July 7 - Parashat Balak

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 6:45pm
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting 8:12pm


Parashat Balak

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>
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:26am
  • Kiddush is sponsored by Rabbi Behzad and Diana Hakakian and family in honor of the upcoming marriage of Korey and Leora.
  • Class with Dr. Richard Shakarchi 6:15pm
  • Mincha: 7:15pm
  • Seuda Shelishit is sponsored by Dr. Richard Shakarchi and his family in honor of their wedding anniversary
    • Special speaker is Dr. Elisha Russ-Fishbane
    • Come and learn some classic Shabbat songs for your Shabbat Table.
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 9:12pm


  • Class with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • No Women's Class
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30 pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah 9.00 pm

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha & Arvit: 7:30pm

Tuesday – Fast of Tammuz

  • Fast begins 4:25am
  • Shacharit: 8:00am
  • Mincha & Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Fast ends 9:09pm

Next Week – Friday

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


  • Parasha and Halacha: Sunday with Rabbi Ben Hakaian: 8:00am
  • Nach: Shabbat: 6:00pm
  • No Women's Class this week
  • Mishna-a-Day: Monday to Friday: 7:30am
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah Sundays: 9.00pm

Weekly Bulletin

Congregation would like to thank Rabbi Jacob Krief for giving a Shabbat sermon, Dr. Richard Shakarchi for giving a pre-Mincha class and Dr. Elisha Russ-Fishbane for speaking during Seuda Shelishit.

  • 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 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:

  • 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

Jewish Youth Hockey Program for Boys

Jewish Youth Hockey Program for Boys in Grades 3 through 8 starting at RPRY in the Fall! We're thrilled to open a brand new program designed to provide boys in grades 3 through 8 with an opportunity to play floor hockey on Sundays.

There will be two divisions: a Junior Varsity division for grades 3 through 5 and a Varsity division for grades 6 through 8. Participants will play an eight game regular season and will have a playoff at the end of the season. The program will run on Sundays starting in September at RPRY and is open to children of all area schools (RPRY, YST, Netivot, etc).

IMPORTANT: There will be three information sessions coming up in early July for parents/kids who are interested in hearing more:

  1. Sunday, July 9 - (Location and time to be determined)
  2. Monday, July 10 - Congregation Ohav Emeth (415 Raritan Ave, HP) at 8:00pm
  3. Wednesday, July 12 - Congregation Ahavas Achim (216 S. 1st Ave, HP) at 8:00pm

Registration is open, with an introductory early bird rate of $150. The early bird rate expires on July 1st, at which point the price will increase to $175.

Space is VERY limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis, so please register ASAP!! Registration can be completed at www.JewishYouthHockey.com. For more information, contact David Zelingher or Aharon Goldwasser program!!!

Looking forward to this exciting new Fall!

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.

Rabbi Yisroel Weiss Parsha Class for Men and Women: Wednesday night at 8:30pm 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.

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.