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Monthly Archives: 8 Nisan 5772 (March 31, 2012)
We are overwhelmed by the generosity, support and love we received after the passing of our mother/grandmother, Gerri Gordon. We cannot express our gratitude for our TBA family who literally took over so we could celebrate Gerri’s life. Rabbi Adler led an amazing service to honor Gerri’s life and her legacy. Your visits to Gerri, especially during the last few weeks of her life, allowed her to find peace and acceptance. Your work with all of us in preparing for the funeral and the days and weeks ahead has helped to ease our sadness. The “Shiva Brigade” as we have named it, captained by Linda Goodspeed, was like nothing we have ever seen. Linda, we thank you and the team you assembled: Lisa Horowitz, Anita & Phil Freed, Donna Pierce, Judy Matfess, Gina Rudin, Peter Gilmore, Eric & Julie Zieff, Lisa Kosan & Deb Vozzella (hopefully we didn’t miss anyone). We are so thankful for all of you! With much appreciation, Amy, Richie and Max Blake
Another year has passed and again Passover is approaching. As we gather with friends and family to celebrate our people’s freedom from bondage, we must also do more to liberate those who remain enslaved by hunger and poverty. Nearly 50 million Americans—including 17 million children—live on the edge of hunger. It is a tragic situation, but also one we can fix. TBA, led by the Social Action Committee, is committed to fighting hunger. We do so with our monthly Monday Night Suppers at the First Baptist Church. And we will have a special program on May 17 at TBA, co-sponsored with Temple Shalom of Salem, with activist Rabbi Margie Klein, on A Jewish Response to Homelessness. It will include a discussion of what else our congregations can do to alleviate hunger and homelessness. For the months of April, May, and June, as has been done in past years, we will be collecting boxes of cereal for donation in honor of counting the omer. Counting the omer has an agricultural basis. The omer was a daily offering of grain brought to the Temple in Jerusalem between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. Please bring cereal whenever you come to TBA—for school, … Continue reading
Question: What is G-d’s favorite sport? Answer: Baseball, because the Torah begins: In the big inning. As we prepare for Passover, there is no escaping the anticipation of the start of the baseball season as well. Baseball is and perhaps always will be the most literate and metaphorical of our major sports; it is certainly responsible for countless essays, books, poems and even works of art. There is an urge for comparison to our Jewish history. Passover tells the story of reaching the Promised Land; the baseball season begins with the vision of our favorite team reaching its own promised land, the World Series in October. As a temple president and lifelong baseball fan I, too, am struck by how both Judaism and baseball are rooted in history. According to an essay by Rabbi Richard D. Angler, just as every baseball game is part of every other baseball game that has ever been played, we say that when a Jew is born he is already 4,000 years old. Judaism, like family, like everything of value in life, works best when we make the long-term commitment to it. I will resist the urge for further comparisons or bad puns (great American … Continue reading
Our next Parent Coffee and PTA meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 1, and will feature a review and discussion of the Religious School curriculum. Parents who cannot make this meeting are invited to forward their questions and comments to Anita Freed. We are also beginning to organize the PTA for the 2012-2013 school year. Please contact Anita if you would like to take on a leadership role in the PTA. Please make note of these important dates: No classes will be held on Sunday, April 8, as it falls on the second day of Passover. All families are invited to attend the temple’s holiday services that day at 9 a.m. Religious School will not be in session from Sunday, April 15, through Sunday, April 22, to correspond to the public school vacation week. Sunday, May 6, is the final Community Learning Day of the year. Program information will be forthcoming. Sunday, June 10, is the date of our second Indoor Yard Sale. More information will be announced, but in the meantime, please consider setting aside some of your good “stuff”—new or gently used clothing, sporting goods, toys, books, knickknacks, etc.—for this Religious School fund-raiser. Tuesday, June 12, is TBA’s … Continue reading
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This Friday at 7:00 we will be celebrating Shabbat with our friends at Temple Shalom – come to sing, pray and shmooze! Temple Shalom is at 287 Lafayette Street in Salem.
Please join us for a program on A Jewish Response to Disabilities at 7:00. This is the third in a series of programs in conjunction with Temple Shalom. There will be a panel discussion, as well as information on the Tour de Shul bikeride that will take place in June to raise money for the Tikva Program at Camp Ramah, a program for children with special needs.