March  2017 - 5777

Volume LXV #6

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 Rabbirabbi    

Dear Friends,
I am excited to invite you to a special adult education program at Congregation Shalom on March 19 th at 10:45.  This program,  Songs You Never Learned in Shul (Jewish Music Humor), will be presented by Cantor Jeff Klepper.  Cantor Klepper writes, "Given our rich musical heritage, it's no surprise we have a special knack for poking fun at ourselves...through song. If comedy is serious business,  the hilarious satires of comic legends like Fanny Brice, Allan Sherman, Mel Brooks, Kinky Friedman (not to mention Sarah Silverman and Sacha Baron Cohen), tell us much about Jewish cultural identity in America."  Jeff has been collecting this  material for years and presenting it across the country. This program, coming on the heels of Purim, is sure to be funny, challenging and provocative.   
For those of you who are not familiar with Cantor Jeff Klepper, he is widely respected for his musical role in contemporary American Judaism.  He was raised in New York City and began to play the guitar at age eight. In 1969, while studying to be a song-leader in NFTY, he befriended Debbie Friedman (z"l) and several years later, as a college student, he met Dan Freelander, who would become his singing partner in the duo Kol B'Seder for more than four decades. Inspired by Debbie's music, Jeff and Dan began to create original Jewish songs, and among their first efforts was "Shalom Rav" in 1973. Together they created a new kind of participatory Hebrew-folk-pop music that became, for many, the soundtrack to their Jewish lives. You probably grew up singing their melodies for "Modeh Ani," "Lo Alecha," and "Shalom Rav."Kol B'Seder's music has become a cherished part of camps, schools, and services in Jewish communities far and wide. Debbie Friedman and Jeff Klepper joined forces in 1992 to create the annual Hava Nashira Workshop for song-leaders. After graduating HUC-JIR, Jeff served congregations in New York, Haifa, and Evanston, IL before coming to Boston with his wife, Deeana, and daughters, Rachel and Liora. He has been the cantor of Temple Sinai in Sharon, MA since 2003, and serves on the faculty of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton, MA.
I hope you will join us for this musical exploration of Jewish humor.  Feel free to bring friends.
Rabbi Sig
  Rabbi Shoshana M. Perry
From our PresidentBarryTop   
Each card I have received made me feel like my sorrow was shared. And, I have a lot of sorrow with my Dad's loss, but sorrow shared is sorrow halved.  Every card has helped me.  Thank you.

And, for those who visited and those who brought food. The loss of my Dad has made me feel like an orphan, but your care made me feel like I was surrounded by family.  Thank you all so much.

Esther and 30 days

This year, I will have the joy of joining many of you at an adult Purim celebration, when we will chant the Megillah, the scroll of Ester, on Saturday, March 11h at 7 p.m.  My part is chapter 4 of Megillat Esther, as it has been for a couple of years and it is strange how each year, something new jumps out at me from my reading.

This year what grabbed me was where Esther explains to Mordecai that if she goes to the king unsummoned, unless he extends his scepter, she will be killed. Tempted by the possibility of just waiting, she recognizes the urgency and remarked to Mordecai: "And, I have not been summoned to come to the king for thirty days now."   Thirty days earlier there was no urgency. Now there was, and it struck me how much things can change in a short time span.

I began preparing for my part in the Purim celebration just two weeks after my amazing 92-year-old Dad, living on his own, was taken to the hospital with difficulty breathing. I was naturally disquieted by his hospitalization, but mostly my nature was to remain optimistic. Still, this chapter's treatment of time stuck with me ... so much can change so quickly. Where would he and I be in four weeks? Would this be the period that I look back on later on and ask myself - did I do right by my Dad?  If so, would our last exchanges be ones filled with love and with the important words we needed to share? Regrettably, the month turned out to be that period.  I'm satisfied, though, that I was fortunate enough to have been jostled from my wishful thinking to take heed. I did get the chance to tell him how important he was to me: our last exchanges were filled with love and hugs.  

I hope that as you live your lives, that you take hold of every chance you get to make the exchanges with the ones you love positive - and do not let a month go by without seeing or skyping those folks.  We are fortunate, indeed, to have those we love in our lives - and we should never take that for granted.

And, I hope you will join me to hear the WHOLE Megillah.  There are lessons to be learned if you come listen.  And, while some of you may choose to wear a costume (I will), it is not required - just come as you like and celebrate living.

