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Parshat Ki Tavo, 21 Elul 5779 - September 21, 2019

09/20/2019 12:49:02 PM

Sep20

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:28 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

12 AM Selichot this Motzaei Shabbat, preceded at 10:30 PM by a presentation by Dr. Rachel Greenblatt.

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: When I turned 40 years old (that was 11 years ago!), I grew very excited. Rabbi Yehudah ben Teimah outlines in his review of the life course that “Ben ‘arabaim lebinah - At forty, one reaches the age of wisdom”(M. Avot 5:21). At last, I would achieve wisdom! I said to myself, maybe I would begin to understand the mysteries of the universe -- from its hidden origins to its unknown future. I would now master the complexities of interpersonal relationships ... even know the mind of God ... and finally understand why a pizza box is square when a pizza is round and we cut it into triangles -- oy vey, my brain hurts just thinking about it!

    At the end of this week’s parashah, Ki Tavo, “Moses called all of Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your very eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, to all his servants, and to all his land, the great trials which your very eyes beheld and those great signs and wonders, but God did not give you a heart to know, or eyes to see, or ears to hear until this day" (Devarim 29:3). The verse seems self-contradictory. It is forty years after the Children of Israel experienced the exodus, with the prior sufferings of servitude and the subsequent miracles of redemption. How is it that only now, forty years later, they are given a heart to know, eyes to see, and ears to hear -- in other words, the wisdom of understanding? Surely, then, at forty, one reaches the age of wisdom!

    The truth is, as we all are wise enough to know, wisdom is less a function of time, and more a product of experience lived and contemplated. Only forty years later at the threshold of the Land of Promise do the people of Israel have enough perspective to understand how they grew into a holy people from the challenges they faced; how they ascended from the depths of despair to the hope of a new destiny.  We too stand at a crossing-point: the end of our year’s wanderings and the beginning anew. Today, we too are given new hearts, eyes and ears to reflect upon the mistakes, failings, lessons, and achievements of the past year. The wisdom gained will help us enter into a new year of great promise. Forty days after Rosh Chodesh Elul, the beginning of our season of Teshuva, we will arrive at Yom Kippur. Ben/Bat ‘arbaim lebinah - At forty (days), may we gain the needed wisdom and understanding! 

    Shabbat Shalom Rav Benjie

 

 ADMINISTRATOR’S MESSAGES: 

This coming Wednesday, the 25th, please note that our parking lot will be closed for the day beginning immediately after morning minyan so that contractors can replace the roof shingles over the social hall.  Once replaced, work will commence on installing our new solar panel arra

 

While we prepare the shul for the High Holidays, please note:

  • Beginning the week of September 23 through Oct. 5 davening will take place in the Sanctuary.
  •  There will be no Kiddush on Sept 28th and October 5.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW  BNEI AKIVA SHLICHOT Hadar Lapid from Yonatan and Shai Bulvik from Lavi.  

 

DAVENING SCHEDULE

 

 

Date

Sept

Elul

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

/Selichot

Notes

Fri

20

20

6:40 AM  

6:30 PM

N/A

Candle Lighting before 6:28 PM

Sat

   שבת

21

21

8:00 AM  

9:00 AM

6:15 PM

N/A

Havdalah after 7:27 PM

Selichot at 12 AM (Sunday Morning)

Sun

22

22

8:00 AM

6:25 PM

8:50/9 PM

 

Mon

23

23

6:30 AM 

6:25 PM

8:50/9 PM

 

Tues

24

24

6:40 AM  

6:25 PM

8:50/9 PM

 

Wed

25

25

6:40 AM  

6:25 PM

8:50/9 PM

 

Thur

26

26

6:30 AM  

6:20 PM

8:50/9 PM

 

Fri

27

27

6:40 AM  

6:15 PM

N/A

Candle Lighting before 6:15 PM

       

 ** SHABBAT SCHEDULE**

Friday

6:30 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

 

Shabbat

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan.  D’var Torah: Gene Fax; Anim Zemirot: Matan Lakein

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.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Shaarei Family Learning in the Social Hall.

6:15 PM Minchah Youth leyner: JJ Berlove. We resume our Shabbat Mincha Youth laining program this Shabbat. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot. 

6:30 PM Seudah Shelishit. Rabbi Samuels will teach.

7:27 PM Maariv/Havdalah 

 

Leil Selichot Sat night 9/21 at 10:30 PM at Shaarei. Televising Teshuvah? Yom Kippur on the Small Screen. An audio-visual presentation by Rachel L. Greenblatt, Ph.D. Depictions of religious practice of any stripe are relatively rare in the American televisual landscape. Nonetheless, a few select series have depicted characters’ experience of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Come and prepare for the Days of Awe by sharing clips from, among others: The Goldbergs, Northern Exposure, Entourage, Gossip Girl, and Broad City.


Yamim Noraim Info

ROSH HASHANAH HOSPITALITY:  As the chagim are almost upon us, The Hospitality committee looks to make sure everyone has a table at which to celebrate the festive meals.

