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Parshat Beshalach, 20 Shevat 5780 - February 7, 2020

02/06/2020 05:05:57 PM

Feb6

 

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:48 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

 

WELCOME Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein, our Scholar-in-Residence, Shabbat Shirah, Parshat Beshallach. Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein received semikhah from Yeshiva University (1991), and his Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish History from Harvard (2003). He has served as a synagogue rabbi, a high school Judaic Studies teacher, an adult educator, and is a prolific internet-educator. He is the author of As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience (2016); We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix it (2012), as well as two historical novels, and numerous articles.

 

Leil Shabbat Community Dinner 

Schedule for Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein

Bringing It Alive: Living Our Past, Present and Future.

    4:45 PM Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv: 6:00 PM Community Dinner: 7:45 Shiur

This is a reminder that participants may BYOB -- bring your own kosher MEVUSHAL wine to share with your table. Non-Mevushal kosher wines are not permitted for use at shul events.

 


Shaarei-Yachad Family Tu B'shevat Seder at Shaarei 

Sunday, Feb 9

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, for all ages and all abilities. 

 

Come and enjoy dinner and hear about Israeli ecology.

The evening includes dinner, an Israel themed craft and a 

fun seder led by Rabbi Samuels.

 

RSVP online at: yachad /NewEngland or https://tinyurl.com/TBS-Feb9

Walk-ins are welcome!

 

For questions, contact Randy Bergel at BergelR@ou.org or call 617-209-6700 x2




 

10 DAYS LEFT!

Remember to return your Mishloach Manot orders for our 

Shul’s Purim Mishloach Manot Project! 

Deadline is Feb 18

If you did not receive your order form in the mail,  please contact

 our shul office at office@shaarei.org


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

 

Feb

 

Shevat

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

7

12

6:40 AM

4:50 PM

N/A

6:00 PM Leil Shabbat Community Dinner

CL before 4:48 PM

Sat

8

13

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

4:30 PM

N/A

3:45 PM Daf Yomi

5:00 PM Snif on Shabbat at Beth El

Havdalah after 5:41 PM

Sun

9

14

8:00 AM

4:55 PM

N/A

5 PM Shaarei-Yachad Family Tu B'shevat Seder

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:45 - 9:30 AM Daf Yomi

8:30 AM Preschool Story Time at Shaarei

Mon

10

15

6:30 AM

4:55 PM

9:00 PM

Tu B’Shevat

7:15 AM RBS Talmud Study

5:15 PM Teen Learning 

7:00 PM Year 2 of Me’ah 

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Tues

11

16

6:40 AM

4:55 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

7:00 PM Tai Chi

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Wed

12

17

6:40 AM

4:55 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi 

Thur

13

18

6:30 AM 

4:55 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Fri

14

12

6:40 AM

5:00 PM

N/A

CL before 4:57 PM

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

4:50 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Ezra Winberg. D’var Torah: Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein

10:00 AM Family learning in Social Hall (see below)

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.

3:45 PM Daf Yomi

4:40 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Matan Lakein. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:50 PM Seudah Shlishit Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein.

5:00 PM- 5:40 PM Snif on Shabbat for 2 - 6 Graders, at Beth El.

5:41 PM Maariv/Havdalah

 

FAMILY LEARNING- Winter Edition

Shabbat morning 10:00-10:30 AM in the social hall.

Come join for an exciting six-weeks of family learning. This time around we will mix up who learns with who. All kids (ages 5-10) are invited and will be paired with an adult (ages 13-99) for parsha learning. Parents and children can also stick together if they prefer. We will have source sheets for every level, all you have to do is come. Shabbat morning 10:00-10:30 am in the social hall. Non-parental adult participants should make every effort to attend Hashkama minyan to hear the full Keriyat HaTorah. Please email Ziva Hassenfeld (ziva.r.hassenfeld@gmail.com) if interested in participating this week, another week, or all six weeks! It's a wonderful way to learn, socialize with intergenerationally in the community, and live our values of chinnuch and talmud torah.

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI

 

SUNDAY Feb 9

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.

 

Programs with Shlichot:

Preschool Story Time 9:30 AM at Shaarei.

 

Daf Yomi, Sunday Morning, 8:45-9:30 AM

 

MONDAY Feb 10

RBS Talmud Study, 7:15 AM

Teen Learning with Rabbi Samuels 5:15 PM in the Bayit.

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: Feb, 10, 24; Mar 4, 16, 23, 30; Apr 8, 9, 10; snow/sick days: May 11, 18.

 

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

 

TUESDAY Feb 11

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

 

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

The next Shaarei Book Club meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb 11 at 7:30 PM. We will discuss both Washington Black by Esi Edugyan and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity.  For information about location, please contact bookclub@shaarei.org.

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY Feb 12 

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

 

THURSDAY  Feb 13 

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


 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

Shabbat Feb 29

Save the Date! Scholar in Residence with Alex Maged and Blima Maged.

 

SUNDAY Mar 8

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

Sessions: Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29;  Apr. 19, 26.

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

 

   

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:  Feb 23, Mar 15, Apr 5, May 10, June 7, July 12.

 

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

UMass Amherst OU-JLIC, Rabbi Raffi and Ariela Leicht, present an informational meeting for prospective and current students and parents on Sunday evening, February 9 at 6-8 PM at Adam’s Street Synagogue. Veggie Crust pizza will be served. For more information contact Rav Raffi at 917.294.1429 | or at .

Ma'ayan's spring classes will be starting the week of February 23rd. Introduction to Talmud with Dr. Yael Jaffe and Jewish ideas on speech with Rabbi Samuels.  There will also be 3 classes in preparation for Purim: Rachel Danziger in Sharon, Rachel Slutsky in Newton, and an online class with Tal Attia.  Visit www.maayan.org for more information and to register.

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: Feb 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12. Snow/sick day May 19. 

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

 

GREATER BOSTON ERUV SUPPORT: The Greater Boston Eruv Corporation provides our entire community with a functioning Eruv every Shabbat of the year. We need your immediate support to fund the operational expenses of the Eruv for 2020 (our 2019 budget was completely spent). Our expenses include salaries and taxes for weekly field inspections of the entire border, weekly required maintenance, insurance, and materials. We are asking for $125 per family for the 2020 budget. Please consider paying via Paypal via our website, www.bostoneruv.org or send your tax-deductible payment to our mailing address available from our web site. The Eruv is not a free service, please respond promptly.

 

AIPAC Policy Conference on March 1-3: Join Rabbi Samuels and the Shaarei delegation in DC for the largest, most diverse gathering of the pro-Israel movement in America. Election year Policy Conferences are especially significant. None of AIPAC’s legislative accomplishments - specifically the 3.8 billion dollars to Israel in military assistance and Iron Dome funding - would be possible without our efforts. For questions, please contact Lance Kawesch or Rabbi Samuels.

 

SEFER DONATIONS

In memory of our dear friend and member Morris Robinson z”l, our Shul library is acquiring an 11-volume set of Rabbi Emanuel Quint’s A Restatement of Rabbinic Civil Law, an English translation/commentary (thus restatement) of Shulkhan Arukh, “Choshen Mishpat.”  Morris dedicated his professional life to tax law and greatly enjoyed his american-law informed study of Jewish law. Individual volume dedications are available for $36 a volume. To donate, click here (be sure to indicate a dedication in Morris’ memory).


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 Va’era, 27 Tevet 5780 - January 24, 2020

01/23/2020 08:41:05 PM

Jan23

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:30PM

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

 

 

Friday/Saturday FEB 7-8   

Leil Shabbat Community Dinner 

with Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein: 

Bringing It Alive: Living Our Past, Present and Future.

Sign-up is OPEN for the dinner here: https://tinyurl.com/Feb7-Community-Dinner
    4:45 PM Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv . 6:00 PM Community Dinner . 7:45 Shiur

Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein received semikhah from Yeshiva University (1991), and his Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish History from Harvard (2003). He has served as a synagogue rabbi, a high school Judaic Studies teacher, an adult educator, and is a prolific internet-educator. He is the author of As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience (2016); We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix it (2012), as well as two historical novels, and numerous articles.

