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

E. Samuel Klibanoff, Rabbi

March 2, 2019 | 25 Adar 1 5779
Parshat Vayakhel
Shabbat Mevarchim - Parshat Shekalim
5:30 pm | Candle Lighting
5:35 pm | Mincha

Shabbat Day
8:30 am | Shiur
9:00 am | Shacharit
9:45 am | Teen Minyan
9:20 am | Z'man Kriat Shema
5:30 pm | Mincha
6:30 pm | Shabbat Ends
Weekday Services
March 3 - 8

8:30 am | Sunday
6:45 am | Mon-Wed
6:40 am Thurs/Fri Rosh Chodesh

5:35 pm | Sunday
6:45 pm | Mon-Fri ( Ma'ariv Only* )

* Mincha/Ma'ariv services are held at 5:30 pm
Suburban Torah Center
85 West Mount Pleasant Ave
Livingston, NJ 07039
Rabbi's Message
This Shabbat we begin reading the first of the four "Special Parshiot" known as "Parshat Shekalim." The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear "Shekalim" is that Purim is coming. If Purim is coming, then that means Pesach is coming. If Pesach is coming, then OY VEY - PESACH IS COMING! Once the panic subsides, the inspiration sets in. We have several weeks to prepare, celebrate, learn and become inspired by our rich tradition and host of customs. I see this as an opportunity, not as a burden. So let's not get bogged down in all the details and technical aspects of our Chagim. Instead, let us take advantage of this time to make sure our Chagim will be the most meaningful ever. There will be many ways right here in Shul that you will be able to achieve this goal. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Shabbat Shalom
Mazal Tov Chavi and Rabbi Yisroel Rosenblum on the birth of a baby boy!
The Shalom Zachar will take place on Friday evening, 8:15 pm at the Rosenblum home:
4 Colonial Woods Drive, West Orange
Kiddush this Shabbat is sponsored by Mindy and Alan Schall in honor of their daughter Sophie's upcoming Bat Mitzvah.
Mishloach Manot Fundraiser
With Purim around the corner, now is the time to sign up for our Mishloach Manot Fundraiser, and be included in the greetings that go with the Purim baskets sent to every Etz Chaim member.  

The deadline to be included in the card is March 4th!

  If you don't have your login code from the original letter, no problem! You can request it on the sign-up page. 
If you don't remember whether you signed up or not, give it a try. The system will not let you sign up twice.   
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 3, 2019, in support 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 .

Upcoming Etz Chaim Events
Men's Club:
Krav Maga Training
(men and boys age 16+)
Tuesday | March 12 | 8 pm - 9 pm
Congregation Etz Chaim
1 Lafayette Drive
Livingston, NJ
Etz Chaim Purim Carnival!

Sunday | March 17 | 10 am - 12:15 pm
Etz Chaim Purim Festivities with Seniors!
(all adults & children are encouraged to attend!)
Monday | March 18 | 7:15 pm
Federation Plaza
750 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ
Sisterhood Book Club:
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Tuesday | April 2
Time and Location TBA

Men's Club: Fourth Annual "Man's Seder"
Wednesday | April 3 | 7:30 pm
Congregation Etz Chaim
1 Lafayette Drive
Livingston, NJ
Community Events
Join us at the March Fourth
5K and Family Fitness Day!
Sunday | March 3 | 9 am - 1 pm
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
110 South Orange Ave.
Livingston, NJ

JKHA Presents: Shabbat On Sunday

All children ages 3-10 and their families are invited to join Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy for a special hands-on Shabbat experience complete with Chesed and art projects, gym activities, and a delicious "kiddush," followed by a  zemirot  concert performed by JKHA students. (Funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest)
Sunday | March 10 | 10 am - 12 pm
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
110 South Orange Ave.
Livingston, NJ

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest Presents:
CommUNITY Mitzvah Day

Sunday | April 7
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.