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10/15/2021 12:51:30 PM


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

The announcements for the month of October are sponsored by Karla Gross and family in commemoration of the 18th yahrzeit of her beloved husband, Larry Gross, Yehuda Aryeh ben Yehoshua, z”l on the 7th of Cheshvan.

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Friday Night
5:59 PM: Candle Lighting
6:00 PM: Mincha in the Sephardic Shul
6:05 PM: Mincha / Kabbalat Shabbat (Main Shul and Parking Lot)

7:45 AM: Hashkama in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash
Following the Hashkama Minyan, the Mishna Berura Chabura will meet in the Library to continue studying the laws of Brachot on foods.
8:30 AM: Shiur on Parshat HaShavua with Rabbi Sharbat
9:00 AM: Shacharit in the Main Shul and Parking Lot
9:00 AM: Shacharit in the Sephardic Shul
9:15AM: Shacharit in the Parking Lot
9:30 AM: Shacharit in the Smilowitz Beit Midrash Dvar Torah by
 Bob Lichtman

9:55 AM: Sof Zman Kriat Shema 

Shabbat Morning Youth Groups: 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM! 

Kiddush is sponsored by Avra & Tully Rubin in honor of Zev’s Bar Mitzvah. Mazal Tov!
Kiddush sponsorships are available for upcoming weeks. We need your support to ensure our legendary kiddush can continue every week. Please contact the Shul office to sponsor. New Kiddush Program Coming Soon!

4:55 PM: Afternoon Shiur with Rabbi Sharbat “The Role Of Midrash In Studying Tanach”
5:30 PM: Mincha in the Sephardic Shul
5:35 PM: Mincha in the Main Shul and Parking Lot

Motzei Shabbat
6:47 PM: Ma’ariv in the Main Shul and Sephardic Shul and parking lot
6:57 PM: Havdalah

6:15 AM Beit Midrash
6:15 AM Sephardic Shul
6:50 AM Main Shul
7:30 AM Beit Midrash
7:45 AM: Daf Yomi with Rabbi Stone
8:00 AM: Sephardic Shacharit
5:55 PM: Mincha
9:45 PM: Late Maariv

Outdoor Minyan
The outdoor minyan will meet in the tents in the parking lot every Shabbat. Please sign up here to ensure this is a minyan. Please join the Parking lot Minyan Whatsapp Chat for updates and information, or to volunteer to help, daven, or lain.

Beginning Monday October 18th there will be a daily Shacharit Minyan at 7:30 AM outside in the tents.  Mincha/Maariv will take place daily in the tents at the same time as the inside minyan.

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When Hashem informed Avraham Avinu that his descendants would  inherit the land of Israel, Avraham seemed to surprisingly question Hashem about this promise.  Rashi explains that Avraham was really asking what merited his being given the land of Israel.  The Oheiv Yisrael explains that the Gemara teaches us that Hashem gifted the Jewish people with three things, Torah, Olam Haba, and Eretz Yisrael.  However, the Gemara adds that each of these were given with difficulty.  When Avraham questioned Hashem about the giving of the land, he was asking Him what difficulty would come with that acquisition.  Hashem then responded that the Jewish people would be enslaved in a foreign land.  There are periods in life which are difficult to get through but may have a silver lining in retrospect.  May we merit to look back at those difficult moments and realize how we gained strength and endurance as a result. Good Shabbos!

-I will be away this Shabbos, attending the wedding celebration of my niece Sara Dena Gross in Baltimore.  May we continue to share the news of simchas in our community.

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  • Mazal Tov to Zev Rubin on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah. Mazal Tov to Tully & Avra Rubin, siblings Ryan, Jordan and Alex.  Mazal Tov to grandparents Nancy & Sheldon Kirsch and Mayer & Naomi Rubin.  Mazal Tov to the entire Kirsch and Rubin Families.
  • Mazal Tov to Roland & Tova Chamama on the upcoming marriage of their daughter,  Yael to Hananya Haridim. Mazal Tov to the entire Chamama and Haridim family.
  • Mazal tov to Cynthia Kestenbaum on the Bar Mitzvah of her grandson, Jayden Henry Rosenfeld.  Mazal to parents Erica and Jeremy Rosenfeld and sister Hannah.


  • We extend our condolences on the passing of Mr. Stanley Feuer, beloved brother of Lori Raskin, and uncle of Dr. Jeffrey Raskin and Bobbi Luxenberg. Shiva has concluded.


  • The Board of Directors is excited to welcome Avi Laub as First Vice President, filling the seat vacated by Ilan Rosenrauch when he assumed the presidency last month. Thank you to the nominating committee for their efforts. We wish Avi the best of luck in his new role. 
  • The next shul board meeting will take place on November 8th via Zoom.
  • Are you a print or digital designer? Looking for some volunteers to help with shul flyers and event promotions. Email Esti:


  • Shabbat Morning Grouups from 9:45-11:30AM!
  • Minyan Katan (Ages 3 - Pre-K) from 10:15-11:15AM!
  • All groups will be enjoying a delicious Ice Cream Kiddush (snack) this week.
  • Teen Minyan will begin next Shabbat, parshat Vayeira. Teens interested in Teen Minyan please contact to be added to the Teen Minyan Whatsapp group.


  • Daf Yomi daily
  • Sunday, October 17th at 10:00AM: Join Joel Rich in the AABJ&D Zoom Room as we study the first book of The Rambam’s Mishna Torah, Sefer Madda, Hilchot Tshuva. 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, October 19th at 10:00AM: All women are invited to join Rabbi Zwickler for a text based Parashat Hashavuah Shiur. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, October 20th at 8:15AM: Current issues in Halacha given by Joel Rich.  
  • Thursday, October 21st at 8:00PM: Join us for a Gemara Shiur led by Rabbi Zwickler. Click here for more information.


  • Tuesday Nights at 7:30PM: Women's Israeli Dance! Join us in the AABJ&D Social Hall. $10 per week, cash. Please contact Deb Buechler or Elyse Litt with any questions.
  • OHEL Chanukah Toy Drive: This year include an OHEL individual on your Chanukah gift list! Drop Off Location:Congregation AABJ&D Shul office. Deadline: November 15, 2021
  • 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. 
  • Save The Date! Tuesday, October 26th: JEC HS Open House. Doors open at 6:30. Program starts at 7:15. Come find out why JEC HS may be the perfect fit for your son. Parents and students are invited. Email with any questions. Register at
  • Save The Date! Motzei Shabbat, November 6th 8:00 pm (7:45 pm registration): Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School invites all 8th graders and their parents to join us at our Open House. Experience RKYHS during an inspirational evening as we highlight the vast opportunities for students, demonstrate our values, and define our differences. Come see the dynamic and innovative academic and Judaic programs, first-rate educational initiatives and co-curricular opportunities.  For more information, please contact Allison Lyons at or 862-437-8050. Please pre-register
  • 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 email
  • 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 -
  • 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 snap the QR Code to save it as a contact in your mobile phone. 
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