Congregation Shalom is a Reform Jewish community committed to education, spiritual growth,
Olam (healing the world).
We are proud to be an extended family of
equals - welcoming,
caring, and inclusive.
Together, we engage in religious observance,
enjoy social activities, and
pursue life-long learning.
From our Rabb
In the days since Rosh HaShanah, many people have asked me to send them the final text that I shared on Rosh HaShanah morning. Written by Rabbi Michael Latz, it is a modern-day interpretation of Niemoller's "They came for the socialists..." I have included it at the end of my letter and I hope it inspires you to become a voice and advocate for social justice. Recently our congregation's board has decided to sign the URJ's Brit Olam, which opens with this preface:
For A World of Compassion, Justice and Wholeness:
We are calling this a Brit Olam - a Covenant with our World - because we seek the world we want, not the world as it is.
Across North America and around the world, vulnerable populations face profound challenges. As the Reform Jewish Movement, we are committed to meeting the urgency of now with moral leadership through congregational and community-based action.
Members of our congregation hope to get involved in these efforts, in particular in the areas of criminal justice reform and refugee/immigration matters. If you are interested in participating in the Urgency of Now campaign and other efforts of Tikkun Olam, I invite you to get involved with our social action committee in the days ahead. Our tradition mandates that we see ourselves as a part of the human community in need of redemption. At every seder we read these words in the Haggadah: In every generation, one is obligated to see oneself as one who personally went out from Egypt. Just as it says: "You shall tell your child on that very day: 'It's because of this that God did for me when I went out of Egypt." Exodus 13:8. - from the Haggadah.
Each one of us will understand these words somewhat differently and be inspired to act in our own unique ways to do the work of Tikkun Olam. Whatever path you take to build a world of chesed-kindness and ahavah-love, the important thing to remember is the urgency of now. As Anne Frank taught us: "How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment to start to improve the world."
(see poem below)
Rabbi Shoshana M. Perry
First they came for gays and transgendered and I spoke up -
because God does NOT make mistakes!
Then they came for the African Americans and I spoke up-
Because I am my sisters' and my brothers' keeper.
And then they came for the women and I spoke up-
Because women hold up half the sky.
And then they came for the immigrants and I spoke up-
Because I remember the ideals of our democracy.
And then they came for the Muslims and I spoke up-
Because they are my cousins and we are one human family.
And then they came for the Native Americans and Mother Earth and I spoke up-
Because the blood-soaked land cries and the mountains weep.
They keep coming.
We keep rising up.
Because we Jews know the cost of silence.
We remember where we came from.
And we will link arms, because when you come for our neighbors, you come for us-
and THAT just won't stand.
From our President
Our community is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The founding members had a vision, and that, along with their commitment and resourcefulness, led to the creation of Congregation Shalom in 1967. Their actions, along with all those who have taken an active role for these 50 years, mean that today we have a vibrant temple. All of us here today are thankful that Congregation Shalom provides us a welcoming place to come on these High Holidays for worship with our Jewish community.
Though I am president today, my family began its relationship with Congregation Shalom the way many families do...after living in the area for a few years, my husband and I joined because we wanted to send our children to religious school. We wanted them each to celebrate becoming a bar or bat mitzvah when they were old enough. I looked around at the synagogues in the area, and we chose Congregation Shalom. Well, our children are in their 20's now, but Cory and I are still here. What we realized as we provided our three kids with formal religious training was that there was an intrinsic value for us in this connection as well. Through the years, in celebrations and in difficult times, when we were ready to reach out, we knew that we would find Congregation Shalom, and more importantly, its members and professionals, waiting for us. We, all of us, take it for granted that when we want or need to reach out, Congregation Shalom will be here.
You and I have all benefitted from communities and institutions that are there when we need them. For instance, the town soccer teams that my kids have outgrown are now valuable to families with younger children. I have come to a realization, though, that communities, clubs, institutions do not "just exist". They rely on people to keep them going, year after year after year. Even though one family may no longer be involved, the institutions are still needed, and depend on people to keep them going. I believe in my heart that Congregation Shalom is a place that needs to exist, to thrive and be here for generations to come, to fulfill its mission for young and old. Again, this does not "just happen". The support of people, through volunteerism as well as financial support, is necessary. Without this, the presence of a vibrant, Jewish congregation in this area would be at risk.
Fall is a great time to become involved; I hope you will come participate in our community.
