June 2013 - 5773

Volume LXI #9

Member of the Union For Reform Judaism


Congregation Shalom is a Reform Jewish community committed to education, spiritual growth, and Tikkun
Olam (healing the world).  We are proud to be an extended family of equals - welcoming, caring, and inclusive.
 Together, we engage in religious observance, enjoy social activities, and pursue life-long learning.
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Rabbi  From our Rabbirabbi    


Dear Friends,


As I sit to write this letter, my office door is open and I can hear the lively noise of parents kibitzing and laughing as they stand waiting in the lobby for their children to participate in an assembly on the final day of Sunday school. The voices sound joyful, comfortable and relaxed. They are catching up about family, jobs, summer plans and synagogue happenings and for many this place, our congregation, has come to feel like a second home. When the founders of our synagogue chose the name "Shalom" I know that they were inspired by the vision of a world at peace. For me I have come to see the name as meaningful on another level. For many, our congregation has come to represent a place for renewal, growth and community... this is what shalom/peace represents as well. Thank you to all the volunteers, staff, and members who give of their hearts, time and resources to help us renew this vision each and every year. There is a prayer that I read at Shabbat services on a regular basis, and for me the words never grow old.


"May the door of this synagogue be wide enough

to receive all who hunger for love, all who are lonely for friendship.


May it welcome all who have cares to unburden,

thanks to express, hopes to nurture.


May the door of this synagogue be narrow enough

to shut out pettiness and pride, envy and enmity.


May its threshold be no stumbling block

to young or straying feet.


May it be too high to admit complacency,

selfishness and harshness.


May this synagogue be, for all who enter,

the doorway to a richer and more meaningful life."


Although there are times that we may fall short of meeting these goals, they are our guiding light and, despite the many challenges we face, I feel confident in the knowledge that our congregation's leadership and members will continue to work towards working and building so that the words of this pray will ring true for all who enter our doors.


L'shalom/With Peace,

Rabbi Sig

Rabbi Shoshana M. Perry


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Stephen Rodman's photo From our PresidentBarryTop    


Dear Friends:

As President of Congregation Shalom I engage in many tasks that, while essential, are more executive in nature. Between reviewing contracts, keeping an eye on finances and the budget, and running meetings, many of my responsibilities are business oriented. However, once each year I have the opportunity to receive nominations for Congregant of the Year.


In reviewing these nominations, I take pride in the number of truly wonderful volunteers we have - members who make this temple a community. While choosing one member to receive this award is often difficult, it is truly a joyful experience to think about the number of people who make this congregation work.


It is against this background, and it is with great honor, that I announce this year's Congregant of the Year, Margi Loyer.


I cannot imagine a more worthy honoree than Margi. She embodies all that is positive in this community - from her effervescent spirit to her dedication to all things Jewish, Margi is the embodiment of our Mission Statement.


Over the years, Margi has worn many different hats in this community, including serving as a teacher in our school, and she willingly gives of herself to support all of us.


Please join me as we honor Margi Loyer as the Congregation Shalom Congregant of the Year at the Installation Shabbat service on Friday, June 7. Let us show Margi how much we appreciate all that she has done for this community.



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Yael's pictureFrom Our Education DirectorEdDir


I love the cyclical nature of the school year and especially the unique position the month of June offers us as Jewish educators. We are able to pause and think about the past year while simultaneously looking forward and beginning to plan for the next year. This is truly a unique perspective.


However, before the past year fades and the new year takes over, I wanted to reflect on some highlights from the past year. I believe that if we do not pause to reflect and give thanks, we lose the opportunity and we will all once again get caught up in the whirlwind of planning for next year.