If you would like to be invited to celebrate with one of the wonderful and warm families at Shaarei for any of the upcoming chag meals or if you would like to offer your table, please contact us. Simply let us know which holiday and meal you would like to participate in.

 

CHILDCARE for the High Holidays: DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25th

Please remember to sign your child(ren) up for this year's High Holiday Childcare program.  Offered for all kids ages 1 through 10 (grade 5), we will have snacks, games, a special event for each morning, and some Holiday themed-content.

Please note that children will not be permitted to leave the babysitting area on their own. Please explain this ahead of time to your children and, if necessary, make a point of checking in with your child periodically throughout the day. Programming is being offered all three day times and for Kol Nidre services.

Please use this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/2496GaYygkzXcbZ58

The cost is $30 per child for 1 session, $50 per child for 2 sessions, $75 per child for 3 sessions, $100 per child for 4 sessions, with a family Maximum of $150. If cost is a concern, please contact our shul treasurer,  Jon Zandman at treasurer@shaarei.org to make alternate arrangements. 

For questions, please contact the office or Vicki Cochran (ccochranhouse16@gmail.com)

**THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI**

SUNDAY:

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.

SFL Siyum on Masekhet Taanit Sunday 9/22 10am-12pm at Launch Watertown. Jump, learn, snack! Sign up here.

Beginning of the year Group Leaders MeetingSunday, 9/22 3:00 PM-5:00PM at Shaarei in the Bayit. Mandatory for all current and interested group leaders. Please email Jonah Hassenfeld Jonah.Hassenfeld@gmail.com with any questions.

MONDAY:

Monday  7:20—8:00 AM Daf HaShavua Yerushalmi on Monday morning this week with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels.  

 

TUESDAY:

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs in the Bayit. Sept 24, 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 will be continuing with Pe'ah.  

Join Ma’ayan for a 3 classes with Rachel Sharansky Danziger called “The Ushpizin and Us” at Shaarei Tefillah, Last class: Tuesday September 24 at 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM. Although the classes are thematically connected, each class can also be taken individually. This class is open to women only.

 

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

 

Daily Halakhah between Minchah and Maariv

 

** UPCOMING EVENTS**

BOOK GROUP 

Next meeting will be in November when we will discuss the book Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. Contact bookclub@shaarei.org for more information.

 

National Book Club:  Sign up now to join www.tinyurl.com/nationalbookclub  and to reserve your book. Shaarei is participating in the Jewish LIves National Bookclub as a group. See the flyer in the atrium for details. We will be reading two books this year. In the Fall: Martin Buber a Life of Faith and Dissent by Paul Mendes-Flohr. Livestream event Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:30 p.m. In the spring: Moses: A Human Life by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Contact education@shaarei.org for more details.

 

ELUL WITH MA’AYAN  Beyond the Whale’s Belly: Encountering God in the Book of Jonah, with Rachel Sharansky Danziger. Location: Young Israel of Sharon. Monday, September 23, 8:00 – 9:15 pm. Cost of Course: $20. This class is open to women and men.

 

ME’AH

Sign up TODAY for year 2 of Me’ah being held at Shaarei. Is your registration up to date before the fall semester begins? The fall semester is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 28, 7-9:30 PM. Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course. The winter/spring course begins on Monday, February 3, 2020. Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. To register for Year Two of Me’ah Classic, held at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton, please go to the following link :https://www.maayan.org/events/meah2-shaarei/

New Me’ah Students: If you were unable to join us for the first year, there is an option to join the group for year two (Medieval and Modern Jewish history). In order to graduate from the Me’ah course we would help you connect with a year one class (Bible & Rabbinics) the following year.

Click here to learn more about the Me’ah Program- A Journey Through 2,000 years of Jewish History.

 

Save the date for our first Community Dinner!  On Friday night, November 8, 2019 

 

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 **

The NCSY Jewish Leaders Program is now accepting applications. Deadline is Sept. 25. Find out more at: newengland.ncsy.org/jlp

The Book of Life?  Facing the Yamim Noraim While on a Fertility Journey, Wednesday, September 25, 8:00-9:30 PM. The High Holidays can be one of the hardest times of year if you are struggling to grow your family. Join Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys and the New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI) for a healing workshop webinar before the holidays, connect with others also on a fertility journey, explore Jewish sources that can offer spiritual strength at this challenging moment, and experience healing practices that may offer you some respite.

To enter the webinar, visit: https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/955411300,

Meeting ID: 955-411-300, or join by phone, +1 646 558 8656, anonymously or by name.

Questions? Email here.

Change of Day: Israeli folk dancing for Women & Girls: Wednesday 25 September 2019 at  7:30PM-9:30PM at Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton (556 Ward St, Newton Centre)  Please contact Judith Aaronson with any questions.