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

 

Jan

Tevet/

Shavat

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

24

27

6:40 AM

4:30 PM

N/A

CL before 4:30 PM

Sat

25

28

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

4:35 PM

N/A

WTG 12:15

Daf Yomi 3:35 PM

Havdalah after 5:32 PM

Sun

26

29

8:00 AM

4:35 PM

N/A

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:45 - 9:30 AM Daf Yomi

4:00 PM Program with Shlichot: Challah Bake with Middle School Girls

5:30 PM Tai Chi with Master Roger Whidden

Mon

27

1

6:15 AM/8:00 AM (TBA)

4:35 PM

9:00 PM

Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat

7:15 AM RBS Talmud Study

5:15 PM Teen Learning 

7:00 PM Year 2 of Me’ah 

7:30 PM  Zikaron BaSalon In’t Holocaust Remembrance Day, listen to survival story told by Monica Brettler

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Tues

28

2

6:40 AM

4:35 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Wed

29

3

6:40 AM

4:35 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi 

Thur

30

4

6:30 AM 

4:35 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Fri

31

5

6:40 AM

4:40 PM

N/A

CL before 4:39 PM

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

4:30 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Ezra Levin. D’var Torah: Erik Bittner.

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.

12:15 PM WTG in the Beit Midrash. Davening: Ronit Ankori; Leyning: Rachel Schiff; Gabbait 1: Deborah Stanhill; Gabbait 2: Stephanie Samuels; D’var Torah: Penina Adelman.

4:20 PM Minchah: All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:35 PM Seudah Shlishit with Maimonides 10th grade. There will be a student D’var Torah and Rabbi Samuels will teach.

5:32 PM Maariv/Havdalah

 

FAMILY LEARNING- Winter Edition

Shabbat morning 10:00-10:30 am in the social hall.

Come join for an exciting six-weeks of family learning. This time around we will mix up who learns with who. All kids (ages 5-10) are invited and will be paired with an adult (ages 13-99) for parsha learning. Parents and children can also stick together if they prefer. We will have source sheets for every level, all you have to do is come. Shabbat morning 10:00-10:30 am in the social hall. Non-parental adult participants should make every effort to attend Hashkama minyan to hear the full Keriyat HaTorah. Please email Ziva Hassenfeld (ziva.r.hassenfeld@gmail.com) if interested in participating this week, another week, or all six weeks! It's a wonderful way to learn, socialize with inter-generationally in the community, and live our values of chinnuch and talmud torah.

 

 

SUNDAY Jan 26

  • 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.
  • Sunday Morning, 8:45-9:30 AM Daf Yomi.
  • Program with Shlichot: Challah Bake for Middle School Girls 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Shaarei.
  • Tai Chi 5:30 - 8:30 PM Master Roger Whidden will be teaching this special class. Visitors are welcome to come and observe.

MONDAY Jan 27

RBS Talmud Study, 7:15 AM

Teen Learning with Rabbi Samuels 5:15 PM in the Bayit.

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

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.  

Remaining Session: Jan 27

Zikaron BaSalon in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We will hear the survival story of Carl Heinz Rosner from his daughter, Monica Brettler., 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

TUESDAY Jan 28

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

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

 

WEDNESDAY Jan 29 

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

 

THURSDAY  Jan 30 

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

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

MOTZAEI SHABBAT Feb 1

MAIMONIDES Motzaei Shabbat Kiddush KUMSITZ: An unforgettable evening of singing and friendship for all ages. 7:30 PM-9:00 PM at Shaarei. Co- sponsored by: Shaarei Tefillah; Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israe; Beit Sasson; and the Adams Street Shul.

 

MONDAY Feb 3 

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels. 5:15 PM

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: Feb 3, 10, 24; Mar 4, 16, 23, 30; Apr 8, 9, 10; snow/sick days: May 11, 18.

Board Meeting 7:30 PM in the social hall.

 

Tuesday Feb 4

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

SHABBAT Feb 7-8

Save The Date: Leil Shabbat Community Dinner with Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein: Bringing It Alive: Living Our Past, Present and Future.

Sign-up for the dinner here: https://tinyurl.com/Feb7-Community-Dinner
    4:45 PM Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv . 6:00 PM Community Dinner . 7:45 Shiur

Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein received semikhah from Yeshiva University (1991), and his Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish History from Harvard (2003). He has served as a synagogue rabbi, a high school Judaic Studies teacher, an adult educator, and is a prolific internet-educator. He is the author of As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience (2016); We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix it (2012), as well as two historical novels, and numerous articles.

 

SUNDAY Feb 9   

Save the Date: Shaarei-Yachad Family Tu B'shevat Seder at Shaarei 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, for all ages and all abilities. The evening includes dinner, an Israel themed craft and a fun seder led by Rabbi Samuels. 

 

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: Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, 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

UMass Amherst OU-JLIC, Rabbi Raffi and Ariela Leicht, present an informational meeting for prospective and current students and parents on Sunday evening, February 9 at 6-8 PM at Adam’s Street Synagogue. Vege Crust pizza will be served. For more information contact Rav Raffi at 917.294.1429 | raffi@umassjlic.org.

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: Feb 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12. Snow/sick day May 19. 

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

 

GREATER BOSTON ERUV SUPPORT: The Greater Boston Eruv Corporation provides our entire community with a functioning Eruv every Shabbat of the year. We need your immediate support to fund the operational expenses of the Eruv for 2020 (our 2019 budget was completely spent). Our expenses include salaries and taxes for weekly field inspections of the entire border, weekly required maintenance, insurance, and materials. We are asking for $125 per family for the 2020 budget. Please consider paying via Paypal via our website, www.bostoneruv.org or send your tax-deductible payment to our mailing address available from our web site. The Eruv is not a free service, please respond promptly.

 

AIPAC Policy Conference on March 1-3: Join Rabbi Samuels and the Shaarei delegation in DC for the largest, most diverse gathering of the pro-Israel movement in America. Election year Policy Conferences are especially significant. None of AIPAC’s legislative accomplishments - specifically the 3.8 billion dollars to Israel in military assistance and Iron Dome funding - would be possible without our efforts. For questions, please contact Lance Kawesch or Rabbi Samuels.

  • 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 Shemot, 120 Tevet 5780 - January 17, 2020

01/16/2020 11:33:42 PM

Jan16

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:21 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

 

 

Friday/Saturday FEB 7-8   

Leil Shabbat Community Dinner 

with Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein: 

Bringing It Alive: Living Our Past, Present and Future.

Sign-up is OPEN for the dinner here: https://tinyurl.com/Feb7-Community-Dinner
    4:45 PM Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv . 6:00 PM Community Dinner . 7:45 Shiur

Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein received semikhah from Yeshiva University (1991), and his Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish History from Harvard (2003). He has served as a synagogue rabbi, a high school Judaic Studies teacher, an adult educator, and is a prolific internet-educator. He is the author of As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience (2016); We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix it (2012), as well as two historical novels, and numerous articles.

 

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI

SUNDAY Jan 19

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.

 

Sunday Morning, 8:45-9:30 AM Daf Yomi. Please come with a Masekhet Berakhot.

 

Program with Shlichot: Living in Israel for Junior & Seniors 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Shaarei.

 

MONDAY Jan 20

RBS Talmud Study, 7:15 AM

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

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.  

Remaining Sessions: Jan 20, 27

Program with Shlichot: Adult Hebrew Club 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Beth El. We will discuss "Hebrew - A dream come true" in honor of Hebrew Language Day and MLK Day.

 

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

 

TUESDAY Jan 21

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

 

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

NCYS Teen Learning Fellowship 7:30 PM

Session: Jan 21 at Shaarei

All High School age students are invited to join across the Greater Boston area as we explore the Jewish perspective on current events, issues and news headlines. Teens will have the opportunity to learn with mentors in the community. For more information, contact Rabbi Yudi Riesel at yudi@ncsy.org. or to sign up click here.