This year was a shift for me personally away from the title of the "new" Ed Director and into the security and permanence of having completed 2 full years. With this comes the exciting challenges of reinvigorating and expanding on the programs we have while looking for new and creative ways to teach our children. I am thrilled to share that this year saw some new and some old programs that were shared with the energy and enthusiasm that exemplifies the wonderful staff and students at our school. One of my highlights this year was the visit from a Guide Dog. This wonderful experience brought our Tzedakah project to life in a meaningful and vibrant way. We also shared a Wax Museum with our 6th graders and the Chai School students created a temple wide challenge to protect our environment. Whether you had Shabbat with Dov or Dova the bear; drew mitzvot on a heart; made Hebrew letters with your bodies; went on an archaeological dig to Israel; placed a bid on an important Jewish value at an auction; learned about a modern prophet; stood like a statue in a wax museum of important Jewish figures or perhaps you saw our beautiful ketubah projects or our Jewish Art created in Chai School, you will have seen and been a part of the creative and artistic teaching that makes Judaism feel so alive. For me each project and each lesson builds the foundation for a strong Jewish identity for every child within our school.


Reflecting back on this year would not feel complete without thanking the Rabbi and Stephen Rodman for their invaluable guidance. A special thank you goes to Cayla Maguire and Larry Rodman for all of their support. To my teachers, my school committee and all our wonderful office staff - TODAH RABAH - thank you! Joan Larochelle and Amy Degen, we could not do this without you. Lastly, as we head into a warm and relaxing summer - I want to thank you, the parents, for all you do. I truly believe that you are giving your children the gift of a Jewish education and I am so thankful that you have entrusted your children to us.

Yael Signature  



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Social Action CommitteeSocialAction 


Mitzvah Day 2013 is on Sunday, June 2!

Come join us for a day of tikkun olam with your Congregation Shalom community! We are planning many projects for all ages. On site we are planning children's craft mitzvot, grounds work, and collections of electronics, clothing, toys, batteries, eyeglasses, and food for local pantries. Off site we will be volunteering on various projects at the Senior Center, Community Gardens, and Paul Center in Chelmsford, House of Hope in Lowell, and McElligott playground in Westford.

For more details on the projects and how to sign up, please visit  
Congregation Shalom's website and look for the Mitzvah Day information on the home page, or email



Grounds Cleanup morning on Sunday, April 28

Thanks to all the members who helped spruce up the grounds with work weeding and mulching. The beds around the building look great thanks to your hard work.


Shelter food coordinator needed

Marilyn and Bob Frank are retiring from coordinating Congregation Shalom's monthly food donation to the Middlesex Transitional Living Center in Lowell. We are looking for someone who would like to make this mitzvah a part of their life going forward. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Social Action at


Volunteer to serve at Table of Plenty in Chelmsford

Every 8 weeks Congregation Shalom members volunteer to help serve food to those in need at the Table of Plenty in Chelmsford. If you are interested in volunteering at our next serving date on July 9, please contact us at


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Fundraising Newsfundraising 


A Super Great Evening

If you missed Recipes Remembered, you missed a wonderful evening. In case you want to hear what June Hersh said, we do have copies of her talk that can be borrowed. If you are interested in buying one of her recipe books, we will be taking orders until June 4th. Hard covered books are $36 and soft covered are $25. Send your checks to the temple made out to Congregation Shalom as soon as you can. All the desserts served on May 8th were from the books - delicious!!! A truly inspirational evening for all those who attended!





SHALOMAPALOOZA !!shalomapalooza

June 8th   Extravaganza

It's almost here, finally! It's the long awaited musical performances by our two Youth Choirs, our Adult Choir and our very own musicians, Shpiel.

Congregation Shalom on

Sunday, June 8th

beginning at 7:00 PM


Our hostess for the evening is our own Rosanne Riddick.


Don't miss out on the fun!

Free entertainment and free refreshments!

What more could anyone ask for?

Nothing! Except your attendance! See you there!

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High Holyday Prayer Books


It is the tradition of Congregation Shalom that each temple family has their own High Holyday Prayer books. We are now taking orders for the books. Gates of Repentance with either English or Hebrew opening are $22.00. The Gates of Repentance for Young People (Family Service) are $18.00. All orders must be received by August 8th, 2013. Please click here for an order form and send it, along with the appropriate check made out to Congregation Shalom Prayer Books, to Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, N. Chelmsford, MA 01863.


If your family is moving from the Family Service to the Adult Service and would like to sell your prayer books, we will TRY to sell them for you. There are no guarantees that this will happen. Your books MUST be in good condition. The books will sell for $10.00 each. Families willing to participate in this exchange, please contact me ( ) stating how many books you wish to sell or how many you wish to buy. This will be on a first come, first served basis. The sooner you let us know about wanting to sell or buy used books, the better your chance of this happening.