JS&CF Family Table - 8th Annual Ride for Food: A bike ride to support hunger relief. Sunday, Oct 6th, Noble & Greenwood School, 10 Campus Dr., Dedham. How to support FJ& CS Family Table: Join the Family Table ride team, donate in support of a ride, volunteer on the day of the ride. Visit the JF&CS Family Table Ride for Food fundraising page to join the team or donate or call 781-693-5649.

 

Shaarei Tefillah’s Family Table program continues to partner with JF&CS in providing critically needed food and Jewish holiday items to more than 500 households each month.

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 on behalf of JFCS Family Table. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are: Sept. 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15; Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, Mar 15, Apr 5, May 10, June 7, July 12.

SHAAREI BLOOD DRIVE

Shaarei Blood Drive: Sunday, October 27, 2019. Time: 9 AM to 2:30 PM. You can help to save lives!  Register here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=STSynagogue

Join the Boston community on October 27 for ADL New England’s The Good Fight: A Forum on Confronting Anti-Semitism Today and Tomorrow, an informative and hands-on day dedicated to combating #antiSemitism. Learn more and register at http://www.adl.org/GoodFightForum

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 Ki TEirtza, 14 Elul 5779 - September 14, 2019

09/18/2019 03:23:59 PM

Sep18

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:40 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: My message this week is a tale of two brothers. No, I am not confused and think that we are back in Sefer Bereishit. The two brothers in my tale are the brothers Kram, sons of our friend and member Deb Kram. You see, this past Wednesday was 9/11, the 18th anniversary of that tragic day in 2001 when 2,977 people were murdered (excluding the 19 hijackers) in the US’s worst terrorist attack in our country’s 243 year history.  9/11 this week began for me with morning minyan and then coffee and catch up with Toby Kram, who lives with his family in Efrat, Israel, and flew in for the day to visit with his mother. 9/11 this year for me ended with a Torah learning session with Dov Kram, our former member, who made Aliyah 3 years ago from Newton to Efrat with his wife Jessica and their four daughters: Izzy, Abby, Rachel and Zoe. Dov too came to Newton the same day as Toby to spend time with their mother. Morning with Toby, Evening with Dov. A tale of two brothers.

    Before he made Aliyah, Dov was an active leader in our Shul. A builder by profession, Dov has been developing his contracting practice in Israel: Dov Kram, LTD. When they are not spending time with their respective families, or engaged in their professional pursuits, the brothers Kram participate in and build up their Shul Community, Cong. Shirat David, led by Rabbi Shlomo Katz, who in the past we have hosted as our Chazan-in-Residence (click here for a sample of his music). Dov and Toby are leading the campaign to build a new building for their Shul in Efrat which presently meets in living rooms and basements. 

    The Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Breslov teaches (Lekutei Maharan 2:112): 

אִם אַתָּה מַאֲמִין שֶׁיְּכוֹלִין לְקַלְקֵל, תַּאֲמִין שֶׁיְּכוֹלִין לְתַקֵּן.

If you believe that you have the ability to ruin, also believe you have the ability to fix.

If you believe humanity has the capacity to destroy, then also believe humanity has the capacity to build. If you believe that you yourself have a measure of strength, wisdom, and material resources, then ask how you too can be a builder in our world.

    When I met with the brothers Kram, I inquired after their families, their personal welfare, and their communal activities. When they each told me of their Shul’s building project on 9/11, I wrote a check to their Shul. I said: today is 9/11; it is a day for building. If you believe that you have the ability to ruin, also believe you have the ability to fix and build.

We welcome Dov back to our Shul this Shabbat. He will be delivering the Shabbat D’var Torah.

Shabbat Shalom, Rav Benjie

 

DAVENING SCHEDULE

 

Date

Sept

Elul

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Notes

Fri

13

13

6:40 AM  

6:40 PM

Candle Lighting before 6:40 PM

Sat

   שבת

14

14

8:00 AM  

9:00 AM

6:30 PM

Havdalah after 7:39 PM

Sun

15

15

8:00 AM

6:35 PM

 

Mon

16

16

6:30 AM 

6:35 PM

 

Tues

17

17

6:40 AM  

6:35 PM

 

Wed

18

18

6:40 AM  

6:35 PM

 

Thur

19

19

6:30 AM  

6:35 PM

 

Fri

20

20

6:40 AM  

6:30 PM

Candle Lighting before 6:28 PM

       

 ** SHABBAT SCHEDULE**

Friday

6:40 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

 

Shabbat

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan.  D’var Torah: Dov Kram; Anim Zemirot: Sam Cohen

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.

 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Shaarei Family Learning in the Social Hall.

6:30 PM Minchah Youth leyner: Yosef Feld. We resume our Shabbat Mincha Youth laining program this Shabbat. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot. 

6:45 PM Seudah Shelishit. Allan Steinmetz will share a few words of memory of his beloved mother Esther Steinmetz z”l.

7:39 PM Maariv/Havdalah 

Yamim Noraim Info

NEED SEATS? If you have not reserved your seats, please contact the office (office@shaarei.org).

