TBA Thursday
11 Shevat 5780 | 6 February 2020
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We offer many ways for you to stay connected to TBA. In addition to our TBA Thursday and RSVP newsletters, we are also very active on Facebook and Instagram. Did you know we have opt-in text messaging too? We occasionally send reminders about an upcoming program or service (don't worry we won't spam you!). Click here to opt-in to TBA text messaging. And that's not all, we also have a member-only Facebook group. You can post pictures, pose questions and more. If you would like to join the TBA Closed Facebook group please click here to request membership.
Beware of Fake Emails
Please note emails from Rabbi Stern or any member of the Beth Avodah staff will always end with @bethavodah.org. There is a phishing scam going around using bogus email addresses that closely resemble Beth Avodah email addresses. Clergy and staff will never email asking for money or personal information. To view a sample of a bogus email click here.
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Sing with Craig Taubman!
Craig Taubman is thrilled to join us for our building dedication weekend and twentieth anniversary of the Bamel Music Fund on Friday, April 3. We are looking for congregants to celebrate this special moment by singing with Craig in a community choir. Did you know we regularly sing many of Craig's songs at TBA? Some familiar favorites are: Bar’chu , Hashkiveynu and Adonai S’fatai (sung at High Holy Days). 
The community choir rehearsals begin on Monday, February 24 at 7:15 p.m. followed by Tuesday, March 17 at 7:15 p.m., Monday, March 23 at 7:15 p.m., Sunday, March 29 (w/adult, teen and children’s choirs) at 10:00 a.m. and (an optional if needed final rehearsal) on Monday, March 30 at 7:15 p.m. Additional details will be shared when you RSVP to join in on the fun.
Mazel Tov to...
Congratulations to Dr. Stafford Cohen on the recent positive review of this book, Dr. Stay By Me, in the Jewish Advocate. Click here for more.
This Weekend at TBA
Simchat Shabbat Service & Dinner, Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner immediately following the 6:00 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service. This service is geared toward preschool through Grade 2 children and their families. After-dinner entertainment for the children is provided. Click here to RSVP for dinner .

Shabbat Service with Blessing for Israel Travelers
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Help us give Rabbi Stern, our TBA Teens, Mikah Atkind and Myriam Rofrano a great send off tomorrow as they receive a special blessing at the 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Service. After the services, join us for a super fun Kara-oneg.

Kara-Oneg, Friday after the 7:30 p.m. Service
What could be better than Shabbat services followed by a karaoke sing along? Join us at 7:30 p.m. for services and stick around for an oneg featuring delicious desserts and karaoke. This is a singalong of popular music from all decades – we won’t ask you to do a solo! Please click here to let us know if you plan to attend (free of charge) and if you have any song requests! All ages welcome. 

K - Gr. 5 Parent Coffee, Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Come enjoy a light breakfast and get to know other parents in the Religious School. Please RSVP to Mikah .

Knitting Group, Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
The TBA knitters create shawls, lap blankets, scarves and baby caps to be delivered as part of our Caring Community outreach to our members in need. Yarn is provided and no experience is necessary.

Torah Class, Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Whether you have an extensive Jewish education, or if you've never opened a bible before to read - you are all equally welcome and will be equally comfortable at Rabbi Stern's Torah Class. It is truly a fellowship of adult learners. Come and join in the pursuit of greater Jewish knowledge and spirituality.

Labriyut: To Your Health with Susan Altman
Sunday at 11:15 a.m.
Temple member Susan Altman will present at our third Labriyut session beginning at 11:15 a.m. Susan received her training in Health Counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and studied at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she learned more about the impact of our state of mind on our food choices. She will speak about diet culture and intuitive eating. Come and learn about food cravings, food choices and why food is not something to be feared! RSVP to Sara .
Upcoming Programs & Events

Women's Kallah, February 29
The theme of this year's Women's Kallah is A Leap of Strength: Caring for Ourselves and Those We Love. The Kallah takes place on February 29 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The program features Shabbat morning service with Cantorial Soloist Susan Glickman, and guests Dr. Judy Garber and Rabbi Marcia Plumb. Click here to sign up !

Purim Carnival, March 8
Your favorite carnival returns on Sunday, March 8, immediately after Religious School. Additional information coming next week but for now save the date!

Forbidden Purim Show, March 9
Come to a spectacular performance of the story of Esther performed by the TBA Arts Troupe. They will sing parodies of your favorite Broadway show tunes from hit musicals including Hamilton, Les Miserables and A Chorus Line. After the show, stay for a delicious dessert oneg. It all happens on Monday, March 9 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Online Auction to Benefit Our ELC, March 10 - 20
We are excited to announce an online auction will run from March 10 - 20 to benefit our ELC. Lots of donated items are already pouring in. If you have sporting tickets, vacation property or other items you would like to donate, please click here to fill out a donation form. Stay tuned for a link to the auction when it goes live! If you have any questions, please click here to email the auction committee.

Boomers! Night at the Theatre, March 29
TBA Boomers are headed to the Boston Opera House on March 29 to see The Band’s Visit —now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. Join us for an informal pre-show gathering at  Sip  at 4:45 p.m. There are 3 tickets remaining. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Click here to purchase show tickets . Click here to let us know you already have show tickets, but plan on joining us at Sip . Price includes theatre ticket only. Sip is pay as you go.

Building Dedication Weekend, April 3 - 5
We have started planning the events taking place around the dedication of our new space. It will begin with a special Shabbat Service with musical guest Craig Taubman in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the Anita Bamel Music Fund. Please be sure to save the dates because this is a weekend you will not want to miss!
Zionist World Congress Election
Vote in the Zionist World Congress election! Why? The WZC is the representative body of the world’s Jewish people. It is how North American Jews can weigh in democratically about issues in Israel to reflect our Reform Jewish values. If you are interested in the platform represented by the “Vote Reform” slate click here .Voting is open until March 11, 2020 on the Zionist election website .
Events Happening In or Near Newton
The Amazing Max
Experience the magic of The Amazing Max this Presidents' Day! Max seamlessly combines tricks and comedy with his extraordinary skills as a magician and entertainer. This spectacular, high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show will defy the laws of physics and keep the whole family enthralled! Held at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Monday, February 17. Shows at 11am and 1pm. For families with children ages 3-9 years. Cost is $18, JCC member cost is $16. This show is part of the Magic Ark Performing Arts Series for Families, a program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. For tickets, visit  bostonjcc.org/magicark  or call 617-558-6481.

Masterworks Chorale Continues its 80th Season
Join Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Leong, at Boston's historic Old South Church for Ernest Bloch's beautiful Sacred Service, an artistically groundbreaking setting of the Hebrew liturgy for the Sabbath on March 1 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets available here .

PJ Library Purim Superhero Dance Party
Get ready to shake your superhero cape at a Purim dance party at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Sunday, March 1 from 11am-12pm. Dress up as your favorite superhero or wear your comfy PJs for a fun, energetic morning filled with music, hula hoops, games and more. Snacks and a Purim craft will be included as well. For families with children ages 0-6 years, siblings welcome. Cost is $20 per family in advance, $25 at the door. Register at  bostonjcc.org/newtonsuperheroes . For more information, contact  newtonfamilies@jccgb.org . In case of inclement weather, please check the PJ Library in Greater Boston Facebook page.

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