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We at Con­gre­ga­tion Etz Ahaim take pride in being one of the warmest, friendliest and most welcoming congregations in the community. Our doors are always wide open to members of the local Raritan Valley community, as well as to people living outside our area.

Respecting the beautiful customs and traditions of our faith, Congregation Etz Ahaim is an orthodox Sephardic synagogue. Morning and evening services are held daily. Child care and a children's program are offered on Shabbat and Yom Tov. All of our Shabbat services are followed by a bountiful sit-down kiddush, providing members with an opportunity to socialize, greet new worshipers, and informally meet our rabbi, Rabbi David Bassous.

Whether you are thinking of moving into the Highland Park/Edison area, or you live locally and are interested in finding out more about Congregation Etz Ahaim, we would love to assist you. Our kehilla is a very friendly place and we have a diverse membership, from old to young, and a variety of observance levels. One thing we all have in common is a desire to help newcomers feel welcome.

Etz Ahaim's First Annual Simcha Kiddush PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Etz Ahaim's First Annual Simcha Kiddush

November 1 - After Shacharit

Do you have something to be thankful for? You got that promotion at work. Your daughter got an A on that science test. You live in a beautiful Jewish community. The sanitation department picked up that old TV set without you calling for a “special pickup”. 

Here’s your chance to thank G-d, by sponsoring Etz Ahaim’s First Annual Simcha Kiddush. You can sponsor the Kiddush from anywhere between two chai ($36) and five chai ($90). Share your simcha with the community. Every sponsor will be publicly thanked and displayed on our Simcha Kiddush Scroll.



The Stained Glass Windows PDF  | Print |  E-mail

The Stained Glass Windows

These are the panes of stained glass that surround the cupola above the main sanctuary.  They form two themes or groups: Jewish Holidays and The Tribes of Israel.

Shabbat Simchat Torah

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New Class: Shaarei Kedusha by Rabbi Chaim Vital on Monday evenings PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Shaarei Kedusha by Rabbi Chaim Vital

Starting Monday February 24 at 8:00 pm, Rabbi David Bassous will be presenting a series of 10 classes on the classic 'Shaarei Kedusha'.

This is an inspirational work by Rabbi Chaim Vital (1543-1620), the foremost disciple of the famous kabbalist the Arizal. It contains instruction and exhortations for a life of utmost holiness, which could ultimately elevate the person to the point where he/she will be worthy of Divine Inspiration (Ruach Ha-Kodesh).

Shaarei Kedusha goes beyond the simple theories, and gives practical instruction concerning the ways to experience the Divine and bond with G-d. Rav Chaim Vital carefully bound these teachings to Jewish law and customs and attempts to form the character of the aspirant who desires to ascend to G-d.

For a downloadable PDF copy of the text, contact Rabbi Bassous.

Have you seen our new doors? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Have you seen our new doors?

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Kosher Facility with Meat Kitchen for Your Simcha! PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Social Halls

Congregation Etz Ahaim has two social halls that can be rented for simchas.

Enjoy our large formal social dining hall - outfitted with a raised stage for musical entertainment and dance floor.

Upper social hall Lower social hall

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