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Etz Chaim Newsletter
  December 22, 2018
14 Tevet, 5779
 Upcoming Etz Chaim &
Community Events

Shabbat Limmud, J anuary 12th 
"From Light to Darkness to Light" 
 A Conversation With the Aaron Family

Tuesday, January 29th 
Men's Club: Steak and Scotch 

Thursday, January 31st 
Sisterhood: A Night Out at Board and Brush

Shabbat (Fri), February 1st
Youth: Krazy Cupcake Kabbalat Shabbat!

Tuesday, February 5th
Sisterhood Book Club
Daily Minyan
With many people on vacation this time of year, please try to help the daily minyan if you can. Please see davening times on the side. Thank you!
Rabbi's Message
This week we read the conclusion of the story of Yoseif and his brothers, the death of Yaakov Avinu, and the beginning of the exile in Mitzrayim.  The seeds for Geula have planted over the last several Parshiot. 
The story of the Torah is never about one Parsha or one person.  The entire Chumash is an intricate pattern of interwoven themes that are the foundation of our faith and tradition.

Finishing Sefer Bereishit is not really the end. It is more like the end of a chapter in a large book of the Jewish People's story.   We must always look back in order to move forward. We cannot begin to understand Yetziat Mitzrayim without fully covering Sefer Bereishit.  That is true in Tanach, in Jewish History and in every aspect of our lives.
Chazak Chazak V'Nittchazeik!

Shabbat Shalom.  
Youth Happenings
for this week's Youth Happenings to learn about events for youth and their families!

Upcoming Youth Events

Shabbat (Sat), December 29th, 12:00pm
  College Kids- Welcome Home Lunch at the Youth House

Shabbat (Sat), January 12th, 10:15am
Kids Shabbat Service in the Beit Midrash 
(Grades 2-6)

Shabbat (Fri), February 1st, 4:55pm
Krazy Cupcake Kabbalat Shabbat

Tuesdays 5:45pm-Dec 18, Jan 8, 15, 29, Feb 5
JTEEN University - Rock N' Roll & Judaism
 (Grades 8-12)
Mazal Tov
Mazal Tov   to 
Sylvia and Arthur Stark on the birth of twin granddaughters!
Mazal Tov to the proud parents Michelle and Joseph Hedaya.
Kiddush Sponsor
Kiddush this week is sponsored by the Etz Chaim community.
Shabbat Limmud
January 12th
"From Light to Darkness to Light"

Please join us for a very special and inspiring conversation with our very own Karen, Cliff and Feivel (Ford) Aaron.

The Aaron family will share with us their journey over the last several years after Cliff's diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa and his subsequent vision loss.

You do not want to miss this talk! 
Men's Club Steak and Scotch Night
Tuesday, January 29th, 6:30PM
   Registration opens next week
Sisterhood Presents:
A Night Out at Board and Brush
Thursday, January 31st
Save the Date!
Registration opens
    December 31st1st
Sisterhood Book Club
Tuesday, February 5th
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris.

If you have the time and inclination, we recommend reading the essay by Viktor Frankl,  "Experiences in a Concentration Camp" found in his book titled Man's Search for Meaning. 

The Book Club will be held at the home of 
Debbie Zuckerman
Community News & Events
JKHA Early Childhood: 
Bracha Experience!
Sunday, January 6th, 3:30-5:00PM
Join the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Early Childhood for an exciting Bracha experience! Come learn how brachot are connected to all five of our senses in a fun, hands-on, interactive program! 

Open to all JKHA current and prospective families.    
Davening Schedule


Candle Lighting


Shabbat Day



Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


Shabbat Ends


Dec. 23-28


Sunday & Tuesday



Sunday & Tuesday

*Ma'ariv Only - 6:45pm

*Mincha/Ma'ariv services are held at Suburban Torah (85 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave.) at 4:15pm

Rabbi's Classes
Tuesday Mornings:

Women's Class

Parshat Hashavua
10:30 am
A detailed look at the weekly Torah Portion

Tuesday Evenings:
New Class!

Talmud Shiur
"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!
 א גרויסן דאנק
Cholim List
Prayer for the Ill

To add or remove a name from the cholim list, 
please contact 
Shelley Paradis at

Zumba at Etz Chaim
We are pleased to announce that there are Zumba classes being held at Etz Chaim.

For more info, please visit 

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