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Parshat Vayera, 18 Cheshvan 5780 - November 16, 2019

11/15/2019 02:21:07 AM

Nov15

 

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.

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

 

SHABBAT  Nov 23

Young Families Shabbat lunch at Shaarei! Save the date - Nov 23, If there is someone in your household age 7 or younger, we hope you will join us for our first Young Families event of the year. Please use this form to sign up , by Mon 11/18.

We also need volunteers to help prepare for the lunch, so please indicate on the form if you're able to help.

In future months, we’ll have Young Families potlucks in members’ homes. Looking forward!

 

Snif at Shaarei 4:15 PM - 5:1 PM

 

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:

The toys will be picked up from Shaarei at the end of December.

  • 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: 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

 

LimmudFest Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Great Learning and the Arts

LimmudFest 2019 takes place this year at The KI Campus in Brookline on Sunday, November 17 from 9:00 am-5:30 pm, featuring more than 80 presentations, panels, music, storytelling and lots more. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, this year's program is bringing the entire Festival together for a Celebration Gathering to thank and honor Steffi Aronson Karp - who is stepping down after 10 remarkable years of leadership - with music, a rabbinic panel and several surprises. For more info or to register visit www.limmudboston.org.
 

Israeli folk dancing for Women & Girls 7:30 PM-9:30 PM at Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton (556 Ward St.)

 

​​​​​​​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.

 

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  Lekh-Lekha, 11 Cheshvan 5780 - November 9, 2019

11/07/2019 07:55:56 AM

Nov7

WELCOME Yonina (combination of Yoni and Nina) an Israeli-American musical duo who started sharing music via home videos posted to social media. Their music has since reached millions of viewers. Yoni will lead us in davening and Yoni & Nina will lead our singing at dinner and at our post-dinner Kumzitz.

4:11 PM Candle lighting/Minchah - 5:30 PM Dinner - 7:30 PM Kumsitz and Dessert

 

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

10

6:40 AM

4:10 PM

N/A

CL before 4:12 PM

Sat

9

11

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

4:00 PM

N/A

 

Havdalah after 5:11 PM

Sun

10

12

8:00 AM

4:10 PM

N/A

8:30 Teen Minyan

8:50 AM Shiur n'Shmear in the Social Hall.

 

5 – 7:30 pm Dave Snyder and family Shiva visitation, following Minchah/Maariv (at 4:15 pm), in the Bayit.

Mon

11

13

6:30 AM

4:10 PM

9:00 PM

5:15 PM RBS Teen Learning

7 PM Meah Year 2 

Tues

12

14

6:40 AM

4:10 PM

9:00 PM

7 PM Tai Chi with Danny Wyschogrod

Wed

13

15

6:40 AM

4:10 PM

9:00 PM

 

Thur

14 

16

6:30 AM 

4:10 PM 

9:00 PM

 

Fri

15

17

6:40 AM

4:05 PM

  N/A

CL before 4:05 PM

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

Friday Night   

4:10 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv.  

Shabbat Morning

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan in the Social Hall

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Dvar Torah: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. Anim Zmirot: 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.

4:20-5:20 PM Bnei Akiva Snif for 2-6th graders 

4:00 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Almog Ankori. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:15 PM Seudah Shelishit

5:11 PM Maariv/Havdalah

 

After Shabbat

7:00 PM After a Shabbaton at Brandeis Hillel, Rav Yehuda Gilad will be at Shaarei at 7:15 pm. He will speak at 7:30 pm about "Current Challenges Facing Israeli Modern Orthodoxy" including conversion, aiding agunot and issues of morality and exporting weapons. 

Rav Gilad is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maale Gilboa and the Rav of Kibbutz Lavi. He served as a member of the 15th Knesset on behalf of the Meimad party. He is a leader of the Beit Hillel rabbinic organization, a member of the Tzohar rabbinic council, and a founder of Giyur KaHalacha, a non-governmental conversion network.

THIS WEEK AT SHAAREI 

 

SUNDAY Nov 10

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 Social Hall this week. 

Sessions: Nov. 10, 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.

 

MONDAY Nov 11

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: Nov. 11, 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. 11, 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9; Jan 6 , 13, 20

 

TUESDAY Nov 12

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 13

Shaarei Book Event 7:15 PM The education committee presents Author Karen Treiger who will discuss her book “My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story”. The author will give a multimedia presentation on her award winning book. Books will be available for purchase.

 

UPCOMING AT SHAAREI

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.

 

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 on behalf of JFCS Family Table. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are: 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

SUNDAY Nov 10

The New England Inclusion Summit 2019 Sunday, 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM  The Campus @ 384 Harvard St. Brookline, MA 02446

Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being treated as public health priorities the world over the world over and described as a global epidemic. New England Yachad in partnership with The Ruderman Family Foundation is gathering community leaders, organizations, parents, individuals with disabilities, clergy, and professionals around this important issue. Throughout the day, we will collectively identify roadblocks and solutions to reducing isolation and loneliness while creating friendships through social and recreational activities. For more information and registration sign up here: https://www.yachad.org/newengland/inclusionsummit2019. 