Chag Purim!

Tamar R. Wexler 
From our Education Director     

"Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B'Simcha" can best be translated as whomever enters Adar increases their joy! While there is no exact halachah (Jewish law) that mandates that we behave in a different way during the month of Adar, for Jews around the world, Adar is the month notorious for joy and celebration; the month in which Purim occurs. When you think of Purim you may think of costumes and music and definitely you will be thinking about delicious Hamantaschen. I think it is safe to say that Purim is a highlight for people of all ages.

Sunday, March 12 the doors of the Sanctuary will open at 9:45 a.m. and we will have a wonderful and joyous celebration, filled with laughter, singing and of course telling the Purim story. Purim has all the elements of a Hollywood movie: A villain, a heroine turned Queen, a horse and saving the Jewish people and at the end, a big celebration. What else can we want in a story?

Whilst we do not offer a banquet fit for the Queen who saved the Jewish people, we do offer an amazing post Purim story party. However, like any other celebration, the planning and roll out of the "party" takes time and planning. It is this "back stage" planning that we don't see as we enjoy the Purim carnival at Congregation Shalom. Our amazing Shalomites begin weeks in advance to organize this event and are up the night before planning, preparing and creating the Purim carnival. They organize the perfect end to our morning program. The Shalomites (our youth group) are an amazing and talented group of teenagers who are deeply dedicated to Congregation Shalom and to building and supporting the Jewish youth in our community and beyond. They will work tirelessly to create this remarkable morning to ensure that the younger children have the same incredible Purim carnival experience that they had. This is a true reflection of "'l'dor vador" with the tradition being passed on from our teens to our younger students so that they can enjoy this day and hopefully become Shalomites and create this experience for the next generation of young kids as they grow up. What else can we ask from our youth? I hope that everyone will come and join the Purim celebration - the whole morning promises to be lots of fun and you will have the chance to both learn and enjoy Purim and to support the hard work of our Shalomites at the same time. This is both a labor of love and a fundraiser for our amazing Shalomites and we hope that everyone will support their great work.

Chag Purim Sameach to everyone!
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From our Cantorial Soloist

  In 2008 I was a student at Hebrew College. Many of my classes within the Certificate Program for Jewish Liturgical Music centered around the history of Jewish music, Bible Text and context, Cantillation of Torah, Shabbat Liturgy, and Nusach (the melodies and modes associated with different holiday services and services at different times throughout a given day). This information provided me with an extraordinary foundation.  One of my most beloved courses, in which I truly found my spiritual voice, was a song leading class taught by Cantor Jeff Klepper. Cantor Klepper taught me how to sing from my soul, understanding my role as a musical vessel in Shul. He showed me how to sing with, NOT AT, a congregation, always emphasizing inclusivity. How life comes full circle. Now Cantor Klepper is coming to our Congregation Shalom family on  Sunday March 19 th at 10:45 a.m.  to lead a special adult education program entitled  Songs You Never Learned in Shul (Jewish Music Humor).  I encourage you to soak up the words of this extraordinary teacher. You will laugh, learn, and surely want to sing.  And if you would like to keep singing that same day, we have just the venue for you!  Adam and I are collaborating with musician, Lisa Yves and author,Dr. Ruth Nemzoff  at 4:-00 p.m. at the Vilna Shul in Boston for a program highlighting music, community, tradition and strength!!!   During this event, music and stories will be meshed so that we may examine how melody changes and unites communities.  March 19th  from start to finish promises to be a day rich with music, narrative, and joy!  Please  click here  to register.

From the Vilna Website:

"Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein, singer/pianist Lisa Yves, guitarist Adam Dehner, and author Dr. Ruth Nemzoff intertwine music and stories to explore how music unites and transforms communities. Music excites.  Music brings beauty. Music also socializes. With music, we share our aspirations. We build community. We explore our own emotions. We invite you to join us to explore these questions and more in this thought provoking musical event."
A few musical samples. Happy listening.  ️ 
Jodi Blankstein, Cantorial Soloist

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Social Action Committee socialaction
Winter clothing drive to benefit refugees
Based on the ongoing need for winter clothing by refugees in Lowell, Social Action will be collecting boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and gently used winter coats through February. Adult sizes are especially welcome. Your generosity makes a real difference to people in need of warm clothes this winter!
Need for more 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, at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Chelmsford Center.  We have had some turnover and now need more volunteers to help serve!  Our team serves every other month on the third Tuesday, and will next serve on March 21st from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. If you have time to volunteer during the afternoon on Tuesdays and would like to take part, please contact Linda Newhard 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 the  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, February 15 through Thursday, February 16 (until 5 p.m.)  March dates will be March 15-16 - mark your calendar now!

