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Pesach at ay

Mechiras Chametz
As I have shared with many of you in the past, I personally look forward to the several minutes of “face-time” that I am able to share with so many of you each and every year, as you appoint me as your agent to arrange for the sale of your chametz.  Regrettably, this year that will not be an option. Instead, I have set up an online form that you can use for this purpose, found here:  Mechiras Chametz for Congregation Ahavas Yisrael.  Please fill out this form by Sunday, April 5. For those who are interested, I would still love the opportunity to have a brief virtual face-to-face check in. If you would like to request such an arrangement, please reply to this email by letting me know and I would welcome the opportunity to set up a time that is mutually convenient. To be clear, while I would love such an opportunity, this is not required in order to authorize me to arrange for the sale of your chametz. Wishing everyone a healthy and a happy Yom Tov.
Chag Bari Kasher V'sameach,
Rabbi Jaffe
Ma'os Chittim


I hope that this letter finds you and your entire family in the best of health. We find ourselves currently in an unprecedented situation. At this time every year as we turn our attention towards the necessary preparations for פסח, we need to remember others who are not able to prepare due to financial limitations. This year, there are many families in our community that have been affected by the current situation. This year, all funds that are raised in our Ma’os Chittim campaign will be used to help relieve stress for families in Highland Park/Edison that are under overwhelming financial pressure. The earlier you are able to send in a check, or make a donation online, the sooner we will be able to distribute the funds and thereby reduce the anxiety of the noble recipients. Please make your checks payable to: AY Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund with Ma’os Chittim in the memo, or use the Donation button on the shul website to make a donation with Ma'os Chittim in the notes. May the acts of kindness we perform for each other result in the Geulah Shleima for Klal Yisrael!

חג כשר ושמח,

Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe

Edison parnassah initiative

In these tough times, people are hurting due to loss of income. Please help them by donating to the EPI.  Checks can also be sent with EPI in the memo. 

Rabbi Jaffe,

Thank you for your and your wife’s hospitality. It was a true ONEG SHABBAT, to be remembered for many years to come. AY members were so warm and welcoming. More than one person asked me if I wish to join them for seudat Shabbat. WOW!
It was my first time in life to meet a Chavura in person. What an experience! Each one is an impressive young man. I observed your children’s interaction with their friends. It’s the first time in the US that I’ve witnessed a community in the real sense of the word rather than its hijacked use.

The entire experience really lifted my spirit.


Welcome to Congregation Ahavas Yisrael

An Inspiring Place to Be!!!


Programming for all ages, young and old

Multiple options for Kosher food and Yeshiva education

Fully functional Mikvah and Eruv

Affordable housing, with multiple homes NOW FOR SALE

Convenient location near train station and access to local highways

Welcome to Congregation Ahavas Yisrael, located at 1587 Route 27 in Edison. AY, as we're known, is an Orthodox synagogue located in Central New Jersey. We pride ourselves on our warmth and hospitality, as well as strong leadership from our Rav and Board who are committed to the shul's continued growth. Here you'll find a beautiful, affordable neighborhood located in the heart of New Jersey and only a short train ride from locations north, such as Newark and New York City. 



If you'd like to spend a Shabbos at AY, let us know by clicking here. Full accommodations can be made for families, small or large



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Fri, April 3 2020 9 Nisan 5780