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December 8, 2018
30 Kislev, 5779
 Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

THIS Shabbat, December 8th, 10:15AM
"Conversations with Sarah"
Sisterhood Presents
"Conversations with Sarah"
This Shabbat - December 8th, 10:15AM
"Conversations with Sarah" will be held once a month on Shabbat morning at 10:15am for a brief discussion with Rebetzin Sarah Klibanoff about various interesting topics. 
If anyone has a specific topic they would like to discuss they can email Sarah ahead of time at
Rabbi's Message
This Shabbat we have the unique privilege to read from three Sifrei Torah.  We read six Aliyot from the Parshat Hashavua - Mikeitz.  The seventh Aliyah is the Rosh Chodesh reading.  The Maftir Aliyah is for Chanukah.
Often in life we have to juggle various different situations and demands for our attention.  When those demands are all "Good" or for Simcha needs, we should relish those rare opportunities.  This Shabbat represents exactly that.  We have our beautiful Shabbat as always combined with a new month and a festive Chag of Chanukah.  Let us embrace this fusion of joy and simcha and hope it will carry us through the dark and cold winter months.

Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov and Chag Sameach
Inspiration For Chanukah
 Please enjoy this most inspiring video as we head into Shabbat Chanukah.
Please share this story about the picture I am sure you have all seen on social media.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Chanukah 5779  The Menorah & The Swastika
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Chanukah 5779 The Menorah & The Swastika

(H/T to JB)
Shabbat Chanukah
Every year we have at least one Shabbat Chanukah.
Fridays these days are short enough as it is, and with the need to light our Chanukah candles at home (and in Shul) we seem to require even more time on a very short day.  The key is preparation.
Please read HERE for a summary of the laws for Friday afternoon.
Please read  HERE for a summary of the laws Motzaei Shabbat Chanukah this Saturday night. 
Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to  Tsipie and Lazer Rothenberg on the birth of a grandson, their first grandchild!
Mazal tov to the proud parents, Sarah and Evan Schonfeld.
There will be a Shalom Zachar this Friday night at the Rothenberg residence, 5 Thames Drive at 8pm.
The Bris will be held at Etz Chaim on Monday, Dec 10th, the last day of Chanukah. 
Shacharit at 8:30am.  Bris following services.  
Kiddush Sponsor
Kiddush this week is sponsored by Reuben's Glatt Spot in honor of Etz Chaim's past and current Presidents. 
Sisterhood Book Club
Tuesday, January 29th

We will be reading 
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris.

If you have the time and inclination, we recommend reading the essay by Viktor Frankl,  "Experiences in a Concentration Camp" found in his book titled Man's Search for Meaning. 
Community News & Events
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires 
Annual Gala
Honoring Mindy and Alan Schall
Sunday, December 9th, 5:00PM

JKHA Information Session 
Tuesday, December 11th, 9:30AM
JKHA Information Session for Parents of Prospective Early Childhood and Lower School Students 

Please join Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy on Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30AM for an Information Session for parents of early childhood and lower school prospective students.  You will have the opportunity to see classes in action, tour our state-of-the-art campus, meet with administration and learn how our values define the JKHA difference. 
To ensure a more individualized visit please
pre-register at 
For more information, please contact 
Shawn Tarzik at or 862-437-8064     
OR Movement:
Israel at the U.N.- Against All Odds
Thursday, December 13, 6:30PM

Support NCSY: Boutique Israeli Wine and Cheese Evening
Sunday, December 16th, 7:00PM

Throughout the Lifespan: Insight and Perspectives on Intimacy (For Women)
Wednesday, December 19th, 8:15PM

Davening Schedule
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah


Candle Lighting


Shabbat Day



Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


Shabbat Ends


Dec. 9-14


6:45am &  8:30am




Monday - Thursday
*Ma'ariv Only - 6:45pm

*We have moved to our winter schedule. We will have Ma'ariv only on Mon-Thurs evenings at 6:45pm 

Mincha/Ma'ariv services are held at Suburban Torah at 4:15pm

Rabbi's Classes
Tuesday Mornings:

Women's Class

History & Meaning
of Prayer
10:30 am
When was the siddur  compiled? 
Who chose what  to include? 
Why were certain prayers chosen and w hat do they mean?  
Join us to answer these questions and more.

Tuesday Evenings:
New Class!

"Arvei Pesachim"
after Davening

Yiddish Class

*Now on 

MONDAY Evenings*

Please join us for our class in Yiddish, led  by our very own Morris Glicklich. 

Class will be held on Monday evenings
after Minyan.
If you have any questions or if you want to find out more, please speak with Morris or
Michael Mamet.
All are welcome!
 א גרויסן דאנק
Cholim List
Prayer for the Ill

To add or remove a name from the cholim list, 
please contact 
Shelley Paradis at

Etz Chaim Youth

Zumba at Etz Chaim
We are pleased to announce that there are Zumba classes being held at Etz Chaim.

For more info, please visit 

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