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Parshat Ki Tisa, Parshat Parah, 17 Adar 5780 - March 13, 2020

03/13/2020 05:54:50 PM


Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:31 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




SUNDAY March 15

POSTPONED transitioning to remote learning. Students will receive instructions.

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

Sessions: Mar. 15, 29;  Apr. 19, 26.

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


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


MONDAY March 16

Book Club Update: In light of the health concerns raised by the coronavirus/Covid-19 and the recommendations being put forward by the medical profession, book club will not meet on Monday, 3/16.   We will send more information when we have an idea of what makes sense regarding rescheduling. If you have questions, email them to

We have chosen our next book. It is: Where the Crawdads Sing,  by Delia Owens.  


TUESDAY March 17

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


Wednesday  March 18

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


THURSDAY  March 19 

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



SUNDAY March 22

POSTPONED - New  date later in the year: Ma'ayan for our Health and Halacha Yom Iyun, Taking Care of Ourselves Sunday, March 22nd at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton.  


LATER in March - National Jewish Lives bookclub

We will be reading the next book with the Jewish lives national bookclub, Moses: A Human Life by Dr Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Whether you read the last book or not, or enjoyed it or not - this book is completely different. Join us and see!
Shaarei has a number of books for those who wish to buy a copy.
Please fill out this short form to get on the bookclub list, buy a book if applicable and importantly select the date for our next meeting. Suggested dates are later in March.
The date of the live author event is Thursday April 23. We will all get together at a location with good internet to watch and discuss.





The Shlichot will be returning to Israel until Pesach.

Bnei Akiva have decided to return all Shlichot back to Israel until after Pesach.  We'd like to honor them with a short tribute. Please record an up-to 10 seconds video of yourself or your children (or both) wishing them farewell and thanking them for being here.  I'm sure they'd be really happy to hear what impacted you the most, or what activity you liked best. Send your videos to  We hope the situation will improve and they will be able to return after Pesach break.




NCSY Online Programs Coming Soon!

Here is a list of programs to launch in the coming weeks:

  • Webinar Series: Judaism 101
  • Webinar Series: Israel Advocacy
  • Online Fellowship Program with text based learning
  • Small group learning sessions with our NCSY staff and advisor team
  • Weekly middle school discussion group learning

Please stay tuned as we announce more details and share access links to those presentations, sessions, and discussion groups.

Teens can also fill out the following form to let us know what type of topics they'd like to discuss over the next few weeks:





All Me'ah/Me’ah Select Courses will meet via video conference. 

Students will receive instructions on Sunday, Mar 15. 


MONDAY March 16

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

Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. 

Sessions: Mar 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.


TUESDAY March 17

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.


Year 2 of Me’ah the winter/spring semester, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM 

Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course. 

Sessions: Mar 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.




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

Sessions, Wednesday evenings: March 18, 29; (April 1 will be rescheduled)

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.

Ma'ayan's spring classes have started. Introduction to Talmud with Dr. Yael Jaffe and Jewish ideas on speech with Rabbi Samuels. Starting this coming week, Rabbi Jaffe will teach on gemara mezuzah, Wednesdays at noon.  Visit




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.



POSTPONED - New date later in the year: 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.


POSTPONED - New  date later in the year: Friends of the Arava Institute invites you to Water as an Instrument for Peace: Collaboration for the Future of the Middle East, Town Hall Meeting in memory of Prof. Franklin Fisher: Sunday, March 29, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston (Free validated parking available).


Sun, April 5 2020 11 Nisan 5780