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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

March 10, 2018
23 Adar, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

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

March 11th
EC Youth-Arts for Israel

March 13th 
Sisterhood Book Club Meeting

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

March 25th
EC Youth - 
Matzo Ball Mitzvah Project

Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush this week is sponsored by 
Shari-Beth & Jeffrey Susskind 
in commemoration of the yarzheit of 
Shari-Beth's father, Seymour Rosner, z"l and brother, Stan Rosner, z"l. 

Mazal Tov!
Mazal Tov to Margie & Michael Bachner on the birth of their grandson, Benjamin Maxwell - Chaim Meir. 
Mazal Tov to the proud parents 
Jennifer and Brett Reese.  

Etz Chaim Welcomes Rabbi Alex Israel as our Scholar-in-Residence 
this Shabbat
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.

Rabbi Israel will be speaking on the 
following topics this Shabbat:

Friday Night - After Davening

Religious and Secular in Israel:
Room for Optimism?
Shabbat Parshat Hashavua - 8:30am

The Mishkan ... Again? 
Explaining the Ebb & Flow of the 
Book of Shemot

Shabbat Morning -
After Davening in the Main Sanctuary

Matza: The First "Fast Food" 
Why Did Redemption Have To Be So Speedy?

Rabbi's Message
Parshat Vayakhel-Pikudei

I have just returned (in time for a nice major March snowstorm) from our nation's capital where I attended the annual AIPAC Policy Conference along with 18,000 fellow Pro-Israel activists.

The theme this year was "Choose to Lead" and we did just that. I had the opportunity to hear from important figures such as Vice President Mike Pence, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Ambassador Nikki Haley and many more. I learned from colleagues spanning the entire Jewish spectrum while meeting many new friends who share the same passion for Israel . We learned of the latest innovations in science and technology while being inspired by the thousands of students who were in attendance.

Each year when I return, I feel charged and recharged about our relationship with Israel and her future. 

I urge everyone to consider attending next year. You can register  HERE   and receive a significant discount.

I ask that you also  Choose to Lead!

Shabbat Shalom

Friday Night Raffle
March 9th

Last Friday Night Raffle of the Season!
This Friday, March 9th

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. 

This Week's Prize:
A New Drone! 
Complete with WiFi, HD camera and 
2 extra batteries for extra long flying time!

Daylight Savings
Don't forget to move your clocks forward one hour 
on Sunday!
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

Artists for Israel
THIS Sunday, March 11th

Join us for a very special Israel education and arts program  with Artists 4 Israel! 

All students grades K-12 are welcome - and each participant goes home with their own unique piece of 
Israeli Street Art

Please RSVP with Yoni

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

Next Book Club Meeting

Tuesday, March 13th, 7:15pm
at the home of 
Debbie Zuckerman
36 Chelsea Drive

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

Don't Forget to Sign Up!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to lead your own 
Pesach Seder? 

Are you looking for ways to make your Seder more fun and inspirational? 

Are you looking to get out for a night with your buddies? 
Well, look no more!

Rabbi Klibanoff will lead and teach us how to enhance the whole Seder experience. Together with your friends, we will eat, drink, study and gain the tools necessary to take our "Seder Game" to the next level.

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

$50 per person
Sponsorships Available

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

Israel at 70
Community-Wide Celebration
Thursday, April 19th
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 Parah
Shabbat Mevarchim


 Candle Lighting 


Shabbat Day

Given by Rabbi
 Alex Israel


Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


     Shabbat Ends               6:39pm

     March 11-16


Mon - Thurs


*With the clock change, we will now have Mincha/Ma'ariv daily*

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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Prayer for the Ill

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