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  1. 1. Weekly Newsletter Jay Weinstein, Rabbi 732.354.5912 (cell) 732.254.1860 x2 (office) Bertin Lefkovic, Editor Aron Adams, President Yaakov Wasser, Inaugural Rabbi (1979-2009), Retired NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS Wednesday March 12th at NOON All submissions must be emailed to newsletter@yieb.org When our office manager is on vacation, the Newsletter will be emailed but not printed. MAZAL TOV Mazel Tov to Josh and Aviva Hassan on Josh's passing the Dental Licensing Exam. Mazel Tov also to Aviva's parents, Lori and Alvan Small, and brother, Jacob. Welcome to the YATJS Kindergarten Shabbaton! A special welcome to Rabbi Tuchman, Morah Nava, Morah Lori, other teachers, students and families! Guest Speaker this Shabbat Morning: Rabbi Elie Tuchman Ed D, head of school at Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore will deliver the drasha this Shabbat. _________________________________________ SEUDAT SHLISHIT Jonah Bash, Jeff Chustkie and Rabbi Weinstein will share thoughts and reflections from the recent AIPAC conference. KIDDUSH NOSH SPONSORS February 23, 2014 – March 8, 2014 Birthday: Iva & Steven Dyckman: Jordan Dyckman Sarah & Joe Naus: Zev Holland Jane & Marc Pomerantz: Dylan Saypol Jodi & Steven Reich: Alison Reich Miriam & Howard Rosenblum: Miriam Rosenblum Sarita& Dan Sragow: Atara Nina Leah Sragow Tema& Tony Winston: Eden Winston Anniversary: Suri& Steve Moskowitz: Suri& Steve Moskowitz Miriam & Howard Rosenblum: Elana&Brahm Weinberg Yahrtzeit: Marion & Michael Bernstein: Selma Bernstein Debbie &ChaimRogoff: Simon Shapiro Karen &Chayim Stern: Harry Stern Other Events of Note: Shelley & Milton Goldman: Milton's Aufruf ______________________________________ Dear YIEB Member, The Tzedaka fund is dedicated to helping individuals in financial need, first in our community and as well as elsewhere. One of the hallmarks of this fund is to ensure that all distribution of funds will be handled discreetly and respectfully. If you, or someone you know, are in need of financial assistance, please contact Rabbi Weinstein. The sources of funding for the Tzedaka fund include donations made by members and visitors, and the contents of the Pushka. Each year, before Purim and Pesach, we ask the YIEB membership to donate money to this fund. While the funds go to help families throughout the year, we do distribute funds on Purim. Therefore, if you donate Vol. XVIII, No. 37 Adar II 5 – Adar II 11, 5774 March 7 – March 13, 2014 SHABBAT VAYIKRA Candle Lighting .................................... 5:38PM Friday Mincha ....................................... 5:43PM Shkia .................................................... 5:56PM Shabbat Shacharit ........................8:00, 9:00AM Latest Sh’ma ........................................ 9:15AM Shabbat Mincha…….. .......................... 5:30PM Shabbat Maariv .................................... 6:39PM Shabbat Ends ....................................... 6:47PM TURN CLOCKS FORWARD 1 HR @ 2AM SUN Sun Shacharit ...................... 7:30, 8:30, 9:15AM Mon Shacharit ............................ *6:20, 8:00AM [*Earliest t & t 6:29 AM] Tues/Wed Shacharit .....................6:30, 8:00AM Thurs Shacharit – TAANIT ESTHER Fast Begin…………... .......................... 5:52AM Shacharit ................................... *6:15, 8:00AM [Earliest t & t 6:24AM] Mincha................................................. 6:25PM Fast Ends ............................................ 7:42PM Fri Shacharit .................................6:30, 8:00AM Sun - Wed Mincha/Maariv .................... 6:45PM The weekday “maariv only” 9:30PM minyan is on hold for the late Spring & Summer Candle Lighting next week .................... 6:45PM Mikvah Hours – It is imperative that men not assemble or remain in the Mikvah area and/or the parking area nearby, 15 minutes prior to and until 15 minutes after the times designated below. MotzeiShb’t . -1½ hrs after Shb’t ends - for 2 hrs Weekdays .................................. 9:00-11:00PM Friday & Yom Tov ........ by Appointment Only Mikvah732.257.4121 Eruv status 732.254.1860 X5 before March 13th, it can be used to fulfill your obligation of Matanot La’evyonim. This past year, the need for assistance has increased, so at this time before Purim, please make your donations for Matanaot L’evyonim payable to the Young Israel of East BrunswickTzedaka Fund and send them to: David Rabinowitz 12 Constitution Court East Brunswick, NJ 08816 Wishing you all a Freilechen Purim, Rabbi Jay Weinstein David Rabinowitz, Chairperson SHUL DECORUM REMINDER At YIEB we encourage talking to everyone: HASHEM during Davening. FRIENDS during Kiddush. _________________________________ Purim is around the corner! Please see the schedule for a list of all the Megilla Readings & Programs. Rabbi’s Corner Dear YIEB Members, I have just returned from spending the last 3 days in Washington D.C. at the AIPAC Policy Conference. What an incredible and historic moment to stand together with 14,000 Pro-Israel activists in the support of a strong US-Israel relationship. The highlight of the convention took place on Tuesday morning as we hosted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. His words were strong and powerful as he promised to do everything in his power to protect the citizens of Israel and Jews around the world from the threat of a nuclear Iran. Please watch videos and highlights of the conference at www.aipac.org. What made the experience even more powerful was going together with a delegation of 19 YIEB members (check out photos at www.yieb.org)! We look forward to sharing with you more highlights and stories from the conference this Shabbat during Seudah Shlishit. Rabbi Jay Weinstein ___________________________________________ DOORS TO THE MAIN SANCTUARY WILL BE LOCKED Due to the noise during in the hallway, the Religious Committee has decided that the doors to the men's section of the sanctuary will be locked during Torah Reading (will be opened in between Aliyot) and during the Rabbi's Drasha and the President's announcements. Save the date for Wednesday, March 12th at 10:30am for a special Mommy and Me Movement class. For more information and details, please contact Joelle Yavin at joelle.yavin@gmail.com. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------COMMUNITY SEDER We are looking into the possibility of hosting a community Seder at YIEB the second night of Pesach. The Seder would be catered, led by Rabbi Weinstein and open to adults and children. The cost would be approximately $50 per adult and $30 per child. This includes everything you need for a Seder (Grape juice, Shemurah Matzah, Marror, Seder plate, food, etc,). At this point, we'd like to gauge if there is interest from the community.If you're potentially interested, kindly email Bert at officemanager@yieb.org _________________________________________
  2. 2. MARK YOUR CALENDAR NORPAC MISSION to WASHINGTON Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 _________________________________________ CHINUCH/ADULT EDUCATION Guidelines for Lifecycle events can be downloaded from our website www.yieb.org under the dropdown menu; Member Area/Guidelines.(logged-in members only). The MaTaN Mother-Daughter Bat Mitzvah program for 6th grade girls and their mothers. Has started, Please contact Sharon at weinsteinshar@gmail.com to register. New Monday Night Learning Series with Rabbi Weinstein Pre-Purim Series continues on Monday, March 10th 8:30-9:30 PM. YIEB & Highland Park Community Kollel. Gemara Class with Rabbi Nussbaum, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM, with the topic “Purim”. In Depth Talmud Class Given by Yaakov Weinstein, Wednesday, 8:30PM. In this week’s class we will discuss “Telling of the Exodus.” New Women's Wednesday Class with Rabbi Weinstein, 9:45-10:45 AM, "ShirHaShirim- the Quintessential Love Song" continues March 12th. _________________________________________ DAF YOMI: From Rabbi Weinstein Join DafYomi at YIEB with Rabbi Weinstein: • Monday through Friday after 1st Minyan (approximately 7:10-7:45 AM) Sunday morning after 1st Minyan (approximately 8:10-8:45 AM) • Shabbat morning following 1st Minyan (rotation of presenters). _________________________________________ DAF YOMI B’IYUN Join Rabbi Shlomo Landau on Tuesday nights at 8:45 PM, followed by Maariv at 9:30 PM, to explore in depth, a topic from the week’s DafYomi. Can’t make it in person? Do DafYomi online! http://ouradio.org/daf http://www.dafyomi.org/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------WINTER MINYAN MEN! Now that the clocks are changing and Mincha/Maariv during the week is very early, we need everyone's help to ensure we have a minyan. Thank you! