April 20 - Parashat Tazria/Metzora

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashiim 6:40pm
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Candle lighting: 7:23pm

Saturday - Parashat Tazria / Metzora

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.
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:52am
  • Kiddush sponsored by Yehudis and Moshe Moratov In honor of the birth of our daughter Sarah Adina
    • Kiddush Sponsorships are available **April 28, May 5, May 26, and June.
    • 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 by Drs. Ben and Diane Hakakian & Family in honor of Israel's 70th birthday
    • Guest speaker: Zev Weisinger, the Director of Development of
  • Arvit and Shabbat ends: 8:23pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class- Pirke Avot: 10:00am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 6:55pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:25pm
    • Followed by Safrut Class
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah class: 9.00pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 6:55pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:25pm
  • Monday: Jewish Meditation: 8:00pm
  • Tuesday: Talmud: 8:00pm
  • Wednesday Shalom Bayit - Men Only

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Shir Hashirim 6:40pm
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting 7:30pm

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!

  • 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

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women: Tefillah class on Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 AM at the Aguda shule; Parsha class on Monday, April 23 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 24 at 9:30am at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park. For more info, please call Leah at 917-763-1848.

  • Shimiras Haloshon class by Mrs. Leah Drillman:

    • No class on Monday, April 23
    • class on Monday, April 30 at 7:30 PM at Ellen Smith's house, 407 North 8th Ave, Edison For more info, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.

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 Monday, April 30 at 8:15pm in the young family room in Congregation Ohr Torah. Please submit questions to be answered by Rebbetzin Wasser before the review.

Tiferes: DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, April 28 at 9:45pm at the Siegel house: Get a Grip: Anger Inside Out featuring Rabbi Benzion Shafier and Mrs. Dina Schoonmaker. Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayis and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: “Feeling Great about Growing: Powerful guidance from Pirkei Avos for our everyday lives". Speaker: Mrs. Seryl Berman. For more info or to become a member, please contact Aviva at siegelmom@gmail.com. The Highland Park / Edison group of Tiferes is zecher l'nishmas Malka bas Shalom.

Park Mikvah Hours:

  • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Friday: By Appointment via the webpage.

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 diapergemach@gmail.com for more information.

Rabbi Yisroel Weiss shiur,Living with Parsha, for men and women: Wednesday evenings at 8:30 PM at the Eiserman's home, 154 North 10th Ave, Highland Park. For more info, please call Marsha at 732-503-8675.

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 (732) 572-4408 siegelmom@gmail.com

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, email or call Phil Rosen (732) 572-8762.