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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

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“Building Now and for the Future”



Asking a Better Question

At this coming Sunday’s shul brunch we are hosting a speaker who will share insight with us about the power of “mindfulness”.  Before some of you roll your eyes or say to yourself, “that’s a bunch of new-age blah”, please consider this truth – each person experiences life through the lens of his or her own subjectivity.  For one person, a test or meeting can cause excitement for another stress.  One person focuses attention on another person’s skin color while someone else notices his smile.  Yes, “I think therefore I am” but even more, “the way I think is a reflection of who I am.”  The thoughts that fill our minds therefore influence how we experience the world.  The key here is that we must not see ourselves as prisoners of the thoughts and ideas that enter our minds.  On the contrary, we have the power TO CHOOSE our thoughts and ideas.  On Shabbat I might come to shul with a whirlwind of things on my mind, but there is one sentence in the service that often puts me in a different, and by that I mean better, mindset: “We thank You for the miracles that daily attend us and for the wonders and gifts that accompany us evening, morning and noon.”  American Express is famous for asking, “What’s in your wallet?”  We’ll be asking a better question, “What’s in your mind?”  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB


Arab-Jewish Street Music Festival….Where???

Check it out!



Scholarships now available to be used for the religious school, Jewish camps and teen trips to Israel. Please visit:

www.bethshalombluehills.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Scholarship-Application.pdf for the application.

Applications due by March 1st.


The pews from Temple Beth El have been donated to:
Iglesia Evangelica Congregacional a church of Lynn MA
They in turn made a donation to our organization.




Friday, January 23rd
4:29 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
7:45 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

Saturday, January 24th
9:30 AM Shabbat Morning Services
We will read Parashat Bo.
The Kiddush following services is being sponsored by JoAnn Rothschild in memory of her father, Edwin.
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM  Half Pint Havdallah for Families with Young Children led by Rabbi Benjamin in the Johnson Great Hall. Please RSVP to office at 
Office@BethShalomBlueHills.org or (617) 698-3394.

Correction from last week: The Kiddush on January 17th was sponsored by Irene Davis in memory of her husband, Milton, and Hy Levy in memory of his father, David.

Sunday, January 25th
9:00 AM Morning Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy
10:15 AM Congregation Brunch at Pierce Middle School with Guest Speaker, Stana Gnatovitch: “Why Mindfulness Matters.” Please RSVP to office at
Office@BethShalomBlueHills.org or (617) 698-3394.

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. – See more at: 

Saturday, January 31st
9:30 AM Study Session
10:15 AM Religious School led Shabbat Service followed by Congregational Kiddush Luncheon.

Wednesday, February 11th

-7:30 PM at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center. 333 Nahanton Street, Newton–Join us for the Fifth Annual Hanser Memorial Concert to benefit the Samuel B. Hanser Memorial Trust.  The popular and versatile “Women of the World: have dedicated their careers to performing the music of diverse cultures, integrating their own unique heritages and musical styles in beautiful harmony.  General admission ($36 per person).  For more information call JCC box office: 617-965-5226.

Wednesday, February 25th
7:30 PM–at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton–SCM will be showing the newly released documentary “Righteous Rebel:Rabbi Avi Weiss has been an important voice speaking up against injustice for both Jews and non-Jews.  In the new documentary, Righteous Rebel, filmmaker Phil Schneider provides a compelling, insightful, and comprehensive look into Weiss’ extraordinary life.  It will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi Yonah Berman of Congregation kadimah-Toras Moshe, Brighton.  There is no cost for this event.

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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To check out the blog on Building the new Temple, please use the link:

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 24 – 30 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Sadie Abrams
Jennie Glassman
Jerome N. Goldman
Louis Grunin
Barney Kalus
Eva Katz
Louis M. Katz
Etta Krouse
Sarah Lanstein
Alice Miller
Melvin Moskowitz
Bessie Naglin
Samuel Neustadt
Miriam Pave
Ruben Penn
Dora Porter
Esther B. Quint
Edwin A. Rothschild
Max Saxe
Mildred Shapiro
David Sherman
Hyman Shiff
Ida Slishman
Rose Steir
Ida Sarah Sternick
Harry Tenofsky
Robert Verdun

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