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Announcements: Ki Tavo- August 27-29

08/27/2021 10:10:42 AM


We remind all our members, their family and friends that anyone who is not vaccinated must wear a mask when entering the shul building.


5:00PM: Mincha 

7:00PM/ 7:00PM: Candle Lighting/Mincha in the Main Shul 
7:19PM: 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: Parsha Shiur with Rabbi Zwickler

9:00AM: Shacharit in the Main Sanctuary
9:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
9:38AM: Kriat Shema 
9:30AM: Shacharit in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash. 

6:00PM: Mincha in the Beit Midrash

6:00PM: Afternoon Shiur with Rabbi Zwickler "Rosh Hashana is in the Air"
6:55PM: Sephardic Mincha
7:00PM: Mincha in Main Shul 

8:09PM: Maariv in the Main Shul
8:19PM: Havdalah
12:00AM: Kumzits with Rabbi Block
12:55AM: Selichot 

Sunday: (Please note that all davening from Sunday through Thursday is in the Smilowitz BM)
7:00AM: Shacharit 
7:00AM: Sephardic Selichot

8:00AM: Shacharit
8:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
9:00 AM: Shacharit
10:00AM: Sefer Madda with Joel Rich
7:15PM: Mincha


Selichot @ AABJ&D
Monday, August 30 - Friday, September 3

Selichot 5:25AM / Shacharit 6:15AM- Smilowitz Beit Midrash
Selichot 6:45AM / Shacharit 7:10AM- Main Shul 

Sunday, August 29- Thursday, September 2

Maariv 9:45PM Sephardic Shul / 10:00PM Selichot Smilowitz Beit Midrash

Parking Lot Minyan
Please join the Parking lot Minyan Whatsapp Chat and express your interest in a parking lot minyan.



As a teenager I was tasked with being a gabbai in my shul, since my presence lowered the average age of attendees by a minimum of forty years.  I will never forget when I gave the sixth aliyah of Parshas Ki Savo to a kind, soft spoken blind man.  I didn't realize that the sixth aliyah contained the “tochecha”, the harsh rebuke, a warning to the Jewish people of what would tragically happen if we did not follow the Torah.  I thought I was honoring this man by giving him the sixth aliyah, which on any other Shabbos would have been prestigious.  He was so insulted when he realized what was happening, that my Rabbi stepped in and said it would be his honor to take the aliyah, comforting the blind man. Our shul custom is to give this aliyah to the Baal Korei so as not to insult anyone else. The rebuke is difficult to stomach. Toward the end of the admonition, the Torah says that it would take place as a result of the people not serving Hashem with simcha- with joy. During this month of Elul, as we feel the momentum of the Yamim Noraim soon upon us, we take stock of our actions and attitudes toward Hashem, His Torah, and our observance, let us strive to impart joy into our mitzvah observance. There are times when we may perform a mitzvah, but may feel as if it is a burden or a hassle. Instilling a sense of simcha in our mitzvah observance takes our spirituality to a different level, one which is fulfilling and closer to Hashem and His Torah. Good Shabbos!

- Please join us for a Pre-Kimzits with Rabbi Block on Motzei Shabbat at 12:00AM. Click here for more info. 


  • Welcome the Rabinowitz family,  Jeff, Dina (Polack) and one year old Neil, who move to Suburban Drive this week.


  • We extend our condolences on the passing of Sophie Berkowitz/ Shifra bat Dov Ha-Levi beloved mother of Rami Berkowitz. The graveside funeral will take place today at 2:00PM at the Woodbridge  Memorial Gardens. Shiva will take place outside at the Berkowitz home, 39 Buckingham Road, through Thursday Morning. Shiva times: 9:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-5:00PM, 6:00PM- 9:30PM.
    Davening Schedule: Mincha- today at 5:00PM, Shacharit- Sunday through Thursday morning at 7:10AM, Mincha- Sunday through Wednesday at 7:15PM.

  • We extend our condolences on the passing of  longtime member Melvin Kassenoff, Menachem Mendel Moshe Ben Yekusiel, beloved husband of Joan and father of Laura Posner and Alan Kasenoff. Shiva took place in West Orange and will conclude in Woodmere. 

  • We extend our condolences on the passing of Robert Prupis, beloved father of Sheri Prupis and grandfather of Jonathan and BethAnne.


