Congregation Ahavas Achim
216 South 1st Avenue 
Highland Park, N.J. 08904
(732) 247-0532


Highland Park

Settled about 1667, the borough of Highland Park, occupies 1.8 square miles in central Middlesex county in New Jersey and is home to some 14,000 residents. It offers an excellent public school system, state-of-the-art library, and a vibrant downtown. It is a neighbor to New Brunswick, the county seat and location of Rutgers, the New Jersey State University.

Find out more at the Highland Park Web site

The Highland Park Jewish community, drawing from Highland Park itself and the neighboring township of Edison, hosts a number of Jewish organizations and Jewish-oriented businesses.

Service Organizations

ACTT - Achieving Change Through Torah 
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ACTT is an organization that facilitates meaningful and lasting character improvement by using a methodology that includes learning Torah, performing actions, making commitments, and sharing motivational material. ACTT creates an environment that supports an individual's efforts by assisting with challenges and celebrating successes.

Bikur Cholim Organization of Raritan Valley
7 Marshall Drive 
Edison, NJ 08817 
(732) 572-7181 
This is a community-based organization servicing the needs of homebound and hospitalized Jewish patients. The services they provide include hospital and homebound visitation, transportation, provision of food, a blood donation program, and organized daily prayer for the sick. Bikur Cholim members also make provision for other religious needs of patients. They welcome calls for information and new volunteers.

Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing And Rehabilitation Center 
380 DeMott Lane 
Somerset, NJ 08873 
(732) 873-2000 
Regency Heritage is centrally located in Somerset, New Jersey, on the beautiful 59-acre Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living. Regency Heritage is committed to bringing advanced levels of skilled nursing care, rehabilitation and quality of life to all those we serve, in an environment that embraces Jewish values and traditions.

Chabad House at Rutgers University 
Rabbi Baruch Goodman 
170 College Avenue 
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
(732) 296-1800 
Chabad House offers many educational, cultural, and religious activities aimed at promoting the ethical, philosophical, and spiritual values of Judaism.

Chevra Kadisha 
(732) 572-1712

Friends for Preservation of Middlesex County Jewish Cemeteries, Inc. 
P. O. Box 306
Moorestown, NJ 08057

Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County 
1775 Oak Tree Road 
Edison, NJ 08820 
(732) 494-3232 
The Jewish Community Center has an active Senior Club and offers a gamut of programs and activities, including adult social activities that serve single adults and senior citizens in a warm, caring Jewish environment. Room rentals are also available.

Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County 
32 Ford Avenue 
Milltown, NJ 08850
(732) 777-1940 
A nonprofit organization serving everyone who lives in Middlesex County and the surrounding environs. JFVS is committed to helping individuals and families realize a fulfilling life experience at home, in the workplace, and in the community by providing effective social services, counseling, and advocacy through responsive, innovative programs.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County 
230 Old Bridge Turnpike 
South River, NJ 08882 
(732) 432-7711       FAX: (732) 432-0292 
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, the region's largest Jewish nonprofit - identifies and funds social service, educational and humanitarian needs locally, in Israel and around the world. Through the network of agencies and programs it funds, the Federation helps alleviate Jewish poverty, provide emergency relief, ensure a Jewish future, and support the community of Greater Middlesex County.

Kosher Meals on Wheels 
(732) 738-5225

The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living 
350 DeMott Lane 
Somerset, NJ 08873 
(888) 311-5231
The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living in Somerset, New Jersey, offers a wide range of programs, services and residential options for seniors in a caring, homelike environment that embraces Jewish traditions. Independent living, assisted living, long-term skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, sub-acute care, hospice care and respite care are all available within a 59-acre campus in Somerset County, New Jersey.

Rutgers University Hillel Foundation 
93 College Avenue 
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
(732) 545-2407 
Rutgers Hillel provides opportunities for Jewish students to meet other Jews, and provides individual religious counseling and teaching, informal Judaic courses, Shabbat services, holiday programs, and Jewish awareness to area Jewish undergraduates, graduates, and faculty on Rutgers University campuses. Students participate in many community-wide social service projects.

380 DeMott Lane 
Somerset, NJ 08873 
(732) 568-1155 
The Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence represents a new dimension in living for those who choose not to live alone, yet do not need nursing home care. In our innovative, assisted-living environment, the fullness of life continues. Residents are appreciated for their talents and their life experiences while they are respected for their maturity and their heritage. SomerBrook is glatt kosher and celebrates the Jewish Traditions. It is on the same campus as the Central New Jersey Jewish Home allowing seamless entry if the need occurs.

