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Announcements: Parshat Chukat- June 18-June 20

06/18/2021 11:38:58 AM




5:00PM: Mincha in the Main Shul
7:00PM/ 7:00PM: Candle Lighting/ Mincha in the Main Shul 
8:13PM: Candle Lighting

7:45AM: Shacharit in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash
Mishna Brura Is Back! Beginning this Shabbat, after the Hashkomah Minyan, the Mishna Brura group will be in the Library and will be studying the laws of Brachot on foods.
8:30AM: Shabbos Morning Parsha Shiur with Rabbi Zwickler (in the Social Hall)
9:00AM: Shacharit in the Main Sanctuary
9:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
9:11AM: Kriat Shema
9:30 AM: Shacharit in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash. Everyone is reminded to please say Kriat Shema before 9:11 am. This week's dvar torah will be given by Avi Laub following Adon Olam.  

6:00PM: Mincha in the Main Shul
Join Rabbi Zwickler 1 hour before Mincha for Pirkei Avot Shiur (in the Main Shul)

8:05PM: Sephardic Mincha
8:10PM: Mincha in Main Shul 
9:13PM: Maariv in the Main Shul
9:23PM: Havdalah

There will be no parking lot minyan this week due to lack of sign up. While many of the regulars have moved indoors we understand others are now ready to come back to the shul for an outside minyan. As long as the demand exists the shul will have davening in the parking lot, please join the Parking lot Minyan Whatsapp Chat and watch next weeks shul emails for more information.

Kiddush will take place outside in the parking lot after Davening, and is sponsored in honor of all of our graduates! 

Pre-School: Jacob Gutmajer, JCC Metrowest; Judah Vogel, Lauren Elise Bier Nursery School

8th Grade: Molly Cohen, JKHA; Eitan Hammerman, JKHA; Charlee Heinrich , Liberty Middle School; Elisheva Isler, JKHA;
Andrew Rutner, JKHA; Noah Sinnreich, JKHA; Kira Zeif, JKHA

High School: Molly Cohen, Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls; Alexandra Degen, RKYHS; Aviva Luxenberg, RKYHS; Eli Novick , RKYHS

College: Adam Blank- The Cooper Union; Eliana Degen, Yeshiva University, Stern College; Joshua Degen, The Pennsylvania State University; Jonathan Malek, Yeshiva University

Grad School: Ayala Ben Zikry, Occupational Therapy, Touro College

7:00AM: Shacharit 
8:00AM: Shacharit
8:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 

9:00 AM: Shacharit
8:20PM: Mincha



Although we are told that the Parah Aduma, the Red Heifer is a chok, a mitzvah whose reason is not revealed to us, Rashi does give us some interesting insight.  In the first pasuk of our parsha Rashi explains that the Parah Adumah atoned for the Chet Haegel, the sin of the golden calf.  Rabbi Yitzchak Mivorkah zt”l elaborates on this connection between the Parah Adumah and the Chet Haegel.  Rabbi Yitzchak explains that the root of the sin of the Egel was a lack of faith.  The Jewish people lacked faith in Hashem when Moshe was on Har Sinai for a prolonged period of time.  The result of this lack of faith was the creation and worship of the golden calf.  It took a mitzvah rooted in faith alone, to atone for such a sin.  By virtue of us not understanding the reason for the Parah Adumah, and observing it nevertheless, we reveal that we have corrected this blemish in our national system of faith.  While the reasoning behind many of our rituals make sense to us, there are those mitzvos which we observe without understanding. In our times, society encourages us to question and refrain from engaging in an activity unless it makes sense to us.    When it comes to Torah observance however, we are encouraged to adapt and become  comfortable with observing chukim simply out of faith.

- Mazel Tov to all of our shul graduates.  May Hashem bless you with much hatzlacha as you begin to pursue your next endeavor.



  • Mazel Tov to Sandy & David small on the engagement of their daughter Ashley to Jonny Ufland of London, England. Mazel Tov to Carolyne & Stephen Ufland. Mazel Tov to Jamie, Dena & Aaron, Ryan, Talia & Liam, Leanne & Moshe & Daniel. Mazel Tov to grandparents Ruth Small, Shirley & Bertram Ufland. 
  • Mazel Tov to the graduates of the Lauren Elise Bier Nursery School: Hailey Brand, Theodore Daitchman, Emuna Gordon, Shalom Maymon, Nava Sharbat, Judah Vogel.



  • Shabbat Morning Youth Groups: All K-3rd grade girls and boys are invited to join us in the Shul parking lot. Click here for more info. 
  • Save The Date! Sunday, June 27 in the morning: Magic Show- More details to come. 
  • Calling all HS age students:   AABJ&D is looking for youth leaders for the 2021-2022 school year.  If you are interested - whether or not you have been a youth leader in the past - please fill out the following survey: Follow up and interviews will take place in August! 
  • Join us in writing cards/letters EVERY FRIDAY to send to residents of Daughters of IsraelClick here for more information.



  • Sunday, June 20 at 10:00AM: Join Joel Rich as we continue our series of Zoom shiurim in which we study the first book of The Rambam’s Mishna Torah, Sefer Madda. We are currently studying the third chapter of Hilchot Talmud Torah. 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, June 22 at 10:00AM: All women are invited to join Rabbi Zwickler for a text based Parshat Hashavuah Shiur. Click here for more info. 
  • Thursday, June 24 at 7:15PM: Join us for a Gemara Shiur on Mesechet Kiddushin led by Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler. Click here for more info.
  • Save the Date: Monday, June 28 at 8:00PM: All women are invited to hear Mrs. Shifra Rabenstein for the last Women's Beit Midrash program of the season. Mrs. Shifra Rabenstein is a renowned speaker and educator, as well as the granddaughter of Rabbi and Mrs. Marcus. Her shiur, "Through the Looking Glass:  The Jewish Calendar as a Mirror for Life," can be accessed live at ID: 881 1889 5930. Passcode: 385182.
  • Save the Date: Sunday, July 11 from 9:00AM-1:00PM- Blood Drive at AABJ&D. To sign up for an appointment, click here
  • Save the Date! Shabbat, July 10: Hakarat Hatov Shabbat-  Give Thanks to: Andrew Yolin, Torin Rutner, Covid Task Force, Minyan leaders & hosts, Outgoing EC & Board members, Rabbi Zwickler & Rabbi Sharbat, WO/LIV Chesed committee. After davening in the parking lot. Open to all.  No registration required. Shabbat Lunch- Register on the shul website. Place an ad in the Hakarat Hatov Journal. Minimum gift of $180 per person. For more information click here.  Click here to register now. 



  • Click here to check out Rabbi Zwickler's weekly Webdvar. 



  • Lauren Elise Bier Nursery School: Registration is open! Registration forms can be found at Space is limited so sign up today.  For more information please reach out to
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  • 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.
  • Click here to join the AABJ&D WhatsApp 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 -



  • Dr. Torin Rutner is conducting COVID testing and COVID antibody testing locally. If you would like to make an appointment, please call or text him at 973 568-4469. 



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