Congregation Etz Chaim
1 Lafayette Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 597-1655
office@etzchaimnj.com
www.EtzChaimNJ.com

E. Samuel Klibanoff, Rabbi
PARSHAT VAYISHLACH
December 14, 2019 | 16 Kislev 5780
SHABBAT SERVICES

Fri | Dec 13
4:12 PM | Candle Lighting
4:15 PM | Mincha

Shabbat | Dec 14
8:30 AM | Shiur - Given by Erica Brown
9:00 AM | Shacharit - Followed by Erica Brown Lecture
9:45 AM | Teen Minyan
10:15 AM | Tot Shabbat
10:15 AM | Junior Cong
9:33 AM | Z'man Kriat Shema
4:10 PM | Mincha
5:16 PM | Shabbat Ends
WEEKDAY SERVICES | Dec 15 - 20

Sun
8:30 AM | Shacharit
4:15 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.
ERICA BROWN SHABBAT LECTURES

8:30AM | "A Better Blessing on Chanukah and How It Relates to the Current State of Antisemitism"

Following Shacharit | "Honoring Your Parents (Even When It's Really Hard)"
Rabbi's Message
Vayishlach presents us with a showdown between Yaakov and Eisav that was years in the making. The Parsha begins with Yaakov's preparation for what could have potentially been a war between families. Luckily, the story has a happy ending of sorts as the brothers embrace and go their separate ways. However, when reading the text, one can't help but feel a passive-aggressive type of communication which makes us sense the uneasiness on both sides.

In today's day and age this uneasiness hits too close to home way too often. Antisemitism is on the rise and we too must take precautionary steps to be mindful and wary of those who seek to do us harm. The events in Jersey City this week should be an eye-opener for us all. While the events were unfolding, I was "relieved" to hear that this did not seem like an attack on Jews, though it was still terrifying and awful. However, those thoughts quickly disappeared as reports emerged (as of the time of this writing) that indeed, Jews and Jewish locations were targeted. In Jersey City! Only miles from Livingston!

So where do we go from here?

For one, let us appreciate the security measures we have put in to place and continue to work on daily in our community. Let us thank law enforcement officials who put their lives on the lone for us each and every day. Let us honor and remember Detective Joe Seals OB"M, a fifteen year veteran of the force and a father of five. Let us be mindful of our surroundings. Let us pray for Shalom Al Yisrael.

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SISTERHOOD BOOK CLUB
Mon | Dec 16 | 7:30PM

Circling the Sun

by Paula McLain
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Parker's Petals Flower Class

Wed | Jan 15
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upcoming events

Sun | Dec 15 | 4 - 6PM
Etz Chaim Chanukah Palooza!
*REMEMBER TO BRING A NEW TOY FOR OUR TOY DRIVE

Tues | Dec 23 | 5:45 PM
JTEEN UNIVERSITY: Battles of the Maccabees (Grades 8 - 12)
Dinner will be served


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

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