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Monthly Archives: 16 Sivan 5773 (January 1, 2009)
There is an air of optimism as January begins and the inauguration of a new president approaches. The promise of change has us looking around with a sense of anticipation and the thought that anything is possible when you set no limits to what you can do. January is also the time when we pay tribute to a man who had dreams of his own to change the attitudes of a country that he loved dearly. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. fervently wished for a time when people would judge him not by the color of his skin, but rather by what lay beneath the surface and was in his heart. In March of 1965 he was joined by a Jewish religious leader who shared his vision for equality and justice for all human beings, regardless of race and religious heritage. Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched down the streets of Selma, Alabama, hand in hand. As the rabbi proclaimed later, “For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was … Continue reading
We are a community of special individuals. So many take upon themselves projects to keep our congregation going and growing. Lauri and Brian Chertok spent much of last year working on the book The History of Temple B’nai Abraham. They compiled stories and photos, found grant money to offset the printing costs, and involved the Montserrat School of Art to help complete the project. The result is a priceless record of the history of the Jews in Beverly that has been recognized by the Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore as a valuable resource for that organization’s next book. Many people were involved in the making of the book, including our temple historian Elaine Israelsohn, Ralph Edelstein, and Deborah Willwerth. Their contributions to the project were invaluable, but they would all agree that it was Lauri and Brian who drove the project and made it happen. The book to date has raised $800 and copies are available for purchase in the Temple office. The Sheris family brought the “Cash for Gold” fundraiser to TBA. The two-day event raised $2,000—a much needed income boost to the Temple during these difficult financial times. Bringing a new fund-raiser to TBA helped the … Continue reading
After Rabbi Rubenstein’s d’var Torah, Executive Director Deborah Vozella gave her report. Calendar events were noted, including a preschool/lower school Chanukah program on December 14 and Sisterhood’s “Ladies, Latkes, and Libations” event on December 15. TBA students will join three other temple schools for a Shabbat school day, featuring sessions with Rick Recht, at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott on December 20. A Torah study class led by Debbie Coltin will begin on January 4. TBA will host a community Healing Service on January 8 and a Comedy Night on January 24 at 8 p.m. The executive director also reported on the status of fundraising and announced plans to publicize a list of projects for which congregants can volunteer. Sorry, you must be registered and logged in to view this article and any associated comments.