Providing a rich spectrum of opportunities for our members to express their Judaism through worship, education, music, community service, and social action.
Rabbi's Message

Dear Friends,

This is the week! We've got exciting events coming up for everyone. Please join us.

This Friday, Jan. 25. 6:30pm is our big Tu Bishvat seder, led by our youngest students. We eat fruit and drink juice all during the service! Lively and fun for all ages. Breaking news: everyone will plant their own parsley seeds to take home to grow for Passover!

Monday is our L'chaim luncheon featuring noted author Tova Mirvis.

We are hosting a huge challah bake Feb. 10, 11:30am.

Please enjoy scenes of our 4th & 5th graders learning about the Torah scroll and reading out of the Torah!

Best Wishes,


All the students found words they recognized in the actual Ten Commandments.
Everyone got to hold the Torah scroll.

We practiced dressing and undressing the Torah.

I get by with a little help from my friends.

Temple Annual Appeal
Temple Members and Friends,

As you may already know, dues alone do not cover all our yearly costs.  Your generosity also helps ensure that everyone can belong to our temple family and take part in our community, regardless of affordability.  By supporting Temple Shalom Emeth we're making a statement: that the existence of this community matters. 

Please consider a PayPal donation (below) or mail your check today and be as generous as you can afford to be! 
Thank you.

Shelley Rosenbaum Lipman

Reminder that donations made to Temple Shalom Emeth before 31 DEC 2018 may be tax deductible in this calendar year. Consult your Tax Adviser.
Religious School Message
From Rhonda Rubin

Reminder that there is no religious school this Sunday, Jan. 20th.

Join us for our Tu Bishvat Family Shabbat Seder on Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30pm, conducted by our 3-5yr. olds. Our cutest service of the year!

Upcoming Activities

Shabbat Service
Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30pm

Join us for our annual Tu Bishvat seder! Fun for all ages. Eat fruit and drink juice all during the service in the social hall. Then everyone will plant parsley seeds to take home to grow and harvest for Passover!

Thank you to Mindy Standley and members of the Religious and Ritual Committee for providing the fruit and juice.

Thank you to our Pre-K/K families for sponsoring the Oneg.

Please volunteer!

We have lots of opportunities to share your simchas or memories by volunteering for an Oneg.  We also need one or two volunteers at each Shabbat service to be an usher so we can continue our Temple's tradition of being warm and welcoming.  Please contact Shelley Rosenbaum Lipman ( if you can help out!

Date/ Time
Oneg Sponsor
 (Thank you!)
January 25, 
6:30 pm
Tu B'shevat Seder/Family Worship, grade Pre-K/K
Grade Pre-K/K families
February 1, 
7:30 pm
Social Justice Shabbat Service
Social Justice Committee
February 8, 
6:30 pm
Family Worship, Grades 1 & 2
Grade 1&2 families
February 15, 
7:30 pm
Shabbat Service

February 22, 
7:30 pm
Shabbat Service
March 1, 
6:30 pm
Shabbat Music Service

View the complete temple service schedule 
Tu Bishvat Seder
Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30pm

Next week! Tu Bishvat is the New Year for the Trees, the holiday which celebrates the beginning of spring in Israel and focuses our attention on the environment.
One of our most fun services of the year. Eat while you pray. We sit around tables in the social hall and eat different types of symbolic fruit as well as four cups of different colored grape juice. Our Pre-Hebrew and Kindergarten class will sing and do a presentation.

All are welcome!
L'chaim Luncheon
Monday, Jan. 28, 12:30pm

The L'chaim Group of
Temple Shalom Emeth
invites you to warm up with good food and good friends on Monday, January 28, 12:30pm 
Temple Shalom Emeth, 16 Lexington St.              Burlington, MA
Enjoy a delicious luncheon of assorted wraps, soups and salads.
Meet noted author Tova Mirvis as she presents the story of
 the memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world. Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family, TovaMirvis committed herself to observing the rules and rituals prescribed by this way of life. But over the years, she decides to discover who she really is.
RSVP to Ellen Finkelman: by January 24, 2019
Suggested donation: $10.00
If you can bring fruit or a dessert, please let us know when you RSVP.
Social Justice Service
Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30pm
Crisis At The Mexican Border: An Eyewitness Account

The TSE Social Justice Committee has been focusing on immigration issues for the past few years.  On Friday, February 1st at 7:30 pm we will be hosting another Shabbat service, focusing on the plight of immigrants/refugees at our southern border.  We will hear a first hand account of conditions there from an eye witness observer.  Exodus teaches us, "  You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt." (Exodus 23:9)  We hope to see you there to learn more about this moral crisis.
Superbowl Superhero Super Chai Baby Party!
Saturday, Feb. 2, 4pm

Attention all infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families!
We are having a Patriots Pre-Superbowl Party!
Come in your favorite football team's outfit or your favorite superhero.
We'll eat, socialize, sing with Ben Silver and do a quick Havdalah service with the rabbi.
All are welcome!

