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Parshat Korach 4 Tamuz 5780, June 26, 2020

06/04/2020 07:35:14 PM

Jun4

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 8:07 PM

ERUV IS UP? Please check the ERUV hotline at (781) 446-9797 

For Women’s Mikvah usage advice, please contact: Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge

Shaarei Amazon Smiles https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3293136

 

 

THIS WEEK’S VIRTUAL PROGRAMS FROM SHAAREI

 

VIRTUAL CST Daf Yomi 

Find a Hebrew-English version of Daf Yomi at https://www.sefaria.org/?home

Are you already utilizing the internet for listening to shiurim podcasts, keep going! 

For those who were members of our in-person daf yomi group, David Fischer has graciously agreed to teach virtually.

We have created a friendly self-accountability mechanism to motivate people to make the time to continue in their Daf Yomi learning.

Download a daf yo

 

TUESDAY June 30

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs, 8:00 AM

 

Tai Chi: Join us on Tuesday June 30 at 7:00 PM for an hour of Virtual Tai Chi. We have been working on our seated meditation practice, a helpful skill in these stressful times.

  

Wednesday July 1

Jewish Meditation Classes: Introductory series in conjunction with Livnot U'Lehibanot. 

    Sessions: July 1

Rabbi Sendor will have an introductory series on Jewish Meditation in conjunction with Livnot U'Lehibanot. Next class on Wed. July 1, at 8 PM Israel time, 1 PM EDT

To participate in these classes, Rabbi Sendor and Anne Sendor ask that you become a member of Tal Orot https://www.talorot.org/. It is free. And gives you access to recordings of meditations you can practice. For any questions and to receive the Zoom link please contact Anne Sendor at Anne@talorot.org.

 

Lessons in Leadership and Life From the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, and Jewish History with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels

    Sessions: July 1, 8 PM - 9:15 PM, Remaining Wednesday night July 8.

Topic: Lives of Pi: Beruria and Rabbi Meir

In this class, we will interactively study profiles in leadership and life in times of difficult and crisis. Through our analyses we will aim to discover positive life lessons in resilience and fortitude

 

Thursday  July 2 

 

Petichat haShaar - Interactive D’var Torah: 15 minute Parashah Upcoming Sessions 

This is a 15 minute Parshah Session, taking place on Thursday nights at 9 via Zoom. The program has been extended for another few weeks. The updated schedule is as follows: 

Thursday, July 2 at 9:00 PM

Parshat Chukar-Balak Thursday, July 2 at 9:00 PM

Led by ERIK BITTNER.    

Zoom room opens at 8:55; Interactive Dvar Torah starts promptly at 9 pm; Formal session ends at 9.15.  

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

Sunday June 17

  • Shaarei Book Club The next meeting of the Shaarei Book Club on Zoom will be Wednesday, June 17th, at 7:15 when we will discuss Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.  There will be more information closer to the date concerning login instructions.  For more information, contact bookclub@shaarei.org for additional information.

 


 

 

ONGOING AT SHAAREI


Click here for Or-El Ankori’s 5th Edition of LeCovid Shabbat/Shavuot Teen Parashah Newsletter.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VGMjGgo8IDnKFdCAvttW3Ujt6IQ58k1n/view?usp=sharing


Shaarei Good News ... Stay tuned for Episode Three: The “Matan Torah” pre-Shavuot episode will continue to celebrate Shaarei Good News, including a Shaarei Bar Mitzvah and an interview with Nancy Kriegel of Yad Chessed by Emily Beck, our Tzedakah Committee Chair. Connection through Creativity is our only limitation!

 

All Musicians - Musical Salons

Calling all Shaarei musicians and music lovers! We invite you to join our virtual concerts (either as a performer or audience member).  We are planning to host three Sunday evenings via Zoom for a half hour of music performed by Shaarei members. The dates are June 7 and July 5, all from 7-7:30 pm.

New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI) of Ma'ayan Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses is available for consultation on questions regarding Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish law relating to married life) and its intersection with women's health. She can be reached via phone or text at (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com. The best hours to contact Sarah are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 8PM to 10PM. For more information and to stay connected, please visit www.NEyoetzet.org and sign up for the mailing list.

 


 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

Teen Beit Midrash Live on Zoom, a program of Hebrew College led by our teacher and member Rabba Claudia Marbach. Teen Beit Midrash is open to raising 8th-12th graders, limited to the first 20 applicants. We meet Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, June 23 - July 28

Hebrew College’s newest youth program Teen Beit Midrash is an intimate and challenging program for those who are looking for a pluralistic and inclusive place to explore their identity as a Jewish teen and deepen their knowledge.

In  this unique, 6-part beit midrash experience, we will explore real life ethical questions and see how Judaism can help us find the answers. The Teen Beit Midrash online experience includes lively hevrutah (partner) study guided (in the original Hebrew and Aramaic  or in full translation) by excellent faculty. Teens will have the opportunity to learn, debate, decode, and explore this timeless biomedical debate, building a supportive TBM community with teens from across the country. TBM is a pluralistic and inclusive  program; all levels of knowledge and Jewish identities are welcome.

Registration: https://hebrewcollege.edu/teen-beit-midrash-summer-session-2020/

 

Brandeis Precollege Programs: Genesis. For students entering grades 9-12. Connect virtually this summer! July 6 - 24, 2020

Genesis offers a three week online course session. The sessions gives outstanding students the chance to connect virtually, engage in study of an academic field through a Jewish lense, and what it means to build a diverse, international, pluralist Jewish community. To register click here: brandeis.edu/precollege/genesis. For more information contact

 

Announcing Tikvah Online Academy

 

High-level online seminars—with small classes, master teachers, and spirited live discussions. Open to anyone interested in big ideas.

 

Exciting courses on Jewish ideas and Western civilization, Israeli history and heroes, the future of American democracy, the fight against anti-Semitism, and the principles of a free economy and free society.

 

All classes meet once per week for 4 consecutive weeks. Classes will run throughout the summer from mid-June to mid-July (Session #1) and from mid-July to early August (Session #2).

 

Tikvah educators are leading professors, policy experts, rabbis, and writers eager to teach intellectually curious students who want to join Tikvah's community of ideas.

 

The application process is fast, easy, and free. And students interested in doing 3 courses or more can become eligible for essay and scholarship prizes, digital "townhall meetings" with Jewish leaders, and more.

 

Act now, because spaces will fill up fast:

 

Current 7th & 8th Graders

Current 9th & 10th Graders

Current 11th & 12th Graders

Current College Students

 


 

 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS 

JF&CS is here to help! Kids at home? Free Parent Coaching. • Is your young child with a disability missing the structure of school? • Do you need help working with your child’s teacher or school system to adapt virtual learning to accommodate their needs? • Has your adult child’s work or day program closed, leaving them feeling isolated and bored? • Are they displaying behaviors that are difficult to manage? 

Set up a FREE phone call or video meeting so we can help you schedule your child’s day and troubleshoot any challenging behaviors that they are exhibiting. Contact us at drn@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5640.

 

We have set up a number of committees to help support our members whose lives may have been disrupted in recent weeks by the novel Coronavirus Pandemic. These include helping people find (general) medical information, social connections, shop for life's essentials for those in quarantine, support for young families and more. We have created a dedicated page on the shul website, accessible directly here and also from the Shaarei website homepage .

Thank you to all our dedicated and hard working committee members.

 

If you are experiencing any level of financial need, please contact Rabbi Samuels at ravbensam@shaarei.org or by cell phone (857) 636-8489. All requests will be held with confidentiality.

 

Additional financial resources:

CJP Warmline (1-800-CJP-9500) may be able to assist you.

With one phone call or by filling out a simple online form, trained Warmline counselors can begin to help you navigate available services across our Jewish community. 

Yad Chesed - Anyone who wants to reach out should email intake@yadchessed.org with their full name, date of birth, address, number of dependents and best phone number to be reached.

 

 


 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Family Table: Our friends at Jewish Family & Children's Services are in dire need of volunteers to help at their Sunday distributions in Waltham, Marblehead, and Canton. Their next distribution is in Waltham on Sunday, June 7thth  and they need volunteers on-site and to pack and deliver groceries. Click here to sign up.  Additional Sunday distribution date: July 12.

Write personalized cards to home-bound older adults: 

Another request from JF&CS: In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written note will be particularly meaningful. If you are proficient in Russian, we would love to receive cards written in Russian as well. Please contact Ava Harder for more information at aharder@JFCSBoston.org.

 

Deliver meals to older adults and quarantined immigrant families:

Our friends at Jewish Family Service (Metrowest) need volunteers to deliver meals to isolated older adults and immigrant families. Click here to fill out their volunteer interest form.

 

Donate supplies to hospitals:

Hospitals are in need of sanitizer, gloves, wipes, and more. Click here to fill out the City of Boston's donation intake form.

 

Boys and Girls Club:

The Program Committee of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton is looking for local folks to spend between 20-30 minutes on a video call (using the blue jeans app) with Boys and Girls Club teen members. Talk about your current profession, your career progression and why you (hopefully during normal times) enjoy  doing what you do. You should also be prepared to answer questions from the teens.  We could schedule the date/time around your availability. 

Please contact Frank Ponceano, Program Director for more information at Fponceano@newtonbgc.com.

 

 


 

 

Support our Community While Online Shopping

Do you make online purchases at Amazon.com? Did you know we now have an opportunity for Amazon to give back to Shaarei via their AmazonSmile program?  When you make purchases at Amazon, Shaarei can receive 0.5% or $1 for every $200 of purchases. 

Here's what you need to do to make your purchases count:

Log in to your Amazon account using:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3293136

You'll receive a Welcome! email and you'll see the AmazonSmile.

Save this Smile link however it is easiest for you (Favorites, etc.) and continue using it.  

Thank you to Elliot Israel for bringing this opportunity to our attention.

 

Purchasing wine from Kosherwine.com. Shaarei has joined their affiliate program where the shul gets a 5% commission with each purchase. 

Here's what you need to do to make your purchases count:

Go to this link first: Kosher Wine Delivery | Order from the Comfort of Home. 

Shop while supporting Shaarei.

Thank you to Orlee Berlove for setting up this program.

