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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 12/3/14

“Building Now and for the Future”


When People Pretend Not To Notice Evil

From Tuesday’s paper – “A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has drawn huge attention in a country where hundreds of thousands of women silently endure sexual harassment daily. The video…shows the two young women hitting, punching, and beating their harassers with a belt, as other passengers silently look on…no one on the bus tried to help them.”

This report reminded me of the Torah’s Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah stories: In the former we read that “the earth became corrupt before G-d: the earth was filled with violence.” In the latter, “The outcry in Sodom and Gomorrah – how great it is; and their crime – how grave it is…Let Me…determine whether they are wreaking havoc in equal measure to the shrieking that is coming to Me.” In both cases it is G-d who is aware of the problem and therefore feels compelled to respond. Why? Because corruption and evil did not result in any reaction or response from fellow human beings. They were as silent as the people on that bus in India. Granted the belief that G-d will step in when humans don’t reflects a pre-modern (pre-Shoah) theology, one I personally don’t accept. The practical outcome of not believing that a Knight in Shining Armor will magically appear to confront evil puts even greater responsibility on our shoulders to speak and step up. The Jewish message – every response to evil, big or small, is an act that reflects spiritual courage. Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB

PS – Hogan’s Heroes reference: Given this message, there is great irony (humor?) in Captain Shultz’s classic “I see nothing” line. I wonder how many Germans, Poles, Austrians, etc said that to themselves time and time again. To refresh your memories, go to http://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=ddc&hsimp=yhs-ddc_bd&p=youtube+hogan%27s+heroes+captain+shultz&type=840_na__alt__ddc_dss_bd_com


Fishing Isn’t Only an Issue in Gloucester

Israeli firm fights pirate fishing. To read the whole article, go to http://www.israel21c.org/headlines/swashbuckling-israeli-firm-fights-pirate-fishing/

Friday, December 5th
3:54 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting time
7:45 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service at the home of Harriet and George Goldstein, 33 Turning Mill lane, Quincy followed by Oneg in memory of George’s father, Samuel.

Saturday, December 6th
School Shabbat Morning Services
9:30 AM Torah Study Session
10:15 AM Religious School Service
We will read Parashat Vayishlach
The luncheon following services is being sponsored by Gladys Petkun in memory of her parents, Frank & Hilda Rosenberg and Sylvia Pitnof in memory of her husband, Russell.

Sunday, December 7th
9:00 AM Morning Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy
There was an error on the December calendar. There is no evening Yahrzeit minyan at the home of Lila Rosenbau
LimmudBoston 2014, the annual, all-day, volunteer-driven celebration of Jewish culture, will take place on Sunday, December 7, with more than 75 sessions, panels and performances for everyone-beginner to scholar, young to young-at-heart. LimmudBoston speakers will be at area congregations onDecember 5 & 6 for “Shabbat: the REST of Limmud.” Limmud means “study” in Hebrew. This year’s conference will take place at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill, MA. There will be a free shuttle all day from the Chestnut Hill T stop.
Preregistration is only $36, with special rates for 20s30s and families with Camp Limmud Children (pre-registration required for Camp Limmud). Day of registration is $54. Other details: www.LimmudBoston.org
Monday, December 8th
7:30 PM Temple Board Meeting at Fuller Village-Blue Hill

Friday, December 12th
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

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
Keep up with the Master Plan at http://miltonmasterplan.tumblr.com.
The Planning Board and the Milton Master Plan Committee are sponsoring a final Open Houses for the Milton Master Plan. Join us to evaluate some of the proposed strategies and let us know what your priorities are for the twenty recommended implementation steps.
Keys Community Room, Milton Public Library. The Town’s consultant team will deliver the final plan to the Planning Board in November. The draft plan can be found here: http://www.townofmilton.org/Pub­lic_Documents/MiltonMA_BComm/MP/MP
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December 6 – 12 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing. This week, we remember:
Emma Bryer
Arthur Cohen
Theodore Davis
Anna Drescher
Jack Martin Fishman
Dora Goldman
Jacob Halpern
Dr. Sumner Hershberg
Ida Jacobs
Hyman Karsh
Celia Katz
Charles M. Katz
Milton Kornetsky
Miriam Levine
Ellis Levitan
Ann Marshall
Bertha Nelson
Meyer Reiser
Harriet Ronkin
Frank Rosenberg
Rose Rosenblatt
Rebecca Rosofsky
Miriam Silver
Joseph R. Silverman
Joseph Swartz
Israel Tartarkin
James Thurman
Nettie Washington
Max Zaslaw
Jeannette Zoll
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

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