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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 2/4/15



“Building Now and for the Future”



No Special Bracha When Meeting a Star Athlete

So while thousands braved the cold and snow standing by the roadside to catch a glance of and cheer on this year’s Super Bowl champs, it reminded me that two times in my life I have had the honor to rise from my chair to greet Presidents of Israel – Navon and Peres.  Standing to meet someone is a sign of respect.  The first time I experienced this was as an 8th grader when my Day School class attended a Shabbat retreat at a Providence, RI Yeshiva.  When the Rosh Yeshiva walked into the dining hall for dinner, I was stunned to see all those assembled rise as one.  Complete silence filled the room until, after he sat down, the sound of chairs scraping along linoleum and youthful chatter reigned once more.  No surprise, there’s a bracha when meeting a Torah scholar – Baruch ata….ha’olam who has imparted some of God’s wisdom to those who revere Adonai.  There’s also a bracha when meeting a political ruler – Baruch ata….ha’olam who has given some of God’s honor (kavod) to flesh and blood.  There’s even a blessing when meeting a scholar in the secular world – Baruch ata….ha’olam who has bestowed some of God’s wisdom to flesh and blood.  Alas there is no blessing when meeting a sport’s star.  This probably has a lot to do with what Judaism thought about Roman gladiators – we can hold a grudge for a long time.  But come to think of it there might be a blessing for Tom Brady and the Patriots.  There is, after all, a bracha that can be said when seeing beauty in nature.  Baruch ata….ha’olam who has such as these in the world.  Have you ever met someone who deserved a bracha?  If so, I’d be curious to know who!  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB


When it Comes to Israel, does the Press Impress or Distress?

This past Tuesday the Boston AJC set up a meeting between local rabbis and the Toronto born, past AP journalist, Matti Friedman.  It was fascinating. Last month he wrote an article in Tablet magazine that has gone viral.  He asks – what’s the real story in the Middle East?  What is the biggest, most significant issue?  Is it really the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  And if it isn’t, why does the press publish an overwhelming number of stories that say it is?   After all, does anyone really think that if the I-P conflict were resolved there would be peace and kumbaya all around…that Islamic radical fundamentalism would go away?  Here’s the article.  It is an important, though distressing, thesis.    http://tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/183033/israel-insider-guide


Friday, February 6th
4:47 PM Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
Friday Night Services CANCELLED due to the snow causing severed parking and sidewalk safety issues.

Saturday, February 7th
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Services.
We will read Parashat Yitro. The Kiddush following services is being sponsored by
Naomi Feingold in memory of her mother, Clarice.

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
9:00 am Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Quincy
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 18th
7:30 pm Book Group at the home of Janet Quint. The book to be discussed is, “Ivory from Paradise”
by David Schmahmann.

Saturday, February 21st
Torah Study Shabbat with Breakfast
– 9:30 am Morning Service
– 10:20 am Breakfast and Study Session
– 11:15 am Torah Service

Wednesday, February 25th
7:30 pm–Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton–SCM will be showing the newly 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 Music 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.com to 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:  

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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February 7-13   Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Dr. Abraham Blumerfield
Joseph Cohen
Rebecca Cohen
Marvin Elden
Clarice Feingold
Nathan Feldman
Max Fishtine
Benjamin Friedman
Freda Gluck
William Goldstein
Joshua Goldman
Mendel Greenberg
Morris Levine
Jack Lieberson
Elick Lodgen
Florence Lowenthal
Marvin Pearlstein
Jennie Rice
Annie Robotnick
Maurice Role
Myer Roodin
Melvin Rosenberg
Hyman H. Rovner
Frank Slavin
Abraham E. Smith
Molly Sogoloff
Barney Stone
Oscar Surman
Max Swartz
Ruth Sweig
Leo Tartarkin

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


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