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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

January 20, 2018
4 Shevat, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

January 31st
Men's Club Steak & Scotch

March 9th
Community Friday Night Dinner 
Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Alex Israel

March 13th 
Sisterhood Book Club Meeting

Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush this week is sponsored by 
the Etz Chaim Community
Rabbi's Message
Parshat Bo

Darkness is scary. I have always felt that the worst of the first nine plagues (the tenth which involved loss of life is obviously different) was Choshech. Darkness represents everything we fear, everything that is wrong in life. Have you ever been up in the middle of the night all alone and felt that inner fear of loneliness and despair?

One can only imagine how much more terrifying this was in Mitzrayim where Chazal tell us that the darkness was even physically felt by the Egyptians. It was so thick that people could not move!

Often when we are enveloped in darkness or in a state of being negative, we feel paralyzed as if there is nowhere to go. The hardest thing to do is see any sort of light.

The good news is that every night has its daybreak and even the worst plagues have their endings. One has to hold out and maintain even a modicum of hope that things will improve.

Shabbat Shalom

Etz Chaim Men's Club 
Steak & Scotch 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Etz Chaim Men's Club invites you to join us for 
Steak and Scotch 2018
at Great Falls Bistro
(220 Passaic Avenue, Passaic, NJ)
Wednesday, January 31st
Come and join us for great food, 
great friends, and great schmooze!
$135 per person
Price includes transportation to/from dinner
(Bus will leave Etz Chaim at 7:00 PM sharp)

Next Book Club Read
The Indigo Girl 

Next Book Club Meeting

Tuesday, March 13th

The Indigo Girl
by Natasha Boyd

A historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina, an export that laid the foundation for the incredible wealth of several Southern families who still live on today. Set between 1739 and 1744, based on the life of Eliza Lucas.
JKHA Substitute Teaching Opportunities

The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy is looking for 
substitute teachers for grades 1-8. 

This is a great opportunity with further potential for 
teaching positions. 

If you are interested in subbing when a faculty member is absent, please contact Sheree Bohbot at or call her at 

Davening Schedule
Parshat Bo


 Candle Lighting 


Shabbat Day



Z'man Kriat Shema


     Shabbat Ends              5:44pm

      Jan. 21-26


Mon -  Fri

4:45 pm

Ma'ariv Only 

*We will have Ma'ariv only on Mon-Thur evenings at 

Mincha/Ma'ariv services at Suburban Torah are at 4:50pm

Please note that the "Yeshiva Week" vacation is now and many of our regulars will be away.  Please help the daily morning and/or evening minyanim if you can.

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:

Talmud Shiur in 
Masechet Sotah
after Mincha/Maariv

Yiddish Class 

Wednesday Evenings

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

Class will be held on Wednesday 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

Youth Happenings will return next week!


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