 

THURSDAY Nov 14

Join Nefesh B’Nefesh from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Inn at Brookline.

Ely Cole, CPA at XPAT Tax Services, and Aaron Djanogly, Wealth Manager at Pioneer Wealth Management, will  lead a practical workshop on budgeting, US and Israeli taxation, and financial planning. Kindly register at WWW.NBN.ORG.IL/BOSTON

 

SUNDAY Nov 17

LimmudFest Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Great Learning and the Arts

LimmudFest 2019 takes place this year at The KI Campus in Brookline on Sunday, November 17 from 9:00 am-5:30 pm, featuring more than 80 presentations, panels, music, storytelling and lots more. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, this year's program is bringing the entire Festival together for a Celebration Gathering to thank and honor Steffi Aronson Karp - who is stepping down after 10 remarkable years of leadership - with music, a rabbinic panel and several surprises. For more info or to register visit www.limmudboston.org

 

Tikvah Fund Maimonides Scholars Program is a two-week summer institute 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

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10/27/2019 03:29:55 PM

Oct27

Parshat Bereshit, 27 Tishrei 5779 - October 26, 2019

10/25/2019 01:50:10 PM

Oct25

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 5:29 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: בראשית ברא -Bereishit bara: At the beginning of God’s creation or God first created new beginnings? Tradition teaches us that only God creates something from nothing.  For the rest of us, creation is some ratio of innovation and synthesis, of starting something new by building upon that which already is - yesh mei-yesh. Shabbat Bereishit begins the New Year, post chagim. There is a beautiful chassidic tradition that how we celebrate Shabbat Bereishit shapes our expectations and aspirations for our experience of Shabbat for the entire year to come. One might say to oneself: “I spent so much time in Shul over the past month … I need a break … I”ll just sleep in this one Shabbat.” But the impulse of Shabbat Bereishit is to keep the momentum going, to bring into being something from something, leveraging our spiritual energies for leveling-up, going mechayil el chayil. This Shabbat, come to Shul for Friday night, as well as Shabbat morning. Sing zemirot and share divrei Torah at your Shabbat table. Bless your children today (Friday), even if they’re adults and it means calling them during their lunch hour at work. Share a meal with friends, or contact me (ravbensam@shaarei.org) or our hospitality committee (hospitality@shaarei.org) if you would like to be set up for a meal. Neither rain nor fatigue can stop Shabbat Bereishit. The only question is whether we are merely bystanders standing at the beginning of God’s creation, or whether we partner with God as creators of new beginnings.

 

This Shabbat Bereishit, in lieu of a d’rasha, I will teach a few sources after Tefillah in honor of the installation of our new solar panels. We would like to create a new beginning for our Shul’s “Green Team” and lead us in a year of sustainability awareness and activism. If you are interested in helping to lead this effort, please contact me.

 

Our first Community Dinner of 5780!  On Friday night, November 8, 2019, we will host the husband (Yoni) and wife (Nina) Israeli musical sensation, YONINA. Yoni will lead us in davening and Yoni and Nina will lead our singing at dinner and at our post-dinner Kumzitz. Sign-up for this exciting family friendly Shabbat!  Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/Nov8CommunityDinner

 

Sukkot is over and we now need people to help take down the Sukkah on Sunday, Oct 27,

 at 9:00 AM. It is important that at least 6 people help so that the entire parking lot reopens. 

We also ask that you bring ladders. 

Please contact Uri Feldman to confirm your availability mattkatz@yahoo.com

 

CONDOLENCES to Jon and Beruria Novich on the passing of Jon’s beloved mother Penny Novich – Devora Pesia bat Yisrael veAhuva a”h, of Riverdale, NY; beloved wife of 48 years of Ira Novich, and grandmother to their children Daya, Mia, and Sarit ; beloved mother and mother-in-law of David and Jordana Novich of Roslyn Heights, NY, and grandmother to their children Oliver and Spencer; beloved mother and mother-in-law of Michael and Alison Novich of Memphis, TN; beloved mother of Jeremy Novich of Manhattan; beloved sister and sister-in-law of Steven and Sherrie Resnick and family, beloved machatunista of our friends and members Rochelle and the late Rabbi Reuven Cohn z”l. Jon will likely be returning on Monday night to conclude Shiva on Tuesday and Wednesday Shacharit here in Newton. Stay tuned for more information.

 

CONDOLENCES to Barbara and Jeff Weener of Atlanta, Georgia on the passing of Barbara’s beloved mother Mrs. Sherry Schnee z”l. Barbara can be reached at barbara.weener@gmail.com or at 617-610-1628.  Best time to call is 10 am-12 pm or 5-6pm.  

 

FLOWERS are sponsored to thank Barbara Rosenblum for her work in the soundproofing of the social hall and all the hard work she does for the shul.