Huge Challah Baking Party!
Sunday, Feb. 10, 11:30-1pm

Our temple will be hosting a huge challah baking party on Sunday, Feb. 10, 11:30-1pm in the temple social hall.
We will have a potluck lunch then learn how to make challah from scratch. Everyone will leave with a challah ready to bake.
There will be a raffle for copies of Rabbi Abramson's challah book Challah: A Chewish Guide to the Torah.
This event is co-sponsored by Camp Kingswood, who will give a brief presentation about their camp.
All are welcome.
Torah, Food & Shmooze

Eat and schmooze as we discuss the weekly Torah portion. Please bring a food item. Bagels and cream cheese will be provided.

We will be meeting on the following Saturdays mornings at the Temple starting at 10:00:

February 9
March 9
April 6
May 11
June 15

New Adult Education Series

Introduction to the Shabbat Service Songs

Would you like to know more about the songs we sing during Shabbat services? Having trouble with the Hebrew transliteration? If so, Cantorial Soloist Ben Silver will be leading a class to teach us the origins and melodies of the Shabbat songs, how to sing the songs and the meanings behind the songs.

Classes will be held at 7:00 on the following Mondays:

February 25
March 11
March 25
April 8

Fundraising News

Scriptastic News!
We just received a LARGE gift card (scrip) delivery which means that we have something you can use either for yourself or for gift giving.
Specifically, we have gift cards for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Cheesecake Factory, CVS, Dunkin' Donuts, Home Depot, Kohl's, Legal Sea Foods, LL Bean, Panera, 99 Restaurant, Seasons 52, Staples, Starbucks, TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods and Whole Foods.
Please let us know if you would like us to set aside any of these cards for you.
Thank you.
Fran Bloomfield , 
Sheldon Cooperman, 
Raise Funds for the Temple While You Shop on Amazon
Amazon has a great, easy-to-use program called Amazon Smile that helps raise money for non-profits, including our very own temple.  To participate, go to Amazon via this link:  It should bring you directly to the Amazon Smile page that has been set up to benefit the temple.  You will see "Supporting Temple Shalom Emeth" near the top of the page.  However, if that link does not work (we all know that these things sometimes don't cooperate), you can simply go to and select "Temple Shalom Emeth" as your charitable organization.  Then go shopping. 
That's all there is to it.  As long as you continue to go to Amazon through the Amazon Smile link, the temple will continue to get a donation equal to a percentage of the total price of your purchases.  Although any single donation may seem small, it will add up very quickly as more and more people sign up for it.  And there is no need to limit this to temple members.  Anyone can choose Temple Shalom Emeth as their Amazon Smile beneficiary, so feel free to spread the word.
Book Club Mtg.
Tuesday, March 5, 7pm

The next TSE Book Club meeting will be on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 at the home of Fran Rosenberg, 19 Daniel Drive, Burlington.  You can RSVP to Fran at 781-789-9176.

The book is Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng.

Ellen Kline Memorial Children's Fund

In loving memory of Ellen Kline, long-time, devoted Temple and sisterhood member.  Ellen's life was dedicated to her family, friends and students and all that knew her.    She especially loved all children of the Temple and always gave back to anyone in need by lending a helping hand, giving advice and making the world a better place.  This fund was created to help a Temple member's child that has a demonstrated emotional, financial or medical need.  A committee has been established to oversee the fund and to vet need requests.  Please contact the Rabbi  for further information so we can help.

Thanks in advance for your kind donation in memory of Ellen as her yahrzeit is in December.  

Help Needed - Chicken Soup Brigade
Are you interested in helping temple members in need but don't have a lot of free time? If so, this is the perfect way to make a difference. We are currently in immediate need for a few temple members to be on our Chicken Soup Brigade Committee. This would be a fun way to meet some new temple friends and provide a much needed mitzvah at the same time.    Your job could be anything from sending out a get well card to organizing meals for a family, planning a Shiva by contacting volunteers to set up and bring food or seeking out volunteers if someone needs a ride to the doctor, etc.
If you can help us with this very important need, please contact Rabbi Abramson at
Thank you for your support.

 Movie Event
Who Will Write Our History

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Who Will Write Our History? will be seen simultaneously at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, China, Israel, the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum in Poland, and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and 100's more locations around the world. 
Kerem Shalom's sponsored event will be held at Fine Arts Theater in Maynard at 3:00 PM. $10 per person
19 Summer St, Maynard, MA 01754 - 978-298-5626 - purchase tickets online at
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, "Polish historian Emanuel Ringelblum, founded a secret group he called the Oyneg Shabes, an organization of 60+ members engaged in spiritual resistance against the Nazis, fighting hatred, lies and propaganda with pen and paper. They wrote and commissioned diaries, essays, jokes, poems, and songs. They also collected artifacts such as photographs, German pronouncements, labels on Ghetto goods, official and underground newspapers, and more - anything that would help future historians tell the story of the Ghetto from the Jewish point of view, rather than from the Nazi perspective. On the eve of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Oyneg Shabes members buried 60,000 pages of documentation in the ground in the hopes that the archive would survive, even if they did not, to 'scream the truth to the world.'" To keep the collections safe, only three of the 60 members were aware of the precise locations of these documents...and only one of these members survived. 
There will be a post-screening discussion with Roberta Grossman, Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg, and author, Sam Kassow . Every screening of the movie will be preceded by a #WeRemember trailer.
Temple Office: 781-272-2351
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