September 2014 - 5774

Volume LXII #12

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 write this letter to you I am sitting on an uncomfortable bed in a staff bunk at Eisner Camp. It would be easy to focus on the negative: the bed is hard, the walls are thin, people are staying up late talking in the lounge, the room is cold... BUT, instead, what I am filled with is a sense of joy BECAUSE twelve of our Shalomites are here at the camp attending Summer Institute! I am filled with a sense of pride because two of our teens were chosen to be on NFTY-Northeast board (yeah for Oren Karp and Joe Penn) and two of our teens were chosen to be prayer coordinators for Summer Institute (yeah for Hannah Muhlfelder and Will Moore). I am filled with a sense of happiness because I was so moved by the spirit, energy and community that these Jewish teens exude. Here, sitting on the lumpy bed in a cold room, I am filled with hope for our Jewish future. It is all really a matter of how you look at things.


"It is all really a matter of how you look at things" - my friends is the theme of this year's High Holiday services. "Reframing and Perspective" are perhaps not as easy to grasp onto as L'dor V'dor, Community, Journeys and other themes we have explored in years past, but they are a profoundly human experience and each and every one of us, on any given day and at any given moment, has to decide how we will relate to an experience. Will we frame it in a positive way or a negative way? Are there other perspectives that we can connect to if we opened ourselves to alternative possibilities? Have we ever been changed by putting ourselves in another person's shoes? What would it mean to "re-frame" our world view and try to see things from another perspective?


If you have any thoughts about "reframing" in the context of our personal and spiritual growth, please consider sharing your thoughts with others during the High Holidays. You can jot down some ideas, a story, an insight and I will share them throughout the High Holidays.


Finally, I would also like to say how grateful I am to everyone who has supported me during these difficult months. Despite my grief, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for all the kindness and support I received.  Thank you.


With warm regards,

Rabbi Sig  

Rabbi Shoshana M. Perry


Please click here to read previous columns on our website.

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Stephen Rodman's photoFrom our PresidentBarryTop    


Dear Friends:


Can you believe summer is coming to a close already? Signs of autumn are everywhere: the sun is setting earlier day by day, my kids have their backpacks ready in preparation for the new school year, and cooler nights are becoming more the norm than the exception.


Of course, the end of the summer carries special meaning for us here at Congregation Shalom. Religious school and Hebrew school start up again in just a couple of weeks. Our High Holidays occur towards the end of September. Our calendar, following its normal summer respite, rebounds with a full schedule of events.


And, as has become my presidential tradition, I ask: how can you become more involved at Congregation Shalom? For many of us Congregation Shalom is more than our home for High Holidays - it is our Jewish home.


It is within the walls of Congregation Shalom that we educate children and adults, we socialize, we study Torah, and we partake in traditions that our ancestors have engaged in for millennia. What activity, custom or ritual entices you?


At Congregation Shalom we are also enriched by the talents of our members.  We have had members share everything from their travel experiences to Israel and Eastern Europe to cooking traditional Jewish meals and desserts. We have members that provide construction expertise and members that help us keep our technology working and up-to-date. What is your flair? Perhaps you have gifts that will enrich our membership and our community.


As you set your New Year goals and resolutions for this next year, I urge you to include the temple and our community on your list. Together we can continue our mission to make Congregation Shalom an extended family - welcoming, caring, and inclusive.


On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for being a member of Congregation Shalom. We wish you and your family a healthy, happy New Year. 



Stephen Rodman's signature 



Please click here to read previous columns on our website.

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From Our Education Directoreddir  


I sat down to write this newsletter and was struck by the passage of time. This is my 4th year at Congregation Shalom and the kindergarten class at the time is now beginning Hebrew School. I am also watching my own family grow and I cannot believe that my "baby" is in high school and my oldest is in his senior year of high school. Yes, things grow and change and we evolve and grow along with the world.


