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Parshat Ki TEirtza, 14 Elul 5779 - September 14, 2019

09/18/2019 03:23:59 PM


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Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah 

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


RABBI’S MESSAGE: My message this week is a tale of two brothers. No, I am not confused and think that we are back in Sefer Bereishit. The two brothers in my tale are the brothers Kram, sons of our friend and member Deb Kram. You see, this past Wednesday was 9/11, the 18th anniversary of that tragic day in 2001 when 2,977 people were murdered (excluding the 19 hijackers) in the US’s worst terrorist attack in our country’s 243 year history.  9/11 this week began for me with morning minyan and then coffee and catch up with Toby Kram, who lives with his family in Efrat, Israel, and flew in for the day to visit with his mother. 9/11 this year for me ended with a Torah learning session with Dov Kram, our former member, who made Aliyah 3 years ago from Newton to Efrat with his wife Jessica and their four daughters: Izzy, Abby, Rachel and Zoe. Dov too came to Newton the same day as Toby to spend time with their mother. Morning with Toby, Evening with Dov. A tale of two brothers.

    Before he made Aliyah, Dov was an active leader in our Shul. A builder by profession, Dov has been developing his contracting practice in Israel: Dov Kram, LTD. When they are not spending time with their respective families, or engaged in their professional pursuits, the brothers Kram participate in and build up their Shul Community, Cong. Shirat David, led by Rabbi Shlomo Katz, who in the past we have hosted as our Chazan-in-Residence (click here for a sample of his music). Dov and Toby are leading the campaign to build a new building for their Shul in Efrat which presently meets in living rooms and basements. 

    The Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Breslov teaches (Lekutei Maharan 2:112): 

אִם אַתָּה מַאֲמִין שֶׁיְּכוֹלִין לְקַלְקֵל, תַּאֲמִין שֶׁיְּכוֹלִין לְתַקֵּן.

If you believe that you have the ability to ruin, also believe you have the ability to fix.

If you believe humanity has the capacity to destroy, then also believe humanity has the capacity to build. If you believe that you yourself have a measure of strength, wisdom, and material resources, then ask how you too can be a builder in our world.

    When I met with the brothers Kram, I inquired after their families, their personal welfare, and their communal activities. When they each told me of their Shul’s building project on 9/11, I wrote a check to their Shul. I said: today is 9/11; it is a day for building. If you believe that you have the ability to ruin, also believe you have the ability to fix and build.

We welcome Dov back to our Shul this Shabbat. He will be delivering the Shabbat D’var Torah.

Shabbat Shalom, Rav Benjie













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6:40 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 



8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan.  D’var Torah: Dov Kram; Anim Zemirot: Sam Cohen

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.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Shaarei Family Learning in the Social Hall.

6:30 PM Minchah Youth leyner: Yosef Feld. We resume our Shabbat Mincha Youth laining program this Shabbat. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot. 

6:45 PM Seudah Shelishit. Allan Steinmetz will share a few words of memory of his beloved mother Esther Steinmetz z”l.

7:39 PM Maariv/Havdalah 

Yamim Noraim Info

NEED SEATS? If you have not reserved your seats, please contact the office (


THANK YOU to the Shaarei Seating Committee: Arlene Bernstein, Joan Blum, Lynne Heller, Lucy Lorin, Joan Mael, Susan Megerman. A special thank you to Barbara Lapidas-Brown who headed the committee once again this year.

ROSH HASHANAH HOSPITALITY:  As the chagim are almost upon us, The Hospitality committee looks to make sure everyone has a table at which to celebrate the festive meals.

If you would like to be invited to celebrate with one of the wonderful and warm families at Shaarei for any of the upcoming chag meals or if you would like to offer your table, please contact us: Simply let us know which holiday and meal you would like to participate in.


CHILDCARE for the High Holidays: Please remember to sign your child(ren) up for this year's High Holiday Childcare program.  Offered for all children ages 1 through 10 (grade 5), we will have snacks, games, a special event for each morning, and some Holiday themed-content.

Please note that children will not be permitted to leave the babysitting area on their own. Please explain this ahead of time to your children and, if necessary, make a point of checking in with your child periodically throughout the day.

Programming is being offered all three day times and for Kol Nidre services. The cost is $30 per child for 1 session, $50 per child for 2 sessions, $75 per child for 3 sessions, $100 per child for 4 sessions, with a family Maximum of $150.

If cost is a concern, please contact our shul treasurer,  Jon Zandman at to make alternate arrangements. 

Please use this link to sign up: For questions, please contact the office or Vicki Cochran (

PURCHASE LULAV AND ETROG:  Click here to order Lulavim.  Deadline EXTENDED to Sunday, September 16th.  




Sunday Morning Teen Minyan at 8:30 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.

Tai Chi  5:30 - 8:30 PM  in Social Hall. Master Roger Whidden will be teaching this special class. Visitors are welcome to come and observe. 


Monday  7:20—8:00 AM Daf HaShavua Yerushalmi on Monday morning this week with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels

ZHUG! Monday night, Sept 16, 7:30-9:00 PM. at Shaarei Tefillah. Spend an evening learning the secrets of preparing Zhug (Yemeni Hot Sauce) and Humus with George Kirby. Ingredients will be provided. Please RSVP to Co-sponsored by Beit Sasson & Beth El-Atereth Israel.



Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs in the Bayit. Sept 17, 7:15 - 8:00 am It is a great opportunity to first engage in text study, or come back to the Mishna as an old friend.  All levels are welcome. We will be continuing with Pe'ah.  

Join Ma’ayan for a 3 classes with Rachel Sharansky Danziger called “The Ushpizin and Us” at Shaarei Tefillah, Remaining classes: Tuesdays September 17, and 24 at 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM. Although the classes are thematically connected, each class can also be taken individually. 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 7:30 pm 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 Donations in his memory are welcome.


Daily Halakhah between Minchah and Maariv




Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 16th at 7:30 when we will be discussing Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.  Roz Flusberg will host us. Her address is 6 Briar Lane, Newtonville. Please RSVP to Roz at and to me and Paulette Korn at If you need a ride, please let us know.  We will not meet in October but have chosen to read Inheritance by Dani Shapiro for our November meeting.  


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.


Leil Selichot Sat 9/21 at 10:30 PM at Shaarei. Televising Teshuvah? Yom Kippur on the Small Screen. An audio-visual presentation by Rachel L. Greenblatt Ph.D.


Save the Date: SFL Siyum Sunday 9/22 10am-12pm We are getting close to completing Masekhet Taanit!  Get ready to join us at Launch in Watertown from 10-12pm on Sunday September 22 for fun, learning and snacks! 




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.



Sign up TODAY for year 2 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.

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.


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.




The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to present a talk by David Bashevki, Director of Education, NCSY “Attempted Sin: Thought Crimes in Jewish Law”on Monday September 16, 2019, 12-1pm.  

Change of Day for Israeli folk dancing for Women & Girls: Tuesday 17 September 2019 at  7:30PM-9:30PM at Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton (556 Ward St, Newton Centre)


Shaarei Blood Drive: Sunday, October 27, 2019. Time: 9 AM to 2:30 PM. You can help to save lives!  Register here:

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


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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