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Parshat Vayechi, January 1-January 3

01/01/2021 09:00:00 AM



4:22PM: Candle Lighting
4:25PM: Mincha/Maariv in the Shul

7:30 & 9:30 AM: Shacharit in the Shul 
8:30AM: In the Shul parking lot
9:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
9:41AM: Kriat Shema
4:15PM: Sephardic Mincha
4:20PM: Mincha
Parking Lot Maariv*
5:17PM: Maariv inside the Shul
5:27PM: Havdalah

*As the temperatures get colder in order to eliminate waiting outdoors between mincha/maariv the parking lot minyan will daven maariv immediately after Shkia. Please Note: While we can daaven maariv before shabbos ends no melacha should be done and Havdalah should not be made until the proper Havdalah time 

8:00AM: Shacharit 
8:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
9:00AM: Sunday Morning Kickoff with Rabbi Zwickler 
10:00AM: Hilchot Talmud Torah with Joel Rich

4:30PM: Mincha/Maariv

Visit to join a minyan in shul, at the parking lot, or in a backyard. 



We are all familiar with the great chesed involved in the burial of a person.  The reason why this act of chesed is known as “chesed shel emes” is because there is no expectation of the kindness being repaid.  There is however another chesed when it comes to death which the dying person fulfills while he or she is still alive.  I am referring to the kindness one performs for his or heirs, by being explicit with one’s wishes, so that there is no disagreement or quarreling by their loved ones after their passing.  

In Parshas Vayechi,toward the end of his life, Yaakov Avinu related to Yosef  his wishes upon his death.  His instructions were very clear, and left no room for misunderstanding or disagreement among his heirs.  Each year we  join hundreds of Orthodox Shuls throughout the country, in dedicating this Shabbos to raising awareness regarding the importance of preparation for the end of life process.  The only way to ensure the patient’s wishes are followed in a way that conforms to halachah is to execute a halachic living will. A halachic living will ensures that the patient’s wishes are followed in all possible cases, without needing to know the circumstances in advance.A halachic living will simply states that all medical decisions must be made in accordance with halachah. In addition to allowing you to appoint a healthcare proxy, a person designated to make medical decisions if you are unable to do so for yourself. A halachic living will allows you to designate a specific rabbi to answer all questions regarding Jewish law.The Rabbinical Council of America has created a version of a halachic living will, which they call a Halachic Health Care Proxy (HHCP). A link to this document will be available on the Shul website.  Thank you to Rabbi Elchonon Zohn and NASCK for raising awareness to this important issue. Please see the NASCK website for further details. Good Shabbos!

Tehillim List
We will begin to collect names to start up the weekly Tehillim list again. At this time we can only accept  names of members and or  direct family of members.  Please email the Shul office at


  • Mazel Tov to Julia Lyons on her Bat Mitzvah.  Mazel Tov to parents Allison & Seth and sisters Jamie, Layla, and Dani.  Mazel Tov to the extended Jakabovics and Lyons families.
  • Mazel Tov to Nanci & Elie Hiller on the birth and bris of a new grandson, Mordechai Lior / Brady Lawrence. Mazel Tov to parents Yedida Hiller & Uri Carni and big brother Jackson. Mazel Tov to Brady's Aunts and Uncles; Talia and Marc (and cousin Sharon), Jonah, and Noah, and to Great Grandparents Dani Hiller and Natalie Silverman.
  • Mazel Tov to Mark & Eta Levenson on the birth of a grandson. Mazel Tov to parents Jessica & David Mirsky and big brother Elliot. Mazel Tov to Aunt Hadassa and Uncle Manny Korn and cousin Elisha. Mazel Tov to grandparents Moshe & Janice Mirsky of White Plains, to great grandfather Dr. Irwin Krasna, and the entire Levenson, Mirsky and Krasna families.  
  • Mazel Tov to Susan & Dave Scher on the birth of a granddaughter, Julia Elizabeth (Yonina Ariella) Mazel Tov to parents Aliza & Eli Scher & big sisters, Emma & Audrey . Mazel Tov to Uncle Eitan, and Aunt Sarah & Uncle Avi &   Great Grandmother Bernice Scher. Mazel Tov to grandparents Zahava & Marv Sher & the entire Sher family.


  • We extend our condolences on the passing of Dr. Edward Klibanoff, beloved father of Ben Klibanoff. Shiva has concluded. 
  • We extend our condolences on the passing of Fran Gruber, beloved mother of Elaine Eisenberg, Michael Gruber, and Jeffrey Gruber. Shiva has concluded. 