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Featured This Issue
March Oneg Schedule
B'Nai Mitzvah's (new this month)
Shalomites - Purim Party
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Save the Date

March 11th - Purim Party
March 14th - Cafe Wisdom
March 19th - Jeff Klepper Singing Event
March 20th - Movie Monday
March 26th - Guest Speaker Karen Spira

*see details for these events in the Adult Ed section below

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QuickLinksQuick Links

Links to Our Website

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March Oneg Schedule

Mar 3 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - (Music w/Jodi/Adam) Hunt*, Himelfarb, Lazar, Leonard & Miller, Maguire
Mar 10 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Harmoniyah Howard*, DesLauriers, Nahabedian, Riddick, Valleley
Mar 17 - 6 pm Tot Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Arrington, Jegasothy, Newman D&E, Wahlberg & Gilmore
Mar 17 - 7:15 pm Shabbat Shirah Shabbat - Jodi w/Adam Music Waxman*, Heater, Linden, Miller B&L, Pitts & Rosenthal
Mar 24 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Shpiel Cohen D*, Dubner, McHugh, Michaud & Capland, Peisach & Wyshogrod
Mar 31 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat - Hirsch*, Gross, Schneider, Snyder

Karen and Rick
Oneg Committee
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Purim Party/Megillah

Is your costume ready? The Purim megillah reading and BYOB party is coming at 7 pm on Saturday March 11.  Please reply through the Evite and sign up to bring an appetizer or dessert. 

Email for more information.

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Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah Schedule

Nathan Smith - March 11th
Naomi Rodman - April 1st
Ryan Menaker - April 8th
Daniel Himelfarb - May 20th
Emily Myerson - June 10th
Hannah Dangel - June 17th
Ilana Berkowitz - June 24th

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Good and Welfare

Condolences to Tamar Wexler and family on the passing of her father Phillip Sherwood.

Condolences to Marcia Gross and family on the passing of her mother Tillie Katz.

Condolences to Laurie Valleley and family on the passing of her grandmother Tillie Katz.

Condolences to Joanna Myers and family on the passing of her father Herbert Fischler.

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Thank You's

Thank you for the generous donations made in honor of the birth of our second grandson Riley Andrew Pettitt. Our family  feels truly blessed belonging to such a caring and supportive community. 

Sharon and Jim Grier

Laurie and I would like to thank our Congregation Shalom family for their donations, cards, food and comfort afforded us following the passing of my Mother and Laurie's Grandmother, Tillie Katz.
We appreciate the outpouring of love and caring from our Congregation Shalom Extended Family at our time of grief and sorrow.
Marcia Gross and Laurie Valleley and our Families
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March Yahrzeits Yahrzeits

March 3rd
Sarah Aronson
Jack Bresnick
Frances Strock Circle
Edith Follis
Cindi Davis Holub
Paulene Leader
Charles Miller
Benjamin Pearlman
Julia (Sabel) Salmirs
Randy Shuldiner
Edward Skolnick
Shirley Wettreich

March 10th
Morris Berger
Ida Burton
Albert Shaponick
Doris Waldman
Alfred Zehngut

March 17th
Harold Cohen
Hanna David
Hanna Kapon David
John Estrella
Thelma Goldstein
Hattie Hirshman
Nathan Kashuk
Eunice Klein
Ira Klein
Harry Marcus
Laura Mizen
Dora Porfetta
Estel Porfetta
Esther Porfetta
Isha Porfetta
Leon Porfetta
Elizabeth Richards
Stella Schaevitz
Alice Truitt

March 24th
Vernon Beck
Gloria Fierverker
Gayle Friedlander
Danny Lapin
Frank Niedergang
Jacob Porfetta
Mack Weinstein
Morris Wyszogrod

March 31st
Elizabeth Burke
William Derby
Meyer M. Dreher
Adelle Egan
Lillian B. Fostie
Helen Gross
Thomas Herring
Bernard Levitz
David Carl Menaker
Nathan Singer
Joseph Waldman
Sophie Weinstein