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY Jan 22 

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

 

THURSDAY  Jan 23 

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

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

FRIDAY Jan 24 

Maimonides 10th Grade Shabbaton; Dinner at Shaarei

 

SUNDAY Jan 26

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM Master Roger Whidden will be teaching this special class. Visitors are welcome to come and observe.

MONDAY Jan 27

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY Feb 7-8

 

Save The Date: Leil Shabbat Community Dinner with Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein: Bringing It Alive: Living Our Past, Present and Future.

Sign-up for the dinner here: https://tinyurl.com/Feb7-Community-Dinner
    4:45 PM Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv . 6:00 PM Community Dinner . 7:45 Shiur

Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein received semikhah from Yeshiva University (1991), and his Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish History from Harvard (2003). He has served as a synagogue rabbi, a high school Judaic Studies teacher, an adult educator, and is a prolific internet-educator. He is the author of As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience (2016); We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix it (2012), as well as two historical novels, and numerous articles.

 

SUNDAY Feb 9   

Save the Date: Shaarei-Yachad Family Tu B'shevat Seder 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, for all ages and all abilities. The evening includes dinner, an Israel themed craft and a fun seder led by Rabbi Samuels.

 

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: Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, 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

 

Monday, January 20: MLK Day of Service: Shaarei is partnering with the Boston JCRC MLK Day of Service. Spend your day off work and school with other Shaarei families, painting and beautifying the Blackstone Elementary School in Boston's South End.  This event is open to families with children ages 4 and up, on January 20, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30. To sign up, please visit https://www.jcrcboston.org/events/mlk2020/, click on "Young Family Volunteering" and choose St. Stephen's Youth Programs - Blackstone Elementary. Note that adults without children are more than welcome to register but please go to the young family section on the JCRC website to find the Blackstone project option. Questions? Contact Shoshie: shoshanna.lockshin@gmail.com

Northeast NCSY Winter Regional 2020, Jan 31st - Feb 2nd, Crowne Plaza Danbury, CT

Join 150 teens from all backgrounds for an incredible Shabbaton featuring delicious food, awesome advisors, inspiring guest speakers and lots more! Open to all Jewish teens in New England & Upstate NY, Grades 8-12 For more info & registration: northeast.ncsy.org. Office: 646-459-5196, northeast@ncsy.org

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: Feb 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12. Snow/sick day May 19. 

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

 

GREATER BOSTON ERUV SUPPORT: The Greater Boston Eruv Corporation provides our entire community with a functioning Eruv every Shabbat of the year. We need your immediate support to fund the operational expenses of the Eruv for 2020 (our 2019 budget was completely spent). Our expenses include salaries and taxes for weekly field inspections of the entire border, weekly required maintenance, insurance, and materials. We are asking for $125 per family for the 2020 budget. Please consider paying via Paypal via our website, www.bostoneruv.org or send your tax-deductible payment to our mailing address available from our web site. The Eruv is not a free service, please respond promptly.

 

AIPAC Policy Conference on March 1-3: Join Rabbi Samuels and the Shaarei delegation in DC for the largest, most diverse gathering of the pro-Israel movement in America. Election year Policy Conferences are especially significant. None of AIPAC’s legislative accomplishments - specifically the 3.8 billion dollars to Israel in military assistance and Iron Dome funding - would be possible without our efforts. For questions, please contact Lance Kawesch or Rabbi Samuels.

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 Vayechi, 10 Tevet 5780 - January 10, 2020

01/09/2020 07:35:33 PM

Jan9

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:13 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

 
 

Jan

Tevet

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

10

13

6:40 AM

4:15 PM

N/A

CL before 4:13 PM

7:30 PM Teens for Oneg grades 9-12

Sat

11

14

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

4:05 PM

N/A

Havdalah after 5:15 PM

Sun

12

15

8:00 AM

4:20 PM

N/A

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:45 - 9:30 AM Daf Yomi Begins

Programs with Shlichot: 

Cooking Club 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Beth El.

Teen Activity 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Beth El.

7:00 PM Conversation about Racial Justice and Equity and Jewish Values

Mon

13

16

6:30 AM

4:20 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM RBS Talmud Study

7:00 PM Year 2 of Me’ah 

5:15 PM Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels 

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Tues

14

17

6:40 AM

4:20 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

7:00 PM Tai Chi

7:30 PM NCYS Teen Learning at Beth El

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Wed

15

18

6:40 AM

4:20 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi 

Thur

16

19

6:30 AM 

4:20 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

Fri

17

20

6:40 AM

4:20 PM

N/A

CL before 4:21 PM

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

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

4:15 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

7:30 -9:00 PM Oneg for Teens 9-12th grade at Shaarei. We will have yummy dessert and a fun activity in the Bayit.

SHABBAT MORNING 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Gabriel Katz.  D’var Torah: Sophia Porath and Talia Porath

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.

4:05 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Aviav Bernstein. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:20 PM Seudah Shlishit Rabbi Samuels will teach.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Sniff at Beth El for 2-6th graders.

5:15 PM Maariv/Havdalah


 

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI

SUNDAY Jan 12

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.

 

Sunday Morning, 8:45-9:30 AM Daf Yomi. Please come with a Masekhet Berakhot. Rabbi Samuels will teach and have photocopies of the daf available for the opening sessions. You can also download the Artscroll Hebrew-English Berakhot for your electronic device here: https://appstore.artscroll.com/

 

Programs with Shlichot: 

Elementary School Cooking Club 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Beth El.

Teen Activity 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Beth El.

 

Communal Conversation about Racial Justice and Equity and Jewish Values, Sunday January 12, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Shaarei. Over the past few years, issues of racial justice and equity have continued to be an important part of our American national conversation. As members of the Jewish community, we ask whether our communities are maximally inclusive and empowering of Jews of color. We hope to facilitate a conversation at Shaarei about race, human dignity, and communal inclusivity, in pursuit of justice, holiness, and considerations of equality and equity. If you would like to participate, please respond to the link below and let us know if you can join us on Sunday evening, January 12. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJ8XLCB. Jennifer Bittner and Lucy Lorin, Meeting Conveners, Yavilah McCoy, Consultant, Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD

 

MONDAY Jan 13, 2020

RBS Talmud Study, 7:15 AM

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

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.  

Remaining Sessions: Jan 13, 20, 17

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels 5:15-6:15 PM in the Bayit.

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

 

TUESDAY Jan 14, 2020

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

 

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

NCYS Teen Learning Fellowship 7:30 PM

Sessions: Jan 15 at Beth El; Jan 21 at Shaarei;

All High School age students are invited to join across the Greater Boston area as we explore the Jewish perspective on current events, issues and news headlines. Teens will have the opportunity to learn with mentors in the community. For more information, contact Rabbi Yudi Riesel at yudi@ncsy.org. or to sign up click here.

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY Jan 15, 2020

Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM; Remaining Session: Jan 15

Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas

Co-sponsored by Shaarei and Ma’ayan. This class is free to Shaarei members, please register at

www.Maayan.org to get access to online resources.

 

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

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

SUNDAY Jan 26

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM Master Roger Whidden will be teaching this special class. Visitors are welcome to come and observe.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY Feb 7-8   

Save The Date: Lei Shabbat Community Dinner with Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein our Scholar in Residence. Bringing It Alive: Living Our Past, Present and Future

Sign-up for the dinner here: https://tinyurl.com/Feb7-Community-Dinner

4:45 PM Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv . 6:00 PM Community Dinner . 7:45 Shiur
 

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: Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, 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

 

Monday, January 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Maimonides is proud to present a thought-provoking evening with Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair: Lost in Connection: How the Tech Effect Puts Children’s Development at Risk. Gain a better understanding of the psychological fallout of our fast-paced adaption to tech, how to push the pause button, how to raise confident, healthy and savvy children in the digital age. Saval Campus Maimonides School, 34 Philbrick Rd. Brookline.

