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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 4/22/15

“Building Now and for the Future”

Good News

Long time congregant Hy Levy was just awarded the Purple Heart for his service during World War II.  Yasher Koach!!

Jewish Opinions on Capital Punishment – There are many.

From the Talmud, Tractate Makkot

“A Sanhedrin that puts a man to death once in seven years is called ‘destructive’.  Rabbi Eliezer ben Azariah says: Or once in 70 years.   Rabbi Tarfon and Rabbi Akiva say: Had we been in the Sanhedrin, none would ever have been put to death.  Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel says: They (Rabbis Tarfon and Akiva) would have thus multiplied the murderers in Israel.”  To read more on this subject, go to http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-death-penalty-in-jewish-tradition/

Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB



Today and Tomorrow (May 22 & 23)

Israel’s Memorial Day – Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzma’ut – Independence Day

For those who know HaTikvah but may not be fully aware of what the words mean:

 “As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,

With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,

Then our hope – the two-thousand-year-old hope – will not be lost:

To be a free people in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.”

HaTikvah was written in 1886, so in many ways it is really the anthem of a stateless Jewish People.  So now that we have a State…..what is our next Hope?  

To hear HaTikvah sung by Barbara, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLB_mtoEZWY



We now have a Twitter account!  Please follow Congregation Beth Shalom of Blue Hills on Twitter @BethShalomMilto         We’ll be tweeting information about temple events, Jewish culture and Israel news.
If you have questions or want more information contact Ellen Berlin at elberlin@comcast.net

Friday, April 24th 7:18 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time 7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill Saturday, April 25th9:30 Shabbat Morning Services We will read Parashot Tazria-Metzora. The Kiddush is being sponsored by Freda and Joe DiNapoli and Harry Tenofsky in memory of Esther and Murray Tenofsky.

Sunday, April 26th 9:00 am Morning Minyan at Cong. Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202


10:00 am – 3:00 pm Indoor Yard Sale at Temple Beth El, 1001 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA (Volunteers needed between 9:30-3:30. Please call or email the office to volunteer.) Kitchen equipment and utensils, large quantities of dishes and glassware, furniture and other items will be available for sale. and 3:00 pm (pre-concert talk at 2:30PM) The Seraphin Singers Jerusalem:  Holy, Disputed, Lamented  Music Inspired by the Holy City with Kol Arev, Chamber Choir of Hebrew College at First Church (Congregational), 11 Garden Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge.  Visit the website at www.seraphimsingrs.org $20 Adults/$15 Students & Seniors available at the door

Thursday, April 30th – June 18th 10:00 am-12:00 pm  JVS Center for Economic Opportunity–75 Federal St.(3rd floor) Boston, MA–WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER–JOB SEARCH STRATEGY GROUP & INDIVIDUAL CAREER COACHING-To apply go to:https://careermoves.wufoo.com/forms/r1as0q2d0y186cs/ or call:  617-399-3299

Save the Dates Sunday, May 3rd10:15 am- 11:45 am Congregation Beth Shalom members have been invited to the Islamic Center of New England at Quincy for a cultural and educational exchange at their mosque.  We are hoping for a large turnout of our membership.  Light refreshments will be served. RSVP no later than April 23rd at office@bethshalombluehills.org or (617) 698-3394. Carpooling: Gather at Pierce School at 9:45 am.


3:00 pm The Sisterhood invites you to an afternoon of Fashions by Caryn’s Corner and High Tea at The Club House of Pine Brook. RSVP to Janet Quint, 1372 Brush Hill Road, F 206, Milton, MA 02186 with a check.  Donor is $36; Patron is $54 and Benefactor is $72.  Please send back your reply card with your reservations.

Sunday, May 10th Sign up for “Walking the Walk to End the Violence”.  Let the office know if you are interested.  Maybe we will have enough people from the Temple to sponsor a group.  For more info, go to 

2:30 pm-Celebrate Mother’s Day with JWA and the Original Hot Mama!  Join JWA for the Boston premiere of the The Outrageous Sophie Tucker at the West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., West Newton.  (1-800-838-3006).   This new film captures the rags to riches story of the iconic superstar, who was born in Russia to a poor Orthodox family and fought her way to stardom in vaudeville, broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood.  
Thursday, May 14th 

Temple Beth Am-871 North Main Street, Randolph-Arnold & Leona Rubin Adult Education Committee invites you to an Afternoon & Evening of learning with Rabbi Ken Spiro:  Scholar-in-Residence.  

 Afternoon Session:  4:00-5:30 pm  “WorldPerfect-The Jewish Impact on Civilization”  What would the world be like without Judaism and the Jewish People? 

Evening Session–6:00 pm optional:  Light dairy supper with our Scholar (Cost for Supper:  Adult $7-Child/Teen $5) Minyan at 7:00 pm    

-7:30-9:00 pm–“The Seven Wonders of Jewish History”  One of the most powerful presentations from Aish HaTorah’s world famous Discovery Seminar, this class examines the unique nature of Jewish History and its remarkable relationship to Biblical prophecy.  ***To help plan for food, please RSVP to the temple office 781-963-0440.

Sunday, May 31st Noon to 6:00 pm Celebrate Israel:  Boston–Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street, Waltham.  — A festival of Israeli Music, Art, Dance, Fun, Food and Community!  Join us for the biggest celebration of Israel that New England has ever seen!  Visit CelebrateIsraelBoston.com for all the details!   

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****************************************************************************************************Volunteer Opportunities Short article with photos highlighting Gemilut Chasadim / Acts of Lovingkindness in Peru by our very own Zach Cooperstein, Paul’s son.  Yasher Koach – Remain Strong!!   https://lightandleadership.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/volunteer-spotlight-zach/


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. **************************************************************************************************** April 25-May 1   Yahrzeit List May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Nathan Beigelman
Bessie Freedman
Maurice A. Gerson
Ruth Glincher
Annie Goldstein
Bessie Hurwitz
Leon Katz
Dr. Joseph Levitan
Gladys Levy
Leo Lofchie
Annie Mikelson
Harry Mikelson
Mortimer Peyser
Sarah Pitcher
Mae Ruttenberg
Paul Siegel
Sarah Siegel
Bertha-Beth Snyder
Jack Swartz
Barney Talkov
Annie Tanzer
Jeanne F. Walk
Elaine R. Wiesman


Rabbi Benjamin’s Office Hours*

Monday: Rabbi’s Day off

Tuesday: 11:00 – 3:30

Wednesday: 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.

Please click on our website for additional information and calendar– www.BethShalomBlueHills.org