Together we create a vibrant community, but it is up to each of us to actively engage in Jewish life. This next month offers a multitude of opportunities for every interest. In Café Wisdom we've decided to read a book on the topic of wise aging; the Sisterhood has planned a walk at the Chelmsford Rail Trail and an evening of trivia; Brotherhood will be doing their usual poker night and guys' night out, as well as erecting our sukkah. And, most exciting of all, our 50th Anniversary Gala is finally around the corner. Last I heard, there are over 200 people coming! Come take advantage of what Congregation Shalom has to offer.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for being a member of Congregation Shalom. I wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.
From our Education Director
As we begin the Jewish New Year 5778, the beginning of a new year and the rhythm of the different holidays that the Jewish year offers always excites me. We know that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will start us off, but as we enter into the month of October, our calendar is filled with wonderful and meaningful opportunities that are perfect for all of our children.
The first holiday in October is Sukkot. It is fascinating to see how many different types of Sukkahs people construct. I have always loved the metaphor that a Sukkah should be built to withstand a normal wind but not raging storms. Like life, we need to be able to weather ups and downs but the raging storms require the support of more than just a temporary structure but rather the roots of a community that is there to anchor us. The walls of a Sukkah must also be high but we always need to see the sunlight above us. This always reminds me that while we all need protections over our head, we need to allow ourselves to be open to hope and change as well. The Sukkah offers us a place to reflect and to spend time together with friends and also with our Congregation Shalom community.
Please plan to join us on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00pm (after Hebrew School), bring your dinner and a blanket and help us decorate our beautiful Congregation Shalom Sukkah. You can shake the Lulav and Etrog and help us to make our Sukkah a welcoming place for everyone.
Following on the heels of Sukkot, is our wonderful Simchat Torah celebration. Please join us on Friday, October 13 as we honor our Grade 1 Consecration class, and we celebrate the beginning of reading the Torah again. This fun and joyful celebration is a wonderful way to celebrate for all ages. We will sing and dance with the Torahs and watch as we unroll our Torah for all of us to see.
Finally, please hold November 4 for a special Havdalah and Game night event. This promises to be an exciting event for everyone.
I am excited for the start of this new year and I know that the Jewish Education that we offer is not the whole picture but rather it is the combination of the work we do here and the partnerships we have with you as parents at home, that make the essence of Judaism and Jewish Education come alive. This year we are once again blessed with wonderful teachers and I am thrilled to welcome my teachers back to the school.
Welcome back to Lauren Denis, Deborah Morrissey, Rob Berkovitz, Rich Laider, Margie Lotto, Sue Tymon, Audrey Desrochers, Phyllis Kallus, Amy Degen, Ilene Rodman and Sandy Moore. I feel lucky to again have Rabbi Perry teaching our students and Jodi Blankstein will again lead "Kol Kolot". I also want to take the opportunity to welcome Ari Strasser, our new music teacher, Deb Berkovitz, our new Grade 4 teacher and we are thrilled that Rebecca Sprattler will rejoin our amazing Hebrew School faculty. I am so excited to work with such dedicated and talented people and I am sure your children will grow and thrive under their tutelage.
In the summer and throughout out the year, Joan LaRochelle works hard to get everything ready for the upcoming year. I am so grateful for everything that Joan does to make this school a special place and for her dedication to the Congregation Shalom community. I also want to thank Bonnie Nojeim and Phyllis Kallus for all their hard work and support throughout the year. Finally I want to thank my school committee for everything they do to make this school so special. I am thankful for your support.
I want to encourage the whole school community to come to the 50th Gala so that we will be able to celebrate this incredible community that offers our children a solid and rich foundation for their lifelong pursuit of Jewish Education. I look forward to celebrating with the school and the broader community as well.
My family and I want to wish you all a Shanah Tovah U' Metukah - a happy and sweet new year.
| From our Cantorial Soloist
No news from Jodi this month.
Social Action Committee
Nashua Interfaith CROP Walk for Hunger on Sunday October 29th
Please join Congregation Shalom's team on the walk to help end hunger one step at a time! It's a great Mitzvah and a wonderful way to make a difference to those in need. Families, couples, single walkers, kids, friends, scouts - everyone is welcome to join us. There is the full walk - 4.4 miles - and also a shortcut that is just 2 miles. There is music and a BBQ afterwards as well as education tables and an advocacy table where you can write Congress about the importance of social programs that help those in need.
