What's Happening at
Temple Shir Tikvah
Week of December 3, 2018
All events are at the temple unless listed otherwise. 
Tuesday, December 4
3:45 pm -- Learning Corps Grades 4 and 5 
4:15 pm -- Grades 4 and 5 Cooking Classes with Rabbi Cari 
Wednesday, December 5
3:45 pm -- Grade 7 Cooking Classes with Rabbi Cari 
3:45 pm -- Learning Corps Grades 6 and 7
6:00 pm -- Grades 8-12
7:30 pm -- Shir Chadash Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 7
7:30 pm -- Chanukah Shabbat Services with Rabbi Cari and Beth. Oneg sponsored by the Torah Study Group

Saturday, December 8 
8:30 am -- Habitat for Humanity Build in Lawrence 
10:30 am -- Torah Study Group at the temple
5:00 pm -- Chanukah Community Potluck & Havdalah Together Family-Friendly Service

Sunday, December 9
9:30 am -- EJL - Ambrose School (AS)
9:30 am -- Learning Corps  Grade 1- 6 
9:45 am -- Adult Education Class: Exploring Dying, Death, and Life After Death (AS)  
10:00 am -- Adult Education Class: Exploring Jewish Parenting 
2:00 pm -- Prayer Vigil with Welcoming the Stranger Committee
4:30 pm -- Volunteer Day with the Somerville Homeless Coalition 
Habitat for Humanity Build in Lawrence
Saturday, December 8, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
101 Franklin Street, Lawence, MA 
Build with Habitat for Humanity in Lawrence, MA, once a month, from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. No particular skills are required to participate but you must be 16 or older to be on the work site. We usually eat out for lunch but lots of folks bring lunch and eat on site. If you are interested and want more information contact Annie LaCourt: annie@lacourt.net 
Chanukah Community Potluck Dinner and Havdalah Together 
Saturday, December 8 at 5:00 pm 
Join our Community Chanukah Havdalah Potluck. Everyone's welcome! Come enjoy fried crispy latkes! Bring a dish to share and a chanukiah (optional)! May our celebration increase the joy and light this season. Followed by family-friendly Havdalah service. RSVPs appreciated: Click Here. 
Exploring Dying, Death, and Life After Death
Instructor: Rabbi Rim Meirowitz 
December 9, and 16, 10:00 am - 11:15 am, at the Ambrose School
Death comes to all of us. We experience the dying and death of people whom we love. We shall, someday, experience our own dying and death. And those whom we love will live on after us. In this course we'll see how our tradition might inform our experiences of being with the dying, of living on with memory, and of preparing for our own passing. We shall also explore, using some newly translated Hassidic and mystical texts, Jewish ideas of life after death and the reuse (or reincarnation) of souls.
Exploring Jewish Parenting 
Instructor: Rabbi Cari Bricklin-Small 
December  9, and 16, 10:00 am - 11:15 am, at the Ambrose School
Join Rabbi Cari and EJL parents in a series of workshops about Jewish parenting and how to bring Judaism into the lives of families. These monthly workshops are open to parents of children of all ages, as well as those who serve in the role of parents. This year Rabbi Cari will use the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens curriculum to "discuss topics that matter...; explore Jewish values that can enrich [one's] family; reflect on the joys and challenges of raising kids today; and find support, encouragement, and connection." 
Welcoming the Stranger Group  
Shir Tikvah's response to the immigration and refugee crisis
  • Prayer Vigil, Sunday, December 9th, 2 pm - 3 pm, ICE Detention Center, South Bay Correctional Facility, 20 Bradston Street, Boston. Please RSVP to Beth Soltzberg at bethsoltzberg@gmail.com  so that we can coordinate TST participants. See flyer for more information .
  • Tzedek Reflection Meeting: convening on immigration, Sunday, December 9th, 1:30-3:45 pm, Temple Hillel B'nai Torah, 120 Corey St, West Roxbury. See flyer for more information.
Jewish Climate Action Network Meeting  
December 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
The Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN) mobilizes communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints. Several Shir Tikvah members participate regularly in JCAN meetings and events. Check us out during our next regular monthly meeting, which Shir Tikvah is hosting. For more information, contact Andy Oram: andyo@praxagora.com 
Film Screening: My Dear Children
Sunday, December 16, 7:00 pm
Just released - the first in-depth, scholarly documentary about the little known Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe after WWI. Told through the rare, first-hand account of survivor Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of 12, who was driven by events to put two of her children in an orphanage. "My Dear Children" is a window into this forgotten history and the daring rescue mission that saved those two children.
Followed by a conversation with writer/director LeeAnn Dance.
Theater Outing - "Million Dollar Quartet"  at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham
Group tickets are $40 with deadline of Dec. 27.
This Tony Award-winning smash hit is the exhilarating true story of the famed 1956 on-the-fly recording session at Sun Records that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one of the greatest jam sessions ever. It features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line", "Hound Dog" and more. We'll have dinner before the show at a nearby restaurant. 
Contact  Karen Grossman for more info.    
Project Ezra
Ongoing through December 24
Project Ezra is a tradition shared between Temple Shir Tikvah and Temple Isaiah in Lexington, where members of both congregations prepare and deliver Christmas meals to elderly residents and families in Arlington, Bedford, and Lexington.

