optonline.net. The Highland Park / Edison group of Tiferes is zecher l'nishmas Malka bas Shalom.

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.

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.

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 Emunah 2 module is dedicated in memory of: Tziporah Chaya Heindel bas Shmuel Mordechai haLevi, Chaya Friedman, a”h . The current source book is: Artscroll's Living Emunah volume 2 - Achieving A Life of Serenity Through Faith by Rabbi David Ashear.

The audio of Rabbi Bregman’s insightful and inspiring How To Achieve Success Through Emunah presentation is now available for listening or downloading from the Audio page of the ACTT website

For more info, e-mail or call Phil Rosen at (732) 572-8762.

The Edison/Highland Park gown Gemach, L'iluy Nishmas R' Yitzchok Ben Binyomin, is open for business! The Gemach houses a wide selection of gowns for children, pre-teen, teens and adults. Please note the Gemach is still looking for donation of gowns in very good condition. Tax deduction is given and pick up of the gowns can also be arranged. For more information and/or to schedule an appointment please call Sara Scott at 516-526-0941.

Collecting Sheitels: Keren Kol Kallah - established to provide orphan and destitute kallahs in Israel with essential needs. 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. All the money raised at the sale goes towards a hachnasas kallah fund which helps needy brides in Eretz Yisrael. Sheitels can be dropped off by Aviva, 16 Edgemount Road, Edison. For more info, please see contact Aviva Siegel or call at (732) 572-4408