One constant for me is that I am surrounded by dedicated and committed teachers and support staff. While the summer was underway, my talented and committed teachers were working on lesson plans, art projects and new innovations, preparing for another great year in our school. I have some new teachers, some teachers who are returning in a different role, and some teachers who will once again be teaching the classes with the skill and commitment that we witnessed last year. Each and every teacher plays a fundamental part in our vibrant school community. For this reason, I want to mention every teacher and thank him or her for the important work they are doing in creating a rich and vital Jewish learning community.


Erica Loughlin joins us this year to enrich our preschoolers with lessons about the Jewish holidays; Deborah Morrissey will once again nurture and enrich the lives of both our kindergarten and 5th graders; Lauren Denis will inspire and motivate our 1st and 6th grade classes; Rob Berkovitz will bring his love of teaching to 2nd grade, 4th grade, and will teach Hebrew to Kitah Aleph once again; Rich Laider will take our 3rd graders on an exciting and creative journey through Israel and our synagogue; Margie Lotto will bring her love of teaching and her deep knowledge of both Bible stories and Jewish life-cycles when she teaches 4th and 7th grades; Sandy Moore will continue to reassure our students in our Mitkadem room and Ilene Rodman will bring her warmth and encouragement as she joins our amazing Mitkadem testing team; Kitah Bet will enjoy learning in Sue Tymon's nurturing and warm classroom and Audrey Desrochers will bring her teaching skills and her love of the Hebrew language to the other Kitah Bet classroom; Gimel and Dalet will be a joint class that will thrive under both Rebecca Sprattler's deep understanding and knowledge of Mitkadem and Ariel Madway's love of Jewish teaching, with Phyllis Kallus supporting the students in her kind and caring way; and Kitah Hey will once again be blessed with Rabbi Perry's deep love of teaching and deep commitment to creating a fun and engaging classroom; Julie Silver joins Rabbi Perry and our school and will bring her love of Jewish learning to our Kitah Hey classroom and David Smerling will be fostering a love of music in both our Hebrew and Religious School; finally our Chai teachers will be Amy Degen, Ariel Madway, and Michelle Janoschek - I cannot ask for a more talented and committed group of teachers to inspire our Chai School students as they continue on their Jewish learning journeys.

I would be remiss if I did not give an extra special THANK YOU to Joan LaRochelle and Ariel Madway for all the hard work, time and energy that go into having a new school year begin. Thank you to Bonnie Norjeem, for all your hard work as well. I feel so lucky to be partnering with such committed and caring people.


I wish our whole community a Shana Tovah U' Metuka - a happy and sweet new year.

 Yael Signature


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Social Action Committeesocialaction

Happy New Year, and an invitation to join us

Happy New Year from the Social Action Committee. We always welcome new members, and invite you to join us in working to make the world a better place. If you would like to join us or be a part of the committee's email list, please email and you will be added to the list for communication. Happy New Year!


High Holiday Food Drive

Once again this year we will be holding a food drive on Yom Kippur. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to food pantries in several of our congregation's communities.


Alternatively, you can purchase a Hannaford gift card through Congregation Shalom that will also be donated for food pantry clients to use. This donation is a double mitzvah, as the food pantry gets 100% of your card purchases to buy what is most needed at the pantry, and Congregation Shalom gets an additional 7% of all donations made. Last Yom Kippur, our congregation donated over $1,800 in gift cards to food pantries in addition to all the bags of groceries collected. Hannaford gift cards for the pantry are tax deductible and will show up on your end of the year end summary from Congregation Shalom.


