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Announcements: Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

09/24/2021 11:56:43 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. Anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID positive individual should please daven outdoors only, and wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.


Friday- Chol Hamoed Sukkot: 

6:33PM: Candle Lighting
6:40PM: Mincha/ Maariv (Main Shul and Parking Lot)

Shabbat-Chol Hamoed Sukkot:

7:30AM: 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 Shul and Parking Lot
9:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
9:30AM: Shacharit in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash
9:47AM: Kriat Shema 
6:05PM: Sephardic Mincha
6:10PM: Mincha (Main Shul and Parking Lot)
7:21PM: Maariv in the Main Shul
7:31PM: Havdalah

There is no Kiddush this Shabbat. Kiddush sponsorships are available for upcoming weeks. For more information contact the Shul office.

Sunday-Chol Hamoed Sukkot: 

7:00AM (Main Shul), 8:00AM (Beit Midrash) , 9:00AM (Main Shul): Shacharit 
7:45AM: Daf Yomi with Rabbi Stone
8:00AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
6:40PM: Mincha
9:45PM: Late Maariv

Monday- Hoshana Rabah:

6:00AM (Main Shul), 7:00AM (Beit Midrash), 8:30AM (Main Shul): Shacharit 
6:15AM: Sephardic Shacharit 
6:28PM: Candle Lighting
6:35PM: Mincha/ Maariv (Main Shul and Parking Lot)

Please note: the parking lot will be closed for Yom Tov.

Tuesday- Shmini Atzeret:

7:30AM: Hashkama Minyan
8:30AM: Sephardic Shul
9:00AM: Main Shul
9:00AM: Parking Lot
9:30AM: Beit Midrash
10:20AM: Yizkor
6:15PM: Mincha in the Sephardic Shul
6:20PM: Mincha in the Main Shul and the Parking Lot
Auction in the parking lot, following Mincha
7:10PM: Maariv in the parking lot followed by Hakafot, with youth Divrei Torah
7:25PM: Candle Lighting not before

Wednesday- Simchat Torah:

7:15AM: Hashkama Minyan
8:30AM: Sephardic Shul
8:30AM: Main Shul
8:30AM: Parking Lot
10:30AM: Amit Shiur in the front of the parking lot
Not Before 11:15AM: Kol Hanearim followed by Chatan Torah Chatan Bereishit and Mussaf in the parking lot
Men’s Club BBQ Kiddush Lunch following Mussaf
Sepahrdic Mincha
6:25PM: Mincha
7:19PM: Maariv
7:24PM: Havdalah

September 2021 Calendar

Parking Lot Minyan

The parking lot minyan will meet through Yom Tov and will continue following Yom Tov. Please sign up here.
Please join the Parking lot Minyan Whatsapp Chat for updates and information, or to volunteer to help, daven, or lain.


In his later years, as his health was failing, Rav Leib Chasman zt”l, the late Mashgiach of the Chevron Yeshiva asked one of his talmidim to sleep in his home each night in order to help if he became in need. On each morning of Sukkot, Rabbi Chasman had the custom as many people do, to make the bracha on his lulav and esrog inside of the Sukkah.  In order to get into his Sukah, he would slowly and carefully pass by his student who was sleeping nearby.  One morning the student woke up as his Rebbi was passing, and quickly pretended to be asleep so as not to make Rav Chasman feel badly that he had awoken him. Apparently, the Rav realized that he had awoken his student and refrained from going to the Sukkah to make the bracha on his lulav from that day forward. There is no question that the student did not mind whatsoever, perhaps even saw it as an honor to be part of his Rebbi’s mitzvah in some way, nevertheless the Rav taught his student a valuable lesson.  We must be cognizant of the feelings of others when it comes to the way we observe mitzvos.  In general at times we may become so fixated on accomplishing a given task that we end up forgetting our surroundings when performing the task.   The same is true when it comes to mitzvah observance.  This is particularly important when it comes to our Yom Tov observance and celebration. Serving and tending to the needs of family and guests in the Sukkah is no easy task.  In order to fulfill the mitzvah of “Simcha” on this Sukkos, let’s make sure that all of the members of our family are able to do so.  Asking how we can help, and following through with our offer is a great place to start.  May we truly enjoy a Chag Sameach!


  • Mazal Tov to Josh & Annette Roth on the birth of their daughter, Bracha. Mazal Tov to grandparents Ricki and Michael Roth and Nana’ Koski and great grandfather Harold Tokayer. Mazal Tov to aunts and uncles, Ariella & Juda Zurndorfer and Yechiel and Aliza Roth.

  • Mazal tov to Noah Younger on his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Mazal tov to parents Stacey and David Younger. Mazal tov to siblings Zachary and Bella Younger. Mazal tov to grandparents Howard and Phyllis Goldberg and Avrille and Ralph z”l Nussbaum. Mazal tov to the entire Younger, Goldberg, and Nussbaum families.

  • Mazal Tov to Yaffa and Larry Liebman on the birth of a grandson.  Mazal Tov to their children Sheri and Ariel Rotenberg.  Mazal Tov to great grandmother Pearl Kronenberg Shafier and Grandma Barbara Rotenberg.  Mazal Tov to big brothers Nathan and Jack.  Mazal Tov to Uncle Mitch and Aunt Atara and Uncle Jon and Aunt Rachel.  Mazal Tov to the entire Liebman/Rotenberg families.


  • Teen Simchas Beis HaShoeviah/ Oneg: Friday night, Shabbat Chol Hamoed at 9:00PM in the Zwickler Sukkah. 

  • Shabbat Morning Groups: 10:00-11:30AM! 

  • Sukkah Hop! Join us for our annual Sukkah Hop for grades pre-K-5th Grade! Click here for details. Questions? Email

  • Minyan Katan (Ages 3 - Pre-K) and Teen Minyan (6th-12th grade) will return soon after the Chagim! Sponsors and Volunteers are needed for both of these programs. Stay tuned for more information as well as sign up forms to get involved.


  • Sunday, September 26 at 10:00AM: Join Joel Rich as we learn Hilchot Tshuva on Zoom. 

  • Save The Date! Tuesday Nights beginning October 5: Women's Israeli dance- Stay tuned for more details. 

  • Save The Date!  October 27 at 8:00PM: Nechama Price, our community Yoetzet Halacha and Director of Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmud Studies (GPATS) will be speaking on "The Breaking Point of the Imahot." More details to follow.


  • 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!  


  • 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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