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 Rabbi
In 2017, 13 members of our congregation travelled to Washington, DC, to participate in an inspiring social justice seminar program called Consultation on Conscience. COC, is a biennial conference that happens over a three-day period in Washington, DC, just as a new session of Congress is sworn in. The program helps to inspire, invigorate, train and empower Jewish leaders who desire to do the work of Tikkun Olam more effectively; to make significant, lasting changes in our society at a local, state and national level. Sponsored by the Reform Movement's Religious Action Center, this conference brings together Jewish lay people and social justice leaders from Reform congregations and communities across North America. The attendees are able to participate in meaningful and inspiring programs that will help them advocate for true social change. The programs, which are led by some of our nations most dynamic leaders, help the attendees learn more about the critical issues facing society and culminates in lobbying Congress on the final day. It is truly an amazing experience to lobby with hundreds of other leaders from the Reform Movement and to know that as a collective force we can become a catalyst for change.
Two years ago, after our members attended the COC, the leadership of Congregation Shalom committed our community to being a Brit Olam Congregation, which means "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." In becoming a Brit Olam Congregation, we are committed to:
- Fostering a culture of sacred and civil dialogue in our congregation where all opinions are heard
- Acting in solidarity with vulnerable communities
- Building relationships across lines of difference in our local community
- Acting at the local, state/provincial, and/or federal levels to address the root causes of injustice and advocate for systemic change
- Mobilizing around three issues with our community: criminal justice reform, immigration rights and trans-gender rights
- Participating in state-specific social justice work with our RAC state affiliate
This work has been very rewarding for those of our members who have been involved and over the last two years we have held interesting and meaningful programs about all three issue areas.
The work of Tikkun Olam, however, is on-going and new issues that require our attention as Jews and as Americans have arisen in the last two years. It is with this understanding, that I would like to invite you to participate in this coming year's Consultation on Conscience in Washington, DC. I promise that the program will inspire and motivate you to engage in our civic process in a meaningful way and to know that you can bring your Jewish values to the forefront in order to create meaningful change in our communities and country.
If you have questions, please let me know at
For more than 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (or "the RAC") has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, DC As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. As a non-profit organization, the RAC's advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of our mandate. If you interested in learning more about the RAC, you can click this link to find out about the amazing history of this organization: http://www.rac.org/history-rac-timeline. The RAC has also played a pivotal role in our nation's civil rights movement. You can learn more about that effort at the following link: http://www.rac.org/rac-and-civil-rights-movement.
I have participated in the COC many times, including our trip two years ago. We also bring our Chai School students to the RAC's L'Taken conference every few years. Each and every time, it has been an amazing experience. I will be traveling for this year's conference (May 19 - May 21, 2019 ) and would like to invite any members who are interested to participate to join me. As members of small congregations, we can apply for scholarships.The link to register is
. If you plan to attend, please let me know so we can coordinate our traveling to DC together.
There has never been a better time to repair the world.
In May 2019, as we continue to face legislative and cultural challenges to some of our deepest-held beliefs and values, social justice leaders from across the Reform Jewish Movement will gather in Washington, DC, to chart our path forward.
There has never been a better time to strengthen your congregation and community.
The Consultation on Conscience is an opportunity to deepen connections within congregations and across the Reform Movement, network with other communities facing similar social justice challenges and opportunities, build tangible organizing and advocacy skills, and make your mark on the federal as well as state landscape.
There has never been a better time to invest in your own leadership.
We can promise you this: you will leave the Consultation on Conscience better prepared and positioned to lead your community in meaningful social justice work. Whether you attend as a member or leader of a Delegation, you have a powerful role to play in repairing the world.
There has never been a better time for the
Consultation on Conscience.
From our President
Changes in our Newsletter and Weekly Updates
In our continuing effort to provide the information you are looking for as efficiently as possible, you will be seeing some changes in temple communications in the very near future. A few months ago, we introduced our new website, with its home page designed to show what we're all about - highlighting our welcoming spirit, the caring nature of our community, and key events. The website home page also gives our members easy access to information on services, events, and more. This was a major first step in a process whose goal is to provide the information you are looking for as easily as possible.
