July 26 — Parashat Pinchas

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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

NOTE: The Congregation would like to welcome back Rabbi Bassous from his well deserved vacation. We dearly missed him.

We would like to thank Alex Kotlyar for helping out with the weekly newsletter and other responsibilites while the Rabbi was away. We would also like to thank all those who have filled in for the Rabbi with classes and sermons while the Rabbi was away.


  • Shacharit: 6:30am

  • Mincha: 7:00pm - Please make an effort to attend!

  • Candle lighting: 8:00pm

Saturday - Parashat Pinchas

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: 8:37am

  • KIDDUSH is sponsored by Rachel and Mendy Lerner

    • in saying goodbye to Adi and Dovi Yarmush and their family

    • To sponsor a kiddush, go to our Kiddush webpage.

  • Zera Shimshon with Rabbi Elon Weintraub: 5:00pm

  • Women’s Tehillim Group: 5:00pm

  • Class: *Pinchas and Eliyahu and Judging Others Favorably with Rabbi Bassous: 6:00:pm

  • Mincha: 7:30pm

    • Seuda Shelishit

      • Sponsored by the Shalmon family in memory of Marcelo Schor (Meir Haim Refael ben Hayde Bubby Haya)

      • Class: The History and Laws of the Three Weeks with Rabbi Bassous

  • Arvit: 9:00pm

  • Shabbat Ends: 9:00pm


  • Shacharit: 8:30am

  • Women’s Class: 10:00am

  • Tefillin Workshop: 6:30pm

  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am

  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am

  • Mincha and Arvit: 7:30pm

  • Tuesday: Beginning Talmud Class: 8:00pm

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am

  • Mincha: 7:00pm

  • Candle lighting: 7:53pm

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:

  • Aharon ben Chana (See below under Community News)

  • 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)

  • Lita Greenberg (Tzvia Sarah bat Golda)

  • Keren bat Orly

  • Liba Shaindel bat Chava

  • Lidia bat Paulina

  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)

  • Miriam Devorah bat Bracha

  • Mary Naar (Miriam bat Yitzchak)

  • 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, July 28, 2019, from 10 a.m. at Judaica Gallery, 300 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park. For questions or to make an appointment, call 732-828-7722.

Volunteers Needed at Wilentz Senior Residence on the Wilf Campus for Senior Living

Wilentz Senior Residence is looking to expand our volunteer base by utilizing volunteers to help serve residents at our congregate meal program. Wilentz Senior Residence is a Kosher facility and maintains quality service to our residents. Hours needed are Monday through Friday between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. Training will be provided. If you are interested, please call Marnie Kean at 732-873-3888 x404 to reserve the day you want!

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

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes for women: No classes this week

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

Lefkovits Family Park Mikvah

  • Please support the mikvah while purchasing on Amazon. Use the Amazon Smiles link.

  • July Hours:

    • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm

    • 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.

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 tohttp://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