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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 8/19

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Jewels of Elul – Rosh HaShanah is in 26 days
My mother-in-law’s mind is full of holes. She spends most of the day in a placid fog, a place where there’s nothing left to do but walk the dog and wonder what’s for dinner. Every time it’s chicken, she rolls her eyes and kvetches, “We had this last night!” No one argues with her anymore.
The situation is undeniably tragic. She’s only in her early 60’s, has already suffered through cancer and a mastectomy, and her dementia has been diagnosed incurable. Yet, her disease has set into motion a certain regeneration: both of her sons have returned to Savannah to help care for her and to assume their roles as men alongside their father, who is finally learning to treat them like the mensches she raised. Her grandchildren – my kids – sit beside her and sing with gusto while she plunks out the same damn Disney song on the piano: “The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the appleseed…”
Whenever there’s music, she remembers exactly what to do. She snaps, she swings her arms; she’s particularly fond of jazz hands. This is endearing when “Funkytown” comes on the radio and she shimmies around the living room, less so when we’re in line at the grocery store, and she sashays off in the direction of someone’s cell phone. My husband and I have made a family pact to never let her dance alone. Often we resemble a circus without a tent, a multi-generational band of spastic merrymakers getting down to the sound of the garbage compactor. Helping someone keep her grace doesn’t always look graceful.
We hold faith that God loves us so, and yet still, life hurts. Sometimes healing comes from accepting what is. Hope is learning how to dance with it.
Jessica Leigh Lebos is a Jewish wife, mother, writer, editor, dancer, Sunday school teacher and sidewalk social scientist.

PS from RabbiB – This jewel adds depth to a special prayer we say only on the High Holidays,” Shema Koleynu, Hear our voice, Lord, have compassion on us, save us…Cast us not away when we are old, when our strength is gone do not abandon us.

Egypt Student in Tel Aviv University Speech
At graduation event, Haisam Hassanein praises Israel as a haven of diversity and co-existence.
Read the article and/or watch the short speech (in English)

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Friday, August 21st
7:19 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time 
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Services at Fuller Village-Brush HillSaturday, August 22nd
Torah Study Shabbat Services with Breakfast
  9:30 am Morning Service
10:20 am Breakfast and Study Session
11:15 am Torah Service (We will read Parashat Shoftim)
The breakfast is being sponsored by George and Harriet Goldstein 
celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary.

Sunday, August 23rd
 9:00 am Morning Minyan at the Temple office, 40 Willard Street, 
Suite 202, Quincy SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, August 30th
10:00 am – 11:30 am Open House at Milton Gazebo, 525 Canton Avenue

 Monday, August 24 th
-7:00 P.M.- Ahavath Torah Congregation, 1179 Central St., Stoughton, MA 02072,
Through the USCJ Israel Committee’s Israel Ambassador Program, Haim (Harris) Brenner will be speaking at Ahavath Torah.   
Late notice is due to our  being advised of these visits ,made possible through the I.D.F’s support of Lone Soldiers, just prior to the  actual flight back to North America for their  well-earned month’s leave.
 Beginning Monday October 19th Me’ah Program
South Area at Temple Israel, Sharon.  
7:00-9:45 PM for Me’ah (Hebrew for 100)–A two-year, 100-hour journey through Jewish History. Please register now; download registration form at hebrewcollege.edu/meah.  More information;  Benjamin Maron Temple Israel, 
125 Pond Street, Sharon, MA  —bmaron@tisharon.org
 Fall Internships Available – Attention Local College Students
Contact Interfaith Social Services located in Quincy for more information. 
Phone: 617-773-6203www.InterfaithSocialServices.org
**************************************************************************************************** August 22-28    Yahrzeit List 
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Esther F. Baker
Max Bayard
Anna Bernstein
Dr. Sidney R. Cutler
Ethelyn Feldman
Saul Freedman
Benjamin Gargill
Samuel Goldstein
Harold Holtman
Favish Katz
Charles Lerner
Alan J. Levenson
Hyman Levine
Israel Lipsitz
Isidore Madow
Mada Miselbach
Dorothy Lewish Naidich
Max Pressman
Herman Rapoport
Samuel Rich
Max Robotnick
Morris Rotman
Rose Sadow
Marcel Schwartz
Beatrice F. Shatz
May Silverman
Sam Sneider
Dora Spellberg
Bessie Talkov


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
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