 

DAVENING SCHEDULE

LATE MAARIV  begins this Monday, October 28 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

 

Oct

Tishrei/ Cheshvan

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Late Maariv

Notes

Fri

25 

26

6:40 AM

5:30 PM

N/A

CL before 5:29 PM

Sat

26

27

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

5:20 PM

N/A

WTG 4:20 PM

Havdalah after 6:29 PM

Sun

27

28

8:00 AM

5:25 PM

N/A

 

Mon

28

29

6:30 AM

5:25 PM

9:00 PM

4:15 PM RBS Teen Learning

7 PM Meah Year 2 begins

Tues

29

30

6:15 AM

5:25 PM

9:00 PM

 

Wed

30

1

6:15 AM

5:25 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM RBS Class

Thur

31 

6:30 AM 

5:25 PM 

9:00 PM

 

Fri

1

3

6:40 AM

5:20 PM

  N/A

CL before 5:20 PM

Shabbat Schedule

Friday Night   

6:05 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv.  

Shabbat Morning

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan in the Social Hall

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Dvar Torah: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. Anim Zmirot: Matan Ganz

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.

 

4:20-5:20 PM Bnei Akiva Snif for 2-6th graders at Beth El

4:20 PM WTG mincha service in the Beit Midrash. Chazzanit- Caroline Bernstein, Leyning-Sarah Thumin; Dvar Torah- Esther Israel; yigdal/ Aleynu - amalya Fischer. Special thanks to Esther Israel for organizing!

5:20 PM Minchah: All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

6:29 PM Maariv/Havdalah

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.

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

 

MONDAY

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

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 28. Regular meetings will be in the bayit on Mondays, 5:15-6:15 PM: Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16.  On Monday Oct. 28 only the meeting will be 4:15-5:20 PM.  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 is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 28, 7-9:30 PM. 

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course. 

 

TUESDAY

NO CLASS THIS WEEK

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs will resume November 5 , 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. 

 

WEDNESDAY

Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class begins

7:30 - 8:45 PM (8 Sessions, Oct. 30; Nov 6, 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.

 

THURSDAY

 

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS and LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

 

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

Sunday Morning Shiur n'Shmear Starts Nov. 3 with (Rabbi Dr) Avi Rockoff

Mehr Zmires vi Lokshen (More Niggunim Than Noodles): Shabbat Zmirot as Liturgical Poetry.  

Like piyyutim, selichot, and kinot, the zemirot we sing each Shabbat are liturgical poems, in which almost every phrase (almost every word) is dense with allusions to Tanach, midrash, shas, and poskim.  We usually pass over these allusions, as we are more concerned with which tune to use while singing them. In this series, we will start each session by singing one or more favorite tunes (singing participation optional), and then dig in to what the composer of the zemer had in mind, as well the history and circumstances in which it was written, when this information is available. Bagel, Shmear and Coffee will be served!

 

The Land of Israel - Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, one of Israel's premier media personalities, will speak at Shaarei on November 4 at 7:30 PM.  Rabbi Gimpel is the Founder of the Land of Israel Network, and one of the four founding families of the Arugot Farm in South Eastern Gush Etzion.  Today, the Arugot Farm hosts thousands of tourists a year in a family friendly, fun, educational and spiritual attraction. Co-sponsored by Zionist Organization of America.

 

Book Group: Next meeting will be November 5 when we will discuss the book Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. Contact bookclub@shaarei.org for more information.

 

Save the Date: November 13 The education committee presents Author Karen Treiger who will discuss her book “My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story”. The author will give a presentation on her award winning book. 

 

MA’AYAN FALL CLASSES are starting this week! Visit www.maayan.org for more details and to register.

Mondays at 8 PM: 6 sessions: October 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9)  Be part of an international learning effort as women from all over the world study the entire Talmud. This fall Ma'ayan has 2 classes on Monday evenings at 8 pm in Sharon, Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses will be covering the 2nd Perek of Masechet Rosh Hashana and in Brookline, Dr. Yael Jaffe will be teaching the 4th Perek of Masechet Rosh Hashana. These classes are for women only. If you cannot attend either of these classes and wish to be a part of the learning in preparation for the international siyum (and Boston's siyum on Masechet Rosh Hashana) on January 5th, email director@maayan.org to ask for an assignment of a daf for yourself or a group of friends to form your own chabura.

 

Tuesdays at 8 PM (7 sessions: Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17)  at Shaloh House in Brighton, Rachel Sharansky Danziger will be giving her class "The Art of Cleaving: Love Stories in the Bible." This class is open to women only.

 

Wednesdays at 8 AM (23 sessions: Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 26; Mar. 4, 18, 25; April 1, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27 ): Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM in Brookline, Sabrina Burger is giving a Parenting through the Parsha class for women.  Email director@maayan.org for location.
 

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.

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: 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.

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

Announcements for Shabbat Parshat Ha’azinu

10/11/2019 06:35:52 AM

Oct11

12 Tishrei 5780 - October 11, 2019 - Candle Lighting at 5:51 PM/Minchah at 5:50 PM                                                             

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: YOM KIPPUR YIZKOR APPEALS

 

Please remember to follow up on your personal commitments to contribute to our Kol Nidrei Yizkor Appeal on behalf of our Shul and to our Yom Kippur Yizkor Appeal inspired by the memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z”l on behalf of Keren Kagan, an Jerusalem-based afterschool program that tutors underprivileged Israeli youth.

