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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

January 6, 2018
19 Tevet, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

January 10th
Sisterhood Game Night

January 31st
Men's Club Steak & Scotch

February 24th
Purim Ball
More Details coming Soon!

Changes for Davening this Shabbat

Because of the forecast for extreme weather this Shabbat, 
 we will make the following adjustment on Shabbat morning:

Shacharit - 9:00am
Kiddush following Davening
12:00pm - The Rabbi will deliver the Parsha Shiur
(There will be no 8:30am Shiur)

Mincha - 12:33pm

Ma'ariv - 5:45pm
(This will allow for time to say "Baruch Hamavdil" and then ride to Shul)

Please stay safe and warm!

Welcome New Members

Etz Chaim would like to welcome our newest members 
Samantha & Gabriel Migdal and their children 
Simeon & Sabrina.
Mazal Tov!

Mazal Tov to Chavi & Rabbi Yisroel Rosenblum on the upcoming Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Mushka.
Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush this week is sponsored by 
the Etz Chaim Community

Rabbi's Message
Parshat Shemot
"And these are the names of the Children of Israel -  Habaim Mitzrayma."  Many will astutely point out that there is an unusual grammatical structure in this Passuk. We may have thought to write: "These are the names of the Children of Israel who  came to Egypt." Instead, the Torah tells us that these are the names of those -  Habaim  - Who are Coming - to Egypt.

What is the Torah trying to teach us by using the present tense as opposed to the past tense? I think there are a couple of possible answers.

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik ZT"L pointed out that this represents an attitude the Jewish people should have on a regular basis. Even though we are blessed to have the State of Israel and almost a majority of Jews living there, the stark reality is that we still live in the Diaspora. We are in effect in exile. It is therefore imperative upon us to always be aware that we are "Coming to Egypt." Sure, we can refer to the history of the Jews in Egypt and how they left. That is the bulk of Sefer Shemot. However, from a teaching perspective, we must always be aware that we are not quite where we should be just yet. If we focus on the past (only), then we may become too complacent in our present situations.

A second possible lesson we may learn may very well apply to our Jewish lives and practice.  We may tend to repeat our methods over and over simply from rote behavior. In our ever-changing world of science and technology, we must constantly adapt and learn new methods of teaching ourselves and our children. If we do what we have always been doing just because - then we are doomed to failure. Our responsibility is to learn what is newest and best, while at the same time having our Torah values rooted in the past.

We are always "Coming" to Egypt.

Shabbat Shalom

Etz Chaim's Purim Ball
February 24, 2018
For more information or to join a committee, 
please contact Jamie Eckstein at 

Etz Chaim Sisterhood
Ladies Game Night at the Shul
Wednesday, January 10th

Etz Chaim Sisterhood Presents:

Ladies Game Night at the Shul!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
7:00 pm

Player's choices:
Mah Jongg, Canasta, Rummikub, Scrabble

Bring cards and sets to play
Your game of choice
Groups, Individuals, Friends & New Players Welcome!
Snacks, Wine & Door Prizes

$18 per person
*Please Register by January 7th*

Please contact Sima Schall

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)

Win Big by Coming to Shul 
on Friday Nights! 
You can win BIG prizes  just by coming to Shul! 
Here's How it Works
Just by coming to shul, you will get a raffle ticket for a 
big weekly prize. 

You can get another ticket by joining the group of kids saying Yigdal on the bima at the end of services, then Rabbi Klibanoff will have a special 10 minute super fun parsha session for kids where you can get another raffle ticket. 

At the end of each session Rabbi Klibanoff will raffle off a really incredible prize. And if you don't win, your tickets will carry over to next week! 

The Next Friday Night Prize Raffle will be 
January 12th!

Davening Schedule
Parshat  Shemot


 Candle Lighting 


Shabbat Day


Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema

12:00 pm
*There will be no 8:30 am shiur.  


     Shabbat Ends              5:30pm


       Jan. 7-12


Mon- Fri
Shacharit - 6:45am

4:30 pm

Ma'ariv Only 6:45pm

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

Mincha/Ma'ariv services at Suburban Torah are at 4:35pm
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
Click Here for
Parshat Shemot Youth Happenings


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