August 17 - Parashat Shoftim

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Candle lighting before 7:34pm

Saturday - Parashat Shoftim

NOTE: Congregation Etz Ahaim would like to thank the following individuals for volunteering to fill in for Rabbi Bassous during this Shabbat:

  • Rabbi Jacob Krief for speaking on Shabbat morning
  • *Rabbi Elon Weintraub for giving a pre-Mincha class
  • *Dr. Elisha Russ-Fishbein for speaking during Seuda

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: 8:30am
  • Kiddush is sponsored by Jacob Oslick and Alisa Pinkhasik for the birth of their new son Emanuel Reuven.
  • Zera Shimshon with Rabbi Jacob Krief: 5:00pm
  • Tehillim class for Women: 5:00pm
  • Class with Rabbi Elon Weintraub: 6:30pm
  • Mincha: 7:30pm
  • Seuda is sponsored by Daniel Rushefsky.
    • Class: Dr. Elisha Russ-Fishbane
  • Shabbat ends: 8:34pm
  • Arvit: 8:34pm


NOTE: Rabbi Bassous' classes will not be held this week.

  • Slichot and Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm

Monday - Thursday

NOTE: Rabbi Bassous' classes will not be held this week.

  • Selichot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm

Next Friday

  • Selichot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting: 7:24pm

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

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 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
  • Esther bat Liba

Community News

Rebbitzen Eichenstein's classes for women: Tefillah class on Sunday, August 19 at 11:00am at the Aguda.

For more info, please text or email Aviva at 732-672-7104.

Tiferes DVD for women Motzi Shabbat, August 18 at 9:30pm at the Siegel house: Change is Real! Catch Yourself, Catch Your Child featuring Rabbi Dov Brezak and Mrs. Yael Kaisman.

Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayit and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current Teleconference: New Year, Old Issues by Mrs. Simi Yellen.

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

Getting married and need a gown? Having Shabbat guests and need a table cloth and table settings? Need baby equipment or an outfit for a brit? Highland Park has dozens of local gemachs offering to supply your ritual needs, help with a wedding, and even offer free loans. Check out our Gemach Page on our website.

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.