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Monthly Archives: 10 Sivan 5772 (May 31, 2012)
Join temple members and our new Rabbi for a Curious Creatures live presentation. Kids are invited to jump in our bouncy house and enjoy face painting in our garden. Tour our Religious School classrooms and new JCC Preschool.Hot dogs, watermelon and other summer treats will be served. This program is free and open to all. WHEN & WHERE: DATE: Sunday, June 3 TIME: 10:00-Noon
I would like to share an update on our youth programming. Last month there was a wonderful Religious School end-of-year celebration. There were awards and singing, and every child in the school came up to the bimah to receive a certificate for completing the year (along with some Israeli chocolate). Mazel tov to our graduating seventh-graders, Simon Petersen and Zachary Perkins. One of the points emphasized during that ceremony was that the school is just one step in Jewish education. On Shavuot, four 11th-graders—Adi and Idan Davidyan, Benjamin Huth, and Hannah Schwartz—were confirmed after studying comparative religions. Each time we met over the course of the year we met with a different member of the clergy, representing various religious traditions. The students not only learned about those religions but also more about their own Jewish identity in the process. Next year we are happy to introduce a teen program called Atid (“future” in Hebrew). TBA has teamed up with Temple Ner Tamid and Temple Beth Shalom of Peabody. Eighth- and ninth-graders will study at Beth Shalom on Monday evenings. Tenth-graders will rotate among the three rabbis (Rabbi Mathis, Rabbi Zucker, and myself) with 6-week “mini-mesters” on Tuesday evenings. Once a … Continue reading
Closing ceremonies for the Religious School year were held on Thursday, May 17. Mazel tov to all of our students, and especially to our graduating seventh-graders, Simon Petersen and Zachary Perkins. The following students received special recognitions: Elizabeth Mack and Amy Freed—Sam and Eve Weinberg Award, recognizing leadership in prayer and participation in services; Eleanor Brown—Jonathan Myerson Scholarship Award, honoring student achievement; Zachary Perkins and Simon Petersen—Weiss-Winer Award, recognizing student participation and given to inspire seventh-graders to continue their Jewish education; Emily Zieff and Mae-Lou Zaleski—Herman Kravitz Award, for essays on anti-Semitism. The Religious School thanks all of the parents who supported our activities this year. We especially thank Gina Rudin and Susan Grant, who routinely prepare the snacks served on class days. We also thank musician Marcy Yellin, who prepared the students for the closing exercises and whose talents greatly enhance our curriculum throughout the year. Thanks also goes to all of our Religious School teachers— Stephanie Band, Leah Budelmann, Miriam Blue, Dina Davidyan, Lauren Goldman, Yael Sokolow, Allison Wolper, and Sidney Zimmerman—along with Rabbi Alison Adler and Education Director Deborah Vozella. Registration packets for the upcoming school year will be available soon. School resumes on Sunday, September 9.
The Congregation Gratefully Acknowledges the Following Contributions (Recorded April 24 through May 21, 2012) Sorry, you must be registered and logged in to view this article and any associated comments.
Acknowledging the Yahrzeit, the Hebrew anniversary of a person’s death is a widely held observance in Judaism and at Temple B’nai Abraham.
This Shabbat we will recognize the Yahrzeit’s of: Elizabeth Lederman, Sarah Silver, Nathan Todreas, Albert Chase, Arthur Sidell, Dora Brown, Janice Miller Cascia, Mark Gilmore, Dorothy Agranovitch, Abraham Flashner, Frances Jaffe, Morris Weinberg, Herman Shapiro, Sophie Shaktman.
This past Shabbat we recognized the Yahrzeit’s of: Bessie Baker, Abraham Cohn, Esther Mollie Ginsberg, Bella Kirschner, Abe Abrams, Louis Blumenthal, James L. London, Sarah Marcus, Fannie Tartakoff, Louis Yunick, Max Singer, Diana Brodsky, Morris Goldberg, Phillip Rosenblatt, Samuel Siegel, Meyer Silver, Bernard Visnick, Meyer Cohen, Israel Ossoff, Harry Mann.
Now that Memorial Day and other civil holidays approach, it is appropriate to point out some of the customs and rules pertaining to gravesites at TBA’s cemetery. The presence of flowers at funerals and gravesites is distinctly a non-Jewish custom and is actively discouraged, if not prohibited, by the Conservative movement, its rabbis, and Conservative congregations. TBA bylaws and cemetery rules prohibit the decoration or marking of any gravesite in any manner, other than with standard gravestones, without specific permission of the Cemetery Trustees. In particular, no grave may be decorated with plants or flowers or other vegetation, be they live or artificial, potted or planted, or cut and placed in the ground to appear as if they are growing. Such items will be removed and disposed of by cemetery personnel. The Jewish custom upon visiting the gravesite of a loved one is to pledge tzedakah, either to a favorite charity of the deceased or to the Temple or cemetery. (Donations to the cemetery are always useful and appreciated for maintenance and general beautification.) Some also follow the custom of marking the visit by placing a small stone or pebble on the grave marker. A container with small stones for … Continue reading
Please join us to celebrate Shabbat and Shavuot this weekend! Friday, 7:00 – Shabbat services with Temple Shalom in the TBA garden Saturday, 9:00 – Shabbat services Sunday, 9:00 – Shavuot services and Confirmation, honoring Adi and Idan Davidyan, Benjamin Huth, and Hannah Schwartz, followed by a special luncheon; Seth Landau will be our guest service leader Monday, 9:00 – Shavuot services with Yizkor (memorial prayers); Seth Landau will be our guest service leader Shabbat shalom and chag sameach!