The next steps have been to consider carefully the role of our Newsletter and our Weekly Updates.
For quite a while the Communications Committee has asked the question, "what is the purpose of the Newsletter?" Much of the content of each Newsletter is already being sent to our membership in other ways. This is the right time for us to make a significant change. The Newsletter is being replaced with a much shorter monthly email. No need to worry. Each piece that is being taken out to create a more manageable monthly email will have a new home. Among the Weekly Updates, event-specific emails, and the new monthly email we will be communicating all the same information to you.
We're still working through the details, but I can give you an idea of what to expect from the new monthly email. It will be the place for our personal connections - thank yous, welcoming new members, yahrzeit dates, etc. It will also be the place where Congregation Shalom business will be posted, from announcing upcoming Annual or Special Meetings to posting the slate of officers to requesting nominations for Congregant of the Year. Our newsletter advertisements will be moved here. We will provide easy links to the Rabbi's monthly column, as well as to those from the Director of Education and the President. The result will be a much shorter, less labor-intensive monthly communication.
Secondly, our Weekly Updates will be changing somewhat, and the process by which they'll be created is being revamped.
Starting near the end of this year, the Weekly Updates will be published on Sundays. The Updates will be getting a facelift, including addition of a listing of events for the coming 2-week period so that members can better plan to participate.
For those who are planning events, the Communications Committee is centralizing submissions so that we can give your events the best, most coordinated visibility in our Weekly Update, Facebook postings, and outside publicity. To that end, we'll be providing a one-stop web-based form that will help you tell us what you need and who your audience is. No more guesswork as to where to send submissions. All committee chairs will be getting more information in the near future from Bob Blumstein when we are ready to make this transition.
Finally, I would like to thank both Katie Ebersman, who has been our Newsletter editor for nearly three years, and Bob Schneider, who has created our Weekly Updates without fail for as long as I can remember. Your efforts have been much appreciated. Going forward the Weekly Updates and the new monthly email will be a collaborative effort of Katie, Eileen Hirsch, and our office staff. I thank each of them for this.
rom Our Education Director
Our collective heart is broken. The attack on The Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh is an assault on Jews throughout this country and the world. Three synagogues share the space at the Squirrel Hill synagogue, and on that particular Shabbat, October 27th, there was a Bris taking place in the building; an event always celebrating life, instead foreshadowed death. By now, the details are well known and this crime has gone down in history as the deadliest attack against a Jewish community on American soil.
As part of their core curriculum on the Holocaust and Human Behavior, our 9th and 10th grade high school students are presently exploring the origins of anti-Semitism and the rise of Nazism prior to and during WWII. As our students learn about a history we hoped was long past, we are tragically confronted with an attack on one of our synagogues and our religion. The reason given by the alleged perpetrator is that we are Jewish. The 46-year-old shooter also spearheaded his attack against the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), an American Jewish nonprofit organization which provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees. In our sixth grade Religious School program, our students are meeting immigrants regularly to hear their stories and why they chose to move to America. This attack hits so close to home. HIAS is an organization in the best tradition of Jewish social action and Tikkun Olam, but unfortunately became the target of a hate crime. Our students have learned about this stellar organization not only through its good deeds, which are many, but also because it was the target of a hate crime.
Immigrants make up the fabric of our society and our students are captivated by the significance of their stories and their lives. Indeed, many of us at Congregation Shalom can trace our family trees back to immigrant communities and groups. Some of us even left our countries of origin to escape discriminatory regimes. As we move forward, post October 27th, our students at Congregation Shalom will know there is much at stake for them as Jews and people of conscience living in America today. It remains our mission as educators and religious leaders, to ensure our students feel safe, engaged, and Jewishly empowered. Our students are the next generation of American Jews and our coming leaders. It is our job to ensure they will be ready to appreciate and welcome their future role.
Stay Tuned for More Adventures
In Jewish Learning and Engagement ...
