NEWSLETTERTOP

October 2014 - 5774

Volume LXIII #1

Member of the Union For Reform Judaism

978-251-8091

www.congregationshalom.org

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:


 
If a rabbi could kvell, I did last week during our first session of Hebrew school. As a mixer with my Kitah Hey class, I asked the kids to write down three things they loved about being Jewish. I wanted them to be thoughtful in their responses and also not to be influenced by what other kids had said. Once we began sharing, it was AMAZING to hear their thoughts. We went around the circle three separate times and as they shared their thoughts it became evident that they all had strong feelings of pride as well as joy in being Jewish. Some of the kids' responses were uniquely their own. For instance, one boy said he simply loved Torah! Another child said how much she loved making challah with her mom before Shabbat. Several kids said they loved to come to the synagogue to learn Hebrew or Jewish history! But what was most significant was that EVERY kid, in their own unique way, said they loved to come to Congregation Shalom and feel a sense of community; that the sense of Jewish connection was an essential and central anchor in their lives. When the first student shared his thoughts about community, I taught the class the Hebrew word for community - Kehillah. As each new kid added their voice stating that Jewish community was important to them, the kids started raising their hands and cheering - KEHILLAH!!! It was a joyous, fun and meaningful experience for all of us. I wished that everyone who had envisioned what a synagogue could be for this community had the opportunity to see the fruits of the labors. Congregation Shalom had become a place of community, safety, support, and joy for these 7th graders.

 

A wonderful bookend to this experience happened the following Shabbat. Two of our founding members, Bill and Joan Bernstein celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a blessing on the bimah, surrounded by their family. Many, many of the friends they made 40 years ago when starting Congregation Shalom came to celebrate with them and share this special moment in their lives. The community they had helped to found so many years ago continued to play in important part in their lives so many years later.

 

Many years ago, when Congregation Shalom was more like a small extended family, it was easy to make connections with people; to celebrate the milestones of each other's lives and to be there to help during the rough patches. In our synagogue school, community is fostered through class shabbatot, family education sessions and simply the on-going nature of studying together. For adults in our congregation, however, kehillah - community is more difficult to foster. Our lives are very busy and too often the balancing act of work, family responsibilities and more take their toll. It can feel like a grind that wears us down, impacting our motivation and our ability to take the time to connect with others.

 

In the early years of Congregation Shalom there was an active social committee and for years and years we had the Progressive Dinner, which helped people to meet other members of the congregation. Sadly, because of an array of factors, many of these fun, social events have not happened in recent years. In the spirit of new beginnings, a small, diverse group of our members have decided it is time to create an opportunity to focus on the fun opportunity to build kehillah at Congregation Shalom.

 

On Saturday November 1st we will be hosting an evening of Tapas.... Beer.... Jazz.  It will be a fun cooking "Throw-Down" experience where 4 teams of amateur chefs from our congregation will be going head to head with a professional chef from Two Chefs are Better Than One. There will be wonderful live jazz music, great food, craft beer tasting, and more. Also, in the spirit of making the night more affordable for those who have kids, the Shalomites will be offering babysitting for kids 3 years and older. For one child it will be $10 for the night and for two or more it will be $15 for the night. The babysitting will be a fund-raiser for Shalomites and money they raise will help them do some of the great programming that they do. There will be many more details to follow, but we wanted you to get the date down on your calendar. November 1st - Tapas, Beer and Jazz! Meet new folks and catch up with old friends. As the 7th graders would say - Kehillah!  

Warm regards,

Rabbi Sig  

Rabbi Shoshana M. Perry

 

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Stephen Rodman's photoFrom our PresidentBarryTop    

 

Dear Friends:


Congregation Shalom is a different place today - a different temple and different community - than it was thirty, twenty or even ten years ago. While Reform Judaism is still our "calling card," much of what we do and who we are has changed as society, and or place in society, has changed. The manner in which synagogues operate in today's world, from educational philosophies to programming and from member participation to social awareness, differs greatly from operations in the past.

 

One aspect that has not changed at Congregation Shalom is our governing document - our bylaws. The bylaws serve as the backbone of our structure, setting forth rules for membership, the Board of Trustees, annual meetings, and funds. While the world around us, and our community itself, has been transformed over the past few decades, our bylaws have remained stagnant.

