May 12 - Parashat Emor

David Bassous - Rabbi
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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 6:45pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:00pm
  • Candle Lighting: 7:46pm

Shabbat Day

Shabbat Day Parashat Emor

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 Class with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:29am
  • Kiddush sponsored by Dr. Elisha and Tzippy Russ-Fishbane & Family in honor of the birthday of his mother.
  • Book of Kings: Eliyahu Hanavi goes up to Heaven-- Rabbi Bassous: 6:00pm
  • Mincha: 7:15pm
  • Seuda Shelishit after Mincha
    • Sponsored by Dr. Richard & liba Shakarchi & Family iho Tamar's birthday.
    • Talk by Nachaliel Salevan: Yom Yerushalayim
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 8:46pm


  • Class with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class "Happiness" at 10.00am
  • Shulchan Aruch Class: 7:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah 9.00pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shulchan Aruch Class: 7:00pm
  • Mincha & Arvit: 7:30pm

Next Week - Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 6:45pm
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting 7:53pm


  • Parsha and Halacha: Shabbat and Sunday: 8:00am
  • Nach: Shabbat: 6:00pm
  • Woman's Class: Happiness: Sunday: 10:00am
  • Mishna-a-Day: Monday to Friday: 7:30am
  • Halacha-a-Day: Monday - Thursday: 7:00pm
  • Eye to the Infinite - Mondays: 8:00pm
  • Talmud Berachot - Chapter Three: Tuesdays: 8:00pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah Sundays 9.00pm

We are very excited to have Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Bregman as the featured speaker at the ACTT Emunah module 2 kickoff event at Etz Ahaim on this Sunday night, May 14, 2017 at 8:30 PM. Please be sure to attend!!!

Weekly Bulletin

Help Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of United Jerusalem

The Afikim Foundation in cooperation with the Israel Ministry of Diaspora Affairs has commissioned the writing of this unique and historic Torah and invites Jews across the globe to acquire its 304,805 letters, share via social media, and reveal hundreds of thousands of ways that goodness can elevate lives and give honor to Jerusalem.

Congregation Etz Ahaim has reserved a block of 200 letters for members of the congregation. Select your letter, and make a pledge to do an act of kindness/chesed for this letter. Fulfill your act, and mark your act as complete. That's it. You can win a trip to Israel in order to attend the special ceremony on Yom Yerushalayim, May 24, 2017. For more information, visit our webpage.

The Kugel Kiddush

On June 10, we will be throwing our first ever Kugel Kiddush. The Kugel Kiddush is a celebration of our Highland Park Jewish community. We will be inviting everyone from all over Highland Park to attend. We at Etz Ahaim are proud to be part of this wonderful community, and we want to let everyone know that we are an intregal part of this kehelah.

You can help make this an even more wonderous event by going to our website and help sponsor the Kugel Kiddush, or even better, volunteer to help. We need help planning, cooking, decorating, and of course, cleaning up. Become a part of this effort and become an active part of our community.

Other Announcements

  • 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. 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, Esther Tucker, 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)
  • Stuart Balavram (Shammai ben Yitzchak)
  • Esther Tucker
  • 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

The New Highland Park First Aid Squad Discount Cards Are Here!

It's that time of year - time to purchase your new discount cards. The cards are being sold for the same price as last year (2 for $40, 3 for $50) and you KNOW you make many times that amount in savings throughout the year. Cards can be purchased from:

  • The Ahavas Achim office,
  • Jerusalem Pizza
  • Cyber Knight
  • Covered Girl Clothing
  • Giddy's Pizzeria
  • Leah Paretzky
  • Any member of the Highland Park First Aid Squad.

A Family's Plea for Help

We realize there are many requests for Tzedaka, all heart wrenching. However, the rules of Tzedaka are to first help your family, then help your community, then outside the community. Here is a campaign started by longtime members of our community, who are presently struggling with the serious issue of having a family member trying to recover in rehab.

They need to raise about $6,000 a month and rehab can take about a year. Please go to the Chesed Fund and open up open up your hearts and help this local family keep their son in rehab. They have been generous in the past in supporting our community and never thought they would need to ask for themselves.

If you wish to make out a check instead of contributing online, please make it out to Congregation Ohav Emeth, in the memo write Rabbi's Charity Fund. On a separate note (NOT in memo) write that it is for the Rehab campaign"

Please note: Rabbi Kaufman and Rabbi Kaminetzky have reviewed this issue and the great need of the family and encourage all to help in this extremely worthy and lifesaving effort.

Other News

Tiferes DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, May 13 at 10:00 PM prompt, at the Siegel house: Shalom Bayis: It’s all about YOU!. Speakers: Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein and Mrs. Chani Juravel.

Weekly teleconferences with topics such as Shalom Bayis and Parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: “Perfectly Imperfect – Accepting and Appreciating the People in Our Lives” with Mrs. Atara Malach.

For more info, please contact The Highland Park / Edison group of Tiferes is zecher l'nishmas Malka bas Shalom.

Bnos Melachim Worldwide event: An unforgettable audio-visual presentation for women and high school girls: “You are who you are and you are where you are because you are here- now what”. Program: HaRav Yitzchok Scheiner Shlita, Rabbi YY Jacobson, Mrs. Dina Schoonmaker; Personal Journeys: Mrs. Tammy Karmel, Mrs.Miriam Sandler. Wednesday, May 17 at 8:15 PM at Congregation Ohav Emeth. Suggested Donation: $10. In memory of our beloved Mrs.Chaya Friedman.

Women's Learning Initiative: Mrs. Miri Cohen’s Parsha class will take place Tuesday, May 16 at 9:30 AM at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park. For more info, please call 732-966-6503.

Women's Learning Initiative: Mrs. Leah Drillman’s Shimiras Haloshon class will meet on Monday, May 15 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.

Rabbi Yisroel Weiss Parsha Class for Men and Women: Wednesday night at 8:30 PM at the home of Marsha Eiserman, 154 N. 10th Avenue, Highland Park. For more info, please call Marsha at 347-203-7906.

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 for more information.