In light of recent heartrending events, I am reposting the following links re: how to discuss these disturbing matters with our children:
Taking Prayer Book Hebrew
to the Next Step
If you want to feel more comfortable in services, knowing more of the vocabulary of our siddur as well as the Haggadah and Tanach, then this is the class for you! Open to all Hebrew readers, will begin our class with a reading review to reinforce the sounds of letters and vowels. Then we will dive right into the text: Aleph Isn't Enough: Hebrew For Adults Book 2. This textbook helps students to understand key vocabulary and roots as well as basic grammar. In class, we will engage in lively discussions about the meanings of the prayers, the structure of the service and more. If you are interested in learning more or participating, please rsvp to Rabbi Perry at
This group provides a wonderful forum of exploration for personal spirituality. We explore how we can enhance our own spiritual experiences and reflect about how we can enrich the quality of our life experiences and relationships. Last year we learned that among us there is a great diversity of meanings and experiences of spirituality. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lynne Rothstein or Bruce Bruce Goss at email@example.com
2nd Tuesday of every month
10:30 AM-12:00 p.m.
Café Wisdom is a monthly study group that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (starting in October). This year we will continue reading 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Justice/Social Action Committee
Social Action & Justice Committee
The Social and Action & Justice Committee continues to present speakers and action opportunities to our membership, focused on a broad, range of subjects - immigration, criminal justice, racial and economic equality, civil liberties and more. Joining with other members of Congregation Shalom, other faith communities in our area, and organizations like the Anti-Defamation League, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others we can accomplish so much more to repair the world than we can alone.
Come to our next meeting on December 4th and talk to us about what we're doing. Or, for more information, email
, or call Susan McHugh at 508.254.5980. Can't wait to meet you.
Save the Date
Cafe Wisdom - December 11th
On-Line Auction Ends - December 27th
December Oneg Assignments
Dec 7 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - Music with Ari Strasser Channukah Grade 4 Rosen*, Barskse & Barske, DiGiovanni, Jegasothy, Katz, Libby & Shannon
Dec 14 - 7 pm Adult Shabbat - Shalomite Creative Service Boroshok*, Eskenas, Landress, Leonard & Miller, Rosenstein, Segal J&W
Dec 21 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Music with Sue Horowitz Rosenberg*, Friedman, Lydon, Sedgwick
The following donations were received from August 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. All donations are very much appreciated - thank you!
Donations from our members
General Operating Fund:
David & Rosalie Epstein (in honor of High Holidays)
Jim & Missy Haas
Brian & Sandy Moore (for website upgrades)
Jay Weitzen & Sara Epstein
1 Anonymous Donor
Cory & Joanna Myers
Enhanced Jewish Education Fund:
1 Anonymous Donor
Dan & Janet Dubner (in honor of Meryl Gold)
1 Anonymous Donor (for the Noah Aronson Musical Event)
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Rich & Lori Smith (in honor of daughter Allison's wedding)
Susan Murray Youth Scholarship Fund
Neal & Margie Berenson (in honor of High Holidays)
Donations from friends of Congregation Shalom
General Operating Fund
Mark and Ellen Abrams
Stephen and Judith Atlas
Dorian and Jody Goldstein
Marc and Louise Gomes-Casseres
Harvey J. Gottlieb
Kenneth and Ilene Hill
Donald I. Kalfus DDS
Michael Khusid and Aleksandra Markina-Khusid
Leon and Elizabeth Krangle
Ron E. Levenbaum
Barry and Heather Levenson
Allan and Linda Levine
Geoffrey and Stacie Moeser
Rose M. Morrissey
Barbara Savitt Pearson
Rita Z. Powers
Gerald and Elizabeth Rome
Bernard S. Shapiro Revocable Trust, Bernard S. Shapiro Trustee
Louis and Linda Simons
Debra J. Small
Thomas Steinfeld and Tamara Sorell
Jerry and Robin Stone
Paul and Gay Tanklefsky
Ellen and Jill Tauber
Alexander and Sara Vuckovic
Amnon and Esther Waisman
Robert and Marilyn Zieve
Howard M. Zolot
5 Anonymous Donors
Perry H. Myers (in honor of Rachel Myers' acceptance to graduate school)
Barbara Tobin-Forbush (in honor of Roger & Margi Loyer's 45th anniversary)
Barry & Lisa Starr
Martin Ames Social Action Fund
Michael Tack (in honor of Roger & Margi Loyer's 45th anniversary)
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Sheila Charles (in honor of High Holidays)
Thank you for all who donated to the High Holiday food drive.