 

With this premise in mind, I have asked our Board of Trustees to take a close look at our bylaws over this next year. I have tasked them with answering: Do our current bylaws adequately meet the needs of Congregation Shalom today? What works in our current bylaws and what could be tweaked to make us better? Is there another form of bylaws that makes more sense for our current size and needs? Does our current Board structure adequately meet the needs of our congregation, or is there another structure which can provide better leadership and management to our community?

 

After the Board completes its examination of the bylaws, I will appoint a committee to review the Board's recommendations and, if necessary, begin the process of reworking our bylaws. While I understand this will be a slow, cumbersome process, I believe that at the end of the day we will emerge a stronger institution ready to meet the challenges of today.

 

If you have any thoughts with regard to the bylaws or the review process, or if you would like to be on the bylaws committee, please contact me at president@congregationshalom.org.


 

L'Shalom,

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Stephen   

 

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From Our Education Directoreddir  

 

A "Mitzvah Mensh"? What is a "Mitzvah Mensh"? This is the question that was posed to our Hebrew School students a few weeks ago. In fact, we asked an even simpler question - what is a mitzvah? Everyone always answers with the wonderful notion that a mitzvah is a "good deed". In fact, mitzvah comes from the root word צ.ו.ה.. which means to command. In truth, in Judaism there are a diversity of Jewish commandments that include ritual, study and also good deeds. By narrowly defining mitzvot as good deeds, we miss out on the amazing Jewish commandments that so enrich our lives. Mitzvot like lighting Shabbat candles, saying a prayer, eating matzah on Passover, reading a Jewish text or enjoying Jewish music, are all mitzvot that help all of us grow and flourish as we go along on our Jewish journeys.


 
This year, our "Mitzvah Mensh" program will celebrate the mitzvot that our students do every day of their lives. I have asked our students and teachers to reflect on the ways they connect spiritually to the word mitzvot. Did one of our students say the Shema, or read a Jewish poem, or perhaps they recycled their paper and helped save the earth? Students will have the opportunity to write about a mitzvah they performed and to drop an anonymous note in our "Mitzvah Mensh" bucket. Each month we will read about the different mitzvot that our students share. I hope that the term "Mitzvah Mensh" will spark conversations in each of your homes about how each of us is responsible to perform mitzvot in the different areas of our lives.


 
Every year we fundraise for our school so that we are able to enhance the resources and tools that are available to our students to use in their classrooms and around the building. Please consider helping our school fundraiser this year by purchasing bulbs from Flower Power. Please click here for the information. Perhaps your children can help you pick out the bulbs and they can be part of the mitzvah of giving tzedakah to our school. We will offer this fundraiser twice this year, in the fall (October 15th ordering deadline) and again in the spring. Please watch the Weekly Updates for additional information. Please help us support our wonderful school.


 
Outside my office, I now have my "Mitzvah Mensh" bucket, but also a thought provoking quote: "It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world, but you are not free to desist from it either." Rabbi Tarfon Pirkei Avot 2:21.


 
I hope that this message helps inspire each of our children to be a generation of "Mitzvah Menshes", each helping to repair the world in meaningful and fulfilling ways. I wish you and your families a Shanah Tovah and an easy fast.

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Yael

 

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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  socialaction@congregationshalom.org and you will be added to the list for communication.

 

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 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 giftcards@congregationshalom.org.

 

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, October 15 through Friday, October 17 (until 5 p.m.) 


 
November dates will be November 19-21 - mark your calendar now!

 

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

 

Fundraising Committeefundraising


Auction Time is Coming


 
Auction collection started about 3 weeks ago and, right now, we are closing in on $3000 in goods and gift certificates. Some items on the Auction Block are: Lenox China (kosher) mezuzah, Bagel Alley bagels and cream cheese, a Reciprocal Husband and Wife Will, Man's Titleist Driver 913D. We also have gift certificates from Skin and Body Spa, Nashua; The Butterfly Place, Westford; Beckonings, Nashua; b.good (new restaurant), Nashua; Bahama Breeze, Tyngsboro; Craft Beer Café, Nashua; and Pho 88, Lowell.

 

These are just a few of the 'goodies' we are offering. A new member is offering Spinners tickets for next season. What can YOU donate? Dessert? A special skill?  A home cooked meal? Nothing is turned down so think about giving. Contact fundraising@congregationshalom.org.

