August 4 - Parashat Va'etchanan

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 6:45pm
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting 7:51pm

Shabbat -- Parashat Va'etchanan

Please join us this week as many members are away

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: 8:44am
  • Special Kiddush sponsored by Rena Cohen and Family in honor of Uri Yarmush's upcoming marriage to Rachel Teicher.
    Mazal Tov to Their Parents, Grandparents and All Family Members!!!
  • Class with Rabbi Bassous on The Miraculous Survival and Revival of the Jewish People": 6:00pm
  • Mincha: 7:15pm
  • Seuda Shelishit after Mincha sponsored by Haim Baruh and Daniel Rushefsky iho of Haim's safe return and Mishna Cafe's completion of Masechet Sukkah.
    • Come and learn some classic Shabbat songs for your Shabbat Table and brush up on the "Ten Commandments and their Application"
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 8:58 pm


  • Parsha and Halacha with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class: 10:00am -- New topic Rambam Hilchot De'ot. It can be downloaded and printed for free. De'ot - Chapter One New Members Welcome!
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30 pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah 9.00 pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Halacha a Day: 7:00pm
  • Mincha & Arvit: 7:30pm

Next Week – Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 6:45pm
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting 7:42pm


  • Parasha and Halacha with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: Sunday 8:00am
  • Nach: Shabbat: 6:00pm
  • Woman's Class: Hilchot De'ot of Rambam: Sunday 10:00am
  • Mishna-a-Day: Monday to Friday 7:30am
  • Halacha-a-Day: Monday - Thursday 7:00pm
  • 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.

Quilting Club at Etz Ahaim

Etz Ahaim will be hosting a Quilting Club for quilters at all levels from on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. from August 8 through Labor Day. Continuance will depend on level of interest. For more information and RSVP, please contact Chana Bishburg at

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.

The congregation extends get-well wishes to:

  • 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 Wandering Que Food Truck at Ahavas Yisrael

The Wandering Que Food Truck, featuring Pit boss Ari White, is coming to Ahavas Yisrael next Sunday, August 6 from 12:00 - 7:00pm (or until they sell out). Come and enjoy the finest Texas BBQ this far east (under the hashgacha of Star

Tifere s DVD for Women this Motzei Shabbat

The next Tiferes DVD for women, Is Empathy a Mitzvah? What it is and How to Show it featuring Rabbi Jonathan Rietti and Yael Kaisman, will be shown on Motzei Shabbat, August 12 at 10:00 p.m. prompt at the Siegel house.

Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayit and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconferences: Raise-the-Bar Parenting with Simi Yellen; Of Home and Heart with Dr. Jerry Lob; Summer Parenting with Ruth Lynn; Shalom Bayis—The Changing Picture with Debbi Selengut. For more information, please contact Aviva Siegel

RPRY Pre-Rosh Hashanah Pop-Up Shop

RPRY PLUS invites the community to a PRE-Rosh Hashanah Pop-Up Shop. It will be held at RPRY on Tuesday, September 5 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Take advantage of this one-stop shopping for all your Yom Tov needs including: tableware, tablecloths, children’s clothing/accessories, women’s apparel, jewelry, hats, The Man with the Truck, children’s gift items, sheitels and more!

Please contact Elana Kurtz or Melissa Feder for more information.

RPRY Corporate Golf Outing

Please join the RPRY Corporate Golf Outing this Tuesday, August 8:

  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Shotgun Start
  • 1:30pm Lunch

Come out for a great day of golf, competition, contests and networking. Support excellent education, innovation and inspiration!

Please ask your colleagues, partners, vendors and business friends to participate. You can register on-line. For more information, speak to Jeremy Renna or Shoham Filhart, event co-chairs

Raritan Valley and L’Dor V’Dor Hadassah Rosh Hashanah Honey Sale

Raritan Valley and L’Dor V’Dor Hadassah are here to help you plan a most sweet New Year! Purchase a jar of Rosh Hashanah Honey and share a sweet New Year with friends and family.

