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Parshat Terumah, 3 Adar 5780 - February 28, 2020

02/28/2020 08:21:30 AM


Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 5:15 PM

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

Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah 

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

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge



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

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

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

Please sign up here.



Mishloach Manot to Post-High School Students 

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

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




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

5:15 PM


CL before 5:15 PM




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

5:05 PM


1:00 PM NCSY Shabbat Lunch (after kiddush)

4:20 PM Daf Yomi

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

Havdalah after 6:17 PM




8:00 AM

5:20 PM


8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:45 - 9:30 AM Daf Yomi




6:30 AM

5:20 PM

9:00 PM

5:15 PM Teen Learning

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi

7:00 PM Year 2 Me’ah




6:40 AM

5:20 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

7:00 PM Tai Chi

8:00 PM Pre-Purim Maayan class

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

5:20 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM New Class with RBS

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi 




6:30 AM 

5:20 PM

9:00 PM

6:00 PM Pre-Purim Party with the Shlichot at Beth El

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

5:25 PM


CL before 5:23 PM




5:15 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 


8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Aviv Ankori. D’var Torah: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels.

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.

1:00 PM NCSY Shabbat Lunch (after kiddush).

4:20 PM Daf Yomi

5:05 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Almog Ankori. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

5:20 PM Seudah Shlishit  Rabbi Samuels will teach.

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

6:17 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.

NCSY SHABBAT LUNCH: All middle schoolers are welcome to attend the NCSY shabbat lunch after kiddush! Lunch will be followed by a shiur with Rabbi Riesel.”


SUNDAY March 1

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.


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


MONDAY March 2

Teen Learning 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: Mar 2, 16, 23, 30; Apr 20, 27; May 4; snow/sick days: May 11, 18; May 21 

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



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.


Maayan Pre-Purim class 8:00 PM - 9:15PM,  Esther 3X: The Megillah, The Septuagint, a

and The Talmud with Rachel Slutsky. Visit for more information and to register.


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



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

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

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

5 Sessions, Wednesday evenings: March 4, 18, 29; April 1

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

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


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


THURSDAY  March 5 

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


Pre-Purim Party with the Shlichot for High School Girls, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Beth El.




Shabbat March 7 (Parshat Zachor) 

Communal Siyyum after davening for Masekhet Berakhot (celebrating our completion of first Talmudic treatise of the new cycle). We have at least 22 people studying Daf Yomi. If you would like to help plan for the Siyum, please contact Rabbi Samuels.

Young Families Potluck Lunch with children ages 0-7(ish) are invited to participate. Families sign up to host, be a guest, or either. We match up families so that ideally two guest families visit one host family. The host family helps divide responsibilities for who brings what parts of the meal. The kids play, everyone eats delicious food, and we continue to strengthen the relationships in our growing community.

If you would like to participate as a host or a guest, please RSVP by Monday, March 2, using this form

If you're not able to join this time, there will be another young families Shabbat lunch at Shaarei on Shabbat, April 18. 



New Class! 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.


Purim Carnival with the Shlichot for the entire family, 1:00PM - 3:00 PM at Beth El. $5 per family.



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

We hope that you can join us. Please let us know by selecting this link:


MONDAY March 16

Book Club Monday, Mar 16. My Mother’s Son:  A Novel  by David Hirshberg at a member’s home. For more information contact



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

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



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

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


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



Ma'ayan's spring classes will have started. 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.


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.

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

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


A Symposium and Reception in Honor of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jay R. Berkovitz, Sunday March 8, 2020, 1 PM to  5:45 PM, at Shaw Conf. Center, Mount Ida Campus, Newton. PLEASE RSVP:


Maimonides School Community Celebration Dinner, Sun. March 8, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Program. Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Community Award honoree: Judy and Jonathan Chiel, Alumni Award honoree: Rabbi Noah Cheses, Staff Award honoree: Merv Alge, Faculty. Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St., Brookline. Click here to purchase tickets, virtual adjournal space and to read more about the event. For more information please contact or call 617-232-4452 ext. 417.


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


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

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


Description of the event:

Water is a precious commodity in the Middle East. Need for water drives regional conflict, and climate change and pollution threaten clean water access. Faced with a challenge that flows across borders, there is urgent need for collaboration to secure the future of this shared resource.

Join us for a Town Hall conversation with three leading experts in Middle East water policy and cross-border work. They will share updates on Israel’s technological advances in water treatment and opportunities for partnership, which benefit Israel’s security as well as that of the region. In this vibrant conversation, the audience will be invited to submit questions for discussion.

For more information, please visit

For questions, or if you are interested in co-sponsorship, please contact us at 617-266-7100 or




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:


Sun, April 5 2020 11 Nisan 5780