February 2016 - 5776

Volume LXIV #5

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 you may remember from last month's newsletter, Tamar Wexler wrote about conversations I had with the Café Wisdom class and with Yael Hurwitz-Lange about our desire to reach out to the members of the Anjuman-e-Ezzi Masjid in Billerica. Yael and I have worked with many of their members over the years and have come to consider them as friends.  Yael and I had written a letter as well to the leadership of the Masjid. We were very pleased to receive a letter of appreciation, which articulates a strong message of hope.
After receiving this letter and talking, the Executive Committee and School Committee have decided to move forward with putting the spirit of our letter into action. We hope to reach out to the school to develop some type of joint education experience and we also plan to invite the members of the Masjid to our Yom HaShoah commemoration at which we plan on showing the moving Besa; the true story of how the Albanian Muslim community helped to save Jews during the Holocaust. I hope you will join us in these two endeavors and if you would like to be involved in planning, please let Yael or me know. 

Yael and I received the following letter from the Mosque that we thought you would like to read. Although it is addressed to the two of us, we believe it is really a message to all of our members:
Afzalus Salaam Rabbi Perry and Ms Hurwitz,
We are deeply touched by the warm and caring letter that you have sent. It truly gladdened our hearts to receive it and to know that amidst the difficult times that are currently around us, there is always the light that shines through. Indeed, you very well aware, the sentiments of paranoia, intolerance and hatred sometimes take hold of human beings and can lead to enormously damaging words and actions. We hope and pray that the small, yet extremely dangerous elements in all segments of society are inspired to rid themselves of these sentiments before further pain and destruction is caused.
Our spiritual leader and guide Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Maula (TUS) preaches loyalty to the country where we reside and invariably reminds us about the importance and necessity of living in harmony and friendship with those around us. We have always felt an admirable welcoming atmosphere every time we have had a service at Congregation Shalom and fondly remember observing some of our holiest days at your synagogue. Over the past years we have also enjoyed giving a brief introduction to your young students, and have learnt much from their curiosity and questions.

We share a really special bond as descendants of prophet Abraham and more importantly, it affirms for us that we are all connected by the vast common fabric of humanity and life and share this magical place that we call the earth, within which we are sustained and nourished, we bloom and flourish, and admire with wonder and awe the great mystery that is creation and the Creator.
Once again, we appreciate from the bottom of our hearts your message of support and affection. We look forward to continuing our association and wish you and all your members Chag Hannukah Sameach.

We pray together for peace inspired by the light of goodness for all. Shalom. With benedictions of our Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Maula (TUS).
 Mamluk e Syedna (TUS),
 Murtaza Bhaisaheb Nomani
 Amil saheb, Anjumane Ezzi, Boston

With prayers for peace and understanding,
Rabbi Sig
 Rabbi Shoshana M. Perry

From our PresidentBarryTop    


When my twenty-two year old son Eli was 5, my family and I were members of a wonderful and unaffiliated synagogue. Not Conservative, Orthodox or Reform, it welcomed everyone. However, one thing led to another which led us here to Congregation Shalom. The final two straws for the change were first:  the realization that our membership was not paying for the next generation of prayer books and second: that while there are things that one person or one family or even one synagogue can do to make the world a better place, sometimes it takes many synagogues working together to make a difference.

While it is true that our dues provide heat and light and youth education and adult education and much more... our dues also go to pay for membership in the URJ, the Union for Reform Judaism, which, quite recently provided new books!

And for Tikkun Olam... our very own Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism ( steps up in so many ways. Located in Washington, D.C, the RAC "educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more."

But the RAC also has an arm in Israel and for accessible stories that capture our values, I enjoy Anat Hoffman stories. Anat, for those of you who don't know, is the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the arm of the Reform Movement that fights for equality and tolerance in the courtroom. A recent story had the IRAC winning in court against Beit Shemesh's modesty signs like those requesting women remain out of sight while waiting for their husbands. Beit Shemesh paid the fines and left the signs up and the IRAC returns to the court room - only this time accompanied by the Attorney General's office who joined in the lawsuit.