 

 


 

 

SEFER DONATIONS

 

 If you wish to donate a sefer (Siddur, Chumash, Library Book) in honor of or in memory of a person or people, please go to: https://www.shaarei.org/payment.php

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai  21 Iyar 5780 - May 15, 2020

05/15/2020 03:27:22 PM

May15

RABBI’S MESSAGE: Today’s Google news feed tells of a new smartphone camera that has “x-ray vision” and can see through certain plastics and clothing. Creepy. There is a type of “x-ray vision,” however, sometimes I wish we did have -- namely, I wish we could see all of the interconnections and causal trails of the kindnesses people do for one another. Tehillim (89:3) teaches: “Olam chesed yibaneh - the world is built up through kindness.” The Psalm asserts that our often hidden, little acts of kindness weave together into a gossamer web of enormous tensile strength that supports the whole of human civilization.  Imagine what it would look like to see the world with this type of “x-ray vision?” We’d see strings of connection between each of us, and all of us, never tangling, and always carrying us upright and forward. 

    The first of our double parshiyot this week, Behar, begins: “וַיְדַבֵּ֤ר ה’ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה בְּהַ֥ר סִינַ֖י לֵאמֹֽר - And God spoke to Moshe at Har Sinai, saying” (Lev 25:1). The Torah then goes on to adumbrate in great detail the mitzvah of Shemitta. Rashi, takes note of the unusual prelude to the presentation of Shemitta by stipulating God spoke of this to Moshe at Mount Sinai. Rashi famously asks: “Mah inyan Shemitta etzel Har Sinai - What does Shemitta have to do with Har Sinai?” Rashi answers that we must believe that just as the details are presented here expansively and in depth with regard to Shemitta, so too for all the mitzvot given at Har Sinai, despite their sometimes brief and unexpanded presentation in the Torah. The details of all the mitzvot reside in the Oral Torah, which we believe was also given to Moshe at Har Sinai.

    In other words, when it comes to Torah, it is always about the details, even if we sometimes  speak in generalities. So too it is with kindness. When we speak of kindness, we often speak in  platitudes: Be Kind to Others; Pay it Forward; Engage in Random Acts of Kindness; Better Kind than Clever, etc. Underlying these simplistic maxims, however, lies a much more detailed, deeper truth of the complexity of kindness, and how kind acts create the scaffolding holding up our world (see Avot 1:2). Would it be better if we could don a pair of “x-ray glasses” and behold the complex of connections and causations kindness makes? It sure would be cool. But it may also undermine the goal. Kindness is not about me, it’s about you - but, then again, not just about you. It’s about our faith in goodness. It’s about living the Godly and purposeful life. It’s about giving positive spin to the energy and matter that make up the whole universe. It’s about trusting that all the details that make up our lives are informed by the quiet voice and hidden vision of Sinai. It’s about imagining a better world and acting to make it be. IT’s about feeling, not seeing, the connections that keep it all together. 

    Shabbat shalom, Rav Benjie

 

This coming Thursday night and Friday is Yom Yerushalyim - Jerusalem Reunification Day. We are planning on a video program next Thursday night, and will sing Hallel at synchronous Shacharit next Friday. Stay tuned for more information...

 

 

Shaarei Good News ...  This second episode features the contagious laughter of children; a Shaarei poetry slam; a spiritual message by Israeli neo-chassidic musical sensation, R' Shlomo Katz (interviewed by our international correspondent, Dov Kram); an amazing chesed project by NCSY teenagers from Newton interviewed by Rabbi Yudi Reisel; and to finish, a "sing-along" musical celebration of Shaarei Tefillah by Steven Lesser, among other "good news" spots.You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5emF1YNbJmo

 

If you still haven’t seen the critically disclaimed first episode of “Shaarei Good News,” you may find it here: https://www.facebook.com/Shaarei-Tefillah-110755450611086 or via this Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDFzcDw-Nag

 

Corona-Crisis Shavuot with Shaarei 5780

 

Help Us Complete the Torah For Shavuot - Slots are still available!

Let us join as a community to complete the five books of Torah. Please sign up to learn a Parasha or two by Sunday May 24, Rosh Chodesh Sivan. We look forward to celebrating our Siyum by Zoom before Shavuot. *Children who sign up will be given Shaarei Shekels for each Parasha. We will hold a shuk upon completion. Sign up at http://hadranalach.com/index.php?action=ch_viewi&id=1168

 

Need Volunteers to Generate Source Sheets for Shavuot Home Study

Each year, when we celebrate Shavuot, we are blessed by the teachings of our members at our Tikkun Leil and Tikkun Yom Shavuot. This year, we will all be having a Tikkun Home Shavuot. We would like to prepare source sheets for home study.  Please contact Emma Stitcher education@shaarei.org or Rabbi Samuels ravbensam@shaarei.org to volunteer.  Rabbi Samuels stands at the ready to help anyone with resources, as needed.

 

Pre-Shavuot Programming

We are also preparing pre-Shavuot programming with special Rosh Chodesh Hallel davening and Torah Tot Tefillah via Zoom on Sunday, May 24; Torah classes and programs on each day leading up to Shavuot; and a communal Yizkor on Wednesday night, May 27. Stay tuned for more information.

 


 

 

 All Musicians - Musical Salons

Calling all Shaarei musicians and music lovers! We invite you to join our virtual concerts (either as a performer or audience member).  We are planning to host three Sunday evenings via Zoom for a half hour of music performed by Shaarei members. The dates are Sundays, May 17, June 7 and July 5, all from 7-7:30 pm. If you play an instrument (or sing) and would like to perform a short piece, please sign up on this link: We look forward to hearing from you! - Rachel Goldstein and Susannah Heschel

Our first Music Salon is this Sunday, May 17, 7-7:30 PM. The program includes performances by: Sheila Waxman (Chopin waltz); Rafi & Rob Kaplan (Improv); Henry Goldstein  (Eccles Sonata for viola); Joseph Manna (Praeludium & Allegro for violin by Fritz Kreisler); Aviav Bernstein (Bach Cello Suite in G Minor for viola);Carolyn Bernstein (La Precieuse by Fritz Kreisler for violin)
Join Zoom Meeting: contact us for details


 

Petichat haShaar - Interactive D’var Torah: 15 minute Parsha Sessions  

 

Parshat Bamidbar, Thursday, May 21st at 9:00 PM 

Join us for a virtual parshah discussion led by JON LEVISOHN. 

Zoom opens at 8:55; Interactive Dvar Torah starts promptly at 9 pm; Formal session ends at 9.15.  

 

Join Zoom Meeting: contact us for details

Parshat Tzav, Shabbat Hagadol, 9 Nisan 5780 - April 3, 2020

04/03/2020 06:25:38 PM

Apr3

Parshat Tzav, Shabbat Hagadol, 9 Nisan 5780 - April 3, 2020 

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:55 PM

ERUV IS UP! Please check the ERUV hotline at (781) 446-9797

For Women’s Mikvah usage advice, please contact: Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: This Pesach Corona, one of the things I am thinking about is how Makat Chosech - darkness is the plague of the hour. I read an excellent article about risk and uncertainty and their differences. Risk is estimated using data, and thus measurable – yiesh lo shiur. Uncertainty is unknown and unknowable – ein lo shiur. The plague of Darkness is uncertainty. And that uncertainty can be so thick, so palpable, that it is paralyzing, just as the Torah and Midrash say. But the Children of Israel miraculously could move about in the Darkness visible. Why? Their faith in Hashem's promise scattered the darkness of uncertainty and made them understand that while there may be short-term risk, their faith in Hashem's havtachot, in God's long arc of justice, is a breaking light on the horizon of hope. We may not be able to move freely, but we are not paralyzed. We are the Children of Israel. We are managing our risk, aspiring to save lives, living the best lives of Torah and Mitzvot that the hour allows, and are abidingly faithful in our certainty that netzach Yisrael lo Yishaker - the destiny of Israel is no lie. 

Mah Nishtanah HaShanah HaZot MiKol HaShanim – How is this year different from all other years? This year, some of our practices remain the same, and some of our observances indeed will be different. Our Sages taught us long ago that we need to construct a zekher leChurban – a remembrance for what was lost, as well as a zekher leMikdash (Me’at) – a consciousness of what we will restore. Please God, our sheltering in place will be temporary, and we will regain in good health the fullness of our community. We may have to do some things differently this year, but once again, we are managing our risk, aspiring to save lives, living the best lives of Torah and Mitzvot that the hour allows, and are abidingly faithful that redemption springs eternal.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher v’Sameach, Rav Benjie

COMMUNAL CHESED: Today, (Friday), through the heroic efforts of Danielle Lebowitz Kampler, an MPH student at BU, Cold Press (a Kosher restaurant in Brookline) will be delivering 125 meals (sandwiches, salads, and drinks) to the Emergency Room of Mass General Hospital to support its doctors, nurses, and health care workers.  Our Shul is a primary sponsor of this effort leZekher u-le’iluy nishmot my (RBS) beloved teachers and rabbinical role models, Rabbi Israel Miller zt”l (yahrtzeit 8 Nisan, father of my teachers: Deb Kram, Rabbi Dovid Miller, Rosh Kollel at YU, Michael Miller, JCRC NYC) and Rabbi Hershel Schacter zt”l (yahrzeit, 10 Nisan, father of my rebbe of rabbanus, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter), both of whose yahrzeits are this week (8 Nisan; 10 Nisan). In this global Public Health Crisis, they stand before my eyes as exemplars of avodat Hashem, rabbinical excellence, emunah and hishtadlus. May their memories continue to inspire blessings for their families, for Klal Yisrael whose lives they saved, and for all who were zocheh to know them. 

 

Seder-in-a-Box Important Update

 

Pickup times for Seder-in-a-Box will take place on Tuesday April 7th between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Please look for an email from the Shaarei Office on Sunday or Monday with your specific time slot.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

As Pesach approaches, we have a few more individual shopping/delivery requests and we also need help with the Seder-in-a-Box packages organized by the Rabbi.

Here is where we need your help:

 A few volunteers to pick up some items from grocery stores or from the Butcherie.

 3 or 4 additional volunteers to help with the drive-thru pick up of packages in the shul parking lot on Tuesday April 7 (volunteers in masks and gloves – moving boxes from the truck to the trunk of cars picking up). Pick up time will be 10 am to 2 pm. Volunteers can come for 3 hours or less.

PLEASE email Frederique Smits today at  famsmitsweil@hotmail.com  if you can help and let us know your availability.  Thank you in advance for your help!


