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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

May 19th, 2018
5 Sivan, 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

Shabbat, June 16th
Graduation Kiddush

Monday, June 18th
Etz Chaim Annual BBQ

Thursday, June 28th
Men's Club Golf Outing

Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush this week is sponsored by 
The Etz Chaim Community

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to all of our Siddur & Chumash Recipients:

Juliet Grin
Isaac Horn
Elazar Kapustin
Nathan Klein
Ethan Lefkovits
Shlomi Messulan
Sabrina Migdal
Ethan Nabatian
Sasha Rieber
Bassy Rosenblum
  Shaina Rosenblum 
Asher Silverstein
Lily Silverstein
Eliza Wasserman-Singer

There will be a special kiddush & presentation in honor of our recipients on Monday, the second day  of Shavuot.
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 

Shavuot Schedule 5778

Friday, May 18th
Mincha - 7:00pm
Candles - 7:53pm
Shabbat, May 19th
Shiur - 8:30am
Shacharit - 9:00am
Mincha - 7:20pm
Followed by Seudat Shelishit & Pirkei Avot
Candles/Maariv - 8:59pm
Light Communal Dairy Dinner - 9:15pm
10:00 pm - Shiur from Rabbi Klibanoff - 
The Limits of Rabbinic Authority: 
A Case Study (With a Sprinkling of Kabbalah)

Sunday, May 20th - First Day of Shavuot
Shacharit - 9:00am
Mincha - 8:00pm
Shiur after Kiddush from Melissa Kapustin -
The Trial of the Talmud: When Church and State United in an Attempt to Destroy Judaism
EC Youth - "Settlers of Catan" Tournament - 5:00pm 
at EC.  All ages welcome. Winner gets the Settlers expansion set of their choice! 
Candles - After 9:00pm

Monday, May 21st - Second Day of Shavuot
Shacharit - 9:00am
Megillat Rut
Yizkor - 10:30am
Special Kiddush & Presentation in honor of our 
Siddur  & Chumash Recipients
EC Youth - Epic Shavuot BBQ at Youth House - 1pm
Mincha - 8:00pm
Shiur from Rabbi Kapustin
Chag Ends - 9:01pm

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. 
Rabbi's Message
Parshat Bamidbar

When I used to live in a beach community, when someone would ask when the high season would start, we had a saying.  "Either Shavuot or Memorial Day - whichever comes first!"  Usually Memorial Day was first and sometimes they fell together.  This year every Jewish holiday is early (never on time of course).

While Memorial Day (here in the USA) represents the beginning of summer, Shavuot represents the end of Pesach and the end of our holiday season in general.  I say it is the end of Pesach because the culmination of the Exodus was the giving of the Torah at Har Sinai.  Had we not achieved that goal, then Yetziat Mitzrayim would have been for naught (all verses to the contrary in Dayeinu notwithstanding).  This is why we count up from Pesach until Shavuot so we can reach the pinnacle and true meaning of the miracles that were brought on our behalf in Egypt.  

I hope everyone has had a meaningful Pesach and that we all enjoy a restful and peaceful summer.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach
Graduation Kiddush 
June 16, 2018

Join Etz Chaim in honoring all of our amazing graduates at a special kiddush on Shabbat, June 16th.

Please send us the names of your graduate(s) by 
June 8th, so they are included in the  printed list.  
Please include the name of the school and grade...
Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Grad School & Everything In Between!
Please help sponsor this exciting kiddush by contacting Suzannah at
Suggested Donation
$54, $72, $180, $360

Mazal Tov to all of our graduates!

Etz Chaim 21st Annual 
BBQ & Virtual  Dinner Journal
Thursday, June 18th

Come Celebrate With Us at Our Annual Family BBQ
Monday, June 18th, 2018
6:30 pm

Honoring our Presidents:
Neil Kaplan & Alan Schall

Special Community Service Award 
presented to  Stephen Goldman

Please join us for an enjoyable evening at the BBQ, and help support Etz Chaim through the ad journal!

Men's Club Annual Golf Outing
Thursday, June 28th


Join the Etz Chaim Men's Club for our Annual Golf Outing
Thursday, June 28th

Event Schedule:
11:30 am - Registration
12:00 pm - Lunch/Brunch
1:00 pm - Shotgun Start
5:30-7:00 pm - Cocktail Reception

$360 per person
Sponsorships Available

Questions about the Event?
Contact Kenny Weiss at, 
or Eli Spigler at
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.

Kol Ha'nearim Tallit 
Deadline to Submit Names is June 25th
kol hanearim

Kol Ha'nearim Tallit for Simchat Torah

Missed the opportunity last year to have your child's/grandchild's name included on the Tallit on Simchat Torah? 
Now is your chance! 

We will once again have forms at the BBQ to fill in, or you can download the form and send it to the office.  

Forms may be mailed to the office:
1 Lafayette Drive in Livingston
fax: 973-597-1659

 $36 per name 
*Deadline to submit names is June 25th*

          Community News & Events

American Society for Yad Vashem
Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, May 23rd
JKHA 8th Grade Student Documentary:
Names Not Numbers
Wednesday, May 30th
Golda Och Academy 
Spring Gala
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Davening Schedule
Parshat  Bamidbar


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/Yom Tov Candle Lighting 

Light Communal Dinner

Late Night Shiur 10:00pm

May 20-25


Sunday & Mon
*See Shavuot Schedule

6:45 am


Sunday & Mon
* See Shavuot Schedule


*We now move to our summer 
Plag Hamincha  schedule for Mincha/Ma'ariv during the week*

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

Click Here for
Parshat Bamidbar
Youth Happenings

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