October 4 -- Erev Sukkot

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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Wednesday, Oct 4 - Erev Sukkot

Don't forget to make your erev tavshillin

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Candle Lighting: 6:17pm
  • Mincha & Arvit: 6:17pm

Thursday, Oct 5 - First Day of Sukkot

  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Kiddush in our sukkah! Sponsored by the Sisterhood
  • Rabbi's Class- King Solomon's Wisdom -- Kohellet: 5:15pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:15pm
  • Candle Lighting: after 7:15pm

Friday, Oct 6 - Second Day of Sukkot

  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Rabbi's Class: 5:00pm
  • Rabbi's Class- King Solomon's Wisdom -- Kohellet: 5:15pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:15pm
  • Candle Lighting for Shabbat: 6:13pm

Saturday, Oct 7 - Shabbat - Chol Hamoed Sukkot

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.

  • Parasha with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 9:05am
  • Kiddush in our sukkah after services
  • Tehillim group for women: 4:40pm
  • Class with Rabbi Bassous: 5:15pm
  • Mincha: 6:15pm
  • Seuda Shelishit in the sukkah after Mincha
    • Sponsored by Richard and Liba Shakarchi and family in honor of his birthday.
    • Sponsored by Alex and Carol Kotlar and family in memory of Alex's father.
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 7:13pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class: 10:00am - Rambam Hilchot De'ot. New Members Welcome!
  • Shulchan Aruch 5.40 pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:10pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah class 9.00pm

Monday & Tuesday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Halacha a Day: 5:40pm
  • Mincha & Arvit: 6:10 pm
  • Mondays: Jewish Meditation 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday night Hoshana Rabbah learning starts 11.00 pm
    • Pizza in the sukkah sponsored by Jerusalem Pizza at 1.00 am

Wednesday, October 11 -- Erev Shemini Atzeret

  • Shacharit..........6:00 a.m.
  • Mincha and Maariv: 6:06 p.m.
  • Candle Lighting: 6:06 p.m.

Don't forget to make your eruv tavshillin


  • 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 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