September 2017 - 5777

Volume LXV #12

Member of the Union For Reform Judaism


Congregation Shalom is a Reform Jewish community committed to education, spiritual growth,  and Tikkun
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.
Congregation Shalom
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Rabbi From our Rabb i rabbi   

Dear Friends,
What does it feel like to learn, pray, sing, eat, organize, laugh and more with 5,000 other members of the Reform Jewish Community?  Amazing!  Inspiring!  Energizing!  Meaningful!  Fun!  Enriching!  And More.....
I hope you will consider participating in such an opportunity at the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial which is in Boston this December 6th-10th!  This will be the largest Jewish gathering in North America, bringing together lay leaders, clergy, professionals, youth leaders, musicians, artists and more - together we will represent the 1.5 million North American Reform Jewish community.  At the Biennial we will learn, pray, share ideas, network, celebrate and make decisions about the future of Reform Jewish life.  Those who participate will be able to return to their home congregations with new resources, ideas, enthusiasm and know-how to put them to use to strengthen and enrich their spiritual homes.
The theme of this year's Biennial is "Reimagining Jewish life" and together we will explore the changing face of Jewish institutions, demographics, and community life.  Below you can find detailed information about programs, registration, etc.  The exciting thing for our congregation is that as a Boston-area congregation our members are also invited to attend the amazing Friday night Shabbat service for free.  We will not be holding a service at Congregation Shalom that night, but instead will organize carpools or rent a bus to bring our members to participate in this amazing, musical Shabbat experience.  If you are interested in helping me to organize this part of the program, please let me know at
Who should attend?
Those who should plan to be with us in Boston include clergy, board members, and lay leaders at all levels, as well as synagogue professionals, youth group leaders, and anyone else interested in learning, praying, and hearing inspiring speakers.
What happens at Biennial?
  • Networking, learning, and sharing with other congregational leaders
  • Plenaries and breakout sessions featuring renowned speakers
  • Important discussions and debates about today's critical issues and the direction of Reform Judaism
  • World-class Jewish music and entertainment
  • Inspiring worship
  • Amazing shopping in the Biennial Exhibit Hall
  • ...and so much more!
What's in it for our congregation?
  • Programming tailored to us: Sessions cover a wide range of topics, offering how-tos and hands-on learning for all facets of congregational life - from membership and outreach to leadership development, from social justice to social media, and everything in between.
  • Five intensive "tracks": These tracks will focus on the core congregational priorities of Strengthening Congregations, Tikkun Olam (social action), Audacious Hospitality, Youth Engagement, and Transforming Texts. We can customize our Biennial experience based on our specific needs.
  • Leadership development: Biennial is a great, cost-effective way to gain knowledge, skills, and leadership training, and to network with our peers from other congregations. Many synagogues use the Biennial as the perfect opportunity for a leadership/board retreat.
  • Strengthening our relationships: The shared experience of Biennial offers a rare opportunity to strengthen our bonds with each other as members of one temple family.
  • A Jewish pick-me-up: We'll return home spiritually refreshed, more deeply connected to our Reform Movement, and full of new and creative ideas to try in our congregation. 
How do we sign up?
You can find lots of information and register right now at If we register by October 10, we'll get the best pricing. The larger our delegation, the greater our benefits and discounts - so let's save the dates now and start making our plans.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in attending the Biennial or have any questions. Let's send a strong delegation to Boston this December, and we will return even stronger!

Rabbi Shoshana M. Perry
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From our PresidentBarryTop   

Dear friends,
I am writing this column during summer, but we are clearly headed into autumn.  The days are getting shorter, and back-to-school ads fill the newspapers.  I can see the transition at our temple.  The school class lists are being finalized and textbooks have been delivered, groups like our Brotherhood and Sisterhood are planning their activities for the year, and many of us are preparing for the upcoming High Holidays.  I invite you to come and experience some renewal of spirit during the High Holidays with friends and fellow congregants.
The more I learn about the inner workings of Congregation Shalom, the more impressed I am with how much gets done without most of us being aware.  The High Holiday services and the Break Fast require the efforts and coordination of many, many people.  Though some of the focus, of course, is on the spiritual, there are a lot of logistics to be taken care of - everything from the placement of prayer books to reserving parking spaces for the food drive.  If you have been looking for an opportunity to contribute, please feel free to contact me and I can connect you with one of the many people working behind the scenes. 
Here's one last reminder from me that the responses for our 50th Anniversary Gala are due by September 15.  The evening promises to be a memorable one, and my hope is that everyone considers being a part of the celebration.
Shanah tova - wishing you a happy new year,
Joanna Myers
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From our Education Director     

As my daughter enters her last year of High School, I am reflecting on the gift of an Education, and more specifically the gift of a Jewish Education for both my child and of course the children at Congregation Shalom. In the summer I am surrounded by logistics like forms, school supplies, cleaning and preparing for the upcoming year. Yet as I sit back and look at the bigger picture, I am honored and humbled by the importance of the work we do here each and every day. It is the Jewish part of the education that resonates for me each and every time I enter this building.