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------WOMEN’S TEHILLIM GROUP Please join us, weekly, on Monday evenings at 7:45 pm in the Bais Medrash. Together we read all of the Tehillim on behalf of the Shul’s Refuah Shelaima list. You may read in Hebrew or English. ___________________________________________ DOR L-DOR The next and final Dor L-Dor program will take place Motzei Shabbat March 8th.To end the season there will be ice cream for all. In addition to the normal raffle and prizes, there will be a grand raffle. The cost is $2 per child with a max of $5 per family which can be paid at the door. Thank you to Susan & Jerry Gerstman for the generous donation in commemoration of the Yahrtzeit of their parents Morris Hein and Max Gerstman. Keshet’s main camp is open to 2 year olds through those entering 4th grade. TLC is now open to those entering 5th through 8th grades. Now Hiring Camp Keshet has some exciting announcements to make about new staff hires! Be on the lookout! Thank you to Faigy and Gary Cornick for their generous donation. Thank you to Debbie & Jeffrey Chustckie for their generous donation. Time to Buy PurimFest Wristbands! Get ready for another amazing Purim carnival! Sunday, March 16th from 11 am-3 pm. Check out the attached flyer for more details. Interested in volunteering? Let Melissa know. Sponsorships sought. This year this is a significant financial incentive to purchasing wristbands in advance. And remember, everything is included with your wristband (except lunch)! No need to buy endless tickets. New Shabbat Mommy and Me On Shabbat morning, March 8th, there will be a Mommy (or Daddy or Special Friend) & Me Shabbat program for those two and under. 10:45 a.m. in the Green Room. Please join us! B’nei Akiva this Shabbat High School oneg, 7:30-9:00 pm., location TBA. Snif for grades 2-5 at 4:30 p.m. Middle School (grades 6-8) seudah shlishit at 5:50 p.m. Join Rabbi Weinstein and Melissa Rosen for Sandy Relief YIEB high school students have a special opportunity to volunteer on Sunday, March 9th with Nechama. Nechama is a non-profit organization that serves as “the Jewish Response to Disaster.” We will travel to Long Island to help with the rebuilding effort. Volunteers must be 15 years old. There are very limited spaces available and will be awarded on a first come-first serve basis. Contact Melissa ASAP to reserve your spot. NEW! Chailight: Chesed Our Chailight: Chesed March collection is actually two! On Purim, please use a box of pasta as a gragger. Donate your ‘gragger’ in the lobby, after the megillah reading. We’ll deliver the pasta to the local soup kitchen. All month long (until the 28th) please donate Pesach food. We’ll donate it to JFVS to distribute to those who need a little extra help for the chag. ______________________________________________ Friendship Discount Take advantage of our new ‘friendship discount’! Register with a friend new to camp and split the $100 discount. Two new campers also qualify. New Affiliations Central NJ now has a B’nei Akiva summer camp of their own! We are thrilled to announce that Camp Keshet is now affiliated with B’nei Akiva! Another amazing Keshet summer is coming, now with all the benefits of B’nei Akiva. Morning mifkad, joint programs with Moshava Ba’ir and IO and so much more! Camp Keshet now has a Yachad shadow program. We are proud to be able to offer a safe and exciting camp experience for all who desire it. Camp Keshet is now hiring! Applications being accepted from those entering 10th grade and up, including college student and adults. Join us for the best summer ever! ______________________________________________ YAHRTZEITS Adar II 5774 Richard Fried for his Father, Moshe Leib Ben Yitzchak (Lawrence Fried) on 3/7/2014 Dear YIEB members, As a growing, health conscious community we have made an arrangement with ACME to prepare two medium sized fruit platters weekly for our Kiddush Nosh for $55.00. We need your help to volunteer to pick up the platters on Thursdays and deliver them to the Shul. Please sign up at www.tinyurl.com/yiebfruit and then arrange a time with