Monday, January 20: MLK Day of Service: Shaarei is partnering with the Boston JCRC MLK Day of Service. Spend your day off work and school with other Shaarei families, painting and beautifying the Blackstone Elementary School in Boston's South End.  This event is open to families with children ages 4 and up, on January 20, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30. To sign up, please visit https://www.jcrcboston.org/events/mlk2020/, click on "Young Family Volunteering" and choose St. Stephen's Youth Programs - Blackstone Elementary. Note that adults without children are more than welcome to register but please go to the young family section on the JCRC website to find the Blackstone project option. Questions? Contact Shoshie: shoshanna.lockshin@gmail.com

Northeast NCSY Winter Regional 2020, Jan 31st - Feb 2nd, Crowne Plaza Danbury, CT

Join 150 teens from all backgrounds for an incredible Shabbaton featuring delicious food, awesome advisors, inspiring guest speakers and lots more! Open to all Jewish teens in New England & Upstate NY, Grades 8-12 For more info & registration: northeast.ncsy.org. Office: 646-459-5196, northeast@ncsy.org

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: Feb 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12. Snow/sick day May 19. 

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

 

GREATER BOSTON ERUV SUPPORT: The Greater Boston Eruv Corporation provides our entire community with a functioning Eruv every Shabbat of the year. We need your immediate support to fund the operational expenses of the Eruv for 2020 (our 2019 budget was completely spent). Our expenses include salaries and taxes for weekly field inspections of the entire border, weekly required maintenance, insurance, and materials. We are asking for $125 per family for the 2020 budget. Please consider paying via Paypal via our website, www.bostoneruv.org or send your tax-deductible payment to our mailing address available from our web site. The Eruv is not a free service, please respond promptly.

 

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 Vayigash, 26 Tevet 5780 - January 3, 2020

01/02/2020 11:43:28 PM

Jan2

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:06 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

 

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

 

Jan

Tevet

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

3

6

6:40 AM

4:05 PM

N/A

CL before 4:06 PM

Sat

4

7

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

3:55 PM

N/A

Havdalah after 5:08 PM

7:00 AIPAC Motzei Shabbat Gathering 

Sun

5

8

8:00 AM

4:10 PM

N/A

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

Mon

6

9

6:30 AM

4:15 PM

9:00 PM

7:00 PM Year 2 of Me’ah 

7:15 AM RBS Talmud Study

7:30 PM Bookclub

Tues

7

10

6:10 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

6:00 PM Challah Bake for all Women and Girls 

7:00 PM Tai Chi

Wed

8

11

6:40 AM

4:15 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM NCSY Teen Learning Fellowship

7:30 PM Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 

Thur

9

12

6:30 AM 

4:15 PM

9:00 PM

 

Fri

10

13

6:40 AM

4:15 PM

N/A

CL before 4:13 PM

Shabbaton with Bnei Akiva of Montreal 

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

4:00 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Aviv Ankori.  Dvar Torah: Moria Ran Ben-Hai

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.

3:55 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: JJ Berlove. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Sniff at Shaarei for 2-6th graders.

4:10 PM Seudah Shlishit Rabbi Samuels will teach.

5:08 PM Maariv/Havdalah

 

SATURDAY NIGHT, January 4, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

SHAAREI’S ANNUAL AIPAC MOTZEI SHABBAT GATHERING: Featuring delicious Israeli wine, cheese and dessert. Generously hosted by Ellen and Michael Rubin, 11 Clements Rd., Newton.

Elon Stricker, AIPAC Boston Area Director, will update us on how to ensure bipartisan support for Israel in a complex, partisan environment and the stakes in 2020.

Elon Stricker has been a member of the AIPAC professional staff for eight years and actively involved in the national pro-Israel political movement for over a decade. 

As the AIPAC Boston Area Director, Elon is responsible for guiding, educating and mobilizing AIPAC’s lay leadership in their pro-Israel activism. Elon is also responsible for development in the Boston area, maintaining and growing the current member base and cultivating new members and activists.

 

RSVP to Elon Stricker at estricker@aipac.org or 617.399.2552

 

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI

SUNDAY Jan 5

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.

 

Programs with Shlichot: 

Preschool Story Time 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Shaarei.

Cinema Club for Middle School 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Shaarei.

 

MONDAY Jan 6, 2020

RBS Talmud Study, 7:15 AM

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

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.  

Remaining Sessions: Jan 6 , 13, 20, 17

Bookclub January 6th will meet Monday at 7:30 PM to discuss Washington Black by Esi Eduygan. Hope you can join us. For information about time and location, please email bookclub@shaarei.org.

 

TUESDAY Jan 7, 2020

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

NCSY Teen Learning Fellowship 7:30 PM

Sessions: Jan 7, 21 at Shaarei; Jan 15 at Beth El

All High School age students are invited to join across the Greater Boston area as we explore the Jewish perspective on current events, issues and news headlines. Teens will have the opportunity to learn with mentors in the community. For more information, contact Rabbi Yudi Risiel at yudi@ncsy.org. or to sign up click here.

 

WEDNESDAY Jan 8, 2020

 

Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM; Remaining Sessions: Jan 8, 15

Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas

Co-sponsored by Shaarei and Ma’ayan. This class is free to Shaarei members, please register at

www.Maayan.org to get access to online resources.

 

Friday - Sunday Jan 10-12, 2020

 

On Jan 10-12 , 2020 we will have a Shabbaton with Bnei Akiva of Montreal for grades 8-10! We

will have an amazing Shabbat together and fun activities on Saturday night! Sign up now at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfusMUWlVl3lqGkb2DvE7pFfAwhTpAbRO2Q-1fgga1PJy6TBw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1


 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

Sunday Jan 12, 2020

Communal Conversation about Racial Justice and Equity and Jewish Values, Sunday January 12, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Shaarei. Over the past few years, issues of racial justice and equity have continued to be an important part of our American national conversation. As members of the Jewish community, we ask whether our communities are maximally inclusive and empowering of Jews of color. We hope to facilitate a conversation at Shaarei about race, human dignity, and communal inclusivity, in pursuit of justice, holiness, and considerations of equality and equity. If you would like to participate, please respond to the link below and let us know if you can join us on Sunday evening, January 12. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJ8XLCB. Jennifer Bittner and Lucy Lorin, Meeting Conveners, Yavilah McCoy, Consultant, Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD

 

Tuesday Jan 14, 2020

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs, 7:15 - 8:00 AM. The Mishna study will be taking a break until January 14.

 

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: Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, Mar 15, Apr 5, May 10, June 7, July 12.

Contact Cheryl Levin at or Lisa Katz at 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

 

Saturday January 4: Ma’ayan presents an opportunity to learn with famed Jerusalem scholar, Rabbanit Gilla Rosen at Young Israel of Brookline, 8pm. $10 as a stand-alone event or free to attendees of the Sunday event. Open to men & women. More details at www.maayan.org
 

Sunday, January 5:  Women’s Siyum HaShas @ Maimonides School. Doors open at 10:30 am. 

Join Ma'ayan for an exciting day of learning with Rabbanit Gilla Rosen. Her keynote address will give an overview of Masechet Rosh Hashana. Together we will watch the livestream of Hadran's Siyum HaShas from Jerusalem, and we will be inspired by Ma'ayan's siyum of Masechet Rosh Hashana and our starting anew with Masechet Brachot. Each registration includes a delicious lunch. Men and women are invited to be part of the celebration.

Monday, January 20: MLK Day of Service: Shaarei is partnering with the Boston JCRC MLK Day of Service. Spend your day off work and school with other Shaarei families, painting and beautifying the Blackstone Elementary School in Boston's South End.  This event is open to families with children ages 4 and up, on January 20, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30. To sign up, please visit https://www.jcrcboston.org/events/mlk2020/, click on "Young Family Volunteering" and choose St. Stephen's Youth Programs - Blackstone Elementary. Note that adults without children are more than welcome to register but please go to the young family section on the JCRC website to find the Blackstone project option. Questions? Contact Shoshie: shoshanna.lockshin@gmail.com

Northeast NCSY Winter Regional 2020, Jan 31st - Feb 2nd, Crowne Plaza Danbury, CT

Join 150 teens from all backgrounds for an incredible Shabbaton featuring delicious food, awesome advisors, inspiring guest speakers and lots more! Open to all Jewish teens in New England & Upstate NY, Grades 8-12 For more info & registration: northeast.ncsy.org. Office: 646-459-5196, northeast@ncsy.org

 

ERUV dues reminder
The Greater Boston Eruv Corporation provides our entire community with a functioning Eruv every Shabbat of the year. We need your immediate support to fund the operational expenses of the Eruv for 2020 (our 2019 budget was completely spent). Our expenses include salaries and taxes for weekly field inspections of the entire border, weekly required maintenance, insurance, and materials. We are asking for $125 per family for the 2020 budget. Please consider paying via Paypal via our website, www.bostoneruv.org or send your tax-deductible payment to our mailing address available from our web site. The Eruv is not a free service, please respond promptly.