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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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Deadline for the

April Newsletter is 

Thursday, March 16th


Please send articles to  


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Adult EducationAdultEd

Great Decisions 
  This group is full-this is just a reminder to all attendees
Thursday March 9
7:00 p.m.
Congregation Shalom   Sanctuary
Facilitator led discussion about topical current events 3rd of 4 Topic: International Migration
Last date: May 11  Topic: Cuba and the U.S.
Purim Party
Saturday March 11 7:00 p.m.
Congregation Shalom
Purim is coming and Congregation Shalom is celebrating with an adult Purim party complete with Megillah reading. Dress as your favorite character, historical figure, or action hero and vote for the winning costume! 
Café Wisdom
March 14  10:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom Library
Monthly study group led by Rabbi Perry; focuses on Torah study or current events
Songs You Never Learned in Shul (Jewish Music Humor)
Sunday March 19  10:30 a.m.
CongregationShalom Sanctuary
Cantor Jeff Klepper of Temple Sinai in Sharon has been collecting material for years and presenting it across the country.  It is funny, challenging and provocative-a guaranteed conversation starter.
Monday Movie w/Amy Degen
Monday March 20   7:00 p.m.
Congregation Shalom Library
Jews and Baseball :  Tracing the Jewish involvement in the history of this sport and getting us pumped for the start of the baseball season in April
Israel-a program led by Karen Spira
Sunday March 26  11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Congregation Shalom  Santuary
          Internal Challenges to Israel Society:                          Ultra Orthodox, West Bank settlers/settlements, income inequality.  What makes Israel society tick?
Next Topic: Sunday May 7th: Israel and the Diaspora- BDS (Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment) Israel on American campuses, Jewishness in Israel, anti-Zionism vs. anti-Semitism

As a community who is committed to life-long Jewish learning, celebration and culture, we wanted to share with you information about The Jewish Arts Collaboratives Spring 2017 series of concerts, lectures, performances and more. These are wonderful opportunities and we hope you will take part in some of the events.


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Religious School Fundraiser

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After the Online Auction, Final Sale, and Fill a Bag in conjunction with the Epilepsy Foundation, we are taking a relaxing break until the late Spring 50/50 Raffle. 
In the meantime, remember to bring your newspapers, old mail, junk mail and magazines and drop them in the yellow and green container in the parking lot.  Right next to it is the gray container for old books, backpacks, book bags, clothing that can be recycled, shoes, belts, handbags and just about anything else.
Also, whenever you go to the Amazon website, if you are registered, up to 15% of whatever you have spent goes back to the synagogue. This is NOT Amazon Smile - we belong to a different program.  If you haven't joined yet, just go to our website( www.congregationshalom.organd look for the Amazon logo on the right side of the page - click on it, bookmark it and every time you go to the Amazon site, Congregation Shalom makes money.  Sweet and simple and a great moneymaker for us.

If you have any questions, please contact us.     

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The Shalomites will be hosting the annual Purim Carnival on March 12th at 10:00 a.m. in place of Sunday School. There will be fun, games and food for the whole family, so be sure to come! If you win enough tickets you might even win one of the awesome prizes being raffled off! Be sure to wear your best costume!

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Sisterhood Snippetssisterhood

We are getting excited for the annual Sisterhood Retreat in Ogunquit March 3-5th! Janet Dubner, Rabbi Perry and the planning committee have been working on the final details. We can't wait to learn, sing and connect with "sisters" and see what the Eat, Pray, L... theme is all about.
Mark your calendars and watch for information on upcoming events in March and April. On March 21st, we will gather to do some beading at Katie Ebersman's house. Join us on Sunday, April 2nd  for shopping in Brookline. We will organize carpools and you'll have a chance to stock up on some items for Passover. We are considering scheduling a paint night on either Tuesday, April 18th  or Saturday, April 22nd  from 6-9 p.m. at Magic Brush in Tewksbury. We welcome your feedback to determine interest and preferred date.
Don't forget that we have a variety of gifts and Judaica items available in our gift shop. Many beautiful options are on display. Contact us if you would like to make a purchase. 
Our next board meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7th at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend to share input and ideas. 
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Brotherhood NewsBrotherhood