  • Parsha Sheets: Click here. 
  • Motzei Shabbat, January 2 at 5:50PM: Join us for a fun night of parent-child learning.  An opportunity to learn with Rabbi Zwickler and win prizes.   Click here   for source sheets for young learners.   Click here  for source sheets for mature learners. Zoom link here: Join Zoom Meeting,, Meeting ID: 830 0878 1288
  • Thank you to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Zwickler for sponsoring Mishmash this week! 
  • Save the Date: Jan 9th: 3rd grade boys afternoon oneg. Click here to register. Click here for more info. 
  • If you would like to sponsor Mishmash please or speak to Shifra.
  • Join us in writing cards/letters EVERY FRIDAY to send to residents of Daughters of IsraelClick here for more information.



  • This Sunday, January 3 at 9:00AM: Join Rabbi Zwickler for Sunday Morning Kickoff  "Torah In 20",  breakfast and
    a shiur and start your week off with some Torah! You Bring Breakfast.....we will Bring Torah. Click here for more info. 
  • This Sunday, January 3  at 10:00AM: Join Joel Rich as we begin a new topic, Hilchot Talmud Torah (Laws of Torah Study). No prior background is required for this series and each session can be attended independently.  Click here to find an online version of Sefer Madda with English translation.
  • Tuesday, January 5 at 10:00AM: All women are invited to join Rabbi Zwickler for a text based Parshat Hashavuah Shiur. Click here for more info. 
  • Tuesday, January 5 at 8:00PM: All men and women are invited to an interactive text-based shiur via Zoom on Sefer Amos and Hoshea led Rabbi Yosef Sharbat. Click here for more info. 
  • Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00PM (Please note new time): Nechama Price, our community Yoetzet Halacha and Director of Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women will speak on the topic: "Dealing With Difficult Relationships: Moshe and Yitro". Click here for more info. 
  • Wednesday, January 6 at 8:00PM: Parshat Hashavuah Shiur led by Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler. Click here for more info. 
  • Thursday, January 7 at 8:00PM: Join us for a Gemara Shiur on Mesechet Kiddushin led by Rabbi Eliezer ZwicklerClick here for more info.
  • Save the Date: January 16- Virtual Mixology Evening. Featuring Jewish Mixologist, Dammara Kovnats Hall, and lots of fun!  Event open to all men and women, singles and couples!  A fundraiser event that benefits the West Orange Mikvah. Click here for more info. Click here to sign up. 




  • Check out all of the virtual happenings, including davening and online learning, at
  • Now You Can Order Scrip Online – A Simple Way You Can Contribute To The Shul!  Order today - it’s quick and user-friendly, with all of your favorite stores included. Click here to see for yourself here for more info.
  • Please join the Orthodox Union community for the recitation of Tehillim (chapters 20, 27, and 130) and divrei chizuk each afternoon at 1:00PM.  The dial-in number is (773) 377-9170.
  • If you would like to sponsor a shiur, day of learning or week of learning please click here and include dedication information.
  • Join our WhatsApp groups!  Click here for a list of available groups.



  • The WO/Livingston Chesed Group is launching a project that will try to ease the financial burden on those community members who are unemployed/ underemployed. We are compiling a list of individuals who would be willing to donate their services (e.g. medical, legal, financial, IT, therapy, etc). If you are interested in joining this initiative, please fill out this form or reach out to any of us at
  • In an effort to assist individuals who are in need of job search support during this economic downturn, the Livingston and West Orange communities have revived the Jewish Job Network (JJN), including guidance in resume writing, interviewing, career counseling, networking, starting a new business, learning how to consult and job retraining.  If you are in need of assistance or if you are interested in volunteering, please go to JJN's website  If you have any questions on the above, please reach out to Fernand Schoppig -



  • All members, guests, and faculty must wear masks that fully cover the nose and mouth at all times while on shul property—both during and after davening.  Masks may not be removed, even to cough, sneeze or blow your nose. This is absolutely mandatory both inside and outside the building, including the parking lot and common areas.
  • In order to help ensure the health and safety of our community, we want to remind everyone of the critical importance of adhering to the calls for social distancing, including play dates or any innocuous get togethers.
  • If you would like to make an appointment, please call or text him at 973 568-4469. Dr. Torin Rutner is conducting COVID testing and COVID antibody testing locally.



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