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: Feb 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12. Snow/sick day May 19. 

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

 

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

 

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah, Parshat Miketz , 29 Kislev 5780 - December 27, 2019 

12/27/2019 02:40:34 PM

Dec27

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:00 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

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE:

This week we began our eight-day celebration of Chanukah. This Shabbat, we observe - well, Shabbat, of course, and also Rosh Chodesh Tevet. And this coming week, we mark the end of the decade with a shout of “Happy New Year!”when the clock strikes twelve on December 31. In our parashah, we learn of Pharoh’s dreams and Yosef’s interpretations of seven years of plenty and seven of famine. The commonality shared by all these events is the human ordering of time. Nature presents us with regular cycles and seasons, but their actual measure challenges, if not defies, precise standardization. We use the biblical base-7 mathematical system to count our days, weeks and Sabbatical cycles. We use the Babylonian base-60 mathematical system to order our hours and astronomical observations upon which the Hebrew lunar month calendar relies. We conjoin this with the Roman decimal (base-10) system to count our secular decades, and even our months - albeit imperfectly - e.g., December is both the 10th month and the 12th month; Sept. - the 7th and 9th; Oct. - the 8th and 10th, etc. Nature is at times consistent and at times unruly, and we do our best to chronologically tame it for our purposes, thus the number of days in our months vary; and leap years round out chronologically rough years. My point of all this is to highlight that keeping time is a wonderful Divinely mandated human invention whose purpose is to give structure to a dimension of our experience, allow for coordinated and cooperative activity, and provide a shared platform for meaning-making. Consider the following statement: “Let’s all meet up at Shul on the 7th day at the 9th hour in the morning of  the 30th of the Hebrew month of Kislev in the year 5780, corresponding to Saturday, the 28th of December, 2019.” This simple statement is a human wonder of math, science, and sociology. It allows us to work together and create sacred meaning and purpose

                This coming week, there is one more marker deserving of notice. Next Shabbat, on 7 Tevet, 5780 (January 4th 2020), the 13th cycle of Daf Yomi comes to its formal conclusion. There are numerous siyyums taking place across the Jewish world; the largest being Agudath Israel’s Siyyum HaShas this coming Wednesday in New Jersey on January 1. See community announcements below for others. The Daf Yomi program studies a folio page a day from the Babylonian Talmud for roughly seven and a half years - covering all 2711 of them. The number is arbitrary, based on the pagination of a certain publishing house’s Talmud. The ordering of shared study by Jewish men, and increasingly women, the world over is a wonder of Jewish solidarity through Torah learning, in addition to the aggregate feat and the daily infusion of meaning in the lives of its students. Interested in joining me for the next Daf Yomi cycle? A new challenge for a new decade?  I await your affirmative answer!

                Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov, Chanukah Sameach, and a Happy New Year and new decade!

                  Rav Benjie

 


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

 

Dec/Jan

Kislev/Tevet

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

 Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

27

29

 6:20 AM

4:00 PM

 N/A

Chanukah 6 candles

CL before 4:00 PM

Sat

28

30

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

3:50 PM

N/A

Havdalah after 5:02 PM

Chanukah 7 candles

Sun

29

1

8:00 AM

4:05 PM

N/A

Chanukah 8 candles

Mon

30

2

6:20 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM RBS Talmud Study

Tues

31

3

6:20 AM

4:05 PM

N/A

 

Wed

1

4

8:00 AM

4:05 PM

N/A

Happy New Year

Thur

2

5

6:30 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

7:00 PM Tai Chi

 Fri

3

6

 6:40 AM

4:05 PM

 N/A

CL before 4:06 PM

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT

4:00 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv

SHABBAT MORNING

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash)

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Matan Lakein. Dvar Torah: Lori Schuldiner Schor, the mother of Shayna Schor, on the occasion of Jonathan Cohen’s aufruf.

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.

3:50 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Yosef Feld. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot. 

4:05 PM Seudah Shlishit Rabbi Samuels will teach on Chanukah

5:02 PM Maariv/Havdalah

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI

MONDAY Dec 30

  • RBS Talmud Study, 7:15 AM

THURSDAY Jan 2, 2020

  • Program with Shlichot: Challah Bake for all Women and Girls 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Beth El. In honor of Chodesh Tevet, all women and girls are invited to bake Challah with Shai & Hadar.
  • Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

THURSDAY Jan 2, 2020

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

SATURDAY Jan 4, 2020

SHAAREI’S ANNUAL AIPAC MOTZEI SHABBAT GATHERING: Saturday night, January 4, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Featuring delicious Israeli wine, cheese and dessert.

Elon Stricker, AIPAC Boston Area Director, will update us on how to ensure bipartisan support for Israel in a complex, partisan environment and the stakes in 2020.

Elon Stricker has been a member of the AIPAC professional staff for eight years and actively involved in the national pro-Israel political movement for over a decade. 

As the AIPAC Boston Area Director, Elon is responsible for guiding, educating and mobilizing AIPAC’s lay leadership in their pro-Israel activism. Elon is also responsible for development in the Boston area, maintaining and growing the current member base and cultivating new members and activists.

 

SUNDAY Jan 5

  • 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.

 

MONDAY Jan 6, 2020

  • Year 2 of Me’ah the fall semester, 7-9:30 PM at Shaarei in the Bayit.

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.

Remaining Sessions: Jan 6 , 13, 20, 17

  • Bookclub January 6th at 7:30 to discuss Washington Black by Esi Eduygan. Please contact us at bookclub@shaarei.org for additional information.

WEDNESDAY Jan 8, 2020

  • NCYS Teen Learning Fellowship 7:30 PM

Sessions: Jan 8, 15

All High School age students are invited to join across the Greater Boston area as we explore the Jewish perspective on current events, issues and news headlines. Teens will have the opportunity to learn with mentors in the community. For more information, contact Rabbi Yudi Risiel at yudi@ncsy.org. or to sign up click here.

  • Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM; Remaining Sessions: Jan 8, 15

Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas

Co-sponsored by Shaarei and Ma’ayan. This class is free to Shaarei members, please register at

WWW.Maayan.org to get access to online resources.

 

Friday - Sunday Jan 10-12, 2020

 

Tuesday Jan 14, 2020

  • Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs, 7:15 - 8:00 AM. The mishna study will be taking a break until January 14

 

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:  Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, 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

 

Sunday, January 5:  Women’s Siyum HaShas @ Maimonides School. Doors open at 10:30 am. 

Join Ma'ayan for an exciting day of learning with Rabbanit Gilla Rosen. Her keynote address will give an overview of Masechet Rosh Hashana. Together we will watch the livestream feed of Hadran's siyum HaShas from Jerusalem, and be inspired by Ma'ayan's siyum of Masechet Rosh Hashana and learn the beginning of Masechet Brachot. Each registration includes a delicious lunch. Men and women are invited to be a part of the celebration. There will also be a chance to learn a daf with Rabbanit Gilla Rosen on Motzei Shabbat, January 4th, at Young Israel of Brookline. Visit www.maayan.org for more information and to register.

