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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

March 3, 2018
16 Adar, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

March 4th
Pre-Passover JRA Day - 9:30 am
Chesed Passover Program at Federation - 12:30 pm

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

March 13th 
Sisterhood Book Club Meeting

March 20th
Men's Club "Man's Seder"

Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush this week is sponsored by the 
Etz Chaim Community

Rabbi's Message
Parshat Ki Tisa

Often, Parshat Ki Tisa is read immediately after Purim.  I have always felt that reading the story of the Egel Hazahav following Purim is extremely poignant. It is hard to imagine how this nation who most recently witnessed the greatest level of revelation - the true Yad Hashem - fell so quickly in to the guile of this golden calf.  Moshe came down from the mountain and he saw the Jewish people dancing and reveling in front of this statue.

We have just experienced a wonderful Chag where we too were dancing and celebrating.  However, this was of quite a different nature.  When Jews celebrate a Chag, when we celebrate salvation, that is a joy that stems from our souls.  When we dance in front of idols, whether  they are ones of gold or the more contemporary type, that is a hedonistic act that comes from elsewhere.

Purim allows us to let out our inner Neshama a bit (or a lot) but we remember to never confuse that with other types of jubilation. 

Shabbat Shalom

THIS SUNDAY, March 4th
Pre-Passover Chesed Program with Seniors at Federation Housing

Please Join Us for a Pre-Passover Chesed program with the Seniors at Federation Housing

THIS Sunday, March 4, 12:30 pm

Bring the kids!

Make Afikomen covers with the residents, create a memory card about Passover traditions & sing Passover show tunes.

New Tuesday Night Class with 
Rabbi Klibanoff

Almost every Tuesday evening for the last four and half years, a group of dedicated Shiur goers have met to study Gemara. 

We have just completed Masechet Sotah and we will now begin our next stage of Talmud. We will study the tenth chapter of Pesachim known as "Arvei Pesachim." This deals with all the laws related to the Pesach Seder.

Now is the time to join our Chevra as we begin a new Shiur. One need not have any prior Talmud experience and I promise that you will greatly benefit from the class.

So, come join us on Tuesday evenings after Davening and you will never look back.

Adar Simcha & Memorial Plaque Sale
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Etz Chaim's Simcha & Memorial Plaque Sale

During the month of Adar, all Simcha and Memorial plaques are 25% off the regular price. 

Your Simcha plaque purchase will commemorate 
life's most  joyous events:
the birth of a grandchild, milestone anniversary or birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, marriage, etc., while beautifying and supporting the Shul. 

Your Memorial plaque will serve as an everlasting memory for 
your loved one. 

Please mail back the completed forms to the shul office - one for each plaque -  with your payment or credit card information, or email the form to the office with your credit card information.

No order will be processed without payment.

Deadline for the sale price is March 16, 2018

Click HERE for Memorial Plaque Form

"Passover Prep" with Susie Fishbein
Tuesday, March 6th

"Passover Prep" Cooking Demo & Dinner 
with Susie Fishbein at the home of 
Dr. Sarah Klibanoff:
339 E Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston
Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 pm

Please RSVP by February 26th to
*RSVP is required*

For more information, please contact Celine Leeds at
Etz Chaim's Community 
Friday Night Dinner & Women's Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday Night, March 9th

Don't Forget to  Sign Up!

Please join us for our 
Community  Friday Night Dinner & 
Women's Kabbalat Shabbat
Scholar-in-Residence,  Rabbi Alex Israel.

Friday Night, March 9th
*Lecture & Dinner Immediately Following Davening*

$36 adults (ages 14 & up)
$18 kids 


About Rabbi Israel:

Rabbi Alex Israel teaches Tanakh at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and Matan, and teaches and is director of Community Education, Summer Programs, and the Elmad online learning platform at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

Born and raised in London, Rabbi Israel moved to Israel in 1991 and gained rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following several years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rabbi Israel holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education, London, and Bar Ilan University.

His first book "I Kings - Torn in Two" was published in 2013. See his shiurim and his weekly "Parsha Discussion" at

 Rabbi Israel has lectured widely at campuses and communities on five continents.

Artists for Israel
Sunday, March 11th

Next Book Club Read
The Indigo Girl 
Tuesday, March 13th

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 & 1744, based on the life of 
Eliza Lucas.
Etz Chaim Men's Club " Man's Seder"
Tuesday, March 20th

Join us Tuesday, March 20th   for our  Annual 
Men's Club  "Man's Seder"

$50 per person

Davening will be at 6:55pm, followed by the Seder (around 7:15pm)

Please bring gently used clothing and unopened chametz to donate to the needy.

Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton
April 13 & 14

NORPAC Mission to Washington
Wednesday, April 25th

Norpac Flyer

Mission to Washington
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NORPAC's Mission to Washington is an annual event where we bring close to a thousand citizen activists to Washington, DC, in order to advocate for a stronger U.S.-Israel relationship with Members of Congress. 

Mission attendees are bused (or can use their own transportation) to Washington in the morning, and arrive at the Warner Theatre where they attend a brief plenary session with presentations by Congressional leadership. Afterwards, individuals converge to their assigned groups - usually of 4 to 6 people - and meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss this year's talking points regarding pressing legislation on U.S.-Israeli concerns. 

The event wraps up the same day in the early evening, and transportation is provided to get back home.


Contact Eliane Levy at 973-422-1705 
for more information.  

Davening Schedule
Parshat Ki Tisa


 Candle Lighting 


Shabbat Day



Teen Minyan
9:45 am

Z'man Kriat Shema


     Shabbat Ends               6:31pm

       March 4-9


Mon - Thurs

5:35 pm

Ma'ariv Only 

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

Mincha/Ma'ariv services at Suburban Torah are at 5:40pm

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 Ki Tisa
Youth Happenings


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