September 20 — Parashat Ki Tavo

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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NOTE: Shabbat will be lead by visiting Rabbi Daniel Kada


  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 6:41pm
  • Candle lighting: 6:41pm
  • Arvit lead by Rabbi Daniel Kada: After Mincha
    • Short class after Arvit by Rabbi Daniel Kada

Saturday - Parashat Ki Tavo

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: 9:10am
  • Kiddush is sponsored by the Congregation in honor of Rabbi Daniel Kada
  • Tehillim Group for Women: 4:30pm
  • Zera Shimshon with Rabbi Hakakian: 4:30pm
  • Class: Ki Tetze with Rabbi Kada: 5:30pm
  • Mincha: 7:00pm
  • Followed by Seuda Shelishit
    • Sponsored by Drs. Ben and Diane Hakakian & Family
    • In Memory of Yechezkel ben Chodadad
    • Class: With Rabbi Daniel Kada
  • Shabbat Ends: 7:41pm


  • Selichot: 7:15am
  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Class for Women: Igniting the Power of Tefillah: 10:00am
  • Rambam Hilchot Teshuva: 6:10pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:40pm
  • Shaare Teshuva: 7:20pm

Monday - Thursday

  • Selichot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Shulchan Aruch: The Laws of Charity (Tzedakah): 6:10pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 6:40pm
  • Tuesday: Talmud for Men -- Berachot (Chapter 7): 8:00pm
  • Thursday: Kaballah (for Married Men Only): 8:00pm

Next Friday

  • Selichot: 6:00am
  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna-a-Day: 7:20am
  • Mincha: 6:29pm
  • Candle lighting: 6:29pm

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)
  • 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

Coincidental with the Shloshim, The Paretzky family is proud to announce the inauguration of the Harvey Paretzky Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will award merit-based scholarships for high school seniors who will study in Israel. Please help make this initiative a great success, l'ilui nishmas our beloved Rafael Yisrael Chaim ben Harav Mordechai Aryeh z"l.

Checks should be made out and mailed to: Congregation Ohr Torah; 48 Edgemount Rd; Edison, NJ 08817, with a memo on the check for the “Harvey Paretzky Memorial Scholarship Fund”. For more information, email or contact Phil Rosen 732.816.1616.

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! Please join us Wednesday, Sept 11th, 2019 at 12:30pm at the home of Zehava Feuer (332 N. 8th Ave, Edison) for the first of the amazing Tammy Karmel series on Elul.

Come be uplifted, inspired and nourished! This week's program is generously sponsored by the Feuer family l'iluy nishmas Zehava's sister; Mrs. Debby Shick, a”h, Devorah Raizel bas Avraham Yosef. Please RSVP the night before.

Teach NJ is proud to announce a groundbreaking STEM funding bill signed into law by Governor Murphy on August 23, 2019. This historic program will help provide grants for STEM teachers in nonpublic schools for the first time in New Jersey’s history. We could not have had 2 major legislative victories in the last 8 months without the voice, support, and activism of our schools and communities around the state - thank you!

Please take 10 seconds to acknowledge New Jersey’s leadership for their steadfast support of our initiative by visiting Our webpage.

To get involved with Teach NJ, please contact Grassroots Director, Renee Klyman.

Ahavas Achim invites you to join the Goldberg family on our 18th annual Israel Mission from January 15-27, 2020. The mission will include roundtrip non-stop flights on El Al Israel Airlines from Newark, 8 nights at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel, 2 nights at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv, 3 day touring excursion with experienced guides, full Israeli breakfast daily, two dinners in Tel Aviv, Friday night and Shabbat lunch on both Shabbatot, tips, transfers, and handling.

The cost per person (based on double occupancy) is $3491. Registration is now open. Sign up at Questions can be directed to:

Tiferes: DVD for women Motzai Shabbos, September 14 at 9:30pm at the Siegel house

  • Program: * "Real Teshuvah – Reflecting, Reflections, Reflectors"
  • Speakers: Rabbi Baruch M. Hilsenrath and Mrs. Seryl Berman.

Weekly teleconferences with topics such as Shalom Bayis and Parenting are available to Tiferes members. Current teleconference: Teshuva – Real Change in Real Time with Mrs. Chani Juravel. 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.

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.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s Classes for Women:

  • Please call / text Aviva at 732-672-7104 or for information about this week's classes.

The ACTT (Achieving Change Through Torah) program helps individuals succeed in making meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. New module to begin after the chaggim:

  • Class: Kiddush Hashem - Sanctification of G-d's Name 2
  • Source book: A Life Worth Living - Stories and Ideas for Constant Kiddush Hashem by Rabbi Shraga Freedman.

More details to follow. Inspirational reading material and shiurim can be found at on their website. For more info, call Phil Rosen (732) 572-8762 or email ACTT.

Women's Learning Initiative offers customized Torah learning partners and chavrusas! For a personalized study program of your choice, email your contact information to

Parsha class by Mrs. Miri Cohen: Tuesday, September 17 at 9:30am at the home of Leah Epshtein, 253 Lawrence Avenue, Highland Park. Babysitting is now available at the shiur; call/text Leah to reserve. Please call/text Leah at 917-763-1848 to confirm class.

Lefkovits Family Park Mikvah

  • Please support the mikvah while purchasing on Amazon. Use the Amazon Smiles link.
  • September Hours
    • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    • Motzi Shabbat: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    • Rosh Hashanah: By appointment only

All Friday night appointments should be made online. Alternatively they can be made by texting/calling (732) 221-8155

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 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 to 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.

Collecting Sheitels: Collecting Sheitels: 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 Sheitels can be dropped off by Aviva, 16 Edgemount Road, Edison. For more info, please see contact Aviva Siegel (732) 572-4408