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Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills

Serving the Jewish Community of: Milton, Quincy, Boston, Hyde Park, Dorchester, Roslindale, Braintree & Surrounding Areas

CBSBH Newsletter 12/10/14



“Building Now and for the Future”


Rain, Rain Go Away??

Oh the complaints I’ve heard over the past few days!  As it turns out, every year starting on Dec. 4th (or 5th in a Jewish leap year), we add a phrase to the weekday Amidah prayer that emphasizes the blessing of rain – “Adonai, make this a blessed year.  May its varied produce bring us happiness.  Grant dew and rain for blessing upon the earth…”  And yet, in Israel, the rainy season officially began over 6 weeks ago.  Why the delay in this request that we be granted dew and rain?  The answer has to do with the fact that a bit over 6 weeks ago, during the holiday of Sukkot, many pilgrims came to Jerusalem from far lands like Babylonia and after the holiday, would begin the long, month plus march home.  The rabbis decided that it would be in poor form to ask for rain if getting rain would annoy so many pilgrims by making their journey a sloppy slog.  How practical is that?  Sure, G-d can make it rain anytime, but that doesn’t mean we have to push the point, right?  And by now, those Jewish pilgrims are back to the warmth of Babylonian hearth and home.  So my suggestion is that all those who complain about getting rain (or snow) during the season when rain (or snow) is expected, pray that it only rains (or snows) during non rush hour hours… or on the weekends.  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB


Ki Mitzion Tay’tzey….Look What Came out of Zion!

http://www.timesofisrael.com/senate-report-says-cia-looked-to-israel-for-turture-rulings/  One huge difference is that Israel’s policy does not include misleading elected officials about what’s going on.  The decision to engage in different levels of torture is a complicated ethical matter.  To read more on the issue go to:







Friday, December 12th

3:54 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting time
7:45 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

Saturday, December 13th
9:30 AM 
Sisterhood Shabbat Service and Kiddush Luncheon and “Woman of Achievement Award” presentation to Deborah Felton.
We will read Parashat Vayeshev
The luncheon following services is being sponsored by Toby Felton in honor of her sister, Deborah.


Sunday, December 14th

9:00 AM Morning Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy

Wednesday, December 17th
7:30 PM Book Club at the home of Bebe Rosenstein, 1372 Brush Hill Road, D202. The book under discussion will be The List by Martin Fletcher.

Thursday, December 18th
-5:30-7:30–Our Rockin Festival of Lights at Ner Tamid Community Day School, 25 Pond Street, Sharon.  

Ner Tamid Community Day School, a member of the Schechter Network, is a new day school located in Sharon, MA.  Free and open to the public

Friday, December 19th
6:00-7:00 PM Shabbat Soup, Song & Story for young families
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Dinner in the Johnson Great Hall Honoring Alan Teperow. Full course chicken dinner (vegetarian option available).
Early bird price if RSVP by December 12th-Adults $15; Children 10+ $6; Ages 9 & under Free; Family Maximum $33.
After December 12th– Adults $18; Children 10+ $8; Ages 9 and under Free; Family Maximum $40. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: (617) 698-3394 or

Sunday, December 21, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Family Hanukah Celebration at Pierce Middle School
Admission: $5pp; Under 4-13 $3; and 3 and Under Free.

Get Back to Israel with JNF’s Alternative Spring Break

Have you or someone you know been wishing you were in Israel? Ready to go back? Join JNF this March for an unforgettable week of volunteering and fun.

JNF’s Alternative Spring Break in Israel is a FREE trip for Jewish college students and young professionals (ages 18-30) to volunteer in Israel. For seven days, participants connect with the land and people to make a personal impact. Volunteering will take place both in Northern Israel and in the Negev Desert. For more information on JNF’s Alternative Spring Break to Israel please contacteducation@jnf.org

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December 13 – 19 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Rose Bernstein
Mildred Cohen
Sarah Halzel Feingold
J. David Fine
Ida Fineman
Ruth Finkelstein
Abraham Fireman
Eugene Friedman
Simon Glincher
Julius Haber
Louis Halzel
Seymour Jacobs
Rita Kahn
Rebecca Kaner
Jeannette Katz
Elizabeth Lavine
Anna Leavitt
Minnie Marks
Hiram Mustasky
Sylvia Pearlstein
David Louis Robbins
Harry Rosen
Benzion Rossen
Irving Leon Schwarz
Louis Shaffer
Gertrude Sharper
Ida B. Siegel
Shirley Siegel
Solomon Silverman
Milton Simon
William Slepikoff
Harry Slip
Frank Sternick
Joseph Telegen
Abraham Venooker
Frances Weinstein
Sidney Wexler

Rabbi Benjamin’s Office Hours*
Monday: Rabbi’s Day off
Tuesday: 2:00 – 5:30
Wednesday: 9:30 – 11:00 & 2:00 – 5:00
Thursday: 2:00 – 5:30
Friday: 10:00 – 12:00
* – To arrange a meeting outside of Office Hours please call the office at 617-698-3394 or email Rabbi Benjamin at rabbifredbenjamin@gmail.com