Need for volunteers at Table of Plenty in Chelmsford
Congregation Shalom is part of a team of volunteers at the Table of Plenty in Chelmsford, an organization that serves a free meal to all, no questions asked, every Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Chelmsford Center. Our team serves every other month on the third Tuesday, and will next serve on November 21, 2017. If you have time to volunteer during the afternoon on Tuesdays and would like to take part, please contact Sue McDonald at
Monthly Food Donations for Middlesex Transitional Living Center
Congregation Shalom is collecting food for the Lowell Transitional Living Center. It is easy to help out with this mitzvah. Donations of meatloaf, and/or brownies and/or salad are accepted each month. There will be a cooler chest located by doors of Congregation Shalom. Simply place your donation in the cooler and know that you have done a good deed! The food will be collected and brought to the Lowell Transitional Living Center in Lowell, where our donations are greatly appreciated each month. You can leave your donations in the cooler beginning on Wednesday, October 18 through Thursday, October 19 (until 5pm.) November dates will be November 15-16 - mark your calendar now!
It is a new and exciting year for us and the Adult Education committee has many things planned. I know some of you saw the large number of members of many different types of committee called to the Torah at Rosh Hashanah and were amazed. You , too, can be an even deeper part of this community - the community working together is fun! If you would like to find out more about the Adult Ed committee, please contact us at
See below for our upcoming events!
Torah Study - Saturday 9:00 a.m. on
Oct 15, Nov 18, Feb 10, Apr 7
Mishnah Pe'ah 1: "These are the obligations without measure, whose reward, too, is without measure: To honor mother and father, to perform acts of loving-kindness, to attend the house of study daily, to welcome the stranger, to visit the sick, to rejoice with the bride and bridegroom, to comfort the bereaved, to pray with sincerity, to make peace when there is strife. And the study of Torah is equal to them all because the study of Torah leads to them all."
Come study Torah with us!
Crash Review -Sunday - Oct 1 8:30 - 10:30
Class Time -- Sundays -- 9:00-10:15 AM:
Oct 15 & 29, Nov 5 & 19, Dec 3 & 10, Jan 7 & 21, Feb 4, Mar 11 & 18, Apr 1 & 8
Our new class is for those who already read Hebrew - if slowly. The first class will be a refresher in-depth review to reinforce sounds of letters and vowels. This class will focus on Shabbat prayers and vocabulary. In addition, it will offer the opportunity for those interested in becoming an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah to learn how to read Torah and participate in a service in the spring. One does not have to participate in the adult B'nai Mitzvah ceremony to participate in the class.
Great Decisions - Sundays at 11 AM on
Oct 22, Nov 19, Jan 21, Mar 18
Great Decisions, the centerpiece of the longest-running civic education program in the United States devoted to foreign affairs, empowers readers to discuss global issues shaping U.S. foreign policy and the world. The briefing book provides historical background, current U.S. policy and alternative policy options, informative maps and detailed graphs, suggested readings and resources. The reading for each meeting is between 8 and 10 pages.
October 22, 2017: Trade, Jobs and Politics
November 19, 2017: The Future of Europe; Coping with Crisis
January 21, 2018: Conflict in the South China Sea
March 18, 2018: Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Pre-registration is required for this program! For more information on the topics go to
The cost of the booklet will be $18.00, limited to the first 20 attendees. To sign up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by October 8, 2017.
Café Wisdom 2nd Tuesday of every month from 1
0:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Café Wisdom is a monthly study group that meets the 2nd Tuesday every month from October. This year we will be reading and discussing the book
Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, & Spirit. We always welcome new people and if you are interested in learning more or on being added to the Café Wisdom mailing list, please contact Rabbi Perry at email@example.com.
Sunday November 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Kristallnacht, literally, "Night of Crystal," refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938 across Nazi controlled areas. As we mark this moment in our people's history, we welcome Anna Orenstein to be our speaker.
Anna Ornstein, M.D. is a Professor Emerita of Child Psychology at the U of Cincinnati and a Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a Holocaust survivor, and has written a memoire titled, "My Mother's Eyes," along with a collection of psychoanalytic articles
Save the Date
October 1st - Adult Hebrew Crash Review
October 14th - Torah Study
October 15th - 50th Anniversary Gala
October 15th - Adult Hebrew
October 22nd - Great Decisions
October 29th - Adult Hebrew
High Holiday Service Schedule At-A-Glance
Yom Kippur Services
Friday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m. - Kol Nidre Service
Saturday, September 30th at 9:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur Family Service
Saturday, September 30th at 11:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur Adult Service
Saturday, September 30th at 1:45 p.m. - Yom Kippur Young Children's Service
Saturday, September 30th at 2:30 p.m. - Program on Privilege led by the Shalomites
Saturday, September 30th at 3:45 p.m. -
Renewing our Spirit: A Jorney to Joy, Love and Gratitude
Saturday, September 30th at 4:45 p.m. -
Saturday, September 30th - Break Fast will follow the end of services.
