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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

April 28th, 2018
13 Iyar, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

Shabbat, May 25th & 26th
Dr. Erica Brown
Sponsored by the Singer Family in memory of 
Julie Lipsett-Singer's mother, Phyllis Lipsett, z"l

Thursday, June 7th
Sisterhood Book Club:
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate

Monday, June 18th
Etz Chaim Annual BBQ
Details to Follow!


Mazal Tov to Rabbi Klibanoff who will be receiving 
The Jacob and Deborah Rubenstein Memorial Award for Rabbinic Leadership this week at the 58th Annual Convention of the Rabbinical Council of America.

Save the Date!
Dr. Erica Brown
Shabbat, May 25th & 26th

Please join us as Etz Chaim Welcomes 
Dr. Erica Brown
Shabbat, May 25th & 26th

The Weekend is generously sponsored by the Singer family in memory of Julie Lipsett-Singer's mother, Phyllis Lipsett Z"L.

Dr. Erica Brown is an associate professor at George Washington University and the director of its Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. She is the author of eleven books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her forthcoming book is a commentary on the Book of Esther. She has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tablet and The Jewish Review of Books and writes a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post's "On Faith" and JTA and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day at
Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence at both The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and as the community scholar for the Jewish Center of New York. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She is also the author of Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet, Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership and Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon and Schuster), which won both the Wilbur and Nautilus awards for spiritual writing. Her previous books include Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Spiritual Boredom, Confronting Scandal and co-authored The Case for Jewish Peoplehood (All Jewish Lights). She also wrote Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada, Leadership in the Wilderness, In the Narrow Places and Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe (All OU/Koren).

Pirkei Avot is Back!

Now that Shabbat afternoons are longer, come join us for our  very popular series on Pirkei Avot.

Each Shabbat afternoon, from now until early summer, we will have an elongated Seudat Shlishit following Mincha.  During this time we will study and converse about the weekly chapter of Pirkei Avot. 
Everyone is encouraged to attend. 
Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush this week is sponsored by 
Suzanne & Miles Berger in commemoration 
of the yarzheit of Suzanne's father 
Rabbi Ferencz Klein, z"l,  and in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson  Eliyahu Wertentheil.

Rabbi's Message
Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
 There are certain Parshiot that almost always seem to be doubled up.  There are some that are never doubled up by design.  Of course, there are several permutations of how the Parshiot are read depending on how the Jewish calendar falls out.  For instance, right now, we are still one Parsha behind Israel because of how Pesach fell this year.
Acharei-Mot many times falls together with Kedoshim.  Aside from the technical calendar matters, I have always sensed great meaning from this combination, because of when they usually occur.  We are on the heels of the more modern observance days of Yom Hashaoah, Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha'Aztmaut and soon to come Yom Yerushalayim.  (Some people simply refer to this period as the  "Yoms" season).  After commemorating so much pain and loss in our time, we elevate ourselves and celebrate victory and independence.  After experiencing death (Acharei Mot), we have to choose to live holy and sanctified lives (Kedoshim) that are dedicated to  noble values.  We must inspire ourselves to imbue our every existence with Torah, Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael and Am Yisrael.
Shabbat Shalom
Next Sisterhood Book Club Read:
Before We Were Yours
June 7th

Start Reading!

The next Sisterhood Book Club meeting will be June 7th
Location TBA

Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate

Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals--in which Georgia Tann, director of a Tennessee adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country--Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets 
where we belong.

          Community News & Events

Mikvah Chana Women's Annual Gala
Monday, April 30th

JNF - Breakfast for Israel
Friday, May 4th

"Ask, Eat, & Schmooze"
with Nechama Price

Join us for Nechama's Favorite Questions & Answers 
Wednesday, May 9th at 8:15pm 
at the home of  Julie Schwartz .
American Society for Yad Vashem
Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, May 23rd
Golda Och Academy 
Spring Gala
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Davening Schedule
Acharei-Mot Kedoshim


Candle Lighting


Mincha on Friday afternoons will be at 7:00pm through the summer *

Shabbat Day



Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


Seudat Shlishit and Pirkei Avot

Shabbat Ends

April 30th-
May 4th



6:45 am



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!
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Cholim List
Prayer for the Ill

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

Etz Chaim Youth

Click Here for Parshat Acharei-Mot Kedoshim Youth Happenings

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