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10/22/2021 01:36:57 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
5:48 PM: Candle Lighting
5:50 PM: Mincha in the Sephardic Shul
5:55 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 Zwickler
9:00 AM: Shacharit in the Main Shul
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 Matt Greenwood
9:30AM: Teen Minyan

9:55 AM: Sof Zman Kriat Shema 

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

Hashkama Kiddush is co-sponsored by Dovid & Shaindy Saleman to commemorate the 3rd Yahrtzeit of Shaindy's mother, Kathy Stern, פתיא קלה שרה בת ישראל and by Doris & Jay Hartman to commemorate the Yahrtzeit of Jay’s father, חיים זאב בן מרדכי

Shira and Barry Hammerman in honor of Aliya’s Bat Mitzvah.

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!

4:45 PM: Afternoon Shiur with Rabbi Zwickler “Revisiting the Akeida”
5:20 PM: Mincha in the Sephardic Shul
5:25 PM: Mincha in the Main Shul and Parking Lot

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Andrea & Bryan Bier in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of Bryan’s mother, פשע לאה בת יהודה  Pauline Bier, z”l.

Motzei Shabbat
6:37 PM: Ma’ariv in the Main Shul and Sephardic Shul and parking lot
6:47 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
5:45 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.

Click here to view the October Calendar


Over the years, on the Friday of Parshas Vayera I have been invited into the classrooms of our beloved Lauren Elise z”l Bier Nursery School, to be the guest of our shul’s children for a short visit.  Unfortunately I have not been able to do so the last two years because of Covid, but this year I made my return.  It is such a pleasure and honor to be the vehicle by which our children learn the mitzvah of Hachnasas Orchim. The reason why the visit takes place this week is because we learn about the exceptional trait of welcoming guests that was the fixture and legacy of Avraham and Sara, in our Parsha. Rashi explains that when Avraham established himself in Beer Sheva, he would welcome people, offer them food and then at the end of their meal ask them to thank Hashem for the food which they enjoyed.  Our Rabbis wonder  why Avraham didn't ask his guests to thank Hashem before they ate, as we make a bracha before and after we eat something.  I saw a beautiful explanation that speaks to human nature. Sharing a meal with someone offers us the opportunity to get to know them, and create a bond with them.  Being that those who visited Avraham were strangers, the awkwardness in requesting them to thank Hashem before they ate might have been taken the wrong way by the guests, since they didn’t even know Avraham yet, and he may have come across as demanding. Avraham did not want to risk them leaving, and therefore asked them to thank Hashem only at the conclusion of their meal. How often in our world are business deals and social bonds developed over sharing a meal, which allows us to become comfortable with those we are with.  This idea is another important component and reflection on this beautiful and foundational mitzvah. Good Shabbos!   

Click here to view Rabbi Zwickler’s WebDvar


  • Mazal Tov to Shira and Barry Hammerman on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Aliya. Mazal Tov to siblings Arielle, Etan and Dahlia and the entire extended family. 
  • Mazal Tov to Chana Rutner on her engagement to Jordan Cohen of Lawrence, NY. Mazal Tov to parents Juliet & Torin Rutner, Rebecca & Zak Cohen, Grandparents Bernie & Judy Schanzer, Jack & Wendee Rutner,  Florence & Ephraim Laifer & Rita & Moshe Cohen. Siblings, Jared & Atara Rutner, Evan & Elana Lebor, Rachel & Jacob, Max & Raquel Cohen & Nicole. Mazal Tov to niece & nephew Yehoshua Yonatan Rutner & Ayelet Rivka Lebor.
  • Mazal Tov to Joanne & Irwin Asher on the birth of a great-granddaughter born to Rabbi Daniel and Shifra Chesler of State College,PA. Mazal Tov to the grandparents  Stanley (A"H) and Hilary Chesler and Rabbi Shaul and Chana Rosenblatt of Edgeware, London.  Mazal Tov to the entire Chesler, Rosenblatt and Asher families.  (Shifra is the daughter of Rabbi Shaul and Elana (Asher) (A"H) Rosenblatt.)


  • Remembering Melvyn Kassenoff, z"l:  In memory of Mel’s many contributions to AABJ&D, we will be replacing the silver that adorn our Sifrei Torah, which are in poor condition. The new crowns and rimonim will be polished and lacquered in order to maintain their beauty. A plaque, recognizing Mel’s contributions to our shul, will be hung in the building. Click here to participate in this meaningful initiative. Click here for more info. 
  • 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:


  • Friday Night Oneg from 8:00-9:30PM: All kids in grades 6-8 are encouraged to come to the Youth house for an Oneg. Snacks will be served outside and the children will all be walked home in groups. 
  • The Youth Department is thrilled to announce the start of Teen Minyan this week! Teen Minyan will take place in the Youth Lounge and begin at 9:30am! Teen Minyan will be followed by Hot Kiddush in the Youth House. We encourage everyone in grades 6-12 to attend. We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact   to be added to the Teen Minyan Whatsapp group. 
  • Shabbat Morning Groups from 9:45-11:30 AM
  • Minyan Katan (Ages 3 - Pre-K) from 10:15-11:15 AM!
  • Shabbat Afternoon Oneg from 3:00-4:00PM: All kids grades K-5 are invited to join us in the Shul tents. Parent pick up at 4:00PM. Click here for more info.
  • Sunday, October 24th from 9:00-11:00 AM: (Girl’s game from 9-10:00 AM and boys game from 10-11:00 AM) 6th-8th Grade boys and girls basketball fundraiser. $10 entrance fee. All proceeds will go to the Shul Mitzvah Fund. A bagel breakfast will be served after the games. Click here for more info.
  • Save the Date! Thursday, October 28th from 5:30PM-7:00PM: All kids grades in K-5th grades are invited to good bag packaging for A pizza dinner will be served. Click here for more info.
  • Save the Date! Shabbat, October 30th between Mincha and Marriv. All teens are invited to a Pink Seudah Shlishit. Come hang out with friends, enjoy delicious food and learn about Bikor Cholim. $18 to attend and all proceeds will be donated to Sharsheret. Please wear pink for breast cancer awareness. Click here for more info.
  • Save the Date! Sunday, October 31st from 10:00AM-12:00PM: All kids are invited to a cookies & bake sale. All proceeds will benefit the Jewish Federation Hurricane Ida Relief. Click here for more info.


  • Daf Yomi daily
  • Sunday, October 24th 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 26th at 10:00AM: All women are invited to join Rabbi Zwickler for a text based Parshat Hashavuah Shiur. Click here for more information. 
  • Tuesday, October 26th at 8:00PM: Everyone is invited to join Rabbi Sharbat for a Navi Shiur on Sefer Nechemia. Click here for more info. 
  • Wednesday, October 27th at 8:15AM: Current issues in Halacha given by Joel Rich.  Click here for more info. 
  • Thursday, October 28st at 8:00PM: Join us for a Gemara Shiur led by Rabbi Zwickler. Click here for more information.


  • Wednesday, October 27th 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."  Zoom Meeting ID: 872 5296 7815/ Passcode: 454029.
  • Save The Date! November 12th-13th: Scholar In Residence- Rav Meir Goldvicht
  • Save the Date! November 16 at 8:00PM: Smadar Rosensweig will be the guest speaker for the Women's Beit Midrash program. More details to follow.
  • Save The Date! November 19th: Sephardic Cultural Shabbat, with food, shiurim, and zemirot. Kicking off a year of celebration marking 40 years of the AABJ&D Sephardic Community. Click here for more info.



  • 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. 
  • 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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