TBA Thursday
23 Cheshvan 5780 | 21 November 2019
Thanks for coming last weekend!
Here's a video recap
A Novel Idea!
Tomorrow Night
6:15 p.m
We are pleased to welcome author Keith Gessen to TBA tomorrow evening. Now living in New York City, Keith was born in Russia and raised in Newton. He is an assistant professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a very interesting speaker. He will speak briefly at the 6:15 p.m. Shabbat Service and participate in a lively Q&A at the dinner following. We are sorry, dinner reservations are now closed.

Bring a copy of your book, Keith is happy to sign it for you!
Brotherhood Retreat, RSVP Today!
Join Your Band of Brothers at the Overnight Retreat
December 7
Brotherhood members are invited to come and discuss the topic of life transitions at this year's Brotherhood Retreat at the beautiful Hotel Providence , Providence, RI. We will share thoughts and coping skills surrounding transitions: lessons learned along the road about everything from marriage, raising kids, aging parents, job changes and our own aging. We hope you will come to listen, learn and lend support. Click here to RSVP .
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B'nai Mitzvah
Hi, my name is Mia Brodowski. I have been coming to TBA since preschool and continue now in Midrasha. I am a 7th grader at Pollard Middle School in Needham. Outside of school I am a competitive dancer. Since dance is such a big part of my life, for my mitzvah project, I am doing a dance clothes drive for kids who are not able to afford clothes to take class. After I collect old dance attire, I will be donating it to a studio in Boston. I hope by giving kids the correct apparel for dance, they will be able to feel the same joy and happiness as I do when I dance. I am so excited to become a bat mitzvah!
Hi, my name is Jacob Decker and I am really excited about finishing my first phase of Jewish learning at Temple Beth Avodah, by becoming a Bar Mitzvah. In addition to becoming a Bar Mitzvah, I will become a man. This entitles me to more freedom and with that comes more responsibility. For my mitzvah project, I have been selling pies for a nonprofit organization called Community Servings. Community servings is dedicated to helping feed families and individuals with severe chronic illnesses, across Massachusetts. I have also been volunteering there for several years as well, and I plan to keep volunteering my time for this important cause. I believe that taking care and helping those in need, is a significant value in Judaism.
Mazel Tov to...
Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Cohen, the recipient of IMPACT Melanoma 's 2019 Keeper of the Hope Award. This award is presented to a member of the IMPACT community whose generosity, vision and commitment to the organization over time is unwavering. This award is named after  Suzanne Donahue , a young woman who lost her battle with melanoma. Suzanne was gracious, giving and reminded us all about the power of giving-back no matter what your circumstance. Lisa was presented with her award at the 2019 Shades of Hope Gala on Friday, November 15, 2019. Click here to read a Q & A with Lisa .
Make Someone's Holiday Special!
Cook Thanksgiving Items for The Second Step
Join Brotherhood in the TBA kitchen on Sunday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m. to cook dishes for the residents of TSS. Can't make it that day? No worries! Cook at your own home and deliver to TBA. Click here to sign up with Mark Rosen to cook with in the TBA kitchen with Brotherhood. Click here to cook in your own home (instructions are on signup form).

Bake Thanksgiving Desserts at Home for The Second Step
Love to bake cookies, dessert bars or pies? The residents of The Second Step would love to eat them! Click here to sign up to bake Thanksgiving treats for TSS at home to deliver to TBA by November 24.

Bake Holiday Treats for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
Come and bake in the TBA kitchen with fellow congregants on Sunday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. Again, no worries if you can't make it! You can also bake at home and deliver your goodies to TBA. Signup for both activities can be found here . if you are interested in volunteering at the REACH holiday party on Wednesday, December 18 please contact Debbie Hart-Klein .
Upcoming Programs & Services
Jewish Summer Camp Info Session
November 24
Join fellow TBA families at 9:45 a.m. to learn about the URJ camps in the area! Debby Shriber, URJ Northeast Camps Director, will be here to answer all of your questions as well as introduce you to the magic of camp. Light refreshments will be served . RSVP to Myriam Rofrano . Click here to learn more about Jewish summer camps.

