Congregation Etz Chaim
1 Lafayette Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 597-1655

E. Samuel Klibanoff, Rabbi
November 16, 2019 |
18 Cheshvan 5780

Fri | Nov 15
4:21 PM | Candle Lighting
4:25 PM | Mincha

Shabbat | Nov 16
8:30 AM | Rabbis's Shiur
9:00 AM | Shacharit
9:45 AM | Teen Minyan (Beit Midrash, upstairs)
10:15 AM | Tot Shabbat - 1st Grade and under - (Beit Midrash, downstairs)
10:15 AM | Junior Cong (Upstairs Classrooms)
9:13 AM | Z'man Kriat Shema
4:15 PM | Mincha
5:22 PM | Shabbat Ends

8:30 AM | Shacharit
4:20 PM | Mincha/Ma'ariv

Mon - Fri
6:45 AM | Shacharit

Mon - Thurs
6:45 PM | Ma'ariv

*We have moved to our winter schedule. We will have Ma'ariv only on Mon - Thurs evenings at 6:45 PM. Mincha/Ma'ariv services are held at Suburban Torah (85 W. Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston) this week at 4:20 PM.
Rabbi's Message
The episode of Akeidat Yitzchak has occupied the minds of Jews for generations. When we finish reading the story, we are probably left with more questions than answers. This space is hardly the appropriate venue to even begin to tackle the issues.

Sacrifice is something that we are quite familiar with. Of course I don't mean killing animals or bringing offerings. But I think we can all relate on some level to what it means to give up something dear for a greater value. Any parent can attest to how much they have given up for their children. Any observant Jew can tell you what it means to sacrifice for Torah and Mitzvot. Any congregant can tell you what it means to sacrifice for the community.

If that is the case, then it doesn't hurt to remind ourselves once in a while why we do all these things. Everyone needs some positive reinforcement to bolster their resolve and commitment. So whether you understand the Akeidah story or not, you can certainly understand what it means to sacrifice. Just don't forget to tell yourselves why.

Shabbat Shalom
Kiddush Sponsorship
Kiddush is sponsored by Stephen and Mindy Goldman in memory of Stephen's parents
Saul & Elayne Goldman
זלמן בן יוסף & עטיא בת מרדכי
Mazal Tov to Shoshana and Scott Newman on the marriage of their daughter
Danielle to David Zolot
Mazal Tov to Rose and Morris Handler on the engagement of their daughter Rachel Handler to
Jacob Koenigson of Edison, NJ
Please join us!

FRIDAY | NOV 22 | 5:45PM

Hello Friends,
There are a few times in your life when you have the opportunity to meet and hear from a single individual who has made a huge impact on the world. Luckily, Etz Chaim is proud to welcome Sivan Ya'ari to Livingston next week. You will be able to hear about her life-changing work and how she brings Israeli ingenuity to the broader population. I personally know Sivan and I have had the opportunity to see her in action several times. I can promise that you will be impressed and enthralled by her presentation and by her work. She truly represents what it means to be "A Light Unto the Nations."
I look forward to seeing you all there next week.
Rabbi Klibanoff
Wed | Nov 20 | 6:30 PM
Etz Chaim
Cocktails & Refreshments Served

Sivan Ya'ari
Founder and CEO
Innovation Africa

Sivan Ya'ari is the Founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a NY based nonprofit that brings Israeli solar, agricultural and water technologies to rural African villages. She was born in Israel, raised in France, and educated in the United States with degrees in Finance from Pace University and a Masters in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University. At the mere age of 20, Sivan identified an opportunity for a more sustainable energy solution, and developed the groundwork for what would become Innovation: Africa. Having worked in Africa for over 20 years, Sivan has vast knowledge, experience, understanding and love for the African continent. Through her work, over 1,000,000 lives in the most remote villages have been impacted, thanks to Israeli innovation. In addition, Innovation: Africa has received many awards, including the Innovation Award from the United Nations. Most recently, Sivan has been recognized as one of the "40 Under 40 Most Promising Israelis" by Globes magazine and one of the "50 Most Influential Women in Israel” by Forbes Israel, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Israelis in International Business, Science and Culture 2017".

upcoming events

NEXT SHABBAT | Nov 23 | 12 PM
NCSY Lunch at the Youth House (65 Shrewsbury) Grades 8-12 

Sun | Nov 24 | 10 AM
KIDS Pack Donations for Yad Leah

Circling the Sun

by Paula McLain
Parshat Hashavua (Women)
Tuesday | 10:30 am

Talmud Shiur - Arvei Pesachim
Tuesday Evening | After Davening

Yiddish Class
Monday Evening | After Davening
Zumba at Etz Chaim
Monday | Wednesday | Thursday

Updating Cholim List
To add or remove a name from the list, please contact SHELLY PARADIS.
Community News
Motzei Shabbat | Nov 16 | 7:30 PM

Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School invites all 8th graders and their parents to join us at our Open House on Motzei Shabbat, November 16th at 7:30 pm. Experience RKYHS during an inspirational evening as we highlight the vast opportunities for students, demonstrate our values, and define our difference. Come see the dynamic and innovative academic and Judaic programs, first-rate educational initiatives and co-curricular opportunities. Registration begins at 7:30 pm followed by the program at 8:00 pm. Please register at . For more information, please contact Allison Lyons at  or 862-437-8050.    

Wed | Nov 20 | 8 PM
The Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, NJ invites prospective 9th grade students and parents to join them at a community informational meeting at the home of Nilli and Andrew Yolin on Wednesday, November 20th at 8:00pm.  Come hear about the dynamic and innovative academic program and Judaic offerings, forward-thinking educational initiatives, supportive faculty and co-curricular opportunities offered in a warm environment where every child matters. For any questions, please email Allison Lyons, Director of Admissions  at  or call  862-437-8050 .