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Announcements: Parshat Beshalach, January 29-January 31

01/29/2021 12:10:11 PM



4:52PM: Candle Lighting
4:55PM: 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 
9:40AM: Kriat Shema
4:45PM: Sephardic Mincha
4:50PM: Mincha
Join Rabbi Zwickler for Torah In 20 in the Main Sanctuary between Mincha and Maariv. 

5:05PM: Parking Lot Maariv*

5:45PM: Maariv inside the Shul
5:55PM: 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 
10:00AM: Hilchot Talmud Torah with Joel Rich

5:00PM: Mincha/Maariv

This week's learning is sponsored by the Ivker Family, in honor of their beloved grandfather, Morris Ivker (Moshe ben Nachum), who on this date 100 years ago, arrived in America(Philadelphia) from Vyshnytz (Ukraine).

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



It is fair to say that never in our lives did we pay so much attention to our sense of taste and smell as we have over the last year as possible symptoms of Covid -19.The Torah informs us that after the miracle of the splitting of the sea, the Jewish people came to a place called Marah.  It was in this place that the people complained to Moshe for the first time during their sojourn in the desert.  The location was called Marah because the water found there tasted mar -bitter. The Chofetz Chaim zt”l points out that the next location they stopped at, Eilim, had ample good and sweet water for the people. As Rashi explains the mistake made by the people was that they complained bitterly to Moshe as opposed to expressing their frustration in a respectful fashion.  Had they voiced their frustration with the bitter waters respectfully, they would have simply moved on to Eilim where plenty of sweet water was awaiting them.  The Chofetz Chaim reminds us of the importance and value of being patient in our lives.  Our  ability to be patient can lead to  a more positive outcome than we may have expected otherwise.


Update on Megillah Reading
Purim is one of the most wonderful times of the year, as we come together to hear megillah, break our fasts, and watch our children run through the shul halls dressed in costume. Although, we see a light at the end of the tunnel for this pandemic, we will not be able to celebrate together. However, our priority is to make sure that no one is left out and everyone has an opportunity to hear Megilat Esther. 

To try and accommodate everyone, we are planning to offer megillah readings inside the Shul (including a Sepharadic Minyan), outside in the Shul parking lot, and at several of the backyard locations.  Approximately one week before Purim, we will send a link to sign up for a specific megillah reading.  Pre-registration is required to enable us to manage capacity.

In addition, AABJ&D will be offering a Zoom option for those who may be at high risk medically or quarantined. In exceptional cases, one may hear the Megillah via Zoom rather than not hearing the Megillah at all. Please note that the use of Zoom is not ideal for those who can hear the Megillah at an outdoor venue or in the Shul.  

Again, the link to sign up for a specific location will be available about one week before Purim.  We are waiting until we are closer to the date to allow each of you to make the best choice possible based on any changes in COVID cases or rules, vaccinations, and the weather forecast.  

New AABJ&D Website!
Be sure to visit our newly revamped website at Explore the modernized design with many new features and pages, including replays of our shiurim as well as upcoming events, zmanim, and much more.  Please also be sure to log in from the upper right corner, and then click on "My Account" to update your profile information such as contact information, family details, and yahrzeits. This information will enable us to provide you with communications and reminders that are most relevant to you.

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 Judy & Doni Israeli on the birth of granddaughter, Tehila Sara. Mazel Tov to parents Amanda & Alex Israeli and to big sister Kiki. Mazek Tov to great grandmothers Bella Dolinsky and Tova Israeli.
  • Mazel Tov to Debbie & Ed Berliner on the birth of a grandson, Mordechai Nadav/Andrew Bear.  Mazel Tov to parents Ariella & Josh Berliner and to siblings Jillian and Violet. Mazel Tov to grandparents Yaakov and Beverly Perel, and great grandmothers Vivian Schneider and Ruth Kantrowitz.