October Oneg Schedule
Oct 6 - 6 pm MOCA Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz in the Sukkot
Segal L&H*, Hurd, Hyatt, Michaud & Capland, Newlon & Rothstein
Oct 13 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Consecration/Simchat Torah music by Jodi and Adam
Morrissey J&D*, Anthony, Barter, Danzig A&K, Lazar, Miranda & Stewart-Miranda
Oct 20 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Burton*, Gross, Hyatt, Snyder
Oct 27 - 7:15 pm Adult Shabbat - Sweet and Soulful Shpiel Janoschek*, Haas, Orlinsky, Raichek, Sevigny
Welcome New Members
We are happy to announce that the following families have joined our Congregation Shalom Community:
- Gary Green and Heather Hill and their daughter Samantha
- Jeffrey and Stacey Rotberg and their sons Noah and Zachary
- Meg Valentine and Mandy Coutts
We extend a warm welcome!
Thank you to all the members who made donations to the temple in our mother's name. It is comforting to know that members of our religious community thought of us during this difficult time.
Marilyn Katler and Barry Rosenberg
The following donations were received from July through September 2017:
GENERAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
Three General Donations
To further the needs of the Community (3)
In memory of
Carolyn Salus and Jefrey Salus
Evelyn Schneider (2)
Martin Berenson (2)
In honor of
ENHANCED JEWISH EXPERIENCE FUND
One General Donation
In honor of
In honor of
In memory of
Lois Weinbaum Levy
SUSAN MURRAY YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In memory of
Jay Newlon's mother
Hal Powell's step-mother
TREE OF LIFE LEAF ENGRAVING
In honor of
Jonathan Weinberg's bar mitzvah
Mary (Strolovsky) Friedlander
Betty Lou Gordon
Gerald M. Freedland
Myer Martin Shapiro
Arleen R. Yegelwell
|Our Caring Committee Can Help
The Caring Committee is always available to provide meals or transportation to those members and families who need a little help. Please don't hesitate to email Katie Wolman at
or Rabbi Perry at
, or feel free to call Katie at home.
|Newsletter Ads and You!
We are always looking for advertisers for the Temple newsletter. Ads can be placed at any time with special pricing for members. Ads need not be for a year so if you want to try us, we take ads for 3 months as well as six months. If you decide to continue your ad for a full year, we do pro-rate the price. As the saying goes, "Try us, you'll like us!"
Throughout the year, there are many enriching Jewish experiences available to our youth through our synagogue or the community. These include, but aren't limited to, summer camps and trips to Washington, New York, and Israel. Fortunately, there is some scholarship money available through the temple to those families in need of financial assistance for these opportunities. Please contact Margie Berenson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or for an application form.
|Changed Your Address?
Notify us at: email@example.com
and we'll make sure all the right organizations at the Temple are informed. Please include your full name in your request.
Don't throw out those empty ink jet cartridges. Put them in the black container with the green top as soon as you enter the synagogue. Some of those 'throw aways' are worth $2.00 so please drop them in the container. Sorry, we do not accept empty juice containers or soda cans!
We have started collecting items for our online auction. Can you believe that this is the 12
year that we have been doing this? We can always use help in ferreting out stores and restaurants that will be willing to give us a gift certificate or a donation. Today I got two tickets worth $150 from the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown. They have been staunch supporters of our Online Auction since its inception. There are so many supporters. We are blessed.
The Hair Products genie has graced us with several
Ionic Ceramic Thermal
medium size round brushes that sell for $29.99 but one can be yours for $7.00.
All fundraising endeavors help to balance the budget. The more we raise, the healthier our portion of the budget becomes. As always, we are looking for members to join our committee. Almost no meetings: communication via email.
Our fall events are underway so please send in your dues for 2017-2018 and plan to come to at least one activity in October. Here is a list of what's coming up on our calendar. Watch for an evite for each event with more information.
~ On Tuesday, October 10 we will join with Hadassah for a Power of Flowers activity
~ On Saturday, October 14 we will meet at the Java Room at 10:00 a.m. for a Shabbat walk on the Bruce Freeman Trail followed by beverages and snacks at the Java Room
~ Get ready for some relaxation on Sunday, October 22! Becky Bronson will lead a yoga session for us at 2:00 p.m. Cost will be $5 per person.
