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Announcements: Shabbat Mevarchim- Parshat Yitro, February 5-7

02/05/2021 01:12:03 PM



5:01PM: Candle Lighting
5:05PM: 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 
9:36AM: Kriat Shema
4:55PM: Sephardic Mincha
5:00PM: Mincha
Join Rabbi Zwickler for Torah In 20 in the Main Sanctuary between Mincha and Maariv. 

5:22PM: Parking Lot Maariv*

5:53PM: Maariv inside the Shul
6:03PM: 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 daven Maariv before shabbat 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

5:10PM: Mincha/Maariv

Learning today is sponsored by Etta & Mark Levenson in memory of Eric Eliezer Levenson, z”l, on the occasion of his 5th yahrzeit.

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



When speaking with my brother this week on the day of my father z”l Yahrtzeit, we both noted that 18 years later, the Yahrzeit day is more nostalgic and comforting than it is sad.  This past Sunday three significant Torah giants left this world; Rav Dovid Soloveichik zt”l of Brisk, Rav Yitzchak Scheiner zt”l, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Kaminetz Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, and Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twesrski zt”l, noted psychiatrist and inspiration to thousands of people in the greater Jewish community and beyond.  Rabbi Dr. Twerski was a prolific writer, who authored sixty books,  and inspired thousands of people to overcome their addiction and mental health challenges.  In his will Rabbi Twerski instructed that there be no eulogies given for him at his funeral.  Instead, he asked that the song “Hoshia Es Amecha” which he composed many years ago, be sung by the attendees.  Watching the video of the funeral is very powerful, and on a deeper level perhaps it gives us a different perspective on death.  Rabbi Twerski’s reasoning explained that the song which had become so popular in the Jewish world, he hoped would serve as a merit for his soul in the world above.  I saw a comment posted suggesting that while we cry and mourn when we bury a person, in the heavens they are welcoming the person with song for a job well done in accomplishing so much in this world.  This idea can give us another of looking at this world and the next world, comforting all who have experienced loss.

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 Debbie & Jack Becker on the birth of a grandson. Mazel Tov to parents Uri & Esti Becker.  Mazel Tov to great grandmother Mimi Cohen and the entire Becker, Cohen, and Welcher families.
  • 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, February 6 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: ID: 843 5788 7743
  • If you would like to sponsor Mishmash please or speak to Shifra.
  • Motzei Shabbat, 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*
  • Sunday, February 14 at 10:00AM: Youth:  Hamentaschen making! Click here for more info and ingredient list.  Join Zoom Meeting,, Meeting ID: 830 6875 1192
  • Save the Date! PURIM EXTRAVAGANZA!
    - Feb 21- Family Escape Room (online) Click here for more info. Click here to sign up now. 
    - Feb 27- Mentalism Beyond Belief with David Jaison (online) Click here for more info. Click here to sign up.
    - Feb 21- 25th: Costume contest! (online) Click here for more info. 
  • Join us in writing cards/letters EVERY FRIDAY to send to residents of Daughters of IsraelClick here for more information.



  • NOW through Sunday, March 7: AABJ&D Wine Sale- Pesach sale is happening now, click here for order form.  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! 
  • Sunday, February 7 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 8 at 7:45PM: (Please note new day and time this week)  Parshat Hashavuah Shiur led by Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler. Click here for more info. 
  • Tuesday, February 9 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 9 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. 
  • Tuesday, February 9 at 8:45PM: Who's Who & What's New With Rabbi Zwickler and Rabbi Sharbat- Join Rabbi Zwickler and Rabbi Sharbat for a schmooze with  Eta Levenson, ACSW, "A Parent Confronting Mental Health".  Click here for more info. 
  • Wednesday, February 10 at 8:00PM: 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." Click here for more info. Join Zoom Meeting: . Meeting ID: 822 3221 1780. Passcode: 741278
  • Thursday, February 11 at 8:00PM: Join us for a Gemara Shiur on Mesechet Kiddushin led by Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler. Click here for more info.
  • Motzei Shabbat, February 13 2021- Sisterhood Cafe Night...Deadline to Sign Up is Sunday Morning, 2/7 at 7AM! Join us for this fun evening featuring comedian Talia Reese, amazing sweepstakes and a fabulous gift bag. Click here to sign up now. 
  • 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. Click here for mor info. 
  • 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: Motzei Shabbat, February 20 at 8:00PM: Zayin Adar Melavah Malka featuring Rabbi Paysach Krohn. All reservations must be in by Monday, 2/15. Click here for more info. Click here to sign up now. To sign up for Mishnayot, click here
  • Save the Date: Monday, February 22 at 8:00PM: As part of Jewish disabilities awareness and inclusion month (JDAIM) join us for an informative zoom discussion, moderated by members of the west orange inclusion committee, as we discuss the book, and/or, the movie, Wonder, by author R J Palacio.  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.
  • Save the Date: March 10 at 7:30PM: Nechama Price, GPATS director and our community Yoetzet Halacha, will speak on "Cup of Eliyahu, Chair of Eliyahu: Why Do We Invite Eliyahu To All of Our Celebrations?" Sponsored by Mikvah Chana, The West Orange Mikvah, Congregation AABJ&D, Congregation Etz Chaim, Congregation Ohr Torah and the Synagogue of the Suburban Torah Center. Zoom details to follow.



  • 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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