Etz Chaim Newsletter
  February 2, 2019
27 Shevat, 5779
Guest Speaker
Scott Krieger, President

Scott Krieger, president of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, has a long history of leadership in the organization. He is the immediate past president of the Jewish Community Foundation and a former United Jewish Appeal Campaign Chair. He also served two terms as treasurer, vice president of finance, campaign vice chair, and chair of the Young Leadership Division (now NextDor). He is a 1996 recipient of the Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Award.  Scott is also active in a variety of other Jewish communal organizations, including serving as a board member of Suburban Torah Center in Livingston and serving on the Advisory Committee of Friendship Circle of Essex and Morris Counties and as an officer of Lifetown Inc. He served on the boards of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life and the New Jersey Jewish News.  As a partner at Friedman LLP Scott combines experience in both public and private accounting. He works with real estate entities, not-for-profit associations, information technology companies, and a variety of small and mid-sized businesses in the metropolitan area. He is a certified public accountant and earned a B.S. in Commerce from Rider University. He was awarded the title of World's Funniest Accountant by default 12 years ago as he was the only challenger to show up at the contest, which was inadvertently scheduled just prior to April 15. The fortuitous event launched his "non-career" in stand-up comedy.  Scott grew up in Cranford and currently lives in Livingston with his wife Robyn and on-and-off with their three sons, Dan, Eric, and Josh.

Message from the Rabbi
    On the heels of the Ten commandments, we dive right in to dozens and dozens of interpersonal laws called Mishpatim. In fact, this Parsha has the second highest number of Mitzvot.  The number one spot goes to Ki-Teitzei.
    At the end of our Parsha, we go back to the encounter of the revelation at Har Sinai, and it is there, in chapter 24, that we read the famous phrase "Na'aseh V'Nishma."  According to most interpretations, much of the narrative in this chapter is chronologically out of order. It should have been placed back in chapter 19.  If so, then why would the Torah place this after Mishpatim?
    One way we can look at this is the "Bookend" approach.  When it comes to religion and religious experiences, we tend to focus on the big events. The problem is that those feelings can fade. Encounter with Hashem is to be found at Revelation AND when we follow the details of all the laws of the Torah.  These are the Mishpatim. Real connections, lasting connections are found and kept through our Mitzvot observance.  
Shabbat Shalom

Kabbalat Shabbat!

Please join us this Friday, February 1st, to welcome Shabbat with a family-friendly service followed by a small cupcake treat for the kids.

Service begins at 4:55pm

What makes this Friday service different from others you ask?

* The kids will be able to participate or even lead certain parts of davening.
* Rabbi Klibanoff will give a d'var torah directed towards the kids, leaving them with a valuable lesson (and maybe even leaving you with a topic of conversation for Shabbat dinner to keep the kids at the table for just a few more minutes!).
* The Rebbetzin will light Shabbat candles with the kids.
* There will be delicious CUPCAKES!!

You'd be KRAZY 
not to join us!


We really hope to see you and your family there! 

 Click on this week's 
to learn about events for youth and their families!

Upcoming Youth Events

Tuesday, February 5th, 5:45pm
JTEEN University - Rock N' Roll & Judaism
 (Grades 8-12)

Shabbat, February 23rd, 10:15am
Special Kids Services (Grades 2-6)

Shabbat, March 2nd, 12:15pm
Lunch at the Youth House (Grades 8-12)

    Sisterhood Book Club
Tuesday, February 5th, 7:30PM

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

Etz Chaim of Livingston 
Burial Association

Etz Chaim has begun the process of forming the Etz Chaim of Livingston Burial Association.  After much careful vetting of locations, price options and feasibility, the committee has selected the Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook NJ, which is approximately thirty-five minutes from Livingston.
To move to the next step, we need to hear from you, our congregation, about what your needs and desires are.  To that end, we ask that you respond to a very brief survey so that we will be better informed about how best to proceed. Please respond even if you have no interest. That information is helpful too. 
I thank you for your attention to this difficult topic and your understanding of our needs as we continue to grow as a community.  

Please respond by February 12th. 

Click HERE to complete the survey


Kiddush this week is sponsored by the Etz Chaim Community

Davening Schedule

Shabbat Mevarchim


Candle Lighting


Shabbat Day



Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


Shabbat Ends

Feb. 3 - 8 



Mon/Thurs/ Fri

Rosh Chodesh 



Mon - Thurs
*Ma'ariv Only - 6:45pm

*Mincha/Ma'ariv services are held at Suburban Torah 
(85 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave.) at 4:55pm.

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!
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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

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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