January 4 - Parashat Vaera

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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


  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 4:25pm
  • Candle lighting 4:25pm

Saturday - Parashat Vaera

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 tefilla group meeting at 9:30am
  • Children 3 - 5 upstairs right classroom.
  • Rabbi Hakakian's Parasha Class: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 9:13am
  • Kiddush sponsored by Moe Yarmush in honor of Dovi's Birthday
  • Zera Shimshon: 2:15pm with Rabbi Weintraub
  • Women's Tehillim Class: 2:15pm
  • Understanding The Ten Plagues: 3:15pm
  • Mincha: 4:10pm
  • Seuda Shelishit is sponsored by Ari Blinder for the yarzeit of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.
    • Class Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch Contribution
  • Arvit: 5:25pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 5:25pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women Pirke Avot Class -- Happiness: 10:00am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 3:55pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:25pm
  • Iggeret HaRamban: 5:00pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 3:55pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:25pm
  • Wednesday: Talmud Class: 8:00pm -- Now on 6th Chapter of Brachot, Keytzad Mevarchin. Please join us!

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 4:32pm
  • Candle lighting: 4:32pm

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

  • Contact Rose Reiss at (732) 828-7415 in order to volunteer.
  • Seeking volunteers to visit: Shirley Cohena and others at the Regency Nursing home on DeMott Lane in Somerset. For more info, contact Rahel Baruh.
  • Drivers and coordinators needed. Call (732) 572-7181 for more information.

The congregation extends get-well wishes to:

  • Avishai ben Esther
  • Avraham ben Sarah
  • Linda Balavram (Emuna bat Sarah)
  • Clara bat Rachel
  • David ben Farha
  • Elon Avraham ben Heshel David
  • Esther bat Liba
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Gittel bat Leah
  • Bradley Greenberg (Yehuda Dovid ben Tzvia Sarah)
  • Liba Shaindel bat Chava
  • Lidia bat Paulina
  • Lita Greenberg (Tzvia Sarah bat Golda)
  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)
  • Miriam Devorah bat Bracha
  • Benny Mayo (Bentzion ben Avraham)
  • Mary Naar (Miriam bat Yitzchak)
  • Penina Rachel bat Bracha
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Psachya Ben Henya Faiga
  • Yehuda Reich (Yehuda ben Hermina)
  • Lilas Saltiel (Leah Saltiel)
  • Sarah bat Esther
  • Sheva bat Merel
  • Zimbul bat Vida

Community News

Rabbi Eli Reisman will be speaking on Shabbat in the Present Day Home (Technology Series) Friday night, January 4th, at 8:30pm at Khal Chassidim, 46 North 8th Ave. Topics will include microphones in shul, electric lights for candle lighting for Friday night and havdalah, Shabbos elevators, and trains on Shabbat. For more information, please contact Marsha Eiserman at 347-203-7906.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women:

  • Tefillah class on Sunday, January 6 at 11:00am at the Aguda Shul
  • Parsha class on Monday, January 7 at 8:00pm at Congregation Ohr Torah

For more information, please call or text Aviva at 732-672-7104 or email her at siegelmom@gmail.com.

Women's Learning Initiative:

  • Offers customized Torah learning partners / chavrusas! For a personalized study program of your choice, email your contact information to womenslearninginitiative@gmail.com
  • Parsha class by Mrs` Miri Cohen: Tuesday, January 8 at 9:30am at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park. Babysitting is available.
  • Shimiras Haloshon class January 7 at 7:30pm by Mrs. Leah Drillman at the home of Ellen Smith, 407 North 8th Avenue, Edison NJ. For more information, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.

Tiferes: DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, December 22 at 8:30 PM at the Siegel house. Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayis and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: “Shalom Bayis - Getting it Right” with Mrs. Rivka Katz. Teleconferences are open and free to all women during the month of Kislev! 212-444-9898; pin 2018. 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.

Rabbi Weiss' shiur on Tehillim: for men and women on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM, at Eiserman home, 154 N. 10th Ave., Highland Park. For more info, please call 347-203-7906.

Park Mikvah:

  • Hours: Sunday - Thursday hours are 8:00 PM – 10:30pm.
  • Friday night by appointment only by leaving a message at 732-249-2411 or via the website or call/text 732-221-8155.
  • Motzi Shabbat: 7:30pm - 10:00pm.
  • NOTE: No out of hours fee is charged if appointments are made between nightfall and opening time

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.

Appeal from an OE Member Family: Update - Thank you to all who have contributed to raise funds for a community member to attend a rehab program. This person has completed the first and most expensive part of the program, and is, thank G-d, doing well. Even with the generous donations shared by community members, the family was forced to borrow thousands of dollars each month to pay $6,000 monthly for the program. They are struggling with significant accumulated debt, and our help is still needed. Please help this local family recover from extreme financial burden. They have generously supported our community in the past and never though they would need to ask for themselves. Please visit https://thechesedfund.com/cause/please-help-us-afford-rehab-to-save-our-son to donate by credit card or if you wish to make out a check instead of contributing online, please make it out to Congregation Ohav Emeth and in the memo write Rabbi’s Charity Fund. On a separate note (NOT IN MEMO), write that it is for the rehab campaign.

ERUV: The Highland Park Eruv has a webpage which includes a map and the most recent status of the eruv. You can even use the webpage to find out if someone’s house is inside the eruv. You can get automated notifications of the eruv’s status each Friday via Twitter, text, Facebook, or email. Go to http://hperuv.org/status for more information.

Gemachs Abound in Highland Park: A Gemach is sometimes thought of a free loan organization, but these organizations can lend way more than just money. For example, if you have a large simcha at your house and need tables, center pieces, and tablecloths, a gemach can help you out. Etz Ahaim has a complete listing of all local area gemachs.