 

THANK YOU to the Shaarei Seating Committee: Arlene Bernstein, Joan Blum, Lynne Heller, Lucy Lorin, Joan Mael, Susan Megerman. A special thank you to Barbara Lapidas-Brown who headed the committee once again this year.

ROSH HASHANAH HOSPITALITY:  As the chagim are almost upon us, The Hospitality committee looks to make sure everyone has a table at which to celebrate the festive meals.

If you would like to be invited to celebrate with one of the wonderful and warm families at Shaarei for any of the upcoming chag meals or if you would like to offer your table, please contact us: hospitality@shaarei.org. Simply let us know which holiday and meal you would like to participate in.

 

CHILDCARE for the High Holidays: Please remember to sign your child(ren) up for this year's High Holiday Childcare program.  Offered for all children ages 1 through 10 (grade 5), we will have snacks, games, a special event for each morning, and some Holiday themed-content.

Please note that children will not be permitted to leave the babysitting area on their own. Please explain this ahead of time to your children and, if necessary, make a point of checking in with your child periodically throughout the day.

Programming is being offered all three day times and for Kol Nidre services. The cost is $30 per child for 1 session, $50 per child for 2 sessions, $75 per child for 3 sessions, $100 per child for 4 sessions, with a family Maximum of $150.

If cost is a concern, please contact our shul treasurer,  Jon Zandman at treasurer@shaarei.org to make alternate arrangements. 

Please use this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/2496GaYygkzXcbZ58. For questions, please contact the office or Vicki Cochran (cochranhouse16@gmail.com)

PURCHASE LULAV AND ETROG:  Click here to order Lulavim.  Deadline EXTENDED to Sunday, September 16th.  

 

**THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI**

SUNDAY:

Sunday Morning Teen Minyan at 8:30 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.

Tai Chi  5:30 - 8:30 PM  in Social Hall. Master Roger Whidden will be teaching this special class. Visitors are welcome to come and observe. 

MONDAY:

Monday  7:20—8:00 AM Daf HaShavua Yerushalmi on Monday morning this week with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels

ZHUG! Monday night, Sept 16, 7:30-9:00 PM. at Shaarei Tefillah. Spend an evening learning the secrets of preparing Zhug (Yemeni Hot Sauce) and Humus with George Kirby. Ingredients will be provided. Please RSVP to  George.lori@verizon.net. Co-sponsored by Beit Sasson & Beth El-Atereth Israel.

 

TUESDAY:

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs in the Bayit. Sept 17, 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 will be continuing with Pe'ah.  

Join Ma’ayan for a 3 classes with Rachel Sharansky Danziger called “The Ushpizin and Us” at Shaarei Tefillah, Remaining classes: Tuesdays September 17, and 24 at 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM. Although the classes are thematically connected, each class can also be taken individually. This class is open to women only.

WEDNESDAY:

Ma'ayan Annual Elul Lecture sponsored by the Cohn/Novich family in Memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z"l on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Shaarei Tefillah. The lecture "The Other Side of Teshuva: Forgiving Others" will be given by Laurie Novick.  The event is free and open to the entire community. This evening of learning in memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z"l, a long-time teacher, friend and supporter of Ma'ayan and Jewish learning. For questions email director@maayan.org. Donations in his memory are welcome.

 

Daily Halakhah between Minchah and Maariv


 

** UPCOMING EVENTS**

BOOK GROUP 

Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 16th at 7:30 when we will be discussing Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.  Roz Flusberg will host us. Her address is 6 Briar Lane, Newtonville. Please RSVP to Roz at rozflus@aol.com and to me and Paulette Korn at bookclub@shaarei.org. If you need a ride, please let us know.  We will not meet in October but have chosen to read Inheritance by Dani Shapiro for our November meeting.  

 

COMING SOON National Book Club: we will be participating in the Jewish Lives book club next year, as a group. See the flyer in the atrium for details and look out for more info on buying books and discussions coming soon. Contact education@shaarei.org for more details.

 

Leil Selichot Sat 9/21 at 10:30 PM at Shaarei. Televising Teshuvah? Yom Kippur on the Small Screen. An audio-visual presentation by Rachel L. Greenblatt Ph.D.

 

Save the Date: SFL Siyum Sunday 9/22 10am-12pm We are getting close to completing Masekhet Taanit!  Get ready to join us at Launch in Watertown from 10-12pm on Sunday September 22 for fun, learning and snacks! 

 

ELUL WITH MA’AYAN 

 

Elul with Ma’ayan Beyond the Whale’s Belly: Encountering God in the Book of Jonah, with Rachel Sharansky Danziger. Location: Young Israel of Sharon. Monday, September 23, 8:00 – 9:15 pm. Cost of Course: $20. This class is open to women and men.

 

ME’AH

Sign up TODAY for year 2 of Me’ah being held at Shaarei. Is your registration up to date before the fall semester begins? The fall semester is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 28, 7-9”30 PM. Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course. The winter/spring course begins on Monday, February 3, 2020. Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. To register for Year Two of Me’ah Classic, held at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton, please go to the following link :https://www.maayan.org/events/meah2-shaarei/

New Me’ah Students: If you were unable to join us for the first year, there is an option to join the group for year two (Medieval and Modern Jewish history). In order to graduate from the Me’ah course we would help you connect with a year one class (Bible & Rabbinics) the following year.

