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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 2/27/15



“Building Now and for the Future”


Purim’s Truths and Falsehoods

Many scholars hold that, while Megillat Esther, the Book/Scroll of Esther, is a superb piece of literature (it is written in a chiastic* structure) it none the less reflects a fictitious account of events in Persia.  The story fuses two classic Persian literary motifs: stories about palace intrigue and another about a harem woman who has reason to keep her identity secret….all this taking into account the Persian penchant for feasts/carnivals with lots of drinking, etc!, going on.  The book’s Author gave these a classic Jewish twist by turning it all into a tale about deliverance from peril.  We have heard that trope before, no?  Sad to say, we are hearing it now too, and that is where the book’s truth is found.  There are people in the world who hate Jews for being Jews.  Even worse, they are ready, willing and to an extent that we hope is more less than more, to act on that feeling. 

This brings me to the honor I had today to cast my vote via the internet in the World Zionist Organization elections.  Before doing so I had to register and as part of that registration, had to check a box declaring that indeed I was a Zionist.  Here is the first part of how the WZO defined what that means.  “Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its continuity and future.”  Yes, count me in.  How I wish the Purim story was merely a fairy tale.  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB



Let Them Eat Peanut Products!!  Is Playing in the Dirt Next??

 “…the rate of peanut allergy in Israeli children was only about one-tenth that of Jewish children in Britain. The best explanation, they concluded, was that Israeli infants consumed high amount of peanut protein in the first year of life while parents in Britain avoided giving such foods.”  It is Bamba to the rescue.  Read the whole article at http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/feeding-infants-peanut-products-could-prevent-allergies-study-suggests/?_r=0



Friday, February 27th

5:13 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

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.

Saturday, February 28th
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
This is Shabbat Zachor and we will read Parashat Tetzaveh.
The Kiddush after services is being sponsored by Karen Wong in memory of her mother, Zelda, and Rita & Bill Needel in memory of their son, Scott.   We are happy to welcome parents and students from First Parish’s “Neighboring Faiths” class to our services this Shabbat.

5:15 – 6:15 pm “Half Pint” Havdalah for families with small children with Rabbi Benjamin at First Cong. Johnson Great Hall foyer.

Sunday, March 1st

9:00 am Morning Minyan at the Temple Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Purim Carnival at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton

Wednesday, March 2nd

-5:00 pm-BU’s Elie Weisel Center for Judaic Studies-Second Annual Leo Trepp lecture. 

This year, the speaker is Rabbi Neil Gillman, who will speak on “My Personal Theological Journey:  Believing and its Tensions.”

Location;  Florence & Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, Fourth Floor.  A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow the talk.

Wednesday, March 4th
Congregation Purim Celebration
6:30 – 7:15 pm Passover Wine Tasting with various cheeses, crackers and fruit
7:15 – 8:15 pm Interactive Megillah Reading and Hamantashen


Sunday, March 8th
1:30 pm Temple Beth Am, 871 N. Main Street, Randolph-Adult Education–Sunday afternoon at the Movies–“Keeping up with the Steins”.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.  Donations, of course, are always greatly appreciated.


2:00 pm Our Sisterhood invites everyone to a fun-filled afternoon with “Memoirs of the Catskills”
featuring Barbara Lichtman. This is being held at BID-Milton Conference Room A.  Refreshments will be served. Reservations are appreciated at 
office@bethshalombluehills.org or (617) 698-3394.

Sunday, March 22nd
2:00 pm Temple Beth Am, 871 N. Main Street, Randolph-Adult Education–Dr. Matt Sienkiewicz “Live: From Bethlehem”.  He will share an update and discussion of what is going on in the region.  This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.   

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
The CJP committee is now accepting applications for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The committee awards financial assistance to financially needy undergraduate students whose permanent address is in the CJP service community.
Aid is in the form of a grant or an interest-free  loan.  The average award is $3000.  Awards are based on documented financial need.  The deadline for applications is April 30, 2015 for upperclassment and May 15, 2015 for Fall 2014 freshman.
For more information concerning eligility requirements or for an application, please go to CJP Scholarship Fund page or call 617-399-3101 or email scholarship@jvs-boston.org.


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:  


GoEcco invites members of Jewish organizations to participate in our internships and volunteer projects abroad!

GoEcco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager to travel and contribute to the communities, wildlife and environments they visit.  Contact them at 1-646-240-4545 or www.goeco.org.

February 28 – March 6   Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Sally Blake
Fannie Brass
Harry I. Goldberg
Rose Goldberg
Rose Goldman
Samuel Goldstein
Aaron Gondelman
Alexander Junge
Barnet Kaner
Simon “Lenny” Katz
Frances Cohen Kelly
Nathan Kolodny
Baila Anna Koplovsky
Leo Kramer
Daniel Leavitt
Isador Levenson
Bessie Levitt
Scott Needel
Saul Parker
Hyman Persky
Florence Ratzkin
Henry Ribeck
Dora Robbins
Samuel J. Rosenberg
Israel Shulman
Mary Siegel
Edith Slishman
Fanny T. Soloff
Mildred Stoller
Dorothy Suffers
Charles Supovitz
Mariasi Temkin
Murray Tenofsky
Martha Tuler
Natalie Volinsky
Abraham Werner
Lois Wolfe 

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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