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Rosh Chodesh, Parshat Re’eh, 30 Av 5779 - August 31, 2019

08/30/2019 11:56:17 AM


Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 7:04 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


RABBI’S MESSAGE: This Shabbat and Sunday are Rosh Chodesh Elul, beginning the month-long Chodesh Elul preparatory period of Teshuva - a time for personal reflection and restoration. Have you ever hired cleaning help at your home? You know how you have to order, organize and clean up before the cleaning help even arrives? This is Chodesh Elul. Before the start of the Jewish New Year and the ensuing ten-day penitential period of aseret yemei teshuva culminating in Yom Kippur and the achievement of at-one-ment, we do pre-teshuva clean-up so that we can really do teshuva and scrub our souls clean, leaving us refreshed and ready for the new year. 


This Shabbat, take the time to review the past year. What were your successes and failures, what did you accomplish and what did you intend to achieve, but for whatever reason couldn’t finish? What would you like to do and who would you like to be in the new year ahead? How do you get from the “A” of last year to the “B” of this coming year? What work needs to be done to traverse the distance?

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov, Rav Benjie

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: I am very excited to announce that this weekend we will transition our shul’s electronic communication to a new Shulware system (formerly Shulcloud). This project started under Rebecca Kaplan’s presidency and has been in the making for over a year now with shul board and members working together under the leadership of Fara Hain to implement the new platform. As part of the switch we will launch a new website and we will change our official email listserv from Shaarei-News @yahoogroups to our integrated Shulware system. Through our Shul website, you will have access to a protected personal membership account where you can update personal information, sign up for Shul events, and have direct access to your billing information, including the option to pay dues and make donations with a Credit Card. Over the Labor Day weekend you will receive a registration e-mail with more details and instructions. Please take the time to login to the system for the first time and update your personal information. Technical help will be available for members that are interested. Details to follow… Thank you very much to everyone that contributed of their time and energy to accomplish this goal -- once again, with special gratitude to Fara Hain for her leadership and efforts.
~Shabbat shalom and Chodesh Tov! Hagay Ramati


Seating Night for the high holidays will be on Wednesday and Thursday Sep 4 & 5 in the social hall. Members should come to choose their seats on the time assigned to them in the membership letter sent earlier this month. If you are a member and did not receive a letter with the appointment time, please contact the office to schedule one. Non members can call the office after Sep 5 to choose their seats.


** Epic Paintball Tournament & BBQ- Monday, Sept. 2, 5-7pm at Beth El parking lot - 10$ to register 

** Emtza  (middle school) Opening BBQ-  Sunday, Sept. 8, 5-7pm at the Riesel Home (50 Morseland) - 10$ to register:

** NCSY Opening Shabbat in Newton-  Friday Night-Shabbat, Sept. 6-7. 

Davening & Dinner: 7:00 PM Teen Minyan at Beth El; followed by 8:00 PM dinner at Riesel

home, 50 Morseland

Teen Minyan & Shabbat Lunch: 9:30 AM Teen Minyan at Beth El; followed by 12:30 PM Shabbat lunch at Riesel home, 50 Morseland 


** Saturday Night Ice Skating-  Saturday, Sept. 7, 9-11pm at Daly Rink - 10$ to register 


Calling all Young Women to come learn Simchat Torah ReadingSeptember 3,  7:00 PM in the Beit Midrash there will be a class for our young women who want to learn the simchat torah reading. This is a class designed for those who already know the cantillation marks. Participation does not commit anyone to reading on Simchat Torah, we just want to help you learn! Ice cream and snacks will be served. If your daughters are interested please contact Natalie Pomeranz If someone is interested in learning the cantillation marks for the simchat torah reading or another, please contact Natalie.


Elul with Ma’ayan 

** Join Ma’ayan for a 3 part class with Rachel Sharansky Danziger called “The Ushpizin and Us” at Shaarei Tefillah, Tuesdays September 10. 17, and 24 at 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM. This class is open to women only.