Mini BAYGL Event
November 24
Join Mini BAYGL for mini golf and more! We will leave TBA at 11:30 a.m. for an hour and a half of mini golf, arcade games, and a pizza lunch. We will be back at TBA by 2:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

Boomers! Game Night
December 3
At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, Come enjoy a fun night of games with the TBA Boomers! We will have board games to play, food and beverages, good conversation and a relaxing night out.Feel free to bring your favorite game! RSVP to Sara Zaiger . Questions? Contact Lori Rosen . 

Simchat Shabbat Service & Dinner
December 6
Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner immediately following the 6:00 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service. Simchat Shabbat Services are geared toward preschool through Grade 2 children. Join in on the after dinner schmoozing while the children are entertained by Kate Shoolman. Click here for more information and to RSVP .

Teen Shabbat Service & Dinner
December 6
At this 7:30 p.m. service, our TBA teens, Cantorial Soloist Susan Glickman and Myriam Rofrano, will lead us in a special Shabbat evening T'fila. They will share their musical talents and prayerful leadership with our community. To join us for dinner, please click here .

Kochavim Club
December 8
Kochavim class will meet monthly on Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The remaining dates are: January 5, March 15 and April 12. This drop off class is designed for children ages 3-5 (not yet in Kindergarten) and will include music, movement and a hands on project. You do not need to be a member to attend, but we do require registration . If you have any questions please contact Heidi Baker.
Torah Class
December 8
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 studying with Rabbi Stern. It is truly a fellowship of adult learners. Come at 10:00 a.m. and join in the pursuit of greater Jewish knowledge and spirituality.

December 8
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 and to those who are served by the Boston Living Center. All are welcome to drop-in at 10:00 a.m. to knit and nosh! 

Choir to Sing at NewBridge!
December 8
Join Cantorial Soloist Susan Glickman, our teen songleaders and youth choir at Newbridge on the Charles, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. for a Hanukkah sing-a-long. Meet us in the lobby “conservatory” of the Nursing Care building, 7000 Great Meadow Rd., Dedham.

Grade 4 & 5 Family Gathering
December 8
Get together with your TBA School class friends outside of the classroom! It's an opportunity for everyone to get together casually, get better acquainted and spend some time connecting in the social hall. There will be food and activities. All family members welcome! For more information please contact Mikah Atkind .

Jr. BAYGL Ice Skating
December 8
Join Jr. BAYGL (Grades 6-8) December 8 from 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. for a fun afternoon of ice skating! We will be taking a bus to ice skating, followed by a pizza party and sundae bar back at TBA. This event has been planned by our Grade 7 Midrasha class . Click here to RSVP .

 Women of TBA Hanukkah Party
December 18
One of the most fun evenings of the year will be held at the home of Ali Newman (addressed given on RSVP form). The evening features friends, food and a Yankee swap (Gift should be about $20.). Begins at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2019 . Please RSVP by noon, Monday December 16.

TBA Community
Hanukkah Gathering
December 25
Have Chinese food with your Temple friends right here at TBA! Join us as we celebrate Hanukkah with candle lighting, games, latkes and more! 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., all ages welcome. Click here to RSVP to Sara Zaiger .
Events Happening In or Near Newton
Get in the Chanukah Spirit! Join JCDS for a Hanukkah-themed STEAM Fair. There will be hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities! This FREE event is on Sunday, December 8 from 1:30-3 p.m. at JCDS, perfect for kids ages 0-10. JCDS is located at 57 Stanley Ave, Watertown.

Jewish Singles Mingle - Latkes & Vodkas Hanukkah Celebration
Singles Group for Ages 50-65, Sunday, Dec. 15, 6:30-9 p.m. Join us for our annual Hanukkah celebration -- a fun evening with latkes, spirits, live music, mingling and more! A light dinner will be served. Tickets are $36 per person. Sign up early and join in the festivities. Details and location will be sent to those with a paid reservation 2-3 days prior to the event. Advance registration and payment is required; limited tickets available. Get your ticket online at https://jsmlatkesandvodkas2019.eventbrite.com

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