April 13 - Parashat Shemini

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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


  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Candle lighting: 7:16pm

Saturday - Parashat Shemini

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: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:59am
    • Kiddush sponsored by Daniel Rushefsky and Family in memory of his Mother Hatoun Hannah bat Mazal Miriam a"h remembering her on her birthday, 26 Nisan / April 7
    • Kiddush Sponsorships are available for Shabbatot in April and May.
    • To sponsor a Kiddush, go to our Kiddush Sponsorship Page
  • Tehillim group for women: 5:00pm
  • Class: 6:00pm - The Prophet Zechariah and his Important Message of Redemption with Rabbi Bassous.
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
    • Seuda Shelishit sponsored in memory of Sorah Rosen by her friends.
    • Class with guest speaker Rabbi Naftali Eichen The Importance of Monetary Disputes Between Jews being brought to a Bet Din
    • Class with Adin Bodzin
  • Arvit and Shabbat Ends: 8:16pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class: 10:00am Last in the Series Thirteen Principles of Faith
    • New Series Next Week: Pirke Avot
  • Shulchan Aruch: 6:50pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:20pm
    • Followed by Safrut Class
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah class: 9.00pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 6:50pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:20pm
  • Monday: Jewish Meditation: 8:00pm
  • Tuesday: Talmud: 8:00pm

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting 7:23pm

Synagogue News

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!

  • April 18: A One Time Class for Married men: Everything You Need to Know about Marriage. 8:00pm at Congregation Etz Ahaim. Contact Dr Weinstein if you wan to attend.
  • April 23: Bikur Cholim Training
  • April 25: Join the annual NORPAC Mission to Washington. Each year NORPAC selects different issues to present to Members of Congress related to legislation in the U.S. House and Senate.

  • 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
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Bradley Greenberg
  • Lita Greenberg
  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)
  • 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

Park Mikvah

  • Hours
    • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm to 11:00pm
    • Friday Night - By Appointment Only
    • April 14 and 21: 9:30 - 11:00pm
    • April 28: 10:00 - 11:30pm
    • After Shabbat in May: 10:00 - 11:30pm

To make an appointment, visit The Park Mikvah Website or call 732-249-2411.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women:

  • Tefillah class on Sunday, April 15 at 11:00am at the Aguda shul.
  • Parsha class on Monday, April 16 at 8:00 PM at Cong. Ohr Torah.

For more info, please contact Aviva at 732-572-4408 or siegelmom@gmail.com

Women's Learning Initiative Parsha class by Mrs. Miri Cohen: Class on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:15 AM at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park. For more info, please call Leah at 917-763-1848.

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 – postponed due to weather and will be rescheduled after Pesach. Please submit questions to be answered by Rebbetzin Wasser.

Tiferes: DVD for Women Weekly teleconferences with topics such as Shalom Bayit and Parenting are available to Tieret members. Current teleconference: Raising Happy Children – The Myths, The Reality. Speaker: Mrs. Debbie Selengut. For more info or to become a member, please contact Aviva.

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

The Women's AMEN Group meets monthly on the Sundays following the Shabbot in which one blesses 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.

Donations of diapers, pull-ups, and wipes are currently being accepted for the new HP/Edison Diaper Gemach. Please email The Diaper Gemach for more information.

The ACTT (Achieving Change Through Torah) program helps individuals succeed in making meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.

Source book: Artscroll’s Living Simchah: Finding the Joy in Everything by Rabbi Hadar Margolin. Serve Hashem with Joy: Can We Work on Being Happier?, speaker Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg, can be downloaded or listened to from the Audio page of the ACTT Website.
For more info, e-mail ACTT or call Phil Rosen (732) 572-8762.

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 at (732) 572-4408.