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 also 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 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.
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From our Cantorial Soloist

Planning for the High Holy Days with Rabbi Perry is the way in which I begin to let go of summer and embrace the upcoming sacred season.  Being mindful of tradition, we discuss the schemata of each service, weaving song and prayer seamlessly. It is a joy to create these services.....I can almost hear the Congregation joining in with us as each outline is crafted.  We are ready to welcome this New Year with you all!!
Immediately preceding the Jewish New Year, is the month of Elul. Elul, the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar, usually occurs in August-September on the Gregorian calendar. The letters of Elul form an acronym for the words in the verse Ani ledodi vedodi li- "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine" (Song of Songs). Highlighting the concept that the "beloved" refers to God, the sages interpret this verse to describe the predominantly loving and close relationship between God and the children of Israel. The month of Elul, is our time to foster this connection so that we can approach the Yamim Norim (Days of Awe) in a meaningful way. 
And so, to honor further this revered period, Adam and I will again be performing at the historic  Vilna Shul  in Boston on  September 17 at 2PM . This time around, we are debuting our new band,  Sanctuary .     Sanctuary's  music will invite each of us to reflect while preparing to move forward. Through both soulful and lively music, Sanctuary's program will explore themes of return, forgiveness, community, and faith. To register for this concert, to hear a new recording, and to learn more about  Sanctuary's  mission, please click the link below to  the Vilna   Shul  site:

Looking forward to ushering in 5778 with the soulful community that is Congregation Shalom.
L'Shana Tova Um'tukah, (To a Good and Sweet Year)


Jodi Blankstein, Cantorial Soloist                                

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Oneg Schedule 2017-2018
Friends, the Oneg Schedule for the upcoming year is now complete.   PLEASE find your name and mark these dates on the calendar now. If we have made a mistake with your request, please contact us now at and we will fix the problem early on. Otherwise, it is YOUR responsibility to find someone to switch dates with.

Please pay attention to the type of service you have been assigned.  For a sunset 6:00 p.m. service, the food is served before services and should be appetizers and some nice wine.  For family service, the food is served after the service, and is dessert. For Tot Shabbat, cookies will now be supplied, and there are only two volunteers per service who are expected to set up and clean up.

If you have been assigned the Feb 10 Havdalah Oneg, this is something new, and will be held on a Saturday early evening. The format may change, so we will try to send out more information as the date approaches.
Thank you for all your help with the Onegs,

