June 9 - Parashat Beha'alotcha

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30 am
  • Shir Hashirim: 6:45 pm
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Candle lighting 8:09 pm

Shabbat Parashat Behaalotcha

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: 8:17 am
  • Kiddush
  • Do we believe in miracles? -- Rabbi Bassous: 6:00pm
  • Mincha: 7:15 pm
  • Seuda Shelishit after Mincha
    • Sponsored by Dr. Richard & Liba Shakarchi & Family in honor of Reuven's birthday
    • New Program for the Entire family Come and learn some classic shabbat songs for your Shabbat Table and about the ten words for happiness
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 9:09 pm


  • Class with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class "Happiness" this week CANCELLED BECAUSE OF MIKVA REDEDICATION 10 am at AA
  • Shulchan Aruch Class: 7:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30 pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah 9.00 pm

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 8:12 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

Mazal Tov!

Mazal Tov to Leora Hakakian and Drs Ben and Diana Hakakian and family on Leora's engagement to Yaakov Bronson!

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.

DAUGHTERS OF ETZ AHAIM ANNUAL APPRECIATION DINNER Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00pm 9:00pm Sushiana 17 North Fourth Avenue Highland Park NJ Reservations are required! To reserve click here Dinner is $25.00 per person All women and girls are welcome. With Special thanks to: Chana Bishburg Diana Hakakian Rivka Greenberg Elizabeth Simon Gloria Morris Rose Reiss Sandy Sachs Yvonne Levy Liba Shakarchi Millie Hakim For their dedicated support and tireless efforts during this past year

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 rbaruh@yahoo.com

  • 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 bikurcholimrv.com

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

One Mikvah - One Community - Linking One Generation to the Next

Park Mikvah invites all women to join the historic Chanukat Habayit and dessert reception in celebration of the grand opening of the newly renovated, state-of-the-art mikvah!

Guest Speaker: Mrs. Chani Juravel, world renowned lecturer and educator Sunday June 11, 10:00am at Congregation Ahavas Achim.

Free of charge donations welcome.

A scroll listing all donors to the mikvah campaign will be displayed at the event.

Hostesses: Sandra Frankel, Judy Schwarzberg and Elana Kurtz; Mrs. Rachel Lefkovits, Mrs. Susan Weisel and Mrs. Chani Weisel; Mrs. Esther Posen and Mrs. Shana Cohn; Mrs. Esther Rosenberg and Mrs. Ruchy Rosenberg; Mrs. Sheila Schanzer, Dr. Riki Kreitman and Mrs. Cheryl Zeffren, Mrs. Michelle Schanzer, Mrs. Felice Schanzer; Mrs. Ruchi Stern, Mrs. Esti Schwimmer and Mrs. Rachelle Stern; Mrs. Shelley Zinkin, Mrs. Gila Gerszberg and Mrs. Devora Zinkin.

To RSVP or be part of our mother/daughter/daughter-in law honorees, please email [The Park Mikvah] Tours of the mikvah will take place after the event.

The Park Mikvah]: mailto:parkmikvahevents@gmail.com

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 appreciate your patience and financial support. Please continue to check the Park Mikvah Webpage or the voice message at 732-249-2411 .

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 Avivasiegelmom@optonline.net. 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 diapergemach@gmail.com for more information.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women: Due to mikvah event, no class on Sunday, June 11. Parsha class on Monday, June 12 at 8:00 PM at Cong. Ohr Torah. For more info, please contact Aviva at 732-572-4408 or siegelmom@optonline.net

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.