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Parshat Korach 4 Tamuz 5780, June 26, 2020

06/04/2020 07:35:14 PM


Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 8:07 PM

ERUV IS UP? 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

Solar-Power Production Dashboard, click here: SolarEdge

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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 yo



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


Tai Chi: Join us on Tuesday June 30 at 7:00 PM for an hour of Virtual Tai Chi. We have been working on our seated meditation practice, a helpful skill in these stressful times.


Wednesday July 1

Jewish Meditation Classes: Introductory series in conjunction with Livnot U'Lehibanot. 

    Sessions: July 1

Rabbi Sendor will have an introductory series on Jewish Meditation in conjunction with Livnot U'Lehibanot. Next class on Wed. July 1, at 8 PM Israel time, 1 PM EDT

To participate in these classes, Rabbi Sendor and Anne Sendor ask that you become a member of Tal Orot It is free. And gives you access to recordings of meditations you can practice. For any questions and to receive the Zoom link please contact Anne Sendor at


Lessons in Leadership and Life From the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, and Jewish History with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels

    Sessions: July 1, 8 PM - 9:15 PM, Remaining Wednesday night July 8.

Topic: Lives of Pi: Beruria and Rabbi Meir

In this class, we will interactively study profiles in leadership and life in times of difficult and crisis. Through our analyses we will aim to discover positive life lessons in resilience and fortitude


Thursday  July 2 


Petichat haShaar - Interactive D’var Torah: 15 minute Parashah Upcoming Sessions 

This is a 15 minute Parshah Session, taking place on Thursday nights at 9 via Zoom. The program has been extended for another few weeks. The updated schedule is as follows: 

Thursday, July 2 at 9:00 PM

Parshat Chukar-Balak Thursday, July 2 at 9:00 PM

Led by ERIK BITTNER.    

Zoom room opens at 8:55; Interactive Dvar Torah starts promptly at 9 pm; Formal session ends at 9.15.  



Sunday June 17

  • Shaarei Book Club The next meeting of the Shaarei Book Club on Zoom will be Wednesday, June 17th, at 7:15 when we will discuss Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.  There will be more information closer to the date concerning login instructions.  For more information, contact for additional information.





Click here for Or-El Ankori’s 5th Edition of LeCovid Shabbat/Shavuot Teen Parashah Newsletter.

Shaarei Good News ... Stay tuned for Episode Three: The “Matan Torah” pre-Shavuot episode will continue to celebrate Shaarei Good News, including a Shaarei Bar Mitzvah and an interview with Nancy Kriegel of Yad Chessed by Emily Beck, our Tzedakah Committee Chair. Connection through Creativity is our only limitation!


All Musicians - Musical Salons

Calling all Shaarei musicians and music lovers! We invite you to join our virtual concerts (either as a performer or audience member).  We are planning to host three Sunday evenings via Zoom for a half hour of music performed by Shaarei members. The dates are June 7 and July 5, all from 7-7:30 pm.

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.






Teen Beit Midrash Live on Zoom, a program of Hebrew College led by our teacher and member Rabba Claudia Marbach. Teen Beit Midrash is open to raising 8th-12th graders, limited to the first 20 applicants. We meet Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, June 23 - July 28

Hebrew College’s newest youth program Teen Beit Midrash is an intimate and challenging program for those who are looking for a pluralistic and inclusive place to explore their identity as a Jewish teen and deepen their knowledge.

In  this unique, 6-part beit midrash experience, we will explore real life ethical questions and see how Judaism can help us find the answers. The Teen Beit Midrash online experience includes lively hevrutah (partner) study guided (in the original Hebrew and Aramaic  or in full translation) by excellent faculty. Teens will have the opportunity to learn, debate, decode, and explore this timeless biomedical debate, building a supportive TBM community with teens from across the country. TBM is a pluralistic and inclusive  program; all levels of knowledge and Jewish identities are welcome.



