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Parshat Beshalach, 20 Shevat 5780 - February 7, 2020

02/06/2020 05:05:57 PM



Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:48 PM

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

Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah 

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

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge


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


Leil Shabbat Community Dinner 

Schedule for Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein

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

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

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


Shaarei-Yachad Family Tu B'shevat Seder at Shaarei 

Sunday, Feb 9

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


Come and enjoy dinner and hear about Israeli ecology.

The evening includes dinner, an Israel themed craft and a 

fun seder led by Rabbi Samuels.


RSVP online at: yachad /NewEngland or

Walk-ins are welcome!


For questions, contact Randy Bergel at or call 617-209-6700 x2



Remember to return your Mishloach Manot orders for our 

Shul’s Purim Mishloach Manot Project! 

Deadline is Feb 18

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

 our shul office at


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







Late Maariv





6:40 AM

4:50 PM


6:00 PM Leil Shabbat Community Dinner

CL before 4:48 PM




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

4:30 PM


3:45 PM Daf Yomi

5:00 PM Snif on Shabbat at Beth El

Havdalah after 5:41 PM




8:00 AM

4:55 PM


5 PM Shaarei-Yachad Family Tu B'shevat Seder

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:45 - 9:30 AM Daf Yomi

8:30 AM Preschool Story Time at Shaarei




6:30 AM

4:55 PM

9:00 PM

Tu B’Shevat

7:15 AM RBS Talmud Study

5:15 PM Teen Learning 

7:00 PM Year 2 of Me’ah 

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

4:55 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

7:00 PM Tai Chi

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

4:55 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi 




6:30 AM 

4:55 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

5:00 PM


CL before 4:57 PM




4:50 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 


8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

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

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

10:30 AM Youth Programs:

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

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

3:45 PM Daf Yomi

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

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

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

5:41 PM Maariv/Havdalah



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

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




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


Programs with Shlichot:

Preschool Story Time 9:30 AM at Shaarei.


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



RBS Talmud Study, 7:15 AM

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

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

Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. 

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


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



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


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

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


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



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



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




Shabbat Feb 29

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



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

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

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




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

Please consider volunteering in the rewarding experience of packing and distributing groceries for those in need. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are:  Feb 23, Mar 15, Apr 5, May 10, June 7, July 12.


New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI) of Ma'ayan Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses is available for consultation on questions regarding Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish law relating to married life) and its intersection with women's health. She can be reached via phone or text at (339) 364-2848 or via email at 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 and sign up for the mailing list.



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

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

Winter/Spring Meah Class: Values in Practice: The Jewish Holidays in Jewish Law and Custom at Hebrew College. Instructor: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. Tuesday mornings 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Sessions: Feb 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12. Snow/sick day May 19. 

Cost: $350. Financial aid is available; please contact for details.


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


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



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

If you wish to donate a sefer (Siddur, Chumash, Library Book) in honor of or in memory of a person or people, please go to:

Tue, February 25 2020 30 Shevat 5780