 

Monday, January 20: MLK Day of Service: Shaarei is partnering with the Boston JCRC MLK Day of Service. Spend your day off work and school with other Shaarei families, painting and beautifying the Blackstone Elementary School in Boston's South End.  This event is open to families with children ages 4 and up, on January 20, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30. To sign up, please visit https://www.jcrcboston.org/events/mlk2020/, click on "Young Family Volunteering" and choose St. Stephen's Youth Programs - Blackstone Elementary. Note that adults without children are more than welcome to register but please go to the young family section on the JCRC website to find the Blackstone project option. Questions? Contact Shoshie: shoshanna.lockshin@gmail.com 

 

Tikvah Fund Maimonides Scholars Program is a two-week summer institute (Session 1: June 28-July 9; Session 2: July 26-August 6) in Jewish thought and philosophy at Yale University for high school juniors and seniors. We read, discuss, and debate the greatest texts in the Jewish and Western canon including the Torah, Talmud, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Rousseau, Maimonides, and Spinoza. We have hundreds of Jewish teens participate each summer, and our website can be found here. For more information, contact Rachel Kaissar <rkaissar@tikvahfund.org>. 

 

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 Vayeshev, 9 Kislev 5780 - December 7, 2019

12/05/2019 01:20:19 PM

Dec5

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

 

Dec

Kislev

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

8

6:40 AM

3:55 PM

N/A

CL before 3:54 PM

Sat

7

9

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

3:45 PM

N/A

Havdalah after 4:55 PM

Sun

8

10

8:00 AM

3:55 PM

N/A

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:50 AM Shiur n'Shmear  

10:30 AM Women’s Talmud class

Mon

9

11

6:30 AM

3:55 PM

9:00 PM

7 PM Meah Year 2 

Tues

10

12

6:40 AM

3:55 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

  7 PM Tai Chi with Danny Wyschogrod

Wed

11

13

6:40 AM

3:55 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 

7:30 PM NCYS Teen Learning Fellowship

Thur

12

14

6:30 AM 

3:55 PM 

9:00 PM

7:15 PM Lecture with Rabbi Yair Silverman

Fri

13

15

6:40 AM

3:55 PM

  N/A

CL before 3:54 PM

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

3:55 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Dvar Torah: Assif Ankori. Anim Zmirot: Aviv Ankori.

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.

3:45 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Akiva Robison. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:00 PM Seudah Shelishit

4:00 PM Snif NBA for grades 2-6 at Beth El

4:55 PM Maariv/Havdalah

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI 


 

SUNDAY Dec 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.

 

Shiur n'Shmear with (Rabbi Dr) Avi Rockoff at 8:50 AM – 10:00 AM in the Bayit. 

Sessions: Dec. 8, 15, 22

Zemirot: Piyyutim for the Palate. The familiar Shabbat Zemirot are actually liturgical piyyutim. Their poetic artistry and deep erudition are hard to appreciate while quaffing schnapps and singing the words to niggunim, waltzes, marches, polkas, ditties, and drinking songs.
    In this class, we will study several Ashkenazic zemirot, as well as others from North Africa and Spain. The purpose will be to explore the Biblical, Talmudic, Midrashic, and Halakhic references in the zemirot, and the Shabbat-related themes these sources elaborate. Singing is not required.
    As an aside, we will also study a particular zemer once largely removed from Zemirot collections because of its association with Jewish social humiliation in 18th-century Poland in ways similar to blackface minstrelsy as experienced by African-Americans in 19th-century America, as well as "Jewface" vaudeville comedy 100 years ago.

 

Women’s Talmud class - A short but deep dive into the world of Talmud

3 Sessions: Sundays Dec 8, 15, 22 at 10:30 AM in the Bayit.

Shaarei is participating in a worldwide Women’s Siyum for Shaas organized by Hadran, an organization based in Ra’anana. The event is being coordinated by Lisa Kolodny, daughter-in -law of our members Nancy & Gerry.

We will participate in two ways, firstly by learning some pages of Gemara from Masekhet Rosh Hashana  and secondly by participating in a Boston wide gathering for a siyum on January 5. The siyum will be both local and live streamed from Jerusalem.
We will have 3 classes, taught by Amy Newman and Rabba Claudia Marbach. Classes will be geared to all levels with both the original text and translations.  No previous experience of gemara necessary. Please sign up at www.tinyurl.com/shaarei-Talmud or just turn up, but if you sign up, then we can print enough handouts.

 

Programs with Shlichot Sunday Dec 8 

  • Middle School Movie Night 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Beth El 
  • Teen Sushi Night 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Beth El

MONDAY Dec 9

Year 2 of Me’ah the fall semester, 7-9:30 PM at Shaarei in the Bayit

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.  

Sessions: Dec. 9; Jan 6 , 13, 20, 17

TUESDAY Dec 10

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs, 7:15 - 8:00 AM. It is a great opportunity to first engage in text study, or come back to the Mishna as an old friend.  All levels are welcome. We are learning Masechet Damei now.

 

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

 

WEDNESDAY Dec 11

NEW CLASS: NCSY Teen Learning Fellowship 7:30 PM

Sessions: Dec. 11, 18, Jan 8, 15

All High School age students at non-Jewish Day Schools  are invited to join across the Greater Boston area as we explore the Jewish perspective on current events, issues and news headlines. Teens will have the opportunity to learn with mentors in the community. For more information, contact Rabbi Yudi Risel at yudi@ncsy.org. or to sign up click here.

 

Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM

Sessions: Dec. 11, 18, Jan 8, 15

Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas

In adult Jewish education, we often offer advanced classes for beginners to accommodate sophisticated expectations and a learned audience who have limited past exposure to Jewish text learning. This class offers the inverse, a beginner’s class for advanced students. Put another way, this is a course designed for people who have had life-long exposure to Jewish text study and ideas, but could benefit from a sophisticated study of foundational Jewish values and core ideas. We will ask: what does it mean to be Jewish? Jewish life hopscotches across four different domains of relationship: between us and God (ultimacy); between people (interpersonal ethics); between us and our world (peoplehood and stewardship); and between each person and his/herself (personal responsibility). So whether you are an advanced student, or a beginner, come join in a study of fundamental values, principles and core ideas. Your Jewish perspective will be reframed and refreshed!

Co-sponsored by Shaarei and Ma’ayan. This class is free to Shaarei members, please register at

WWW.Maayan.org to get access to online resources.

 

THURSDAY Dec 12 

The Miracle of Re-Dedication: From Chanukah to Modern Israel with Rabbi Yair Silverman 

7:15 PM at Shaarei. 

Rabbi Yair Silverman is Director of Moed in Zichron Yaakov. Shaarei is honored to host this evening lecture. Come join us! Pizza from The Kosher Veggie Crust will be served. Please RSVP here so we can plan how much pizza to buy.

 

FRIDAY/SATURDAY Dec 13-14

Scholar in Residence: Rahel Berkovits, Friday Night Oneg at Shaarei in the Social Hall 7:30 PM Can Contemporary Halakha Meet the Needs of the Religious Gay Community? Modern Israeli Rabbinic Responses; Shabbat Morning D’rasha: The Hidden Meaning of Hanukkah in Masechet Shabbat; Motzei Shabbat 7:30 PM: An Open Discussion of Orthodoxy and Feminism, at the Dushay Gompers Family, 71 Prospect Park, Newtonville.

Rahel Berkovits is a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has taught Mishnah, Talmud and Halakha for over twenty years

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

MONDAY Dec 16

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels 5:15-6:15 PM in the Bayit.

LAST CLASS -  Please spread the word!  

All families with high school students studying in non-Jewish-Day-School frameworks are warmly  encouraged to contact Rachel Greenblatt for more information at rlgreenb@gmail.com

 

FRIDAY Dec 20

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for our 2nd Community Dinner: Friday night December 20. Come join us for dinner followed by The Great Latke-Hamentasch Debate of 5780. 

Minchah at 3:55 PM

Dinner at 5:00 PM. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/Dec20CSTDinner

 

SATURDAY Jan 4, 2020

SHAAREI’S ANNUAL AIPAC MOTZEI SHABBAT GATHERING: Saturday night, January 4, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Featuring delicious Israeli wine, cheese and dessert. Generously hosted by Ellen and Michael Rubin, 11 Clements Rd., Newton.

Elon Stricker, AIPAC Boston Area Director, will update us on how to ensure bipartisan support for Israel in a complex, partisan environment and the stakes in 2020.