Please remember to have your order in by August 8, 2013.





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podium Would You Like to Be a High Holiday Reader?

We have begun planning for high holiday services. If you would be interested in being a reader - in English or Hebrew - please email Janet Dubner at

Please indicate which services you will be attending and if you are able to read Hebrew.


Family Service -   Rosh Hashanah

                           Yom Kippur


Adult Service -     Erev Rosh Hashanah 


                           Rosh Hashanah - Day 1

                           Rosh Hashanah - Day 2


                           Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)

                           Yom Kippur 


Thank you for your interest.


The Ritual Committee
Featured This Issue
Congregant of the Year
Prayer Books
High Holiday Readings
Library Committee
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Save the Date

Click here to view our monthly calendar online 

(or print it). 


June 2 Mitzvah Day

June 7 Installation Shabbat

June 8 Shalomapalooza
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ExtFamilyEventsExtended Family Activities


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QuickLinksQuick Links




Thank you to everyone in our Congregation Shalom family who sent messages of condolence and made donations in memory of Fred's mother, Marie. 


   Fred and Esther Wikander


Thank you to my extended family at Congregation Shalom for all your good wishes during my recent illness. Your thoughtfulness and support were a great help to my recovery.


   Mark Burton



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June BirthdaysBirthdays

Lindsay Goldstein

Alyssa D. Stein

Rachel Weintraub

Aidan Maguire

Julia Segal

Benjamin William Berman

Benjamin William Berman

Samantha Calow

Gus Eisenhandler

Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Zeichick

Hannah Dangel

William Moore

Tyler Boroshok

Emma Kaufman

Samantha Spound

Naomi Szabo-Wexler


יום הולדת שמח  
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Joseph Apfelberg

Phyllis Bass

Dorothy Brahm

Harry Fierverker

Marietta Finn

Elaine Hirsch

Gilbert Hite

Isadore Hovsha

Hyman Indorf

Louis Kerzner

Sylvia Melnick Laider

Louis Roth

Clara Sagansky

Leonard Schwartz

Leanore Shapiro

Leta Wettreich Bagnoli



Gloria Barkan

Catherine Holladay

Simon Kasowitz

Robert Perry



Jessie Ginsburg

Lillian Hall

Mary Rauch

Evelyn Rodman

David Rosenberg

Albert Shapiro

Robert H. Sohn

Mae Tack

Arthur Weisberger



Werner Bormann

Josephine Dreher

Hy Frankel

Rachel Geilich

Grace Iannini

William Lasky


Please contact Joan LaRochelle for all Yahrzeit matters.
Newsletter Ads and You!


We are always looking for advertisers for the Temple newsletter. Ads can be placed at any time with special pricing for members. Ads need not be for a year so if you want to try us, we take ads for 3 months as well as six months. If you decide to continue your ad for a full year, we do pro-rate the price. As the saying goes, "Try us, you'll like us!"


Youth Scholarships Available


Throughout the year, there are many enriching Jewish experiences available to our youth through our synagogue or the community. These include but aren't limited to summer camps and trips to Washington, New York, and Israel. Fortunately, there is some scholarship money available through the temple to those families in need of financial assistance for these opportunities. Please contact Margie Berenson at with any questions and/or for an application form.   

Changed Your Address?
 Notify us at and we'll make sure all the right organizations at the Temple are informed. Please include your full name in your request.

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Donate to Congregation Shalom
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Reminder - Based on IRS rules, donations made to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund should be written directly to "Rabbi Perry's Discretionary Fund".

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Deadline for the

July Newsletter is

Thursday, June 20.


Please send articles to  


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Join Our Mailing List

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Sisterhood Newssisterhood 



It's hard to believe we've been in this role as co-presidents for almost a year! It's been an enjoyable year of learning and making new friends. We look forward to another year of serving on the board and working with such a nice group of women. With that said, if you would like to join us, we still have openings for a programming chairperson and an oneg supply chairperson. If you are interested, we would love to have you! You can contact us at


Please save the date for our annual year end dinner on Wednesday, June 12th. We are in the process of picking a location and the cost for the event will be subsidized by the board. Look out for the electronic invite for this. Last year's dinner was very well attended and everyone had a great time. We expect the same for this year and hope to see many of you there.


