May 30 -- Shavuot

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President Visit our Website at for the latest news

Tuesday - First Night of Shavuot

  • Shacharit 6.30am
  • Mincha 7.30pm
  • Candle lighting 8:02pm
  • Kiddush after 9.00pm

Tuesday Night Shavuot Learning at Etz Ahaim

  • 11:00pm Tikkun Lel Shavuot
  • 12:00am Rabbi Ben Haakakian
  • 1:00am Rabbi Yehoshua Lewis
  • 2:00am Rabbi Kaufman
  • 3:00am Rabbi Luban
  • 4:05am Shacharit First Minyan - Tallit 4:23am

Wednesday - First Day of Shavuot

  • Shacharit Second Minyan 8:45am
  • Class Applying the Principles of Matan Torah Through the Ages with Dr Elisha Russ-Fishbane: 6:00pm
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle Lighting: 9:03pm

Thursday - Second Day of Shavuot

  • Shacharit 8:45am
  • Yizkor 10:00am
  • Grand Shavuot Kiddush After Services
    • Sponsored by Leo & Dina Horowitz & Family in memory of his father
  • Class Standing for the Ten Commandments with Dr Elisha Russ-Fishbane: 7.00pm
  • Mincha: 8:10pm
  • Arvit and Festival ends: 9:02pm


  • Shacharit: 6:30 am
  • Shir Hashirim: 6:45 pm
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Candle lighting 8:04 pm

Shabbat Parashat Nasso

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
  • 8.00 am Parasha Class with Rabbi Ben Hakakian
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:19 am
  • Kiddush wishing Nati Har Sinai hatzlachah rabbah on her upcoming move to New York sponsored by:
    • Sandy Bodzin and Shoshana Gross
    • Oz and Wendy Bar
    • Alex and Liz Kemeny
    • Haim and Rahel Baruh
    • Scott and Kelly Lichtenstein
    • Richard and Liba Shakarchi
    • Hanoch and Keren Eliezar
    • David and BJ Simon
    • Doug and Jackie Cenci
    • Jeremy and Laura Grunin
    • Vicky & Jacob Krief
  • Do We Believe in Angels!!! -- Rabbi Bassous: 6:00 pm
  • Mincha: 7:15 pm
  • Seuda Shelishit after Mincha
    • Sponsored by Dr. Richard & Liba Shakarchi & Family iho Yehudit's birthday
  • New Program for the Entire Family
    • Come and learn some classic shabbat songs for your Shabbat Table and about Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer the great author of Kaf Hachaim
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 9:04 pm


  • Parasha and Halacha: Shabbat and Sunday with Rabbi Ben Hakaian: 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
  • New Class - Eye to the Infinite Mondays: 8:00pm
  • Talmud Berachot - Chapter 3: Tuesdays: 8:00pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah Sundays: 9.00pm

Weekly Bulletin

The Kugel Kiddush

The Kugel Kiddush on June 17 is a celebration of the entire Highland Park Jewish community and every one is welcome -- no matter what synagogue you call home. We're all part of this wonderful fellowship that is Highland Park.

We want to celebrate the uniqueness of the Highland Park Jewish community. Like many communities, we are a place where many of us have different outlooks and different traditions, but we still all remain friends because we are able to overlook these tiny differences and see everyone as part of the same Jewish body.

We are inviting everyone in the community, no matter what synagogue they call Home. No matter what tradition minhag they follow and join together in celebration that we all share the same Jewish Heritage and we are all children of Avraham Avinu.

And please help make this an even more wonderful event by helping us with sponsorship.

  • 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 Park Mikvah is Now Open

Park Mikvah – is proud to announce that it is now open. Hours are 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Women should walk around the left side of the building in order to use the rear entrance. The mikvah and several bathrooms are usable at this time.

We are asking women to do all preparation at home and to bring their own towel and robe. We appreciate your patience and financial support. Please continue to check the Park Mikvah Webpage or the voice message at 732-249-2411 .

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: 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.

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.