-       The Oneg Committee  (Caren Boroshok and Rick Karpeles)
Sep 8 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz  Lotto*, Berman, Heater, Newell, Weinberg & Fox-Weinberg
Sep 15 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Smith T&L*, Denly, Dubner, Nahabedian, Sevici
Sep 20 - 8 pm Adult Shabbat - Rosh Hashanah Frank*, Levi, Danzig B&L, Hirschel D&F, Pignatelli, Schutzman, Zehngut & Frampton
Sep 21 - 2 pm Adult Shabbat - Rosh HAshanah Childrens Wahlberg & Gilmore*, Newman D&E
Sep 30 - 7 pm Adult Shabbat - Yom Kippur Break Fast Moore*, Penfield & Bronson, Steinfeld & Sorell, Weitzen & Epstein, Wikander, Miller G&J
Oct 6 - 6 pm MOCA Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz Sukkot Segal L&H*, Hurd, Hyatt, Michaud & Capland, Newlon & Rothstein
Oct 13 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Consecration/Simchat Torah Jodi w/Adam Music 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
Nov 3 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Grade 3 Shpiel Schwartz*, Cole & Evans, DiGiovanni, Shuldiner, Traverse, Wolman
Nov 10 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Sue Horowitz Worden*, Michaud, Peisach & Wyshogrod, Riddick, Rosenberg
Nov 17 - 6 pm Tot Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Ginsberg & Kawashima-Ginsberg, Skolnick, Sohn
Nov 17 - 7:15 pm Adult Shabbat - Sweet and Soulful Jodi w/Adam Music Kempner*, Galvin & Blume, Levine, Sevigny, Thomas
Dec 1 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Kol Kolot Grade 4 Jodi w/Adam Music Libby & Gallagher*, Dangel & Gordon, Feuerstein, Heater, Miller B&L, Silton
Dec 15 - 6 pm Tot Shabbat - Sue Horowitz Channukah Danzig A&K, Lazar
Dec 15 - 7:15 pm Adult Shabbat - Sue Horowitz - Sweet and Soulful Channukah Curry, Myers, Sedgwick, Sullivan, Szabo & Wexler
Jan 5 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz Grade 2 Rosen*, Barter, Grier, Libby & Shannon, Schertzer & Strizhak
Jan 12 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Hirsch*, Sherer, Toomey, Weintraub & Spiro
Jan 19 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Shalomite Creative Service Landress*, Berkovitz, Boroshok, Himelfarb, Miller M&L, Rosenstein, Segal J&W
Jan 26 - 6 pm Tot Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Jegasothy, Newman D&E
Jan 26 - 7:15 pm Adult Shabbat - Sweet and Soulful Jodi w/Adam Music Arrington*, Blumstein, Desrochers, Friedlander, Rosenberg & Katler
Feb 2 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Grade 5 Jodi w/Adam Music Ebersman*, Berman, Burke, Chandler W&E, Cole & Evans
Feb 9 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Shpiel McHugh*, Boyer, Cohn, Goss & Beck-Goss, Mayer
Feb 10 - 4:30 pm Tot Shabbat - Havdalah Grier, Schertzer & Strizhak
Feb 10 - 6 pm MOCA Shabbat - Havdalah Kamien*, Kurland, Michaud & Capland, Raichek, Valleley
Feb 16 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Green*, Brother, Hurd, Kerzner, Mizen
Feb 23 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Bass*, Hunt, Indorf, Miller C&S
Mar 2 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz Grade 6 Kiloski*, Kaplan, Klamka, Libby & Shannon, Maltby, Menaker
Mar 9 - 6 pm MOCA Shabbat - Shpiel Rodman P&L*, Cohen & Evans, Heines, Rosenberg, Rubinstein
Mar 16 - 6 pm Tot Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Jegasothy, Miranda & Stewart-Miranda
Mar 16 - 7:15 pm Adult Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Berenson*, Arthur, Cohen D, Linden, Sohn, Thomas
Mar 23 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Harmoniyah Howard*, Degen, Kreithen & Goldman-Kreithen, Lathrop, Rose
Apr 6 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Passover? Jodi w/Adam Music Pitts & Rosenthal*, Ablove, Dangel & Gordon, DiGiovanni, Klamka, Shuldiner
Apr 13 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Hantman*, Gertz, Notinger, Riddick
Apr 20 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Boerman & Shaponick*, Epstein, Laider & Myers, Smith R&L
Apr 27 - 7 pm MOCA Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz Social Action DesLauriers*, Miller B&L, Newell, Sedgwick, Silton, Supple
May 4 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Kol Kolot Jodi w/Adam Music Teacher Recognition Eskenas*, Berkovitz, Leonard & Miller, Lischer, Maguire, Rodman S&I, Traverse
May 11 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Shpiel Cohen D&L*, Dubner, Gilmore, Goss & Beck-Goss, Rainen, Shapiro
May 18 - 7 pm Adult Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz Confirmation Kaufman*, Muhlfelder*, Burke, Curry, Szabo & Wexler
Jun 1 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz Katz*, Anthony, Verbun, Weinberg & Fox-Weinberg, Zeichick
Jun 8 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Mackillop & Rabinowitz*, Ecker & Ball, Keller, Kurland
Jun 15 - 6 pm Tot Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Ginsberg & Kawashima-Ginsberg, Wahlberg & Gilmore
Jun 15 - 7:15 pm Adult Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Karp*, Brown, Friedman, Lydon, Waxman
Jun 22 - 6 pm MOCA Shabbat - Board Installation Shpiel McBride*, Denly, Haas, Holladay & Navy, Myers, Newlon & Rothstein, Starr
Jun 29 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Moore, Peisach & Wyshogrod, Weintraub & Spiro, Zeichick


50th  Anniversary Gala

Tribute Book

Please remember:  Deadline for receipt of ads is Monday, September 18.