Most of our event invitations go out by email. Shari Bass uses Punch Bowl to send them out. We suspect that some of you are not getting them because they might be going to your spam box. If you think you missed an invite, please check your spam in case it's in there.


Enjoy the rest of spring!



Katie Ebersman and Susan Miller, Co-Presidents

Brotherhood Buzzbrotherhood


Last weekend was the annual Brotherhood retreat on Cape Cod. The weather was great, and early reports are that a splendid time was had by all. Maybe next year you will join us?


The Brotherhood also held our annual meeting in May. We had 20 or so members join us for an evening of conversation, burgers, hot dogs and assorted refreshments. We unanimously elected our new Board, which includes these fine folks:


         President                               Neal Berenson


         Vice President                        Roger Loyer

         Treasurer                                Cris Shuldiner

         Recording Secretary               Dave Ebersman

         Corresponding Secretary        Larry Segal

         Program Director                    Jon Boroshok

         Director                                 David Brother

         Director                                 Jon Waxman

         Director                                 Gerry Bass

         Director                                 Mel Starr


         Immediate Past President       Jon Raichek


Thanks to all those who are joining the Board. Thanks also to Jon Raichek for his leadership as President, and to Peter Sohn and Alex Cole, for their service to the Brotherhood, as they step down from the Board.


Billiards continues at Maxamillians in Tyngsboro the first and third Mondays at 7:00pm unless there is a conflict. Upcoming billiards nights are June 3rd and the 17th. Please contact Jerry Lotto if you have any questions. Poker this month is after Mitzvah Day --- you can come help the local community in the morning and afternoon, and return for cards in the 'hood in the evening.


Finally, for information about Guy's Night Out on June 5th, please contact Jon Boroshok at We hope everyone has a great summer, and we'll see you in the Fall for our annual kick off BBQ. Stay tuned to the temple web-site and newsletter for exact time (we think we know the place).


Click here to view the Brotherhood calendar at our Congregation Shalom website.


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Shalomite Newsshalomites


Hi everyone!


The school year is almost over and the seniors are itching to graduate!


On May 4, all NFTY-NE seniors and juniors gathered at URJ Eisner Camp for senior kallah, where the seniors shed tears and passed on their NFTY wisdom to the juniors. None of us will ever forget the incredible impact NFTY has had on us. High schoolers: If you still have a chance, GO TO A NFTY EVENT BEFORE YOU GRADUATE!! On behalf of Shalomites, we wish all graduating seniors good luck in college and please try to keep in touch!


The pre-slating meeting for Shalomite Board was on May 14th and the letters were due on May 19th. The Board will be picked on June 4th so please stay tuned for our 2013-2014 Shalomite Board announcement in the next newsletter.


Mitzvah Day is Sunday June 2nd, so we hope all Shalomites will attend and volunteer to help improve the world.


Our final event, the Six Flags trip, is scheduled to be on June 9, so mark your calendars and R.S.V.P. to


This year has been remarkably successful for Shalomites and we thank everyone who comes out and participates with us in our awesome events! Keep telling your friends, bringing the ruach, and have fun next year! Thank you to our advisor, Alex Margolis, for stepping in mid-year and bringing such ruach!


We say goodbye to Amy Degen and Rachel Calow as they step down as Youth Commissioners. Amy has been a Youth Commissioner since 2005 and Rachel began as junior youth group chair in 2006 and joined Amy as the youth commissioner chair in 2009. Thank you both for all your hard work! You will be greatly missed!


We welcome Jeanne Penn and Beth Shapiro who have graciously agreed to become Youth Commission Chairs. Please help support them as they embark on this new journey!


For the last time, stay classy Congregation Shalom!


Olivia Rose



Click here to view the Shalomites calendar at our Congregation Shalom website. 


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Junior Youth GroupJrYthGrp

Hello parents of 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students!


The goal of this group is to have a place outside of temple where kids can get to know each other better while doing fun things!


Hope to see you soon.


