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Monthly Archives: 15 Iyyar 5770 (April 29, 2010)
Our next Club Shabbat date is Saturday, May 1. Students in grades 5 and up, and their families, are especially invited to attend Shabbat services this morning. Experience Shabbat with your friends. Services begin at 9 a.m., and we ask that all of our Club Shabbat families arrive by 9:30. Please note that this service counts toward Junior Congregation requirements. TBA also will hold a new tot shabbat program which has been renamed Club Shabbat Jr. and will also take place on regular Club Shabbat dates from 10AM-11AM . Be sure to check it out if you, your relatives or your friends have younger children at home. Club Shabbat Jr. is the place to be for kids on shabbat. Enjoy songs and activities that help shabbat come alive. Kid friendly snacks will be served. As always, Shabbat services are open to the community.
Please join us on Wednesday, May 5, to discuss Geraldine Brooks’ “People of the Book” at Anita Freed’s home. Amazon gave this book 4 stars, and wrote in its review: “ A complex love story, thrilling mystery, vivid history lesson, and celebration of the enduring power of ideas, People of the Book will surely be hailed as one of the best of 2008.” Please RSVP to Anita at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
We wish to acknowledge that after living a long and healthy life Cyrus Nathan stepfather of Linda Schutzman passed away at age 97. He was the grandfather of Zachary and Ethan Schutzman and the husband of Peggy Nathan. Memorial observances will be private.
A View From the Bimah Happier Is… Even Happier: Establishing a Gratitude Blog For Weekly Joy and Lasting Fulfillment Tal ben-Shahar, an Israeli professor at Harvard University, is renowned for his class on modern psychology entitled “Happier”. Since his popularity has exploded, he has written two books on the topic, and a third that is a journal on how to maintain your happiness throughout the year. I am using this book as the basis for opening up a blog that will allow us to dialogue on how, together as well as individuals, we can grow in being “happier” with ourselves and our community. In the introduction, Professor ben-Shahar writes, “Engaging in reflection and action (reflaction) brings theory to life. I have adopted the practice of reflaction in my academic classes and public workshops, and I recommend that all teachers and students in any field who are concerned with real learning do the same.”
Parashat Tazria – Metzora 5770 A Character Assassination in the Making For the past several weeks the Massachusetts House and Senate debated legislation regarding a policy towards the mandatory reporting of bullying in the school system. Prompted by the suicide of a 15-year-old girl from Hadley and an 11-year-old boy from Springfield, the newly proposed law would prohibit bullying of all types at school. As for what happens outside of the school, it still remains difficult to criminalize what is happening to our children at the hands of other children. According to the legislation, bullying would extend itself to the Internet and the illegal use of cyberspace to target victims. Such electronic communication includes the use of e-mails, text messages, Internet postings, and other electronic means of defacing other people.
Parashat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 5770 What Israel Means to Me One of the questions that people ask most often when they are troubled by our existence as a people and see the tzoras and the sorrows that we have had to endure throughout time is, “Why are we called the chosen people?” It is usually followed up with, “What makes us so special?”, as if we think that we are far superior than the other nations of the world in comparison. This is reinforced each time we repeat the words of the prophet Isaiah (42:6) who quoted God as saying, “I will establish you as a Covenant of the people, for a Light unto the nations.”
Hi, everyone. Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting this coming Sunday, May 2nd. Our session will begin at 10 AM. Feel free to come earlier to participate in the full Community Learning Day. Our part will include Israeli cooking and taking part in the synagogue-wide “Israel Fair” during the last 45 minutes (11:15-12). Our next session will be Sunday, May 16th, 10:30-12. Thanks, and see you on Sunday! Miriam