Community Conversation with the ADL

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00

Facilitated by Robert Trestan from the Anti-Defamation League and Rabbi Alison Adler

Temple B’nai Abraham

On May 21 our beloved synagogue building was vandalized. This act now inspires an opportunity to discuss our reactions and concerns in a safe space, and to reflect on where we go from here.             Friends are welcome.


Mayor Cahill’s Message of Support

We thank Mayor Mike Cahill and Chief of Police John LeLacheur who have been extremely supportive and responsive to the desecration of our building.  The Mayor’s statement is below.  We also thank all of the North Shore rabbis and Beverly clergy who have expressed their solidarity as well as neighbors and friends.   This is a time to stand together and we feel supported by our larger community.

TO: Media

FROM: Mayor Michael P. Cahill – Beverly, MA

DATE: May 23, 2016

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Response to Vandalism from Alan Pierce and Rabbi Alison Adler

Dear Temple B’nai Abraham Community,

Vandalism was discovered near the back door of our beloved synagogue on Saturday night.

As far as hate crimes go, this ranks up there with “stupid” rather than vile (the perpetrator/s spray painted a dollar sign and “Merry Christmas”). But it hits home. The police were called and a report was filed, and Alan is in touch with Mayor Cahill.

We discussed this news at our Congregational Meeting on Sunday morning and have decided that we would like to have a community conversation – not solely about this act of vandalism, but about anti-Semitism in general and any fears or feelings we have as we read about incidents around our country and world.

Book Club meeting June 16

RacingRainCoverThe TBA Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 16, at 7:30 pm, at the home of Jayne Gordon. We will read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Please contact Jayne to RSVP and for directions at

The Boston Globe had an article about the book on June 16, 2011. You can read it here.

Here’s the Goodreads description:

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.