THIS WEEK AT CONGREGATION
BETH SHALOM of the BLUE HILLS
June 15, 2016 || 9 Sivan 5776
Congregation Beth Shalom
of the Blue Hills
18 Shoolman Way
Milton, MA 02186
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
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A Brief Thought for the Week
Here is the “Prayer for our Country and Leaders” I crafted using sources from the Prayer book and elsewhere that was part of this week’s Town wide Vigil in Grief and Response to the Orlando Massacre.
Prayer for our Country and Leaders
Master of the Universe, Creator of Life, at this time of shock, sorrow and sadness, we ask for your blessing on our country, its leaders and advisers and all who exercise just and rightful authority;
A time when our faith in the values upon which these United States were established has been shaken. We reaffirm, reassert and ring out the blessing that our country does indeed declare liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants thereof.
We pray that our leaders administer all affairs of state fairly, so peace and security, prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst. May people of all races, creeds and sexual and gender identities forge a common bond in true harmony to banish hatred and bigotry, prejudice and discrimination.
May those who lead us have the wisdom to find solutions to the challenges we face and the courage to implement them. We know that the fulfillment of our dreams depends on both words and actions.
Thus we commit to work ceaselessly to safeguard the ideals and free institutions that are the pride and glory of our country – truths we hold as self-evident – that all human beings are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator – however that idea is understood – with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Scripture demands, “You shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.” Together we will not lose hope, we will not be deterred from a shared vision that our neighborhood, our town, our state, our country be a place where all can sit unafraid…. under whichever fig tree they choose.
Boshra Khalaila, An Arab Israeli, Speaks Her Mind
“I am a liberal, free woman, with all the rights that I could enjoy,” stated Khalaila. “I compare myself to other women my age in Jordan, the [Palestinian ruled] territories, Egypt, any Arab country. They don’t have the rights that I have: freedom of expression, the right to vote. They are forced into marriage at a young age, and religious head covering, despite their own convictions. With me it’s the opposite; I have everything.”
To read the entire interview – click on–go to
Friday, June 17th
8:05 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
No service this evening.
Saturday, June 18th9:30 am Shabbat Morning Services. We will celebrate Jessica Zisk becoming Bat Mitzvah. Please join
with our community for this joyous occasion.
Sunday, June 19th
9:00 am Morning Minyan in our sanctuary
Save the Dates
Friday, June 24th
7:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service & the celebration of Sam Schwarz becoming Bar Mitzvah.
with our community for this joyous occasion.
Saturday, June 25th
Shabbat Morning Services. We will celebrate Henry Schwarz becoming Bar Mitzvah.
Please join with our community for this joyous occasion.
Sunday, June 26th
10:30 am Congregational Meeting and Elections
Community Educational Opportunities
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
Wednesday, June 22nd
Hausman Memorial Speaker Series at Ahavath Torah Congregation, 1179 Central Street, Stoughton, presents Dr. Charles Jacobs/American for Peach and Tolerance presenting Axis of Evil: The infiltration of anti-Israel Curriculum Materials into our Local Schools. Under the guise of ‘Peace Studies, Conflict Resoluion or Global Studies,’ classes/lesson plans/textbooks funded by pernicious sources using unscholarly materials and propaganda have found their way into high school social studies and history classes to mold the minds of American teens (and college students) against Israel. $10 suggested donation. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 16th
6:00-8:00 PM–Open Studios presented by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Art show featuring Joyce Caggiano’s at 60 Adams Street, Milton. Joyce is a member of MICA.
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
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. Planned Legacy webpage link on Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills is Please click here
Yahrzeit List: June 18-24, 2016
This week, we remember:
Saul H. Glazerman
Morris J. Gordon
Dr. Saul Phillips
Michael A. Rochlin
Abraham R. Shore
May their memories be for a blessing.
Message from the Transition Committee
The Board of Directors has created the Transition Committee to interface between the Congregation and Kaplan Construction regarding punch list items and any other capital issues (as opposed to maintenance, operational and esthetic issues which will be managed by House and Beautification committees as is our custom (minhag)).
The Transition Committee is putting a process in place to centralize the collection of issues and concerns (punch list and otherwise) related to our new synagogue building.
Anyone who has an issue or concern or question is asked to send that issue to the office in the following format:
|Name:||Description of Issue or Concern:||Suggestion:||Date:|
The office will keep a list of the issues with the name of the person who made the comment and their em or other contact info.
The Transition Committee will review the list on a weekly basis and communicate with Kaplan as appropriate. This will keep communication between the Congregation and Kaplan centralized and will keep these issues organized for reference purposes as well.
Any new issues will be assigned to a member of the Transition Committee for analysis and research on a fix.
Paul Cooperstein, Chair
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 DonatingIsEasy
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!