Click here to learn more about the Me’ah Program- A Journey Through 2,000 years of Jewish History.


FAMILY TABLE: Shaarei Tefillah’s Family Table program continues to partner with JF&CS in providing critically needed food and Jewish holiday items to more than 500 households each month.

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 on behalf of JFCS Family Table. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are: Sept. 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15; Jan 26, 2020, 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 **

 

The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to present a talk by David Bashevki, Director of Education, NCSY “Attempted Sin: Thought Crimes in Jewish Law”on Monday September 16, 2019, 12-1pm.  

Change of Day for Israeli folk dancing for Women & Girls: Tuesday 17 September 2019 at  7:30PM-9:30PM at Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton (556 Ward St, Newton Centre)

SHAAREI BLOOD DRIVE

Shaarei Blood Drive: Sunday, October 27, 2019. Time: 9 AM to 2:30 PM. You can help to save lives!  Register here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=STSynagogue

Join the Boston community on October 27 for ADL New England’s The Good Fight: A Forum on Confronting Anti-Semitism Today and Tomorrow, an informative and hands-on day dedicated to combating #antiSemitism. Learn more and register at http://www.adl.org/GoodFightForum

**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 Shoftim, 7 Elul 5779 - September 7, 2019

09/06/2019 01:14:24 PM

Sep6

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:52 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 past week, one of my beloved teachers from my post-high school yeshiva years at Gush (Yeshivat Har Etzion) passed away after suffering with ALS for the past several years. Rabbi Binyamin Tabory zt”l was an amazing pedagogue and exemplary educator. Even when I was no longer in his shiur, Rabbi Tabory maintained a warm and interactive relationship with me, as he did with countless other talmidim and talmidot. I still remember dearly many of the stories and vortlach he shared with me in the Beis Medresh – much more than I remember all the sugyot and lomdishe chakiras from all the various Gemara shiurim I attended. But most of all, I remember his model of sincere concern and warmth for his students. His model has been very influential in shaping the type of rabbi and teacher I myself aspire to be.  A few years ago, I was invited by Camp Moshava IO to be a guest rabbi for a Shabbat. I believe it was Rav Tabory’s last summer at Moshava as Rav Machaneh. WIthout question, the highlight of the Shabbat weekend for me was the opportunity to reacquaint myself with Rav Tabory. Incredibly, he remembered me fully, even conversations we had together, though I had not seen him in over two decades. We sat next to each other at Shabbat dinner and lunch, and it was like we just picked up our Beis Medresh banter  from so many years ago. 

    In life, we have role models and mentors; gate-keepers and door openers; shoftim veshotrim. We have attained our professional accomplishments, personal achievements, and even religious identity, among other aspects of who we are, in great measure because of the influential roles -- both large and small -- that they have played in our lives. Sometimes they are family members, other times teachers and rabbis, often friends, and once in a while even a complete stranger -- what my colleague and friend Rabbi Daniel Cohen calls “Elijah Moments.” 

    This Shabbat, take some time to think about the positive influencers in your life. If they are no longer with us, share your memory of them with people you love. If they are still alive, consider sending them a Shana Tova card or email or call them, and say thank you. But more importantly, think about ways that you yourself can pay their kindness forward.  How can you best become a positive role model and mentor, constructive gate-keeper or door opener, judicious and magnanimous shofet veshoter, for others? 

    Shabbat shalom, Rav Benjie

 

 ** SHABBAT SCHEDULE**

Friday

6:50 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

 

Shabbat

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan.  D’var Torah: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels; Anim Zemirot: 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.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Shaarei Family Learning in the Social Hall.

6:40 PM Minchah Youth leyner: Avi Berlove. We resume our Shabbat Mincha Youth laining program this Shabbat.

All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot. 

6:55 PM Seudah Shelishit. Summer learning series: Learning on Two Feet: Lessons from Jewish Travel Experiences. Speaker: Steven Lesser, Topic: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Kotel.

7:51 PM Maariv/Havdalah 

 

Yamim Noraim Info

NEED SEATS? If you have missed seating selection this week and wish to purchase seats, please contact the office @office@shaarei.org  after Wednesday Sept 11.

CHILDCARE for the High Holidays: As in previous years, our shul is pleased to offer a childcare program for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for children ages 12 months through fifth grade. Please  CLICK HERE for more details of the program and for volunteer opportunities to help with this effort. Your registration is required no later than Sept 12th, 2019.

PURCHASE LULAV AND ETROG

Click here to order Lulavim.  Deadline to order is Friday, September 13. Questions? Email 20jberlove@maimonides.org  or mcberlove@yahoo.com. You do not have to order again if you submitted your order to the shul office during the Yamim Noraim seating process. 

