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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 5/14/15

“Building Now and for the Future”

Establishing Protective Fences

If sundown is 6:32, why don’t we light candles at 6:31 and 59 seconds?  And why do wait to say Havdallah to end Shabbat and holidays until we see 3 stars in the sky rather than right after sundown?  The answer is that in order to protect the beauty and holiness of Shabbat and holidays we “create a fence” around it, a “Siyag La’Torah” by starting early and ending late.  Great treasures deserve extra protection.  Thus we now have front and side airbags in cars!  Another treasure is one’s reputation.  Lose that and you lose a lot!  For public figures and business owners the rabbis created the concept “lifnim m’shurat ha’din”, the idea of going beyond the letter of the law to ensure there is no doubting one’s integrity.  So even if something is technically legal, it still may be appropriate not to do it if doing so would look shady.  This advice may be ancient but it is as relevant today – for politicians and pro-athletes – as ever.  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB


In Honor of Jerusalem Day this Sunday


This is a link to a picture view of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade or Tayellet which is found on the southern hills that surround the Old City.  Note the transitions from land that is green to land that seems much more parched.  This is part of the Green Line – the pre-1967/6 Day War areas that were under the control of Israel versus those that were under the control of Jordan.  Having control over territory is one thing.  What you do with it once it is under your control is quite another.  We have reason to be proud about every tree, every flower, every irrigation pipe.

Thursday, May 14th–Temple Beth Am, 871 North Main Street, Randolph–invites you to a FREE Afternoon & Evening of Learning with Rabbi Ken Spiro:  Scholor-in-Residence
-4:00-5:30 PM afternoon session–“WorldPerfect–The Jewish Impact on Civilization”
-6:00 PM-Optional Light dairy supper with our Scholar (Cost of Supper:  Adult $7–Child/Teen $5)
-7:00 PM Minyan
-7:30-9:00 PM–“The Seven Wonders of Jewish History”

Friday, May 15th
41 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time 
6-7 pm Shabbat Soup & Story for Families with Small Children in the Great Hall
No Congregational Service this evening.

Saturday, May 
Torah Study Shabbat Service with Breakfast 
 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
10:20 am Breakfast and Study Session 
11:15 am Torah Service
The breakfast Kiddush is being sponsored by Sue & Larry Rose in memory of Roslyn & Harold Rose.

Saturday, May 16 th 7:45 PM and Sunday May 17th 3:00 PM
Congregation Agudas Achim, 901 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA invitation–$5.00 per ticket for the movie “Dove’s Cry”.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Jessica (508-222-2243).  The compelling true story of Hadeei. 27, a religious Muslim who teaches Arabic at a Jewish elementary school near Tel Aviv, offers a sympathetic portrait of a courageous woman striving to be a fair-minded teacher to her Jewish pupils, a principled Arab citizen of Israel, and a confident unmarried  woman.
Sunday, May 17th
9:00 am Morning Minyan in our office at 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy
11:00 am Picnic at Cunningham Park, Edge Hill Road, for the final day of Religious School

Monday, May 18th
7:30 pm Board of Director’s Meeting at Fuller Village-Blue Hill

Tuesday, May 19th
7:30 PM Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts–HOW JUDGES JUDGE–The Role of Personal Values in Judicial Decisions.  Moderator Frederick M. Lawrence–Panelists:  Hon. Nancy Gertner and Hon.Salim Joubran.  Cost:  $18 JCC members, seniors, students $15.  Contact 617-965-5226, 
boxoffice@jccgb.org or visit www.bostonjcc.org/hotbuttons.

Wednesday, May 20th
7:30 pm Book Group at Francine Weistrop’s home, 1372 Brush Hill Road, D106, Milton. The book to be discussed is The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

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
Saturday, May 23rd
6:45 pm Erev Shavuot Service, Study Session and Oneg at Rabbi Benjamin’s home

Sunday, May 24th
9:30 am Shavuot Day 1 Morning Service at Temple Ahavath Torah, 1179 Central Street, Stoughton

Monday, May 25th
9:30 am Shavuot Day 2 Morning Service with Yizkor in the Johnson Great Hall of the First Cong.

Friday, May 29th
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

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!  VisitCelebrateIsraelBoston.com for all the details!   

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 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!!   

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. 

Babysitter available anytime Fridays through Mondays and Tuesday through Thursday nights!

My name is Anna and I am a senior at UMass Amherst. My mom has been a member of the Temple for over 20 years.   I am home in Milton for the summer (June through August) and am looking for babysitting work and/or tutoring French jobs. I am fluent in French and minoring in French at college. I am returning home from a semester abroad in Paris at the end of May. I am available anytime on Fridays through Mondays and at nights on Tuesdays through Thursdays. I have several years of experience babysitting children ranging from the ages of 7 months to 11 years old. I have full access to a car and have a clean driving record.   References are available upon request. Please contact me at ajolliffe93@gmail.com or my cell phone, (617) 869-0076.

May 16- 22   Yahrzeit List May their memories be for a blessing.  
This week, we remember:

Fanny Alexander
Edwin Alpert
Sarah Altsher
Pincus Blaustein
Edward Brudno
Vera Forman
Gary Goldstein
Reva Goode
Irving Goodman
Henry Kaplan
David Kawadler
Toby Konowitz
Fannie Kray
Hyman Lipson
Matilda Marcus
Hyman Nachimowitz
Sally Paul
Dr. Harry Roodin
Harold Rose
Harry B. Sandofsky
Harold Shore
Paul Showstack
Irving Silverstein
Jennie Slavine
Sam Spellberg
Edith Surman
Leo Swartz
Mindy Swartz
Ida Tatel
Myer J. Titlebaum
Solomon Weistrop
Dina Winderbaum
Esther Zlotnick


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 atrabbifredbenjamin@gmail.com
Please pass this information along to any Temple members who do not have email.