This Week at Etz Hayim

26 Tammuz: Matot-Massei

Monday, July 13th
*7:30 PM – Informal Bible Study Session led
by Rabbi Bash
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Please join us for an informal discussion of Exodus Chapter 29, verse 43, led by Rabbi Emeritus Marvin Bash. The discussion will include the chapter and verse and will fold in commentators’ thoughts. For those without a book available, Sefaria,, can be used to access the chapter, verse and commentators. If you have any questions please contact Jill Clark at


Wednesday, July 16th
*5:00 PM – Rising 7th Graders and B’nai Mitzvah Families Meeting
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*7:00 PM – Rising 8th & 9th Graders Meeting
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Thursday, July 16th
*8:00 AM – Online Morning Minyan
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*5:00 PM – Rising K-2 Meeting
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*7:00 PM – Rising 3-6 Meeting
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Friday, July 17th (Candle lighting, 8:14 PM)
*6:15 PM – Kabbalat Shabbat Service
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Saturday, July 18th (Havdalah, 9:17 PM)
*10:00 AM – Shabbat Services
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*9:30 PM – Summer Camp Havdalah
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Bar Mitzvah of Alex Kagy: September 5, 2020

Summer Havdalah Series

Member Perks

Members are invited to borrow a siddur and/or chumash from CEH, in order to follow along during virtual services and/or study at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to request a prayer book.

A CEH volunteer will follow up with you to coordinate the loan.

Friday Night & Saturday Morning Services

Starting Thursday, July 2 2020, we will be having lay-led services, and we need you to participate!

Sign up here to lead a portion of the service, a prayer or two, and/or read Torah or Haftarah.

  • Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services will now be held exclusively via Zoom (no more Facebook live).
  • Torah will be chanted from books (you can use trope and vowels!), not an actual scroll.
  • We won’t do Torah blessings but will pause between aliyot to announce verses.
  • Non-members of Etz Hayim are welcome to participate, read, and lead.
  • All ages, including pre-B’nai Mitzvah are welcome to sign up for anything. We’d love post-B’nai mitzvah to lead the Kaddishes and Barechu.
  • We are still figuring out whether we can do any of the Torah Service that surrounds the reading of the Torah/Haftarah. Stay tuned for updates.
  • If you want to participate but need more practice, help or coaching, contact

Thursday Morning Minyan

Have a yahrzeit or another occasion where you need a minyan? Add your initials here to request a Thursday morning minyan. When you make this request, a call is sent out to Minyan Makers to help to ensure a minyan.

If you would like to help lead or chant Torah on Thursday morning, or if you would like to be added to the list of Minyan Makers, please contact

Member Portal and Dues Notices

Last week, members received a Dues Information email. That email also contained instructions on how to access our new ShulCloud Member Portal. As a reminder, the Member Portal enables you to sign up for programming, pay invoices, make donations, manage yahrzeits and more in a secure individually-password-protected site.

Dues can now easily be paid directly through the Member Portal (no more paper checks!). However, if you prefer not to use the Member Portal or to continue to pay your dues via paper check, you continue to have this option. Access the Member Portal by simply going to the Etz Hayim web page and click on Member Portal at the top of the page. If you need assistance with your Member Portal login, please contact the Office. If you need help paying your invoice online, contact Marcy.

Need a friendly chat? Need help?

Your CEH friends are here to help during these difficult times. If you are feeling isolated and would like to hear a friendly voice…Or if you need assistance setting up online shopping & deliver.

Please email Membership VP Naomi Harris at

CEH Social Action Committee

Committee members hope everyone is healthy and continuing to take the necessary precautions to stay that way. The longer this extraordinary pandemic drags on, the more our neighbors are in need of assistance. We can make a difference without even leaving our homes! Please look at some of the links below to see how you can help.

You may want to assist some of Etz Hayim’s community partners and organizations we have served in the past:

Bridges to Independence seeks volunteers to tweet out their upcoming events.

Doorways for Women and Families and Bridges to Independence needs monetary donations and has a triple match in effect until June 15. Doorways also has a “drive-thru” donation drive every Friday for cleaning supplies and other items.

A-SPAN, which seeks to end homelessness, needs donations of money and cleaning supplies.

Aspire!, which CEH members have helped through MLK Day, needs “virtual volunteers,” to help children with schoolwork and reading.

OAR needs monetary contributions so it can provide emergency services for individuals and families dealing with incarceration.

As our region slowly begins to re-open, many food service workers remain unemployed or in financial straits.

For an extensive up-to-date list of Arlington non-profits that desperately need monetary
or in-kind donations, just click here:

Any donation of food, goods, or services can help mitigate the impact of this pandemic on our community.

Thank you so much! B’shalom,
Paula Levin-Alcorn, Laura Hill, Eva Kleederman, Elisa Rosman, and Rachel Waldstein

Amazon Smiles

Use the link when you shop: and Amazon will donate to the Congregation with every purchase!

Eugene Arden
Sarah Billowitz**
Florence H. Cohen**
Jeanette Coral
Bertha Esformes
Charles Fiedelman**
William Garvin**
Rose Golin**
Morris Gondos**
Jack Graboyes**
Robert Green
Shirley J. Grossman**
Rabbi Jacob Grossman**
Joseph Hillman
Ralph C Hirsch**
Celia Kauffman

Rhonda Koff Zillig
Philip S Kramer**
Anna Ruth Lesser**
Jean Levy**
Bernard Levy**
Sidney G Lutzin**
Joel Okin**
Edith Z. Pressman
Max Rubinstein**
Jack W Schwartz
Deborah Shapiro
Louis Silbermann**
Theodore Steiner**
Frances Thaler**
Bertha Weinberg**
Jacob Yellen**

You still can dedicate our new siddurim!

We are still dedicating our new siddurim, Siddur Lev Shalem. You can dedicate a siddur in honor or memory of special people in your lives. Each dedicated Siddur is $54.00.

Please contact the office ( with the information for each siddur you would like to dedicate.

Bikkur Cholim (Helping the ill) & Bereavement Committees

These committees are on standby to help in the hour of need for those who are ill or recuperating by visiting, calling, helping with grocery shopping, providing transportation to doctors or the synagogue, bringing meals, etc. or to assist a bereaved family in arranging for the funeral, Shiva Minyan, and meal of condolence. Notify the Etz Hayim office about your needs. 

Due to the current coronavirus situation, in-person assistance may not be available at this time.

Pozez JCC Virtual Programming

A way to stay connected and engaged. Here you will find resources to help keep you active, sharp, and healthy while you stay safe at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This page is continually being updated:

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