Elon Stricker has been a member of the AIPAC professional staff for eight years and actively involved in the national pro-Israel political movement for over a decade. 

As the AIPAC Boston Area Director, Elon is responsible for guiding, educating and mobilizing AIPAC’s lay leadership in their pro-Israel activism. Elon is also responsible for development in the Boston area, maintaining and growing the current member base and cultivating new members and activists.

 

RSVP to Elon Stricker at estricker@aipac.org or 617.399.2552

 

ONGOING AT SHAAREI

 

7th Annual Rofeh International Toy Drive is Underway: Shaarei Tefillah is proud to announce that it will be once again a partner with ROFEH International to put smiles on sick children as part of it's 7th Annual Chanukah / Holiday Toy Drive.

Boston Children's Hospital, The Jimmy Fund DFCI, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children and MGH Hospital for Children will benefit from the over 1,000 toys collected by hundreds of kind and generous individuals and over 25 Jewish organizations / partners, from all walks of life.

There are 3 ways to participate:

1] You can drop off UNWRAPPED NEW toys in the big box located in our vestibule.

2] Write a check made out to ROFEH/Mike Hirsh, with toy drive in the memo line.

3] Order from the wish list on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/287TDRTJR41U9

The toys will be picked up from Shaarei at the end of December. To become a ROFEH partner or for more information contact Mike Hirsh at Mhirsh@rofehint.org

 

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: Dec 15; Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, 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

 

Sunday, January 5: Women’s Siyum HaShas.  Email director@maayan.org to adopt your own daf as part of Boston’s effort to learn Masechet Rosh Hashana as part of the international learning initiative with Hadran.

 

Tikvah Fund Maimonides Scholars Program is a two-week summer institute (Session 1: June 28-July 9; Session 2: July 26-August 6) in Jewish thought and philosophy at Yale University for high school juniors and seniors. We read, discuss, and debate the greatest texts in the Jewish and Western canon including the Torah, Talmud, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Rousseau, Maimonides, and Spinoza. We have hundreds of Jewish teens participate each summer, and our website can be found here. For more information, contact Rachel Kaissar <rkaissar@tikvahfund.org>. 

 

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 Chayei Sara, 25 Cheshvan 5780 - November 23, 2019

11/22/2019 11:24:28 AM

Nov22

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 3:59 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

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: Sefer Bereishit tells the stories of families. Interestingly, there is a great variety to the structures of family groupings in the sacred narratives of our Avot and Imahot: adoption (think Avraham and Lot); children from different spouses (think Yishmael and Yitzchak); endogenous marriage (think Yitzchak and Rivka); love-matches (think Yaakov and Rachel); shot-gun marriages (think Yaakov and Leah); marriages of convenience (think Avraham and Hagar; Yaakov and Bilha and Zilpa); exogenous marriage (think Yosef and Potiphar’s daughter). Marriage, fundamentally, my mother would say, is a business proposition with a partnered division of labor. Of course, one hopes and works hard for a personal “happiness quotient,” as well. 

Perhaps the variety of family structures in Sefer Bereitshit comes to teach us that we too need to be aware that there are a diversity of family structures in our own community. The Torah wants us to be maximally sensitive to the warm inclusion of all seeking community, connection, and belonging who enter a Beit Knesset -- literally, House of In-gathering. Our teacher and friend Toby Zaitchik, a psychotherapist with a sub-specialty in adoption counseling, shared with me that November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and the Adoption & Jewish Identity Project (AJIP) has developed "12 Things Jewish Adoptees and Their Families Wish Their Communities Knew." Per AJIP: “Drawing on over a decade of research, this new resource distills essential lessons about the Jewish adoptive experience in order to enhance our entire community’s understanding of common challenges faced by Jewish adoptees and their families. An accompanying “12 Things User Guide” offers suggestions on how adoptees, members of adoptive families, Jewish communal professionals, and others can use “12 Things” in a variety of settings.” The goal, per AJIP’s mission statement, “is to help create healthy personal, family, and communal identities and advocate for an inclusive Jewish community that is fully welcoming to adoptees.”

The larger arc of the Torah’s narrative teaches that the families of Sefer Bereishit in all their functional and dysfunctional glory turn into the twelve tribes, who join to form the people of Israel. A people needs to be “One” because of its variety, not in spite of it! A people is also a business proposition, with a partnered division of labor, also aspiring to a “happiness quotient.” An inclusive, sensitive community becomes a holy and whole community. May our Jewish community learn the positive lessons of Sefer Bereishit and be a kehillah kedoshah!

Shabbat shalom, Rav Benjie

 

On a personal note, thank you to our compassionate kehillah for all your messages, thoughts, and prayers of concern and support for my father. Last erev Shabbat, Parshat Vayera - the parashah of bikkur cholim - we thought we were going to lose our father from this world. With Hashem’s help, and excellent medical care, my father is now recovering from his infection. It was a blessing to be with my devoted sister at our father’s bedside last Friday and Shabbat, and I have no doubt that our presence also positively contributed to his medical rebound. 

ADMINISTRATOR’S MESSAGE: The office will be closed Wednesday Nov 27, Thanksgiving Day Nov 28 and Friday Nov 29. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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

 

Nov

Cheshvan/Kislev

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

22 

24

6:40 AM

4:00 PM

N/A

CL before 3:59 PM

Sat

23

25

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

3:50 PM

N/A

12:30 PM Young Families Shabbat Lunch

             Havdalah after 5:00 PM

Sun

24

26

8:00 AM

4:00 PM

N/A

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:50 AM Shiur n'Shmear  

Mon

25

27

6:30 AM

4:00 PM

9:00 PM

5:15 PM RBS Teen Learning

7 PM Meah Year 2 

Tues

26

28

6:40 AM

4:00 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

  7 PM Tai Chi with Danny Wyschogrod

Wed

27

29

6:40 AM

4:00 PM

9:00 PM

 

Thur

28 

30

8:00 AM 

4:00 PM 

9:00 PM

Thanksgiving Day

Rosh Chodesh

Fri

29

1

6:15 AM

3:55 PM

  N/A

 

CL before 3:56 PM

Rosh Chodesh

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

4:00 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Sam Cohen. Dvar Torah: Prof. Jon Levisohn

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.

 

12:15 PM WTG in the Beit Midrash.  Daven - Julie Goschalk; Leyn - Ruth Langer and Stephanie Samuels; Gabbayit Rishona - Deborah Stanhill; Gabbayit - Shenia-Sarah Thumim; Alyenu and Yigdal - Assif Ankori.

Please help us begin promptly at 12:15. Thanks! and Shabbat Shalom

12:30 PM (approximately) Young Families Shabbat Luncheon in the Social Hall. 

3:50 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Shai Robison-Mann. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:00-5:00 PM Bnei Akiva Snif at Shaarei for Grades 2-6.

4:05 PM Seudah Shelishit

5:00 PM Maariv/Havdalah

 

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI 


 

SUNDAY Nov 24

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.

Shiur n'Shmear with (Rabbi Dr) Avi Rockoff at 8:50 AM – 10:00 AM in the Bayit. 

Sessions: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

Zemirot: Piyyutim for the Palate. The familiar Shabbat Zemirot are actually liturgical piyyutim. Their poetic artistry and deep erudition are hard to appreciate while quaffing schnapps and singing the words to niggunim, waltzes, marches, polkas, ditties, and drinking songs.
    In this class, we will study several Ashkenazic zemirot, as well as others from North Africa and Spain. The purpose will be to explore the Biblical, Talmudic, Midrashic, and Halakhic references in the zemirot, and the Shabbat-related themes these sources elaborate. Singing is not required.
    As an aside, we will also study a particular zemer once largely removed from Zemirot collections because of its association with Jewish social humiliation in 18th-century Poland in ways similar to blackface minstrelsy as experienced by African-Americans in 19th-century America, as well as "Jewface" vaudeville comedy 100 years ago.

Programs with Shlichot

Hebrew Story Time for Preschoolers 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Beth El

Adult Hebrew Club 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Beth El

 

MONDAY Nov 25

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels 5:15-6:15 PM in the Bayit.