On Martin Luther King Day, eighteen temple members gathered to watch a video offered by the adult education committee. The film presented the life and work of Joaquim Prinz, expelled by the Nazis from his position as Rabbi of the Berlin Peace Synagogue, who later become an influential leader of the civil rights movement. Rabbi Prinz argued that the greatest evil is silence, and that religious conviction must be channeled as political action. In that spirit, the work of RAC does just this on our behalf. As Reform Jews there are things we stand for, and among these is the importance of preserving the dignity and safety of all people. We can't change everything, but neither should we be silent. When we help fund the URJ and RAC, we are not silent.
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Tamar R. Wexler

From our Education Director    

I am sitting next to my fire on a freezing cold day, with the wind howling outside and no signs of spring in the air. 

February is a quiet month in our school. We have no big Jewish holiday celebrations and we have vacation right in the middle. As a general rule, I do try to write about upcoming events wherever possible. However, despite the fact that Interim Chai took place in January, I feel compelled at this time to share my experience of the past 3 weeks of Interim Chai School. 

Interim Chai School came about because our Chai School students were always disappointed when the first session of Chai School ended, and they wanted something as a "filler" between Session 1 and Session 2. I could close my article right there - yes I said, our students want MORE school! But if I ended my article now, I would not be offering you all a glimpse into the amazing world that has existed in our building these past 3 weeks. Picture a group of excited teenagers, dressed in plastic smocks, crouching over a recipe, trying to figure out how to make an unknown food with a name that is difficult to pronounce.This is Interim Chai School! Our students are in a Sephardi vs Ashkenazi "Family Feud" with a hint of "Top Chef" and an energy that rivals the "Amazing Race". 

Each week the students were put into 2 teams to create exotic dishes that tasted delicious and challenged our teens to work in collaboration with one another. This was often done out of their comfort zone. Students learned about the history of Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews under the amazing tutelage of Amy Degen and then it was off to the kitchen for the feud to begin. The students, in their respective teams, engaged in the following food feuds: Sour Pickles vs. Dill Pickles; Egg Cream vs. Visinata; Blintzes vs. Mufleta and finally Latkes vs. Borekas. Class was intended to end at 7:45pm, but at 8pm students still did not want to leave. Parents were left waiting as their children figuratively and literally delved into this amazing class. 

As the 3 weeks came to an end, I continued to witness energy and excitement from our Chai School students that illustrates to us that we are creating the next generation of committed Jewish learners and possibly some great chefs as well.

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From our Cantorial Soloist    

"Inspired by text from Torah, I composed the melody for this original piece that I have titled "This Place". The guitar arrangement and accompaniment are by Adam Dehner. Please enjoy a sample of this new song as well as samples from our healing CD "From Within" by visiting
B'Shira(With Song),
Jodi Blankstein

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Social Action Committeesocialaction

Join the Social Action Committee! Next meeting: Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m.

Our committee is dedicated to providing opportunities for members to take action that helps improve the world. We are always interested in welcoming new committee members who have fresh ideas about ways to provide interesting and engaging social action activities. We invite anyone interested in learning more about Social Action to join us at our meetings.
Family Social Action Project, Sunday February 7 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

We will hold an open family social action project after first session of religious school (during second session) to make valentines cards and crafts to bring cheer to people who cannot get out in the winter. All ages are welcome to join us for this rewarding mitzvah! 
Monthly Food Donations for Middlesex Transitional Living 
Congregation Shalom is collecting food for the Lowell Transitional Living Center (LTLC). 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, February 24 through Thursday, February 25 (until 5pm.) March dates will be March 16-17 - mark your calendar now!