Beth Shapiro

Jr. Youth Group Coordinator


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 Lowell Transitional Shelter (Middlesex Shelter)FoodDonations
Food Contributions...
...are due at the Franks' house by 4 PM on Friday, June 21st.  This month the food should be salads and/or brownies.  Leave food in the blue ice chest at the front of the driveway starting Wednesday.  For more information contact  Thank you!

We are looking for someone interested in assuming the mitzvah of getting food to the Lowell Transitional Shelter each month. It doesn't take much time, but it is a once-a-month commitment each month all year. We do it in conjunction with St. Mark's in Westford. They bring their contributions to the Franks house now. Bob and Marilyn Frank have done this for 30 years. It would really be perfect if we could find such a volunteer from Westford. 

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 BookClubBook GroupBookGroup


The Congregation Shalom book group invites all who are interested in book reviews, stimulating discussions and fellowship too attend our book group meetings.


Our last meeting before the summer will be held on Monday, June 24. We will be meeting at 6:00 PM at the home of Judit and Richard Price for a pot-luck supper.


We will be reviewing the book, as well as seeing the film of, "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway.


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Join the Library Committee

Please join our committee and help us make the Library more "user friendly". Volunteer time needed. We will be discussing opening the library for congregant time.


Email Amy Degen at if you are interested.

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Library Latest

We have many new library books. Please come in and "Check Them Out."


Children's Books


What is God by Etan Boritzer

Here Come the Purim Players by Barbara Cohen

Rise and Shine, A Challah-Day Tale by Karen Ostrove

Shalom, Salaam, Peace by Harvard I. Bogot

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Jessica Gunderson

The Remarkable Journey of Josh's Kippah

Yuvi's Candy Tree by Lesley Simpson

Remembering the Prophets of Sacred Scripture by Marianna Mayer

Izzy Hagibah by JJ Gross

Hanukah by Roni Schotter

Sarah Laughs by Jacqueline Jules

ABC Israel by Rachel Raz

The Child 's Garden of Torah by Joel Laurie Grishaver


Children's Holocaust Books


Anne Frank, Beyond the Diary by Ruud Van der Rol, Rian Verhoeven

The Yellow Star, The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy

The Secret of Priest's Grotto by Peter Lane Taylor with Christos Nicola


Adult Books


The Rosh Hashanah Anthology by Philip Goodman

A Treasury of Jewish Folklore edited by Nathan Ausubel

Old Jew Telling Jokes by Sam Hoffman with Eric Spiegelman

The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz

The Dynamics of Judaism by Robert Gordis

Atlas of the Holocaust by Martin Gilbert

The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays by Malka Drucker

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Attention M O C A*sMOCA
(*Members Of a Certain Age) 

To All MOCAs, new and older, Greetings! Here is our schedule for 2012-2013...please mark your calendars.


MOCA's purpose is to help Members Of a Certain Age (you decide the age!) maintain an active association with the congregation and with other M O C As.We attend a Shabbat service and, before or after the service, meet for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Do plan to join us.


This year our remaining meeting will be at the Feng Shui restaurant on the following Shabbat (Friday evening):


June 7, 2013 - 6:00 PM              Installation Shabbat at 8:00 PM


Do mark your calendars and plan to join us!


At the Feng Shui restaurant, the MOCA group will have a private room, food will be ordered from the regular menu, and the management will give us separate checks per individual or couple.


Please contact Ethel Kamien if you would like to be added to the MOCA list or if you desire more information. Her  email address is


Your MOCA Co-Chairs, Ethel Kamien and Richard Price

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 We Care!WeCare     


We care what is going on in your life - keep us informed.  Please let Rabbi Perry or Caring Committee Chair Margie Lotto know if there has been a death in your family, an illness, or if you are simply in need.  Please contact Rabbi Perry at 978-251-8515 or at, or contact Margie Lotto at


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hannafordTurn Your Shopping Into Cash!     


If you shop at Hannaford, Donelan's or Stop & Shop, then donating to Congregation Shalom has never been easier. Order a gift card from the Temple and not only do you get the value of the card purchased, but Congregation Shalom gets a 7% bonus (5% back from the stores and 2% from the credit card purchase).


