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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 4/28/15


“Building Now and for the Future”



Walk this Way, but then Go Back!

This photo of the Arch of Titus, sent to us a few days ago from Deborah Felton and Robert Baylor, depicts Jewish slaves carrying items from the Second Temple as they were carted off to Rome.  The devastating loss of our central Jerusalem sanctuary did not mean the end of Jewish spiritual expression.   It just made creative adjustments possible.   The synagogue became the focal point of the Jewish community no matter where Jews found themselves.  A shift was made from sacrifice to prayer; from leadership by the Kohane to the Rabbi, from service on the altar to service of the heart.  I had mixed feelings the first time I saw that frieze up close; sadness for the defeat but pride that, unlike the Roman Empire, we are still very much around.  It used to be that once a year on the anniversary of the fall of Jerusalem, the Jews of Rome were forced to walk through that Arch as a reminder of Rome’s dominance.  As a result, it became Jewish tradition not to walk all the way through it….ever.  You walk in, but then out the way you came.  When it comes to walking the walk, history has taught us to have our own style.  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB



From Ruth Kaplan at CJP

Last week we welcomed a group of active duty IDF officers to Boston to talk about their lives and experiences.  This year’s group reflected the diversity of Israeli society in a powerful way, and included an F16 combat pilot who is a member of the Druze minority in Israel.  CJP arranged for community leader and Israel advocate Atty. Jeff Robbins to interview Captain H and we are sharing the compelling Boston Herald Op Ed piece that Jeff has so ably written with you in this link.  Feel free to respond with a letter to the editor of the Herald if you are so inclined.  You can do so by emailing letterstoeditor@bostonherald.com


Friday, May 1st

7:26 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time 7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Lila Rosenbaum’s home, 30 Cherry Blossom Way, Milton
Saturday, May 2


9:30 Shabbat Morning Services We will read Parashot Aharei Mot/Kedoshim. The Kiddush is being sponsored by Mikki and Mel Gondelman in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Sunday, May 3rd9:00 am Morning Minyan in our office at 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy
10:15 am- 11:45 am Congregation Beth Shalom members have been invited to the Islamic Center of New England at Quincy, 470 South Street, for a cultural and educational exchange at their mosque.  We are hoping for a large turnout of our membership.  Light refreshments will be served.  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.

Thursday, April 30th – June 18
th 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

Saturday, May 9th 9:30 am Torah Study Session 10:30 – Noon Religious School-led Shabbat Service 11:00 – 11:45 am Tot Shabbat

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  
Saturday, May 30th Havdallah and “Hard Hat Dance Party” Details to follow
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. **************************************************************************************************** May 2-8   Yahrzeit List May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Simon Blumerfield
Sam Boruch
Jacob M. Dvlinsky
Dena Fellman
Simon Fireman
Ruth Gamer
Arlene Gershman
Frank J. Gilbert
Harry Gilbert
Abraham Morris Goldberg
Louis Goldstein
Sadie Byer Goldstein
Steven Goldstein
Fanny Gropper
Israel Katz
Sima Levitan
Louis Macey
Bertha Merdinger
Harry Mikelson
Eva Mirliss
Ruth Baimel Mowatt
Rosella Newman
Roslyn Rose
Esther Rothenberg
Albert Schlossberg
Jennie Shnitzler
Joseph Silvey
Morris Snyder
Rebecca Sopkin
Max Sugarman
Rubin Sugarman
Rebecca Tenofsky

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.
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