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Parshat Vayechi, 10 Tevet 5780 - January 10, 2020

01/09/2020 07:35:33 PM


Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:13 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





6:40 AM

4:15 PM


CL before 4:13 PM

7:30 PM Teens for Oneg grades 9-12




8:00 AM

9:00 AM

4:05 PM


Havdalah after 5:15 PM




8:00 AM

4:20 PM


8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:45 - 9:30 AM Daf Yomi Begins

Programs with Shlichot: 

Cooking Club 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Beth El.

Teen Activity 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Beth El.

7:00 PM Conversation about Racial Justice and Equity and Jewish Values




6:30 AM

4:20 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM RBS Talmud Study

7:00 PM Year 2 of Me’ah 

5:15 PM Teen learning with Rabbi Samuels 

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

4:20 PM

9:00 PM

7:15 AM Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs

7:00 PM Tai Chi

7:30 PM NCYS Teen Learning at Beth El

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

4:20 PM

9:00 PM

7:30 PM Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi 




6:30 AM 

4:20 PM

9:00 PM

9:15-10 PM Daf Yomi




6:40 AM

4:20 PM


CL before 4:21 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



4:15 PM Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv 

7:30 -9:00 PM Oneg for Teens 9-12th grade at Shaarei. We will have yummy dessert and a fun activity in the Bayit.


8:00 AM Hashkama Minyan (Downstairs Beit Midrash) 

9:00 AM Main Sanctuary Minyan. Anim Zmirot: Gabriel Katz.  D’var Torah: Sophia Porath and Talia Porath

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.

4:05 PM Minchah: Youth leyner: Aviav Bernstein. All youth who would like to participate should contact David Waxman to reserve a spot.  

4:20 PM Seudah Shlishit Rabbi Samuels will teach.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Sniff at Beth El for 2-6th graders.

5:15 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.


Sunday Morning, 8:45-9:30 AM Daf Yomi. Please come with a Masekhet Berakhot. Rabbi Samuels will teach and have photocopies of the daf available for the opening sessions. You can also download the Artscroll Hebrew-English Berakhot for your electronic device here:


Programs with Shlichot: 

Elementary School Cooking Club 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Beth El.

Teen Activity 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Beth El.


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


MONDAY Jan 13, 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 13, 20, 17

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

Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM


TUESDAY Jan 14, 2020

Mishna Study with J. David Jacobs, 7:15 - 8:00 AM. 


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

NCYS Teen Learning Fellowship 7:30 PM

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

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 Riesel at or to sign up click here.


Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM


WEDNESDAY Jan 15, 2020

Rabbi’s Wednesday Night Class 7:30 - 8:45 PM; Remaining Session: Jan 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.


Daf Yomi, weeknights after late Maariv, from 9:15-10 PM





Tai Chi 7:00 - 9:00 PM Master Roger Whidden will be teaching this special class. Visitors are welcome to come and observe.


Save The Date: Lei Shabbat Community Dinner with Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein our Scholar in Residence. Bringing It Alive: Living Our Past, Present and Future

Sign-up for the dinner here:

4:45 PM Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv . 6:00 PM Community Dinner . 7:45 Shiur


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 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.




Monday, January 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Maimonides is proud to present a thought-provoking evening with Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair: Lost in Connection: How the Tech Effect Puts Children’s Development at Risk. Gain a better understanding of the psychological fallout of our fast-paced adaption to tech, how to push the pause button, how to raise confident, healthy and savvy children in the digital age. Saval Campus Maimonides School, 34 Philbrick Rd. Brookline.

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,

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.


GREATER BOSTON ERUV SUPPORT: 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.




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