You can help:
  • Prepare food items in your home and bring them to Temple Isaiah in Lexington on Monday, December 24;
  • Decorate delivery bags and create cards with beautiful pictures and notes (a great family activity);
  • Carve the turkey breasts;
  • Pack the food into serving size containers; or
  • Make deliveries.
Learn more here, or contact projectezra@templeisaiah.net with questions.
T ikkun Olam (Repairing the World)
HELP US REPAIR THE WORLD -- If you are interested in getting involved, contact us at tikkunolam@shir-tikvah.org
Click here for a list of ongoing projects.
  •  We're recruiting new volunteers for our ongoing projects. Interested in tutoring a child in an underserved elementary school in Somerville, cooking monthly meals for homeless adults, taking part in a Habitat for Humanity work crew, or learning to head up our Winchester Hospital X-mas Day volunteer effort? Contact tikkunolam@shir-tikvah.org to learn more.
  • The JF&CS Family Table is looking for donations of whole grain crackers and 15oz boxes of raisins for their kosher food pantry serving greater Boston. Please bring your donations to the temple.
Beyond Shir Tikvah
  • Click here for ways to help those who are affected by the California Wildfires
  • The Rising Song Jewish Music Residency is a full-time study and collaboration and opportunity for talented musicians and prayer leaders. Based in Philadelphia, this new nine-month program will prepare ba'alei neginah (holders of song) to cultivate grassroots musical movements that nurture Jewish spiritual life. Application deadline January 15, 2019. Learn more. 
  • Honeymoon Israel provides trips to Israel for couples with at least one Jewish partner. Spend nine exhilarating, romantic and memorable days exploring Israel in luxury with the one you love, and 19 other couples from the greater Boston area. You will return home with a new community and friends who feel like family. Learn more.
  • Introduction to Judaism is designed for couples (interfaith or not), congregants who might like a basic Judaism course, and anyone exploring conversion to Judaism. Registrations are being accepted for January 27 (Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland), March 5 (Temple Sinai, Brookline), and April 29 (Beth El Temple Center, Belmont).
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies is excited to launch a year-long, community-wide conversation tour, "The 360Five: One Year, Five Questions, Many Voices," led by CJP President and CEO Rabbi Marc Baker. Through dozens of in-person events around Greater Boston, the tour will introduce diverse audiences to Marc and allow him to hear about critical issues firsthand. Tuesdays Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 15, and Feb. 5. Learn more and Register.
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We have dietary restrictions for community events here at TST: 
1) No raw onions.
2) No meat or shellfish.
3) Vegetarian-dairy selections are most common.
4) Gluten-free and vegan options are also appreciated.
5) Any food that includes nuts should be clearly marked.
6) Our kitchen is dairy.
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