A New Name for The Ritual Committee
In the past year, the Ritual Committee has explored our identity and scope of our responsibilities and our usefulness to the Temple. Although the name "Ritual Committee" has served our Temple well in the past, after lengthy discussions amongst our members regarding our vision, we have changed the name to the "Mishkan Advisory Group".
The Mishkan or the Tabernacle described in Exodus 25:01 ~ 27:19 was commanded by God to be built by the Israelites as a dwelling place for God as they wandered in the desert. It gave them a home where they could worship and continue their rituals as Jews during transitory and vulnerable times in their lives. Like the Mishkan, our Temple serves the same purpose. It provides a place where we can create space to come together as a community to pray, study, and support one another. The three areas of the Mishkan include an outer court which was open to all, a holy place restricted to the priests and and a sacred space containing the ark that held the Ten Commandments. Even though we no longer restrict any spaces to a specific group of people, we can see the symbolism of the physical, spiritual and relational parts of the tabernacle to be in line with how we see ourselves as a committee in serving the needs in these areas of the Temple as an advisory role to the Rabbi. We hope this new name will continue to
inspire us to continue to explore our vision and grow our purposefulness as we continue to serve our Temple community.
Thank you to all who sent well wishes and donations in honor of Sarah's marriage. Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated.
Sincerely, Ken and Sharon Boyer
I would like to express my appreciation to the Congregation Shalom community for supporting me this past year as I prepared for my Bat Mitzvah on October 13th
. I am particularly grateful for Rabbi Perry's wisdom, Ilene Rodman's encouragement, and Barbara Rennert's patience. I would also like to thank the generous members who made a contribution to the temple in honor of this important milestone in my life. XOXO - Jojo (Josalyn
Thank you to everyone at Congregation Shalom for your kind support and generous donations when Steve's father David passed away. Your thoughts and care were much
appreciated - Y
ael Hurwitz-Lange and Steven Lange
Thank you to the Sisterhood, Brotherhood and Board of Trustees for the gifts in honor of my becoming a Bat Mitzvah. They will all help me continue the Jewish traditions in my family life.
Thank you also to
the special temple members who donated to the temple in honor of my becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Your kindness and generosity is appreciated - Claire
Good and Welfare
Condolences to Luann Wong and family on the passing of her mother Barbara White.
Mazel Tov to Maxine and Peter Derby on the birth of their twin granddaughters Cameron Lucille Lerner and Reagan Sonny Lerner.
Condolences to John Morrisey and family on the passing of his father James Morrissey.
New: Weekly or 2X a month challah deliveries by OMG bakery
is a new bakery that has been able to match the sweetness of past challahs that we have used. We will have plain and raisin challahs for delivery. For those of you who were at Erev Rosh Hashanah services, you were able to taste the challah at the oneg. This is both a service to our congregants, as well as a fundraiser for the Temple.
There is a minimum order though.It is either 1 month weekly, or 2 months if you do it 2X a month, which will be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Pick up will be at the Temple on WEDNESDAYS at 4 P.M. Of course you can order as much as you want, past the minimum.
|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
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.
We had a lot of activity on the first session of the On-line Auction. Many people walked away with some really great deals. Are you one of the lucky winners? You only have yourself to blame if you didn't bid or if you thought you still had time. Don't get caught short this time. Make sure you check your bid history at the top of the listings. It will let you know if you have been overbid.
Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. Safe travels to those going away.
The Fundraising Committee
Potatoes, Applesauce, and Oil on the Shopping List?
