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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

May 12th, 2018
27 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

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 
Marion & Michael Saffer in honor of their 36 (Double Chai!) years of blissful marriage.

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Roslyn & Michael Grad as their son Paul Grad enlisted this week in the IDF.
Kol Hakavod Letzahal!

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Suzanne & Miles Berger on the engagement of their son Kirk to Allison Mann of New York City.  
Mazal tov to Kirk's grandmother Martha Klein.
Mazal Tov to Jill & Alan Mann.

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to  Susan and Jerry Yoskowitz on the birth of a new grandson.
Mazal Tov to proud parents
 Julia and Eric Yoskowitz.

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
Communal Dinner - 9:15pm
Late Night Shiur & Learning to Follow

Sunday, May 20th - First Day of Shavuot
Shacharit - 9:00am
Shiur after Kiddush by Melissa Kapustin
Mincha - 8:00pm
Candles - After 9:00pm
Monday, May 21st - Second Day of Shavuot
Shacharit - 9:00am
Megillat Rut
Yizkor - 10:30am
Mincha - 8:00pm
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 Behar-Bechukotai
This looks to be shaping up to be some weekend!  As I have mentioned here many times, one cannot casually dismiss the anomalies of the Jewish calendar.  One also has to see how those events become intertwined with other secular and world events.

Sunday - Mother's Day.  (Every day is Mother's Day)
Sunday - Yom Yerushalayim - number 51
Monday - Historic move of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on anniversary of May 14, 1948
Tuesday - Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Tuesday - Ramadan begins

I would say that we should have a cautious  optimism about the confluence of these events.  Things are already "Heating up" in Israel as we saw rockets fired in the North followed by a fierce IDF retaliation in Syria, the likes of which have not been seen since 1973.   This is a dangerous, yet monumental time.

Let us all Daven for the safety and well being of all our brothers and sisters in  Israel.  Let us hope that this week will be as festive and meaningful as it was when the Jews appraoched Mount Sinai so many years ago at this time.  

Shabbat Shalom
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.

          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
Shabbat Mevarchim


Candle Lighting


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

Shabbat Day



Sephardic Mnyan

Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


Seudat Shlishit and Pirkei Avot

Shabbat Ends

May 13-18


Yom Yerushalayim

6:45 am

Rosh Chodesh 6:40am



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

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