 

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

 

Oct 3  Kol Nidre

Oct 4  Yom Kippur Services and Breakfast

Oct 10  Dinner in the Sukkah

Oct 26  Blessing of the Animals

Nov 1  Tapas, Beer & Jazz

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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.

 

ThankYous
ThankYou


 

Thank you to our many temple friends for your condolences and for making donations to the temple in memory of my mother, Emily Fischler.  Your support has truly been a comfort to our family during this time of sadness. 

  Joanna Myers

 

Thank you to all of our Congregation Shalom family who helped us celebrate and honor our 60th wedding anniversary on September 12. Your presence meant so much to us since Shalom has been so much a part of our lives for over 40 years, and that night was a shining example of how special our congregation is and has always been.

    Our deepest gratitude to Rabbi Perry who made this evening extra special with the lovely wedding blessing she bestowed upon us. We, and our family, are especially grateful for her warmth and caring.

    A special thanks to those who helped with the Oneg Shabbat: Judy Starr, Jean Rubinstein, Ethel Kamien, Janet Dubner, Lynne Rothstein and Jay Newlon, and Phyllis Kallus. Our deepest appreciation for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

  Bill and Joan Bernstein

Good and Welfaregoodandwelfare


We are excited to announce to birth of Eli Tak Bresnick, born September 13 to parents Isaac Bresnick and Lili Yao. We extend a warm mazel tov to them, as well as to first-time grandparents Mary and Michael Bresnick.
 

Welcome New MembersNewMembers


We welcome the following families to our Congregation Shalom community.  Please reach out and help make them feel welcome.

 

   Wendy and David Traverse, and their children Haley, Collin, and Ryan

 

   Alyssa and Mark Himelfarb, and their children Shayna and Dan

 

   Dan Weinberg and Rachel Fox-Weinberg, and their children Jonathan, Matthew, and Natalie

 

   David and Rosalie Epstein


 

Sukkot


Sukkot (Feast of Booths or Tabernacles) is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (varies from late September to late October). It begins five days after Yom Kippur (8 October - 15 October, 2014) and is immediately followed on the eighth day by Simchat Torah (the festival of "rejoicing with the Torah" when the yearly cycle of reading the Torah ends and immediately starts again).

 

Sukkot is one of the three biblically mandated Pilgrimage Festivals on which Hebrews were commanded to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. It is agricultural in origin, evident from the biblical name "The Feast of Ingathering", with the people bringing a portion of their harvest's first fruits to the Temple to be offered as a sacrifice to God by the High Priest. Later, Sukkot came to reflect the experience of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, prior to entering the Land of Israel, and dwelling in fragile huts, sukkot.

 

The sukkah, "booth or tabernacle" (plural, sukkot) is a walled structure covered with s'chach (plant material such as leafy tree overgrowth or palm leaves). Other symbols are the lulav (closed frond of the date palm tree), bound with boughs and branches of the willow (aravah) and myrtle (hadass) trees and the etrog (yellow citron), the Four Species. These are used in a Sukkot ceremony in which they are shaken to the four directions and up and down to attest to God's mastery over all of creation.

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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 scholarship@concgregationahalom.org with any questions and/or for an application form. 

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Thursday, October 16.

 

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High Holiday ScheduleHHSchedule

 

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

 

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 ritual@congregationshalom.org.

 

The Adult Service on Yom Kippur morning begins at 11 AM and lasts 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  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.

 

A Family Service is held on Yom Kippur. The service begins at 9:00 AM and ends approximately at 10:20.  It is 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 1:45 on Yom Kippur.  It is 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 ritual@congregationshalom.org.  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 ritual@congregationshalom.org

 

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Sisterhood Newssisterhood

 

Sisterhood started the 2014-15 year with our Annual 'Kick Off Dinner' on September 16. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone's news about their summer vacations, kids, grandkids, jobs and more while sharing a delicious dinner together, and many desserts too! New members got a chance to meet veteran members and there were lots of laughs and smiles.

 

We are excited to have three events scheduled for October. We hope everyone can attend at least one. Please RSVP to sisterhood@congregationshalom.org.

 

Sunday, October 5 ~ walking at Great Brook Park in Carlisle at noon.

