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Parshat Vayera, 18 Cheshvan 5780 - November 16, 2019

11/15/2019 02:21:07 AM



Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:05 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




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

4:05 PM


CL before 4:05 PM




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

3:55 PM


Havdalah after 5:05 PM




8:00 AM

4:05 PM


8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:50 AM Shiur n'Shmearl

2:00 PM Shlichot Cooking Club 

5:00 PM Movie for Middle School             




6:30 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

5:15 PM RBS Teen Learning

7 PM Meah Year 2 




6:40 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

  7 PM Tai Chi with Danny ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wyschogrod




6:40 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM





6:30 AM 

4:05 PM 

9:00 PM





6:40 AM

4:00 PM


CL before 3:59 PM 




4:05 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 


8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) Ezra Wyschogrod’s Aufruf will take place at Hashkama minyan.

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Henry Goldstein.

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.

3:55 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Yoni Tractenberg. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:15-5:15 PM Bnei Akiva Snif at Beth El for 2-6th graders.

4:10 PM Seudah Shelishit

5:00 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.


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

Sessions: Nov. 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.


Shlichot Cooking Club 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.


Movie for Middle School 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



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: 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. 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.



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.





Young Families Shabbat lunch at Shaarei! Save the date - Nov 23, If there is someone in your household age 7 or younger, we hope you will join us for our first Young Families event of the year. Please use this form to sign up , by Mon 11/18.

We also need volunteers to help prepare for the lunch, so please indicate on the form if you're able to help.

In future months, we’ll have Young Families potlucks in members’ homes. Looking forward!


Snif at Shaarei 4:15 PM - 5:1 PM




  • 7th Annual Rofeh International Toy Drive is Underway: Shaarei Tefillah is proud to announce that it will be once again a partner with ROFEH International to put smiles on sick children as part of it's 7th Annual Chanukah / Holiday Toy Drive.
  • Boston Children's Hospital, The Jimmy Fund DFCI, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children and MGH Hospital for Children will benefit from the over 1,000 toys collected by hundreds of kind and generous individuals and over 25 Jewish organizations / partners, from all walks of life.

There are 3 ways to participate:

The toys will be picked up from Shaarei at the end of December.

  • 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. 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.




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

Israeli folk dancing for Women & Girls 7:30 PM-9:30 PM at Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton (556 Ward St.)


​​​​​​​Tikvah Fund Maimonides Scholars Program is a two-week summer institute (Session 1: June 28-July 9; Session 2: July 26-August 6) 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.



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:

Thu, July 9 2020 17 Tammuz 5780