Cards will be available for purchase during food collection times, or they can be purchased prior to the high holidays by emailing


Monthly Food Donations for Middlesex Transitional Living Center

Congregation Shalom is collecting food for the Lowell Transitional Living Center. It is easy to help out with this mitzvah. Donations of meatloaf, and/or brownies, and/or salad are accepted each month. There will be a cooler chest located by the doors of Congregation Shalom. Simply place your donation in the cooler and know that you have done a good deed! The food will be collected and brought to the Lowell Transitional Living Center in Lowell, where our donations are greatly appreciated each month. You can leave your donations in the cooler beginning on Wednesday, September 17 through Friday, September 19 (until 5 p.m.). Coincidentally, September 17 is the first day of Hebrew School. What better way to start the school year off than with a mitzvah of food donation?


October dates will be October 15-17 - mark your calendar now!


Questions? Need more information? Please contact Thank you for your participation with this mitzvah. 

Chelmsford Community Garden Plot Community Garden plot

Congregation Shalom's garden plot at the Chelmsford Community Garden is thriving! The work of a dedicated group of weeding and watering volunteers has produced an abundance of onions, tomatoes, and carrots that are being donated to local food pantries. If you are interested in being part of the rotation of watering and weeding, we'd love to have you! Click here to sign up for an open slot.

Fundraising Committeefundraising


Gearing Up For Our Ebay Auction 


Letters to you as well as many restaurants/vendors are in the mail. Think about what YOU can donate to the auction - a fabulous soup, maybe an ethnic dinner, a to-die-for dessert. Do you have an antique you are no longer intrigued with or a piece of ART that no longer fits your décor? Are you an expert and willing to teach someone your skill? Can you teach calligraphy, a language, or math skill? What are you GREAT at and are willing to share your knowledge?


If you have a special restaurant or shop that you think others will love, let us know and we will contact them for a donation or, better yet, let us give you the forms so you can do 'the ask'.


All fundraising efforts go to help balance the budget and give an extra 'something' to our school.


As always, we are looking for members to help us. We have very few meetings, but they are very productive. Contact for more information.

Featured This Issue
High Holiday Schedule
High Holiday Information
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Save the Date


Sept 7  Board Workshop / Teacher Orientation

Sept 10  First day of Hebrew School

Sept 14  First day of Religious School

Sept 24  Erev Rosh Hashanah

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A Special Oneg


Joan and Bill Bernstein will be sponsoring the Sunset Oneg on

Friday, September 12

in honor of their

60th wedding anniversary.

They would love to have friends come and share their celebration.

Donations for New Prayer Books


You meant to do it. You put the letter in a pile but now don't remember which pile. Maybe the letter was thrown out with the junk mail. Check the wall opposite the office for more letters. Bookplates are NOT a requisite for donations. As always, the choice is yours.


You can click here for all the information.


Hadassah Cake and Challah Sale

Once again, Nashoba Valley Hadassah is making baked goods from Cheryl Ann's available to us just in time for Rosh Hashanah!


Choose from a delicious variety of challah, bubke, and ruggalach.  All orders and payment are due by September 14th.  Orders can be picked up at Congregation Shalom on the morning of Sunday, September 21st.  Please click here for the order form, which contains complete information. 


Congregant Discovers Jewish Social Justice in Summer Internship

This summer, Alia Degen participated in the Machon Kaplan Summer Social Action Internship program at the RAC in Washington, DC.Machon Kaplan is an internship program for undergraduate students interested in Judaism and social justice. Based in Washington, D.C., it provides students with a meaningful social justice internship, the opportunity to engage in academic study related to their internships, and a community of like-minded students with whom to share their experience.Students learn, through study and action, the interrelationship of Judaism and American ideals 



To all our friends and family at Congregation Shalom,

I and my family want to thank you all for your outpouring of condolences and contributions in Donald's memory. It brings a huge measure of comfort to see how much he was loved by and had a lasting impact on Congregation Shalom. Although we were no longer able to worship with you directly, we never lost our feeling of community with all of you.

With much affection, thank you all again.

  Shirley Pearlman and family

Good and Welfaregoodandwelfare

It is with a heavy heart that I write of the passing of Naomi Perry, mother of Shoshana Perry. We send our deepest condolences to Shoshana and her whole family.


