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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 3/9/16

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Words that Describe Payton Manning
This week two time NFL Super Bowl champion Payton Manning announced his retirement.  Whether playing for the Colts or Broncos, as guest host of SNL, as a spokesman for an Insurance company or any other ad campaign, I’ve always had a soft spot for Payton and I don’t think I’m a sucker to feel that way.  Through the years I’ve found him genuine, sincere in his hokey-ness, appreciative for the group effort necessary for a team to win, thoughtful, appropriately private, resilient, gutsy and most of all, respectful.  Was it all a show?  I don’t think so.  After chai (18) years (also his jersey # for both teams*) as a professional athlete leading others on and off the field, Payton reminds me of the famous question and answer from Perkei Avot: Who is respected?  The answer: The one who respects others.  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB
* – FYI – Payton chose 18 in tribute to his brother Cooper after Cooper received a career ending diagnosis.

Kotel Agreement Follow Up from the Rabbinical Assembly
(Conservative Rabbinical Organization)
Many of us have been following media reports that indicate that certain influential Haredi Orthodox rabbis in Israel have raised objections to the Kotel agreement voted and approved as a Government resolution on January 31st 2016.
 We note with disappointment the passing of the deadline for regulations to be signed by the Minister of Religious Affairs and the Minister of Justice. It is our expectation that the Government of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu will fulfill their promise to world Jewry to create Azarat Yisrael, a pluralistic, egalitarian section for prayer at the Kotel that is governed by a council, appointed by the Prime Minister with representatives of the Masorti Movement, the Reform movement and Women of the Wall as well as government officials, headed by the Jewish Agency chairperson.
It is of crucial importance to world Jewry that all Jewish religious streams are recognized and treated with full equality in the Jewish state in keeping with our Jewish values and the principle of freedom of religion and conscience as inscribed in the Israel Declaration of Independence, the Basic Laws, and upheld in numerous Supreme Court rulings.
   We wanted to reach out to our communities to let you know that we are aware of the situation and working, along with our partners, to assure the implementation of the agreement.

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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.


In anticipation of moving into our new building, we are selling the refrigerator that is currently in the Temple office in Quincy.  The refrigerator is a standard freezer on top and refrigerator on bottom.  Great for a 2nd refrigerator.  $75 or BO.  Make an offer. 
 Proceeds from the refrigerator will go to the building fund.  Contact Bill Hanna if interested at 617-696-6829.
    “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, March 11th
5:29 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
No service this evening.

Saturday March 12th
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Services
We will read Parashat Pekudei.
Turn clocks ahead tonight!

Sunday, March 13th
9:00 am Morning Minyan at Congregation Office, 40 Willard Street, Suite 202, Quincy

Monday, March 14th
7:30 pm Board Meeting at Fuller Village-Blue Hill

Wednesday, March 16th
7:30 pm Book Club at the home of Isabelle Guttell, 1372 Brush Hill Road, B106, Milton. The book to be discussed is Saving Sophie by Ronald H. Balson.


Friday, March 18th
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Dairy Pot Luck Dinner at the home of Lynda and Buddy Packer, 387 Hyde Park Avenue, Unit 1, Roslindale

Sunday, March 20th
12:00-1:30 pm Purim Carnival at Cunningham Hall, Milton

Wednesday, March 23rd
Purim Celebration
6:30 pm Passover Wine Tasting
7:15 pm Megillah Reading and Hamantashen

Friday, March 25th
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

Saturday, March 26th
School-led Shabbat Service
9:30 am Congregation Torah Study
10:15 am- Noon School-led Shabbat Morning Service
11:15 Tot Shabbat
Francine Weistrop is sponsoring the Kiddush luncheon in memory of her beloved husband, Rabbi Jerome Weistrop.  


Basic Judaism Refresher Classes 

taught by Rabbi Benjamin
      Monday Session: 7:30 – 8:45PM at Temple Office at 40 Willard Street, Quincy–Suite 202
Monday, March 21st
Israel & Zionism–Why it isn’t about nationalism

Thursday Session:  11:00 – 12:15 at Temple Office at 40 Willard Street, Quincy–Suite 202
Thursday, March 10th
ReConServaDox—Understanding the different Streams within Judaism
Thursday, March 24th
Israel & Zionism–Why it isn’t about nationalism

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!   
Thursday, March 10th
6:15-7:00 PM–Temple Emanuel of Newton, 385 Ward Street, Newton, MA  02459, Cardinal Sean O’Malley to Address Boston Jewish Community-On the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate-Catholic-Jewsh Relations in our Time.  In the wake of the Holocaust, Catholic-Jewish relations underwent a dramatic transformation that culminated in the 1965 publication of the Vatican document Nostra Aetate.  Officially titled the Delclaration on the Relations of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate called for Catholics to recognize that which is “true and holy” in the Jewish faith and in other religions.  Notably,the document states that Jews cannot and should not be held responsible for the death of Jesus.  This eventis free and open to the public.  Street parking is available.  Light reception to follow the program.  Dietary laws observed.  Tickets are frst come, first served.  Please bring a photo ID for security purposes.  Advance registration is reguired-click on the link that follows.  Register at
Sunday, March 13th
2:00 PM (doors open at 1:30 PM)–Concert-“Quincy Catholic Academy (WE USE THE BASKETBALL COURT, BECAUSE WE NEED SPACE FOR THE TABLES FOR AUCTION ITEMS,) 370 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA  02171Traditions from the Stage and Screen” will bring you fun, exciting, toe tapping music.  Be prepared to have a great afternoon. 

PROGRAM includesFiddler on the Roof  Schindler’s List  Milk and Honey  Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen’s)Hava Nagila.  Admission–$5.00
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library Brandeis University-
 Free and open to the public. Refreshments served
Join us for an evening with Dr. Daniel Gordis, senior vice president and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College, the only liberal arts college in Israel. The author of more than ten books, Gordis is a regular columnist for both the Jerusalem Post and Bloomberg View. Learn more at brandeis.edu/israelcenter/newsEvents/spring2016.html
Sunday, April 3rd
12:00-7:00 PM-at Congregation Shaarei Tefilla in Newton Centre, 35 Morseland Ave.  Boston Jewish Food Conference is an annual springtime event that brings together community members from all over New England to learn about Jewish agriculture, labor issues, health, food access, kashrut and local food history.  REGISTER HERE
March 12 – 18 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:
Abraham L. Daven
Max J. Packer
Ethel Schneiderman
Herman Seriesky

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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