|A BRIEF THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK|
Happy New Year?
I think it is fair to say that it is impossible for a human being to be in a constant state of happiness. Nor do I or Jewish tradition think it is desirable. Now and then, life has a way of throwing things at us with piercingly accurate aim. Some bullets cannot be dodged – the death of a loved one, a child’s illness, a parent’s decline, the loss of a job. These things do not care what time of year it is. For those with very understandable reasons to not feel very chipper as Jan. 1st rolls around, it is no easy task to smile through a barrage of Happy New Year wishes. And yet, this is when we can feel the true blessing of having deep close friendships. Friends are the people we let in to our real inner lives. Even more, they are the ones who want to be there. And because they know, because we know they know, the New Year’s conversation will begin differently: “How you doing?” The Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us, “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” The Talmud offers another piece of wisdom, “Give me friendship; without it I would die.”
Be safe. Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB
Institute of Middle East Understanding (IMEU)….not really!
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DONATE YOUR CAR TODAY!
Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills has partnered with CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) to offer an exciting new way to donate to our Capital Campaign, by donating a car, boat, or other motorized vehicle. It’s simple to do. Just visit www.donatingiseasy.org/CarDonationInfo.aspx?CID=3563 or call 855-500-RIDE (7433). Tell them you would like to donate your vehicle on behalf of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills and they will do the rest, including picking up your vehicle and sending you a receipt for the amount it was sold for after the sale has been complete. We get most of the funds from every transaction and you get a tax deduction, a real win/win. This is available to us on a nationwide basis, so please spread the word to your family and friends and consider donating today.
SHABBAT SHALOM FROM BETH SHALOM OF THE BLUE HILLS
Friday, January 1st
4:04 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
No Kabbalat Shabbat service
Saturday, January 2nd
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Services
We will read Parashat Shemot.
The Kiddush is being sponsored by Hy Levy in memory of his father, David Levy.
Sunday, January 3rd 9:00 am Morning Minyan in Temple office at 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy.
SAVE THE DATE
Friday, January 8th
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, location to be determined
Saturday, January 9th
7:00 pm Movie Series: How to Cook your Life
Self-deprecating Zen Buddhist priest, chef and Tessajara Bread Book author Edward Espe Brown takes over Buddhist center kitchens around the world to school viewers in the joys of organic cooking as filmmaker Doris Dorrie rolls camera to explore just how Zen wisdom and a sharp chef’s knife can be the key components to a meal that nourishes both the body and the soul. The movie is being held at the First Congregational Church-Huntington Hall. Please use
the Front Handicapped(red door) Entrance. Door opens at 6:45 pm for 7:00 movie. Tickets are $3 pp in advance and $4 at the door (both include popcorn or water). Please make reservations at email@example.com or 617-698-3394
Monday, January 11th
7:30 pm Congregation Board Meeting at Fuller Village-Blue Hill
Saturday, January 16th
Torah Study Service with Breakfast
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
10:20 am Breakfast & Torah Study
11:15 am Torah Service
Monday, January 18th
6:30-8:00 pm Community-wide Martin Luther King Day Program at Concord Baptist Church
COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND PROGRAMS
BID – Milton Hospital encourages you to volunteer with us on a weekly basis. We provide a warm sense of community and caring. Current needs are for front desk volunteers on weekend evenings 4-7:30 greeting visitors, giving directions and answering patient phone calls; weekday greeting and escorting patients to appointments; and weekday filing. Please apply on our website www.bidmilton.org under How to Help/Volunteer or call Janet at 617-313-1558. Thanks!
Honoring Those Who Have Died
FYI – The next training workshop of the Community Hevra Kadisha* of Greater Boston will take place on Sunday evening, December 20th from 6:45 to 9:00 at the Bresniak-Rodman Funeral Home, 1251 Washington Street, West Newton. We invite you to consider joining a number of our colleagues in doing this sacred work. While no one is expected to make a commitment beforehand, if you would like to learn more, please join us on December 20th. Please RSVP to Barbara Neustadt at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit the website of the Community Hevra Kadisha
* – Hevra Kadisha means “Holy Society”. They are the ones who prepare the body for burial.
BECAUSE WE WILL BE MOVING SOON JANUARY 29, 2016 IS THE DEADLINE FOR REQUESTING YOUR MEMORIAL PLAQUES
If you had memorial plaques for your loved ones in Temple Shalom of Milton or Temple Beth El of Quincy and would like them, please contact the office 617-698-3394 or email at email@example.com.
If you are no longer in the area and would like the plaques mailed, we can accommodate you. We have a $36 flat rate for packaging and mailing.
Also you are invited to write up to 250 words and submit a photograph for each of your plaques for the Memorial Room in our new building. There is no cost for this for those who have existing plaques. Please call the office for further information.
January 2 – 8 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing. This week, we remember:
Ronia P. Binder
Martha G. Brockman
Sally K. Brown
Minna M. Mason
Edward Jay Peters
Samuel E. Richards
Thanks to all the community, we were able to get a meat and dairy set of knives for our new kitchen. January 9th is the last day to redeem the stamps at Shaws Supermarket, so if you have any more to donate, please send them to the office so we can get a couple of spare knives. Thank you!
Basic Judaism Refresher Classes
taught by Rabbi Benjamin
Monday Session: 7:30 – 8:45PM at Temple Office at 40 Willard Street, Quincy–Suite 202
Jan 04 – Ne’evin/Prophets
25 – Ketuvin/The Writings
Thursday Session: 11:00 – 12:15 at Temple Office at 40 Willard Street, Quincy–Suite 202
Jan 07 – Ne’evin/Prophets
21 – Ketuvin/The Writings
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.