February 23 - Parashat Tetzaveh - Zachor

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

Visit our Website at http://etzahaim.org for the latest news


  • Shacharit 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim: 5:10pm
  • Mincha: 5:23pm
  • Candle lighting 5:23pm

Saturday - Parashat Tetzaveh - Zachor

Everyone should attend services to hear this Torah Reading

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.
  • Parasha with Rabbi Ben Hakakian: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45pm
  • Latest Shema: 8:51am
  • Kiddush sponsored by Dr Eli and Chana Bishburg in Honor of the engagement of their daughter Leah Samet to Shahar Tzafady
    • Kiddush Sponsorships available for Shabbatot March 10 and beyond.
    • To sponsor a Kiddush, go to our Kiddush Sponsorship Page
  • Tehillim group for women: 3:10pm
  • Class: 4:05pm The Period Between Temples - The Book of Daniel - a Precursor to the Events of Purim'
  • Mincha: 5:10pm
  • Seuda sponsored by: Dr. Richard, Liba Shakarchi and Family in Honor of Ayelet's birthday
  • Class: The Most Effective Way to Learn Torah
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 6:23pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class: The Thirteen Principles of Faith: 10:00am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 4:55pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 5:25pm
    • Followed by a Safrut Training Course
  • Women in Tanach: 8:00pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah class: 9.00pm

Monday and Tuesday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 7:00pm
  • Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Monday: Jewish Meditation: 8:00pm
  • Tuesday: Talmud: 8:00pm

Wednesday - Tanit Esther Fast

Fast is from 5:25am to 6:06pm

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha 5:30pm
  • Arvit: 5:45pm
  • Megillat Esther Reading: 6:00pm
  • Seuda and Party with Children's Costume Competition with prizes (Sponsored by the Congregation, Glatt 27, and Jerusalem Pizza. The Seuda is meat.)

Thusday - Purim Day

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • First Megillah Reading: 7:15am
  • Second Megillah Reading: 9:00am
  • Mincha: 5:30pm
  • Maariv immediately following Mincha

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 5:23pm
  • Candle lighting 5:31pm

Synagogue News

Fundraiser for New Seating in our Sancutary

Our goal is to raise approximately $50,000 for new seating in the sanctuary. The new seating will be ordered from Kibbutz Lavi in Israel and hopefully installed in our sanctuary before the High Holidays.

With your help and generosity we believe we can make it happen. In order to secure the required delivery date in the USA we would like to see the money raised before June 30, 2018. All donations of $2000 or more will be recognized with a plaque in the sanctuary.

Go to our Webpage and make your donation today!

Upcoming Events on our Webpage

The following events are on our webpage under the events section. Keep up what's going on with Etz Ahaim and our community!

  • 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 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)
  • Donna Bardy
  • Mary Belsky
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Bradley Greenberg
  • Lita Greenberg
  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)
  • Viktorya Koen
  • Yvonne Levy (Rivka Miriam bat Gittel)
  • Benny Mayo
  • Mary Naar
  • Clara bat Rachel
  • David ben Farha
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Yehudah Reich
  • Lilas Saltiel
  • Marcelo Schor
  • Abraham ben Sarah
  • Sheva bat Merel

Community News

Shovavim presents the 26th annual community wide Taharas Mishpacha review

For Women: Rebbetzin Aviva Wasser will be speaking on halachos and hashkafos of Taharas Mishpacha on Sunday, February 25 at Congregation Ohr Torah Torah at 8:00 PM. Please submit questions to be answered by Rebbetzin Wasser.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s Classes for Women

  • No Tefillah class on Sunday, February 25
  • For Status of Parsha class on Monday, February 26, please contact Aviva at 732-572-4408.

Women's Learning Initiative

Shimiras Haloshon class by Mrs. Leah Drillman: on Monday, February 26 at Janet Rivenson's House, 19 Price Drive, Edison NJ. This will be the last class until after Pesach.

For more info, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.

Tiferes: DVD for Women Motzai Shabbos, March 10 at 9:00 PM at the Siegel house: Speaker – Rabbi Daniel Glatstein and Mrs. Miryam Swerdlov. Topic: Simcha: How to Find it?