June 28 - Parashat Shelach

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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

NOTE: The Congregation would like to thank Rabbi Elon Weintraub for speaking Shabbat morning, giving a pre-Mincha class, and being the guest speaker during Seuda Sheleshit.


  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00pm - Please make an effort to attend!
  • Candle lighting: 8:14pm

Saturday - Parashat Shelach

We now have a complete Shabbat Children's Program with our new Youth Directors: Please feel free to bring your children

  • Rabbi Hakakian's Parasha Class: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:28am
  • Kiddush sponsored by Dr. Yehiel and Zita Weinstein and Family
    • In gratitude to the Almighty for His protection and blessing
    • To sponsor a kiddush, go to our Kiddush webpage.
  • Zera Shimshon: 5:00pm with Rabbi Weintraub
  • Women's Tehillim Group: 5:00pm
  • Class with Rabbi Elon Weintraub: 6:30pm
  • Mincha: 7:30pm
  • Seuda Shelishit
    • Sponsored by Drs. Diana and Behzad Hakakian & family
    • in memory of Mordechai David ben Leibish
    • Guest Speaker is Rabbi Elon Weintraub
  • Arvit: 9:14pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 9:14pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • No Women's Class This Week
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm
  • No Nefesh HaChaim Class This Week

Monday - Wednesday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm
  • No Tuesday Talmud Class This Week

Thursday - Independence Day

  • Shacharit: 8:00am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting: 8:13pm

News and Events From our Webpage

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

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 refua shelema wishes to:

  • Avishai ben Esther
  • Avraham ben Sarah
  • Linda Balavram (Emuna bat Sarah)
  • Clara bat Rachel
  • Cochavit bat Victoria
  • David ben Farha
  • Esther bat Liba
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Gittel bat Leah
  • Bradley Greenberg (Yehuda Dovid ben Tzvia Sarah)
  • Keren bat Orly
  • Liba Shaindel bat Chava
  • Lidia bat Paulina
  • Lita Greenberg (Tzvia Sarah bat Golda)
  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)
  • Benny Mayo (Bentzion ben Avraham)
  • Mary Naar (Miriam bat Yitzchak)
  • Miriam Devorah bat Bracha
  • Penina Rachel bat Bracha
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Rosa bat Rachel
  • Shaul ben Regina
  • Velvel ben Chana
  • Yehuda Reich (Yehuda ben Hermina)
  • Lilas Saltiel (Leah Saltiel)
  • Sheva bat Merel
  • Yaakov Chaim ben Sarah
  • Zimbul bat Vida

Community News

The Sofer will be available to check you mezuzot and tefillin this Sunday, June 30, 2019, from 10am at Judaica Gallery, 300 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park. For questions or to make an appointment, call 732-828-7722.

Highland Park/Edison Connects: Wondering what to do on a long summer Shabbos afternoon? Join us weekly for a chance to hang out and make new friends! Shabbos afternoons 3-5 PM at 1131 Raritan Avenue (YST Preschool playground). Come with or without kids, it’s guaranteed fun for everyone! For more info, please text or WhatsApp: Ariella Gluck 908-510-3654

Rabbi Reisman will be speaking for men and women on Modern Mikvah Construction on Shabbos, Parshas Shelach, June 29th, 6:45pm at Khal Chassidim, 46 N. 8th Avenue. Topics will include: Is a swimming pool a mikvah; drains, filters, heaters; sources of water, snow, ice, etc.; homemade mikvas. For more information, please contact Marsha Eiserman at 347-203-7906.

Rabbi Weiss's Shiur on Tehillim for men and women: canceled this Wednesday, June 26. For further information, please contact Marsha Eiserman at 347-203-7906.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women

  • Tefillah class on Sunday, June 30 at 11:00am in the Aguda shul
  • Parsha class on Monday, July 1 at 8:00pm at Congregation Ohr Torah.

For more info, please contact Aviva at 732-572-4408 or siegelmom@gmail.com

Women's Learning Initiative:

  • Offers customized Torah learning partners and chavrusas! For a personalized study program of your choice, email your contact information to womenslearninginitiative@gmail.com
  • Parsha class by Mrs. Miri Cohen will resume after this summer status of class on Tuesday, June 18.

Lefkovits Family Park Mikvah

  • Please support the mikvah while purchasing on Amazon. Use the Amazon Smiles link.
  • June Hours:
    • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    • Motzai Shabbos: June 22, 29: 10:15pm - 11:30pm
  • July Hours:
    • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    • 17th of Tammuz – July 21: 9:40 PM – 11:30pm
    • Motzai Shabbos: July 6, 13, 20, and 27: 10:15pm – 11:30pm

All Friday night appointments should be made online. Alternatively they can be made by texting/calling (732) 221-8155. Note: From 4/28/19-5/10/19, text/call (732) 470-1041.

Tiferes: DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, July 20 at 10:00pm at the Siegel house. Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayis and parenting are available to Tiferes members.

Current teleconference: Shalom Bayis from the Inside Out with Mrs. Chaya Juravel

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

The Women's AMEN Group meets monthly on the Sundays following the Shabbos in which one bensches Rosh Chodesh, at 9:30am 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.

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 $6,000.00 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 The Chesed Fund 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.

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.

ACTT (Achieving Change Through Torah) program helps individuals succeed in making meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. Module: Ahavas Chessed – Loving Kindness 5; Source book: The Glittering World of Chessed by Rabbi Paysach Krohn. For more info, call Phil Rosen (732) 572-8762 or email ACTT

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