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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 3/11/15



“Building Now and for the Future”


The Elephant in the Room…No Longer.

I am no expert on how elephants (and other animals) are treated at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey but as a kid who remembers going to the circus and seeing those majestic creatures parade and perform, last week’s announcement that they will no longer be a part of the “Greatest Show On Earth” reminded me of the seriousness with which Judaism takes the Mitzvah Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim – the command against cruelty to animals.  We are forbidden to yoke animals of different strength one to another.  Rebecca, Isaac’s future wife, is lauded for drawing water for the camels along with doing so for her human guest.  Hunting is forbidden.  Vegetarianism is considered the highest level of Kashrut.  We say the Shehechi’anu bracha when putting on a new garment EXCEPT if it is made of leather.  There’s more…the laws on this subject are far-reaching. Nachmonides explains why…”The reason for the prohibitions (against cruelty to animals) is to teach us the trait of compassion and that we should not be cruel, for cruelty proliferates in the human soul.”  Thank goodness, so too for small, ongoing acts of kindness and compassion.  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB

Saturday, March 14 has been declared Pi Shabbat because it is 3.14.15

Attention all math devotees! – This week’s Torah Study session will be on Gematria, the Jewish love affair with numbers.  For example: Aleph = 1, Bet/Vet = 2, Gimel = 3, Chai = 18 because Chet = 8 and Yud = 10.   No pencil needed.  Just make sure you come with a sharp mind! 


Friday, March 13th
6:30 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
6:00-7:00 pm Shabbat Soup, Song & Story for families with small children in the Great Hall of First Cong.
No congregation Kabbalat Shabbat service.

Saturday, March 14th
Shabbat Parah Torah Study and Service with Breakfast
9:30 am Morning Service
10:20 am Breakfast and Study
11:15 am Torah Service (We will read Parashot Vayakhel and Pekudei.)
The Congregation is proud to sponsor the Kiddush in memory of Rabbi Weistrop’s Yahrzeit.  Barry Rabinovitz is also sponsoring in memory of his beloved mother, Sylvia Rabinovitz Roffo.

Sunday. March 15th
9:00 am Morning Minyan at the Congregation’s Office, 40 Willard Street, , Suite 202, Quincy
10:15 am Congregation Brunch at Pierce Middle School with Speaker, Harriet J. Winer, Associate Vice President, Israel and Global Philanthropy Jewish Agency for Israel, North American Council to speak on “Is French Jewry Really in Danger? An Update.” Reservations are appreciated. Contact office@bethshalombluehills.org or (617) 698-3394.

Wednesday, March 18th
7:30 pm Book Group at the home of Isabelle Guttell, Fuller Village, 1372 Brush Hill Road, B106. The book to be discussed is “An Island Called Home” by Ruth Behar.


Saturday, March 21st
9:30 amTorah Study
10:30 am-12 pm School-led Shabbat Service
11:15 am Tot Shabbat

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.   

Friday, March 27th
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

Sunday, May 31st
Noon to 7:00 pm Prowse Farm, 5 Blue Hill River Road, Canton—Sign up at 
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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 

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.



Volunteer Oportunities

Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program needs volunteers.  RSVP is funded in party by a national Senior Corps grant and sponsored by Norfolk County Commissioners.  To find out more info, go to: Http://norfolkcounty.org/index.cfm?pid=11081 or call 781-329-5728.

March 14 – 20   Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Gussie Becker
Eva Bell Burstein                                       

Sidney Calish
Michael G. Camerato
Morris Cohen
Samuel Covitz
Sara Rosenfeld Ehrmann
Edith Koplovsky Epstein
Harry Fineman
Annie Friedman
Judith Wilson Glass
Richard Goldstein
Samuel Green
Harriet I. Grodsky
Libby Katz
Charles Miller
Samuel Mirliss
Barry Howard Penn
Herman Perlmutter
Alec Rich
Arnold Robbins
Sylvia Rabinovitz Roffo
Jessie Ross
Bertha Rudnick
Myer Ruttenberg
Clara Sherman
Rose Shtiller
Harry Shuman
Samuel B. Siegel
David Skoler
William Sohn
Herbert Swartz
Bernard Taub
Goldie Wartel
Brian Wayburn
Harold Wiesman


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