Pulling away from Winter. On February 26@ 1:30 led by intrepid explorer Neal Berenson, Brotherhood is sponsoring the 2nd annual "snowshoe hike in the woods". This will be brotherhood's last cold weather event.  Then, we will change gears and slip into Spring with a foray into Formula 1 "Kart Racing" on March 19 @ 2:00 PM at K1 Speedway in Wilmington. Our point person for the operation is Nesan Jagasothy. Just $49 covers driving, all needed safety equipment, instruction, and prizes.
Start thinking about the Brotherhood Retreat this May 19-21. Just one payment of $185 covers lodging, three scrumptious meals dailly, and unlimited fun at "Linger Longer by the Sea in Brewster. Contact Neal Berenson or e-mail Your prompt payment insures you a bed at one of the reserved three houses.
Submitted by David Brother

Grocery Store Cards  

We've signed up Whole Foods as another member of our grocery card program!
You can now help the temple while you shop at Whole Foods (a new store now in Westford in the old Market Basket location).  

Get a grocery card for $100 (Hannaford, Stop&Shop, Donelans, or Whole Foods) each month, and the temple makes $$ cashback.  This leads to thousands of dollars for our program, with no out-of-pocket monies from you.  Just email  Judy Beningson at  and I will get you started.  


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BGBook Group

The Congregation Shalom book group welcomes all who would like to spend an interesting evening of book review, discussion and socializing.

Jot the following dates into your calendars and note the book selections for those dates:

          February 27th -  Home Lands  by Larry Tye
                          Hostess- Ethel Kamien
April 3rd  - The Devil in Jerusalem  by Naomi Ragen
                       Hostess- Phyllis Kallus

May 22nd - Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris
                       Hostess- Esther Wikander
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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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Extended Community
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SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017 ~ 7:30 - 11:30pm
OLD TOWN HALL, 20 Main Street (Route 28),  ANDOVER, MA 
Admission $25.00 Click here to register

Start recruiting your teams now for a spirited evening of questions and answers!


Camp Hadar is Now Accepting Camper Registrations for 2017!
New Camper Special Offer
Save 50% or more off our 2017 Rates
$180.00 for One Week of Camp (Promo Code: NC1Week)
$350.00 for Two Weeks of Camp (Promo Code: NC2Weeks)
$520.00 for Three Weeks of Camp (Promo Code: NC3Weeks)
For more info about Camp Hadar visit or email
Offer valid for NEW campers ONLY.  A new camper is defined as a child that was not registered for the 2016 season at Camp Hadar.  Offer expires March 31, 2017.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 9am-5:45pm*
$36/per person
Temple Beth-El in Providence, RI

Join us for an uplifting Shabbat that incorporates something for everyone-
Torah study, worship, lunch, learning and music will all be offered with time to connect and network.
Additionally, Temple Beth-El is offering participants the chance to partake in a "spirited" Havdalah service known as *Shabbatini ending at 7:30pm (Note: there is a small additional cost for this on the registration site).
Our special Shabbaton features include:
Rabbi David Ellenson
Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, delivering our keynote address: Lessons for the future:  What Two Great Reform Leaders of the Past Can Teach Us Today during our lunch!
Gila Hadani Ward,   Union for Reform Judaism Director of Lay Resources who will offer two dynamic workshops:  Beyond Survey Monkey:  Listening to Our Congregants... and The Next Step:  Really Getting Relational...both of which will be dynamic and impactful!
Confirmed workshops include:  Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform, how synagogues act powerfully locally, Urgency of Now, how synagogues can acct in the new political landscape, Wise Aging, Multiple Platforms-social media:  the many places and spaces to meet, and others are in the planning process. 

Schedule (subject to change)
9:00 a.m.  - Torah Study with Rabbi Ellenson
10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Service
11:45 a.m. - Kiddush lunch with keynot by Rabbi Ellenson
1:30 p.m. - Breakout session A and B (and snack)
4:30 p.m. - Endnote/Musical performance with David Perolman
5:45 p.m. - Minyan/Shabbatini
We hope that you will join us, for this very special program. 
Please contact any one of us with questions.

Chuck Koplik, Eastern MA/ RI URJ Community Chair;
Jeremy Wolfe, Eastern MA/ RI URJ Community Vice Chair; 
Rene Katersky, Eastern MA/ RI URJ Community Vice Chair;
Jim Ball, Eastern MA/ RI URJ Community Vice Chair; 
Marla Goldberg, URJ Communities Manager/Staff Partner;

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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.


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


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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