May 22 — Parashat Bahor

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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Special Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
We like to thank our sponsors of this weekend: Burin-Silverman, Jacobs, Oslick, Rockman, Rushefsky, Weinstein, and Weintraub families


  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 6:30pm -- Please note special EARLIER time
  • Candle lighting: 7:57pm
  • Dinner at The Bridge Turkish and Mediterranean Restaurant: 7:30pm
    • Please note that you must have made reservations in advance

Saturday - Parashat Behar

NEW: Shabbat Children Program with our new Youth Directors

  • Rabbi Hakakian's Parasha Class: 8:00am
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 8:29am
  • Kiddush with Rabbi Stephen Baars -- Our Scholar-in-Residence
    • Three Jewish Ideas that Made America Great
    • To sponsor a kiddush, go to our Kiddush webpage.
  • Zera Shimshon: 5:00pm with Rabbi Hakakian
  • Women's Shiur with Rebbetzin Ruth Baars: Shavuot: G-d's Mission and Yours: 5:00pm
  • Rabbi Stephen Baars -- Three Things that Make People Happy: 6:00
  • Mincha: 7:30pm
  • Seuda Shelishit
    • Class: Rabbi Stephen Baars -- The Gap Between Rich and Poor
    • Sponsored by Rabbi Daniel and Iris Jacobs in honor of their Grandson Ephraim Avraham becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Shabbat Kedoshim.
  • Arvit: 8:57pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 8:57pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Rabbi Stephen Baars: Thinking Like a Winner: 10:00am
    • Refreshments and book signing will take place after presentation
  • Shulchan Aruch: 7:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Nefesh HaChaim Class: 8:10pm

Monday - Memorial Day

  • Shacharit: 8:00am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 8:50am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 7:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm

Tuesday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Shulchan Aruch: 7:00pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Tuesday: Talmud for Men: Berachot: 8:00pm

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Candle lighting: 8:02pm

News and Events From our Webpage

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

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
  • Zimbul bat Vida

Community News

Highland Park/Edison Connects invites you to join us for our (free!) weekly Wednesday Lunch and Learn program!! Every Wednesday join other women in our community for words of inspiration and chizuk over a dairy buffet lunch!

This upcoming Wednesday, May 29th, a Tammy Karmel video on Sefiras Haomer and Shavous will be shown at 12:30 at the home of Lisa Taitel, 63 Brookdale Court, Highland Park. This week's video is being sponsored by the Taitel family in loving memory of Lisa's father, Moshe Ben Feivel, A"H.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Rachelle Stern or visit the HP/Edison Connect Website

Rabbi Weiss's shiur on Tehillim for men and women: Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm at 154 North 10th Avenue, Highland Park. For further information, please contact Marsha Eiserman at 347-203-7906.

The ACTT (Achieving Change Through Torah) program helps individuals succeed in making meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.

  • Module: Ahavas Chessed -- Loving Kindness (Module 5)
  • Source book:
    • The Glittering World of Chessed by Rabbi Paysach Krohn

Download or listen to from the Audio page of the ACTT web site. For more info, email or call Phil Rosen (732) 572-8762.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women:

  • Tefillah class on Sunday, May 26 at 11:00 AM in the Aguda shul
  • No Parashah Class on Monday

    For more info, please call/text Aviva at 732-672-7104 or

Women's Learning Initiative:

  • Offers customized Torah learning partners / chavrusas! For a personalized study program of your choice, email your contact information to
  • Parsha class by Mrs. Miri Cohen: Tuesday, May 28 at 9:30am at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park. Please call / text Leah at 917-763-1848 to confirm.
  • Shimiras Haloshon class by Mrs. Leah Drillman: No class on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. For more info, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.

For more info, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.


Tiferes: DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, June 15 at 9:45pm at the Siegel house. Weekly teleconferences with topics such as shalom bayit and parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: A Roadmap for the Busy Mother: Discover your Parenting GPS with Mrs. Atara Malach. For more info or to become a member, please contact Aviva Siegel.

The Highland Park / Edison group of Tiferes is zecher l'nishmas Malka bas Shalom.

Park Mikvah:

Lefkovits Family Park Mikvah presents a 3 part lecture series for women with Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt on the topic of the power of women and tapping into our spirituality.

  • First shiur will take at Ateret Shlomo on May 19th at 10:30am
  • Second shiur will take place at Ahavas Yisroel on June 3rd at 8:30pm
  • Third shiur will take place at Ohev Emeth on June 13th at 8:30pm

For more information please email The Mikvah.

  • May Hours
    • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    • Friday night or out of hours appointment via the website.
    • Motzi Shabbat: 10:00pm - 11:30pm
  • June Hours
    • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    • Friday night, June 8, and June 9: via the website.
    • Motzi Shavuot -- June 10: 10:15pm -- 11:30pm
    • Motzi Shabbat: 10:15pm - 11:30pm
  • For the mailing list for mikvah updates and hours subscribe on the website.

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 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 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.

The Edison/HP gown gemach will have open hours this Sunday 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. We have a large variety of gowns for all ages. Some toddler boys tuxedos are also available. Please Text 516-526-0941 for more info.

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.