We are also deeply saddened to note the passing of Donald Pearlman, founding member and first President of Congregation Shalom. We send our deepest condolences to Shirley and her whole family.


It is with a heavy heart that I also write of the passing of Emily Fischler, mother of Joanna Myers. We send our deepest condolences to Joanna and her family.


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 ScholarshipsYthScholar

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. 

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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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High Holiday ScheduleHHSchedule


Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 24       

                      8:00 PM -  Erev Rosh Hashanah Service, Oneg to follow


Thursday, September 25            Rosh Hashanah Day1

        9:00 AM -10:20 AM  Rosh Hashanah Family Service

      11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  Rosh Hashanah Adult Service

                      2:45 PM -  Children's Service

                      4:00 PM -  Tashlich - Freeman Lake, North Chelmsford


Friday, September 26

                    10:00 AM -  Rosh Hashanah (Day 2) Service



Yom Kippur

Friday, October 3

                      7:30 PM -  Kol Nidre


Saturday, October 4

      9:00 AM - 10:20 AM  Yom Kippur Family Service

                    11:00 AM -  Yom Kippur Adult Service

                      1:45 PM -  Children's Service

                      2:30 PM -  Service of Music & Meditation

        3:45 PM - 5:00 PM  Topic to be Announced

                      5:00 PM -  Yizkor/Neilah/Havdallah

         Approx. 6:30 PM -  Congregational Break-fast follows the conclusion of services.  All are invited to attend.


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High Holiday Services at Congregation ShalomHighHolidayInfo


Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  The Ritual Committee would like to remind you of the choices you have for participating in High Holiday Services.  Please see the schedule for all service times.  If you have any questions, please contact


The Adult Service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning begins at 11 AM and lasts 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  Services on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah begin at 10 AM.  Please note:  we appreciate that families want to save seats for one another for services.  However, fifteen minutes before services begin, we ask that you relinquish any empty seats to those who are coming in.


The Family Service is held on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. These services begin at 9:00 AM and end approximately at 10:20.  They are geared to meet the needs of families with children in the 2nd to 6th grades.  This service is distinct from the children's service in the afternoon, which is designed as a service for younger children.  We use a beautiful High Holiday prayer book that is written to meet the needs of children ages 8-12.  Rabbi Perry leads this service with our soloist and the traditional High Holiday melodies are used.  There is a shorter sermon geared to this population.  For many this service will be a substitute for the later service, although some adults may choose to attend both.  In fact, some adults without children may choose this service.  The service is designed to maintain a sense of sacredness and seriousness.  We remind all of our members that this is not a service for young children. 


The Young Children's Service is held at 2:45 on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and at 1:45 on Yom Kippur.  Itis for children from toddler to age 7 and lasts about 45 minutes.


We would like to review information regarding flow of traffic, timing, and seating.  The Family Service will end at 10:20 AM and the Adult service will begin at 11 AM.  This will give our community a 40-minute window to have the sanctuary clear out, be picked up and to have people get seated for the next service.  When the Family Service is over we will ask all those who are in attendance to exit out the doors to the side of the building and the back of the sanctuary.  People will not be able to exit into the lobby.  If people have used the coat room it will mean that they need to circle back to pick up their coats.    Meanwhile people who are coming to the 11 AM service will not be able to enter the sanctuary until the early service is finished and all the people have left.


If you or someone you are bringing to services has a disability and needs special seating, please call Marilyn or email her at  Please note we have several infrared hearing devices.  Please contact Marilyn if you would like to use one.  If you will need handicapped parking, please contact Janet at


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Sisterhood Newssisterhood


I hope that everyone is enjoying the summer and managing to stay cool. It has been a fast summer and Sisterhood is working hard to make plans for the fall.


On July 14th, 15 members of the Sisterhood met at the beautiful home of Debbie Arthur and we had a lot of fun at the annual pool party. There was lots of food and fellowship, while dodging a few rain drops, which did not dampen anyone's spirits! Due to rave reviews we are invited back next August! Deb Cohen has also agreed to host a pool party next summer(DTA).


