What's Happening at
Temple Shir Tikvah
Week of January 7, 2019

All events are at the temple unless listed otherwise. 
Monday, January 7
7:30 pm -- Joint House/Finance Committee meeting

Tuesday, January 8
3:45 pm -- Learning Corps Grades 4 and 5 (Dance Day)
7:00 pm -- Mussar Practice Group
7:00 pm -- Israel Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 9
12:00 noon -- Wednesday Conversations with Rabbi Cari
3:45 pm -- Learning Corps Grades 6 and 7
6:00 pm -- Learning Corps Grades 8-12
6:45 pm -- Dementia Friends Massachusetts Information Session
7:00 pm -- Educational Task Force Meeting 

Friday, January 11
7:30 am -- Finance Committee Meeting
6:30 pm -- 5th/6th Grade Shul in 
7:30 pm -- Shabbat Services with Rabbi Cari and Beth.  Bring something sweet or savory (no meat or shellfish) to share at the oneg.

Saturday, January 12 
9:00 am -- 5th/6th Grade Shul in pickup 
10:30 am -- Torah Study Group
2:00 pm -- Library Meeting
7:00 pm -- Adult Board Game Night 

Sunday, January 13  
9:30 am -- Learning Corps Grades 1-6 at the Ambrose School (AS)
9:30 am -- NOLA Service Trip Bake Sale (AS)
9:30 am -- EJL (AS)
9:45 am -- 7th Grade and Adult Education Class (AS)
9:45 am -- Adult Education class:  Three Pathways into Leviticus and Numbers (AS)
9:45 am -- Sunday Morning Book Group -- see calendar for details/location
10:00 am -- Adult Education -- EJL
12:30 pm -- Teen Interfaith Experience for ALL Teens (ICB Wayland)
4:00 pm -- Rosh Hodesh
4:30 pm -- Volunteer Day with the Somerville Homeless Coalition
7:00 pm -- Aging Well in Community Film Screening: "All Together"