Sessions: Nov. 25, Dec 2, 9, 16  Please spread the word!  

All families with high school students studying in non-Jewish-Day-School frameworks are warmly  encouraged to contact Rachel Greenblatt for more information at rlgreenb@gmail.com

Year 2 of Me’ah the fall semester, 7-9:30 PM at Shaarei in the Bayit

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.  

Sessions: Nov. 25; Dec. 2, 9; Jan 6 , 13, 20

 

TUESDAY Nov 26

 

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs , 7:15 - 8:00 AM. It is a great opportunity to first engage in text study, or come back to the Mishna as an old friend.  All levels are welcome. We are finishing Masechet Peah and will start Masechet Damei soon. 

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

SUNDAY Dec 1

Programs with Shlichot

Challah Bake 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Shaarei

 

MONDAY Dec 2

 

National JewishLives Bookclub: A Wrap-Up of our Discussion of  “Martin Buber, A Life of Faith and Dissent” by Paul Mendes-Flohr  8:00 PM - 9:30 PM in the Social Hall

 

WEDNESDAY Dec 4

 

Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM

Sessions: Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan 8, 15

Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas

In adult Jewish education, we often offer advanced classes for beginners to accommodate sophisticated expectations and a learned audience who have limited past exposure to Jewish text learning. This class offers the inverse, a beginner’s class for advanced students. Put another way, this is a course designed for people who have had life-long exposure to Jewish text study and ideas, but could benefit from a sophisticated study of foundational Jewish values and core ideas. We will ask: what does it mean to be Jewish? Jewish life hopscotches across four different domains of relationship: between us and God (ultimacy); between people (interpersonal ethics); between us and our world (peoplehood and stewardship); and between each person and his/herself (personal responsibility). So whether you are an advanced student, or a beginner, come join in a study of fundamental values, principles and core ideas. Your Jewish perspective will be reframed and refreshed!

Co-sponsored by Shaarei and Ma’ayan. This class is free to Shaarei members, please register at

WWW.Maayan.org to get access to online resources.

 

FRIDAY/SATURDAY Dec 13-14

 

Save the Date! Scholar in Residence: Rahel Berkovits, a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has taught Mishnah, Talmud and Halakha for over twenty years. Friday Night Oneg 7:30 pm Can Contemporary Halakha Meet the Needs of the Religious Gay Community? Modern Israeli Rabbinic Responses; Shabbat Morning D’rasha: The Hidden Meaning of Hanukkah in Masechet Shabbat; Motzei Shabbat: An Open Discussion of Orthodoxy and Feminism.
Location of evening events TBD.

ONGOING AT SHAAREI

 

7th Annual Rofeh International Toy Drive is Underway: Shaarei Tefillah is proud to announce that it will be once again a partner with ROFEH International to put smiles on sick children as part of it's 7th Annual Chanukah / Holiday Toy Drive.

Boston Children's Hospital, The Jimmy Fund DFCI, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children and MGH Hospital for Children will benefit from the over 1,000 toys collected by hundreds of kind and generous individuals and over 25 Jewish organizations / partners, from all walks of life.

There are 3 ways to participate:

1] You can drop off UNWRAPPED NEW toys in the big box located in our vestibule.

2] Write a check made out to ROFEH/Mike Hirsh, with toy drive in the memo line.

3] Order from the wish list on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/287TDRTJR41U9

 

The toys will be picked up from Shaarei at the end of December. To become a ROFEH partner or for more information contact Mike Hirsh at Mhirsh@rofehint.org

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: Dec 15; Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, 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

 

Tikvah Fund Maimonides Scholars Program is a two-week summer institute (Session 1: June 28-July 9; Session 2: July 26-August 6) in Jewish thought and philosophy at Yale University for high school juniors and seniors. We read, discuss, and debate the greatest texts in the Jewish and Western canon including the Torah, Talmud, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Rousseau, Maimonides, and Spinoza. We have hundreds of Jewish teens participate each summer, and our website can be found here. For more information, contact Rachel Kaissar <rkaissar@tikvahfund.org>. 

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Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:05 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

 

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

 

 Nov

Cheshvan

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

15 

17

6:40 AM

4:05 PM

N/A

CL before 4:05 PM

Sat

16

18

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

3:55 PM

N/A

Havdalah after 5:05 PM

Sun

17

19

8:00 AM

4:05 PM

N/A

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:50 AM Shiur n'Shmearl

2:00 PM Shlichot Cooking Club 

5:00 PM Movie for Middle School             

Mon

18

20

6:30 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

5:15 PM RBS Teen Learning

7 PM Meah Year 2 

Tues

19

21

6:40 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

  7 PM Tai Chi with Danny ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wyschogrod

Wed

20

22

6:40 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

 

Thur

21 

23

6:30 AM 

4:05 PM 

9:00 PM

 

Fri

22

24

6:40 AM

4:00 PM

  N/A

CL before 3:59 PM 

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY NIGHT 

4:05 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) Ezra Wyschogrod’s Aufruf will take place at Hashkama minyan.

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Henry Goldstein.

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.

3:55 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Yoni Tractenberg. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:15-5:15 PM Bnei Akiva Snif at Beth El for 2-6th graders.

4:10 PM Seudah Shelishit

5:00 PM Maariv/Havdalah

 

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI 

 

SUNDAY Nov 17

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.

 

Shiur n'Shmear with (Rabbi Dr) Avi Rockoff at 8:50 AM – 10:00 AM in the Bayit. 

Sessions: Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

Zemirot: Piyyutim for the Palate. The familiar Shabbat Zemirot are actually liturgical piyyutim. Their poetic artistry and deep erudition are hard to appreciate while quaffing schnapps and singing the words to niggunim, waltzes, marches, polkas, ditties, and drinking songs.
    In this class, we will study several Ashkenazic zemirot, as well as others from North Africa and Spain. The purpose will be to explore the Biblical, Talmudic, Midrashic, and Halakhic references in the zemirot, and the Shabbat-related themes these sources elaborate. Singing is not required.
    As an aside, we will also study a particular zemer once largely removed from Zemirot collections because of its association with Jewish social humiliation in 18th-century Poland in ways similar to blackface minstrelsy as experienced by African-Americans in 19th-century America, as well as "Jewface" vaudeville comedy 100 years ago.

 

Shlichot Cooking Club 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

 

Movie for Middle School 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

MONDAY Nov 18

Daf HaShavua Yerushalmi 7:20—8:00 AM with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels in the Social Hall this week.

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels in the Bayit, 5:15-6:15 PM 

Sessions: 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16  Please spread the word!  

All families with high school students studying in non-Jewish-Day-School frameworks are warmly  encouraged to contact Rachel Greenblatt for more information at rlgreenb@gmail.com

Year 2 of Me’ah the fall semester, 7-9:30 PM at Shaarei in the Bayit

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.  

Sessions: Nov. 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9; Jan 6 , 13, 20

 

TUESDAY Nov 19

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs , 7:15 - 8:00 AM. It is a great opportunity to first engage in text study, or come back to the Mishna as an old friend.  All levels are welcome. We are finishing Masechet Peah and will start Masechet Damei soon.

 

Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.

 

WEDNESDAY Nov 20

Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM

Sessions: Nov 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan 8, 15

Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas

In adult Jewish education, we often offer advanced classes for beginners to accommodate sophisticated expectations and a learned audience who have limited past exposure to Jewish text learning. This class offers the inverse, a beginner’s class for advanced students. Put another way, this is a course designed for people who have had life-long exposure to Jewish text study and ideas, but could benefit from a sophisticated study of foundational Jewish values and core ideas. We will ask: what does it mean to be Jewish? Jewish life hopscotches across four different domains of relationship: between us and God (ultimacy); between people (interpersonal ethics); between us and our world (peoplehood and stewardship); and between each person and his/herself (personal responsibility). So whether you are an advanced student, or a beginner, come join in a study of fundamental values, principles and core ideas. Your Jewish perspective will be reframed and refreshed!

Co-sponsored by Shaarei and Ma’ayan. This class is free to Shaarei members, please register at

WWW.Maayan.org to get access to online resources.