 

**CLASSES THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI**

Sunday Morning Teen Minyan is back from summer vacation. We will meet every Sunday morning at 8:30 in the Beit Midrash starting this coming Sunday 9/8 for davening and breakfast. All middle and High school girls and boys and their parents are invited to join us. This week we will have festive hot breakfast (high protein/high carbs). For details please contact Hagay Ramati or David Berlove.

Tuesday Sept 10, 7:15 - 8:00 am. Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs, in the Bayit. 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 will be continuing with Pe'ah.  

Tuesday, September 10, Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Youth Room

Daily Halakhah between Minchah and Maariv

 

**INFO AND UPCOMING EVENTS**

UPCOMING NCSY EVENTS: 

** NCSY Opening Shabbat in Newton-  Friday Night-Shabbat, Sept. 6-7. 

Davening & Dinner: 7:00 PM Teen Minyan at Beth El; followed by 8:00 PM dinner at Riesel

home, 50 Morseland Teen Minyan & Shabbat Lunch: 9:30 AM Teen Minyan at Beth El; followed by 12:30 PM Shabbat lunch at Riesel home, 50 Morseland. https://newengland.ncsy.org/events/231722/ncsy-opening-shabbat-in-newton/ 

 

** Saturday Night Ice Skating-  Saturday, Sept. 7, 9-11pm at Daly Rink - 10$ to register

https://newengland.ncsy.org/events/230574/saturday-night-ice-skating/ 

 

** Emtza  (middle school) Opening BBQ-  Sunday, Sept. 8, 5-7pm at the Riesel Home (50 Morseland) - 10$ to register: https://newengland.ncsy.org/events/230575/emtza-opening-bbq/

 

Zhug! Monday night, Sept 16, 7:30-9:00 PM. at Shaarei Tefillah. Spend an evening learning the secrets of preparing Zhug (Yemeni Hot Sauce) and Humus with George Kirby. Ingredients will be provided. Please RSVP - Co-sponsored by Beit Sasson & Beth El-Atereth Israel.

 

Elul with Ma’ayan 

** Join Ma’ayan for a 3 part class with Rachel Sharansky Danziger called “The Ushpizin and Us” at Shaarei Tefillah, Tuesdays September 10, 17, and 24 at 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM. This class is open to women only.

 

**Ma'ayan Annual Elul Lecture sponsored by the Cohn/Novich family in Memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z"l on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Shaarei Tefillah.  The lecture "The Other Side of Teshuva: Forgiving Others" will be given by Laurie Novick.  The event is free and open to the entire community. This evening of learning in memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z"l, a long-time teacher, friend and

supporter of Ma'ayan and Jewish learning. For questions email director@maayan.org. Donations in his memory are welcome.

 

Book Group: It’s back to school and back to Book Group time!  Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 16th at 7:30 when we will be discussing Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. This will be at a member's home. Please RSVP to Roz and to me and Paulette Korn. If you need a ride, please let us know.  We will not meet in October but have chosen to read Inheritance by Dani Shapiro for our November meeting.  

 

SIGN UP TODAY for YEAR TWO of ME’AH being held at Shaarei. Is your registration up to date before the fall semester begins? The fall semester is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 28, 7-9”30 PM. Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course. The winter/spring course begins on Monday, February 3, 2020. Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. To register for Year Two of Me’ah Classic, held at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton, please go to the following link :https://www.maayan.org/events/meah2-shaarei/

NEW ME’AH STUDENTS: If you were unable to join us for the first year, there is an option to join the group for year two (Medieval and Modern Jewish history). In order to graduate from the Me’ah course we would help you connect with a year one class (Bible & Rabbinics) the following year.

Click here to learn more about the Me’ah Program- A Journey Through 2,000 years of Jewish History.

 

Leil Selichot Sat 21 at 10:30 PM at Shaarei. Televising Teshuvah? Yom Kippur on the Small Screen. An audio-visual presentation by Rachel L. Greenblatt Ph.D.

 

Shaarei Blood Drive: Sunday, October 27, 2019. Time: 9 AM to 2:30 PM. Register here:  https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=STSynagogue

 

COMING SOON National Book Club: we will be participating in the Jewish Lives book club next year, as a group. See the flyer in the atrium for details and look out for more info on buying books and discussions coming soon. Contact education@shaarei.org for more details.

 

FAMILY TABLE: Shaarei Tefillah’s Family Table program continues to partner with JF&CS in providing critically needed food and Jewish holiday items to more than 500 households each month.

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 on behalf of JFCS Family Table. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are: Sept. 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15; Jan 26, 2020, 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 **

Israeli Folk Dancing for Women & Girls will celebrate Elul with dancing Monday, 9 September 2019 at  7:30PM-9:30PM at Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton (556 Ward St, Newton Centre). 

 

Rofeh International BBQ Buffet Extravaganza - 7th Annual Appreciate Night, Tuesday September 10, 7:00 - 9::00 PM, Young Israel of Brookline, 62 Green St. Celebrate our dedicated volunteers who

support the many patients and their families from around the world, throughout the US, and in our local community as they seek medical treatment in Boston. 

