Bulletin for Septemer 2014 Available
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The September 2014 Bulletin is now available. Please note that the online version of the Bulletin does not contain the calendar pages. Please check the website calendar for event listings and changes.

If you have any information to include in the October Bulletin, please contact Bulletin editor Anita Freed (bulletin@freed.com) by September 10.

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Join Us Sept. 7: Merger Recognition, Breakfast, and School
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Please join us Sunday, September 7, as we kick off the temple year

9 a.m.:

  • Religious School opening assembly for students and parents
  • Regular Sunday morning minyan

9:30 a.m.:

  • Ritual recognition of the official merger of TBA and Temple Shalom
  • Installation of the TBA Board
  • Breakfast and Schmoozing

All congregants and school parents are invited

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Donations and Scrip
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The congregation gratefully acknowledges the following contributions (recorded June through August, 2014) Sorry, you must be registered and logged in to view this article and any associated comments.

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President’s Message for September 2014
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“From strength to strength.”

Speaker of these words: Tom Cheatham, past president and Futures Committee chair of Temple Shalom and new member of Temple B’nai Abraham.

Setting: Library of TBA, Thursday August 14, 2014.

Occasion: The signing of the Articles of Merger completing the final paperwork necessary for the effective merger of Temple Shalom and TBA, which became effective August 15, 2014.

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Rabbi’s Message for September 2014
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The war between Israel and Gaza has been horrific, as has the violence across the Middle East. One vital response is to show our support in whatever ways we can. In addition to that, let us gather as a strong and supportive Jewish community to pray, to reflect, and to be among friends.

This is certainly a special new year as we welcome members from Temple Shalom, and we are grateful to everyone involved in making the merger process a success. Growing and deepening relationships will strengthen our community, which is why we are enhancing our holiday services and programs in the following ways:

  • Shacharit (morning) services will now match how we do them on Shabbat and other holidays. We will have an Amidah—or central prayer—that will begin out loud and then provide time for silent reflection, instead of a full silent prayer and full repetition, which was customary on the High Holidays in the past. This means that the Torah service will begin about 20 to 30 minutes earlier (around 9:20 a.m.), and that the service should end around the same time as our youth service (around noon).
  • Our children will now join us for the end of the service followed by a communal Kiddush, including apples and challah with honey—and a chance to schmooze with friends, new and old.
  • On Rosh Hashanah afternoon at 3:30, Cantor Grossman and I will lead a family service geared towards children ages 0 – 6, which is open to the greater community. If you know of families that might be interested, please let them know.
  • This family service will be followed by Tashlich (ritual casting away of our “sins”) at Dane Street Beach, another opportunity for spiritual reflection followed by schmoozing.

May this year be filled with more blessings for us, for our community, for the Jewish people, and for the world.

L’shanah tova umetukah. Chuck, Leo and I wish you a sweet new year.

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Yahrzeits This Week
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This past Shabbat we recognized the Yahrzeit’s of:

Esther Kransberg on Sat, Aug 30th(4 Elul), Morris N. Singer on Mon, Sep 1st(6 Elul), Bernard Morley on Tue, Sep 2nd(7 Elul), Frank Greenberg on Wed, Sep 3rd(8 Elul), Louis Goldman on Thu, Sep 4th(9 Elul), Helen Younger on Thu, Sep 4th(9 Elul), Hyman Cutler on Fri, Sep 5th(10 Elul)

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Services Tonight in the TBA Garden
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Please join us at 7:00 for our Shabbat evening service in our beautiful garden under the pergola.

Shabbat shalom!

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Sisterhood Book Club Plans September Meeting
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Sisterhood Book Club will hold its first meeting of the year in mid-September — date and location to be announced. At that meeting we will pick the dates, hosts, and titles for the rest of the year.  Please send your suggestions for titles to Judy Matfess, judy.matfess@verizon.net or 978-887-1390.

Also for the September meeting, we will read a book highly recommended by Mardee Goldberg but a little tricky to track down from the library:  To See You Again:  A True Story of Love in a Time of War, by Betty Schimmel. Goodreads describes it as a “wrenching memoir of survival and sacrifice, of love lost and love found. A true story that unfolds with all the suspense of a novel, it is one that will not soon be forgotten.”

Book Club is open to all. Please contact Judy for more information.

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Interested in Theater?
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We are looking for individuals within the TBA community who might be interested in forming a theater company.

We hope to establish the: “Jewish Theater Company of the North Shore at Temple B’nai Abraham”

The goal would be to produce and stage one (or more) plays a year with a distinctly Jewish theme. There are an abundance of quality productions which would provide a valuable contribution to Jewish arts and culture in the North Shore area.

There is a yearly Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Book Festival but no live theater.

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Yahrzeits This Week
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This past Shabbat we recognized the Yahrzeit’s of:

Israel Goldberg on Sun, Aug 24th(28 Av), Daniel Goldstein on Mon, Aug 25th(29 Av), Bernard Kopelman on Mon, Aug 25th(29 Av), Isabelle Miller on Mon, Aug 25th(29 Av), Peter Rosenberg on Mon, Aug 25th(29 Av)

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