Information & Tribute Book Ad Form can be found on our website:

Commemorate our Temple, Its Founders & Leaders, and One Another!

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Social Action Committee socialaction

Happy New Year and an invitation to join us
Happy New Year from the Social Action Committee. We always welcome new members, and invite you to join us in working to make the world a better place. If you would like to join us or be a part of the committee's email list, please email and you will be added to the list for communication.
As we approach the New Year, there are many opportunities for our members to take action to help heal the world.  
High Holiday Food Drive
Once again this year we will be holding a food drive on Yom Kippur.  Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to food pantries in several of our congregation's communities.
Alternatively, you can purchase a Hannaford gift card through Congregation Shalom that will also be donated for food pantry clients to use. This donation is a double mitzvah, as the food pantry gets 100% of your card purchases to buy what is most needed at the pantry and Congregation Shalom gets an additional 7% of all donations made. Last Yom Kippur, our congregation donated over $2,200 in gift cards to food pantries in addition to all the bags of groceries collected.  Hannaford gift cards for the pantry are tax deductible and will show up on your end of the year summary from Congregation Shalom.
Coming next month: Nashua Crop Walk, October 29 2017
On October 29, Congregation Shalom will participate in an interfaith event to raise money for the hungry. Hosted by Temple Beth Abraham  in Nashua, the 32nd Annual Nashua Crop Walk is a 4.2 mile walk with a 2.2 mile "short-cut." Registration is from 12 -1, with kickoff at p.m. and fun activities afterwards. More details coming soon; for questions in the meantime, please contact Tina Kempner at

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 September 19, 2017. If you have time to volunteer during the afternoon on Tuesdays and would like to take part, please contact Sue McDonald at  

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Featured This Issue
Oneg Schedule
50th Anniversary Tribute Book
High Holiday Service Schedule
High Holiday Service Info
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October 15th - 50th Anniversary Gala

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High Holiday Service Schedule At-A-Glance

Selichot Service
Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Services
Wednesday, September 20th at 8:00 p.m.  Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Thursday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m. - Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Thursday, September 21st at 11:00 a.m. - Adult Service
Thursday, September 21st at 2:45 p.m. - Young Children's Service
Thursday, September 21st at 4:00 p.m. - Tashlich
Friday, September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. - 2nd day Rosh Hashanah Service

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. - Yizkor/Neilah/Havdallah 
Saturday, September 30th - Break Fast will follow the end of services.

Please note: there will be no Shabbat service on Friday, September 22nd

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High Holiday Services at Congregation Shalom 2017
An early L'Shanah Tovah!  We are looking forward to welcoming the New Year with all of you and would like to share some informational details about our upcoming services and more.  Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 20.  We offer several services and programs and encourage you to choose the services that are best for your family. If you have any questions, please contact
Selichot Service/Program:  Selichot are prayers for forgiveness and Selichot services happen on the Saturday evening before Rosh Hashanah.  Our congregation will be hosting an evening of study, conversation, community and prayer on Saturday night September 16th at 7:30 pm.  Our High Holiday period is enriched by preparation and reflection and we hope you will join us for this evening of reflection.  We will begin with havdallah, coffee and dessert and then have a program and short Selichot service using our new Selichot prayer book.  RSVPs are not required, but it will help us to know how many are attending.  If possible, please let us know you are coming at
Evening Service s -  Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, September 20 begins at 8:00 PM
Kol Nidre, the evening service for Erev Yom Kippur, begins at 7:30 on Friday, September 29.
Family Services  are held on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. They begin at 9:00 AM and end approximately 10:15.    The Family Service is geared to meet the needs of families with children in the 2nd to 6thgrades.  This service is distinct from the children's service in the afternoon which is for younger children.  We use a beautiful High Holiday prayer book that is written to meet the needs of children ages 8-12.  Rabbi Perry leads this service with our soloist, Jodi Blankstein and Adam Dehner. The traditional High Holiday melodies are used.  There is a shorter sermon appropriate to this population.  For many this service will be a substitute for the later service, although some adults may choose to attend both. Adults without children may also choose this service.  The service is designed to maintain a sense of sacredness and seriousness.  We remind all of our members that this is not a service for young children. 
Adult Services  on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur both begin at 11 AM.  Services on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah begin at 10 AM.
The Young Children's Service is held at 2:45 on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and at 1:45 on Yom Kippur.  This serviceis for children from toddler to age 7 and their families and lasts about 45 minutes. There will be a short oneg after the Rosh Hashanah service.
*Please see schedule for a more detailed list of service times.
We would like to review information regarding flow of traffic, timing, and seating.  When the Family service is over those in attendance will exit out of the doors to the side of the building and the back of Classroom 6.  People will not be able to exit into the lobby.  If people have used the coat room, they will need to circle back to the lobby to pick up their coats.  People who are coming to the 11 AM service will not be able to enter the sanctuary until it has been straightened up by the Board of Trustees. 
All are welcome to participate in our community's Breakfast at the end of Yom Kippur.  Please look for the evite so that you can RSVP.   
Please note that all services are now streamed live and may be viewed at our web-site  We are happy to announce that we have been able to greatly improve the sound quality of services for the coming year.  If you cannot attend services and would like to borrow the prayer books, please  If you do not want to be seen on this live feed, please do not sit in the first three rows of the sanctuary. 
Accessibility:  If you or someone you are bringing to services has a disability and needs handicapped parking, special seating and/or use of an infrared hearing device, please email  Please be specific about what services you will be attending. 
"Wishing you and your family a happy, sweet, and peaceful New Year -- L'Shana Tova"

