September 14 - Parashat Vayelech - Yom Kippur

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Selichot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 6:51pm
  • Candle lighting 6:51pm

Saturday - Parashat Vayelech

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: 9:00am
  • Kiddush is sponsored by the Congregation
  • Zera Shimshon with Rabbi Jacob Krief: 4:30pm
  • Women's Tehillim Class: 4:30pm
  • Understanding Yom Kippur: 5:30pm
  • Mincha: 6:30pm
  • Seuda is sponsored by Drs. Diana & Ben Hakakian & Family for Shana Tova to all Am Yisrael.
    • Class: Rabbi Bassous – The Mitzvah of Yom Kippur
  • Shabbat ends: 7:51pm
  • Arvit: 7:51pm
  • Pizmonim Class with our Chazzan, Rafi Ishran: After Arvit


  • Selechot: 7:45am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women's Class: 10:00am
  • Hilchot Teshuva: 5:15pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 5:45pm


  • Selechot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Hilchot Teshuva: 5:15pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:45pm
  • Iggeret HaRambam: 8:00pm

Tuesday - Yom Kippur Eve

  • Selichot and Shacharit: 6:00am
  • Hatarat Nedarim: 6:20am
  • Mincha: 2:00pm
  • Fast Starts at 6:44pm
  • Candle Lighting: 6:44pm
  • Kol Nidre: 6:44pm

Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day

  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Sermon : 11:45am
  • Yizkor: 1:00pm
  • Mincha: 4:45pm
  • Ne'ilah: 6:15pm
  • Shofar: 7:42pm
  • Arvit: 7:42pm
  • Fast Ends: 7:42pm


  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:45pm

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 6:39pm
  • Candle lighting: 6:39pm

News and Events From our Webpage

The following events and news items can be found on our webpage at

  • Help Us Welcome New Members to Our Community - HP/Edison Connection welcomes new members to our community. Our laison is looking for people to host new community members for Shabbat dinner. Please sign up to help out.
  • New Mahazorim - We have just received 150 copies of each of the Orot Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mahazorim. We like to thank all of those who donated.
  • Introducing Etz Ahaim Intern: Rabbi Elon Weintraub - We have a new Rabbinic Intern who will be working with Rabbi Bassous.
  • New Men's Seating - We thank all of our donars and committee members for our new beautiful seats. Please make an effort not to place tissues or leave things on them, so theat they will stay looking clean and new for many years to come.
  • High Holiday Schedule Posted - Schedule for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah is available on our website.

  • 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)
  • 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