Volunteer at Table of Plenty in Chelmsford
Congregation Shalom is part of a team of volunteers at the Table of Plenty in Chelmsford, an organization that serves a free meal to all, no questions asked, every Tuesday from 5 - 6 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Chelmsford Center. Our team serves every other month on the third Tuesday, and will next serve on March 15. If you have time to volunteer during the afternoon on Tuesdays and would like to take part, please contact Linda Newhard at

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

We are pleased to announce that this year's On-line Auction has brought in more money than ever before. With Ava Schutzman manning the website and Howard Schutzman fixing any glitches, everything went smoothly. Any hair products, donated by Steve Yook, President of hair Cosmopolitan, Manchester, which did not sell on the Auction were brought to House of Hope in Lowell. House of Hope is one of the most respected family shelters in Massachusetts and we were happy to bring a little pleasure to the families living there.
In April we will launch our 50/50 Raffle. Okay, so it is not as good as the 1.6b Powerball but last year's winner did get a check for over $600. When you get your raffle tickets in the mail, just send them in!
Two things to remember about the containers in the parking lot: No cardboard in the yellow and green container and please, please don't leave anything outside of the grey container. We have to dispose of the articles that have been left outside the container.

Featured This Issue
Junior Youth Group
College Purim Baskets
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Save the Date

2/1 - Holocaust series begins
2/7 -  Family social action project
2/27 - Torah study

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QuickLinksQuick Links

Links to Our Website

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Start Thinking About Purim

Tired of primary season? Vote for best costume at the Purim megillah reading and BYOB payty at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 26!  The competition is pretty fierce!  Get your costume ready early. Email for more.

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thankyou ThankYou
We would like to thank our Congregation Shalom community for their support for our family during this difficult time. We appreciate the contributions to the congregation and to Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Josh's memory, both institutions that were very important to him. He cherished being part of such a haimish congregation and we feel blessed to be part of this caring community. 

Amy, Lauren & Jordan Friedman

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Good and Welfaregoodandwelfare

Congratulations to Deborah Cohen on the marriage of her son Aron to Tamara Yurovsky 

Condolences to Marcia Peisach and family on the passing of her father, Joel Melvin Peisach, 

Condoleces to Katie Wolmam and family on the passing of her father, Richard Lesiczka.     

February Yahrzeitsyahrzeits

Florence Epstein
Charles Fidler
Myer Graff
Raymond Leonard
Sarkis Nahabedian
Charles Richards
Russell Richmond
Judy Schwartz
Sarah Aronson
Margaret Denly
Marc Hirsch
Walter Kent
Joab Rabinowitz
Alexander Sevici
Hillard Shurdut
Charles Steinberg
Esther Waxman

Dora Birnbaum
Irene Brother
Edward Heckel
Rose Hovsha
Bernie Hurwitz
Kevin J. McHugh
Judy Heines Miller
Edward Richards
Lena Scolnick
Alfred Zehngut

Morris Berger
Murray Bernstein
Hattie Hirshman
Henry Howard
Morris Hyatt
Dolores Lubowitz
George Kyte Mackillop
Albert Powell
Audrey Sawyer
Judith Solo

Jack Bresnick
Frances Stock Circle
Hannah David
Hanna Kapn David
Gloria Fierverker
Edith Follis
Ruth Graff
Cindie Davis Holub
Danny Lapin
Paulene Leader
Charles Miller
Benjamin Pearlman
Dora Porfetta
Estel Porfetta
Esther Porfetta
Isha Porfetta
Leon Porfetta
Julia (Sabel) Salmirs
Randy Shuldiner

Our Caring Committee Can Help

The Caring Committee is always available to provide meals or transportation to those members and families who need a little help. Please don't hesitate to email Katie Wolman at or Rabbi Perry at, or feel free to call Katie at home.

