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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 1/6/16

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Given Obama’s Recent Gun Control Initiative…
Of dogs and snakes – what does Judaism have to say?  An excellent….and brief article from Tablet Magazine.  Go to: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/119539/what-judaism-says-about-weapons
PS – Check out this Facebook page – Peace in our cities: Rabbis against gun violence.
Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB


Autism & Army Service?
Autistic youth who would otherwise be exempt from military service have found a place in Unit 9900, a selective intelligence unit where their heightened perceptual skills are an asset.  Read the article at

Please go to the following link:
Copy and paste this URL into your browser to see pictures of the building going up or sign up at wordpress.com by giving them your email address and you will receive weekly emails with the latest pictures: 


By clicking the link above, you will be directed to our website.  Scroll down on right to find the PDF calendar Graphic link. Click on the pdf calendar and you will be able to view the current months calendar.

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.
    “REMINDER: If you are emailing the Office staff on any matter, please be sure
       to use this email address:Office@BethShalomBlueHills.org.  Thank you.”  

Friday, January 8th


4:11 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, at the home of Sid & Janet Quint,  1372 Brush Hill Rd., Milton Apt #F206.

Saturday, January 9th


9:30 am Shabbat Morning Services
We will read Parashat Vaera.
The Kiddush is being sponsored by Irene Davis in memory of her beloved husband, Milton, and Bea and Joel Krensky in memory of his father, Carl Krensky.
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 bein 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 pm movie. Tickets are $3 pp in advance and $4 at the door (both include popcorn or water). Please make reservations at office@bethshalombluehills.org or 617-698-3394.

Sunday, January 10th

9:00 am Morning Minyan in Temple office at 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy.
10:30 am Sisterhood Board Meeting in the Temple office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy

Monday, January 11th

7:30 pm Congregation Board Meeting at Fuller Village-Blue Hill



Friday, January 15th

6:45 – 8:30 pm Friday Night Services in the Chapel of the Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, followed by a community conversation with members of the church and Reverend Conley Hughes. Dessert and beverages will be served.

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, 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton. The theme will be, “Just Us, or Justice? The Choice is Ours.”

Wednesday, January 20th

7:30 pm Book Club at the home of Isabelle Guttell, 1372 Brush Hill Road, Apt B106, Milton. The book to be discussed is, “Founder: A Portrait of the First Rothschild and His Time” by Amos Elon.

Sunday, January 24th

10:15 am Sunday Brunch followed by Temple Book Club Presentation in Pierce Middle School Cafeteria, 451 Central Avenue, Milton

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 barbneus7@gmail.com.  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.


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 office@bethshalombluehills.org.
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 9 – 15    Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:

Jacob Baimel
Morris I. Becker
Minnie A. Berger
Lester D. Brockman
Ernest Carp
Anna M. Castaline
Milton Davis
Morris Finkel
Isadore Gold
Isaac Goldman
Ida Goldstein
Meyer Goldstein
Harry Goodman
Barnet E. Gordon
Philip Halpern
Theodore Karlsberg
Marjorie Cohen Karp
Max Kaufman
Betty Koplovsky
Carl Krensky
George Leventhal
Samuel Orris
Marion E. Price
Esther B. Quint
Julius Hasse Schnaper
Rose Steir
Goldie Thurman
Rose Weistrop
Morris Zeprun

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 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 rabbifredbenjamin@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.



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