**Ma'ayan Annual Elul Lecture sponsored by the Cohn/Novich family in Memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z"l on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:30pm at Shaarei Tefillah.  The lecture "The Other Side of Teshuva: Forgiving Others" will be given by Laurie Novick.  The event is free and open to the entire community. This evening of learning in memory of Rabbi Reuven Cohn z"l, a long-time teacher, friend and

supporter of Ma'ayan and Jewish learning. For questions email here. Donations in his memory are welcome.

Book Group: Next book club meeting will be Monday, September 16 @ 7:30pm. We will discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Those interested in joining us please contact for location and rsvp information. The book club is under new leadership. We thank Ronda and Nancy for their stewardship. Our new organizers are Barbara Neufeld and Paulette Korn.


SIGN UP TODAY for YEAR TWO of ME’AH being held at Shaarei. Is your registration up to date before the fall semester begins? The fall semester is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 28, 7-9”30 PM. Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course. The winter/spring course begins on Monday, February 3, 2020. Dr. Jacob Meskin will be teaching a Modern course.


To register for Year Two of Me’ah Classic, held at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton, please go to the following link :

NEW ME’AH STUDENTS: If you were unable to join us for the first year, there is an option to join the group for year two (Medieval and Modern Jewish history). In order to graduate from the Me’ah course we would help you connect with a year one class (Bible & Rabbinics) the following year.

Click here to learn more about the Me’ah Program- A Journey Through 2,000 years of Jewish History.


COMING SOON National Book Club: we will be participating in the Jewish Lives book club next year, as a group. See the flyer in the atrium for details and look out for more info on buying books and discussions coming soon. Contact for more details.


FAMILY TABLE: Shaarei Tefillah’s Family Table program continues to partner with JF&CS in providing critically needed food and Jewish holiday items to more than 500 households each month.

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 on behalf of JFCS Family Table. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are: Sept. 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15; Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, Mar 15, Apr 5, May 10, June 7, July 12.

Contact Cheryl Levin for more information or Lisa Katz 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. 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.



Message from David Jacobs: All are welcome to join our Tuesday Mishna study Sept 3rd, from 7:15-8:00 am in the Bayit.  It is a great opportunity to first engage in text study, or come back to the Mishna as an old friend.  All levels welcome. We will be continuing with Pe'ah on September 3. Let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 3, Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Youth Room

Daily Halakhah between Minchah and Maariv


Israeli Folk Dancing for Women & Girls will celebrate Elul with dancing Monday, 2 September 2019 at  7:30PM-9:30PM at Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton (556 Ward St, Newton Centre).  Please contact Judith Aaronson,
with any questions.

Hat Trunk Sale showcasing H & H Designs from Israel. These hats are hand-made, one of a kind artistic creations, currently sold only in Israel but now, for the first time, entering the U.S. market. Trunk show is in Brookline, September 4, Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome...even if you don't need a hat, come to browse and learn about the designers.  Please email Loren Rosenzweig for address and pictures.

Rofeh International BBQ Buffet Extravaganza - 7th Annual Appreciate Night, Tuesday September 10, 7:00 - 9::00 PM, Young Israel of Brookline, 62 Green St. Celebrate our dedicated volunteers who

support the many patients and their families from around the world, throughout the US, and in our local community as they seek medical treatment in Boston. 

Register by Wed. September 4th at this link, Seating is limited. This Program is Tailored for Adults & Teenagers For more info contact Mike Hirsh:

Silent Online Auction. Red Sox Fan Prize for 4 Private “on-field experience” with noted Red Sox official historian Gordon Edes:


Elul with Ma’ayan Beyond the Whale’s Belly: Encountering God in the Book of Jonah, with Rachel Sharansky Danziger. Location: Young Israel of Sharon. Monday, September 23, 8:00 – 9:15 pm. Cost of Course: $20. This class is open to women and men.


Join the Boston community on October 27 for ADL New England’s The Good Fight: A Forum on Confronting Anti-Semitism Today and Tomorrow, an informative and hands-on day dedicated to combating #antiSemitism. Learn more and register at


Wed, August 5 2020 15 Av 5780