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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

February 3, 2018
18 Shevat, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

February 10th
Havdalain Pajamas

February 25th
Youth Hamantaschen Baking & Chesed Project

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 Yitro

There are only a handful of Torah portions (or Parshiot) that are named for individuals. Noach, Yitro, Korach, Balak and Pinchas. (I don't include Chayei Sarah as I am referring to the name only and not any description). Of these five Parshiot, only one is named for a pious Jew. Go figure! There is no Parshat Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yoseif or even Moshe. So why does an evil king who tries to curse the Jewish people get a headline? Why does a rebellious cousin get his own Parsha? Who made this up? It does not seem fair.

In actuality, having your name on a Parsha, on a building or in a book is not what matters. The life you lead, the example you set and the legacy you create are what matters. Forever and ever we will be speaking about Moshe and Aharon because of the Torah we have been given from them straight in to our hands. A rich tradition like theirs needs no title or heading.

Shabbat Shalom

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.

Havdalah in Pajamas
Saturday Night, February 10th

Please join us for this fun family event!

Saturday night, February 10
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Klibanoff
Crafts for Kids

Please RSVP to Jessica Wise by February 8th

Purim Card Fundraiser

Mishloach Manot Fundraiser

With Purim around the corner, now is 
the time to sign up for our 
Mishloach Manot Fundrasier, and be included in the greetings that go with the Purim baskets sent to every  Etz Chaim member.  

The deadline to be included in the Card is February 9th

If you don't have your login code, which was sent last week, no problem!  You can request it on the sign-up page. 

If you don't remember whether you signed up or not, give it a try. 
The system will not let you sign up twice.  

Youth Hamantaschen Baking & 
Chesed Project
February 25th
Etz Chaim's Community 
Friday Night Dinner
with Scholar-in-Residence, 
Rabbi Alex Israel
March 9th

Please join us for our Community 
Friday Night Dinner  with 
Scholar-in-Residence,  Rabbi Alex Israel.

Friday Night, March 9th
*Dinner immediately following davening*

About Rabbi Israel:

Rabbi Alex Israel teaches at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies where he serves as Director of Community Education and the Summer Program. He is a popular lecturer at campuses and communities on three continents. In 2013, he published his first book, a commentary to Sefer Melakhim.
Born and raised in London, Rabbi Israel was an active youth leader in Bnei Akiva and was the director of the Sixth Form study centre at LSJS. He moved to Israel in 1991 and gained rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following several years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. 
He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education, London, and Bar Ilan University, and 
lives in Alon Shevut, Gush Etzion, with his wife Aliza and their four wonderful children. He enjoys running, music and everything to do with contemporary Israel.
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.
NORPAC Mission to Washington
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 Yitro


 Candle Lighting 


Shabbat Day



Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


     Shabbat Ends               6:00pm

        Feb. 4-9


Mon -  Fri

5:05 pm

Ma'ariv Only 

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

Mincha/Ma'ariv services at Suburban Torah are at 5:00pm

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 

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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Prayer for the Ill

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please contact 
Shelley Paradis at

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Youth Happenings


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