  • Parsha Sheets: Click here.
  • Motzei Shabbat, January 30 at 6:30PM: Youth: MishMash- Join us for a fun night of parent-child learning.  An opportunity to learn with Rabbi Zwickler and win prizes. Thank you to our anonymous sponsor for sponsoring two $15 Amazon gift cards!  Click here for source sheets for young learners.  Click here for source sheets for mature learners.  Join Zoom Meeting: https: // Meeting ID: 884 4792 8692. Click here for source sheets for young learners.  Click here for source sheets for mature learners. 
  • If you would like to sponsor Mishmash please or speak to Shifra.
  • Save the Date! February 6 at 7:30PM- Jr. Teens Book Club- All 6th-8th graders are invited to join us for our first book club with Nina Horowitz. The graphic novel we will be discussing is MARCH by John Lewis. Come learn and discuss the important topic of civil rights!  *You do not have to have read the book to join us*
  • Keep your eyes peeled for our PURIM EXTRAVAGANZA this year!!! More details to follow!
  • Join us in writing cards/letters EVERY FRIDAY to send to residents of Daughters of IsraelClick here for more information.



  • Sunday, January 31 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.
  • Monday, February 1 at 8:00PM (please note new day this week): Parshat Hashavuah Shiur led by Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler. Click here for more info. This Shiur is in memory of Rabbi Zwickler's father Sanford Zwickler -Psachya ben Aryeh, z"l. 
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 10:00AM: All women are invited to join Rabbi Zwickler for a text based Parshat Hashavuah Shiur. Click here for more info. 
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 8:00PM: Navi Shiur led by Rabbi Sharbat. Join us for a new 6 week series on the Book of Chaggai and Malachi. Click here for more info. 
  • Thursday, February 4 at 8:00PM: Join us for a Gemara Shiur on Mesechet Kiddushin led by Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler. Click here for more info.
  • Thursday, February 4 at 7:30PM: Federation Presents...FedFlix: Fauda- Join leading senior defense correspondent for Israel Channel 13, Alon Ben-David, in a behind the scenes conversation with Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, masterminds of the Netflix hit series, Fauda. You will get a first-hand look into the realities of life near Gaza from our partners in Kibbutz Erez. Note: a minimum gift of $180 is requested. Register here.
  • Friday, February 5 through Sunday, March 7: AABJ&D Wine Sale- Pre Purim sale with immediate availability of limited items, click here for more info.  Get ready for the annual Men's Club Wine Sale with the AABJ&D Wine Sale Blog. Learn about different wineries and wines so you can start planning! Read the latest post, which includes wine tips and fun facts. 
  • Save the Date: February 10 at 8:15PM: Women's Beit Midrash Program-  The shiur is being sponsored by Tova and Howard Weiser to commemorate the 20th Yahrzeit of Tova's mother, Chava Devora bat Yosef v'Gittel (Dora Weiss). Our speaker will be Devorah Kigel, a frequent lecturer who has been teaching classes on Judaism for women since 2001. She also prepares brides for marriage, works as a dating and marriage coach and teaches monthly marriage enhancement classes. The shiur is entitled: “FROM FEMINIST TO FRUM: Have you ever thought Judaism was sexist? I did." 
  • Save the Date: Motzei Shabbat, February 13, 2021- Sisterhood Cafe Night...Registration Now Open! Join us for this fun evening featuring comedian Talia Reese, amazing sweepstakes and a fabulous gift bag. Click here to sign up now. 
  • Save the Date: Sunday, February 14 at 12:00PM: Dreams Never Dreamed With  Kalman Samuels- Join us for a discussion on disability, and community building with Kalman Samuels. Founder and president of Shalva National Center in Israel and author of Dreams Never Dreamed. This event is hosted by AABJ&D and JDAIM. Click here for more info. 
  • Save the Date: Monday, February 15 at 8:00PM: Women's Rosh Chodesh Shiur given by Rabbi Yosef Sharbat. 
  • Save the Date: Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30PM: "A Brief Introduction To Suicide Prevention" Join us for this informative program sponsored by Greater MetroWest ABLE as part of our community planning for Jewish Disabilities Acceptance, Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Click here for more info. 
  • Save the Date: February 22, March 24 from 7:30-8:30PM: Federation Presents...Women of Wisdom Education Series- Join discussions on some of the most pressing and challenging issues of our time: 1) An Evening to Exhale: Coping and Managing Stress in Uncertain Times, 2) Anti-Semitism: Reality, Reaction and Response, and 3) An Open Discussion About Women’s Health at Every Stage. Note: a minimum gift of $54 is requested. Register here.



  • Did you miss our pilot of Who's Who & What's New with Rabbi Zwickler and Rabbi Sharbat featuring new community member Yedeedya Mellman, if so, click here
  • To enjoy Rabbi Zwickler's Weekly WebDvar, click here



  • 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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