 

VIRTUAL SHABBAT DAVENING SCHEDULE

Parshat Tzav, Shabbat Hagadol, 9 Nisan 5780 - April 3, 2020  

Kavod Shabbat: Although we cannot be in shul together this Shabbat, we can create a special atmosphere of Shabbat kedushah (holiness) by cleaning our homes, setting the table, and wearing our special Shabbat clothing.

FRIDAY NIGHT 

6:20 PM Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat Live via ZOOM! This week, Kabbalat Shabbat will be led by Ezra Robison and family.

Please daven Minchah in advance. We will begin with brief words from Rabbi Samuels, sing Yedid Nefesh, recite Kabbalat Shabbat through Lekhah Dodi, then we will hang up, women light Shabbat candles, followed by the acceptance of Shabbat with Mizmor Shir LeYom HaShababt and Maariv.

Candle lighting is at 6:55 PM

SHABBAT MORNING  (Parshat Tzav, Shabbat Hagadol) 

Latest Shema is 9:41 AM; Sof Zeman Tefillah is 10:44 AM

Keriyat HaTorah: Although Torah reading is a Chovat Hatzibbur - a communal responsibility, we should still endeavor to read the parashah from a chumash, Vayikra 6:1-8:36. This week’s Haftorah is Malachi 3:4-24. Artscroll and Koren publishing houses have made this week’s parashah and Haftorah available for free: https://www.artscroll.com/tzavdownload.html

Minchah: Please remember to daven Minchah (any time after 1:20 PM before sunset) and then later eat Seudah Shelishit before sunset (7:14 PM). If one begins their meal before sunset, one may continue eating after sunset.

MAARIV/SHABBAT Ends after 7:57 PM

8:10 PM Virtual Songful Havdalah Live!
This week we will be led in Havdalah by the Samuels family.

SUNDAY MORNING 

Virtual Shacharit at 8 AM

Tune into Radio 88.9 FM or stream worldwide on WERS.org Sunday morning @ 8:30 AM.

Listen to Rabbi Samuels as he shares a special Spring Pesach Hagigah message for resilience, hope, and redemption.

 

Virtual Teen Minyan at 8:30 AM 

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/579210584?pwd=eFZaY0JnUlEydmViQlVqZUhPeXlXUT09


SUNDAY - THURS @ 6:45 PM

Shaarei's Minchah, Mishnah, Memory & Maariv Meets at 6:30 PM

 

DAVENING SCHEDULE

 

Apr

Nisan

Omer

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Notes

Fri

3

9

   

7:30 AM

Before 6:20 PM

Shabbat Hagadol 

CL before 6:55 PM

Sat

          שבת        

4

10

   

N/A

>1:21 PM

Havdalah after 7:57 PM

Virtual Havdalah 8:00 PM

Sun

5

11

 

8:00 AM

8:30 AM

7:00 PM

8:30 AM  Teen Minyan

10 AM Virtual Shiur n'Shmear with Avi Rockoff

12:00 PM Virtual Snif with Schlichot

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Mon

6

12

 

7:30 AM

7:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Tues

7

13

 

7:30 AM

7:00 PM

Bedikat Chametz after 7:48 PM

7:00 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

7:00 PM Virtual Tai Chi

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Wed

8

14

 





 

7:00 AM

7:05 PM

Erev Pesach

Bechorim fast starts at 4:47 AM

Siyyum 7:30 AM

Done eating chametz at 10:35 AM

Biur Chametz 11:40 AM

Candle Lighting (CL) before 7:01 PM

Seder after 8:00 PM

Chatzot/Midnight 12:46 AM

Thur

9

15

   

N/A

7:05 PM

Begin to Count Omer

Leil HaSeder Second Night of Pesach

Candle Lighting before 8:02 PM

Seder after 8:14 PM

Fri

10

16

 

1

 

N/A

7:05 PM

Leil Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach

CL before 7:03 PM

Sat

שבת

11

17

2

N/A

6:55 PM 

Chol HaMoed 1

Candle Lighting after 7:03 PM

Havdalah 8.05 PM

Sun

12

18

3

8:00 AM

7:10 PM

Chol HaMoed 2

Mon

13

19

4

6:15 AM  

7:10 PM

Chol HaMoed 3

Tues

14

20

5

6:15 AM  

7:10 PM

Chol HaMoed 4

Candle Lighting before 7:07 PM

Wed

15

21

6

8:00 AM  

9:00 AM

7:10 PM

Candle Lighting before 8:09 PM

Thur

16

22

7

8:00 AM  

9:00 AM

7:15 PM

Yizkor

Havdalah after 8:11 PM

Fri

17

23

8

6:40 AM  

7:00 PM

Candle Lighting before 7:11 PM

Sat

    שבת

18

24

9

8:00 AM  

9:00 AM

7:05 PM

Shabbat Mervarchim Shmini 

Havdalah after 8:13 PM


 

PREPARING FOR PASSOVER

Mechirat Chomet - Sale of Chometz: As usual, you may appoint me as your power-of-attorney agent to sell your Chometz for you this year. Additionally, you may stock-up (without hoarding!) on Chometz supplies before Pesach with the intention to sell them over Pesach so that you have a full pantry upon the conclusion of Pesach.  Click here: https://tinyurl.com/CSTSaleOfChometz5780-2020

 

Maot Chittim - Charitable Support of those in Need. In most years, there is an advantage in collecting tzedakah and pooling our communal resources for Maot Chittim, and making a donation as a Shul to hunger alleviation efforts for the Jewish community. However, this year, for the sake of expediency and efficiency,  we are recommending that people donate directly to our communal agencies that will provide for this year’s increased needs. Please consider Maot Chittim Donations to the follow organizations and relief efforts:

CJP COVID-19 Emergency Fund - Yad Chesed - JFCS’s Family Table - LEKET Israel

Our Tzedakah community will also be making a contribution to the Newton Relief Fund , in the spirit of the Jewish obligation to support the gentile poor along with the Jewish poor, especially during times of shared danger.

 

PDF OU Guide to Passover 2020: Download complete guide click here.

 

Crowdsourcing Seder ideas, organized by Rachel Goldstein 1. ways you can engage the participants (which will be our immediate families this year!); 2. Questions/discussion topics you are planning to share (or have shared in the past); 3. Files that would be helpful to share; 4. Links to websites/documents; Please add your ideas at  https://forms.gle/s9mpsTiE8icEhpg37; or you can just email me back and I will aggregate and send out the link: rgoldstein2000@gmail.com

 

Newton Community Pesach Cookbook is here! Thank you to our Shlichot, Shai and Hadar, for putting together a community recipe book for Passover.  Please download here and share.  It is full of great recipes from our community members. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us!  Even if we are apart, we are still united by spirit! Chag Kasher Ve'Sameach!

 

 


 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We have set up a number of committees to help support our members whose lives may have been disrupted in recent weeks by the novel Coronavirus Pandemic. These include helping people find (general) medical information, social connections, shop for life's essentials for those in quarantine, support for young families and more. We have created a dedicated page on the shul website, accessible directly here and also from the Shaarei website homepage .

Thank you to all our dedicated and hard working committee members.

 

If you are experiencing any level of financial need, please contact Rabbi Samuels at ravbensam@shaarei.org or by cell phone (857) 636-8489. All requests will be held with confidentiality.

 

Additional financial resources:

CJP Warmline (1-800-CJP-9500) may be able to assist you.

With one phone call or by filling out a simple online form, trained Warmline counselors can begin to help you navigate available services across our Jewish community. 

Yad Chesed - Anyone who wants to reach out should email intake@yadchessed.org with their full name, date of birth, address, number of dependents and best phone number to be reached.

 

 


 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES JF&CS: Taking Action and Staying Together

Family Table: Our friends at Jewish Family & Children's Services are in dire need of volunteers to help at their Sunday distributions in Waltham, Marblehead, and Canton. Their next distribution is in Waltham on Sunday, April 5th  and they need volunteers on-site and to pack and deliver groceries. Click here to sign up.

 

Write personalized cards to home-bound older adults: 

Another request from JF&CS: In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written note will be particularly meaningful. If you are proficient in Russian, we would love to receive cards written in Russian as well. Please contact Ava Harder for more information at aharder@JFCSBoston.org.

 

Deliver meals to older adults and quarantined immigrant families:

Our friends at Jewish Family Service (Metrowest) need volunteers to deliver meals to isolated older adults and immigrant families. Click here to fill out their volunteer interest form.

 

Donate supplies to hospitals:

Hospitals are in need of sanitizer, gloves, wipes, and more. Click here to fill out the City of Boston's donation intake form.

 

 


 

TEACHING AND PARENT RESOURCES

Ideas for Teaching and Amusing Children:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KCqmgu1CZpxOwS_CT0J2_K4Lb6CFvU3LfhwWfvpRHrU/edit?usp=sharing

 

Teaching Remotely for Grades K - 12 | Free Resources and Strategies: 

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 

 


 

 

THIS WEEK’S VIRTUAL PROGRAMS FROM SHAAREI

VIRTUAL CST Daf Yomi 

Find a Hebrew-English version of Daf Yomi at https://www.sefaria.org/?home

Are you already utilizing the internet for listening to shiurim podcasts, keep going! 

For those who were members of our in-person daf yomi group, David Fischer has graciously agreed to teach virtually.

We have created a friendly self-accountability mechanism to motivate people to make the time to continue in their Daf Yomi learning.

Download a daf yomi Whatsapp Chat Group. If you don’t already have the app, go to your App Store on your smart phone and download the app, and then open a free account. Click on this link to join the Whatsapp Chat Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/FJpoJkOABMY9cqU85OmvKo

 

“Daf with David” schedule generally includes Sun-Thurs at 8:00 PM, Friday at 7:15 AM or 8AM, Motzaei shabbat at 9PM, changes are noted in the whatsapp group.

SUNDAY April 5

  • Sunday Morning Teen Minyan at 8:30 AM. All middle and high school girls and boys and their parents are invited to join us. For details please contact Hagay Ramati or David Berlove.

Snif with Schlichot at 12:00 PM: Virtual Mifkad and Passover Wheel of Fortune with Shlichot.

 

TUESDAY April 7

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs, 7:15 AM - 8:00 AM

 

Tai Chi: Join us on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM for an hour of Virtual Tai Chi. We have been working on our seated meditation practice, a helpful skill in these stressful times.

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

Shiur n'(BYO)Shmear with Avi Rockoff at 10:00 AM via Zoom

Sessions: Apr. 19, 26.

