February 9, 2019 | 4 Adar 1 5779
Parshat Terumah
Etz Chaim Newsletter
5:05 pm | Candle Lighting
5:10 pm | Mincha

Shabbat Day
8:30 am | Shiur
9:00 am | Shacharit
9:15 am | Sephardic Minyan
9:45 am | Teen Minyan (not meeting)
9:35 am | Z'man Kriat Shema
5:05 pm | Mincha
6:06 pm | Shabbat Ends
Weekday Services
Feb. 10-15

8:30 am | Sunday
6:45 am | Mon-Fri

5:10 pm | Sunday
6:45 pm | Mon-Fri ( Ma'ariv Only*)

* Mincha/Ma'ariv services are held at 5:05 pm
Suburban Torah Center
85 West Mount Pleasant Ave
Livingston, NJ 07039
Message From the Rabbi
There is a dispute among the commentaries as to when exactly the Jewish people were commanded to build the Mishkan. If we were to follow the order in the Chumash as is, we would believe that the Mishkan building took place before the sin of the Golden Calf which is found more than two Parshiot later. Others believe that the Mishkan was a response and atonement for the egregious sin of the Egel Hazahav. Of course, this camp would have to explain why the Torah is not in chronological order. For some, this is an issue that is too difficult to overcome.

There is a notion mentioned in the Midrash Yalkut Shimoni that much of the wording in the Torah in the Mishkan Parshiot mirrors the wording of creation in the beginning of Bereishit. There are several parallels listed in the Midrash, and many more that are not listed. The message is clear. As Hashem created the world for us to dwell, we are subsequently commanded to build a holy place for Hashem to dwell - in us!

I would add one further point that was brought to my attention by Deena Simon during our Shiur this week. Perhaps, just as the creation narrative was spoiled or interrupted by the sin of Adam and Chava, so too, the Mishkan narrative is interrupted by the Chet Ha'Egel. This would give us a similarity not only in verse, but also in structure and context.

Our job is to always be building Holy Places for Hashem to dwell so we can ultimately get back to Gan Eden as we once were.

Shabbat Shalom
Kiddush this Shabbos is sponsored by Rabbi and Sarah Klibanoff and family in honor of the Yarzheits of their grandparents Marty and Stella Orlofsky z”l. May their Neshamos have an Aliya. 
Etz Chaim of Livingston Burial Association
We have begun the process of forming the Etz Chaim of Livingston Burial Association. The committee has selected the Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook, NJ. We want to hear from our congregation for feedback about how to proceed. Please fill out the quick survey below by Monday February 11th . All responses are greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Youth Events

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

Sunday, February 24th, 1:00pm
Teen Chesed Event (Grades 8-12)

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

Etz Chaim Runs the Jerusalem Marathon

With great joy we have formed an Etz Chaim team to run in the upcoming Jerusalem Marathon taking place on March 3rd, 20 19, in supp ort of Kol HaNearim- an incredible network of homes for children with nowhere else to go. 

Please support our team of Sarah Klibanoff, Ari Wise, Rachelli Klibanoff an Isaac Wise by clicking HERE.

Sisterhood Book Club:
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
Time and Location TBD

Blood Drive

Sunday, February 10th, 2019
9 am - 1 pm | Congregation AABJ&D
700 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ, 07039

Join us at the March Fourth
5K and Family Fitness Day!
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
9 am - 1 pm | Kushner Academy
110 South Orange Ave.
Livingston, NJ, 07039

Rabbi's Classes

Women's Parshat Hashavua Class
Tuesday | 10:30 am

Talmud Shiur - Arvei Pesachim
Tuesday | After Davening

Yiddish Class
Join us Monday evening after Minyan for our Yiddish class, led by Morris Glicklich.
Updating Cholim List
To add or remove a name from the list, please contact Shelly Paradis.

Zumba at Etz Chaim
We are please to announce that there are Zumba classes now being held at Etz Chaim, learn more.