December 7 - Parashat Mikketz/Rosh Chodesh Chanukah

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 4:12pm
  • Candle lighting 4:12pm

Saturday - Parashat Mikketz Rosh Hodesh Hanukah

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: 9:00am
  • The Simcha Kiddush. We like to thank the following sponsors:
    • Rabbi David and Clara Bassous and Family - For the good health and safety of the entire congregation.
    • Yehiel & Zita in Weinstein - In honor of our birthdays
    • Valerie Stern - For Victor & Ida Fais and for Lucie and Lesle Stern
    • Richard and Liba Shakarchi - For Riqah's graduation from high school
    • Edery Family from New Jersey - Mazel Tov to Haim Barouk ben Luna on your upcoming Bar Mitzvah.
    • Israel Maya and Joey Maya - For the good health of Family and Friends
    • Anonymous - For the unity of the community.
    • Rachel and David Weintraub - For the wedding of our son Elon to Leah Ahavah Caplan
    • Issac Naggar and Tiffy Unterman - For Shalhevet's 2nd Birthday
    • Rahel and Haim Baruh - For our grandchildren
    • Aaron Epstein and Leora Wenger - For the good health of the congregation
    • Ari Blinder - For all the hospitality and guidance by Rabbi and Rebbetzin Bassous
    • The Rushefsky Family - In honor of our new members
    • Stuart Balavram - My retirement from NYCDOHMH after 39 plus years
    • Dan and Iris Jacobs - For our grandchildren
  • Zera Shimshon: 2:05pm with Rabbi Weintraub
  • Women's Tehillim Class: 2:05pm
  • What Goes Around Comes Around with Rabbi Bassous: 3:05 pm
  • Mincha: 4:05pm
    • Seuda Shelishit is sponsored by Yvette
    • Class with Rabbi Bassous: Chanukah
  • Arvit: 5:12pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 5:12pm

Sunday - Rosh Chodesh

  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women Pirke Avot Class: 10:30am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 3:45pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:15pm followed by Chanukah Candle Lighting
  • Chanukah: Light Candles at 5:00pm
  • Iggeret HaRabam: 6:00pm

Monday to Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 3:45pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:15pm
    • Followed by Chanukah Candle Lighting on Monday
  • Chanukah: Light Candles at 5:00pm on Monday
  • Tuesday: Talmud Class: 8:00pm -- Now on 6th Chapter of Brachot, Keytzad Mevarchin. Please join us!

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 4:13pm
  • Candle lighting: 4:13pm

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

  • Contact Rose Reiss at (732) 828-7415 in order to volunteer.
  • Seeking volunteers to visit: Shirley Cohena and others at the Regency Nursing home on DeMott Lane in Somerset. For more info, contact Rahel Baruh.
  • Drivers and coordinators needed. Call (732) 572-7181 for more information.

The congregation extends get-well wishes to:

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

Community News

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women:

  • No Tefillah class on Sunday, December 9
  • Parsha class on Monday, December 10 at 8:00pm at Congregation Ohr Torah

For more information, please call or text Aviva at 732-672-7104 or email her at

Friday, November 30th at 8:30PM, Rabbi Elie Reisman will be giving his next installment on the Technology Series at Khal Chassidim, 46 N. 8th Avenue. Topic will be Shabbos in the Present Day Home. He will be discussing adjusting timers on shabbos, opening refrigerators and ovens on shabbos, sensors and lights. Shiur is for men and women.

RJJ Women’s Luncheon: Sunday, December 16 at 12:00pm at Congregation Ohr Torah. Honorees: Mrs. Rachel Silber and Mrs. Fraidi Silberberg. For more info, 732-985-6533.

Women's Learning Initiative:

  • Offers customized Torah learning partners / chavrusas! For a personalized study program of your choice, email your contact information to
  • Parsha class by Mrs. Miri Cohen: Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30pm at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park.
  • Shimiras Haloshon class December 10 by Mrs. Leah Drillman: Please call Ellen at 732-777-6787 for status.

Tiferes: DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, December 22 at 8:30 PM at the Siegel house. 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! 212-444-9898; pin 2018. For more info or to become a member, please contact Aviva at 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 7:30 PM, at Eiserman home, 154 N. 10th Ave., Highland Park. For more info, please call 347-203-7906.

Park Mikvah:

  • SAVE THE DATE! Park Mikvah presents a Melave Malka for women on Motzai Shabbos, February 23, 2019. Guest Speaker: Charlene Aminoff from @galicouturewigs. Details to follow.

  • Hours: Sunday - Thursday hours are 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Starting Sunday, November 4, Sunday - Thursday hours will be 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. Friday night by appointment only by leaving a message at 732-249-2411 or via the website or call / text 732-221-8155. Motzai Shabbos, November 17, 24, all motzai Shabbos in December: 7:30 – 10:00 PM.

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. 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.

Appeal from an OE Member Family: 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 to donate by credit card or if you wish to make out a check instead of contributing online, please make it out to Congregation Ohav Emeth and in the memo write Rabbi’s Charity Fund. On a separate note (NOT IN MEMO), write that it is for the rehab campaign.

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 for more information.