לכולם שמות נקרא : Jewish First Names in History, Halacha, Minhag, and Social Practice.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://uml.zoom.us/j/203487408
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,203487408#
Dial-in: +1 646 876 9923 US Meeting ID: 203 487 408

 

Shaarei Book Club Update: We have chosen our next book. It is: Where the Crawdads Sing,  by Delia Owens.  If you have questions, email them to bookclub@shaarei.org

 

 


 


ONLINE CLASSES/EVENTS

e-learning

 

Virtual NCSY/JSU

NCSY Online Programs 

We have created multiple different webinars about a variety of topics that will engage our local teens while they're not in school, including a series on Judaism 101, Israel activism, virtual fellowship and more! 

Sign-up today! Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org

 

List of Youth Programs 

Mondays, 8:00 PM: Judaism 101

April 6, Imperfection in G-d’s Perfect World, with Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin 

April 13, Purpose of Creation, with Shlomo Sprung 

Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org 

 

 

Tuesdays, 1:30 PM: Webinar Series: Israel Advocacy

April 7, Why Hasn’t a Two-State Solution Worked?

April 14, What Can We Do To Help Advocate For Israel?

Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org 

 

Wednesdays , 7:30 PM: Online Fellowship Program for teens

April, 22, Yichud with an Elderly Man

April 29, Killing a Neutralized Terrorist 

Pre-registration is required.

Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org

Teens can also fill out the following form to let us know what type of topics they'd like to discuss over the next few weeks:  https://forms.gle/sPE7wR7QRYWTNece6

 


 

 

ONGOING AT SHAAREI

New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI) of Ma'ayan Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses is available for consultation on questions regarding Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish law relating to married life) and its intersection with women's health. She can be reached via phone or text at (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com. The best hours to contact Sarah are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 8PM to 10PM. For more information and to stay connected, please visit www.NEyoetzet.org and sign up for the mailing list.

 

 

 

Parshat Vayikra, 2 Nisan 5780 - March 27, 2020

03/27/2020 12:40:38 PM

Mar27

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:47 PM

ERUV IS UP! Please check the ERUV hotline at (781) 446-9797

For Women’s Mikvah usage advice, please contact: Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: Last week, we finished Sefer Shemot with the completion of the Mishkan. This week we begin Sefer Vayikra which teaches us the function of the Mishkan in all its uses: Mikdash - Sanctuary, Ohel Moed - Tent of Meeting, Mishkan - Indwelling House of God. 

When the Mishkan was done, per the Midrash (Tanchuma Pekudei 7; Yalkut Shimoni Pekudei 415), B’nei Yisrael did an audit, which came up short 1775 silver shekels. Moshe Rabbeinu was afraid he would be accused of embezzlement. So they searched, and looked, and then figured out that the auditors made a mistake and didn’t notice the hidden silver sockets - the Vavei HaAmudim - that connect the pillars and beams, and held up the Mishkan structure.

 As rabbi of our Shul, I often am the visible 2x4 of our community (which admittedly is an apt metaphor for me much of the time). But the true heroes of our community are our unseen silver sockets without whom our communal structure would fall. I am so deeply thankful for and inspired by all our kehillah’s usually unseen and often under-acknowledged Vavei HaAmudim - our hidden silver sockets: our officers who govern our Shul, our staff and volunteers that run our office, clean and maintain our building, those who lead our Chesed initiatives, teach us Torah and even Challah Baking, all who advise me in my rabbinical efforts, all who organize and implement our programing from community dinners to our Purim Mishloach Manot, and all those minyanaires who show up day-in day-out.

Together we all build a Mishkan of sanctity and goodness in the midbar (wilderness) of this crisis! Wishing one and all health and happiness, strength and wisdom, and abiding hope, Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom, Rav Benjie 

 

Seder-in-a-Box Important updates: 1. Our Shul’s “Seder in a Box” program is fully subscribed. Please email me if you wish to be placed on a waiting list: ravbensam@shaarei.org. 2. CJP has announced a Seder Plate/Matza/Grape Juice-in-a-Box primarily, but not exclusively, targetting millenials https://combinedjewishphilanthropies.wufoo.com/forms/zvqr27s1r5jsw4/

 

7:45 -8:45 PM Wednesday Night, April 1

Rabbi Samuels’ (pre-)Shabbat HaGadol Drasha

Freedom Starts Within: Pesach Mitzrayim and Pesach Corona

 

 

VIRTUAL SHABBAT DAVENING SCHEDULE

 

Parshat Vayikra, 2 Nisan 5780 - March 27, 2020 

Kavod Shabbat: Although we cannot be in shul together this Shabbat, we can create a special atmosphere of Shabbat kedushah (holiness) by cleaning our homes, setting the table, and wearing our special Shabbat clothing.

FRIDAY NIGHT 

6:15 PM Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat Live! This week, we will once again be led by Daniel Swartz.
We will be using Zoom this week, and have solved the technical difficulties that compromised last week’s service.

Please daven Minchah in advance. We will begin with brief words from Rabbi Samuels, sing Yedid Nefesh, recite Kabbalat Shabbat through Lekhah Dodi, then we will hang up, women light Shabbat candles, followed by the acceptance of Shabbat with Mizmor Shir LeYom HaShababt and Maariv.

Candle lighting is at 6:47 PM

SHABBAT MORNING  (Parshat Vayikra) 

Latest Shema is 9:41 AM; Sof Zeman Tefillah is 10:44 AM

Keriyat HaTorah: Although Torah reading is a Chovat Hatzibbur - a communal responsibility, we should still endeavor to read the parashah from a chumash, Vayikra 1:1-5:26. This week’s Haftorah is Isaiah 31:21-23. Artscroll and Koren publishing houses have made this week’s parashah and Haftorah available for free: https://artscroll.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/vayikra-download-lckd.pdf

https://www.steinsaltz-center.org/vault/Humash/Vayikra_Steinsaltz_English_Humash_j.pdf?utm_source=Koren+Publishers+English+List&utm_campaign=72f189cbcb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_03_12_06_COPY_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_105fb00768-72f189cbcb-126681961&mc_cid=72f189cbcb&mc_eid=f38446dc1b

Minchah: Please remember to daven Minchah (any time after 1:21 PM before sunset) and then later eat Seudah Shelishit before sunset (7:07 PM). If one begins their meal before sunset, one may continue eating after sunset.

 

Mar

 

Nisan

Shacharit

Minchah

Maariv

Notes

Fri

27

2

 

Before 6:15 PM

N/A

Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15 PM

CL before 6:47 PM

Sat

28

3

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

>1:21 PM

>7:50 PM

Havdalah after 7:50 PM

Virtual Havdalah 8:00 PM

Sun

29

4

 

6:55 PM

N/A

10 AM Virtual Shiur n'Shmear with Avi Rockoff

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Mon

30

5

 

6:55 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Tues

31

6

 

6:55 PM

9:00 PM

7:00 PM Virtual Tai Chi

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Wed

1

7

 

6:55 PM

9:00 PM

7:45 PM Rabbi Samuels Shabbat HaGadol Drasha

 

9:00 PM Daf Yomi

Thur

2

8

 

6:55 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Fri

3

9

 

6:55 PM

N/A

7:15 AM Daf Yomi 

CL before 6:55 PM

 

PREPARING FOR PASSOVER

Mechirat Chomet - Sale of Chometz: As usual, you may appoint me as your power-of-attorney agent to sell your Chometz for you this year. Additionally, you may stock-up (without hoarding!) on Chometz supplies before Pesach with the intention to sell them over Pesach so that you have a full pantry upon conclusion of Pesach.  Click here: https://tinyurl.com/CSTSaleOfChometz5780-2020

 

Maot Chittim - Charitable Support of those in Need. In most years, there is an advantage in collecting tzedakah and pooling our communal resources for Maot Chittim, and making a donation as a Shul to hunger alleviation efforts for the Jewish community. However, this year, for the sake of expediency and efficiency,  we are recommending that people donate directly to our communal agencies that will provide for this year’s increased needs. Please consider Maot Chittim Donations to the follow organizations and relief efforts:

CJP COVID-19 Emergency Fund - Yad Chesed - JFCS’s Family Table - LEKET Israel

Our Tzedakah community will also be making a contribution to the Newton Relief Fund , in the spirit of the Jewish obligation to support the gentile poor along with the Jewish poor, especially during times of shared danger.

 

PDF OU Guide to Passover 2020: Download complete guide click here

 


 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

NEW Emotional and Mental Health Support Opportunity - Monday, March 30, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. You are invited to participate in a virtual group sharing and information Zoom session with Esther Kletter, LICSW and Rachel Barbanel Fried, PsyD.

This is the third long week without shul, without the sustaining connection of the social fabric of life. It is a time of growth, beginnings, freedom and celebration. Yet it is likely that many of us are worried about how to find the energy for Pesach and are also sad at the prospect of Yom Tov in isolation, without the familiar bustle and family gatherings. We would like to share some insights, tips and strategies with you to:

o Identify early symptoms of distress in ourselves and those around us

o Increase resiliency in the face of these challenges

o Be mindfully and meaningfully present in our lives at this uncertain time

 

Follow the zoom likehttps://zoom.us/j/931340713?pwd=K0g5ZmVQeUVsbWs0cTl6VlR2NUpGUT09

 

We have set up a number of committees to help support our members whose lives may have been disrupted in recent weeks by the novel Coronavirus Pandemic. These include helping people find (general) medical information, social connections, shop for life's essentials for those in quarantine, support for young families and more. We have created a dedicated page on the shul website, accessible directly here and also from the Shaarei website homepage .

Thank you to all our dedicated and hard working committee members.

 

If you are experiencing any level of financial need, please contact Rabbi Samuels at ravbensam@shaarei.org or by cell phone (857) 636-8489. All requests will be held with confidentiality.

 

Additional financial resources:

CJP Warmline (1-800-CJP-9500) may be able to assist you.

With one phone call or by filling out a simple online form, trained Warmline counselors can begin to help you navigate available services across our Jewish community. 

Yad Chesed - Anyone who wants to reach out should email intake@yadchessed.org with their full name, date of birth, address, number of dependents and best phone number to be reached.

 

 


 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES JF&CS: Taking Action and Staying Together

Family Table: Our friends at Jewish Family & Children's Services are in dire need of volunteers to help at their Sunday distributions in Waltham, Marblehead, and Canton. Their next distribution is in Waltham on Sunday, April 5th  and they need volunteers on-site and to pack and deliver groceries. Click here to sign up.