 

**SHABBAT SCHEDULE**

 

 

Oct

Tishrei

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

Notes

Fri

11

12

6:40 AM

5:50 PM

CL before 5:51 PM

Sat

שבת

12

13

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

5:40 PM

Havdalah after 6:51 PM

Sun

Erev Sukkot

13

14

8:00 AM

5:50 PM

Shul Sukkah Building Part II

CL before 5:48 PM

Kiddush after 6:48 PM

 

** SHABBAT  SCHEDULE**

Friday Night   

5:50 PM Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv.  

 

Shabbat Morning

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan in the Social Hall

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. D’var Torah: Rabbi Charlie Schwartz.  Anim Zmirot: Matan Ganz

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.

5:40 PM Mincha. Aviav Bernstein will be our youth leyner this Shabbat.  All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot. 

6:00 PM Seudah Shelishit. Rabbi Samuels will teach.  

6:51 PM Havdalah

  

SUKKOT NOTES

PLEASE JOIN OUR SUKKAH TEAM!  We are ready to build the Shul Sukkah on Sunday morning, Oct. 13, erev Sukkot. Please contact Uri Feldman to indicate that you can help.  

 

Hospitality: If you would like to host or be hosted for meals for Sukkot please send an email to the hospitality team with details hospitality@shaarei.org

 

Lulav/Etrog Pickup for lulavs and etrogs will be THIS Sunday, October 13th Erev Sukkot, after shacharit, approximately 8:35 am. Pick-ups will be until 11:35. If you have not yet ordered but you would like a set, please contact us at mcberlove@yahoo.com or 20jberlove@maimonides.org

 

UPCOMING EVENTS and LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

WTG Simchat Torah offers an opportunity for all women at Shaarei to have an aliyah on Simchat Torah. If you would like to volunteer to read Torah or help run the service, please speak to Shoshie Lockshin. Also If you don't have a card on file with the Women's Tefillah Group, or if you're not sure whether you do, now is a great time to send in the details of your name. Having a card on file with WTG will make it smoother to call you up for an aliyah on Simchat Torah and at other women's tefillot throughout the year. If you'd like a card, please send me your English first and last name and your Hebrew name and your mother's and father's Hebrew names (eg. Dina Bat Leah v'Yaakov). Thank you, Shoshie Lockshin

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

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 28.  All families with high school students studying in non-Jewish-Day-School frameworks are warmly welcome and encouraged to contact Rachel Greenblatt for more information here.

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.

 

Book Group: Next meeting will be November 5 when we will discuss the book Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. Contact bookclub@shaarei.org for more information.

 

Save the date for our first Community Dinner!  On Friday night, November 8, 2019, we will host the husband (Yoni) and wife (Nina) Israeli musical sensation, YONINA. Yoni will lead us in davening and Yoni and Nina will lead our singing at dinner and at our post-dinner Kumzitz. Sign-up will open next week for this exciting family friendly Shabbat!

 

Save the Date: November 13 The education committee presents Author Karen Treiger who will discuss her book “My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story”. The author will give a presentation on her award winning book. She will also be in Shaarei over Sukkot.

 

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.

Announcements for Shabbat Parshat Nitzavim & Rosh Hashanah 5780

09/27/2019 06:48:55 AM

Sep27

Rabbi’s Message:

    We enter the new year with three major additions to our Shul: one, we have acquired a new Yamim Noraim machzor, The Koren Machzor with commentary by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. This replaces our Birnbaum machzor as our official Shul machzor; two, we have improved the acoustics and decor of our Social Hall, which among many other purposes, serves as the space for our auxiliary Yamim Noraim minyanim; and three, we are in the process of installing a new roof for our Shul (the Bayit and Social Hall section) and a solar panel array on our roof to better our energy efficiency and carbon footprint. None of these could have happened without the generosity of funds, time and energy of our gracious donors and volunteers. Thank you to all who have helped us with these achievements (we will have a full list in a later thank you post).  We are confident each in its own way will enhance the mission and vision of our Shul community.

On Rosh Hashanah, Yom HaZikaron, we seek to be remembered for life, and transform our hopes and dreams for the new year into our new reality. We will hear the Shofar call us to rouse ourselves from our slumber and greet the New Year awakened, proactively engaging opportunities for personal transformation and communal advancement.  May this Yamim Noraim present us all with opportunities for spiritual wonder, awe and meaningful introspection as we gather “Lishmoah el ha-Rina ve-el ha-T'filah (to hearken to the melodies and prayers).  May we be enthused to grow religiously, spiritually and morally. May our Kehillah Kedoshah uphold its sacred purpose and may we all work as partners with Hashem to spread the Sukkah of Peace over Israel, America, and our entire world.  

    Wishing one and all a Shanah Tova and a Ketivah veChatimah Tovah.

Come to daven early, stay late, and be inspired! 

