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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 12/31/14



“Building Now and for the Future”


If Only These People Were Blessed With More New Years

Please take 1:20 seconds to watch this video….and consider what it means for us to be offered another year to be and to do.


Happy & Healthy 2015 from RabbiB, Alison & Micah


MapQuest Israel?

Apparently putting Israel on the map is a matter of “local preference”.  Read about it yourself and shame on HarperCollins

BETH SHALOM OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY THIS WEEK.  We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2015.

Friday, January 2nd

4:06 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting
No service this evening.

Saturday, January 3rd


Breakfast/Torah Study Shabbat

    9:30 – 10:20 Morning Service
10:20 – 11:20 Breakfast and Torah Study
11:20 – 12:30 Torah Service (Parashat Vayechi) through end of service
David and Rochelle Sugarman will be sponsoring the breakfast in memory of Rochelle’s mother, Rose.

Sunday, January 4th

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


Saturday, January 10th

6:45 PM doors open, Movie starts 7:00 PM–Movie: “Wag the Dog” in Huntington Hall at First Cong; $3 pp, 2 for $5. RSVP ahead for free popcorn or water.

Thursday, January 15th
7:00-8:30 PM (book signing to follow)

Anita Shapira on “David Ben-Gurion: The Making of a Leader,” at Northeastern University, Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Place.  Questions:  Write Dr. Jenny Sartori atj.sartori@neu.edu

Friday, January 16th

Joint Program with Concord Baptist Church: Lives Enriched by Others. Details to follow.


Thursday, January 22nd

-8:00 PM (following minyan) The Sabbatical Year;  Reviving an ancient idea for Justice and Equality today.  Our ancestors designated every 7 years a sabbatical year, or shmita, meaning “release” in order to promote a just, equitable and healthy society.  Through study and discussion we’ll explore the deeper meanings of “release” in our busy lives, and consider how this ancient institution is being revived to bring more justice, equality and health to our planet and our society.  To be held at Hillel B’nai Torah, 120 Corey Street, West Roxbury.  Suggested registration is: $28/member–$36 non-member.  Register now by contacting Benita at 617-323-0486 or email hbtoffice@templehbt.org. 

Sunday, January 25th
-10:15 AM Congregtion Brunch at Pierce Middle School with Guest Speaker, Stana Gnatovitch on “Why Mindfulness Matters “Presentation.

Tuesday, January 27th
-Barbara Ehrmann will be participating in a performance of the Defiant Requiem-Verdi at Terezin, at Symphony Hall in Boston.  This amazing multi-media project, created and directed by Murry Sidlin, explores the courageous efforts of the prisoners of Theresienstadt concentration camp, who formed a chorus and performed the Verdi Requiem for their Nazi captors.  For ticket information Call 1-866-583-6379 for exclusive access to the best seats and prices

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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

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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.
January 3 – 9 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Jennie Banquer
Donna Carp
Marion Edelman
Abraham H. Glick
Max Goldstein
Anna Halpern
Lt. George Halzel
Abraham Hamburger
Etta Jacobs
Mae Koppel Kostick
Sarah Krensky
Burnett Leibovitz
Dr. Albert Levine
Charlotte Oppenheim
Abraham Porter
Henry Ross
Rose Rossen
Leo Sandler
Norman Siegel
Edward Victor
Alan Witten


Rabbi Benjamin’s Office Hours*
Monday: Rabbi’s Day off
Tuesday: 11:00 – 3:30
11:00 – 3:30
Thursday: 2:00 -6:00

Friday: 11:00 – 3:00
* – To arrange a meeting outside of Office Hours please call the office at 617-698-3394 or email Rabbi Benjamin at rabbifredbenjamin@gmail.com