 

Write personalized cards to home-bound older adults: 

Another request from JF&CS: In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written note will be particularly meaningful. If you are proficient in Russian, we would love to receive cards written in Russian as well. Please contact Ava Harder for more information at aharder@JFCSBoston.org.

 

Deliver meals to older adults and quarantined immigrant families:

Our friends at Jewish Family Service (Metrowest) need volunteers to deliver meals to isolated older adults and immigrant families. Click here to fill out their volunteer interest form.

 

Donate supplies to hospitals:

Hospitals are in need of sanitizer, gloves, wipes, and more. Click here to fill out the City of Boston's donation intake form.

 

 


 

TEACHING AND PARENT RESOURCES

Ideas for Teaching and Amusing Children:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KCqmgu1CZpxOwS_CT0J2_K4Lb6CFvU3LfhwWfvpRHrU/edit?usp=sharing

 

Teaching Remotely for Grades K - 12 | Free Resources and Strategies: 

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 


Tzetchem Leshalom

The Shlichot have returned to Israel.

To honor our shlichot, please send a short video (no more than 15 seconds) saying what you/your children loved about Bnei Akiva or what you'll miss most. 

Videos should be sent to ronitankori@gmail.com by March 30. 

 

Pesach Recipe Book

The Shlichot are collecting Pesach recipes which will be collated into our community recipe book. Think about a delicious Passover recipe and email it to the Shlichot at: shlichotNewton@gmail.com by April 1st.  Book will be shared with everyone before the Chag.

 


 

THIS WEEK’S VIRTUAL PROGRAMS FROM SHAAREI

VIRTUAL CST Daf Yomi 

Find a Hebrew-English version of Daf Yomi at https://www.sefaria.org/?home

Are you already utilizing the internet for listening to shiurim podcasts, keep going! 

For those who were members of our in-person daf yomi group, David Fischer has graciously agreed to teach virtually.

We have created a friendly self-accountability mechanism to motivate people to make the time to continue in their Daf Yomi learning.

Download a daf yomi Whatsapp Chat Group. If you don’t already have the app, go to your App Store on your smart phone and download the app, and then open a free account. Click on this link to join the Whatsapp Chat Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/FJpoJkOABMY9cqU85OmvKo

“Daf with David” schedule includes Sun-Thurs at 8:00 PM, Friday at 7:15 AM, Motzaei shabbat at 9PM.

SUNDAY March 29

Shiur n'(BYO)Shmear with Avi Rockoff at 10:00 AM via Zoom

Sessions: Mar. 29;  Apr. 19, 26.

לכולם שמות נקרא : Jewish First Names in History, Halacha, Minhag, and Social Practice.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uml.zoom.us/j/203487408

One tap mobile: +16468769923,,203487408#

Dial-in: +1 646 876 9923 US Meeting ID: 203 487 408

 

TUESDAY March 31

Tai Chi: Join us on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM for an hour of Virtual Tai Chi. We have been working on our seated meditation practice, a helpful skill in these stressful times.

    Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/659980052?pwd=WU9vdGRsVmFIalpUZytuek1ha24xZz09

Meeting ID: 659 980 052 Password: 024242

One tap mobile +19292056099, 659980052# 

Dial-in: +1 929 205 6099 Meeting ID: 659 980 052

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

Shaarei Book Club Update: We have chosen our next book. It is: Where the Crawdads Sing,  by Delia Owens.  If you have questions, email them to bookclub@shaarei.org


 

ONLINE CLASSES/EVENTS

e-learning

Virtual NCSY/JSU

NCSY Online Programs 

We have created multiple different webinars about a variety of topics that will engage our local teens while they're not in school, including a series on Judaism 101, Israel activism, virtual fellowship and more! 

Sign-up today! Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org

 

List of Youth Programs 

Monday, March 30,  8:00 PM

Judaism 101: Emunah- Does Care About What Happens On Earth? Rabbi Israel Lashak

 

Tuesday March 31,  8:00 PM

Israel Advocacy Series for Teens: I’m American and Support Israel: Where Do I Fit In? (AIPAC, J-street, JVP) With Daniel Geller

Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org 

 

Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 PM

Online Fellowship Program for teens: Healthcare Rationing in Halacha 


Pre-registration is required.

Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org

Teens can also fill out the following form to let us know what type of topics they'd like to discuss over the next few weeks:  https://forms.gle/sPE7wR7QRYWTNece6

 

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is proud to present the remaining Spring programs online for the entire community.

 

Tuesday March 31

A Foreign and Grating Language? A talk with Rachel Rojanski about her book Yiddish in Israel: A History, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Rachel Rojanski is an Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University. Her research focuses on the history of  the east European Yiddish-speaking Jewish diaspora from late 19th century to the end of the 20th century, with a special interest in American Jewish history, Zionism and Israel studies.

To join, use this link on March 31st at 12 PM

 

Thursday April 2

Jewish Nationalism and the Temple Mount: The End-Point of Zionism Seminar with Tomer Persico, 12:00 - 1:00 PM


Tomer Persico is the Shalom Hartman Institute Bay Area Scholar in Residence and the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught for eight years at the Department for Comparative Religion in Tel-Aviv University.

To join, use this link on April 2nd at 12 PM

 

Monday, March 30

Ma’ayan Pre-Pesach Classes in Hebrew, 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM


Dr. Moria Ran Ben Hai will be teaching this online class in Hebrew.

Session: Mar 30

Cost: $20/class. Open to Women. Sign-up online.

 

ONGOING AT SHAAREI

New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI) of Ma'ayan Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses is available for consultation on questions regarding Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish law relating to married life) and its intersection with women's health. She can be reached via phone or text at (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com. The best hours to contact Sarah are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 8PM to 10PM. For more information and to stay connected, please visit www.NEyoetzet.org and sign up for the mailing list.


 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Vilna Shul will present a Virtual Conversation featuring Genie Milgrom: Journey Back in Time: In Search of Crypto-Jewish Ancestors.  Monday, March 30, 6:30 PM. Free but registration is required. Email lynne@vilnashul.org to register. Online! Email lynne@vilnashul.org for the Zoom link!

Tracing her family back 15 generations to 1405 pre-Inquisition Spain, Genie Milgrom was able to unravel the web of lies and deceit that her family had spun around themselves in order to survive the Spanish Inquisition. This fascinating story brought her on a journey she could have never imagined. Genie Milgrom served as President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies at Colorado State University and as President of the JGS of Greater Miami. Her books, My 15 Grandmothers and How I Found My 15 Grandmothers, have won Latino Author Book Awards. She is an internationally acclaimed speaker.


 

Parshat Vayakhel/Pekude, Parshat Hachodesh, 24 Adar 5780 - March 20, 2020

03/20/2020 09:41:26 AM

Mar20

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:39 PM

Please check the ERUV hotline at (781) 446-9797

For Women’s Mikvah usage advice, please contact: Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge

 

VIRTUAL DAVENING SCHEDULE

We continue with our synchronized Daily Minchah, Mishnah Study, and Kadishesque Tefillah for Aveilim and Aveilot and observers of Yahrzeit.

 

Daven and study Mishnah together, followed by the "in lieu of Kaddish" prayer,  dedicated to the memories of those saying kaddish in aveilut or for a yahrzeit.

 

Mar

 

Adar/

Nisan

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

20

24

6:40 AM

6:40 PM

N/A

7:15 AM Daf Yomi 

CL before 6:39 PM

Sat

21

25

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

6:30 PM

N/A

Havdalah after 7:42 PM

9:00 PM Daf Yomi 

Sun

22

26

8:00 AM

6:45 PM

N/A

10 AM Shiur n'Shmear with Avi Rockoff

12 PM online Snif with Shlichot for 2-6th graders

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Mon

23

27

6:30 AM

6:45 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Tues

24

28

6:40 AM

6:45 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM National Jewish Lives Book Club

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Wed

25

29

6:40 AM

6:45 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Thur

26

1

6:15 AM 

6:50 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi

Fri

27

2

6:40 AM

6:50 PM

N/A

7:15 AM Daf Yomi 

CL before 6:50 PM


 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

6:40 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING  (Parshat Hachodesh) 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan

6:30 PM Minchah 

6:45 PM Seudah Shlishit 

7:42 PM Maariv/Havdalah

9:00 PM Daf Yomi

 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS

We have set up a number of committees to help support our members whose lives may have been disrupted in recent weeks by the novel Coronavirus Pandemic. These include helping people find (general) medical information, social connections, shop for life's essentials for those in quarantine, support for young families and more. We have created a dedicated page on the shul website, accessible directly here and also from the Shaarei website homepage .

Thank you to all our dedicated and hard working committee members.

 

If you are experiencing any level of financial needs, please contact Rabbi Samuels at ravbensam@shaarei.org or by cell phone (857) 636-8489. All requests will be held with confidentiality.

 

Additional financial resources:

CJP Warmline (1-800-CJP-9500) may be able to assist you.

With one phone call or by filling out a simple online form, trained Warmline counselors can begin to help you navigate available services across our Jewish community. 

Yad Chesed - Anyone who wants to reach out should email intake@yadchessed.org with their full name, date of birth, address, number of dependents and best phone number to be reached.

 

TEACHING AND PARENT RESOURCES

Ideas for Teaching and Amusing Children:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KCqmgu1CZpxOwS_CT0J2_K4Lb6CFvU3LfhwWfvpRHrU/edit?usp=sharing

 

Teaching Remotely for Grades K - 12 | Free Resources and Strategies: 

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html


 

 


 

Tzetchem Leshalom

The Shlichot have returned to Israel.

FAREWELL to our amazing Shlichot, Shai Bulvik and Hadar Lapid. Bnei Akiva returned all world-wide Shlichim back to Israel in light of the situation.  The Shlichot were on the last direct El Al flight from Boston, last Sunday night. We will miss them greatly! Stay tuned for online activities coming soon, starting with our first online Snif this Sunday at 12 PM.  

To honor our shlichot, please send a short video (no more than 15 seconds) saying what you/your children loved about Bnei Akiva or what you'll miss most. 

Videos should be sent to ronitankori@gmail.com by March 30. 

