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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 1/28/15



“Building Now and for the Future”


JANUARY 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On the same day we braced for, and prepared and protected ourselves from, a massive storm, we also recalled the anniversary of an even greater and much more evil storm…by remembering the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Make no mistake about it.  Big storms happen and only fools close their eyes.  The best we can do with nature’s storms, since we can’t stop them, is to protect ourselves as best as possible.  Storms caused by human beings are different.  We, or those we authorize, can work to prevent them or turn them aside.  I juxtapose two pictures for your consideration – neither are gruesome.  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB




Where Money Goes Matters – Vote for the Values You Want Invested in in Israel


General registration and voting started January 13th and ends on April 30th.

Registration and voting may be done either online or by mail.  If begun online, it must be completed online; if begun by mail, it may be completed either by mail or online.

For those who are participating in the elections online, it is a one-step process to register and to vote. Once they have submitted the registration form with their email address and paid by credit card, they will get an email with a link to the voting site.  They will receive an email confirmation of registration only after they have completed the voting process.

For those who register using a paper registration form, paper ballots will be mailed out starting at the beginning of March.  Only those who first registered by mail may receive a paper ballot and vote by mail.

People who don’t receive their mailed ballots by mid-March should send an email to azm@election-america.com or call (844) 413-2929 to request a ballot.  During the voting period, if anyone requires a replacement mail ballot, he/she must call (844) 413-2929.  There is a $10 fee for replacement ballots.

If you have any questions about registering or voting, contact Election America at (844) 413-2929 or azm@election-america.com

For more information on the World Zionist Congress read this very informative articlehttp://www.jta.org/2015/01/26/news-opinion/united-states/world-zionist-congress-elections-a-voters-guide



Friday, January 30th
4:38 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
No services this evening

Saturday, January 31st
9:30 AM Study Session
10:15 AM Religious School led Shabbat Service followed by Congregational Kiddush Luncheon sponsored by Shelley Charnoff in memory of her mother, Doris.

Sunday, February 1st
9:00 AM Morning Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy

Saturday, February 7th
7:00 PM Movie Night- Ben Affleck’s Argo in the Huntington Hall of the First Cong.
Advance reservations receive free popcorn or water. Cost: $3 per person or 2 for $5. Contact 
office@bethshalombluehills.org or (617) 698-3394 to make your reservation.

Sunday, February 8th
2:00 PM Our Sisterhood invites everyone to a fun-filled afternoon with “Memoirs of the Catskills” featuring Barbara Lichtman. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are appreciated at office@bethshalombluehills.org or (617) 698-3394.

Monday, February 9th
6:30 PM Executive Board Meeting
7:30 PM Congregation Board Meeting

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.

Friday, February 13th
Shabbat Service and Dairy Pot Luck Dinner time and location TBD

Wednesday, February 25th

-7:30 PM–Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton–SCM will b showing the newley released documentary RIGHTEOUS REBEL:  Rabbi Avi Weiss–RIGHTEOUS REBEL is as much a celebration of Rabbi Weiss’ accomplishments, as it is an inspirational call to immediate action to fight inequity taking place all over the world.  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.   Limited seating.  Advance reservations required at Synagogue Council of Massachusetts–1320 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459 617.244.6506 (o) 617.964.7055 (f)info@synagoguecouncil.org,

Friday, February 27th-thru Sunday March 15th
2015 Boston Mujsic Festival—MUSIC BUILDS BRIDGES around the world-around the corner.  FOR MORE INFO AND TO BUY TICKETS,  Visit The BJMF Web Site Now The site is up, the box office is open.

Sunday, May 31st
-Noon to 7:00 PM–Prowse Farm, 5 Blue Hill River Road, Canton—Sign up at celebrateisraelboston.comto receive event updates


Temple Israel of Sharon is planning an Exciting Cultural Mission to Jewish Communities of Prague and Budapest.  Participants will enjoy VIP meetings with community leaders and high-ranking diplomats, 4-star accommodations, sightseeing and guided tours of both cities’ incredible architectural treasures, unforgettable behind-the-scenes experiences with the local Jewish community, and home hospitality. The professionally-led June 16 – 25 mission, “Discovering Our Jewish Past & Present,” is open to all. For full details and contact information, click here:  http://patch.com/massachusetts/sharon/group-plans-exciting-cultural-mission-jewish-communities-prague-and-budapest-0

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 31 – February 6   Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:

Rebecca Blank
Doris Charnoff
Norman Cohen
Audrey Cutler
Abraham Dunkless
Anna Eicoff
Elick Feinstein
Barnet Finkelstein
Betty Cutler-Friedman
Molly Gettleman
Bessie Goldberg
Samuel Goldstein
Anna Gordon
Anne Kastel Grund
Donald Jacobs
Max Steven Kaner
Nathan Katz
Sonia Katzoff
Jack Kenny
Elizabeth Kobey
Phillip Lemelman
Henry Nadler
Marion Needel
Bessie Newmark
Lillian Robbins
Harry Rosenstein
Eva Rubin
Meyer Schultz
Rebecca Steiman
Sadie Tuck
Abraham Wacks
David Wilfand
Fannie Yanoff

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


Please pass this information along to any Temple members who do not have email.