Gift cards can be purchased by calling Gail Brother or emailing Cards will also now be available at the Temple on Sundays during the religious school year.




Caring Yarns


Caring Yarns is a Congregation Shalom program that provides Misheberach afghans for temple members undergoing treatment for serious illness or who have significant family crisis.  Several times a year we meet to teach knitting and crocheting and to share patterns and friendship.


If you already knit and/or crochet and would like to make squares, this is what you will need: worsted weight acrylic yarn in any shade of blue or pure white (please, no off white).  Variegated blue/white combinations are fine.  Squares should measure 10" x 10".  We usually use size 8 knitting needles or crochet hook H or J.


If you have any questions or would like to learn how to knit or crochet so you can participate in this activity, please contact Janet Dubner at
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HelpingHandHelping Hand FundHelpingHandFund
Congregaiton Shalom is a community of people who care about each other.  This fund's purpose is to offer interest-free loans to members who are in need of support with such things as health insurance, rent, food, etc.  When the money is returned, it goes back into the fund to lend to others.  Please do not hesitate to call Rabbi Perry at 978-251-8515 if you would like to inquire about a loan from the Fund.  All of the inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.
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Tree of LifeZelman Kamien Tree of Life Fundtreeoflife
Our new Tree of Life will fill up quickly with your help.  If you would like to contribute a leaf in commemoration of family life cycle events such as Births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, and In Memory of loved ones, please contact Gayle Hurd at .


Click here for more information and a form for ordering a Leaf.


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RemembranceCardsRemembrance Cards 

If you would like to send a special card to friends and family for life cycle events or "In memory" of a loved one, sending a Congregation Shalom Remembrance card is a wonderful, thoughtful, and convenient way to let others know that you are thinking of them.
We are offering several ways in which to purchase these cards.
1) For sale in packages of 5 cards for $20, or 11 cards for $40.
2) You can enroll in our Automatic Remembrance Program, where your cards will be sent to members automatically.  With this option, you enjoy the convenience of having remembrance cards sent out in your name without having to remember to contact anyone at the time of the event.  When you enroll in this program, please specify what life cycle events you want recognized with a donation card, as well as which members you want to be included in your mailings.  The cost of all card purchases will be reflected on your Temple bill.
3) Individual remembrances can also be sent by phoning or emailing Jane at the contact info below.  The $4 charge will be added to your bill.
Please send your remembrance requests to Jane Nahabedian by phone or by emailing her at
In this age of e-mails, text messages, and voice mail, remembrance cards are a welcoming and personal way to respond to a life cycle event, and your contributions help to defray Congregational expenses.
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iGiveiGive for Congregation Shalom
Have you ever thought how great it would be to be able to shop online at 783 different well-known stores and still donate money to Congregation Shalom?  Well, you can do that!  It's free and easy so join those of us who have been sending donations to the synagogue for years simply by shopping by first going to the iGive website once you have established the link.  Click here to register for Congregation Shalom to automatically be the recipient cause.
If you make a purchase through iGive within 45 days of signing up, an extra $5.00 will go to Congregation Shalom.  If you have any questions, please contact Laura at


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directory cover-2010Our Member Directory is Here!

View or download it from the secure Members section (About Us, For Our Members) of our website.  You must be logged in using your username and password to see it.

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Oneg Shabbat Assignments
Congregation Shalom has a tradition of all member families hosting two Onegs each year.  Hosting an Oneg includes ALL of the following responsibilities:  
  • Bringing baked goods or fruit (to serve 15-20) to the service, AND
  • Doing set-up, and/or clean-up with the other Oneg hosts for the service.  (You'll receive instructions by regular mail, then a reminder e-mail.)  Your Captain may choose to split set-up and clean-up duties among the participants, or have everyone help for the entire Oneg.  AND
  • Finding replacement hosts for your assigned dates should you later want to change your date.
 If you are a newer member you will be placed with experienced members who will introduce you to the procedures.  One host family serves as Captain (indicated by asterisk) for each Oneg.

Thank you for your service to the Temple,
The Oneg Committee, Caren Boroshok and Pat & Rick Karpeles.

Due to the fact that we have several children in the congregation who have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, we have instituted a policy for all Oneg food. Please do not bring any items to the Temple that contain these ingredients.


