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Parshat Vayigash, 26 Tevet 5780 - January 3, 2020

01/02/2020 11:43:28 PM


Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:06 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 4:06 PM




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

3:55 PM


Havdalah after 5:08 PM

7:00 AIPAC Motzei Shabbat Gathering 




8:00 AM

4:10 PM


8:30 AM Teen Minyan




6:30 AM

4:15 PM

9:00 PM

7:00 PM Year 2 of Me’ah 

7:15 AM RBS Talmud Study

7:30 PM Bookclub




6:10 AM

4:05 PM

9:00 PM

6:00 PM Challah Bake for all Women and Girls 

7:00 PM Tai Chi




6:40 AM

4:15 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM NCSY Teen Learning Fellowship

7:30 PM Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 




6:30 AM 

4:15 PM

9:00 PM





6:40 AM

4:15 PM


CL before 4:13 PM

Shabbaton with Bnei Akiva of Montreal 




4:00 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 


8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Aviv Ankori.  Dvar Torah: Moria Ran Ben-Hai

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: JJ Berlove. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Sniff at Shaarei for 2-6th graders.

4:10 PM Seudah Shlishit Rabbi Samuels will teach.

5:08 PM Maariv/Havdalah


SATURDAY NIGHT, January 4, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

SHAAREI’S ANNUAL AIPAC MOTZEI SHABBAT GATHERING: 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




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.


Programs with Shlichot: 

Preschool Story Time 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Shaarei.

Cinema Club for Middle School 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Shaarei.


MONDAY Jan 6, 2020

RBS Talmud Study, 7:15 AM

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.  

Remaining Sessions: Jan 6 , 13, 20, 17

Bookclub January 6th will meet Monday at 7:30 PM to discuss Washington Black by Esi Eduygan. Hope you can join us. For information about time and location, please email


TUESDAY Jan 7, 2020

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

NCSY Teen Learning Fellowship 7:30 PM

Sessions: Jan 7, 21 at Shaarei; Jan 15 at Beth El

All High School age students 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 Risiel at or to sign up click here.


WEDNESDAY Jan 8, 2020


Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM; Remaining Sessions: Jan 8, 15

Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas

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


Friday - Sunday Jan 10-12, 2020


On Jan 10-12 , 2020 we will have a Shabbaton with Bnei Akiva of Montreal for grades 8-10! We

will have an amazing Shabbat together and fun activities on Saturday night! Sign up now at:




Sunday Jan 12, 2020

Communal Conversation about Racial Justice and Equity and Jewish Values, Sunday January 12, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Shaarei. Over the past few years, issues of racial justice and equity have continued to be an important part of our American national conversation. As members of the Jewish community, we ask whether our communities are maximally inclusive and empowering of Jews of color. We hope to facilitate a conversation at Shaarei about race, human dignity, and communal inclusivity, in pursuit of justice, holiness, and considerations of equality and equity. If you would like to participate, please respond to the link below and let us know if you can join us on Sunday evening, January 12. Jennifer Bittner and Lucy Lorin, Meeting Conveners, Yavilah McCoy, Consultant, Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD


Tuesday Jan 14, 2020

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs, 7:15 - 8:00 AM. The Mishna study will be taking a break until January 14.



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

Contact Cheryl Levin at 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.




Saturday January 4: Ma’ayan presents an opportunity to learn with famed Jerusalem scholar, Rabbanit Gilla Rosen at Young Israel of Brookline, 8pm. $10 as a stand-alone event or free to attendees of the Sunday event. Open to men & women. More details at

Sunday, January 5:  Women’s Siyum HaShas @ Maimonides School. Doors open at 10:30 am. 

Join Ma'ayan for an exciting day of learning with Rabbanit Gilla Rosen. Her keynote address will give an overview of Masechet Rosh Hashana. Together we will watch the livestream of Hadran's Siyum HaShas from Jerusalem, and we will be inspired by Ma'ayan's siyum of Masechet Rosh Hashana and our starting anew with Masechet Brachot. Each registration includes a delicious lunch. Men and women are invited to be part of the celebration.

Monday, January 20: MLK Day of Service: Shaarei is partnering with the Boston JCRC MLK Day of Service. Spend your day off work and school with other Shaarei families, painting and beautifying the Blackstone Elementary School in Boston's South End.  This event is open to families with children ages 4 and up, on January 20, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30. To sign up, please visit, click on "Young Family Volunteering" and choose St. Stephen's Youth Programs - Blackstone Elementary. Note that adults without children are more than welcome to register but please go to the young family section on the JCRC website to find the Blackstone project option. Questions? Contact Shoshie:

Northeast NCSY Winter Regional 2020, Jan 31st - Feb 2nd, Crowne Plaza Danbury, CT

Join 150 teens from all backgrounds for an incredible Shabbaton featuring delicious food, awesome advisors, inspiring guest speakers and lots more! Open to all Jewish teens in New England & Upstate NY, Grades 8-12 For more info & registration: Office: 646-459-5196,


ERUV dues reminder
The Greater Boston Eruv Corporation provides our entire community with a functioning Eruv every Shabbat of the year. We need your immediate support to fund the operational expenses of the Eruv for 2020 (our 2019 budget was completely spent). Our expenses include salaries and taxes for weekly field inspections of the entire border, weekly required maintenance, insurance, and materials. We are asking for $125 per family for the 2020 budget. Please consider paying via Paypal via our website, or send your tax-deductible payment to our mailing address available from our web site. The Eruv is not a free service, please respond promptly.

Winter/Spring Meah Class: Values in Practice: The Jewish Holidays in Jewish Law and Custom at Hebrew College. Instructor: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. Tuesday mornings 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Sessions: Feb 25; March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12. Snow/sick day May 19. 

Cost: $350. Financial aid is available; please contact for details.



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:


Sun, April 5 2020 11 Nisan 5780