 

Monday, October 20 ~ Brotherhood/Sisterhood joint Educational Speaker will be Rabbi Laurence Bazer. He will share details about his experience as a rabbi in a war zone.

 

Sunday, October 26 ~ Football's not just for guys! We will meet at Donna Upson's to watch the Patriots vs. Bears, starting at 12:30.

 

Plans are underway for the Sisterhood Retreat, which will be the weekend of April 11. We will share more details soon.

 

We are always welcoming new members. You can still register for $36.

 

Mark your calendar for the next board meeting on Tuesday, October 7. We welcome new ideas and are also in search of a president or co-presidents to lead our group. In the meantime, we are working as a team to tackle the leadership tasks.

 

L'shanah tovah,

 

Toby Sedgwick, Sisterhood Board Member

sisterhood@congregationshalom.org 

 

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

 

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Brotherhood Buzzbrotherhood

 

L' Shana Tovah - Happy New Year! Each September, we kick off the year with our membership drive and New Member Night. October brings many events: Sukkah setup for the temple, Brotherhood Poker, Guys Night Out, and our annual hike. Please come join us for some of these fun events!

 

On October 20th, we are co-hosting with Sisterhood a special guest speaker, Rabbi Bazer, who will be coming to our temple to talk about his experience as a chaplain for the military serving in Afghanistan. I encourage all temple members to attend this interesting event.

 

David Ebersman, Brotherhood President 

brotherhood@congregationshalom.org  

 

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

 

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Shalomitesshalomites

 

Salutations! I hope you all have a peaceful start to the new year.

 

Thank you to all who were a part of our Eighth Grade Kidnap and made it such a success. We had an amazing time getting to know one another and making new friends at Jump On In!

 

This month The Shalomites have a plethora of fun events planned. On Yom Kippur we will be leading a discussion for all members of the congregation based on this year's high holiday theme of changing perspectives. Together, we will be exploring our own ever-changing perspectives on God and what brings spiritual meaning to our lives.

 

In addition, we will be going apple picking on October 19th! After picking the apples we will go back to the temple and bake apple pies to be sent to local homeless shelters. Please join us in the fun and help make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

 

L'shana Tovah,


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!!

 

HELP WANTED

Desperately seeking parents to help with the Junior Youth Group.

            Commitment is VERY SMALL

            NO MEETINGS TO ATTEND

            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:

            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

            Movies

            Snow Tubing

            Skyzone (Indoor Trampoline Park)

            Mini Golf-Indoors

However, feel free to suggest something else!

 

Please email Beth Shapiro at JuniorYouthGroup@congregationshalom.org.

 

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. We have a 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  

High Holiday Food Drive

 

With the High Holidays, comes the annual Congregation Shalom tradition of donating food and/or Hannaford gift cards to benefit the needy. Our members have always been incredibly generous to those in need during this time. Last year, multiple carloads of donated groceries were delivered to food pantries in Chelmsford, Westford, Ayer, Nashua, and Lowell. Additionally, almost $2000 was raised to purchase Hannaford gift cards, which were donated to the food pantries

 

We invite all members to bring a donation of non-perishable food with them to temple on Yom Kippur. Another option is to purchase Hannaford gift cards from the temple, which will be donated directly to local food banks either for their clients to use or to purchase items that are in need. This is a double mitzvah as you help needy people get enough to eat, and Congregation Shalom receives 7% back on your Hannaford gift card donation.

 

If you are interested in purchasing a gift card to donate, please send an email with the amount to giftcards@congregationshalom.org and then send a check to the temple with "food drive" in the memo line. All purchases of gift cards by members for the pantry will receive a donation receipt for tax deductions.


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Library - Book Review

Book Review of The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis

 

Tova Mirvis is the author of three novels, of which this is her first, and a national bestseller. "Her essays have appeared in various anthologies and newspapers including The New York Times, The Boston  Globe Magazine, Commentary, Good Housekeeping, and Poets and  Writers". She is local! Mirvis lives in Newton, MA. She was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family and had lived her life as an Orthodox Jew. In 2014 she divorced her husband and moved to Boston from Memphis, where this novel takes place. Although this book is a novel, there is actually a close-knit Orthodox community in Memphis, Tennessee, and the author grew up there!

 

This book is about the women of this community, ranging from  high-school age daughters to grandmothers, and how the arrival of Batsheva, a free-spirited convert from New York City affects the community.