The Sisterhood will be having its annual Kickoff dinner at the Temple on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m. New and returning members are welcome to join us to hear about events planned for the year. We have many different types of events scheduled, so put the date on your calendar and plan to join us for the evening! The annual mailing with the kickoff dinner invite just went out - keep an eye out for it. Let us know at if you don't get a mailer and want one.


Due to many conflicts, the Sisterhood Board of Directors will be changing our meeting day. We will now be meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, so our next meeting will be on September 2ndat 7:00 p.m. Please remember to mark your calendars, as we want all members to join us. We at Sisterhood want to take the opportunity to invite members of the community to consider leading on the Board of Directors, now that our co-leaders Katie and Sue have completed their term. In the interim, we have come together as a Board, to share the work of Sisterhood, so that there are no disruptionsto our community.


Nancy Cohn 


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


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Brotherhood Buzzbrotherhood


Brotherhood was set up to 'foster friendship, encourage men to socialize and to support the Congregation.' (Ad lib from Brotherhood Constitution) Our agenda is simple: get together, do something fun or interesting as a group, and do our share to make this a community.


This past month there was a unique twist on guy's night out, with a fried turkey / band practice at David Penn's house. As one attendee commented, "best event ever!" voicing the enthusiasm that was shared by all. Special thanks to David Penn for opening up his home to us and to Jon Boroshok for setting up this cool event!


We were able to fill the slate - thank you to new and returning Brotherhood board members for reorganizing to meet this year's challenges! I understand that everyone's plate is full whether with work, family, children, health, grandchildren, and much more, so please know that your contribution is appreciated. This extends beyond the current board to others who continue to lead events.


The kickoff event is planned for Sunday, Sept. 21 - please attend and, if you can, bring a friend! Meet the new slate, eat and drink, and learn what we have on tap for this coming year. This invitation is extended to all men in the congregation, we are not exclusive. We are always looking for new members in the Brotherhood in addition to meeting the needs of our returning members!


At a previous meeting, the Brotherhood board brainstormed new event ideas and put them into a survey. Last month, we extended a survey to all Brotherhood members. Thank you for taking the time to fill this out and share your preferences. This year's calendar will reflect some new ideas based on this feedback.

David Ebersman, Brotherhood President  


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


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Nothing new to report this month - please check back in the next issue of the newsletter.


Hannah Muhlfelder

Shalomites President 


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


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Junior Youth GroupJrYthGrp


Calling all parents of 5th, 6th and 7th grade students - WE NEED YOU!!



Desperately seeking parents to help with the Junior Youth Group.

            Commitment is VERY SMALL


            You are in charge of the event you choose to coordinate

            Pick a date that you like

            Tell me the event

I help with the details - email blasts, permission slips, etc.

I hope to have 4 events this year.

Events usually start Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at the temple (right after Religious School), and the kids eat lunch (which they bring) before leaving the temple.


Currently we have no events planned for the upcoming year. The following dates are available to plan an event:

            Sept. 21

            Oct. 19, 26

            Nov. 2, 16, 23

            Jan. 11, 25

            Feb. 1, 8

            March 1, 15


Events that have been successful in the past include:

            Hay Maze at Davis Farmland

            Laser Tag


            Snow Tubing

            Skyzone (Indoor Trampoline Park)

            Mini Golf-Indoors

However, feel free to suggest something else!


Please email Beth Shapiro at

Click here to view the Junior Youth Group calendar at our Congregation Shalom website.


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Caring Yarns Yearlong ProjectCaringYarns   


Calling all knitters! We have a project for you that can be finished in one evening while watching TV. Below is the pattern for making slippers for women that we will take to the Lowell Women's Shelter. The pattern comes in 3 sizes, requires size 9 needles, 2 stitch markers, a yarn needle and one skein of worsted weight (#4) yarn. You can make a few sets with this one skein.  Please click here for the pattern.