We are co-sponsoring four sessions of the Great Decisions Workshop with the Adult Education Committee. Save the date for the first session on Sunday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required via
Save the date for a potluck brunch on November 5. Guest speaker Cindy Sacco will lead a discussion about nutrition.
Thank you to everyone for contributing to the New Year's Greeting and Memory Book. We are very grateful to Laura Rodman and Sara Epstein for all of their time and effort that makes this important project such a success.
Everyone is welcome to attend our next board meeting at the temple on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m.
Wishing you all the best for the New Year,
We are so excited to kick off our year with this upcoming event!
On Yom Kippur (Saturday, September 30), we will be hosting a program at Congregation Shalom open to everyone at 2:30. We will be discussing Israel during this program. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, email me or the Shalomites advisors Rob Berkovitz and Sandy Moore at
| Grocery Cards
Thank you to all the members and guests who supported the High Holy Days food drive. We delivered hundreds of pounds of food along with grocery store gift cards to appreciative food pantries in the Chelmsford area. (If you haven't sent in your pledge yet, please send checks to the temple office, with Food Drive in the memo line.)
LOOKING FOR A FEW MORE FAMILIES
Do you want to help the Temple without spending time or money? There's an easy way you can help while you shop. Get grocery cards (Hannaford, Stop&Shop, Whole Foods or Donelan's) each month, and the temple makes $7 cashback for each $100 purchased. This leads to thousands of dollars for our programs, with no extra out-of-pocket money from you. I'd like to get more families signed up for the monthly program. I'm happy to send cards to college students, too. Make it your High Holiday mitzvah to join in. Just email Toby Sedgwick at
and I will get you started. Thanks so much for your support!
|iGive for Congregation Shalom
Have you ever thought how great it would be to be able to shop online at 783 different well-known stores and still donate money to Congregation Shalom? Well, you can do that! It's free and easy so join those of us who have been sending donations to the synagogue for years simply by shopping by first going to the iGive website once you have established the link.
to register for Congregation Shalom to automatically be the recipient cause.
If you make a purchase through iGive within 45 days of signing up, an extra $5.00 will go to Congregation Shalom. If you have any questions, please contact
Reform Jewish Outreach Boston (RJOB)
offers classes and workshops supporting interfaith couples and individuals exploring Judaism:
Yours, Mine & Ours for Interfaith Couples
Interfaith couples who are seriously dating, engaged, or newly married strengthen their communication around faith, family, and culture, in a short-term, small group setting. Held October and March.
Introduction to Judaism
Explore a modern take on Jewish life. Engage with Jewish values, celebrations, and spirituality. Introduction to Judaism is an engaging 16-session course for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens. Courses starting in Brookline, Boston, and Sharon/Westwood.
Planning a Jewish Wedding
For Interfaith and Jewish couples. Explore the symbols of the Jewish wedding ceremony, ways to honor family traditions, and how to personalize your ceremony. Workshops in Boston and Cambridge.
RJOB is a program of the Union for Reform Judaism, working in partnership with URJ congregations and with the support of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Table of Plenty in Chelmsford
Free Dinner Served
Every Tuesday from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Chelmsford Center
All are welcome. No questions asked.
Also, if you know of someone who cannot get out,
but would benefit from a dinner being delivered to them, please contact us.
For more information contact:
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From the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston & Affiliates...
VNA Hospice Care needs volunteers! Hospice volunteers play a key role in helping to provide caring and compassion to patients and families facing life-limiting illness and loss. A volunteer may provide patients with company and emotional support, give the spouse, partner or other caregiver a needed break from care giving, and/or help caregivers run errands or get to and from appointments. A strong need exists for volunteers who can visit on weekdays. We also seek: musicians who would like to sing or play music quietly at the bedside of nursing home residents; Reiki practitioners who would like to offer Reiki to patients and/or caregivers; and people interested in visiting with their therapy dog. Volunteers who speak both English and a second language are also helpful. We provide volunteer training and ongoing support. Call 781-569-2888 and ask to speak to a Volunteer Coordinator for more information. Or email LPalais@vnab.org.
Spiritual Poetry Journal
"Soul-Lit" is a new on-line spiritual poetry journal. A number of entries have been from Jews and have Jewish content. Writers are encouraged to submit their own poems which have a level of spiritual content to them. Two volumes have already been published.
To check out the website, please click here.
Please spread the word to members of the community who are writers / poets, and who may wish to submit their own writings.
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