Monday, January 14
5:45 pm -- Dinner before "Planning for Shir Tikvah's Future" 
6:30 pm -- Planning for Shir Tikvah's Future
Special Event Notice:
Planning for Shir Tikvah's Future
Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm, in the Sanctuary
Light vegetarian dinner at 5:45 pm
We are in the early stages of exploring the idea of creating an endowment. The questions we'll be discussing are: if we had those kinds of resources, how could we use them in ways that would strengthen our community, ensure that our values are perpetuated, and benefit us now and in the future? Is it in the areas of programming, our building, our dues structure, our school, our administrative staff and clergy? We need to hear from you-whether you're a recent member or a founding family-about your dreams, your priorities, and your ideas. Snacks, dessert, and coffee for everyone. Please RSVP for dinner here.
Dementia Friends Information Session
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 6:45 pm
You become a Dementia Friend by attending a one-hour informational session to learn about this worldwide movement, about living with dementia, and the simple things you can do to support someone living with the disease. You'll learn what dementia is, what it's like to live with the disease, and some tips for communicating with people who have dementia.  Everyone who attends is asked to turn their new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living in your community. The action can be as big or as small as you choose-every action counts! RSVP here for pizza dinner at 6:30.
Adult Board Game Night
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Did you love to play games like Risk, Stratego, Othello, or Clue? Want to give a new game a try? We're hosting a board game night at Shir Tikvah on Sat. Jan 12th open to all adult Temple members! We'll have "euro" games, deduction games, strategy games, cooperative games, and card games like: Evolution, 7 Wonders, Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, and more -- and of course people to teach the rules! If you yourself want to bring (and teach) a game or a few, please bring them down! Adults only and BYOB (Beer and Wine). We'll provide some soda and other light refreshments! In the Oneg Room. Learn more here.
NOLA Trip Bake Sale
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 9:30 am, at the Ambrose School
This February break (Feb. 18 - 23) we will run a parent-teen trip to New Orleans to work on disaster recovery. Six parent teen pairs along with Bailee and Barry Glass will take advantage of the National WWII Museum & JetBlue free flight program for volunteer groups of up to 10 who register to volunteer with the disaster recovery agency SBP and purchase tickets to the WWII museum.  We will be holding a bake sale at The Ambrose School (27 High Street, Winchester) on January 13th at 9:30 am, to help us buy supplies and materials for our trip. 
Adult Learning: Three Pathways into Leviticus and Numbers
Sundays January 13, February 10, and March 10, 2019 at 9:45 am
This three-session class will explore some of the key narratives and themes in the biblical books of Leviticus and Numbers. Topics to be discussed may include the Tabernacle's dangerous holiness, the complex family dynamics among Moses and his siblings, and the tragedy of the Spies. Two key questions to discuss: how do we understand the interplay of legal and narrative texts, and how do we make modern-day meaning from the body of law? This class is open to all participants, whether familiar with Torah texts or encountering them for the first time. Read our Winter/Spring 2019 Course Brochure.
Aging Well in Community Film Night
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm
We will be showing the film All Together, with Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin, followed by a discussion of the questions it raises for all of us who are getting older. In this often humorous film about a small group of aging friends, the characters face difficult issues related to getting older, when one of the friend's health goes seriously downhill. They decide to embark on an unusual solution to helping him, and each other. Let's talk together after the movie about their novel response, and what scenarios might best suit us as we age. Perhaps we can discover some creative ways we can support each other in our aging well plans. RSVP's helpful, but not necessary.
Torah on Tap
Saturday, January 19 at 3:00 pm at the Waterfield Kitchen, 14 Thompson Street, Winchester. 
Bring the joy of study into Shabbat: Once a month we join together over a special beverage for an enriching study of the Torah portion read by Jews all over the world that week. Rabbi Cari leads the group, sharing her passion for discussing traditional text in relationship to our modern lives. Click here for more details.
Adult Social Brunch
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 11:00 am
The Adult Social annual brunch will be Sunday January 20, 11:00 am, at S&S Deli, 1334 Cambridge Street (Inman Square) in Cambridge. (Note this is a change of location from the previous announcement.) This will be a self-pay event, but your reservations are necessary to make sure we have enough seats reserved. You can order from the menu (preview the Sunday brunch menu at http://www.sandsrestaurant.com, which will download as a pdf file). Please RSVP here to reserve your space before January 17, and contact adultsocial@shir-tikvah.org with any questions. 
Vegan Food Sampling
Sunday, January 20 at 4:30 pm at the temple
Veg out with environmentally friendly foods. Raising animals for food also raises numerous ethical questions and eating vegan is a satisfying and viable alternative. In this afternoon presentation, Shir Tikvah members, Minny Halpern and Sharon Reidbord, will share nutritional vegan foods with us and discuss some ethical, practical, and health-related reasons for choosing veganism. RSVPs are not required but are greatly appreciated so that we can plan quantities. Click here for more information or contact Mignonne Davis. The event is sponsored by the Tikkun Olam committee.
Connections Meet-Up Shabbat
Friday, January 25, 6:00 pm Potluck Dinner, 7:30 pm service
