November 16 — Parashat Vayetze

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 4:21pm
  • Candle lighting 4:21pm

Saturday - Parashat Vayetze

Full Range of Children's Groups: 9:45am - 11:30am

  • Boys 6 and up in the Library.
  • Girls 6 and up upstairs left classroom.
  • Boy's tefilla group meeting at 9:30am
  • Children 3 - 5 upstairs right classroom.
  • Rabbi Hakakian's Parasha Class: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:44am

  • Kiddush is sponsored by Dina and Leo Horowitz & Family in memory of his mother, Cyrla Golda bat Frimet.

  • Zera Shimshon: 2:10pm with Rabbi Hakakian

  • Women's Tehillim Class: 2:10pm
  • The Ladder to Heaven with Rabbi Bassous: 3:10 pm
  • Mincha: 4:10pm
  • Seuda Shelishit is sponsored by Peretz and Adina Aguilar in honor all the Kind People who Invited them for a Meal
    • Class with Rabbi Bassous: Bringing Weapons Into A Shul?
  • Arvit: 5:21pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 5:21pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women Pirke Avot Class: 10:00am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 3:50pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:20pm
  • Iggeret Haramban: 5:00pm

Monday to Wednesday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 3:50pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:20pm -- Please come to make the minyan!
  • Tuesday: Talmud Class: 8:00pm -- The 6th Chapter of Brachot Ketzad Mevarchin. Please join us.

Thursday -- Thanksgiving

  • Shacharit: 8:00am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 9:00am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 3:50pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:20pm -- Please come to make the minyan!

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 4:16pm
  • Candle lighting: 4:16pm

News and Events From our Webpage

The following events and news items can be found on our webpage 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 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 email Rahel Baruh or call her 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:

  • Avishai ben Esther
  • Linda Balavram (Emuna bat Sarah)
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Bradley Greenberg (Yehuda Dovid ben Tzvia Sarah)
  • Lita Greenberg (Tzvia Sarah bat Golda)
  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)
  • Benny Mayo (Bentzion ben Avraham)
  • Mary Naar (Miriam bat Yitzchak)
  • Clara bat Rachel
  • David ben Farha
  • Penina Rachel bat Bracha
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Yehuda Reich (Yehuda ben Hermina)
  • Lilas Saltiel (Leah Saltiel)
  • Avraham ben Sarah
  • Sheva bat Merel
  • Esther bat Liba
  • Zimbul bat Vida

Community News

Women's Learning Initiative:

  • Offers customized Torah learning partners / chavrusas! For a personalized study program of your choice, email your contact information to the Women's Learning Inititive.
  • Parsha class by Mrs. Miri Cohen: Class on Tuesday, November 20 at 9:30am at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park. Babysitting is now available at the shiur; text Leah at 917-763-1848 to reserve.
  • Shimiras Haloshon class by Mrs. Leah Drillman: Class on Monday, November 19 at 7:30pm at the home of Ellen Smith, 407 North 8th Avenue, Edison. For more info, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women: No classes on Sunday, November 18 and Monday, November 19. For more info, please contact please call / text Aviva at 732-672-7104 or

Tiferes: DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, November 24 at 8:30pm at the Siegel house.

Speakers: Rabbi Elchonon Jacobovitz and Rebbetzin Rena Tarshish. Title: Battling Bogus Beauty with Spiritual Splendor.

Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayis and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: Shalom Bayis - Getting it Right with Mrs. Rivka Katz. Teleconferences are open and free to all women during the month of Kislev! Call 212-444-9898; pin 2018. For more info or to become a member, please contact Aviva Siegel.

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

Rabbi Weiss' shiur on Tehillim: for men and women on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm, at Eiserman home, 154 N. 10th Ave., Highland Park. For more info, please call 347-203-7906.

Park Mikvah Hours:

  • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Friday night: By appointment only. Call 732-249-2411
  • Starting Sunday, November 4,
    • Sunday - Thursday: 8:00pm – 10:30pm

The Women's AMEN Group meets monthly on the Sundays following the Shabbos in which one bensches Rosh Chodesh, at 9:30am 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.

Eruv: The Highland Park Eruv has a webpage which includes a map and the most recent status of the eruv. You can even use the webpage to find out if someone’s house is inside the eruv. You can get automated notifications of the eruv’s status each Friday via Twitter, text, Facebook, or email. Go to the Eruv Status Page for more information.

Gemachs Abound in Highland Park: A Gemach is sometimes thought of a free loan organization, but these organizations can lend way more than just money. For example, if you have a large simcha at your house and need tables, center pieces, and tablecloths, a gemach can help you out. Etz Ahaim has a complete listing of all local area gemachs at

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 contact Aviva Siegel.