Brandeis Precollege Programs: Genesis. For students entering grades 9-12. Connect virtually this summer! July 6 - 24, 2020

Genesis offers a three week online course session. The sessions gives outstanding students the chance to connect virtually, engage in study of an academic field through a Jewish lense, and what it means to build a diverse, international, pluralist Jewish community. To register click here: For more information contact


Announcing Tikvah Online Academy


High-level online seminars—with small classes, master teachers, and spirited live discussions. Open to anyone interested in big ideas.


Exciting courses on Jewish ideas and Western civilization, Israeli history and heroes, the future of American democracy, the fight against anti-Semitism, and the principles of a free economy and free society.


All classes meet once per week for 4 consecutive weeks. Classes will run throughout the summer from mid-June to mid-July (Session #1) and from mid-July to early August (Session #2).


Tikvah educators are leading professors, policy experts, rabbis, and writers eager to teach intellectually curious students who want to join Tikvah's community of ideas.


The application process is fast, easy, and free. And students interested in doing 3 courses or more can become eligible for essay and scholarship prizes, digital "townhall meetings" with Jewish leaders, and more.


Act now, because spaces will fill up fast:


Current 7th & 8th Graders

Current 9th & 10th Graders

Current 11th & 12th Graders

Current College Students





JF&CS is here to help! Kids at home? Free Parent Coaching. • Is your young child with a disability missing the structure of school? • Do you need help working with your child’s teacher or school system to adapt virtual learning to accommodate their needs? • Has your adult child’s work or day program closed, leaving them feeling isolated and bored? • Are they displaying behaviors that are difficult to manage? 

Set up a FREE phone call or video meeting so we can help you schedule your child’s day and troubleshoot any challenging behaviors that they are exhibiting. Contact us at or 781-693-5640.


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 need, 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.






Family Table: Our friends at Jewish Family & Children's Services are in dire need of volunteers to help at their Sunday distributions in Waltham, Marblehead, and Canton. Their next distribution is in Waltham on Sunday, June 7thth  and they need volunteers on-site and to pack and deliver groceries. Click here to sign up.  Additional Sunday distribution date: July 12.

Write personalized cards to home-bound older adults: 

Another request from JF&CS: In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written note will be particularly meaningful. If you are proficient in Russian, we would love to receive cards written in Russian as well. Please contact Ava Harder for more information at


Deliver meals to older adults and quarantined immigrant families:

Our friends at Jewish Family Service (Metrowest) need volunteers to deliver meals to isolated older adults and immigrant families. Click here to fill out their volunteer interest form.


Donate supplies to hospitals:

Hospitals are in need of sanitizer, gloves, wipes, and more. Click here to fill out the City of Boston's donation intake form.


Boys and Girls Club:

The Program Committee of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton is looking for local folks to spend between 20-30 minutes on a video call (using the blue jeans app) with Boys and Girls Club teen members. Talk about your current profession, your career progression and why you (hopefully during normal times) enjoy  doing what you do. You should also be prepared to answer questions from the teens.  We could schedule the date/time around your availability. 

Please contact Frank Ponceano, Program Director for more information at





Support our Community While Online Shopping

Do you make online purchases at Did you know we now have an opportunity for Amazon to give back to Shaarei via their AmazonSmile program?  When you make purchases at Amazon, Shaarei can receive 0.5% or $1 for every $200 of purchases. 

Here's what you need to do to make your purchases count:

Log in to your Amazon account using:

You'll receive a Welcome! email and you'll see the AmazonSmile.

Save this Smile link however it is easiest for you (Favorites, etc.) and continue using it.  

Thank you to Elliot Israel for bringing this opportunity to our attention.


Purchasing wine from Shaarei has joined their affiliate program where the shul gets a 5% commission with each purchase. 

Here's what you need to do to make your purchases count:

Go to this link first: Kosher Wine Delivery | Order from the Comfort of Home. 

Shop while supporting Shaarei.

Thank you to Orlee Berlove for setting up this program.







 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:

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