THIS WEEK AT CONGREGATION
BETH SHALOM of the BLUE HILLS
June 8, 2016 || 2 Sivan 5776
Congregation Beth Shalom
of the Blue Hills
18 Shoolman Way
Milton, MA 02186
Rabbi Benjamin’s Office Hours
Rabbi’s Day off
: 11:00 – 3:30
: 11:00 – 3:30
: 2:00 -6:00
: 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
Of the many honors a person can get during services, from opening the ark, to lifting the Torah, the highlight honor is getting an aliyah – which means “going up” both physically and spiritually. The tradition is for the person getting an aliyah to touch the Torah with their tallis or piece of decorative cloth at the place where the reading will begin, kiss the garment and then say the brachot (blessings) before and after the reading. While these two brachot differ on the front end, they both end with the same words, “Baruch ata Adonai, notayn ha’Torah – Praised are you Adonai who gives us the Torah.” Note the intentional use of the present tense – “who gives us the Torah”, not the more historically accurate past tense “who gave us the Torah”. The message in this is that every time we open ourselves to the Torah’s wisdom we existentially receive it anew as our People’s living, life-influencing core document. We are the People of that Book!
Saturday night begins the holiday of Shavuot, the Festival on which we celebrate the giving and receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
In honor of the holiday, think about which Torah character, story or quote is a favorite and why you like it so much. Shabbat Shalom & Chag Sameach, RabbiB
Comments from Moshe Ya’alon’s final press conference as Israel’s Minister of Defense (as quoted in the Wall Street Journal)
Discussing the importance of Israel being a “liberal” state he said that a healthy society “accepts each person as a person, without distinction of religion, race, gender, ethnic origin or sexual orientation, a tolerant and accepting country for the weakest and the minorities, who we have the duty to embrace and not to incite against.”
Upcoming Events Friday, June 10th
8:02 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting Time
No service this evening.
Saturday, June 11th
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Services
We will read Parashat Bamidbar.
The Kiddush Luncheon is being sponsored by Janet Quint in honor of her husband, Sid’s 90th birthday.
9:06 pm Candle Lighting Time
5-7:30 pm In honor of Shavuot: Blue Hill/Mt Sinai Family-Friendly Hike, (Bring your Own Dairy) Picnic, Activity, and Special Dessert at Summit. Meet at the Buck Hill Path Entrance, 50 yards west past Forest Street on Chickatawbut Road, Milton. Please RSVP at 617-698-3394 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 12th
9:30 am Shavuot Morning Services with participation of Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class followed by lite dairy dessert
9:06 pm Candle Lighting Time
7:45 pm Shavuot Evening Service with Yizkor at Fuller Village-Blue Hill with cheesecake Oneg
Monday, June 13th
9:30 am Shavuot Morning Services with Yizkor followed by cheesecake Kiddush in honor of Shavuot
Wednesday, June 15th
7:30 pm Book Club at the home of Bebe Rosenstein, 1372 Brush Hill Road,
Apt. D202. The book to be discussed is, Tommy Gun Winter by Nathan Gorenstein.
Save the Dates
Saturday, June 18th
9:30 Shabbat Morning Services. We will celebrate Jessica Zisk becoming Bat Mitzvah. Please join our
community in this joyous occasion.
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 websitewww.bidmilton.org
under How to Help/Volunteer or call Janet at617-313-1558
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.
Yahrzeit List: June 11-17
This week, we remember:
Myer M. Byer
Doris K. Carp
Yetta Kitty Drevitch
Estelle Ruth Olsen
Joseph David Rosenthal
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 visitDonatingIsEasy
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!