September 15 - Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Selichot 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 6:30pm
  • Mincha: 6:48pm
  • Candle lighting 6:48pm

Shabbat - Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech

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: 9:05am
  • Kiddush after services
    • Co-sponsored by Jose Mitrani and Family in Memory of Janok and Sara
    • Co-sponsored by Drs. Ben and Hakakian and Family in Honor of the Birth of a Granddaughter
    • To sponsor a Kiddush, go to our kiddush sponsorship webpage.
  • Tehillim group for women: 4:55pm
  • Class with Rabbi Bassous: Rambam -- From Moshe to Moshe, there was no one like Moshe: 5:30pm
  • Mincha: 6:30pm
  • Seuda Shelishit after Mincha
    • Sponsored by Rabbi & Clara Bassous & Family for the good health and success of all our members and friends and Am Yisrael in the Coming Year and in Memory of Rabbi Elazar, the son of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
    • Topic: Prepping for Rosh Hashanah
    • Come and learn some classic Shabbat songs for your Shabbat Table.
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 7:48pm


  • Selichot 7.45am
  • Hatarat Nedarim 8:20am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class: 10:00am - Rambam Hilchot De'ot. New Members Welcome!
  • Shulchan Aruch 6:15pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:45pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah class: 9:00pm

Monday & Tuesday

  • Selichot 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Halacha a Day: 6:15pm
  • Mincha & Arvit: 6:45pm
  • Mondays: Jewish Meditation 8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays: Talmud Berachot 8:00 pm

Wednesday - Erev Rosh Hashana

  • Selichot 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Hatarat Nedarim 7:20am
  • Mincha: 6:40pm
  • Candle lighting 6:40pm

Thursday - First Day Rosh Hashanah

  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Children's Program: (10 years and under): 10:30am - 1:30pm
  • Shofar: 11:00am
  • Tashlich (Donaldson Park): 5:40pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:40pm
  • Candle Lighting: After 7:40pm

Next Friday - Second Day Rosh Hashanah

  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Children's Program: (10 years and under): 10:30am - 1:30pm
  • Shofar: 11:00am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:37pm
  • Candle Lighting for Shabbat: 6:37pm


  • Parasha and Halacha with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: Shabbat 8:00am
  • Nach: Shabbat: 5:30pm
  • Woman's Class: Hilchot De'ot of Rambam: Sunday 10:00am
  • Mishna-a-Day: Monday to Friday 7:30am
  • Halacha-a-Day: Monday - Thursday 6:50pm
  • Eye to the Infinite: Monday 8:00pm
  • Talmud Berachot - Chapter 3: Tuesday 8:00pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah: Sunday 9:00pm

Weekly Bulletin

Please send in your High Holiday Seat Reservation Form Today

Help Houston Recover from Harvey

The Jewish community in Houston, Texas, has once again found itself in the cross-hairs of a devastating storm that has already flooded many neighborhoods and will likely cause much more damage in the next 24-48 hours.

As the extent of the damage becomes clear, it is obvious that this community will need significant financial help in order to rebuild. Our community has answered the call before, and as Rosh Hashana approaches, we must answer the call again.

The OU and the RCA are collecting funds to help the Jewish community in Houston recover. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the Houston Jewish Community.

Donate at

  • 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.

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, 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 or email Rahel Baruh at 732-672-4673
  • 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)
  • Nancy Reich
  • Yehudah Reich
  • Benny Mayo
  • Mary Belsky
  • Esther Arouh
  • Lilas Saltiel
  • Donna Bardy
  • Mary Naar
  • Lita Greenberg
  • Bradley Greenberg
  • Marcelo Schor
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Leora bat Matana

Community News

Park Mikvah

Park Mikvah is now providing towels and robes.


  • Sunday - Thursday 9:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Friday Nights: By appointment only. Leave a message at 732-249-2411 or via the website.
  • Motzai Shabbat
    • September 16, 23, 30: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    • September 20-22: By Appointment Only
    • September 29: Closed for Yom Kippur
    • October 4 - 6 and October 11 - 13: By appointment only
    • October 14, 21, 28: 9:00 - 11:00pm

We appreciate your patience and financial support. Please continue to check our website and hotline at 732-249-2411 for updates

Have you participated in this incredible mitzvah campaign yet? Please go to to help raise the remaining funds!

HP/Edison Connects Annual Women's Melave Malka

Highland Park/Edison Connects invites all women to their Annual "Kick-Off the (school) Year" Potluck Melave Malka, taking place on Motzei Shabbat, September 16 at 8:45pm at 22 Celler Road, Edison NJ. Whether you have recently moved in and are looking to meet people, or whether you have been here a while and want to reconnect with old friends and make new ones while welcoming everyone who has recently moved into our town, they encourage you to come and bring a dish! For questions or to RSVP please email Rachelle Stern. More information to follow in the coming weeks!

