Book Club Meeting June 18
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InvisibleCityThe next Sisterhood Book Club meeting will be held Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the home of Judy Matfess. Please RSVP to Judy at  judy.matfess@verizon.net or 978-887-1390.

We have selected Invisible City by Julia Dahl. Here’s a description from Goodreads:

A finalist for the Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark Awards, in her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.

Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, a Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

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

Bessie Baker on Sat, May 23rd(5 Sivan), Abraham Cohn on Sat, May 23rd(5 Sivan), Esther Mollie Ginsberg on Sat, May 23rd(5 Sivan), Bella Kirschner on Sat, May 23rd(5 Sivan), Louis Blumenthal on Sun, May 24th(6 Sivan), Sarah Marcus on Sun, May 24th(6 Sivan), Fannie Tartakoff on Sun, May 24th(6 Sivan), Max Singer on Mon, May 25th(7 Sivan), Diana Brodsky on Tue, May 26th(8 Sivan), Samuel Siegel on Wed, May 27th(9 Sivan), Meyer Silver on Wed, May 27th(9 Sivan), Bernard Visnick on Wed, May 27th(9 Sivan), Meyer Cohen on Thu, May 28th(10 Sivan), Israel Ossoff on Thu, May 28th(10 Sivan)

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Rally Today in Lynn for Unity
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Many of you may have heard of the desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Lynn this past week.  A family who went to visit the grave of a loved was shocked to discover pieces of pork laid out on the Holocaust memorial.

Today there was a rally in that sacred place which included representatives from CJP, The Jewish Community Relations Council, the Anti-Defamation League, the Arch Dioses of Boston, other North Shore clergy, local politicians, the media and at least 100 others.

When an anti-Semitic event occurs it is revolting, offensive, bigoted, and sad.  Yet at such moments we all have the opportunity to respond with a strong message of unity and a pledge to uphold and live by our highest values.  That’s what happened at today’s rally.

This weekend we celebrate Shavuot, when Torah was given at Mount Sinai.  We might ask a question that has been asked by generations of Jews: What exactly happened at Mount Sinai?

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Congregational Meeting
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On Sunday May 17,2015 Temple B’nai Abraham held its Annual Congregational Meeting.

The Meeting was called to order by Temple President Alan Pierce at 10:07 AM and the necessary quorum was present.

The first item on the agenda was the nomination and election of Officers, Directors and Cemetery Trustee.

Josh Rudin co-Vice President and Chair of the Nominating Committee presented the following:

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Peah Garden
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On the last Sunday of Religious School, students, teachers and parents helped plant seeds for the Peah Garden.  Thank you to Jim Younger for heading up this project.  Everything grown in the garden is donated to Beverly Bootstraps or the Monday Night Suppers at the First Baptist Church.

Join us Sunday mornings at 10:00 throughout the summer to plant, weed, harvest and shmooze!

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Save the Date: Sunday, June 14 TBA GALA
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Temple B’nai Abraham Gala

Honoring the Past Celebrating the Future

Join us as we honor

The Derek Sheckman Teen Leadership recipients

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Jewish Theater Company Play Postponed
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The Last Seder, the first play to be produced by the newly formed Jewish Theater Company at Temple B’nai Abraham is being postponed due to a variety of last minute scheduling and casting issues. The good news, however, is that through the hard work of Alan Weiner, Jason Breitkopf, Kimberly Valkenaar and Chuck Hirschberg an infrastructure is in place along with some strong interest of theater professionals outside of TBA to make the goal of producing quality Jewish themed theater here on the North Shore a reality.

Plans will continue to showcase a production in the upcoming months so look for further news on this exciting venture in the weeks to come.

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Shavuot Luncheon Sunday May 24
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Please join us for a Shavuot luncheon following Shavuot services which begin at 9:00 AM on Sunday May 24 sponsored by Linda and Dan Magalnick.

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

Grace Evelyn Miller on Sat, May 16th(27 Iyyar), Helen White on Sat, May 16th(27 Iyyar), Manuel Abrams on Mon, May 18th(29 Iyyar), Leah Albert-Sandhaus on Mon, May 18th(29 Iyyar), Lucille Freedman on Mon, May 18th(29 Iyyar), Herman Kravetz on Mon, May 18th(29 Iyyar), Sophie Katz on Tue, May 19th(1 Sivan), Anna Resnick on Tue, May 19th(1 Sivan), Harold Shumsker on Wed, May 20th(2 Sivan), Julius Bane on Thu, May 21st(3 Sivan), Max Birin on Thu, May 21st(3 Sivan), Frank Silberstein on Thu, May 21st(3 Sivan), Anne Snyder on Thu, May 21st(3 Sivan), William Rubinstein on Fri, May 22nd(4 Sivan)

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Celebrate Israel Sunday – JCCNS, Marblehead
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