November 9 - Parashat Toldot

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 4:28pm
  • Candle lighting 4:28pm

Saturday - Parashat Toldot

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 tefila group meeting at 9:30am
  • Children 3 - 5 upstairs right classroom.
  • Rabbi Hakakian's Parasha Class: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:38am

  • Kiddush is sponsored by Ari Blinder, Behzad Hakakian, Isaac Edery, David Stokar, Albert Cohen, and Daniel Rushefsky in honor of the siyum of Masechet Bava Metzia by the morning mishna class.

  • Zera Shimshon: 3:30pm with Rabbi Elon Weintraub

  • Women's Tehillim Class: 3:20pm
  • How Can Twins Turn Out So Different? with Rabbi Bassous: 3:20 pm
  • Mincha: 4:20pm
  • Seuda Shelishit is sponsored by Peretz and Adina Aguilar in honor Adina’s Birthday
    • Class: Given by Dr. Elisha Russ-Fishbane - When is Halachic Sunset?
  • Arvit: 5:28pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 5:28pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women Pirke Avot Class: 10:00am
  • The Meaning of Tefilla with Rabbi Elon Weintraub: 10:00am
  • Sulchan Aruch: 3:50pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:20pm

Monday to Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:20am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:20pm -- Please come to make a minyan!
  • Shulchan Aruch: 5:00pm
  • Late Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Monday: Iggeret Haramban: 8:00pm
  • Tuesday: Talmud Class: 8:00pm

Next Friday

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

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

Jewish Heroines in History and Today: How Do We Create Jewish Heroines? The Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park presents Rebbitzen Dr. Adina Shmidman discussing, Jewish Heroines in History & Today on Motzei Shabbat, November 17 at 8:30pm at Ohr Torah. She will analyze Jewish heroines of the past and discuss how OU Women’s Initiative is working in support of Jewish Heroines of today and tomorrow.

Rebbitzen Dr. Adina Shmidman is the director of the newly formed Department of Women’s Initiatives at the Orthodox Union. She and her husband Rabbi Avraham Shmidman are Rabbi and Rebbitzen at the Lower Merion Synagogue in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The program is free of charge. The Orthodox Forum gladly accepts season sponsorships, as well as program sponsorships. Please visit: for more information.

The 11th annual Ahavas Yisrael Sisterhood Melave Malka presents Edison/Highland Park's Got Talent 2.0! Join them for a special evening of amazing talent from the women in our community. Enjoy various performances, by women, for women, all while getting a chance to spend time with friends and enjoy dinner together.

Save the date: Motzei Shabbat, December 29 at 8:00 p.m. It will take place at the Greenhouse Loft, 431 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park (2nd floor entrance in the back). All women in the community college age and up are invited. Register at If you would like to perform, contact Rivky Arnow at 732-986-3153. Please email with any questions.

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.

---- Park Mikvah Hours:

  • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Sunday After November 4: 8:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Friday Night by Appointment