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Parshat  Lekh-Lekha, 11 Cheshvan 5780 - November 9, 2019

11/07/2019 07:55:56 AM


WELCOME Yonina (combination of Yoni and Nina) an Israeli-American musical duo who started sharing music via home videos posted to social media. Their music has since reached millions of viewers. Yoni will lead us in davening and Yoni & Nina will lead our singing at dinner and at our post-dinner Kumzitz.

4:11 PM Candle lighting/Minchah - 5:30 PM Dinner - 7:30 PM Kumsitz and Dessert



LATE MAARIV meets  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






Late Maariv




6:40 AM

4:10 PM


CL before 4:12 PM




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

4:00 PM



Havdalah after 5:11 PM




8:00 AM

4:10 PM


8:30 Teen Minyan

8:50 AM Shiur n'Shmear in the Social Hall.


5 – 7:30 pm Dave Snyder and family Shiva visitation, following Minchah/Maariv (at 4:15 pm), in the Bayit.




6:30 AM

4:10 PM

9:00 PM

5:15 PM RBS Teen Learning

7 PM Meah Year 2 




6:40 AM

4:10 PM

9:00 PM

7 PM Tai Chi with Danny Wyschogrod




6:40 AM

4:10 PM

9:00 PM





6:30 AM 

4:10 PM 

9:00 PM





6:40 AM

4:05 PM


CL before 4:05 PM



Friday Night   

4:10 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 Lakein

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 

4:00 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Almog Ankori. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:15 PM Seudah Shelishit

5:11 PM Maariv/Havdalah


After Shabbat

7:00 PM After a Shabbaton at Brandeis Hillel, Rav Yehuda Gilad will be at Shaarei at 7:15 pm. He will speak at 7:30 pm about "Current Challenges Facing Israeli Modern Orthodoxy" including conversion, aiding agunot and issues of morality and exporting weapons. 

Rav Gilad is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maale Gilboa and the Rav of Kibbutz Lavi. He served as a member of the 15th Knesset on behalf of the Meimad party. He is a leader of the Beit Hillel rabbinic organization, a member of the Tzohar rabbinic council, and a founder of Giyur KaHalacha, a non-governmental conversion network.




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.


Shiur n'Shmear with (Rabbi Dr) Avi Rockoff at 8:50 AM – 10:00 AM in the Social Hall this week. 

Sessions: Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

Zemirot: Piyyutim for the Palate. The familiar Shabbat Zemirot are actually liturgical piyyutim. Their poetic artistry and deep erudition are hard to appreciate while quaffing schnapps and singing the words to niggunim, waltzes, marches, polkas, ditties, and drinking songs.
    In this class, we will study several Ashkenazic zemirot, as well as others from North Africa and Spain. The purpose will be to explore the Biblical, Talmudic, Midrashic, and Halakhic references in the zemirot, and the Shabbat-related themes these sources elaborate. Singing is not required.
    As an aside, we will also study a particular zemer once largely removed from Zemirot collections because of its association with Jewish social humiliation in 18th-century Poland in ways similar to blackface minstrelsy as experienced by African-Americans in 19th-century America, as well as "Jewface" vaudeville comedy 

100 years ago.



Daf HaShavua Yerushalmi 7:20—8:00 AM with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels in the Social Hall this week.

Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels in the Bayit, 5:15-6:15 PM 

Sessions: Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16  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, 7-9:30 PM at Shaarei in the Bayit

Dr. Alan Verskin will be teaching a Medieval course.  

Sessions: Nov. 11, 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9; Jan 6 , 13, 20



Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs , 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.


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



Shaarei Book Event 7:15 PM 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 multimedia presentation on her award winning book. Books will be available for purchase.




Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM, Sessions: Nov 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.



Shaarei Tefillah’s Family Table program continues to partner with JF&CS in providing critically needed food. 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: 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 New England Inclusion Summit 2019 Sunday, 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM  The Campus @ 384 Harvard St. Brookline, MA 02446

Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being treated as public health priorities the world over the world over and described as a global epidemic. New England Yachad in partnership with The Ruderman Family Foundation is gathering community leaders, organizations, parents, individuals with disabilities, clergy, and professionals around this important issue. Throughout the day, we will collectively identify roadblocks and solutions to reducing isolation and loneliness while creating friendships through social and recreational activities. For more information and registration sign up here: 



Join Nefesh B’Nefesh from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Inn at Brookline.

Ely Cole, CPA at XPAT Tax Services, and Aaron Djanogly, Wealth Manager at Pioneer Wealth Management, will  lead a practical workshop on budgeting, US and Israeli taxation, and financial planning. Kindly register at WWW.NBN.ORG.IL/BOSTON



LimmudFest Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Great Learning and the Arts

LimmudFest 2019 takes place this year at The KI Campus in Brookline on Sunday, November 17 from 9:00 am-5:30 pm, featuring more than 80 presentations, panels, music, storytelling and lots more. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, this year's program is bringing the entire Festival together for a Celebration Gathering to thank and honor Steffi Aronson Karp - who is stepping down after 10 remarkable years of leadership - with music, a rabbinic panel and several surprises. For more info or to register visit


Tikvah Fund Maimonides Scholars Program is a two-week summer institute in Jewish thought and philosophy at Yale University for high school juniors and seniors. We read, discuss, and debate the greatest texts in the Jewish and Western canon including the Torah, Talmud, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Rousseau, Maimonides, and Spinoza. We have hundreds of Jewish teens participate each summer, and our website can be found here. For more information, contact Rachel Kaissar <>. 



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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