Come together on a cold winter's evening. Join your friends and meet new ones at the annual Connections Potluck Dinner and Shabbat Service on Friday, January 25 th. Dinner is at 6:00 pm (there's something for everyone!) followed by our regular Friday evening Shabbat service at 7:30 pm, with guest speaker Rabbi Toba Spitzer. Then stay for the oneg where you can schmooze and feast on a variety of desserts. Please sign up for the potluck dinner at www.shir-tikvah.org/connectionspotluck . Connections is open to any member of Temple Shir Tikvah who is 13 years of age and older who identifies as a woman. For questions, please contact Connections@shir-tikvah.org.
Positive Connections: Israeli Speakers Lt. Col. Hagay and Michal Carmi
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a rich discussion and dialogue with Lt. Col. Hagay Carmi, an engineer with the Elite Technology Unit in the Israeli defense forces, and Michal Carmi, an educator, writer, and expert in conflict resolution. Topics include recruitment and retention of technical talent in the IDF, inclusion of women and ethnic minorities in the defense forces, challenges of religious observance in the IDF, and dangers and opportunities created by social networks. Learn more.
Welcoming the Stranger
Tuesday, January 29 at 8:00 am 
  • Jericho Walk, Tuesday, January 29 at 8 am --  ICE Enforcement and Removal Office, 1000 District Ave, Burlington (also comes up as 10 District Ave on maps). This is a peaceful, interfaith witnessing activity that expresses support for the rights of immigrants and the importance of keeping families together. It begins and ends with a short prayer/song. Bring signs with positive messages (nothing about specific politicians, please). Please park near the back of the lot, as far as possible from District Ave, to leave parking spaces for those coming to their ICE appointments and for other building tenants. 
Tikkun 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.
  • Sunday, January 13: Volunteer day with the Somerville Homeless Coalition, an adult shelter, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. You can prepare part of a meal at your home, or deliver the meal prepared by other TST members to the shelter. For more information contact Peggy Shukur.
  • 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
  • Refuah Shleima - Healing Ourselves in a Time of Climate Disruption  is an online conversation series for those struggling with despair and seeking resiliency and a way forward into an unknown future. Join together with others who are concerned about the future for inspiration and deep conversation. Each session will begin with a resource from Jewish tradition that suggests a pathway toward resiliency at difficult times and will be followed by a facilitated conversation.  Upcoming sessions will be hosted by Rabbi Katy Allen, co-founder and President pro-tem of the Jewish Climate Action Network and spiritual leader of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope.  Monday, January 14, 7:30-8:30 PM and Thursday, February 21, 7:30-8:30 PM.  Sign-up by emailing Janet at jcan.intern@gmail.com .
  • Why is it so hard for White People to talk about Racism, Sunday, January 27 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Symmes Room Winchester Unitarian Society.  All are welcome to join this book discussion about Robin DiAngelo's book White Fragility. Examine what it means to be white in America and why being "color-blind" is not the solution. We will gather for light refreshments at 1:45 pm and the discussion will begin at 2 pm. Members of the Racial Justice Book Group will present ideas for small group discussions. 
  • Registration is now open for JCRC's Martin Luther King Day of Service . Protect immigrants with residents at Hebrew SeniorLife, serve meals at the St. Francis Soup Kitchen, prepare plants to donate to a local senior community for Tu B'Shevat, and more. Last year, over 200 volunteers from the Jewish community joined us at sites all over Greater Boston-and this year, we have even more ways to get involved! Volunteers will be placed in projects on a first come, first served basis and sites fill up quickly, so register today!
  • Winchester, Monday, January 21 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm. A family-friendly afternoon honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with entertainment by storyteller Nora Dooley, refreshments, and a display of artwork created by Winchester elementary school students celebrating Dr. King's commitment to social justice and racial equity. Winchester Unitarian Society Metcalf Hall, Free and open to the public. 
  • Arlington, January 15, 2018, 6:30 PM, Town Hall Auditorium, 730 Mass Ave, with speaker, Rev. Dr. Deborah Jackson and special musical presentation from the MLK Community Chorus.
  • Jewish Singles Mingle, Ages 50-65, Friday Night Shabbat Service & Festive Oneg, Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:15-9:15 pm. Join us for a musical Friday night service followed by a private festive oneg with food and wine and the opportunity to meet other Jewish singles ages 50-65. Prepaid reservations ($22 per person) are required: https://jsmshabbatoneg2018.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins not accepted. Final details will be sent to those with confirmed reservation 2 days prior to the event. For questions, contact Marilyn Goldman or (781) 789-7345. Sponsored by Temple Emanuel of Newton.
  • Shorashim--Roots: The story of Shorashim begins in 2014 at a  meeting between students of Rabbi Menachem Froman, of blessed memory, and members of the politically-prominent Abu Awwad family. This grew into a series of encounters between Palestinians and Israelis: meetings between families, a women's group, workshops, and a joint  response to violence. Sensing the transformative power of this work, they committed to a long-term project and called it Roots. Temple Emunah and Hancock Church, Lexington, January 25-26. Learn more.
  • Please join JCRC and the GBJCL team for a book talk and signing with Holocaust survivor  Sylvia Ruth Gutmann  for her new memoir A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan, and to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sunday, January 27,1 PM, Barnes & Noble, Prudential Center, Boston.
  • 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  Jan. 10, Jan. 15, and Feb. 5. Learn more and Register. 
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