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Announcements: Shabbat Shuva- Parshat Vayeilich: September 10-September 12

09/10/2021 11:30:42 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.


6:56PM: Candle Lighting
7:00PM: Mincha/ Kabalat Shabbat

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 
9:43AM: Kriat Shema 
9:30AM: Shacharit in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash. Larry Cohen will be speaking after Adon Olam. 
4:00PM: Shabbat Shuva Drasha "Teshuva: For Your Eyes Only!" with Rabbi Zwickler outside in the tent

5:20PM: Shabbat Shuva Drasha "Teshuva: For Your Eyes Only!" with Rabbi Zwickler inside in the Main Sanctuary
6:30PM: Sephardic Mincha
6:35PM: Mincha

7:45PM: Maariv in the Main Shul
7:55PM: Havdalah
10:00PM: Selichot 

Kiddush this Shabbat is sponsored by Congregation AABJ&D. 

6:20AM, 7:20AM, 8:20AM: Selichot
7:00AM, 8:00AM, 9:00AM: Shacharit 
7:00AM: Sephardic Selichot

8:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
Hilchot Tshuva with Joel Rich
6:55PM: Mincha
9:45PM: Late Maariv
10:00PM: Selichot

September 2021 Calendar

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


The Mishna in Maseches Yoma describes the transformational power of Yom Kippur.  Rabbi Akiva explains that just as immersion in a mikvah purifies a person who is contaminated, so too Hashem is the “mikvah” of the Jewish people.  While we have become soiled from sin, Hashem purifies us on the holiest day of the year.  The Yalkut Gershuni wonders how the actual purification works.  If a person is contaminated, does the water of the mikvah not become contaminated the moment their body touches the water? One of the requirements when it comes to a mikvah is that the water has to be gathered in a natural state from rain, and cannot be processed or transferred in any way.  This is why a bathtub for example, does not qualify as a mikvah, while an ocean or lake would meet the requirement.  The Yalkut answers that when water is naturally connected to its source it becomes transformational and overpowers any potential contaminants.  So too, when we are connected to our source, Hashem, our purification and atonement is possible despite all the sins we may have accumulated over time.  May we all continue to strengthen our link to Hashem during these days of tremendous opportunity.

Good Shabbos and Gmar Chasima Tova!



  • Mazel Tov to Simi & Esther Schwartz on the birth of a granddaughter, Daniella Tova. Mazel Tov to parents Avi & Sara Schwartz. Mazel Tov to big brother Noam and big sister Kiki and to the entire Schwartz and Wolkenfeld families.
  • Mazel Tov to Sandy & David Small on the birth of a granddaughter, Shayna Rochel, Shayna Rose. Mazel Tov to parents Jamie & Dena Small & Aaron. Mazal Tov to grandparents Sharon & Steve Cohen. Mazel Tov to great grandmothers Ruth Small and Lillian Yashinsky. Mazel Tov to Aunt Ashley and Uncle Jonny, Uncle Ryan, Aunt Talia & Liam, Aunt Devorah & Uncle Daniel, Sophie & Liana, Aunt Rachel & Uncle Yehudah, Emmi & avi & Uncle Mayer. 


  • On behalf of the Shul Thank You to the  following people who worked hard to ensure that everything was set up for the Yamim Noraim inside and outside.  AABJ&D Seating (and Tenting) Committees: Neal Alexander, Abe Cohen, Jack Cohen, Mitch Cohen, Barry Dattelkramer, Tamar Dattelkramer, Eitan Laub, Ari Levitan, Ari Munk, Hannah Munk, Jason Munk, Jonathan Newcombe, Roey Novick, Tali Novick, Meyer Reichman, David Rosenwein, Bob Synder, Michael Synder, Andrew Yolin, Nava Yolin.


  • We extend our condolences on the passing of William Leonard Bell, beloved father of Harvey Bell. Shiva has concluded. 


Holidays @ AABJ&D

  • Kibbudim: Kibbudim for 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)
  • 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! 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. 
  • 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! 
  • Shabbat Afternoon from 5:20-6:30PM: Groups during Rabbi Zwickler's Shabbat Shuva Drasha- Click here for more info. 
  • This Sunday, September 12 from 10:00AM-12:00PM: Pre- Yom Kippur Relay Race Extravaganza- . Click here for more info. Click here to register. 
  • Sunday, September 19 from 10:00AM-12:00PM: Youth Sukkah Decorating Event. Click here for more info. 



  • 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:
  • Sunday, September 5 at 10:00AM: Join Joel Rich as we learn Hilchot Tshuva. 
  • Sunday, September 19 at 8:30AM: Come help build the Shul Sukkah. Please RSVP to so we can plan accordingly. 
  • 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. 
  • 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!  


  • Dr. Erica Brown ( will be presenting a community-wide lecture on Teshuva this Sunday, 9am, at Congregation Etz Chaim (1 Lafayette Dr., Livingston) titled The Impossibility and Possibility of Teshuva. 

  • Hatzalah of West Orange & Livingston is here!  We are thrilled to welcome this life-saving organization to our community. Please keep their phone number - 973-604-4000 - in a central location in your home and save it to your contacts in your mobile phones so it is easily accessible.  In addition, if you would like stickers with the phone number mailed to you, please email Click here for more info. 


  • 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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