Register by Wed. September 4th at bbq.rofehint.org, Seating is limited.

Silent Online Auction. Red Sox Fan Prize for 4 Private “on-field experience” with noted Red Sox official historian Gordon Edes:  https://rofehint.org/images/rofeh-redsox.pdf.

 

Hadassah Boston: LOST AND FOUND: The Unusual Jewish Community of Madagascar. Thursday, Sept 12. Join  Hadassah Boston for a very special program about Kulanu,  an international organization that helps isolated and emerging Jewish communities in Africa, Asia, South America, and around the globe.

At Temple Emeth, 194 Grove St. Chestnut Hill. Cost: $18, RSVP by clicking here .

 

Elul with Ma’ayan Beyond the Whale’s Belly: Encountering God in the Book of Jonah, with Rachel Sharansky Danziger. Location: Young Israel of Sharon. Monday, September 23, 8:00 – 9:15 pm. Cost of Course: $20. This class is open to women and men.

 

Join the Boston community on October 27 for ADL New England’s The Good Fight: A Forum on Confronting Anti-Semitism Today and Tomorrow, an informative and hands-on day dedicated to combating #antiSemitism. Learn more and register at http://www.adl.org/GoodFightForum

**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://tinyurl.com/donate-a-sefer

 

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Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 7:04 PM

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

Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah  

Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: This Shabbat and Sunday are Rosh Chodesh Elul, beginning the month-long Chodesh Elul preparatory period of Teshuva - a time for personal reflection and restoration. Have you ever hired cleaning help at your home? You know how you have to order, organize and clean up before the cleaning help even arrives? This is Chodesh Elul. Before the start of the Jewish New Year and the ensuing ten-day penitential period of aseret yemei teshuva culminating in Yom Kippur and the achievement of at-one-ment, we do pre-teshuva clean-up so that we can really do teshuva and scrub our souls clean, leaving us refreshed and ready for the new year. 

 

This Shabbat, take the time to review the past year. What were your successes and failures, what did you accomplish and what did you intend to achieve, but for whatever reason couldn’t finish? What would you like to do and who would you like to be in the new year ahead? How do you get from the “A” of last year to the “B” of this coming year? What work needs to be done to traverse the distance?


Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov, Rav Benjie

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: I am very excited to announce that this weekend we will transition our shul’s electronic communication to a new Shulware system (formerly Shulcloud). This project started under Rebecca Kaplan’s presidency and has been in the making for over a year now with shul board and members working together under the leadership of Fara Hain to implement the new platform. As part of the switch we will launch a new website and we will change our official email listserv from Shaarei-News @yahoogroups to our integrated Shulware system. Through our Shul website, you will have access to a protected personal membership account where you can update personal information, sign up for Shul events, and have direct access to your billing information, including the option to pay dues and make donations with a Credit Card. Over the Labor Day weekend you will receive a registration e-mail with more details and instructions. Please take the time to login to the system for the first time and update your personal information. Technical help will be available for members that are interested. Details to follow… Thank you very much to everyone that contributed of their time and energy to accomplish this goal -- once again, with special gratitude to Fara Hain for her leadership and efforts.
~Shabbat shalom and Chodesh Tov! Hagay Ramati

**INFO AND UPCOMING EVENTS**

Seating Night for the high holidays will be on Wednesday and Thursday Sep 4 & 5 in the social hall. Members should come to choose their seats on the time assigned to them in the membership letter sent earlier this month. If you are a member and did not receive a letter with the appointment time, please contact the office to schedule one. Non members can call the office after Sep 5 to choose their seats.

UPCOMING NCSY EVENTS: 

** Epic Paintball Tournament & BBQ- Monday, Sept. 2, 5-7pm at Beth El parking lot - 10$ to register

https://newengland.ncsy.org/events/230456/epic-paintball-tournament-bbq/ 

** Emtza  (middle school) Opening BBQ-  Sunday, Sept. 8, 5-7pm at the Riesel Home (50 Morseland) - 10$ to register: https://newengland.ncsy.org/events/230575/emtza-opening-bbq/

** NCSY Opening Shabbat in Newton-  Friday Night-Shabbat, Sept. 6-7. 

Davening & Dinner: 7:00 PM Teen Minyan at Beth El; followed by 8:00 PM dinner at Riesel

home, 50 Morseland

Teen Minyan & Shabbat Lunch: 9:30 AM Teen Minyan at Beth El; followed by 12:30 PM Shabbat lunch at Riesel home, 50 Morseland https://newengland.ncsy.org/events/231722/ncsy-opening-shabbat-in-newton/ 

 

** Saturday Night Ice Skating-  Saturday, Sept. 7, 9-11pm at Daly Rink - 10$ to register

https://newengland.ncsy.org/events/230574/saturday-night-ice-skating/ 

 

Calling all Young Women to come learn Simchat Torah ReadingSeptember 3,  7:00 PM in the Beit Midrash there will be a class for our young women who want to learn the simchat torah reading. This is a class designed for those who already know the cantillation marks. Participation does not commit anyone to reading on Simchat Torah, we just want to help you learn! Ice cream and snacks will be served. If your daughters are interested please contact Natalie Pomeranz If someone is interested in learning the cantillation marks for the simchat torah reading or another, please contact Natalie.

