October 27 - Parashat Lech-Lecha

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 5:30pm
  • Mincha: 5:42pm
  • Candle lighting 5:42pm

Saturday - Parashat Lech-Lecha

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

  • Boys 6 and up in the Library.
  • Girls 6 and up upstairs left classroom.
  • Boy’s tefila group meeting at 9:30am
  • Children 3 - 5 upstairs right classroom.
  • Parasha with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 9:21am
  • Kiddush sponsored in memory of Esther Arouh by her family.
  • Tehillim group for women: 4:45pm
  • Class with Rabbi Bassous: 4:30pm
    • The Expulsion of Jews from Spain - Did you know that prior to 1492 there were at least three times as many Sephardim in the world than Ashkenazim but since then the opposite is true. This class will clue you in.
  • Mincha: 5:30pm
  • Seuda Shelishit after Mincha Topic: Hachnasat Orchim
  • Sponsored by Drs. Ben and Diane Hakakian and family in memory of his father, Yechezkel ben Hodadad.
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 6:42pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • New Women's Class: The Thirteen Principles of Faith starting this week New Members Welcome!
  • Shulchan Aruch: 5.00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 5:30pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah class: 9.00pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 7.00pm
  • Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Mondays: Jewish Meditation: 8:00pm
  • Tuesdays Talmud: 8.00pm

Next Week – Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 5:41pm
  • Candle lighting 5:34pm

Upcoming Events on our Webpage

The following events are on our wepage under the events section. Keep up what's going on with Etz Ahaim and our community!

Synagogue News

  • 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 email Rahel Baruh or call her 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:

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

Community News

Highland Park/Edison Connects

The Highland Park/Edison Connects is proud to present Cocoa and Crafts, our next event open to all women in the community! Join us as we create crafts and friendships on Motzai Shabbat, November 4th at 8:00 PM at Congregation Ahavas Yisrael (1587 Route 27, Edison).

You can take home what you make or donate it to hospitals in the area! The cost is only $10.00 and advanced registration is required; space is limited so reserve yours today! RSVP can be made to Leah Epshteyn. Any questions feel free to reach out Hannah Farkas, Faygie Lobel, or Leah Epshteyn.

An Update from an Ohev Emet Family Member

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 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.

The Eruv

The Eruv committee checks the eruv every week. However, if the eruv is down, and you didn’t check the status before Shabbat, the averah of carrying on Shabbat is on you. It’s extremely important to know the status of the eruv before Shabbat start!

Fortunately, we now have six official ways of alerting you to the eruv’s status. It’s very important for you to be aware and find out the status of the eruv every week before Shabbat and Chaggim.

  • Twitter: The eruv’s official alerts are sent out via Twitter. Follow @hp_eruv on Twitter and get updates about the eruv’s status as soon as it’s been determined.
  • Text Messages: Don’t have a Smartphone or don’t want to use Twitter? You can alerts via text messages. This involves setting up a Twitter account, but once setup, you can completely ignore your Twitter account. It gives you immediate alerts without the Twitter blather.
  • Facebook: We have a Facebook group @hperuv that gets updated when we update our Twitter account. Follow this Facebook group (don’t just Like it), and you’ll get alerts about the eruv’s status via Facebook.
  • Email: Go to The Eruv Webpage and sign up for the email list. The email list checks the eruv’s status after 3:00pm once per hour and sends out an email with updates.
  • The Eruv Webpage: The eruv webpage has the latest Twitter feed displayed on the bottom of the front page.
  • Hotline: Yes, their is still the eruv hotline. However, it’s too easy too forget to call when you’re busy preparing for Shabbat. That’s why we offer push notifications through Twitter, SMS Text messages, Facebook, and email.

We also have a brand new webpage at http://hperuv.org with a map of the exact eruv boundaries, and where you need to be careful about staying inside the eruv. There have been some major changes in the eruv in the last few years:

  • The eruv boundary is now goes along Plainfield Road and not Sutton Lane.
  • The Stelton Community Center Playground is now in the eruv.
  • Cook/Douglas Campuses of Rutgers are no longer in the eruv.
  • If the eruv around Donaldson Park is down, the playground in Donaldson is no longer in the backup eruv.

If you weren’t aware of these changes, check out the latest Interactive eruv map.

Go to http://hperuv.org/status for more information about getting eruv alerts, or contact David Weintraub for help.

The Women's Learning Initiative

Presenting the annual Rochel Imeinu Yartzeit video on Motzai Shabbos, October 28 at 8:15pm at the Orani home, 292 North 5th Ave, Highland Park. This year’s video features Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, Rabbi Paysach Krohn, and Rebbitzen Tehilla Jaeger. Suggested donation: $10.00 to Aniyei Eretz Yisroel.

Parsha class by Mrs. Miri Cohen: Class on Tuesday, October 31 at 9:30am at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park. For more infomation, please call Leah at 917-763-1848.

Park Mikvah

Park Mikvah is now providing towels and robes.

Please support the mikvah while purchasing on Amazon. Use Amazon Smiles and a portion of all sales will go to the Park Mikvah.


  • Sunday - Thursday 9:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Friday Nights: By appointment only
  • Motzai Shabbat
    • October 28, November 4: 9:00 – 11:00 PM
    • November 11, 18, 25: 7:30 – 10:00 PM

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 http://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 & 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 contact Rahel Baruh or call her at 732-672-4673.
  • 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: DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, November 4 at 8:30 PM at the Siegel house. Title: Attitude of Gratitude – The Secret to a Life of Happiness. Speakers: Rabbi Avigdor Miller z”l, Rabbi Ephraim Eliyahu Shapiro, Rabbi Meir Wikler, and Mrs. Bas-sheva Alpert.

Weekly teleconferences with topics such as Shalom Bayit and Parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: Between You and Me – The Torah’s Wisdom on Relationships. Speaker: Mrs. Rochel Goldbaum. For more info, please contact Aviva Siegel.

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 9:30am 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. 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.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women: No class on Sunday, October 29; Parsha class on Monday, October 30 at 8:00 PM at Cong. Ohr Torah. For more info, please contact Aviva Siegel or call her at 732-572-4408.

Rabbi Yisroel Weiss shiur, ”Living with Parsha”, for men and women: Wednesday evenings at 8:30 PM in the Khal Chassidim dining room, entrance through front door of house. For more info, please call Marsha at 732-777-1155.

ACTT Event: Save the Date!: Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg will speak at the ACTT Happiness Module 2 kickoff event on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:30pm. Source book: Artscroll’s “Living Simchah: Finding the joy in everything” by Rabbi Hadar Margolin. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. More details to follow. For more info, e-mail ACTT or call Phil Rosen (732) 572-8762.

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.

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 (732) 572-4408.