 


 

 

THIS WEEK’S VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AT SHAAREI

VIRTUAL CST Daf Yomi 

  • Find a Hebrew-English version of Daf Yomi at https://www.sefaria.org/?home
  • Are you already utilizing the internet for listening to shiurim podcasts, keep going! 
  • For those who were members of our in-person daf yomi group, David Fischer has graciously agreed to teach virtually.
  • We have created a friendly self-accountability mechanism to motivate people to make the time to continue in their Daf Yomi learning.
  • Download a daf yomi Whatsapp Chat Group. If you don’t already have the app, go to your App Store on your smart phone and download the app, and then open a free account. Click on this link to join the Whatsapp Chat Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/FJpoJkOABMY9cqU85OmvKo
  • Tentative “Daf with David” schedule includes Sun-Thurs at 8:00 PM, Friday at 7:15 AM, Motsei shabbat at 9PM.

SUNDAY March 22

1st online Snif with Shlichot for 2-6th graders, Sunday, March 22, 12:00 PM

Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9111953443

Meeting ID: 911 195 3443

 

Shiur n'Shmear with Avi Rockoff at 10:00 AM via Zoom

Sessions: Mar. 22, 29;  Apr. 19, 26.

לכולם שמות נקרא : Jewish First Names in History, Halacha, Minhag, and Social Practice.

To join a session remotely send an email to rockoffalan@gmail.com

 

TUESDAY March 24

  • National Jewish Lives Book Club: 7:30 PM
  • We will meet via zoom. Contact Education@shaarei.org for more details or fill in the form below. Join us and see!
  • We will be reading the next book with the Jewish lives national bookclub, Moses: A Human Life by Dr Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Whether you read the last book or not, or enjoyed it or not - this book is completely different. Shaarei has a number of books for those who wish to buy a copy.
  • Please fill out this short form to get on the bookclub list. The date of the live author event is Thursday April 23.

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

  • Shaarei Book Club Update: In light of the health concerns raised by the coronavirus/Covid-19 the book club did not meet on Monday, 3/16.  We will send more information out at a later date regarding rescheduling. If you have questions, email them to bookclub@shaarie.org
  • We have chosen our next book. It is: Where the Crawdads Sing,  by Delia Owens.  

 

  • Postponed - New date later in the year: Ma'ayan for our Health and Halacha Yom Iyun, Taking Care of Ourselves at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton.  

 

 


 

 

ONLINE CLASSES

e-learning

 

Virtual NCSY/JSU

NCSY Online Programs 

We have created multiple different webinars about a variety of topics that will engage our local teens while they're not in school, including a series on Judaism 101, Israel activism, virtual fellowship and more! 

Sign-up today! Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org

 

List of Youth Programs 

Monday, March 23,  8:00 PM

  • Judaism 101: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way From Mt Sinai: exploring the veracity of the Torah’s claim of national revelation With R’ Tzvi Gluckin (3/23)

 

Tuesday March 24,  8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 PM

  • Online Fellowship Program for teens: Killing a Few to Save the Lives of Many i

Pre-registration is required.

Find out more at: https://greaterboston.ncsy.org/virtual/ or email: yudi@ncsy.org

Teens can also fill out the following form to let us know what type of topics they'd like to discuss over the next few weeks:  https://forms.gle/sPE7wR7QRYWTNece6

 

 


 

 

Me'ah Classic/Me’ah Select Courses 

Interactive live classes continue via video conference. 

Contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu for details or questions.

 

Monday, March 23

  • Year 2 of Me’ah the winter/spring semester, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM 
  • Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. 
  • Sessions: Mar 23, 30; Apr 20, 27; May 4; snow/sick days: May 11, 18; May 21 
  • Me’ah Graduation 6:30 PM at Hebrew College.

Tuesday March 24

Cost: $350. Financial aid is available; please contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu for details.

 

Wednesday March 25

  • New Class! Silence is Golden, Words are Precious, Talk is Cheap, but is Speech Free?

Jewish Ethical and Legal Considerations of Olam haDibbur (Domain of Communication) 

7:30 PM - 8:45 PM at Shaarei with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD

Sessions: Wednesday evening: March 25 (April 1 will be rescheduled)

Over five-sessions, we will explore the theme of silence and statement in Jewish ethics and law.  When is silence golden? If words are precious, why is talk cheap? Is speech free, or does it come at a cost? We will consider in Tanakh when silence is an expression of suffering or a mode of sacred service and submission. We will interrogate Talmudic and Midrashic text to discover whether silence is assent or protest. And we will investigate how silence and statement are construed halakhically -- i.e., when is silence legal consent, and when is an oral expression a legal speech act?

Class is co sponsored by Ma’ayan and Shaarei. Free to Shaarei members. Register at www.maayan.org to get the recordings and handouts.

 

Online Learning with Hebrew College

Hosted by CJP

Once you sign up for a class you will receive a zoom link.

Open-Letter from Boston-Area Orthodox Rabbis to Our Communities

03/15/2020 01:50:13 PM

Mar15



17 Adar, 5780 – March 13, 2020


Dear friends, 


We write to you this erev Shabbat with ahavat Yisrael (the love and concern for every individual Jew in our community), kavod haberiyot (the dignity of every human being), and an aspiration toward responsible leadership. Our incredibly interconnected world faces a serious threat of pandemic (novel coronavirus, COVID-19), and many of us may feel legitimately anxious. One of the most important principles of Jewish law and ethics is the mitzvah: “וְנִשְׁמַרְתֶּם מְאֹד לְנַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם – And you shall very much guard your lives” (Devarim 4:15). We have a fundamental religious duty to protect our own health and safety, as well as that of others. This mandate overrides every other mitzvat aseh (affirmative Torah and Rabbinic obligations). Keeping safe and not causing harm are Biblical Mitzvot of the highest proportions, while praying with the congregation and hearing the leining is a Rabbinic Mitzvah. Our Sages say (TB Yoma 85b) that it is better to minimize one Shabbos in order to have the health to celebrate future Shabbatot; “וחי בהם – and you shall live by them (Vayikra 18:5),” and not imperil yourselves through the mitzvot. We have continued to be in contact with medical and public health professionals, as well as poskim and Jewish leaders nationwide, to develop guidelines for Shabbat, and ongoing during this public health crisis, that honor this call to action.

Based on a best-practice approach (notably the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County), effective Friday, March 13th at 3 pm, we are taking the below precautionary steps to mitigate health risks in our congregation and in the larger community. We will review and update this policy on a regular basis, as the situation continues to evolve:

1. We are suspending all in-person Shul activities and closing our buildings to the public – including all minyanim, educational classes, meetings & youth groups – until further notice. People who need to pick up personal effects and religious items should do so this Friday, if possible. To continue to daven as a “Tzibbur” we recommend davening in your homes at standard Shul davening times, so we know that our tefilot will take place at the same time as the rest of our community, even if not in the same place. Read the parasha in keeping with our keriyat haTorah cycle. We will explore using technology to connect us during weekday davening times, even if a virtual minyan is not halakhically possible.


2. We ask that our members NOT attend other minyanim in Shuls to which they do not belong, and NOT form private minyanim in households. This will undermine our communal effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. All of the Rabbis will be davening alone at their homes. 


3. Life-cycle Events: We will not host public celebrations for the time being, but will work with families to find creative, safe ways to celebrate their simchas.


4. In the event of a funeral, God forbid, we may ask, depending on the circumstances at the time, that attendance be restricted to a small group of family members and a minyan. We will employ technology to share hespedim and honor the deceased and comfort the mourners. As such, shivah visits should be conducted by telephone or video calls.


5. While our local Mikvaot remain open, women under quarantine or who are experiencing symptoms of acute infectious illness (e.g., cold, flu, stomach bug) may not use the mikvah. Please direct any questions to your Rabbi, and/or Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (NE.yoetzet@gmail.com; (339) 364-2848) and/or call your mikvah. 

Positive Opportunities for Building and Sustaining Community
The halakhic and human dimensions of this present hour require us to separate physically, but also challenge us to bridge the “social distance” in other ways. We are called upon by our mesorah (Jewish tradition) to create social connections through small and large acts of chesed (caring and kindness). Each sub-community should make lists of people to call and check-in on, especially people who live alone or are at risk. Every physical step away from another human being must be replaced by a virtual step forward in terms of friendly connection and emotional support via the blessings of technology.  Creativity is our bridge over "social distancing" and bring us together in our avodas Hashem, and keep people in the mode of soulful tefillah, shoring up their emunah, and feeling that they are not only protecting themselves and their families, and contributing to a local, regional, national and global response to pandemic, but that they are fulfilling the Torah’s charge of "vaChai Bahem – And you shall live by them!” 
 
This unprecedented health crisis presents us as a larger Jewish community, as particular Shuls, and as individuals with the challenge of growing religiously and spiritually through virtual limmud Torah, synchronized and/or livecast davening, Tehillim recitation, and singing, and acts of chesed. Our path ahead is not known at present, but are confident that with Hashem’s help, with our devotion, dedication and commitment to Torah, Mitzvot, Klal Yisrael, and human solidarity, we will overcome, persevere, and emerge stronger! 
 
We wish everyone a Shabbat of spirit and strength. With tefillot to Hashem for health and hatzalah,
 
Rabbi Joseph Polak, Av Beit Din of the Boston Beit Din (Vaad HaRabbonim)
Rabbi Moshe M. Liberow, Menahel of the Boston Beit Din
Rabbi Noah Cheses, Young Israel of Sharon, Sharon, MA
Rabbi Mark Glass, Adams Street Synagogue, Newton, MA
Rabbi Yonatan Gorin, Congregation Etz Chaim, Sharon, MA
Rabbi David Hellman, Young Israel of Brookline, MA
Rabbi Yaakov Jaffe, Maimonides Kehillah, Brookline, MA
Rabbi Moshe Lieberman, Chabad of Newton Centre, MA
Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels, Cong. Shaarei Tefillah, Newton, MA
Rabbi Gershon Segal, Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel, Newton, MA
Rabbi Jason Strauss, Cong. Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Brighton, MA

Signatories as of Erev Shabbat, Friday, March 13, 10 AM

Parshat Ki Tisa, Parshat Parah, 17 Adar 5780 - March 13, 2020

03/13/2020 05:54:50 PM

Mar13

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:31 PM

Please check the ERUV hotline at (781) 446-9797

Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah mikvah@bethelnewton.org 

Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge

 

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI

 

SUNDAY March 15

POSTPONED transitioning to remote learning. Students will receive instructions.

Shiur n'Shmear with Avi Rockoff at 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM in the Bayit.

Sessions: Mar. 15, 29;  Apr. 19, 26.

לכולם שמות נקרא : Jewish First Names in History, Halacha, Minhag, and Social Practice.

