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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 5/20/15

“Building Now and for the Future”
Excerpt from letter sent by RabbiB to Milton School Board re having school on Yom Kippur

“I send this note to you because it may very well be that you are unaware of how profoundly sad, hurtful and upsetting this issue is for the vast majority of the Jewish community here in Milton and the many painful memories and struggles it brings up.  This is not just a matter of religious observance.  It is about feeling acknowledged and accepted. 

In 1965, Sandy Koufax, the three-time Cy Young Award winning pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers refused to pitch in the World Series on Yom Kippur even though he was not a particularly religious man.  Many criticized him for this decision.  From the Huffington Post:

‘For many Jewish fans, he was … a role model for young Jewish boys — and girls — who dreamt big league dreams while also bolstering the hopes of Jewish adults who hoped to find success or even simply acceptance in an America they may have felt viewed them as outsiders… Koufax chose to speak little of his decision or his faith through the years. His few comments suggest the choice to remove himself from consideration for the start was not difficult to make.  “Respect,” Koufax responded in 2014 when asked… why he sat out the game.’

Respect – Yes, like Koufax, many if not most Jewish parents will keep their children out of school on Yom Kippur, but having this public conversation today in Milton makes it seem like we have traveled 50 years back in time hoping once more to feel like we truly belong.” 

Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB

PS – How ironic that at Monday’s town-wide Memorial Day Observance our long time congregant Hy Levy will be presented with our nation’s oldest military metal, The Purple Heart, for being wounded in battle while serving under General Patton in WWII.


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Thursday, May 21st

-7:30 PM Sponsored by CJUI Temple Emeth, 194 Grove Street, Chestnut Hill, MA.  Rabbi Moshe and Leah Goldsmith tell the story of Itamar “Against the Odds” listen to their compelling story.  Admission is free.
***************************************************************************************************************************************************** SHABBAT SHALOM FROM BETH SHALOM OF THE BLUE HILLS
Friday, May 22nd 7:47 pm Shabbat Candle LightingTime
7:45 on Friday night – services at the home of David and Debbie Dauer 168 Brush Hill Road so Debbie can say Kaddish for her father who passed away on Tuesday night.  More information will be shared as soon as possible.  

Saturday, May 23rd 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service in the Johnson Great Hall We will read Parashat Bamidbar. 6:45 pm Erev Shavuot Service, Study Session and Oneg at Rabbi Benjamin’s home at 29 Winthrop Street, Milton
Sunday, May 24th 9:30 am Shavuot Day 1 Morning Service at Temple Ahavath Torah, 1179 Central Street, Stoughton  (No minyan at Temple office)
Monday, May 25th 10:30 am Shavuot Day 2 Morning Service with Yizkor in the Johnson Great Hall of the First Cong. 
This time change is because our long time congregant, Hy Levy, will be presented with the Purple Heart for his service during WWII at the Milton Memorial Day services (starting time 10:00 AM at Milton Cemetery) and Rabbi Benjamin will be participating.  The starting time is the only change to our services. 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:
May 7 (7:30pm)-Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
May 11 2015 (5:00pm)-Kendall Square Cinema,–The National Center for Jewish Film’s 18th Annual Film Festival New England Premier-‘ A la Vie(To Life)..For more information email: jewishfilm@brandeis.edu or telephone 1-781-736-8600.
Friday, May 29th 7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

Saturday, May 30th “Hard Hat Dance Party” celebrating the start of construction of the new home of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills 8:15 pm Doors Open 8:35 pm Havdalah Service 9:00 pm Dance Party Begins — Live band -The Nays— Cash Bar (beer/wine) — Raffles — Refreshments —

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!   
Monday, June 1st
-7:10pm–Join Synagogue Council(SCM) at Fenway Park for Jewish Heritage Night.  The night will inclue special entrtainment, concesions, and a Red Sox yarmulke!  order today at:www.redsox.com/jewishheritage.  For questions contact Travis Pollio at tpollio@redsox.com

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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!!   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. 
**************************************************************************************************** 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 23- 29   Yahrzeit List May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:

Ruth Averbach

Rose Bayard

Milton Benjamin

Myer M. Byer

Doris K. Carp

Joseph Chartoff

William Davidson

Sandra Dennis

Marjorie Dresser

Yetta Kitty Drevitch

Oscar Goldstein

Claire Gordon

Jennie Gordon

Pauline Gordon

Rose Klotz

Mark Kogas

David Levine

Max London

Hyman Marshall

Dora Miller

Abraham Naglin

Hyman Noodell

Estelle Ruth Olsen

Leonard Petkun

Louis Richmond

Joseph David Rosenthal

Irving Saffran

Janet Stein


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 atrabbifredbenjamin@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