June 8 - Parashat Shelach (Updated)

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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

Updated: Kiddush Sponsorship by Dr. Yechiel Weinstein and class by Rabbi Eli Reisman. Daughters of Etz Ahaim Event


  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Candle lighting before 8.08 pm

Saturday - Parashat Shelach

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: 8:27am
  • Kiddush sponsored by Dr. Yechiel and Zita Weinstein & Family in memory of his grandmother, Nehama bat Berman
    • Kiddush sponsorships available June 23 and 30, and the month of July. To sponsor a kiddush, go to our Kiddush webpage.
  • Tehillim Group for Women: 5:00pm
  • Zera Shimshon on Parashat Hashavua with Rabbi Jacob Krief: 5:00pm
  • The Prophet Tzephania and his message: 6:00pm
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
    • Seuda sponsored by by Dr. Richard and Liba Shakarchi & Family in honor of Reuven's 2nd birthday.
    • Class: Praying by the Graves of the Deceased is it a Kosher Practice?
  • Arvit: 9:08pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 9:08pm


  • Rabbi Hakakian's Parasha Class: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class - Pirke Avot: 10:00am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 7:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Rav Kook's Orot Teshuvah class: 9:00pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 7:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Monday: Iggeret Ha-Ramban 8.00 pm
  • Tuesday: Talmud: 8:00pm

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting: 8:11pm
  • Rosh Chodesh Tammuz Wednesday & Thursday

News and Events From our Webpage

The following events and news items can be found on our webpage at http://etzahaim.org

  • 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)
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Bradley Greenberg (Yehuda Dovid ben Tzvia Sarah)
  • Lita Greenberg (Tzvia Sarah bat Golda)
  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)
  • Yvonne Levy (Rivka Miriam bat Gittel)
  • Benny Mayo (Bentzion ben Avraham)
  • Mary Naar (Miriam bat Yitzchak)
  • Clara bat Rachel
  • David ben Farha
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Yehuda Reich (Yehuda ben Hermina)
  • Lilas Saltiel (Leah Saltiel)
  • Marcelo Schor (Meir Chayim Refael ben Heidi Bubbi Chaya)
  • Avraham ben Sarah
  • Sheva bat Merel

Community News

Check your mezuzot and tefillin this Sunday, June 10 at 10:00am at Judaica Gallery, 300 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, New Jersey.

For questions or to make an appointment, call 732-828-7722.

Shabbos Mevarchim Shiur: Practical Halachot of Challah with Rabbi Eli Reisman at Rabbi Horowitz’s shteible, 46 North 8th Avenue, Highland Park on Shabbos, June 9. For men and women.

Shiur following mincha at 6:55 PM.

The Kinder Fund is sponsoring a presentation by Ruchi Koval on Parenting (and Grandparenting) with Radical Acceptance in Congregation Ohr Torah on Wednesday, June 27 at 8:00pm.

The talk is open to both men and women. The speaker is Ruchi Kovel, co-founder and Associate Director of Jewish Family Experience in Cleaveland, Ohio.

For more information, contact The Kinder Fund.

New ACTT (Achieving Change through Torah) Module: ACTT is starting the Hakaras HaTov - Gratitude 4 Module on June 10, 2018 using source book The Garden of Miracles - Say Thank You and See Miracles by Rabbi Shalom Arush. Publisher: R’ Arush’s organization, Chut Shel Chesed Institutions. Copies available at Judaica Gallery at a discount.

Save the date, July 15, 2018, for an ACTT booster event for this module. Details to follow. Both the module and the event will be dedicated in memory of ACTT’s Leadership Committee’s dear member, Alice Gordon, a”h. If you have any questions, please contact Phil Rosen at 732-572-8762

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women: Tefillah Class on Sunday, June 10 at 11:00am the Agudah Shul. No class on Monday, June 11. For more info, please contact please call/text Aviva at 732-672-7104 or email her.

Park Mikvah Hours for this month are:

  • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Friday Night: By appointment only via the website or by calling 732-249-2411 and leaving a message.
  • Saturday: 10:15pm - 11:30pm

Women's Learning Initiative Parsha class by Mrs. Miri Cohen: Please text Mrs. Miri Cohen at 917-763-1848 for the status of the class on Tuesday, June 12.

CHANGE IN DATE Tiferet: DVD for women Motzai Shabbat, June 30 at 10:15pm at the Siegel house. 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 Avot for our everyday lives. Speaker: Mrs. Seryl Berman. For more information or to become a member, please contact Aviva.

The Highland Park / Edison group of Tiferet is zecher l'nishmat Malka bat Shalom.

Women's Learning Initiative Shimiras Haloshon class by Mrs. Leah Drillman: Classes will resume in the fall. For more info, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.

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

New Head Covering Gemach: Tichels, scarves, hats, snoods, and sheities. Contact Mrs. Gina Gittel Tonkonog at 347-615-3295 to donate or borrow a head covering

Rabbi Yisroel Weiss shiur,Living with Tehillim, 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.

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.

Bikur Cholim Drivers Needed: With the influx of patients who are here for treatment at ProCure in Somerset, Bikur Cholim is in need of more volunteer drivers. If you are able to give one day a week (Monday through Friday) or even one day a month to be accessible to help out with transportation for Bikur Cholim, please call the Bikur Cholim Transportation hotline (732)672-9059.

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 (732) 572-4408 siegelmom@gmail.com