Visit, scroll all way down past the big jar of honey, and click “Add to cart,” then click “View cart.” Enter the number of honey gift packages you want to order. Each gift package can be shipped to a different address. Enter the Coupon Code “Raritan Valley” and click “Apply coupon” to obtain the special price of $9.50 per jar. Scroll down to see your actual cost. Click “Proceed to Checkout” where you’ll submit your shipping addresses and billing information. Online orders must be submitted by Wednesday, September 16.

To order honey the old fashioned way, write... Your name, address, phone, and email address and the name and address of each recipient and the number of honey jars going each recipient’s way. Please enclose a check a check made out to Hadassah for $9.50 for each jar of honey and mail to Sara L. Goodman, 311 Montgomery Street, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Mail orders must be received by Monday, August 28.

Hadassah Family Day at Johnson Park

Join Raritan Valley and L’Dor V’Dor Hadassah next Sunday, August 13 at 11:30 am for a fun and relaxing Family Day at Johnson Park. Meet at the open picnic grove near the zoo. Bring your husbands, children and grandchildren along with your own picnic lunches, sunscreen, and any balls, games or activities you’d like to do in the park. Visit the petting zoo and enjoy the sunshine. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by Thursday, August 10 to Marnie Kean.

Raritan Valley Hadassah Welcome Back Brunch

Join Raritan Valley Hadassah on Sunday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00pm at the Lena & David T. Wilentz Senior Residence Building on the Wilf Campus, 360 Demott Lane, Somerset, for a delicious kosher brunch and a special program to welcome Hadassah Members, Associates and guests.

Start the fall season meeting new and old friends, and learning about upcoming Hadassah events and programs. For questions, contact Debbie Gerber at 732-688- 4146 or For rides, contact Marcia Shiffman at 732-964-0079 or Please RSVP no later than Friday, August 25. Send check of $20 per attendee, made out to Hadassah, to: Sara Goodman Hand, 311 Montgomery Street, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Include your name, email address and phone number.

Raritan Valley Hadassah to see the Dale Chihuly Exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden

Join Raritan Valley Hadassah on Wednesday, September 6 at the New York Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a guided tour of the Chihuly exhibit showcasing his signature organic shapes in brilliant colors including a monumental reimagination of his storied 1975 Artpark installation, with three new works enlivening the water features of the Native Plant Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard's Tropical Pool, reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light.

Men, women, Hadassah Members and Non-Members are most welcome. Bus leaves Highland Park at 9:15 a.m. sharp; returns approximately 5:00 p.m. Cost: $95—includes transportation, admission and guided tour. Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited; please register now! For questions and registration, please contact Elaine Rand Fromkin at 732- 257-1525 or

Employment Network of Raritan Valley

Looking for work? ENRV can help. They post over 100 jobs each month, and help people with their resume and search strategies. Please help: If you know of any professional, part-time, or temporary job openings, contact Bob Lansey.

Netivot Calendar Fundraiser

Netivot is excited to announce that they will be printing a full color school calendar this year and they would love for you to promote your business! Ads for business will be printed on the top half of the month and will be see by all Netivot parents and grandparents and anyone else who wants one! Purchase your ad today.

Chai Lifeline Fundraiser

Shmuel Weitzner will be raising funds in support of Chai Lifeline by biking 180 miles through 3 states to Camp Simcha in memory of his dear daughter, Chaya Sorah, z"l, and his beloved father, Rabbi Nachum Avigdor Weitzner, z"l.

Camp Simcha, run by Chai Lifeline, is an extraordinary overnight camp that gives children with cancer a vacation from sickness. A summer in camp restores their spirits and renews their determination to fight! The camp is designed to meet the medical and social needs of children and teens with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Camp Simcha and its sister camp, Camp Simcha Special, are Chai Lifeline's flagship programs. Every year these two camps offer 420 children a chance to forget about illness and just be kids again.

Shmuel will be biking to camp on Wednesday and Thursday, August 16 & 17. His objective is to raise at least $5,000 by then and hopes you can help him achieve this goal. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. Donate to this very worthy cause on behalf of Shmuel Weitzner.

Checks, made out to Chai Lifeline, can also be mailed to: 1228 East 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230.

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 blesses 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 for more information.