November Bulletin and Programs Temple Beth Israel
We hope that you can join us for these upcoming events.
Join Us
We invite all Veterans to join us on Saturday November 11 for our Shabbat Service and Kiddush Lunch.

Catherine Cantrell and Esther Keaney will also be celebrating their Bat Mitzvah Anniversary by chanting the Haftorah for Chayei Sara.

We also thank the Sisterhood for co-sponsoring this Shabbat with Catherine and Esther.
Shabbat Service and Dinner Welcoming our New Members on Friday November 17th
Menu: Chicken Dinner  
Services begin at 6:30 pm.
Dinner begins after services, around 7:30 pm.
Vegetarian option available on request. 
Please let us know if you have any other dietary requirements when you sign up by contacting the Temple office. 
$18 per adult, $42 per family if paid by the Weds. before the dinner. $21 per adult, $45 per family for later reservations 
Register online at  or contact the Temple office to sign up.
Monday and Thursday we have morning minyan at 7:00am and Saturday Services begin at 9:00am.

If you need to ensure a minyan on a Monday or Thursday, please contact the Temple Office 781-894-5146 at least 2 days in advance so that we can make sure we have 10. 
Mussar Group: Character & Jewish Values  
facilitated by Rabbi David Finkelstein
 November 15, 
December 13
always 7:00-8:30 pm 
at Temple Beth Israel
In this monthly weekday evening study and practice group, we will follow the Mussar curriculum developed by award-winning author and Boston area Mussar teacher Rabbi David Jaffe. As the title of the group indicates, Mussar is an approach to Jewish learning and being that focuses on the observation and development of our character and our study of Jewish values.
Groups like this started appearing in the 19 th  century under the supervision of Rav Israel Salanter, who started the Mussar movement and Mussar yeshivot. Together we will study Torah, Talmud, Mussar masters from medieval times to the 21 st  century and from the Old World to the New. There will also be time for reflection, sharing in small groups, and trying on spiritual practices. Please bring a journal to write in. Participation is open to all.
Jewish Singing Circle 
a new initiative by Rabbi David Finkelstein
November 18, 
December 23
always 1:30-2:30 pm 
at Temple Beth Israel
Inspired by Joey Weisenberg's book  Building Singing Communities , this Jewish Singing Circle will be an hour of singing wordless tunes while sitting in a circle, monthly on a Shabbat afternoon.
The goal will be to learn and sing one song or  niggun  (wordless Jewish melody) per session, and to learn each  niggun  deeply by singing it numerous times for the full hour. My long term hope is to sing  niggunim/ songs from a variety of sources: from Morris Hollender's repertoire ( alav hashalom ), from various Hasidic groups, from Sephardic and Middle Eastern Jewish communities, and also from 20 th  and 21 st  century Jewish composers. Hollender and Hasidic  niggunim  will be first. Participation is free and open to all.
Friday Night Service - No Dinner
Future Dates to
Mark on your Calendars

January 5
Shabbat Kiddush Sponsors
·  November 11 - Sisterhood and Catherine Cantrell & Esther Keaney - in honor of their Bat Mitzvah Anniversary
·  November 18 - Julie & Chad Gagnon and Ed Brown - in honor of Audrey’s Birthday, and Rabbis David and 
      Sara in honor of Rafi’s Birthday
·  November 25 - Taubman Family
·  December 2 - Sisterhood
·  December 9 - Maystrovsky Family in honor of Vadim's Birthday
·  December 16 - Bat Mitzvah of Miriam Achildiev
·  December 23 - Sylvia Hobbs  

The cost to provide our Kiddush lunch for our usual attendance of 30 to 40 people is about $150. To ensure that we can continue providing Shabbat lunches into the future, we ask those who attend Shabbat services regularly to sponsor a Shabbat lunch once or twice during the year.
Events Happening in November and December
Hazzan Yossi Weintraub
Leads Services November 25th
Our friend and hazzan Yossi Weintraub will be back with us on November 25th to lead Shabbat morning services. Yossi moved to Oregon last summer and will be visiting that weekend.
If you’re in the area during Thanksgiving weekend, we invite you to attend and welcome Yossi back to Temple Beth Israel. Services begin at 9 am. A Kiddush Lunch, which will not include turkey and stuffing, follows the service. 
Breakfast with Civil War Expert
Al Smith
Sunday, December 3, 2017 10 am

Reservations $5 if paid by Nov. 27
$10 at the Door

Send your check, payable to Temple Beth Israel, to: Ed Brown, 35 Lyme Road, West Newton, MA 02465

Please join for Morning Minyan before breakfast, at 9 am. The program will begin at 11 am.

Temple Beth Israel is located across from Hannaford’s Supermarket, at 25 Harvard Street, Waltham, MA.

Parking is available. 
Active Bystander Workshop

For ages 12 through adult, December 3, 1:30-3:30 pm. If you witness a harmful situation, such as harassment or bullying, should you do something? What? How do you decide? Participants review examples of harm in our communities, analyze the roles of people involved in a bystander situation, discuss the inhibitors and promoters of being an active bystander, and brainstorm on effective ways to take action. $10 donation requested at the door.