Rabbi Benjamin J.  Samuels

SHABBAT AND YAMIM NORAIM SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE 

(See full schedule and details at the end of these announcements)

 

 

Sept/Oct

Elul/ Tishrei

Shacharit

Minchah/Maariv

  Selichot

Notes

Fri

27

27

6:40 AM

6:15 PM

N/A

CL before 6:15 PM

Sat

28

28

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

6:05 PM

N/A

Havdalah after 7:14 PM

Sun

29

29

8:00 AM

6:10 PM

7:00 AM

Hatarat Nedarim after Shacharit

CL before 6:12 PM

Mon

30 

1

8:00 AM

6:10 PM

N/A

RH Day 1 ● Tashlich 5:00 PM  ● CL after 7:11

Tues

2

8:00 AM

6:10 PM

N/A

RH Day 2  ● Havdalah after 7:09 PM

Wed

3

6:10 AM

6:00 PM

5:45 AM 9:00 PM

Tzom Gedaliah

Fast Begins 5:19 AM

Fast Ends 6:54 PM

Thur

4

6:30 AM 

6:10 PM

9:00 PM

 

Fri

5

6:40 AM

6:05 PM

N/A

CL before 6:03 PM

Yamim Noraim Niggunim Kumzitz

 at Shul 8:30 PM

Sat

5

6

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

5:40 PM

N/A

Rabbi’s Shabbat Shuva Drasha after Minchah

Havdalah after 7:02 PM

Sun

6

7

8:00 AM

6:00 PM

7:30 AM, 9:00 PM

Shul Sukkah Building Part I

Bringing Up Materials from Storage

Mon

7

8

6:30 AM

6:00 PM

N/A

 

Tues

8

9

6:30 AM

3:30 PM

Before Shacharit

CL before 5:56 PM ● Kol Nidre at 6:00 PM

Wed

19

10

6:40 AM

6:35 PM

N/A

 

Yom Kippur ● Havdalah and Fast Ends

after 6:46 PM


 

Shabbat Schedule

Friday Night   

6:15 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv.  

 

Shabbat Morning

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan in the Social Hall

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Dvar Torah:  Daniel Jackson. Anim Zmirot: Eyal Levin

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.

5:40 PM Minchah  Youth leyner: Almog Ankori.  All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

Post-Minchah Shiur with Rabbi Samuels. Topic: The Secret of Longevity

7:14 PM Maariv/Havdalah


Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities

This Shabbat, 4:45 PM: First Bnei Akiva Snif! Meet in front of Beth El and walk to Newton Centre Park. Scavenger Hunt and prizes! Pick up at 6pm from Beth El.

Tai Chi: Thursday, Oct 3, 7:00 - 9:00 PM in Youth Room with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome. 

WTG Simchat Torah offers an opportunity for all women at Shaarei to have an aliyah on Simchat Torah. If you would like to volunteer to read Torah or help run the service, please speak to Shoshie Lockshin: shoshanna.lockshin@gmail.com

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.

 

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.

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

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 28.  All families with high school students studying in non-Jewish frameworks are warmly welcome and encouraged to contact Rachel Greenblatt for more information here .

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.

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

 

ROSH HASHANAH - 5780

 

ROSH HASHANAH HOSPITALITY  If you are an individual or family that would like to receive hospitality or provide hospitality for the holiday meals, please contact the Hospitality Committee and we will do our best to set you up. You can email the Hospitality Committee at hospitality@shaarei.org

If you wish to be set up for meals, please indicate if you have any preferences or restrictions such as vegetarian or wishing to stay within a half mile of your residence and we will accommodate. 

 

In-Home Shofar Blowing Available  We are pleased to offer in- home shofar blowing for anyone unable to be at shul on Rosh Hashana. Please email ravbensam@shaarei.org or text Rabbi Samuels at (857) 636-8489 so the proper arrangements can be made with the ba'alei tokeah. 

 

A few words on logistics as we gather for the Yamim Noraim…...

1. In case of emergency:  The safety of all in attendance is of the utmost importance. In case of emergency, all should exit through either an emergency exit (far side and rear of Sanctuary; front and rear of Social Hall) or a regular exit and move far from our Shul building.  Parents with children should meet in the back of the building/parking lot in order for everyone to be accounted for. (If there would be a need to evacuate that area, families should meet in the area in front of the bayit). Let your children know of this meeting place in case of emergency.  

 

2. QuietIt is essential that we maintain a quiet space in our Atrium, as noise flows quite easily into our davening spaces.  Please do not gather or talk in this area, and use the area outside the Sanctuary and Social Hall only for taking or putting away your Machzorim. Please also make every effort to limit your exiting and reentering, as this increases the noise level and can distract from our Tefillah.

 

3. Parking:  It is preferable to walk to shul or get dropped off. If you must drive on Sunday evening, please be respectful of our neighbors, and observe parking regulations: No parking within 5 feet of a driveway, no parking within 20 feet of a corner. Thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter.

 

4. No Parking behind Shaarei:  We need this area for children to play.  Kindly use the guidelines above for parking.

 

5. Please note:  The social hall will remain with the seats up through Yom Kippur and the Beit Midrash will be reset for Shabbat Vayelekh (October 5 ).  There will be no kiddush or seudah shelishit this Shabbat.

