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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 12/17/14


“Building Now and for the Future”



A Hanukkah Thought As You Light Tonight’s Candles

We are the Miracle!

As we celebrate the festival of lights and this season of miracles

We are reminded that the real miracle of Hanukkah is not the bit of oil that burned for eight days
Nor the military victory of the Maccabees.
We are the real miracle!  We are here to tell our story!
Empires have risen and fallen;  Our faith has been challenged.
Our people attacked.
Yet we are here to light the candles that remind us who we are: a people, united in history and in faith.
No matter our differences we share a common bond, we recall a single story, we celebrate an ancient-modern land,
We speak a holy language we learn words that extend from Sinai to our own day.
With each passing year, may the light grow brighter,
And the challenge more compelling to carry on not by might nor power
But through the spirit of nationhood and faith.

By Rabbi Mark Greenspan, Oceanside Jewish Center, Oceanside, NY

To add beautiful readings and thoughts (kavanot) to your observance of Hanukkah, go to http://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/jewish-law/holidays/hanukkah/prayer-each-night


How Olive Oil – Shemen Zayit – Was Made In Ancient Days

FYI – When I lived in Israel, I worked as an guide to the archaeological site Tel Maresha where underground olive oil factories were found.  For pictures and explanation of this fascinating site and olive oil process, go to http://www.netours.com/content/view/239/26/1/3/



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).
After December 12th– Adults $18; Children 10+ $8; Ages 9 and under Free; Family Maximum $40. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: (617) 698-3394 or office@BethShalomBlueHills.org

Saturday, December 20th

9:30 AM Shabbat Morning Service
We will read Parashat Miketz.
The luncheon following services is being sponsored by Lou Siegel
 in memory of his late wife, Shirley.


Sunday, December 21st

9:00 AM Morning Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy
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 contact education@jnf.org



Become a hospice volunteer and assist patients living in your area and /or surrounding communities.  Be a part of the vital team caring for people at the end-of-life by providing companionship.  For more information, please contact Maria at 617-381-7015 or emailmcamerlengo@hospiceservicesofma.com.


This Hanukkah GIVE THE GIFT OF ISRAEL BONDS.  Visit israelbonds.com to purchase eMitzvah bonds and MazelTov bonds.  Need help?  Call 888-764-2631


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We now have a Facebook page for our Building Project.  If you are on Facebook, check it out.  If you are not, but want to share it with others you know might be interested, please pass  on this link!  It is linked to our Building Project Blog, so those postings will appear on the Facebook page when they are published and everyone who has “Liked” it, will be notified.  People are already “Liking” our page!  https://www.facebook.com/buildingbethshalombluehills

If you have not let us know whether you prefer to receive your Temple mail through email or US mail, please call or email the office with your preference.
December 20 – 26 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Hinda Abrams
John Altsher
Elizabeth Blumerfield
Bernard Bressler
Kate Frye
Samuel Gershman
David Goldman
Helen Goldstein
Dr. Allen Grunin
Samuel Horovitz
Sarah Karlsberg
Sarah Koppelman
Rose Kyett
Ida Levidore
Sophie Levine
Rose Lifland
Jacob Loew
Bessie Marcove
Marilyn Mirliss
Boris William Mustasky
Sara Needel
Emil Ossen
Rebecca Persky
Rose Peyser
Nettie Dora Pitnof
David Rabinovitz
Myer Saperia
Albert Schwartz
Philip Short
Robert Silverman
Annie Swartz
Hyman Swartz
Harry Telegen
Annie Waitskin


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