Michele Falk 732.485.2194 to bring the platters to the Shul kitchen. Please save your receipts, as you will be reimbursed for your expenses via Shul Cloud. Contact Simi Fogel at 718-987-5209 with any questions. Sincerely, YIEB Healthee Committee _________________________________________ SAFETY REMINDER When walking to and from Shul for Mincha and Maariv, please wear your reflective vests. _________________________________________ LADIES SHIDDUCH TEHILLIM GROUP Only 15 minutes each week at your leisure. Join the many women in the community saying Tehillim to help the ones we care about find their Bashert. To be part of this Mitzvah team or to submit a name to the Shidduch List, contact Amy Zelka 732 613.8717amy.zelka@gmail.com _____________________________________ BIKUR CHOLIM/SHIVA DIVISION Thank you to the many members of the community for their ongoing support and assistance to families during Shiva. Suggested donations of $10 to aid a particular family during the week of Shiva may be sent to Julie Katz, 20 Rebel Run Drive (payable to Bikur Cholim-YIEB.) Please indicate the family name in the memo section of your check). Recipient families will be informed of your donation. For further information on how you can help and support a particular family or for general Bikur Cholim information, please contact Julie Katz, Karen Stern, Miriam Rosenblum or Suri Moskowitz. Thank you for your continued support. ______________________________________ CANDY BAGS Candy bags for your special Simcha must be ordered from the YIEB Sisterhood. Please call Shelley Goldman 908.421.1103 for further information and to place your order. __________________________________________
  3. 3. HELPING HAND COMMITTEE Have you ever been locked out of your car; Had to pick up your sick child at school while your newborn was sleeping’ or needed to check on your parents who were home alone? Were you fortunate enough to get help? Would like to pay the favor forward? Family and friends aren't always around, and there are time when members in our community need a helping hand. We are forming a committee of volunteers who would be willing to help out when someone has an unexpected emergency situation. If you are interested in helping out, please contact either: Debbie Chustckie at chustckie@aol.com Bobbie Cumsky at cumsky@aol.com Brina Hershkovits at bhersko@ymail.com Thanking you, The Helping Hand Committee _____________________________________ DEDICATIONS Members of the Shul and others are invited to honor a friend or relative, celebrate a milestone event or memorialize a loved one by dedicating Chumashim or Siddurim. Contact Lori Smallplaques@yieb.org Chumashim - $50 - Siddurim - $30 _________________________________________ SHUL PARKING LOT Please do not park nor stand in Fire Lanes. It is essential we allow for passage of emergency vehicles. ______________________________________ KIDDUSH! KIDDUSH! It’s time to replenish the Shul’s liquor supply for our Kiddushim. Please help defray the cost by donating some of your unopened stash from home. We’re running low on Scotch, Bourbon and cordials. Please refer to the CRC list of recommended liquorhttp://www.crcweb.org/LiquorList.pdf. Thank you to everyone who has contributed in the past. Contact Charlie Rothenberg for free pick-up. _________________________________________ ***************** Timely Community Announcements ****************** (YIEB does not endorse the Kashrut of any nonYIEB event or listing appearing in the Newsletter) RPRY MISHMAR. Mishmar learning program is held at RPRY every Motzei Shabbat at 8PM. Please bring your own Seforim. Cost is still only $3.00 which includes pizza, donuts, prizes and raffles. It is the last Mishmar of the season. _________________________________________ Rutgers Hillel Alumni Reception Rutgers Jewish Alumni are invited to a reception sponsored by the Rutgers Hillel Alumni Association on Saturday night, March 8th at 8 PM at the home of Leslie and Josh Ostrin, 221 Riverview Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Catch up with old friends and learn more about what’s happening on campus. Space is limited. Couvert is $10. To RSVP for the event, visit http://www.rutgershillel.org/alumniparents/alumni-association/ Questions? Email Michal at rutgershillelalumni@gmail.com or