ROSH HASHANAH SANCTUARY FLOWERS are in honor of each member of the community who gives of their time to serve the tzibbur, from all of us who benefit from that generosity.

 

ROSH HASHANAH SOCIAL HALL FLOWERS by Linda and Jeremy Jaffe, Jessica, Zach and Emily in memory of Linda’s mother Edna Shainfarber, Ettel Tubah bat Itzik Zev v’ Sarah z”l whose second yahrzeit she is observing, and in memory of her father George Shainfarber, Yehoshuah ben Ya'acov Yosef v’ Sarah  z”l whose 15th yarzheit she just observed.

 

Sukkot Notes

PLEASE JOIN OUR SUKKAH TEAM!  We will be building the shul sukkah in two sessions: first, on Sunday morning, October 6, following Shacharit, at approximately at 8:35 AM, we will bring up the Sukkah building materials from storage. And then on Sunday morning, Oct. 13, erev Sukkot, we will be building our Shul Sukkah. We need to delay until Oct. 13 due to the installation of our Solar Panels on the Shul’s roof.  Please contact Uri Feldman to indicate that you can help.  

 

Lulav/Etrog Pick on Sunday, October 13, Erev Sukkot, from after Shacharit until noon.

 

Family Shul Sukkah Decorating! - October 6. Time TBA.

Sukkah Hop: The annual Sukkah Hop will be on Tuesday, October 15th from 4:00 PM-5:45 PM starting at Shaarei and ending at Beth El for grades K-6. We are looking for teenagers in grades 8-12 to chaperone the Sukkah Hop. Chaperones will be paid. We are also in need of families to host the children. This is a great way to bring cheer and smiles to your sukkah and both hosts and children have a great time every year. If you are able to chaperone or host, please email Cheryl Levin at cllevin@gmail.com or Tamar Katz at Tamarkatz78@gmail.com.

 

ROSH HASHANAH AND SHABBAT SHUVA SCHEDULE

 

Sunday, Sept. 29, Erev Rosh Hashanah

7:00 AM Selichot

8:00 AM Shacharit followed by Hatarat Nedarim

Before 6:12 PM  Candle Lighting

6:10 PM  Minchah/Maariv

 

Rosh Hashanah – Day 1 – Monday, Sept. 30

8:00 AM Shacharit (Both minyanim)

Speakers: Rabbi Samuels in Main Sanctuary; Dr. Joshua Levisohn in the Social Hall

10:00 AM Childcare Programming Begins

5:00 PM Community Tashlich at Bulloughs Pond

6:10 PM  Minchah followed by D’var Torah and Maariv.  

After 7:11 PM Candle Lighting

 

Rosh Hashanah – Day 2 – Tuesday, Oct. 1

8:00 AM Shacharit  

Speakers: Deb Kram in the Main Sanctuary; Rabbi Samuels in the Social Hall

10:00 AM   Childcare Programming Begins

11:30 AM Special Middle Schoolers “Emtza NCSY” Program: "New Year, New You"  Grades: 6-8 in the Bayit. All middle school students are invited to participate in an engaging and lively discussion and workshop regarding strategies to make this new year a memorable and impactful one! Kiddush and Snacks will be served.

6:10 PM  Minchah followed by a shiur by Rabbi Samuels

7:05 Maariv

7:09 Havdalah

 

Tzom Gedaliah – Wednesday, Oct. 2

5:19 AM Fast begins

5:45 AM Selichot followed by Shacharit

6:00 PM Minchah followed by Maariv

6:54 PM Fast Ends

9:00 PM Selichot

 

Leil Shabbat Shuvah – October 4

6:03 PM Candle Lighting

6:05 PM Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv

8:30 PM Yamim Noraim Niggunim Kumsitz. Location: Home of Sarina and Allan Steinmetz, 963 Centre Street, Newton Centre. Come join your voice with our Yamim Noriam Baalei Tefillah to sing the niggunim of the Yamim Noraim and share Divrei Torah. Refreshments will be served. 

 

Shabbat Shuvah – October 5

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan in the Social Hall.

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary MinyanDvar Torah: Rabbi Samuels.  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.

5:40 PM Minchah  Youth leyner: Yoni Trachtenberg.  All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

6:00 PM Rabbi Samuels’s Shabbat Shuvah Drasha.  

7:02 PM Havdalah

 

Detailed Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat Shuva Schedule for 5780

EREV ROSH HASHANAH

1. Sunday Morning, Erev Rosh Hashanah, we will daven Selichot and then Shacharit beginning at 7:00 AM. After minyan, we will form Batei Din (lay courts) to administer Hatarat Nedarim, annulment of unfulfilled vows.