 

Elul with Ma’ayan 

** Join Ma’ayan for a 3 part class with Rachel Sharansky Danziger called “The Ushpizin and Us” at Shaarei Tefillah, Tuesdays September 10. 17, and 24 at 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM. This class is open to women only.

 

**Ma'ayan Annual Elul Lecture sponsored by the Cohn/Novich family in Memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z"l on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:30pm at Shaarei Tefillah.  The lecture "The Other Side of Teshuva: Forgiving Others" will be given by Laurie Novick.  The event is free and open to the entire community. This evening of learning in memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z"l, a long-time teacher, friend and

supporter of Ma'ayan and Jewish learning. For questions email here. Donations in his memory are welcome.

Book Group: Next book club meeting will be Monday, September 16 @ 7:30pm. We will discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Those interested in joining us please contact bookclub@shaarei.org for location and rsvp information. The book club is under new leadership. We thank Ronda and Nancy for their stewardship. Our new organizers are Barbara Neufeld and Paulette Korn.

 

SIGN UP TODAY for YEAR TWO of ME’AH being held at Shaarei. Is your registration up to date before the fall semester begins? The fall semester is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 28, 7-9”30 PM. Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course. The winter/spring course begins on Monday, February 3, 2020. Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course.

 

To register for Year Two of Me’ah Classic, held at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton, please go to the following link :https://www.maayan.org/events/meah2-shaarei/

NEW ME’AH STUDENTS: If you were unable to join us for the first year, there is an option to join the group for year two (Medieval and Modern Jewish history). In order to graduate from the Me’ah course we would help you connect with a year one class (Bible & Rabbinics) the following year.

Click here to learn more about the Me’ah Program- A Journey Through 2,000 years of Jewish History.

 

COMING SOON National Book Club: we will be participating in the Jewish Lives book club next year, as a group. See the flyer in the atrium for details and look out for more info on buying books and discussions coming soon. Contact education@shaarei.org for more details.

 

FAMILY TABLE: Shaarei Tefillah’s Family Table program continues to partner with JF&CS in providing critically needed food and Jewish holiday items to more than 500 households each month.

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 on behalf of JFCS Family Table. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are: Sept. 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15; Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, Mar 15, Apr 5, May 10, June 7, July 12.

Contact Cheryl Levin for more information or Lisa Katz 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. 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.

 

**CLASSES THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI**

Message from David Jacobs: All are welcome to join our Tuesday Mishna study Sept 3rd, from 7:15-8:00 am in the Bayit.  It is a great opportunity to first engage in text study, or come back to the Mishna as an old friend.  All levels welcome. We will be continuing with Pe'ah on September 3. Let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 3, Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Youth Room

Daily Halakhah between Minchah and Maariv

** COMMUNITY EVENTS **

Israeli Folk Dancing for Women & Girls will celebrate Elul with dancing Monday, 2 September 2019 at  7:30PM-9:30PM at Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton (556 Ward St, Newton Centre).  Please contact Judith Aaronson,
with any questions.

Hat Trunk Sale showcasing H & H Designs from Israel. These hats are hand-made, one of a kind artistic creations, currently sold only in Israel but now, for the first time, entering the U.S. market. Trunk show is in Brookline, September 4, Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome...even if you don't need a hat, come to browse and learn about the designers.  Please email Loren Rosenzweig for address and pictures.

Rofeh International BBQ Buffet Extravaganza - 7th Annual Appreciate Night, Tuesday September 10, 7:00 - 9::00 PM, Young Israel of Brookline, 62 Green St. Celebrate our dedicated volunteers who

support the many patients and their families from around the world, throughout the US, and in our local community as they seek medical treatment in Boston. 

Register by Wed. September 4th at this link, Seating is limited. This Program is Tailored for Adults & Teenagers For more info contact Mike Hirsh:

Silent Online Auction. Red Sox Fan Prize for 4 Private “on-field experience” with noted Red Sox official historian Gordon Edes:  https://rofehint.org/images/rofeh-redsox.pdf.

 

Elul with Ma’ayan Beyond the Whale’s Belly: Encountering God in the Book of Jonah, with Rachel Sharansky Danziger. Location: Young Israel of Sharon. Monday, September 23, 8:00 – 9:15 pm. Cost of Course: $20. This class is open to women and men.

 

Join the Boston community on October 27 for ADL New England’s The Good Fight: A Forum on Confronting Anti-Semitism Today and Tomorrow, an informative and hands-on day dedicated to combating #antiSemitism. Learn more and register at http://www.adl.org/GoodFightForum

 

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