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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 1/14/15

“Building Now and for the Future”


For Friday night, RSVP needed for dinner only ($5.00/pp). It is very important that we have a good showing. The members of Concord Baptist are looking forward to getting to know the members of Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills.

Torah Truth in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Torah is not a book facts (no matter what fundamentalists say), rather it is a book filled with life truths.
In the Garden of Eden story, why did G-d start humanity with one being, Adam, and not start things off by creating a billion diverse people all at once? After all, G-d could have populated the earth in many ways! The rabbis explain it this way, “So that no one can boast, “I am of nobler lineage,”. All humankind are descended from the same person. All are equal before G-d. And so the families of nations can not quarrel, saying “We are greater than other peoples.” (Talmud) All children of Adam share the same dam (blood).
Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB

Gas Prices Here? What about in Egypt – Oh the irony!!
Egypt would consider importing gas from Israel, oil minister says… Egypt is going through its worst energy crisis in decades and is seeking fresh sources of natural gas, which powers most of its homes and factories, including Algeria, Russia, and Cyprus. (Reuters)


Friday, January 16th
4:20 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
Joint Program with Concord Baptist Church at 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton.
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Benjamin in the Chapel
7:20 PM Dairy Kosher Shabbat Dinner (pasta/Salad/dessert) together with members of the Concord Baptist Church. 8:00 PM Dessert and Panel Discussion: Lives Enriched by Someone Who is “Other”. RSVP by January 15th. Please come for any aspect you are available for. We are hoping for a very good show of support from our congregation for this important joint event.

Saturday, January 17th
9:30 AM Shabbat Morning Services The Kiddush is sponsored by Irene Davis in memory of her beloved husband, Milton and Lou Siegel in memory of his beloved father, David.
We will read Parashat Vaera

Sunday, January 18th
9:00 AM Morning Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy

Monday, January 19th
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Annual Community-wide MICA sponsored Martin Luther King Jr. Program at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton. Keynote Speaker: Chief Richard Wells, Milton Police Department.

Wednesday, January 21st
7:30 PM Book Group at the home of Bea Krensky, 1372 Brush Hill Road,
Apt A105. The book to be discussed is, “When We Were Brothers.”

Thursday, January 22nd
8:00 PM (following minyan) To be held at Hillel B’nai Torah, 120 Corey Street, West Roxbury. 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. Suggested registration is: $28/member–$36 non-member. Register now by contacting Benita at 617-323-0486 or email hbtoffice@templehbt.org.


Friday, January 23rd
7:45 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

Saturday, January 24th
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM Half Pint Havdallah for Families with Young Children in the Johnson Great Hall.

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

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: http://www.ticketofficesales.com/venue/Boston-Symphony-Hall-tickets-for-sale.aspx?mkwid=sHDBow2fD|pcrid|51191116588|pkw|boston%20symphony%20hall%20tickets|pmt|b|pdv|c|&st-t=google&gclid=CO2Sh_6s3cICFUVk7Aod3XoAaA#sthash.z6W5cLhr.dpuf
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. 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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January 17 – 23 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing. This week, we remember:
Jacob Baimel
David Barry
Morris I. Becker
Minnie A. Berger
Gloria Braveman
Lester D. Brockman
Sally K. Brown
Ernest Carp
Anna M. Castaline
Milton Davis
Morris Finkel
Celia Godes
Isadore Gold
Isaac Goldman
Ida Goldstein
Meyer Goldstein
Harry Goodman
Barnet E. Gordon
Philip Halpern
Theodore Karlsberg
Marjorie Cohen Karp
Max Kaufman
Betty Koplovsky
Carl Krensky
George Leventhal
Samuel Orris
Marion E. Price
Esther Prives
Julius Hasse Schnaper
Ruth Terry
Goldie Thurman
Rose Weistrop
Morris Zeprun


Rabbi Benjamin’s Office Hours*
Monday: Rabbi’s Day off
Tuesday: 11:00 – 3:30
Wednesday: 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