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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

May 26th, 2018
12  Sivan, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

THIS 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 
Julie & David Singer and Family in memory of Julie's mother, Phyllis Lipsett z"l.

Dr. Erica Brown
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 

Dr. Brown will be speaking on the following topics:

Shabbat Morning Shiur - 8:30 am
"The A sceticism of the Nazir" 

Shabbat Morning, May 26th (after Davening)
"Why Be Jewish?"

Shabbat Afternoon - 6:15 pm (at Klibanoff Home) 
"Where Have all the Good Leaders Gone?" 
A Frank Conversation about Jewish Leadership

Rabbi's Message
Parshat Nasso

For the third time in as many books of the Chumash, we encounter the same day on the historic calendar.  In our Parsha, we read of Rosh Chodesh Nissan and the dedication of the Mishkan followed by the offerings of each Nasi who headed his tribe.  We have already visited this date in the Chumash which was nearly one year after the Exodus from Egypt.  

We saw the conclusion of the Mishkan at the end of Sefer Shemot and the tragic episode of Nadav and Avihu in Parshat Shemini in Vayikra.  Here we are again in a very "Groundhog Day" sort of way.  

Obviously, each time is mentioned in a very different context and perspective.  In my mind, we always read this Parsha when we are "wrapping up" the school year while tying up all loose ends before heading to summer vacation.  Once we attend all the fundraising dinners (most important of which is the Etz Chaim BBQ - of course!) and all the graduations, we can now take it easy and just relax.

Perhaps we can learn from our Parsha that the time for dedication, renewal and creativity never ends.  We should always be thinking of how to be "New and Improved" in our lives.  This is especially so in our spiritual lives. 

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.  
(include the name of the school and grade...
Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Grad School & Everything In Between!)
You can 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

JKHA 8th Grade Student Documentary:
Names Not Numbers
Wednesday, May 30th
Golda Och Academy 
Spring Gala
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

 Crash Course in Basic Judaism by Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald
First Class - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Davening Schedule
Parshat  Nasso


Candle Lighting


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

Shabbat Day

*Delivered by 
Dr. Erica Brown


Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


Shabbat Ends 

May 27-June 1



Memorial Day




*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!
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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

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Parshat Nasso
Youth Happenings

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