State of Israel Bonds 
230 Old Bridge Turnpike
South River, NJ 08882
FAX: 732/390-2175

Orthodox Synagogues

Congregation Ahavas Achim
Rabbi Steven Miodownik
216 South 1st Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
(732) 247-0532

Congregation Agudath Israel
Rabbi Reuven Drucker
1131 Raritan Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
(732) 819-8300

Congregation Ahavas Yisrael of Edison
Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe
1587 Route 27
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 572-8911

Congregation Etz Ahaim (Sephardic)
Rabbi David Bassous
230 Denison Street
Highland Park, NJ 08904
(732) 247-3839

Khal Chasidim
Corner of North 8th Ave & Abbott Street
(732) 937-5904

Congregation Ohav Emeth
Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman
415 Raritan Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
(732) 247-3038

Congregation Ohr Torah
Rabbi Yaakov Luban
48 Edgemount Road
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 777-6840

Congregation Poile Tzedek
Rabbi Abraham Mykoff

Young Israel of East Brunswick
195 Dunham's Corner Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(732) 254-1860

Chabad House at Rutgers University (Lubavitch)
Rabbi Baruch Goodman
170 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 296-1800

Chabad House of Edison (Lubavitch)
Rabbi Yossi Hirsch
527 Grove Avenue (close to JFK Med Ctr)
Edison, NJ 08820
(732) 906-8194

Rutgers Hillel
Andrew Getraer - Executive Director
93 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 545-2407

Netivot - The Montessori Yeshiva
511 Ryders Lane
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Rabbi Jacob Joseph School (RJJ)
High School and Rabbinical College for young men
1 Plainfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 985-6533
Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva (RPRY)
Grades Pre-Nursery to 8th
2 Harrison Street
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 572-5052

Shalom Torah Academy
70 Amboy Road
Morganville, NJ 07751
Phone: 732.536.0911

Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion Pre-School
1131 Raritan Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
(732) 819-7083

Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion -- Boys' Division
Grades 1st to 8th
120 A Ethel Road West
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(732) 777-0029

Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion -- Girls' Division
Grades Pre 1A to 8th
51 Park Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(732) 235-00422

Highland Park Mikvah
    (732) 249-2411     


Times vary throughout the year. Please consult the weekly bulletin for current times.

Friday nights are by appointment only. For appointments or more information, call 732-249-2411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Please arrive with enough time to be out before closing time. Thank you.

The Kelim Mikvah at Congregation Ohr Torah
    (732) 777-6840     
    Every Sunday morning     7:15 – 9:45 AM

Ohr Torah Keylim Mikvah hours are, officially, 7:15 – 9:45 AM on Sunday mornings. Additionally,
the Keylim Mikvah can be used when the Shul is during Minyan hours. The Shul is locked (for
security purposes) during non-Minyan hours. If you need special access, please speak to a Shul
Gabbai. Please leave the area clean and neat.       

East Brunswick Mikvah
    (732) 257-4121     
    Sunday-Thursday     9:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday                     by appointment
    Saturday                 1-1/2 hours after Shabbat ends, for 2 hours
    Kelim                      by appointment

Mikvah at Chabad House of Rutgers University in New Brunswick
    (732) 296-0613     Or call Mrs. Sara Goodman at (732) 545-2365
    Hours     By appointment only

Ahavas Achim

Special Announcements


We warmly welcome Shalom and Rivka Rosenbaum and Aryeh Barasch and Annie Fishman who recently joined the shul as Full Members. We look forward to their active participation and warm and mutually supportive relationships.


Bundle up and join us for a spirited Fireside Kumzitz and Melave Malka this Motzei Shabbat, November 28 at :00 p.m. in the AA parking lot. Individual and family seating will be spaced at a distance to enable us to join together safely. Children, teens, couples, and singles are all invited to come, with limited seating available (by prior registration only). Pizza and other refreshments will be served. We will have a rain date of December 5.

BREAKFAST WITH RABBI MENACHEM LEIBTAG:; Passcode: 613; Dial in access: 929-205-6099

Ahavas Achim University presents Breakfast with Rabbi Menachem Leibtag: Chanukah: 'Holiday of Lights' or 'Holiday of Freedom'? on Sundays, November 29 and December 6 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Log onto Zoom, fire up the waffle maker, and invite Rabbi Leibtag into your home for breakfast and learning on five consecutive Sunday mornings before Chanukah! Please join us as we prepare for Chanukah by learning with our master teacher of Tanach. Sponsorships welcome!

November 29: What is Sefer HaMakkabim and Why It Should (Or Shouldn't) Be Included in Tanach?

December 6: The Torah Reading for Chanukah and How It Explains Birkat Kohanim


Zoom link:

Ahavas Achim University presents a lecture on Zoom this Tuesday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. entitled Vayomer: Slavery, Creation, and the Yoke of Heaven. Featuring Rabbi Jed Zaslow, AA Rabbinic Intern 5781, this lecture, will explore the deeper meaning of Kriat Shema and study its practical halachot.

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