To report changes if you swap assignments with another member 
(so it can be corrected in our database to send e-mail reminders) please send e-mail to:
On-line Oneg look-up facility lists all families/dates currently assigned. 
-- OR -- You can sort by event to see assignments by DATE
 (useful to find someone with
whom to swap assignments). 
Log in to the Congregation Shalom Website using your personal login information.  Go to 

May 31 - 8 pm Adult Shabbat -Desrochers, Hamilton, Nahabedian, Sevici

Jun 7 - 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat -Maltby*, Jeffrey & Goodman, Menaker

Jun 7 - 8 pm MOCA Shabbat - David Smerling Board InstallationRubinstein*, Eisenhandler, Levi, Matson, Raichek, Shapiro B

Jun 14 - 7 pm Family Shabbat - David SmerlingMorrissey J&D*, Kaufman, Richmond, Shapiro M&E, Skolnick

Jun 21 - 6 pm Sunset Shabbat -Boerman & Shaponick*, Burton, Graff, Grier, Starr

Jun 28 - 8 pm Adult Shabbat -Kampner, Orlinsky, Pitts & Rosenthal, Stempler, Zeichick

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ExtendedCommunityExtended Community

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Clark University Study - Holocaust and Genocide Studies


Dear Congregation Shalom,


I am writing to invite members of your congregation to participate in online study on Jewish Americans' opinions about present-responses to the Holocaust.  This study is being conducted by my professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt, who is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clark University and also affiliated with the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  I am a member of her research group and together we examine intergroup relations in the aftermath of genocide and mass violence.


The study takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and can be accessed through this link.  Participants will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate upon completion of the survey.  We hope that the members of your congregation find the topic as interesting and important as we do and are willing to support our research by participating in the study.  

Please feel free to pass on this e-mail to other Jewish Americans who you think may be interested in participating.



Many thanks for your time and efforts!


Best regards,

Melanie Rice 


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Mitzvah Corps

Hands-on Social Justice Service Program for Teens


Mitzvah Corps is the Reform Movement's community service and service learning program for high school students.


Our programs serve as the bridge connecting Reform teens with transformative social action opportunities. Teens spend between 2-6 weeks volunteering with organizations providing hands-on experiences and a deeper understanding of the major issues facing their communities. They build meaningful relationships while obtaining and expanding the skills to play an active role in making our world a better place.


We're excited to be returning to Costa Rica, New Orleans and New Jersey  this summer!

Additionally, this summer - for the first time ever, Mitzvah Corps will offer:

  • Two 3-week sessions of Urban Mitzvah Corps in New Jersey in addition to the traditional 6-week program
  •  Mitzvah Corps Nicaragua - an exciting 10 day adventure in a rapidly growing region
  • Shorter program options, inviting teens to participate in multiple Mitzvah Corps experiences in the same summer


Please visit our website for more detailed information about the Mitzvah Corps family of programs and what they can offer your teens.


If you would like to request brochures please fill out our online request form or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 212-650-4071 or You can also  view a copy of our brochure online.







Spiritual Poetry Journal


"Soul-Lit" is a new on-line spiritual poetry journal. A number of entries have been from Jews and have Jewish content. Writers are encouraged to submit their own poems which have a level of spiritual content to them. Two volumes have already been published.


To check out the website, please click here.


Please spread the word to members of the community who are writers / poets, and who may wish to submit their own writings.

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Birthright Israel


Nearly 300,000 participants from across the globe have visited Israel on a 10-day educational trip with their peers through Taglit-Birthright Israel. Most participants say that the trip was a "life-changing experience" that made them feel closer to Israel and to their Jewish heritage.


The trip is for Jewish young adults ages 18-26 yrs. The Taglit-Birthright Israel gift covers round trip airfare (from designated cities), hotel, transportation, two meals and other associated land costs for 10-day trips to Israel offered by approved Trip Organizers. Gratuities, personal purchases, and travel / medical insurance are not included.


The dates of the trips this coming year are:


Winter/Spring 2012-2013 Trips in December, January, February, March

Registration opened September 12, 2102


Spring/Summer 2013 Trips in May,June, July, August

Registration opens February 2013


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