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Parshat Bereshit, 27 Tishrei 5779 - October 26, 2019

10/25/2019 01:50:10 PM


Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 5:29 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


Rabbi’s Message: בראשית ברא -Bereishit bara: At the beginning of God’s creation or God first created new beginnings? Tradition teaches us that only God creates something from nothing.  For the rest of us, creation is some ratio of innovation and synthesis, of starting something new by building upon that which already is - yesh mei-yesh. Shabbat Bereishit begins the New Year, post chagim. There is a beautiful chassidic tradition that how we celebrate Shabbat Bereishit shapes our expectations and aspirations for our experience of Shabbat for the entire year to come. One might say to oneself: “I spent so much time in Shul over the past month … I need a break … I”ll just sleep in this one Shabbat.” But the impulse of Shabbat Bereishit is to keep the momentum going, to bring into being something from something, leveraging our spiritual energies for leveling-up, going mechayil el chayil. This Shabbat, come to Shul for Friday night, as well as Shabbat morning. Sing zemirot and share divrei Torah at your Shabbat table. Bless your children today (Friday), even if they’re adults and it means calling them during their lunch hour at work. Share a meal with friends, or contact me ( or our hospitality committee ( if you would like to be set up for a meal. Neither rain nor fatigue can stop Shabbat Bereishit. The only question is whether we are merely bystanders standing at the beginning of God’s creation, or whether we partner with God as creators of new beginnings.


This Shabbat Bereishit, in lieu of a d’rasha, I will teach a few sources after Tefillah in honor of the installation of our new solar panels. We would like to create a new beginning for our Shul’s “Green Team” and lead us in a year of sustainability awareness and activism. If you are interested in helping to lead this effort, please contact me.


Our first Community Dinner of 5780!  On Friday night, November 8, 2019, we will host the husband (Yoni) and wife (Nina) Israeli musical sensation, YONINA. Yoni will lead us in davening and Yoni and Nina will lead our singing at dinner and at our post-dinner Kumzitz. Sign-up for this exciting family friendly Shabbat!  Sign up here:


Sukkot is over and we now need people to help take down the Sukkah on Sunday, Oct 27,

 at 9:00 AM. It is important that at least 6 people help so that the entire parking lot reopens. 

We also ask that you bring ladders. 

Please contact Uri Feldman to confirm your availability


CONDOLENCES to Jon and Beruria Novich on the passing of Jon’s beloved mother Penny Novich – Devora Pesia bat Yisrael veAhuva a”h, of Riverdale, NY; beloved wife of 48 years of Ira Novich, and grandmother to their children Daya, Mia, and Sarit ; beloved mother and mother-in-law of David and Jordana Novich of Roslyn Heights, NY, and grandmother to their children Oliver and Spencer; beloved mother and mother-in-law of Michael and Alison Novich of Memphis, TN; beloved mother of Jeremy Novich of Manhattan; beloved sister and sister-in-law of Steven and Sherrie Resnick and family, beloved machatunista of our friends and members Rochelle and the late Rabbi Reuven Cohn z”l. Jon will likely be returning on Monday night to conclude Shiva on Tuesday and Wednesday Shacharit here in Newton. Stay tuned for more information.


CONDOLENCES to Barbara and Jeff Weener of Atlanta, Georgia on the passing of Barbara’s beloved mother Mrs. Sherry Schnee z”l. Barbara can be reached at or at 617-610-1628.  Best time to call is 10 am-12 pm or 5-6pm.  


FLOWERS are sponsored to thank Barbara Rosenblum for her work in the soundproofing of the social hall and all the hard work she does for the shul.



LATE MAARIV  begins this Monday, October 28 at 9 PM. We need people to sign up for at least one night per week Monday through Thursday. Late Maariv takes less than 10 minutes and is critical that we have a minyan promptly for those saying Kaddish, observing Yahrtzeits and most importantly, to daven with a minyan. Sign up at



Tishrei/ Cheshvan



Late Maariv





6:40 AM

5:30 PM


CL before 5:29 PM




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

5:20 PM


WTG 4:20 PM

Havdalah after 6:29 PM




8:00 AM

5:25 PM






6:30 AM

5:25 PM

9:00 PM

4:15 PM RBS Teen Learning

7 PM Meah Year 2 begins




6:15 AM

5:25 PM

9:00 PM





6:15 AM

5:25 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM RBS Class



6:30 AM 

5:25 PM 

9:00 PM





6:40 AM

5:20 PM


CL before 5:20 PM

Shabbat Schedule

Friday Night   

6:05 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv.  

Shabbat Morning

8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan in the Social Hall

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Dvar Torah: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. Anim Zmirot: Matan Ganz

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.


