Please join us in representing Temple B’nai Abraham in the 2016 North Shore Pride Parade on June 25!

The 2016 Pride Parade will take place in Salem, kicking off in front of the Post Office on Margin Street and ending up on Salem Common, where the Pride festival will follow!
The parade kicks off at noon, please arrive between 11:00 and 11:30. When you arrive please come to the Parade Registration Tent across from the Salem Post Office on Margin Street (adjacent to the flag poles) to find out TBA’s set up location.
We’ll be carrying the TBA banner and handing out special TBA Pride candy. Immediately after the parade, there will be a festival on Salem Common where our own Rabbi Alison Adler has been selected to lead a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando massacre. If you have any questions please contact Leslie or Chuck or the Temple office.
Hope to see you on the 25th!

Notes to Orlando LGBTQ Youth and Salem Pride Parade

Write notes of love and support to send to LGBTQ youth in Orlando. Stop by TBA or send Rabbi Adler something by Friday (we will have them available before services begin).

North Shore Pride Parade Saturday, June 25 – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel described marching in Selma, AL as praying with his legs.  Join us to support LGBTQ pride after services in Salem.  Contact Leslie Colten or Rabbi Adler to join our TBA team.  If you can’t march, just come.  Rabbi Adler is leading a moment of silence for the victims at the event following the parade.

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We Stand With Our Friends at Shirat Hayam

Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. TBA President Alan Pierce, Rabbi Alison Adler, and Len and Judy Allen represented TBA and joined Rabbi Ragozin and other community leaders and members for a taharah/cleansing ritual. Let’s strengthen our relationships and continue to be a force for holiness and love in times when we are seeing too much hate.


Shavuot Celebrations

Please join us on Sunday, June 12 at 9:00 as we celebrate Shavuot and honor four special people who have chosen to walk the Jewish path. On Shavuot we give thanks for the gift of Torah and contemplate the meaning of Torah in our lives as contemporary spiritual seekers. They will receive their first Aliyah to the Torah and we will shower them with candy and blessings! Kiddush lunch follows.
Mazel tov to:
Hanying Pu
Becky Landy
Jacquie Spector
Kevin Tsukroff

Monday, June 13 – Second day of Shavuot services with Yizkor (memorial prayers) will be at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody at 9:30.

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Shabbat Celebrations: Me’ah Graduation and Dan Goldberg Bar Mitzvah Anniversary

Please join us Friday night as Me’ah students celebrate finishing two years of intensive adult learning.  The Shabbat service and reflections by Me’ah students will be followed by special oneg.  Pictured are our Me’ah students at their graduation on June 8 at Hebrew College in Newton.

Saturday morning Dan Goldberg will celebrate the anniversary of his bar mitzvah. He will chant from the Torah and Haftarah and there will be a Kiddush lunch sponsored by his parents, Ilene and Richard Goldberg.

Mazel tov!

Shabbat shalom.

Thank you for a meaningful community conversation

adl discussionThank you to all who attended our community conversation last night on anti-Semitism and intolerance.  It was a powerful sharing of personal stories, concerns, and hopes across generations and backgrounds.

We are grateful for our clergy friends – from left, Rev. Manny Faria (St. Peter’s ), Rev. Steven Mott (United Methodist),  Rev. Kent Harrop (First Baptist ), Rabbi David Kudan (Temple Tiferet Shalom in Peabody), Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth Jackson (First Parish Unitarian Universalist ), Rabbi Steven Lewis (Temple Achavat Achim in Gloucester), Joan Amaral (Priest at Beverly Zen Center), Rabbi Alison Adler. Thank you to Marcy Yellin for opening and closing the session with beautiful music. Not pictured – Rev. Beth Loughhead (First Baptist).


We are also grateful to Robert Trestan, New England Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Boston office, for his informative words and facilitation, and to Kevin Harutunian, Chief of Staff, City of Beverly, and Police Chief John Lelecheur.

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Community Conversation About Anti-Semitism and Intolerance

Thursday, June 2 at 7:00

Facilitated by Robert Trestan, New England Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League and Rabbi Alison Adler

On May 21 our beloved synagogue building was vandalized, as were two other synagogues in the Boston area within a week.  These acts now inspire an opportunity to discuss our reactions and concerns in a safe space, and to reflect on where we go from here.

Friends are welcome.

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The Essence of Community

Shabbat Evening, May 28
The essence of community is relationships.   We reach out to support each other, hang out, have fun, learn, pray and celebrate together.  This past week, another level of the importance and meaning of relationships came into focus.
As you know, on Saturday night, May 2,  graffiti was discovered on the back of our building – a “$” and the words “Merry Christmas”.
While on the surface this seems like it is an adolescent prank, it is nevertheless a hate crime and is being treated by the police as such.  I am not scared of the person who did this – I do not feel threatened – but I am concerned about the ignorance and the roots of this kind of expression.  We were one of three synagogues desecrated in the Boston area just this week (Pawtucket and Andover) – and that a convenience store in Salem was painted with an anti-Arab slur (the store is actually owned by a family originally from India).
On Thursday at 7:00 we will hold a community conversation about anti-Semitism and intolerance with the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.  I hope you will be here.
But here is what I want to focus on tonight.
The support from the mayor, the chief of police, Christian clergy, the North Shore rabbis, friends, neighbors, and strangers has been amazing.   We might see some ignorant comments on the Beverly Facebook Page – which, by the way, were mostly addressed by our non-Jewish neighbors – but the overwhelming response has been outrage and support.
Our intentions are to continue to build and deepen connections in our congregation and in our larger community.  As our President Alan Pierce said at the end of the Fox news interview, “Acts of anti-Semitism or racial intolerance or bigotry or gay bashing are happening in the schools and happening in people’s homes and it’s affecting all of us.”  It’s effecting all of us.
The most energetic support I received was from my friends who are Beverly or North Shore ministers – many of them came to our home to celebrate Passover, and I have been to their homes.  We share an understanding of the kind of society we want to build – one based on tolerance, respect, and justice.
The First Baptist Church posted a powerful statement of condemnation and support – and hope that we can all work together for tikkun olam – yes, they used the Hebrew term tikkun olam, world repair. The desecration of our building was a personal for our friends.
Pastor Kent Harrop wrote in his blog about how to combat the growing polarization we see in our society – He talked about the programs we do together – the contemplative kayaking, the “Baptist minister and rabbi walk into a bar” – and about our friendship.   “The antidote to prejudice is getting to know someone from a different circle, with a different perspective. The antidote is as simple as sharing a meal. It’s not about building walls it’s about tearing them down. It’s about building friendships. It’s about coming together.  Who are you planning on getting to know?”
This is not a time for simple outrage.  This is a time to listen to each other and to work together.  This is a time to build and deepen relationships.
Think of one person you might reach out to – and invite him or her to coffee.  Come to our community conversation on Thursday.  Participate in our interfaith programs.
Relationships are what we need to move forward – not just to combat hate and ignorance, but also to feel more connected as we move through our lives.