Holidays @ AABJ&D

  • Kibbudim: Kibbudim for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are now available.  To acquire an Aliya or Psicha please contact the gabbaim for each minyan listed below.  You can purchase a kibud for yourself or a friend in any of our minyanim, a Kibud is a great way to honor or thank a friend while raising money for the shul.  Main Shul - Larry Schiffman (, Freddy Langer (, Beit Midrash - Gary Eisenberg (, Bennett Degen (, Harold Fluss (, Parking Lot - Mitch Cohen (, Larry Schiffman (, Sephardim - Rabin Rozehzadeh (973-432-0327)
  • Additional Shofar Blowing: We recognize that not everyone will be able to attend a minyan to hear the shofar this Rosh Hashanah. In order to help the community fulfill this mitzvah, we will be offering additional shofar blowing at the shul on both days of Rosh Hashana as follows. Both days at the conclusion of davening in the parking lot. On the first day of Rosh Hashana at 6:05 in the parking lot. On the second day of Rosh Hashana at 6:35 in the parking lot. If you are unable to walk to shul to hear shofar blowing please complete this form
  • Yamim Noraim Holiday Seats: Click here to sign up for seat now. Main Shul, Beit Midrash, Sephardic Minyan: $225 (Members)  $275 (Non Members), Outdoors: $190 (Members)  $240 (Non Members). If you need assistance, contact Meyer at 201-715-8501 or Jason at 917-596-4483, call the office or email
  • LAST CALL! High Holiday Babysitting: For more information click here. To sign up, click here
  • Lulav and Etrog Sale: Place  your order today! Pick up will be on Motzei Shabbat, September 18 from 8:45-10:00PM. Click here for more info. Click here to order now. 
  • Sisterhood Sukkot Poster- Orders yours today! Adorn your sukkah with a beautiful poster. Click here for more info. Click here to order now. 
  • AABJ&D is the proud recipient of the MetroWest High Holiday Grant. Click here for more info. 


  • Shabbat Morning from 9:45-11:30AM: Shabbat Morning Groups Are Back! Click here for more info. 
  • LAST CALL! High Holiday Babysitting: For more information click here. To sign up, click here
  • Sunday, September 5 from 10:00AM- 12:00PM: Pre- Rosh Hashana Event: All kids ages K- 3rd Grade are invited to get ready for Rosh Hashana with Aleynu Cloth & Honey Jar Decorating in the tent in the Shul Parking lot.  Click here for more info. RSVP to



  • Teshuva Tidbits with Rabbi Sharbat-  Every day until Yom Kippur, Rabbi Sharbat will be sharing a short lesson on Teshuvah from the book “Orot Ha-Teshuvah” (Rav Kook) to help inspire and  prepare us for the Yamim Noraim.  Click here to join:
  • Motzei Shabbat, August 28 at 12:00AM: Please join us for a Pre-Kimzits with Rabbi Block on Motzei Shabbat at 12:00AM. Click here for more info. 
  • Sunday, August 29 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, August 31 at 10:00AM: All women are invited to join Rabbi Zwickler for a text based Parshat Hashavuah Shiur. Click here for more info. 
  • Tuesday, August 31 at 8:15PM: (Please note new time) Join Rabbi Sharbat for a 6 week series on Sefer Ezra. Click here for more info. 
  • Wednesday, September 1 at 8:15AM: Current Issues in Halacha Given by Joel Rich.
  • Thursday, September 2 at 8:15PM: Join us for a Gemara Shiur on Mesechet Kiddushin led by Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler. Click here for more info.
  • Tuesday Nights beginning October 5: Women's Israeli dance- Stay tuned for more details. 


  • Click here for Rabbi Zwickler's most recent WebDvar.


  • Nechama Price, our community Yoetzet Halacha, is available to answer  questions you may have regarding family purity, using the mikvah and more. She can be reached at or 201-888-6999. 
  • 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
  • Visit our website at Update your profile information by logging in  from the upper right corner, and clicking on "My Account".  Update your contact information, family details, and yahrzeits. This information will enable us to provide you with communications and reminders that are most relevant to you.
  • 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 -


  • Everyone is reminded that all non vaccinated people must be masked while indoors.  
  • 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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