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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 5/11/16

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If You Build It….They Will Complain!
After such a wonder-filled 2 weeks of Dedication Celebration, I now have some time to sit in my sun drenched office to reflect on all the time, effort and energy it took for us, as a community, to get to where we are today. I’m smiling inside and out; a deep smile of joy, contentment and pride, a smile for all that lies ahead – the things we can work on together moving forward.  Many people have shared similar sentiments with me.  But not everyone.  Some complain, kvetch or question this or that decision.  Of course, nothing is perfect and for many things there is no objective right or wrong.  But what does it mean to focus on the darkness rather than the light?  Even more, what does it mean for a person to point out where things could be made better but not follow it up with, “How can I help”? 



With this as psychic background, it occurs to me that as we mark Israel’s Memorial and Independence Days this week, there are those who similarly point out the Jewish State’s blemishes (which of course there are) much more so than her blessings (which of course there are). Again, and most unfortunately, what seems to be missing is the follow up question, “How can I help?”  Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB



Yom HaAtzma’ut – Israel Turns 68!
Israel’s “Lawrence of Arabia” – Orde Wingate
Read the story of a non-Jewish man whose passion and love for the Jewish People made him not only a Hero of Israel but also the namesake for Israeli’s world renown Wingate Sports Institute. The article is found here–Please click here
Also – Todah to Francine Weistrop for sharing this:
Hatikvah played on restored Holocaust/Jewish owned violins

to listen please click




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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.” 
 Thursday, May 12th
7:00-9:00 pm-In observance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) Congregation Beth Shalom will present the film “Forgotten Transports to Estonia”. The film will be shown at our new synagogue on Shoolman Way.

Entry to the film is FREE. It is approximately 90 minutes long and will run from7:00-8:30, followed by a discussion session. Donations will be appreciated. Popcorn and water will be for sale.  “Forgotten Transports to Estonia” is one of four acclaimed documentary films about survival by Lukas Pribyl.


Friday, May 13th
7:39 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service- in the Sanctuary – Bryan Liberty will be saying Kaddish for his mother Rose.Saturday, May 14th
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
We will read Parashat Kedoshim.
Hy Levy is sponsoring the Kiddush in memory of his late wife, Gladys.
Sunday, May 15th
9:00 am Sunday Morning Minyan

10:15 am Congregation Brunch with speaker, Luay Bader on “Arab Israelis, Sports and the Peace process.” RSVP’s appreciated at 617-698-3394 oroffice@bethshalombluehills.org




Tuesday, May 17th

8:00 pm Evening Minyan at the home of Bryan and Susan Liberty, 16 Rowe Street, Milton, on the Yahrzeit of Bryan’s beloved mother, Rose.

Wednesday, May 18th
7:30 pm Book Group at the home of Francine Weistrop, Fuller Village, 1372 Brush Hill Road, Apt D106. The book that will be discussed is

The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Friday, May 20th
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Fuller Village-Brush Hill

Saturday, May 21st
Torah Study Shabbat Service with Breakfast
9:30 am Morning Service
10:20 am Breakfast and Study Session
11:15 am Torah Service

Sunday, May 22nd
9 am Sunday Morning Minyan

11 am-1 pm Religious School Final Day! Picnic and BarB-Cue


Basic Judaism Refresher Classes 

taught by Rabbi Benjamin
 Monday Session: 7:30 – 8:45PM at Temple Office at 18 Shoolman Way, Milton, MA
 May 16th
 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prep Session

Thursday Session:  11:00 – 12:15 at Temple Office at 18 Shoolman Way, Milton, MA

May 19th

 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prep Session


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!
A Weekend Festival for all ages!  MAY 12, 14 & 15Blue & White Night
Thursday, May 12 | 7:30 p.m.
Join hundreds of young adults – and famed Israeli DJ Moshe Bonen (past broadcaster for Galgalatz, Israel’s biggest radio station) – at Whisky Saigon to dance the night away. This event is for ages 21+

Mashina Concert

Saturday, May 14 | 9:00 pm.
Let the rhythm take you over at the Berklee Performance Center with Mashina, one of the most popular Israeli rock/pop groups!Family Event
Sunday, May 15 | 3:00 p.m.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy a performance by Israeli children’s entertainer Michal Haktana (who will perform in English and Hebrew), magic tricks with Eran Biderman, a community showcase of local Hebrew and day schools, and more.For more information, please visit Celebrate Israel | Boston, or contactboston@israeliamerican.org

Sunday, May 15th at Temple Sinai in Brookline-50 Sewall Ave.
7:30-9:30 pm-Nava Tehila Israeli Ensemble in Concert  FOR MORE INFO GO TO

Join JTS in the Berkshires this Summer
July 8th–Dr. Marjorie Lehman, Women in the House of Study, Anxiety, Difference and the Danger of Exclusion
July 22nd-Rabbi David Hoffman, Redrawing the Boundary between Jew and Other

May 14 – 20 Yahrzeit List
May their memories be for a blessing.  This week, we remember:

Bessie Freedman
Maurice A. Gerson
Ruth Glincher
Annie Goldstein
Bessie Hurwitz
Leon Katz
Dr. Joseph Levitan
Gladys Levy
Rose Liberty
Leo Lofchie
Annie Mikelson
Harry Mikelson
Mortimer Peyser
Sarah Pitcher
Mae Ruttenberg
Paul Siegel
Sarah Siegel
Bertha-Beth Snyder
Jack Swartz
Barney Talkov
Annie Tanzer
Jeanne F. Walk
Elaine R. Wiesman


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 617-698-3394or 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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