 

Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM

 

MONDAY March 16

Book Club Update: In light of the health concerns raised by the coronavirus/Covid-19 and the recommendations being put forward by the medical profession, book club will not meet on Monday, 3/16.   We will send more information when we have an idea of what makes sense regarding rescheduling. If you have questions, email them to bookclub@shaarie.org

We have chosen our next book. It is: Where the Crawdads Sing,  by Delia Owens.  

 

TUESDAY March 17

Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM

 

Wednesday  March 18

Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM

 

THURSDAY  March 19 

Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

SUNDAY March 22

POSTPONED - New  date later in the year: Ma'ayan for our Health and Halacha Yom Iyun, Taking Care of Ourselves Sunday, March 22nd at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton.  

 

LATER in March - National Jewish Lives bookclub

We will be reading the next book with the Jewish lives national bookclub, Moses: A Human Life by Dr Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Whether you read the last book or not, or enjoyed it or not - this book is completely different. Join us and see!
Shaarei has a number of books for those who wish to buy a copy.
Please fill out this short form to get on the bookclub list, buy a book if applicable and importantly select the date for our next meeting. Suggested dates are later in March.
The date of the live author event is Thursday April 23. We will all get together at a location with good internet to watch and discuss.

 

 

 


 

The Shlichot will be returning to Israel until Pesach.

Bnei Akiva have decided to return all Shlichot back to Israel until after Pesach.  We'd like to honor them with a short tribute. Please record an up-to 10 seconds video of yourself or your children (or both) wishing them farewell and thanking them for being here.  I'm sure they'd be really happy to hear what impacted you the most, or what activity you liked best. Send your videos to ronitankori@gmail.com.  We hope the situation will improve and they will be able to return after Pesach break.

 


 

 

NCSY Online Programs Coming Soon!

Here is a list of programs to launch in the coming weeks:

  • Webinar Series: Judaism 101
  • Webinar Series: Israel Advocacy
  • Online Fellowship Program with text based learning
  • Small group learning sessions with our NCSY staff and advisor team
  • Weekly middle school discussion group learning

Please stay tuned as we announce more details and share access links to those presentations, sessions, and discussion groups.

Teens can also fill out the following form to let us know what type of topics they'd like to discuss over the next few weeks:  https://forms.gle/sPE7wR7QRYWTNece6

 

 


 

 

All Me'ah/Me’ah Select Courses will meet via video conference. 

Students will receive instructions on Sunday, Mar 15. 

 

MONDAY March 16

Year 2 of Me’ah the winter/spring semester, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM at Shaarei.

Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. 

Sessions: Mar 16, 23, 30; Apr 20, 27; May 4; snow/sick days: May 11, 18; May 21 

Me’ah Graduation 6:30 PM at Hebrew College.

 

TUESDAY March 17

Winter/Spring Meah Class: Values in Practice: The Jewish Holidays in Jewish Law and Custom at Hebrew College. Instructor: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. Tuesday mornings 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Sessions: March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19. 

Cost: $350. Financial aid is available; please contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu for details.

 

Year 2 of Me’ah the winter/spring semester, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM 

Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. 

Sessions: Mar 16, 23, 30; Apr 20, 27; May 4; snow/sick days: May 11, 18; May 21 

Me’ah Graduation 6:30 PM at Hebrew College.

 

WEDNESDAY March 18

 

New Class! Silence is Golden, Words are Precious, Talk is Cheap, but is Speech Free?

Jewish Ethical and Legal Considerations of Olam haDibbur (Domain of Communication) 

7:30 PM - 8:45 PM at Shaarei with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD

Sessions, Wednesday evenings: March 18, 29; (April 1 will be rescheduled)

Over five-sessions, we will explore the theme of silence and statement in Jewish ethics and law.  When is silence golden? If words are precious, why is talk cheap? Is speech free, or does it come at a cost? We will consider in Tanakh when silence is an expression of suffering or a mode of sacred service and submission. We will interrogate Talmudic and Midrashic text to discover whether silence is assent or protest. And we will investigate how silence and statement are construed halakhically -- i.e., when is silence legal consent, and when is an oral expression a legal speech act?

Class is co sponsored by Ma’ayan and Shaarei. Free to Shaarei members. Register at www.maayan.org to get the recordings and handouts.

Ma'ayan's spring classes have started. Introduction to Talmud with Dr. Yael Jaffe and Jewish ideas on speech with Rabbi Samuels. Starting this coming week, Rabbi Jaffe will teach on gemara mezuzah, Wednesdays at noon.  Visit www.maayan.org


 

 

ONGOING AT SHAAREI

New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI) of Ma'ayan Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses is available for consultation on questions regarding Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish law relating to married life) and its intersection with women's health. She can be reached via phone or text at (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com. The best hours to contact Sarah are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 8PM to 10PM. For more information and to stay connected, please visit www.NEyoetzet.org and sign up for the mailing list.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

POSTPONED - New date later in the year: The Zamir Chorale of Boston In The Round, Sun. March 15 at 3:00 PM. Featuring Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director. The audience is surrounded by the choir. Look around and enjoy the “surround-sound”. Temple Reyim 1860 Washington St., Newton.

 

POSTPONED - New  date later in the year: Friends of the Arava Institute invites you to Water as an Instrument for Peace: Collaboration for the Future of the Middle East, Town Hall Meeting in memory of Prof. Franklin Fisher: Sunday, March 29, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston (Free validated parking available).

 

Parshat Tetzaveh, Parshat Zachor, 10 Adar 5780 - March 6, 2020

03/06/2020 02:26:00 PM

Mar6

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 5:23 PM

Please check the ERUV hotline at (781) 446-9797

Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah mikvah@bethelnewton.org 

Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge

REMEMBER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS SUNDAY MORNING AT 2 AM (Spring Forward 1 Hour)

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: Mazal Tov to all our Daf Yomi participants who have taken the “Berakhos Challenge,” and have participated in learning Masekhet Berakhot, the first tractate of the Talmud and the new Daf Yomi cycle. Participants include (please let us know if we inadvertently or unknowingly left you out!): Lawrence Berger, Jody Dushay, David Fischer, Ephraim Fischer, Gene Gadon, Michael Ganz, Rachel Goldstein, Henry Goldstein, Paul Gompers, Andrew Greene, Sharon Haselkorn, Nancy Kolodny, Rabbi Hershel Lutch, Tzivia Lutch, Ernest Mandel, Daniel Milewich, Deanna Mirsky, Amy Newman, Avi Rockoff, Eric Roiter, Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, Yakir Samuels, Andrea Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Leann Shamash, Eve Sobel, Emma Stitcher, Mark Whittum, & Andrew Wiener. 

    We will be making a siyyum after the main Shabbat morning minyan. We will have a few brief daf yomi reflections by Henry Goldstein, Jody Dushay, Paul Gompers, Nancy Kooldny, and Ephraim Fischer. I have asked David Fisher to lead the siyyum, as he has been a frequent daf yomi teacher when I could not teach. I am filled with pride for our learning community, which embodies the idea that each of us is but a letter in the scroll of Torah. In the Hebrew language, a single letter has no meaning. There are no single letter Hebrew words. But letters conjoined together make statements of sacred meaning and profound purpose. Letters joined with letters fill the written Torah, pages after pages fill the Oral Torah. If you would like to join in our siyyum, consider learning the last page of Masekhet Berakhot, found here: https://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.64a.1-15?lang=bi. Or come on Shabbat morning and join in. By participating in this siyyum, all of us together enact Jewish tradition and build Jewish destiny.

Mazal Tov! Shabbat Shalom and Purim Sameach! Rav Benjie

 

This Shabbat is Parshat Zachor, the Shabbat preceding Purim on which we fulfill our yearly biblical obligation to recall Amalek’s war on the Children of Israel upon their leaving Egypt and our perpetual battle against antisemitism, & the forces of evil and injustice in the world.  With the alarming rise of Jew-hatred these past two years, Parshat Zachor takes on even greater significance reminding us to stand up against bigotry and prejudice on behalf of our fellow Jews and other human beings. For those who are able to come to Shul (see Rabbi’s Coronavirus letter), both men and women should make sure to come to shul on time to fulfill this important obligation.  For parents with small children who may not be able to attend the regular reading of Zachor, we will have a second reading of Zachor immediately following davening in the main shul. For those who are unable to come to Shul, please read Devarim 25:17-19 in a Chumash. We will arrange another reading of Zachor later in the year. 

 

DON’T FORGET to vote in the World Zionist Congress election. This is the last week to vote. The World Zionist Congress sets the educational policy of the State of Israel for the Diaspora and influences the expenditure of $1B. Modern Orthodox Jews thus have an important stake in this vote to make sure that sufficient representation is achieved to maximize support for programs like zionist Yeshiva/Seminary education, gap-year programs, MASA, Birthright, etc. (People should read about the slates and vote their conscience. RBS recommends slate #4 of which he is an “ambassador” and nominated delegate).


Administrator’s Message: The office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday,  March 11 & 12.

DAVENING SCHEDULE

LATE MAARIV meets at 9 PM. We need people to sign up for at least one night per week Monday through Thursday. Late Maariv takes less than 10 minutes and is critical that we have a minyan promptly for those saying Kaddish, observing Yahrtzeits and most importantly, to daven with a minyan. Sign up at www.minyan.shaarei.org

 

Mar

 

Adar

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

6

10

6:40 AM

5:25 PM

N/A

CL before 5:23 PM

Sat

7

11

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

5:15 PM

N/A

4:30 PM Daf Yomi 

5:30 PM Snif on Shabbat for 2-6 graders, at Shaarei

Havdalah after 6:25 PM

Sun

8

12

8:00 AM

6:30 PM

N/A

Daylight Savings Time Begins

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:45 AM Rabbi Avi Rockoff Class

1:00 PM Purim Carnival with the Shlichot at Beth El.

Mon

9

13

6:10 AM

6:20 PM

N/A

Taanit Esther/ Erev Purim

5:43 AM Fast Begins

7:15 PM Megillah Reading (Sanctuary)

8:45 PM Late Megillah Reading

Fast Ends 7:16 PM

Tues

10

14

6:00 AM
8:00 AM

4:45 PM

N/A

Purim

7:30 AM WTG

5:00 PM Purim Seudah Dinner

6:40 PM Maariv (Sanctuary)

7:50 Post-Spiel Maariv (est.)