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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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Sisterhood Newssisterhood

Our big event in January was the annual Brotherhood-Sisterhood Night Out, which was held in Westford at Bamboo this year. A big group of 36 people enjoyed the delicious food and a chance to have fun together.
Everyone should have received an evite for our first activity in February. On 2/7, it's a chance for some pampering with a massage, facial or mani/pedi at Skin and Body Spa for those with appointments. Later in the month, on Sunday 2/21, we will meet for dinner and a movie. Watch for details on location and movie selection soon.
Mark your calendar for our annual retreat.The one day event will be at Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro on Saturday, March 5 beginning at 9 a.m. The topic is 'Shabbat: Getting off the Treadmill ~ How to Cultivate Joy, Gratitude and Community in Everyday Life.' Registration forms and the $60 fee are due on February 5. To access the registration form, click here .
If you need any items for Shabbat, Passover or b'nai mitzvah gifts, there is a selection on display at the Sisterhood gift shop.Please contact the Sisterhood by email if you would like to make a purchase.
Our next board meeting is on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Toby Sedgwick and the Sisterhood Board 

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Brotherhood Newsbrotherhood

Brotherhood refuses to hibernate for the winter! Within the past month, we had a fun Sisterhood/Brotherhood night out at Bamboo in Westford and a successful end of the year breakfast at Lowell's famous Owl Diner. There were no food fights, so I guess we're still welcome to come back. Guy's night out in January was at Casa Blanca Mexican restaurant. Nine brotherhood members and one prospective member thoroughly enjoyed the meal.
Assuming the arrival of some decent snow, we are having a snow shoeing event (could become a hike).  
For March, we will be working to assemble a group interested in glass making. The glass making event will be open to spouses. While beer making has been a core event for years, this spring we are branching out into the realm of wine making, under the tutelage of David Correia. Look for dates in future Brotherhood updates.
It's hard to believe, but we're coming up to that time of year to reserve your spot on the always "sold out" Brotherhood Retreat. The Retreat will be held May 20-22, always the weekend before Memorial Day. For the past decade we have a standing reservation in Brewster with cabins right on the beach. Look for more details shortly. We plan to have wine for Shabbat Kiddush at the retreat! 

David Brother
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The Shalomites had an amazing time in North Conway for our annual Ski Trip! We stayed together in a large ski house and ski'd and tubed at Cranmore. We celebrated Shabbat, played Risk, ate Dairy Queen, and hung out in the hot tub. Ski trip was definitely a success! 

We are looking forward to celebrating the Chinese New Year together on February 2. We will eat delicious Chinese food, play Chinese checkers, and do Sudoku puzzles!  The board is planning some exciting programming for the coming months, so stay tuned! Also, we hope that all of the Shalomites attending the JOSTY Shul-In have a blast!
Julia Segal
Shalomites President 5775-5776 

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Calling all 5th to 7th graders at Congregation Shalom! 

The Junior Youth Group is going Glow Bowling  
at Leda Lanes in Nashua, NH on February 7
Cost is $20 per child and includes bowling, shoes, pizza, drinks and dessert. 

Leaving temple right after religious school and will be back around 3:30/4:00 p.m.
If your child is interested in attending, please email me by January 31st.
Please also email me if you have any questions or ideas for activities. 