call Hana at 732-545-2407.All food and beverages served will be kosher parve. On Sunday March 9th at 3:15 PM, Ohr Torah will be going by school bus from the Shul to the Big Apple Circus located in a heated tent adjacent to TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ. We will return to the Shul at 7:30 PM. This program is for children and parents. All children six and under must be accompanied by an adult. The all-new show entitled "Luminocity" includes acrobats, wire-walkers, performers on a double trapeze, jugglers the Big Apple Circus Band and many more surprises! Cost is $28 per person including transportation for all reservations made by Sunday March 2nd. After that date, the price goes up to $35 per person. Let the OT Youth Program entertain your children while you prepare for Purim. You can make reservations by sending an email to Mayer Berg at marcgberg@verizon.net. Please include names and phone numbers for all attendees. Additionally, you can pay via paypal using youth@ohrtorah.net or checks can be dropped off at the home of Mayer Berg @15 Edgemount Road in Edison. This promises to be a blast! On Motzei Shabbat March 15th, Ohr Torah has a grand celebration planned for Purim night. It will be a magical evening as the Magic of Marco will be entertaining our children starting at 8:30 PM during Megillah reading upstairs. After Megillah reading, come downstairs to the Kiddush Room where we will have lively music, a face painter, ______________________________________ Douglas Simon to Speak on Challenges to US Foreign Policy at JCC River Ridge Lecture The next JCC Lecture in Highland Park will take place on Wednesday, March 26th at 1 PM in the community room at River Ridge, 30 So. Adelaide Ave. All are welcome to hear Dr. Douglas Simon speak on the new challenges facing US Foreign Policy. Douglas W. Simon, is emeritus professor of political science at Drew University, where he specialized in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, international organization, and national security. After arriving at Drew, Simon directed the university's Semester on the United Nations for fifteen years, served as convener of Drew's Masters in International Affairs Program, and later was department chair. Cost for the lecture is $8 for JCCMC Members; $10 for non-members. Refreshments are served. To register please send the names of the participants, along with your check, payable to the JCC, to: Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820, and write Douglas Simon in HP in the memo section. For more information on this and other upcoming JCC programs and trips please call Diane Mael, Director of Adult Services at 732-494-3232 ext. 3614 _________________________________________ Please join TABC at its 31st Annual Dinner on Sunday, March 30th at Congregation Keter Torah as we honor a group of very special individuals. The theme of this year's dinner "Building our Future," acknowledges the tremendous contributions of our honorees; Wendy and Isaac Shulman, Alisa and Stephen Levy, Dr. Garry Katz and YaacovApfelbaum who have all contributed in significant ways to the growth of our Yeshiva. For reservations or to make a donation, please go to www.tabc.org/dinner. JCC TRIP TO NEUE GALERIE POSTPONED BECAUSE OF WEATHER, RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27TH The February 9th trip to the NEUE Galerie in Manhattan from the JCC of Middlesex County has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 27th. Instead of seeing The Kandinsky exhibit which ended Feb 10th we’ll be seeing the new exhibit: “DEGENERATE ART: THE ATTACK ON MODERN ART IN NAZI GERMANY, 1937” with a private docent. Bus leaves the JCC at 9:45 am and returns approximately 3:30 pm. Cost is $50 for JCCMC members; $55 for non-members and includes coach bus transportation to and from museum, admission and private docent tour. Lunch is on your own in either of the Galerie’s 2 Cafes or a local restaurant. A very limited number of seats remain. Please register before April 10th. To register please send the names of the participants, along with your check, payable to the JCC, to: Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820, and write “NEUE GALERIE” in the memo section. For more information on this and other upcoming JCC programs and trips please call Diane Mael, Director of Adult Services at 732-494-3232 extension 3614. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NORPAC MISSION Join us on our annual Mission to Washington event to support the U.S.-Israel relationship on Wednesday, April 30th. On a single-day trip you will meet with Members of Congress and their staff, and share your concerns with them about foreign aid to Israel, Iran sanctions, security cooperation, and more. Help us make a difference once again! Buses leave for Washington from our area at 6:30 AM and return between 9-10 PM .There will be briefings on the bus. All meals will be provided. Register now for the early bird discount: http://www.norpac.net/ or call 201.788.5133 Adults - $125 Students - $75 (must be over 12.Those under 18 must be accompanied by Parent or legal guardian). special discount --College students can register at $36 – but only by phone. Contact Esther Kosoffsky. chefesther@yahoo.com for more info. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------EMPLOYMENT NETWORK OF RARITAN VALLEY ENRV is active posting over 200 jobs a month to over 550 members. Please continue to include the following in your announcements every week or two to let people know about the group and to post jobs. Looking for work? We can help. Go to www.ENRV.org or contact Bob Lansey at ENRVInfo@gmail.com. We post over 200 jobs each month, and help people with their resume and search strategies.Please help: If you know of any professional, part-time, or temporary job openings, please e-mail the information to ENRVInfo@gmail.comIt has been sold out in Jewish Film Festivals around the country. _________________________________________
  4. 4. The ACTT (Achieving Change Through Torah) program helps individuals succeed in making meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. The source book for the entire year is: Step by Step compiled by Rabbi Dovid Weinberger. See the ACTT web-site, www.actt613.org , for the current Learning Schedule (Modules page) and for all the event audio presentations. For more info, e-mail info@actt613.org or call Phil Rosen (732) 572-8762. KIDNEY RECEIVED! I want to thank the community for your tefillos and concern. Chasdei Hashem, our friend Tzvi received a kidney last week and is B”H on the mend. Please do keep Tzvi ben Frimmet in your Tefillos for a refuah shleimah. May we celebrate Smachot together! Thank you, Dr. Alan Singer Clothing Drive: Congregation Ahavas Yisrael needs children's clothing which are in excellent condition for its annual children's clothing drive. Please drop off clothing at: Rivka Jaffe: 16 Price Drive, Edison, NJ or at Ida Scheiner: 238 Harrison Ave., Highland Park, NJ. The clothing drive committee also requests for volunteers to help set up and/or manage the drive (chessed hours will be allotted). To volunteer for this important community event please contact: Ida Scheiner (732) 247-3073. All are welcome to "shop" at Congregation Ahavas Yisrael on Sun. March 30 for children's clothing (sizes infantXL). Donations are optional. Collecting Sheitels: KerenKolKallah established to provide orphan and destitute kallahs in Israel with essential needs. Donated custom sheitels, some brand-new, some gently worn, are sold to women in Israel who would not otherwise have the funds to buy a quality wig. All the money raised at the sale goes towards a hachnasaskallah fund which helps needy brides in EretzYisrael. Sheitels can be dropped off by Aviva, 16 Edgemount Road, Edison. For more info, please see contact Aviva Siegel (732) 572-4408 siegelmom@optonline.net Shaimos Collection: Congregation Ohr Torah will hold this year’s community Shaimos Collection on Sunday, March 23 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The cost is $20 per large garbage sized bags. Please make all checks out to Congregation Ohr Torah. (coordinator/questions) Barry Siegel, siegeldad@optonline.net ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Seforim sale: There will also be a used Seforim sale at this time, Great Bargains!!! Come find your hard-tofind and/or out-of-print books and stock up your home libraries. SIGN UP TO RUN WITH TEAM CNJKIDS On Sunday, May 18, 2014, join TEAM CNJKIDS for A Run in the Park-Highland Park 5k. To sign up go to www.cnjkids.org and click on the TEAM CNJKIDS link and begin to get sponsors to help mitigate future tuition increases at local Jewish K-8 day schools. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CHOL HAMOED PESACH SESAME STREET LIVE: The PTA of the Chai Early Childhood Center in East Brunswick's annual fundraiser: Order your tickets for "Sesame Live" at the State Theater in New Brunswick. The show is Thursday, April 17 at 10:30am of Chol Hamoed Pesach Tickets are $18 (note kids under 1-year-old get a FREE LAP VOUCHER). To order tickets, contact Elie Salomon at 732-325-9626 or at eliesalomon@gmail.com. Act fast as the sooner you order, the better your seats. Checks can be made out to "Chabad of East Brunswick." WE WILL ONLY BE TAKING ORDERS UNTIL MARCH 30th. Every year, thousands of young Israeli combat soldiers are discharged from military service and are returned to civilian life. Despite their lengthy and arduous physical training, scant attention is paid to their psychological preparedness to cope with the aftermath of traumatic experiences they may have had: Many witnessed terrible sights, made splitsecond life and death decisions, or experienced the loss of a comrade. After three or more years spent in a strict military framework, many feel overwhelmed by the decisions and demands of civilian life. They may develop symptoms ranging from difficulties with concentration to sleep and memory disorders. Other manifestations include substance abuse, anger, and symptoms which can lead to fullblown Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Peace of Mind (http://www.peaceofmindictp.com/index.html) reunites soldiers who served together. Peace of Mind (POM) offers them the admiration and respect of American Jewish communities while providing them with time in Israel and in American host communities in which they can receive treatment for the grief, bereavement, and guilt that resulted from their experience in IDF service. For Highland Park/Edison to become a POM host community we must raise the funds to underwrite the cost of the treatment program. To date, over half of the necessary funds have been collected to bring young veterans and their Israeli psychologists to our community November 9 - 16, 2014. During the time that they are here, the veterans will work with their psychologists in the mornings and spend the afternoons doing the things that twenty-somethings do: sightsee and experience New York and New Jersey. The time that we spend with these soldiers, whether in our homes or in special evening programs, is a vital part of their healing program. To learn more about the Peace of Mind Program, please join us at the home of Marcia and Barry Levinson (419 Becker Street, Highland Park) at 8 PM on March 31st. Please show your support and Hakarat Hatov to soldiers who have risked their lives for our homeland and for our friends and families living in Israel. RSVP to Barbara Strassman (barbara.strassman@gmail.com or 732/545-3931). If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to support the program, please send donations made out to American Friends of Herzog Hospital c/o Rosanne Koenigson at 221 Washington Ave. Edison, NJ 08817.
  5. 5. PURIM SCHEDULE 5774/2014 Ta'anit Esther (Fast of Esther, Thursday, 3/13) 5:52 AM 6:15 & 8:00 AM 6:25 PM 7:42 PM Fast Begins Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Fast Ends Shabbat Zachor (Shabbat, 3/15) 8:00 AM & 9:00 AM Shacharit (with Zachor Laneing) A second reading of Parshat Zachor will take place after 9:00 AM Minyan 6:15 PM Mincha Seudah Shlishit at home 7:54 PM Shabbat Ends 8:15 PM Maariv & Megillah Readings (Upstairs: Gragger Friendly & Downstairs: Gragger Lite) 8:10 PM Youth Program: Megillah, Mad Science and More! (2-9 Years old) 9:30 PM Purim Chagigah and Mad Science! (Social Hall) 10:00 PM (Late) Megillah Reading (Downstairs) Purim Day (Sunday, 3/16) 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 11:00 AM Shacharit & 1st Megilla reading Shacharit & 2nd Megilla reading 3rd Megilla reading 11:00-3:00 PM MATANOT LA’EVYONIM Cash or checks (made out to YIEB Tzedakah Fund) can be placed in the tray designated Matanot La’evyonim all before 12:00 PM on Purim day. at East Brunswick Jewish Center 1:00 PM & 3:45 PM Mincha 8:30 PM Maariv (if you drank at home...don’t drive to shul!)