We will be working on this project for the next year. Thanks for joining us in this project.


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Grocery Cards  

Back To School (Grocery) Shopping?


Are you spending more grocery time at Stop & Shop or Donelan's or Hannaford recently? You can help Congregation Shalom at the same time. We are looking for 10 more families to join our monthly grocery card program (joining the many families participating already).


Once a month, you get a grocery card for Hannaford, Stop & Shop or Donelan's in whatever amount you want ($25-$500), and the temple gets cashback 7% for free! Just email Judy Beningson at and I will get you started. THANK YOU.


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Food for LTLC (Shelter in Lowell): Social Action Committee takes chargeFoodDonations 


Deborah Morrissey of our Social Action Committee is coordinating this activity.  Info on dates, etc. is now being provided in the Social Action column in this newsletter each month.


THANK YOU, Deborah!


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact


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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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September Yahrzeitsyahrzeits


Sarah Brown, Arthur Chesno, Jerome Degen, Harry M. Ried, Herman Schaevitz, Clara Shamesman, Ernest Snyder



Albert Aronson, Marilyn Fields, Domenic Iannini



Lillyan Chandler, Susan Chertok, Henry Derby, Joel Eisenstein, Mary Finkelstein, George Fuchs, Kenneth Green, Herbert Hirsch, Itzhak Kamien, Rose Roth, Barbara Spiegler, Adelaide Wexler, Elliot Winograd



Arnold Becker, Benjamin Berman, Sampson Chandler, Ruth Goldstein, Carol Heines, Dorothy Heines, Lois Levy, Helen Posner, Arthur O. Rainen, Aaron Rothstein, George Smith



Leslie Birnbaum, Lewis Ginsberg, Carol Kurzman, Samuel Levi, Aaron Scolnick 


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ExtendedCommunityExtended Community

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From Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah...


An Autumn Brunch with

Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

"New Faces of the Jewish Family Today:

Intermarriage in the Context of Change"


Sunday September 14th

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Wyndham Andover

123 Old River Road, Andover

Click here for more information and to RSVP.


Zamir Chorale of Boston to Hold Auditions 


The Zamir Chorale of Boston, "America's foremost Jewish choral ensemble," (American Record Guide) will hold auditions for all voice parts on Sunday, September 21, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance by emailing


Candidates must have excellent vocal quality, the ability to sight-read music, and previous choral experience. In addition to the audition, candidates are required to attend open rehearsals at Hebrew College on Tuesday, September 9 and 16, from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at Hebrew College, from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m., from September through early June.


For more information about Zamir and audition requirements, visit .

Daughters of Abraham 


Daughters of Abraham is an interfaith women's book group consisting of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women. We meet monthly (second Monday of each month) from 7 - 9 p.m. currently at Congregation Shalom, but the location may change soon (but will be somewhere nearby).


We are actively seeking Jewish members. If you think this is something that might interest you, please check the website ( and contact Margi Loyer at

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From the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston & Affiliates...


VNA Hospice Care needs volunteers! Hospice volunteers play a key role in helping to provide caring and compassion to patients and families facing life-limiting illness and loss. A volunteer may provide patients with company and emotional support, give the spouse, partner or other caregiver a needed break from care giving, and/or help caregivers run errands or get to and from appointments. A strong need exists for volunteers who can visit on weekdays. We also seek: musicians who would like to sing or play music quietly at the bedside of nursing home residents; Reiki practitioners who would like to offer Reiki to patients and/or caregivers; and people interested in visiting with their therapy dog. Volunteers who speak both English and a second language are also helpful. We provide volunteer training and ongoing support. Call 781-569-2888 and ask to speak to a Volunteer Coordinator for more information. Or email


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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BethEl CemeteryMatt Schwartz Ad (2012)
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