Tina Kempner
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Adult Education - Community Events ListingAdultEd
Torah Study
Jan. 30
9-10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom
Rabbi Perry: Parashat Yitro
Facing History/Facing Ourselves-Holocaust Series: Session 1
Feb. 1
7-8:30 p.m.
Congregation Shalom
Topic:  Bystanders
Presented By: Amy Degen
MVJF Visiting Scholars Program
Feb. 7  
9:30 a.m.
Temple Emanu-El
Part 2: Interfaith Panel Discussion-Commonalities Among Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Café Wisdom
Feb. 9
10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom
Facing History/Facing Ourselves-Holocaust Series: Session 2
Feb. 9
7-8:30 p.m.
Congregation Shalom
Topic:  Resistance
Presented By: Amy Degen
Facing History/Facing Ourselves-Holocaust Series: Session 3
Feb. 22
7-8:30 p.m.
Congregation Shalom
Topic:  Rescuers
Presented By: Amy Degen
Torah Study
Feb. 27
9-10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom
Rabbi Perry
Facing History/Facing Ourselves-Holocaust Series: Session 4
Feb. 29
7-8:30 p.m.
Congregation Shalom
Topic: Holocaust Memory Moving Forward
Presented By: Amy Degen
Boston Jewish Music Festival
March 1-13
MVJF Women's Event
March 3
7:00 p.m.
Lanam Club  Andover
Author: Tova Mirvis discusses her 3 novels
Westford Interfaith Group - Sacred Meals
March 6
7:00 p.m.
Tradition of sacred meals within religious traditions
Café Wisdom
March 8
10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom
Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen
March 13 
5:30-7 p.m.
Back Bay Event Center
  Explore Boston Jewish food favorites
Torah Study
March 26
9-10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom
Rabbi Perry
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff
April 5
7:00 p.m.
Congregation Shalom
Human Conversations
Café Wisdom
April 12
10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom
MVJF Jewish Film Festival
Starts May 1 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Osgood's Landing        N. Andover
Besa: The Promise Movie/Discussion
May 4
6:30 p.m.
Congregation Shalom
Yom HaShoah
Café Wisdom
May 10
10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom
One Book/One Congregation
My Promised Land by Ari Shavit
May 15
10:30 a.m.
Congregation Shalom
An interesting take on the state of Israel; Facilitated discussion by Elisha Gechter
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The Holocaust - Four Part SeriesHolocaustCourse
The Adult Education Committee is offering a four-part series about the Holocaust for adult members of our synagogue. The classes will take place at Congregation Shalom in the library from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
            Monday, February 1
            Tuesday, February 9
            Monday, February 22
            Monday, February 29
An R.S.V.P. would be appreciated. Please contact Joan LaRochelle at if you have any questions about the class and to register. There is no fee for the class.
Amy Degen was trained by Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) to teach the Holocaust to 9th grade students at Congregation Shalom. She has been teaching the Holocaust since 2007 and this summer went to Poland with FHAO and Poland's Forum For Dialogue.

What is the Role of the Bystander and who were the Bystander's during W.W.II? We will learn about the Evian Conference, the Voyage of the St. Louis, and will look at examples in Poland where bystanders were also perpetrators. What was the role of the U.S.? How did the U.S. help the Jews or not help the Jews?
Jews are often portrayed as not resisting during the Holocaust and being led like Sheep to the Slaughter. We will discuss this phrase and look at the many ways that Jews fought back.
Who did help the Jews during the Holocaust? We will learn about numerous rescuers and why they were Upstanders under enormous risk.
Holocaust Memory Moving Forward
How do we remember the Holocaust going forward? Looking at memorials, music, dance, art, survivor interviews, etc. What lessons do we learn and why we should not forget.

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Grocery Store Cards  

Then he or she can buy their own chocolate!

Buy a grocery card for Donelan's, Hannaford, or Stop & Shop and no matter what the amount, the temple receives 7% cashback!  Free!
Buy the cards by emailing   OR purchase in person on Sundays at the temple during religious school.

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Library News

Book Review of Kabbalah: A Love Story
By Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Lawrence Kushner was born in Detroit, and was an artist until he became a rabbi. He was a rabbi for 30 years in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and then a scholar-in-residence at a synagogue in San Francisco. He has written many books on spirituality and Kabbalah, as well as this novel, published in 1999. Currently, he is working on art again.

This novel is about Rabbi Stern, an expert on the Kabbalah, who has led a "lonely life of intellectual pursuits". He meets "astronomer Isabel Benveniste" who stirs his mind and soul. We see that mysticism and the science of the universe are related.

