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Parshat Vayakhel/Pekude, Parshat Hachodesh, 24 Adar 5780 - March 20, 2020

03/20/2020 09:41:26 AM


Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 6:39 PM

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

For Women’s Mikvah usage advice, please contact: Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at

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We continue with our synchronized Daily Minchah, Mishnah Study, and Kadishesque Tefillah for Aveilim and Aveilot and observers of Yahrzeit.


Daven and study Mishnah together, followed by the "in lieu of Kaddish" prayer,  dedicated to the memories of those saying kaddish in aveilut or for a yahrzeit.








Late Maariv





6:40 AM

6:40 PM


7:15 AM Daf Yomi 

CL before 6:39 PM




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

6:30 PM


Havdalah after 7:42 PM

9:00 PM Daf Yomi 




8:00 AM

6:45 PM


10 AM Shiur n'Shmear with Avi Rockoff

12 PM online Snif with Shlichot for 2-6th graders

8:00 PM Daf Yomi




6:30 AM

6:45 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

6:45 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM National Jewish Lives Book Club

8:00 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

6:45 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi




6:15 AM 

6:50 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

6:50 PM


7:15 AM Daf Yomi 

CL before 6:50 PM




6:40 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

SHABBAT MORNING  (Parshat Hachodesh) 

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan

6:30 PM Minchah 

6:45 PM Seudah Shlishit 

7:42 PM Maariv/Havdalah

9:00 PM Daf Yomi



We have set up a number of committees to help support our members whose lives may have been disrupted in recent weeks by the novel Coronavirus Pandemic. These include helping people find (general) medical information, social connections, shop for life's essentials for those in quarantine, support for young families and more. We have created a dedicated page on the shul website, accessible directly here and also from the Shaarei website homepage .

Thank you to all our dedicated and hard working committee members.


If you are experiencing any level of financial needs, please contact Rabbi Samuels at or by cell phone (857) 636-8489. All requests will be held with confidentiality.


Additional financial resources:

CJP Warmline (1-800-CJP-9500) may be able to assist you.

With one phone call or by filling out a simple online form, trained Warmline counselors can begin to help you navigate available services across our Jewish community. 

Yad Chesed - Anyone who wants to reach out should email with their full name, date of birth, address, number of dependents and best phone number to be reached.



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Tzetchem Leshalom

The Shlichot have returned to Israel.

FAREWELL to our amazing Shlichot, Shai Bulvik and Hadar Lapid. Bnei Akiva returned all world-wide Shlichim back to Israel in light of the situation.  The Shlichot were on the last direct El Al flight from Boston, last Sunday night. We will miss them greatly! Stay tuned for online activities coming soon, starting with our first online Snif this Sunday at 12 PM.  

To honor our shlichot, please send a short video (no more than 15 seconds) saying what you/your children loved about Bnei Akiva or what you'll miss most. 

Videos should be sent to by March 30. 






  • Find a Hebrew-English version of Daf Yomi at
  • Are you already utilizing the internet for listening to shiurim podcasts, keep going! 
  • For those who were members of our in-person daf yomi group, David Fischer has graciously agreed to teach virtually.
  • We have created a friendly self-accountability mechanism to motivate people to make the time to continue in their Daf Yomi learning.
  • Download a daf yomi Whatsapp Chat Group. If you don’t already have the app, go to your App Store on your smart phone and download the app, and then open a free account. Click on this link to join the Whatsapp Chat Group:
  • Tentative “Daf with David” schedule includes Sun-Thurs at 8:00 PM, Friday at 7:15 AM, Motsei shabbat at 9PM.

SUNDAY March 22

1st online Snif with Shlichot for 2-6th graders, Sunday, March 22, 12:00 PM


Meeting ID: 911 195 3443


Shiur n'Shmear with Avi Rockoff at 10:00 AM via Zoom

Sessions: Mar. 22, 29;  Apr. 19, 26.

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

To join a session remotely send an email to


TUESDAY March 24

  • National Jewish Lives Book Club: 7:30 PM
  • We will meet via zoom. Contact for more details or fill in the form below. Join us and see!
  • 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. 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. The date of the live author event is Thursday April 23.




  • Shaarei Book Club Update: In light of the health concerns raised by the coronavirus/Covid-19 the book club did not meet on Monday, 3/16.  We will send more information out at a later date regarding rescheduling. If you have questions, email them to
  • We have chosen our next book. It is: Where the Crawdads Sing,  by Delia Owens.  


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








Virtual NCSY/JSU

NCSY Online Programs 

We have created multiple different webinars about a variety of topics that will engage our local teens while they're not in school, including a series on Judaism 101, Israel activism, virtual fellowship and more! 

Sign-up today! Find out more at: or email:


List of Youth Programs 

Monday, March 23,  8:00 PM

  • Judaism 101: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way From Mt Sinai: exploring the veracity of the Torah’s claim of national revelation With R’ Tzvi Gluckin (3/23)


Tuesday March 24,  8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 PM

  • Online Fellowship Program for teens: Killing a Few to Save the Lives of Many i

Pre-registration is required.

Find out more at: or email:

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:





Me'ah Classic/Me’ah Select Courses 

Interactive live classes continue via video conference. 

Contact for details or questions.


Monday, March 23

  • 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 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 24

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


Wednesday March 25

  • 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 evening: March 25 (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.


Online Learning with Hebrew College

Hosted by CJP

Once you sign up for a class you will receive a zoom link.

Thu, July 9 2020 17 Tammuz 5780