With Hanukkah coming up, we all have extra items on our shopping lists. Are you doing additional shopping for entertaining guests or are the kids home from college? Go to the grocery store with a gift card that you purchased from our fundraiser and help the Temple while you fill your shopping cart. Get grocery cards for Hannaford, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods or Donelan's, and the Temple earns $7 cashback for each $100 purchased. This leads to thousands of dollars for our programs, with no extra out-of-pocket money from you. If you are at the Temple on Sunday mornings, look for Liz Jegasothy and she can assist you to purchase a card to use right away. She will be available on most Sundays until 10:30 a.m.
I am also happy to send you cards just for the holiday season or sign you up for the monthly program. I can send cards to college students, too. Please email Toby Sedgwick at
and then start shopping and giving back to the Temple at the same time.
Thanks so much for your support!
In November, over twenty-five members met to discuss what Sisterhood means to each of us and how to keep the organization vibrant. In order to simplify planning, we have taken a few smaller activities off the calendar and will focus on the most popular events. Happily, we have numerous members stepping up to help plan some of our upcoming events.
bath towels, sheet sets (crib, twin, full), packaged underwear (men and women's), silverware utensils, large plastic food storage containers, diapers (sizes 3,4,5,6), baby wipes, pajamas for adults and teens, and slippers (all sizes for youth, men, and women). There will be a collection box in the Temple lobby through December 12. We will also be collecting items at the Sisterhood Chanukah party on December 5. Thank you for each and every donation!
SAVE THE DATE! 20th Annual Sisterhood Retreat. April 5-7, 2019. Sheraton Portsmouth. Doubles: $325, Singles: $435. Includes two dinners and one breakfast.
Makes a great Chanukah present! Join Rabbi Perry and Singer-songwriter Sue Horowitz for a very special weekend of friendship, laughter, music, study, and prayer -oh and good food, too!
Watch for registration forms next month.
Watch for evites with more details for all of our upcoming events.
Hi this is Abby Segal with the Shalomites. Our next event is right around the corner! On December 14th, The Shalomites will work together to present our annual Creative Service. This includes a fabulous potluck dinner and a service and program about tradition created by members of The Shalomites. We invite all members of the synagogue to come enjoy time with one another and reflect on your new and old traditions and how they have changed. The Shalomites hope we can make this event as successful as our past Creative Services.
The Congregation Shalom book group cordially invites all who are interested in an evening of interesting discussion and book review to attend our meetings.
We will be meeting on Monday , November 26 at 7:00PM at the home of Becky Bronson.
Our book selection is
King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
On January 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM , we will meet at the home of Jean Rubinstein.
Our book selection is
Educated - A Memoir" by Tara Westover
|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
Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation December Events
Adult Education Series "Jewish Art and Artists"
Bible's Greatest HitsThrough Visual Midrash
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:00pm
Osgood Landing, 1600 Osgood Street, Media Room, (front entrance) North Andover
Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation's Artist-In-Residence Shirah Rubin will
examine visual interpretations of the Tanach's greatest hits, such as crossing the Sea of Reeds, receiving the Ten Commandments, the Book of Ruth and Moses's last words to the Children of Israel as they enter the Promised Land.
Reinventing Ritual Objects
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:30pm
Congregation Beth Israel, 6 Dundee Park, Suite 301, Andover
Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation's Artist-In-Residence Shirah Rubin
will study about Israeli and American artists who are imaginatively reinterpreting Jewish ritual objects. Featuring a recent exhibition at the Israel Museum called "To Go: New Designs for Jewish Ritual Objects" where artists from around the world were presented with a challenge: to create a collection of objects together with a case - essentially a travel set for a Jewish holiday or lifecycle event.
MVJF SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS -- Merrrimack Valley Premiere Night
Sammy Davis Jr. Film I've gotta be me
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:30pm
Theatre at: Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover
Please join us on the Red Carpet for a Champagne Reception, watch the movie I've gotta be me and It's a Wrap dessert party. Take a picture with Sammy on the Red Carpet. Come dressed in your finest "Rat Pack" attire!
your place on the Red Carpet Today!
For more information on these programs, please call 978-688-0466.
Reform Jewish Outreach Boston (RJOB)
offers classes and workshops supporting interfaith couples and individuals exploring Judaism:
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.
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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