September 7 - Parashat Nitzavim — Rosh Hashana Edition

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Selichot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Candle lighting before 7:02pm

Saturday - Parashat Nitzavim

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 Gil and Nancy Reich & Family in Honor of the Shabbat Chattan of Their Son Isaac on His Marriage to Bar Swissa Bat Mitzvah and the Meldado of Albert's Uncle and Jose's Father, Janok Mitrani
  • Zera Shimshon with Rabbi Jacob Krief: 4:45pm
  • Understanding Rosh Hashanah - Day of Judgement: 5:45pm
  • Mincha: 6:45pm
  • Seuda is sponsored by Rabbi and Clara Bassous & Family for the good health and hatzlachah of our community and Am Yisrael in the coming year.
    • Class: Rabbi Bassous – The only Mitzvah on Rosh Hashanah – The Shofer Blowing
  • Shabbat ends: 8:02pm
  • Arvit: 8:02pm
  • Pizmonim Class with our Chazzan, Rafi Ishran: After Arvit

Sunday - Erev Rosh Hashana

  • Selechot: 7:45am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Hatarat Nedarim: 9:15am
  • Candle Lighting: 6:59pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:59pm

Monday - Rosh Hashana

Children's Program for 10 and under: 10:30am – 1:30p

  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Shofer: 11:00am
  • Tashlich (Donaldson Park): 6:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:00pm
  • Candle Lighting: After 7:58pm

Tuesday - Rosh Hashana

Children's Program for 10 and under: 10:30am – 1:30p

  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Shofer: 11:00am
  • Shiur with Assistant Rabbi Elon Weintraub: Effective Teshuvah: 6:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:00pm
  • Festival Ends: 7:57pm

Wednesday - Fast of Gedaliah

  • Fast Begins: 5:22am
  • Selechot and Shacharit: 6:00am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:00pm
  • Fast Ends: 7:45pm


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

Next Friday

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

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

Community News

Men and women are invited to hear Rabbi Eli Reisman speak on Hataras Nedorim and Shofar: How to listen on Shabbos, September 8th at 6:00pm at Rabbi Horowitz' shteibel/Khal Chassidim.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women: Please call / text Aviva at 732-672-7104 or for status of classes on Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3.

Tiferes: Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayis 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 at 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.
  • Sept. 8, 11: 9:15-11:15pm
  • Sept 12 (Tzom Gedalia): 9:00 – 11:00pm
  • Sept 15, 22, 25, 29: 9:00 – 11:00pm,
  • Closed: Sept 18 (Yom Kippur)
  • Sept 19: 9:30 – 11:00pm
  • Appointment Only: Sept 9, 10, 23, 24, 30, Oct 1.