2. Erev Rosh Hashanah: Mikvah Immersion for Men.  "Lifnei Hashem Titharu - Purify Yourself Before Hashem."  There is a custom for men to go to the Mikvah before Rosh Hashanah (Ramo Sh"A O"H 581:4).   The Daughters of Israel Mikvah, at 101 Washington St., Brighton, will host men's hours, Sunday, Sept. 29, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:00 AM-1:00 PM. $15 per person suggested donation.  Soap and shampoo provided. To save time, I advise showering at home first. Please bring your own towel.  There is no parking in the Kadimah lot, only street parking. After 1:00 PM, please use the men's mikvah at Beth Pinchas, 1710 Beacon St., Brookline.  For more info go to www.bostonmikvah.org. Alternatively, Chabad of South Newton also has a men’s mikvah.

3. Sunday evening, Candle Lighting is 6: 12 PM. (Light your 25 hour candle before this time). The Berakhot to be recited are "le-hadlik ner shel Yom Tov" and "Shehechiyanu."  It is a proper custom to give Tzedakah before candle lighting on erev Yom Tov (and erev Shabbat when it’s not Yom Tov!), and also to see the moment of candle lighting as a moment of transcendence and an opportunity to compose personal prayers to Hashem.  

 

LEIL ROSH HASHANAH 1
1. We will daven Minchah at 6:10 PM.  Maariv will follow immediately. On Rosh Hashanah, we are given the opportunity to pray, as if, again, for the first time, and thus we must come to Shul with a spirit of reverence and trepidation.  We should all expend extra effort to focus on our tefillot and improve our kavanah, resolve to limit talking during davening, and to respond "Amen" at the proper times.  When we daven, we are presenting ourselves to Hashem, our Heavenly Father, Judge and King.

 

2. Upon returning home, if applicable, remember to bless your child(ren) individually and add your own personal prayer for each of them for the New Year.

 

3. We recite the special Kiddush for Rosh Hashanah.  At the Yom Tov night meal it is our custom to use symbolic foods which serve as either an ideational symbol (apples and honey for sweetness; we also dip our Challah into honey after Hamotzi) or as a linguistic symbol (carrots which in Yiddish is Mehren which also means multiplying or abundance).  The proper protocol for the most common symbol, apples and honey, is to say the berakhah "...boreh pri ha'etz," then take a bite, and then say the "yehi ratzon."  Alternatively, one may say the "yehi ratzon," then say the berakhah and then take a bit.  Either way, there should be no verbal interruption between the berakhah and the act of eating.  See http://kosherfood.about.com/od/roshhashana/tp/7-Symbolic-Foods-For-Rosh-Hashana.htm for more symbolic foods and recipes on how to prepare them.  See https://oukosher.org/content/uploads/2019/09/RH-Simanim-for-OU-Kosher-1.jpg or  http://www.crcweb.org/RH%20Simanim.pdf for how to check these special fruits and vegetables for insects.  Ultimately, though, the blessings we wish for our homes are the blessings we each must strive to bring to our homes. Each of us must work hard to make our homes sanctuaries of expressed love and support, and not, God forbid, dwellings of frustration and anger.  A New Year presents us with a new opportunity to strengthen and fortify the Shalom Bayit of our own Bayit Ne'eman be-Yisrael.   

 

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1, Monday, Oct 1

1. On Rosh Hashanah morning, our minyanim will begin at 8:00 AM. Rabbi Samuels will daven and speak in the Sanctuary minyan on the first day.  Dr. Joshua Levisohn of Silver Spring (son-in-law of Sylvia and Phil Fishman) will speak in the Social Hall minyan.  On the second day of RH, Rabbi Samuels will daven with and speak in the Social Hall minyan and Deb Kram will speak in our Sanctuary minyan.

 

2. All of our Shelichei Tzibbur wear a Kittel on Rosh Hashanah when they lead the community in prayer or Torah reading.  Some men have the custom to wear a Kittel for their personal Tefillah, even if they are not assuming the role of Shaliach Tzibbur.  The question arises concerning someone who is a mourner (during the 12 months of mourning for a parent).  Does such a person wear a Kittel or not?  There are various customs.  The rationale behind the question is as follows.  The Kittel serves as one of two possible symbols: 1. a symbol of purity and joy 2. a symbol of trepidation as it resembles tachrichin (burial shrouds).  If reason #1 is the impetus, then an avel does not wear a Kittel.  If reason # 2, then a mourner wearing a Kittel is appropriate.  Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l (Igrot Moshe vol 8, Y"D, 61:7) recommends for the Avel not to wear a Kittel.  He thinks that reason #2 is culturally inoperative today, and thus since the Kittel is a symbol of purity and joy, it is not worn by an Avel, neither on the Yamim Noraim nor on Pesach.

 

3. At Musaf on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we all have the obligation to hear the blasts of the shofar.   Ideally, there should be no talking or interruption between the blessing on hearing the shofar and the 100 blast of the shofar from the beginning of Musaf until the end of the concluding Kaddish.  For parents who must talk to their children, there should be no talking or interruption at least between the blessing and the hearing of the first 30 blasts, which precede the private Musaf Amidah.  The Rambam writes that the purpose of the shofar blasts is to serve as a wake-up call to us.  Only we can change ourselves. Each of us must believe that we each have the power to change the world for good and go-to-it.

