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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 1/7/15



“Building Now and for the Future”


 Jewish Beauty

Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America, died this week.  That a Jewish woman in 1945 America epitomized beauty in this country was a big deal.  Did she “look Jewish”?* Today, with a greater awareness that Jews come from so many different parts of the world and with so many Jews by Choice, we know that there are many ways to look Jewish.  (see the Jewish Multiracial Network’s”Because Jews come in all colors” poster.)  Can people tell that you are Jewish?  My guess is that they can.  But it is not because of how you look, but rather by the Jewish values, behaviors and ethical vocabulary – a certain type of inner beauty – that finds expression in your life.  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB

* – Obit and photo:  http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/06/375323845/bess-myerson-dies-at-90-from-miss-america-to-tabloid-fodder


This is Not a Trick Question

How many snow plows are there in Jerusalem? 6, 15, 75 or 150?

The answer is the last one on the list and hopefully it will be enough for the storm that has hit Israel over the last few days.  Go to this link to get a feel for how magical it is when Jerusalem gets snow.




Friday, January 9th
4:12 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting
7:45 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service at First Congregation

Saturday, January 10th
9:30 AM Shabbat Morning Services
7:00 PM Movie: Wag the Dog in the Huntington Hall.  Doors open at 6:45 PM.
$3 pp, 2 for $5. RSVP ahead for free popcorn or water.

Sunday, January 11th
9:00 AM Morning Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy
10:30 AM–Sisterhood Board meeting at 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy

Monday, January 12th
7:30 PM Board of Directors Meeting at Fuller Village-Blue Hill (Executive board meets at 6:30 PM)

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 at j.sartori@neu.edu


Friday, January 16th
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.
RSVP by January 14th.
8:00 PM Dessert and Panel Discussion: Lives Enriched by Someone Who is “Other”

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.

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 10 – 16  Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Harry Baron
Ronia Pauline Binder
Rose Bittle
Celia Black
Martha G. Brockman
Rose Brodie
Byron Dolgin
Simeon Eskin
Thelma Feldman
Leo Fellman
Harry Fireman
Marion Boogusch Gannon
Rose Gilbert
Gail Gillis
George Gilman

Annie Goldstein
Sarah Gross
Sumner Joress
Ruth Katz
Julius Kenovitch
Abraham Lanstein
Sophie Lapidas
David Levy
Minna Miasnick Mason
Rose Meadow
Rose Melnicker
Samuel Orodenker
Hyman Pearlstein
Edward Peters
Edward Jay Peters
Rebecca Phillips
Harry Port
Fanny Rapoport
Charles Ratoff
Samuel E. Richards
Gladys Grund Semans
Helen Silver
Leo Ulanoff

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.