 

The point of view of this novel was very interesting, and unique. It was told in the voice of The Ladies Auxiliary, a type of community sisterhood that planned events and organized holidays, hired teachers for  the school, organized help for those that needed it, etc. It was not one person's point of view, but rather the collective point of view of the women in the community.

 

Even before Batsheva arrived at the community, the relationship between the more traditional mothers and their teenage daughters was "precarious" as many of the girls fought against years of restrictions and  tradition. When Batsheva arrived they were wary at first, then accepting as she bonded with their daughters. Batsheva was interested in religion in a personal way, as a convert, in that she chose to be religious, and  seemed to breathe new life into the rituals that the rest of the women  performed by rote. This made several of the women really think about religion and their lives. Eventually things went too far as some of the girls were caught smoking marijuana, eating at McDonalds, and hanging out with boys. Things come to a head when one of the daughters runs away.

 

There were many descriptions of life in an Orthodox community from a woman's point of view, which was very informative. I learned a lot! It was so clear that it was the women who kept the community going by preparing for every Shabbat and every holiday, and having and raising lots of children, while the men worked and studied Talmud.

 

I enjoyed this book and was interested and engaged in the  characters. I think, overall, I would have preferred more action and less description, but it was definitely worth reading!

 

                                                            Submitted by Rhonda Waxman

 

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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 fundraising@congregationshalom.org.
  

 

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October Yahrzeitsyahrzeits

10/3/14

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

 

10/10/14

Nathan Brown, Phillip Elkins, Mary (Strolovsky) Friedlander, Betty Lou Gordon, Darrel Landress, Murray Niedergang, Palma Speigel

 

10/17/14

Louis Feldsott, Freida Fidler, Doris Friedman, Ida Kamien, Paul Mayer, Steven Rothstein, Myer Martin Shapiro, Lena Starr, Bebe Steinberg

 

10/24/14

Albert Edelstein, Gerald M. Freedland, William Grier, Henry Hirshman, Harry Starr, Zoltan Szabo, Arleen R. Yegelwell

 

10/31/14

Alice Berit, Leon Katler, Madeline Richards, Barbara Schachet


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From Hebrew College ...

 

Me'ah - Hebrew for 100

 

This is an intensive Jewish educational experience designed for busy adult learners of all backgrounds. Participants are immersed in reading core Jewish texts, grappling with concepts representing cultural and political movements from four historical periods - biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern.

 

Me'ah courses comprise 100 hours of class time over two years. During this time, you will have the chance to contemplate new and broad-minded ideas and acquire a scaffold upon which you can later build.

 

Click here for general information about Me'ah. Click here for the registration form for the class at Kerem Shalom, Concord.  The application is due by October 20.  Scholarship money is available.
  

Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation

 

You are invited to join members of Congregation Shalom on Tuesday, October 28

for the New England Premier of a powerful new documentary called:

Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation.

 

In this feature film, Gloria Z. Greenfield "sets the record straight eloquently and comprehensively. It not only shows the undeniable historical connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, but also succeeds in debunking all of the propaganda, myths, and misinformation that have become accepted as truth by so many."

 

The film's in-theater debut will be brought to you by master of ceremonies Jeff Jacoby (The Boston Globe), and will include post-screening remarks provided by Rev. Dr. DeeDee Coleman (Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit) and Professor Reuven Kimelman (Brandeis University).

 

Location: Regal Fenway Stadium 13, 201 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA

Time: October 28 at 7:30p.m.

Price: $18 

Sponsored by: DOC EMET Productions and CJP and in association with

American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Christians and Jews United for Israel and the Jewish National Fund

 

Please visit the web-site bodyandsoulthemovie.com to see the trailer and learn more about this movie.  

You can purchase tickets at the website or by phone.

 

Please let us know if you purchase tickets, as we can arrange to have you sit with the Congregation Shalom group. If there is enough interest, we will look into group transportation options from Congregation Shalom into Boston at an additional cost. We are also wondering if some folks would like to go in earlier to have dinner. If you are interested in the dinner option or transportation option, please let Ariel Madway know at rabbiassistant@congregationshalom.org. If you have any questions please call the office at 978-251-8091.


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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 LPalais@vnab.org.

  


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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