Highland Park/Edison Connects was formed with the goal of connecting the community and increasing the sense of achdut as well as the flow of communication and information between the various Orthodox shuls, schools, institutions, and organizations.

Tiferes DVD for Women

Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayis and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: Elul – Mining its Treasures. Speakers: Mrs. Tehava Lebowitz, Rabbi Menachem Nissel, and Rabbi Daniel Glatstein. For more info, please contact Aviva Siegel

The Highland Park/Edison group of Tiferes is zecher l'nishmas Malka bas Shalom.

Chicks with Sticks Knitting Group

The Raritan Valley Hadassah Chicks with Sticks Knitting Group will hold their fall meeting on Wednesday, October 18 from 1:00-3:00pm at the home of Phyllis Pollak, 209 N. 4th Avenue, Highland Park. In the interim, please stop by her home to pick up yarn or to drop off the caps/blankets that you have made. Please contact Phyllis at 732- 246-7366 or if you have any questions or need to make drop-off/pick-up arrangements.

Raritan Valley Hadassah Mitzvah of Love Luncheon

Raritan Valley Hadassah cordially invites you to join them at their 2017 Centennial Celebration Mitzvah of Love Luncheon on Sunday, October 22 at 11:00am at Ohav Emeth. Raritan Valley is roaring along in their 100th year. Come along with them as they honor all their Past Presidents.

Your donation will help support Hadassah Hospital and all Hadassah’s good works. Couvert $50 per person plus an additional minimum $36 donation per couple/family. Include name of each person attending along with a phone and an email address. Please make checks payable to Hadassah and mail to: Honey Wisotsky, 54 N. 7 Ave, Highland Park, NJ

  1. For more information, please contact Honey at 732-572-3793 or

A Family's Plea for Help

Update - Thank you to all who have contributed to raise funds for a community member to attend a rehab program. This person has completed the first and most expensive part of the program, and is, thank G-d, doing well.

Even with the generous donations shared by community members, the family was forced to borrow thousands of dollars each month to pay $6,000 monthly for the program. They are struggling with significant accumulated debt, and our help is still needed. Please help this local family recover from extreme financial burden. They have generously supported our community in the past and never though they would need to ask for themselves.

Please visit the Chesed Fund and open up open up your hearts and help this local family with their expenses. 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.

Raritan Valley Bikur Cholim

  • Volunteers: To visit a male patient at the AristaCare facility in South Plainfield. It is a 10 minute drive from our community. Also looking for a male to sit, schmooze and learn with a male patient at AristaCare. Family is willing to pay. For more information please contact Nitza Adler (732)819-9294

  • New Hospitality Room at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital! It is located on the main floor. Go through the main entrance and bear left towards the gift shop. Turn right through the double doors. Follow hall and turn right. The room is located opposite the surgical intensive care unit. You will find it fully stocked with food and any items that you might need. There is a microwave, urn, sink, table & chairs, as well as two reclining chairs. For inquiries, please call the helpline at 732-572-7181.

  • Mother’s Helpers: Bikur Cholim is looking for Mother's Helpers to help with a special need's five year old girl. Volunteers are needed for any time, Monday through Friday. We are looking for girls tenth grade and up. If you can help, even for a few hours, please call Mrs. Rivka Teresh directly at 347-598-9448.

  • Homebound Visitation: Seeking adults and 11th graders and older who would be interested in volunteering to visit homebound people in our community. For more info, please call Bikur Cholim at 732-572-7181.

  • Nursing Home Visitation: Seeking volunteers to visit at the Regency nursing home on DeMott Lane in Somerset. For more info, please call Rahel Baruh at 732-672-4673 or email

  • Transportation Committee: Drivers and coordinators needed. Coordinate rides to and from medical appointments - match requesters 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.

  • New Website: The new website provides information regarding Bikur Cholim services, including how to access our local hospitals on Shabbat, how to borrow medical equipment, and how to get prescription medication on Shabbat.

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.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women: Tefillah class on Sunday, September 10 at 10:00 AM at the Aguda shule; No class on Monday, September 11. For more info, please contact Aviva Siegel at 732-572-4408.

The Edison/Highland Park gown Gemach, L'iluy Nishmas R' Yitzchok Ben Binyomin, is open for business! The Gemach houses a wide selection of gowns for children, pre-teen, teens and adults. Please note the Gemach is still looking for donation of gowns in very good condition. Tax deduction is given and pick up of the gowns can also be arranged. For more information and/or to schedule an appointment please call Sara Scott at 516-526-0941.

Collecting Sheitels: Keren Kol Kallah - established to provide orphan and destitute kallahs in Israel with essential needs. Donated custom sheitels, some brand-new, some gently worn, are sold to women in Israel who would not otherwise have the funds to buy a quality wig.

All the money raised at the sale goes towards a hachnasas kallah fund which helps needy brides in Eretz Yisrael. Sheitels can be dropped off by Aviva, 16 Edgemount Road, Edison. For more info, please see contact Aviva Siegel.