 ** If any one misses shofar blowing or knows of anyone who is home-bound and would like to have someone come and blow shofar for them, please contact Rabbi Samuels at ravbensam@shaarei.org

 

4. For Kiddush on the first day lunch, we recite "vayidaber," "Tiku be-chodesh shofar be-keseh le-yom chageinu," "Borei Peri HaGafen."

 

5. Monday afternoon we will daven Minchah at 6:10 PM.  Between Minchah and Maariv, there will be a short D’var Torah.  Maariv will follow.

 

TASHLICH (RH DAY ONE IN THE AFTERNOON) 

For Tashlich on Monday afternoon, this year, we recommend Bullough's Pond.  Our community, along with other local shul communities, has traditionally gathered for a Community Tashlich at Bullough's Pond, this year beginning at 5:00 PM.   Any of the bodies of flowing water in the Newton area are fine. While Tashlich is, in and of itself, a private and personal rite, much of Klal Yisrael has always seen Tashlich as an opportunity for a community gathering.  At the start of the new year, it is especially important to affirm the benevolent power of community and living life with dignity, honor, and in friendship. If one does not for any reason say Tashlich at a body of flowing water on Rosh Hashanah, one may do so for the remainder of the 10 days of repentance.

 

 LEIL ROSH HASHANAH 2

Candle Lighting on Monday night is at "Tzeit Hakochavim/Stars-out," which is after 7:11 PM.  Preparations for the second day of Yom Tov should commence only after candle lighting.  The Berakhot to be recited upon lighting are: "Lehadlik ner shel Yom Tov" and "Shehechiyanu." The Rabbis understood both days of Rosh Hashanah as constituting one long day - yoma arichta.  Thus, even in Israel two days of Rosh Hashanah are observed.  Since "Shehechiyanu" is recited again on the second night at the time of candle lighting and also in the special kiddush, even though, according to this reasoning, the "Shehechiyanu" of the first night should have sufficed, it is therefore our custom to have a new fruit on the table or to wear a new garment for the second night. 

 

ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2 Tuesday, October 1

1. On the morning of the second day, our minyanim will once again begin at 8:00 AM.

2. Once again, at Musaf on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, we all have the obligation to hear the blasts of the shofar.   Ideally, there should be no talking or interruption between the blessing on hearing the shofar and the 100 blast of the shofar from the beginning of Musaf until the end of the concluding Kaddish.  For parents who must talk to their children, there should be no talking or interruption at least between the blessing and the hearing of the first 30 blasts, which precede the private Musaf Amidah

** If any one misses shofar blowing or knows of anyone who is home-bound and would like to have someone come and blow shofar for them, please contact Rabbi Samuels.  

3. Minchah followed by a shiur by Rabbi Samuels will be at 6:10 PM. Havdalah may be said after 7:09 PM.

 

TZOM GEDALIAH

1. Wednesday, October 3,  is Tzom Gedalyah. The fast begins at 5:19 AM and concludes at 6:54 pm. We will recite selichot and daven Shacharit at 5:45 AM and daven Minchah/Maariv at 6:00 PM. We will gather for the next day’s Selichot (and late Maariv) at 9:00 PM later that night.

 

 ASERET YEMEI TESHUVAH

 1. During the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah, the ten days of repentance, it is customary to establish an ideal pattern of living and live an ethically and religiously scrupulous life.  It is also an appropriate custom to read works of mussar (religious self-improvement).  Many study a chapter of the 10 chapters of Maimonides Laws of Teshuvah each day of the 10 days of Repentance.  We will definitely need help at both our Minchah/Maariv be-zeman minyan, as well as at our late Ma’ariv/Selichot minyan. Please come to Shul and join in our minyanim.

 

SHABBAT SHUVAH

 1. On Leil Shabbat Shuva, after dinner on Friday night, we will be having a Yamim Noraim Kumsitz featuring the niggunim of the Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana davening, with Divrei Torah and Refreshments. This will take place at 8:30 PM at the home of Sarina and Allan Steinmetz, 963 Centre Street, Newton Centre.

 

2. Rabbi Samuels will deliver his Shabbat Shuva drasha in the afternoon. We will have our Shabbat morning minyanim at 8:00 and 9;00 AM.  Minchah will be at 5:40 PM, followed by Rabbi Samuels’s shiur (6:00 - 7:00 PM).  Please remember that this Shabbat Minchah is the last time for reciting “Kel Maleh” for an upcoming Yahrzeit until the Shabbat Parshat Noach Oct. 27.  

 

Maariv and Havdalah will be at 7:02 PM.

 

Shanah Tova ve-Ketiva va-Chatima Tova -- le-Alter Chaim Tovim U-LESHALOM!!

May this New Year bring to you and your families, to the people of Israel, and the people of America, a year of health and happiness, safety and security, goals achieved and dreams fulfilled, and as we sincerely end every Tefillah, may we all be blessed with a year of Peace.

 

Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels

 

 

 

 

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

 

Rosh Chodesh, Parshat Re’eh, 30 Av 5779 - August 31, 2019

08/30/2019 11:56:17 AM

Aug30

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