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Parshat Vayeshev, 9 Kislev 5780 - December 7, 2019

12/05/2019 01:20:19 PM



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

3:55 PM


CL before 3:54 PM




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

3:45 PM


Havdalah after 4:55 PM




8:00 AM

3:55 PM


8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:50 AM Shiur n'Shmear  

10:30 AM Women’s Talmud class




6:30 AM

3:55 PM

9:00 PM

7 PM Meah Year 2 




6:40 AM

3:55 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

  7 PM Tai Chi with Danny Wyschogrod




6:40 AM

3:55 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 

7:30 PM NCYS Teen Learning Fellowship




6:30 AM 

3:55 PM 

9:00 PM

7:15 PM Lecture with Rabbi Yair Silverman




6:40 AM

3:55 PM


CL before 3:54 PM




3:55 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 


8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Dvar Torah: Assif Ankori. Anim Zmirot: Aviv Ankori.

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.

3:45 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Akiva Robison. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:00 PM Seudah Shelishit

4:00 PM Snif NBA for grades 2-6 at Beth El

4:55 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: Dec. 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.


Women’s Talmud class - A short but deep dive into the world of Talmud

3 Sessions: Sundays Dec 8, 15, 22 at 10:30 AM in the Bayit.

Shaarei is participating in a worldwide Women’s Siyum for Shaas organized by Hadran, an organization based in Ra’anana. The event is being coordinated by Lisa Kolodny, daughter-in -law of our members Nancy & Gerry.

We will participate in two ways, firstly by learning some pages of Gemara from Masekhet Rosh Hashana  and secondly by participating in a Boston wide gathering for a siyum on January 5. The siyum will be both local and live streamed from Jerusalem.
We will have 3 classes, taught by Amy Newman and Rabba Claudia Marbach. Classes will be geared to all levels with both the original text and translations.  No previous experience of gemara necessary. Please sign up at or just turn up, but if you sign up, then we can print enough handouts.


Programs with Shlichot Sunday Dec 8 

  • Middle School Movie Night 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Beth El 
  • Teen Sushi Night 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Beth El


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: Dec. 9; Jan 6 , 13, 20, 17


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 learning Masechet Damei now.


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



NEW CLASS: NCSY Teen Learning Fellowship 7:30 PM

Sessions: Dec. 11, 18, Jan 8, 15

All High School age students at non-Jewish Day Schools  are invited to join across the Greater Boston area as we explore the Jewish perspective on current events, issues and news headlines. Teens will have the opportunity to learn with mentors in the community. For more information, contact Rabbi Yudi Risel at or to sign up click here.


Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM

Sessions: Dec. 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.



The Miracle of Re-Dedication: From Chanukah to Modern Israel with Rabbi Yair Silverman 

7:15 PM at Shaarei. 

Rabbi Yair Silverman is Director of Moed in Zichron Yaakov. Shaarei is honored to host this evening lecture. Come join us! Pizza from The Kosher Veggie Crust will be served. Please RSVP here so we can plan how much pizza to buy.



Scholar in Residence: Rahel Berkovits, Friday Night Oneg at Shaarei in the Social Hall 7:30 PM Can Contemporary Halakha Meet the Needs of the Religious Gay Community? Modern Israeli Rabbinic Responses; Shabbat Morning D’rasha: The Hidden Meaning of Hanukkah in Masechet Shabbat; Motzei Shabbat 7:30 PM: An Open Discussion of Orthodoxy and Feminism, at the Dushay Gompers Family, 71 Prospect Park, Newtonville.

Rahel Berkovits is a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has taught Mishnah, Talmud and Halakha for over twenty years





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

LAST CLASS -  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



REGISTRATION IS OPEN for our 2nd Community Dinner: Friday night December 20. Come join us for dinner followed by The Great Latke-Hamentasch Debate of 5780. 

Minchah at 3:55 PM

Dinner at 5:00 PM. Sign up here:


SATURDAY Jan 4, 2020

SHAAREI’S ANNUAL AIPAC MOTZEI SHABBAT GATHERING: Saturday night, January 4, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Featuring delicious Israeli wine, cheese and dessert. Generously hosted by Ellen and Michael Rubin, 11 Clements Rd., Newton.

Elon Stricker, AIPAC Boston Area Director, will update us on how to ensure bipartisan support for Israel in a complex, partisan environment and the stakes in 2020.

Elon Stricker has been a member of the AIPAC professional staff for eight years and actively involved in the national pro-Israel political movement for over a decade. 

As the AIPAC Boston Area Director, Elon is responsible for guiding, educating and mobilizing AIPAC’s lay leadership in their pro-Israel activism. Elon is also responsible for development in the Boston area, maintaining and growing the current member base and cultivating new members and activists.


RSVP to Elon Stricker at or 617.399.2552




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:

1] You can drop off UNWRAPPED NEW toys in the big box located in our vestibule.

2] Write a check made out to ROFEH/Mike Hirsh, with toy drive in the memo line.

3] Order from the wish list on Amazon

The toys will be picked up from Shaarei at the end of December. To become a ROFEH partner or for more information contact Mike Hirsh at


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: Dec 15; Jan 26, 2020, Feb 23, Mar 15, Apr 5, May 10, June 7, July 12.

Contact Cheryl Levin at for more information or Lisa Katz at 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 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.




Sunday, January 5: Women’s Siyum HaShas.  Email to adopt your own daf as part of Boston’s effort to learn Masechet Rosh Hashana as part of the international learning initiative with Hadran.


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. 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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