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Announcements: Parshat Balak- June 25-June 27

06/25/2021 11:39:15 AM




5:00PM: Mincha in the Main Shul
7:00PM/ 7:00PM: Candle Lighting/ Mincha in the Main Shul 
8:14PM: Candle Lighting

7:45AM: Shacharit in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash
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 
9:13AM: Kriat Shema (Everyone is reminded to please say Kriat Shema before 9:13 AM)
9:30 AM: Shacharit in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash. This week's dvar torah will be given by Shira Hammerman following Adon Olam.  

6:00PM: Mincha in the Main Shul
7:10PM: Join Rabbi Zwickler 1 hour before Mincha  for 
"The Three Weeks Series - Part 1" (in the Main Shul) 
8:05PM: Sephardic Mincha
8:10PM: Mincha in Main Shul 
9:14PM: Maariv in the Main Shul
9:24PM: 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. Please join the Parking lot Minyan Whatsapp Chat and express your interest in a parking lot minyan.

Sunday: (Please note that all davening from Sunday through Thursday is in the Smilowitz BM)
4:15AM: Fast Starts
7:00AM: Shacharit
8:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit
8:00AM & 9:00AM: Shacharit

1:45PM & 8:05PM: Mincha
8:35PM: Maariv
9:10PM: Fast Ends



A few weeks ago, I visited a shul for Mincha and noticed a young man pausing outside the entrance,and shutting down his phone before entering.

The first tefilla which we recite when entering shul each morning is the verse of “Ma Tovu'' which is found in our Parsha.  It seems strange that we begin our communication with Hashem each day with a verse recited by the evil Bilaam. Rav Moshe Ludmir explains that when we begin to daven, we are often challenged when it comes to focus and concentration.  We live in a world where we regularly face some type of external stimulation, such as our phones.  As a result of these challenges our thoughts often wander away from tefillah, and we end up focusing on other matters.  Rav Ludmir suggests that the reason we recite the pasuk uttered by Bilaam, is that the pasuk was the product of Hashem’s influence upon Bilaam by changing his curses to blessings.    It is our hope as we commence davening that Hashem changes our random thoughts which disturb us from Tefilla,into thoughts which help us focus on tefillah.

-Mazel Tov to Rabbi Sharbat upon his election to the executive committee of the Rabbinical Council of America.

-We wish all of our shul children who are leaving to camp this week a safe and enjoyable summer.

- Have you recently moved to West Orange?  All families who have moved in since August 2019 through now are invited on Monday, July 19 at 6:00PM to the home of Rabbi Eliezer & Sharon Zwickler, 25 Curtis Avenue. Please RSVP by July 14 to



  • Mazel Tov to Shari & Herb Faleck on the marriage of their daughter Elana to Nachi Feit.   Mazel tov to their boys, siblings and to grandmother Alitta Irwin.
  • Mazel Tov to David Amster on his engagement to Rachi Goldman of Holliswood, Queens. Mazel Tov to parents Robin & Danny Amster and Tami & Moshe Goldman. Mazel Tov to grandparents Phyllis Novick and Stella Konigsberg and to siblings Sherry, Joe, David, Koby, & Chanie and to the entire Amster and Goldman families. 
  • Mazel Tov to Mark Levenson on being elected to the Executive (committee) of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Mark has also been appointed to the Presidium of the Zionist General Council.
  • Mazel Tov to the RKYHS varsity baseball team on winning the metropolitan Yeshiva High school championship- as they defeated Frisch 13-2. Congratulations to our very own Eytan Kaynan, Josh Teich, Ethan Sinnreich, and AJ Keiser who were members of the championship team.



  • Sunday, June 27 in the morning: Joint Magic Show with Ohr Torah. Click here for more info. 
  • 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 27 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.
  • 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. Generously sponsored by: anonymous; the Koppelman, Friedman, Kessel, Levitan, and Rozehzadeh families in memory of their parents and grandparents, Binyamin ben Yisrael and Gittel Devorah bas Dov Ber; Dori and Rich Sobin on the 9th yahrzeit of Dori's mother, Sarah Yocheved bat Yehuda Eliyahu; and Andrea and Ronnie Sultan for the 30th yahrzeit of Dubba Leah bas Shlomo. Click here for more info. 
  • Tuesday, June 29 at 10:00AM: All women are invited to join Rabbi Zwickler for a text based Parshat Hashavuah Shiur. Click here for more info. 
  • Thursday, July 1 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! 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. 
  • 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: Sunday, July 11 at 4:00PM: Come cheer on team Israel in baseball as they head to the Olympics. Israel's National Baseball team vs FDNY. For more information and to purchase tickets click here



  • 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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