4:20-5:20 PM Bnei Akiva Snif for 2-6th graders at Beth El

4:20 PM WTG mincha service in the Beit Midrash. Chazzanit- Caroline Bernstein, Leyning-Sarah Thumin; Dvar Torah- Esther Israel; yigdal/ Aleynu - amalya Fischer. Special thanks to Esther Israel for organizing!

5:20 PM Minchah: All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

6:29 PM Maariv/Havdalah



Sunday Morning Teen Minyan at 8:30 AM 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.

Shaarei Blood Drive: Sunday, October 27, 2019. Time: 9 AM to 2:30 PM. We "need your blood"!  Register here:



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

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 28. Regular meetings will be in the bayit on Mondays, 5:15-6:15 PM: Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16.  On Monday Oct. 28 only the meeting will be 4:15-5:20 PM.  Please spread the word!  All families with high school students studying in non-Jewish-Day-School frameworks are warmly  encouraged to contact Rachel Greenblatt for more information at

Year 2 of Me’ah the fall semester is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 28, 7-9:30 PM. 

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course. 




Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs will resume November 5 , 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 are finishing Masechet Peah and will start Masechet Damei soon. 



Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class begins

7:30 - 8:45 PM (8 Sessions, Oct. 30; Nov 6, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan 8, 15)

Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas

In adult Jewish education, we often offer advanced classes for beginners to accommodate sophisticated expectations and a learned audience who have limited past exposure to Jewish text learning. This class offers the inverse, a beginner’s class for advanced students. Put another way, this is a course designed for people who have had life-long exposure to Jewish text study and ideas, but could benefit from a sophisticated study of foundational Jewish values and core ideas. We will ask: what does it mean to be Jewish? Jewish life hopscotches across four different domains of relationship: between us and God (ultimacy); between people (interpersonal ethics); between us and our world (peoplehood and stewardship); and between each person and his/herself (personal responsibility). So whether you are an advanced student, or a beginner, come join in a study of fundamental values, principles and core ideas. Your Jewish perspective will be reframed and refreshed! 

Co sponsored by Shaarei and Ma’ayan. This class is free to Shaarei members, please register at to get access to online resources.




Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Beginners welcome.




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

Sunday Morning Shiur n'Shmear Starts Nov. 3 with (Rabbi Dr) Avi Rockoff

Mehr Zmires vi Lokshen (More Niggunim Than Noodles): Shabbat Zmirot as Liturgical Poetry.  

Like piyyutim, selichot, and kinot, the zemirot we sing each Shabbat are liturgical poems, in which almost every phrase (almost every word) is dense with allusions to Tanach, midrash, shas, and poskim.  We usually pass over these allusions, as we are more concerned with which tune to use while singing them. In this series, we will start each session by singing one or more favorite tunes (singing participation optional), and then dig in to what the composer of the zemer had in mind, as well the history and circumstances in which it was written, when this information is available. Bagel, Shmear and Coffee will be served!


The Land of Israel - Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, one of Israel's premier media personalities, will speak at Shaarei on November 4 at 7:30 PM.  Rabbi Gimpel is the Founder of the Land of Israel Network, and one of the four founding families of the Arugot Farm in South Eastern Gush Etzion.  Today, the Arugot Farm hosts thousands of tourists a year in a family friendly, fun, educational and spiritual attraction. Co-sponsored by Zionist Organization of America.


Book Group: Next meeting will be November 5 when we will discuss the book Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. Contact for more information.


Save the Date: November 13 The education committee presents Author Karen Treiger who will discuss her book “My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story”. The author will give a presentation on her award winning book. 


MA’AYAN FALL CLASSES are starting this week! Visit for more details and to register.

Mondays at 8 PM: 6 sessions: October 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9)  Be part of an international learning effort as women from all over the world study the entire Talmud. This fall Ma'ayan has 2 classes on Monday evenings at 8 pm in Sharon, Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses will be covering the 2nd Perek of Masechet Rosh Hashana and in Brookline, Dr. Yael Jaffe will be teaching the 4th Perek of Masechet Rosh Hashana. These classes are for women only. If you cannot attend either of these classes and wish to be a part of the learning in preparation for the international siyum (and Boston's siyum on Masechet Rosh Hashana) on January 5th, email to ask for an assignment of a daf for yourself or a group of friends to form your own chabura.


Tuesdays at 8 PM (7 sessions: Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17)  at Shaloh House in Brighton, Rachel Sharansky Danziger will be giving her class "The Art of Cleaving: Love Stories in the Bible." This class is open to women only.


Wednesdays at 8 AM (23 sessions: Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 26; Mar. 4, 18, 25; April 1, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27 ): Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM in Brookline, Sabrina Burger is giving a Parenting through the Parsha class for women.  Email for location.


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.

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: 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.


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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