This book moves back and forth through time and talks about an ancient text that is found between the bindings of an old book that has made its way into Rabbi Stern's hands. Sometimes we are in Manhattan, in the present day, and sometimes we are in Israel, 25 years ago, when Stern found the book. Thirdly, we are in Spain, in the 1200's.

This book states that Kabbalah is the most well-known of the varieties of Jewish mysticism and that "it attains maturity as a 13th century Spanish system of theosophy". Kabbalistic thought reached its peak with the appearance of a book called the Zohar, whose author remains mysterious. It was published by Moses de Leon, who is a character in this novel, but he ascribed the work to Shimon bar Yochai. It's all a mystery!  Kind of like the universe!

The main theme of the book is the relationship between the Botzina d'quardinuta, the seed point of beginning, and the alma d'ah-tay, the mother-womb of being. It is a way to describe the nature of the universe, the duality of male/female nature of God, and how perhaps as humans we are not complete without the our other halves.

I have always been interested in Kabbalah, but have always had a hard time understanding it. It is a complex quagmire of philosophy and math. Even reading "Kabbalah for Dummies" didn't help!  Maybe this will, for those of you who have the same problem. My reading of this book corresponded to the new "Star Wars" movie coming out. Why is this pertinent? Because "the kabbalists...stress the interrelation of all worlds and levels of being. Everything is connected with everything else. "And of course, the Force is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together." See, I knew there was a reason I liked Kabbalah AND Star Wars! Seriously though, reading this novel did help my understanding a little, and it was a beautiful story.

Submitted by Rhonda Waxman


It was Martin Luther King Day, so of course we gathered at the temple for an Adult Education program. While some may question that choice of venue, the video we watched explained it beautifully. Jewish voices have been, and will continue to be, loud and clear in the fight for civil rights and freedom from persecution for all people.
Joachim Prinz held the position of Rabbi and President of the American Jewish Congress, and stood by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s side at the March on Washington.  Dr. Prinz addressed hundreds of thousands of people in Washington, D.C. and explained that Jews and Blacks have faced common struggles and that together we can speak out against the inequalities and indignities that tarnish the ideals and foundation of the United States of America.
Rabbi Prinz grew up in Germany and had a pulpit in Berlin during Hitler's rise to power.  He recognized the need to save the Jews of Germany before most of his congregants realized what was happening, and was able to use his position and passion in sermons to convince thousands of his Jewish neighbors to leave their homeland while they still had the chance.  His refusal to remain silent meant that he was arrested numerous times and eventually thrown out of Germany.  After finding his way to the U.S., Rabbi Prinz was surprised and saddened by the segregation he saw in this country and found himself speaking out once again to right a wrong.
The documentary "I Shall Not Be Silent" teaches us about this extraordinary man who refused to allow the status quo when such a situation was morally and ethically wrong.  Dr. Prinz taught us that it is a tragedy to remain silent.  This moving and inspiring DVD is now available at the Congregation Shalom Library.

Submitted by Missy Haas

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BGBook Group

The Congregation Shalom book group is open to anyone who is interested in attending our stimulating book group meetings. We enjoy discussing and reviewing an interesting selection of books in an informal setting.

The following is a list of our future meetings: 

Monday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Fran and David Hirschel
Book Selection: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Monday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Phyllis and Fred Kallus
Book Selection: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

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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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                LUNCH AND LEARN


Author, Katka Reszke will speak about her book
Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland
A new generation of Jews in Poland are discovering their Jewish heritage and beginning to seek a means of associating with Judaism and Jewish culture.

Location:  Temple Emanuel
7 Haggetts Pond Rd., Andover, MA
Free Admission.  Bring Kosher or Dairy Bag Lunch.


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Table of Plenty in Chelmsford

Free Dinner Served

Every Tuesday from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Chelmsford Center


All are welcome. No questions asked.

Also, if you know of someone who cannot get out,

but would benefit from a dinner being delivered to them, please contact us.


For more information contact:



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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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