Wed

11

15

6:40 AM

6:30 PM

9:00 PM

Shushan Purim

7:30 PM Class with RBS

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi 

Thur

12

16

6:30 AM 

6:30 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Fri

13

17

6:40 AM

6:30 PM

N/A

CL before 6:31 PM

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

5:25 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING  (Parshat Zachor) 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Gabriel Katz. Post-Davening Community Daf Yomi Siyyum.

10:30 AM Youth Programs:

Torah Tots group (1-5 year olds) meet in the small Youth Room downstairs.

K-2nd grade group meet in the Large Youth Room across from the Beit Midrash men’s entrance.

4:30 PM Daf Yomi

5:15 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Adin Wanderer. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

5:30 PM Seudah Shlishit  Rabbi Samuels will teach.

5:30 PM Snif on Shabbat for 2-6 graders, at Shaarei

6:25 PM Maariv/Havdalah

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI

 

SUNDAY March 8

Sunday Morning Teen Minyan at 8:30 AM in the Beit Midrash for davening and breakfast. All middle and high school girls and boys and their parents are invited to join us. For details please contact Hagay Ramati or David Berlove.

New Class! Shiur n'Shmear with Avi Rockoff at 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM in the Bayit.

Sessions: Mar. 8, 15, 29;  Apr. 19, 26.

לכולם שמות נקרא : Jewish First Names in History, Halacha, Minhag, and Social Practice.

 

Purim Carnival with the Shlichot & Madrichim for a family - fun carnival under the sea, 1:00PM - 3:00 PM at Beth El. Come in a costume! Prizes, arts & crafts and snacks. $5 per family

 

WEDNESDAY March 11

New Class! Silence is Golden, Words are Precious, Talk is Cheap, but is Speech Free?

Jewish Ethical and Legal Considerations of Olam haDibbur (Domain of Communication) 

7:30 PM - 8:45 PM at Shaarei with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD

Sessions, Wednesday evenings: March 18, 29; (April 1 will be rescheduled)

Over five-sessions, we will explore the theme of silence and statement in Jewish ethics and law.  When is silence golden? If words are precious, why is talk cheap? Is speech free, or does it come at a cost? We will consider in Tanakh when silence is an expression of suffering or a mode of sacred service and submission. We will interrogate Talmudic and Midrashic text to discover whether silence is assent or protest. And we will investigate how silence and statement are construed halakhically -- i.e., when is silence legal consent, and when is an oral expression a legal speech act?

Class is co sponsored by Ma’ayan and Shaarei. Free to Shaarei members. Register at www.maayan.org to get the recordings and handouts.

 

Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM

 

THURSDAY  March 12 

Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

SUNDAY Mar 15

Racial Justice and Equity and Jewish Values: We had a great meeting on January 12 to discuss ways in which the shul might respond to issues of racial justice and equity. We generated many ideas, and now will hold a second meeting on Sunday, March 15 at 7 PM to further the discussion and take steps forward on moving ideas into action. Please feel free to come, even if you weren't able to make the first meeting.

We hope that you can join us. Please let us know by selecting this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VD78M96

 

MONDAY March 16

Book Club Monday, 7:30 PM next Book Club meeting is Monday, when we will talk about  My Mother’s Son:  A Novel  by David Hirshberg.  This is a reminder that we need a volunteer to host the March meeting.  Please email bookclub@shaarie.org to let us know if you can host. Thanks.

to discuss  My Mother’s Son:  A Novel  by David Hirshberg at a member’s home. For more information contact bookclub@shaarei.org.

 

Year 2 of Me’ah the winter/spring semester, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM at Shaarei in the Bayit.

Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. 

Sessions: Mar 16, 23, 30; Apr 20, 27; May 4; snow/sick days: May 11, 18; May 21 

Me’ah Graduation 6:30 PM at Hebrew College.

 

TUESDAY March 17

Winter/Spring Meah Class: Values in Practice: The Jewish Holidays in Jewish Law and Custom at Hebrew College. Instructor: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. Tuesday mornings 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Sessions: March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19. 

Cost: $350. Financial aid is available; please contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu for details.

 

SUNDAY March 22

Join Ma'ayan for our Health and Halacha Yom Iyun, Taking Care of Ourselves Sunday, March 22nd at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton.  Registration opens at 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. The morning will be filled with shiurim by Dr. Ariela Okaby, Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses, Dr. Yardaena Osband, Ruthy Glass, Ph.D., Avital Habshush. There will also be a special presentation by Sharsheret called "Healthy For Us, Healthy for Others Women’s Health and Empowerment."  Don't miss this exciting program open to women only. Register at www.maayan.org.

 

LATER in March - National Jewish Lives bookclub

We will be reading the next book with the Jewish lives national bookclub, Moses: A Human Life by Dr Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Whether you read the last book or not, or enjoyed it or not - this book is completely different. Join us and see!
Shaarei has a number of books for those who wish to buy a copy.
Please fill out this short form to get on the bookclub list, buy a book if applicable and importantly select the date for our next meeting. Suggested dates are later in March.
The date of the live author event is Thursday April 23. We will all get together at a location with good internet to watch and discuss.

 

TUESDAY May 26

Red Sox Game - Jewish Heritage Night Shaarei’s annual outing to Fenway for Jewish Heritage Night will be on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Our seats are in grandstand section 10, rows 13 and 14.  This is right field, about halfway between home plate and the right field foul pole. Tickets are $31 each.  If you would like to purchase tickets, contact Lance Kawesch at lkawesch@yahoo.com.

 

ONGOING AT SHAAREI

Shaarei Tefillah’s Family Table program continues to partner with JF&CS in providing critically needed food. We have been assigned to provide 40 boxes of Whole Grain Pasta and 40 boxes of Whole Grain Cereal each month. Drop off anytime at the Family Table bin in the entrance lobby of the shul. 

Please consider volunteering in the rewarding experience of packing and distributing groceries for those in need. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are:  Mar 15, Apr 5, May 10, June 7, July 12. Contact Cheryl Levin at cllevin@gmail.com for more information or Lisa Katz at lkatz@jfcsboston.org for more information and to schedule. 

 

New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI) of Ma'ayan Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses is available for consultation on questions regarding Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish law relating to married life) and its intersection with women's health. She can be reached via phone or text at (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com. The best hours to contact Sarah are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 8PM to 10PM. For more information and to stay connected, please visit www.NEyoetzet.org and sign up for the mailing list.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Ma'ayan's spring classes have started. Introduction to Talmud with Dr. Yael Jaffe and Jewish ideas on speech with Rabbi Samuels. Starting this coming week, Rabbi Jaffe will teach on gemara mezuzah, Wednesdays at noon.  Visit www.maayan.org for more information and to register.

 

The Zamir Chorale of Boston In The Round, Sun. March 15 at 3:00 PM. Featuring Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director. The audience is surrounded by the choir. Look around and enjoy the “surround-sound”. Temple Reyim 1860 Washington St., Newton. Tickets are $18. Reserve in advance at www.reyim.org or by calling 617-527-2410. Tickets will be available at the door.

 

Friends of the Arava Institute invites you to Water as an Instrument for Peace: Collaboration for the Future of the Middle East, Town Hall Meeting in memory of Prof. Franklin Fisher: Sunday, March 29, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston (Free validated parking available).

Panel includes: Prof. Eilon Adar Professor Emeritus, Ben Gurion University and Chair, Arava Institute Board of Directors; Dr. Clive Lipchin Director, Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute;  Prof. Sharon Megdal Director, Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona.

Please RSVP by March 20. For more information, please visit https://arava.org/upcoming-events/

For questions, or if you are interested in co-sponsorship, please contact us at 617-266-7100 or info@friendsofarava.org

 

 


 

PURIM 5780 Schedule

Ta’anit Esther, Monday, March 9

Fast Begins: 5:43 AM

Shacharit 6:10 AM

Minchah 6:20 PM

Sunset 6:44 PM

Fast Ends 7:16 PM

LEIL PURIM, Monday Night, March 9

6:50 PM Maariv in Main Sanctuary

7:00 PM Children’s Costume Parade Sanctuary

7:15 PM Adult and Family Megillah Reading Sanctuary

7:15 PM 2nd Maariv and “No Frills” Reading Beit Midrash

8:45 PM Late Reading in the Main Sanctuary (designed especially for parents of small children who may not have fulfilled his or her commandment to hear the entire reading at the first reading or who had stayed at home during the earlier service). This reading will also be available for those who need to shelter at home via conference call. The call-in number is (712) 770-5505; the access code is 999709. Please call in a few minutes early and mute your line.

PURIM DAY, Tuesday, March 10

6:00 AM Shacharit and Megillah Reading Sanctuary

7:30 AM Women’s Megillah Reading Sanctuary. This reading will also be available for those who need to shelter at home via conference call. The call-in number is (712) 770-5505; the access code is 999709. Please call in a few minutes early and mute your line.

8:00 AM Shacharit and Megillah Reading Beit Midrash. 

9:30 AM Conference Call Megillah Reading. The call-in number is (712) 770-5505; the access code is 999709. Please call in a few minutes early and mute your line.

4:45 PM Mincha

5:00 PM Shul Purim Seudah (for those with reservations)

~7:00 PM Shpiel after Meal and Children’s Entertainment with a live animal show,  face-painting and balloons! (no rsvp required)

6:45 PM Shekiyah - Sunset

Parshat Terumah, 3 Adar 5780 - February 28, 2020

02/28/2020 08:21:30 AM

Feb28

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 5:15 PM

Please check the ERUV hotline at (781) 446-9797

Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah mikvah@bethelnewton.org 

Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at NE.yoetzet@gmail.com

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PURIM PACKAGE DELIVERY

We need volunteers to help with the delivery of our Mischloach Manot. Pick up will take place at Shul on Sunday March 8th, and may be delivered on Sunday, Monday (Ta’anit Esther), or Tuesday (Purim Day). We are hoping that a more flexible delivery schedule will allow for more volunteership.

Please, veteran drivers sign up again, and we need new drivers as well. 

Each delivery car should have a driver and a runner for deliveries (great for children).

Please sign up here.

 


 

Mishloach Manot to Post-High School Students 

Help our Shul send mishloach manot to your university or yeshiva/seminary student. Students receive by mail some Purim goodies with a Purim message by Rabbi Samuels. If your student is out of the country, they will still receive a festive letter from Rabbi Samuels by the email you provide. 

Please make sure to sign up your student by CLICKING HERE.