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Good and Welfare

Condolences to Bob Schneider and family on the passing of Bob's mother Evelyn R. Schneider

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September Yahrzeits Yahrzeits

September 8th
Albert Aronson
Sarah Brown
Marilyn Fields
Harry Ried
Herman Schaevitz

September 15th
Mary Finkelstein
Kenneth Green
Domenic Iannini
Itzhak Kamien
Barbara Spiegler
Adelaide Wexler

September 22nd
Arnold Becker
Benjamin Berman
Lillyan Chandler
Susan Chertok
Melvine Cort
Henry Derby
George Fuchs
Dorothy Heines
Herbert Hirsch
Lois Levy
Helen Posner
Aaron Rothstein
George Smith
Elliot Winograd

September 29th
Sampson Chandler
Carol Heines
Arthur O. Rainen

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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!"


Youth ScholarshipsYthScholar

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 with any questions and/or for an application form. 

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Changed Your Address?

Notify us at:  and we'll make sure all the right organizations at the Temple are informed. Please include your full name in your request.

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October Newsletter is 

Thursday, September 21st


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Start checking your mailboxes for your letter asking members for donations for our Annual Online Auction.  We happily accept new items, re-gifted or not.  What is your special talent that you can share with others?  Do you make a specialty dessert or want to teach someone how to make it?  How about a one on one crocheting or knitting lesson?  What about an antique that you just 'had to have' but now it is 'what was I thinking?'  Do you have a first edition book that you are willing to part with? Always looking for something that someone else 'can't live without.

This is our biggest Fundraiser of the year.  Make it better than ever!                                    
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Brotherhood News Brotherhood
The Brotherhood schedule is set for next year and all temple males should look for a mailing regarding upcoming events. Whether your interests are poker, go carts, hiking, helping with setting up the Sukkah, making latkes for the students during Chanukah or just drinking good beer, Brotherhood has it all for you.
This August we broke an attendance record for Guys Night Out. Eighteen of us enjoyed fellowship and good food at the Mill City Bar-B-Que in Lowell. Quite an accomplishment considering it was the middle of summer.
New member night is September 10th. We welcome new members and welcome back old members as we enjoy authentic award winning Bar-B-Q cooked to perfection by Brotherhood President Cris Shuldiner.

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Grocery Cards

Juice Boxes, Snacks, and Sandwiches...Oh My!
Back to school means stocking up on packable foods for the kids and easy, nutritious dinner ingredients. Are you getting back into the school routine and making more trips to the supermarket to keep up with the family food needs? Then this is the perfect time to get on board with our grocery card program too! If you are already participating but run short every month, just send me an email to increase your card amount to cover your shopping expenses.
Are you planning to host a crowd for Rosh Hashannah dinner or break the fast with the family on Yom Kippur? Maybe you have a college student who asks for food money every month. Give them a pre-paid card to use at the grocery store near their college campus. Start the new year by using our Temple gift cards in September and then you'll see how easy it is to continue all year long. 
Contact me to get started with one of our best fundraisers. Each month you will receive the desired amount of gift cards for Hannaford, Donelan's, Whole Foods or Stop & Shop. Your payment to Congregation Shalom results in 7% cash back for the Temple.
Look for me at the Temple on the first day of religious school and during the High Holidays to answer any questions in person.

Toby Sedgwick 

iGiveiGive 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.  Click here  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 Laura at



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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.


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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


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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