October 2014 - Temple Shir Tikva



October 2014 - Temple Shir Tikva
David ‫ז״ל‬
TST Mitzvah Day
Sunday, October 26, 9 a.m.
by Rabbi Neal Gold
Mark your calendars for this
year's Mitzvah Day, which is
not to be missed!
e’ve reached the sheloshim for David Passer,
our former Executive Director and dear friend to so
many in the Shir Tikva community. At this season
of the Days of Awe, his absence from our sanctuary will feel
particularly acute, even while the signs of his presence are all
around us—you don’t have to look hard to see them.
I miss him terribly, and I know that so many others do as
well. David’s funeral on September 2 at Temple Israel was
pitch-perfect and the ideal of what a Jewish funeral should
be. Framed by tradition and Jewish texts, he was eulogized
with love that was heartfelt, honest, and poignant without
being the least bit maudlin: just like David himself. David’s
husband, Marc Maxwell, spoke about his soul mate with tenderness and dignity and his eulogy was funny and teary in all
the right places.
In addition to David’s beloved family, there were members
of many different communities present: Temple Shir Tikva of
course; Temple Israel, where David and Marc were married
and were pioneers for LGBT inclusion; the Keshet Community; The Rashi School; members of Boston’s LGBT alliances; and a good number of rabbis. (David grew up in Cincinnati and was intimately connected with Hebrew Union College, whose national headquarters is located there. Thus there
is a generation of Reform rabbis whom David got to know
well during his formative years.) When Marc and the Temple
Israel rabbis shared vignettes about David’s life, everyone in
the room learned at least one new story about our friend. He
was that multi-faceted and touched that many people’s lives.
I was also thinking a lot about that beautiful Shabbat that
we hosted at Shir Tikva last December, when our community
honored David on the occasion of his retirement. We celebrated all the ways he blessed us, with music, tributes and
some special gifts. That evening, we announced the creation
of the Annual David Passer Lecture in Social Justice at
Shir Tikva. It was one of the few ways in which I genuinely
was able to surprise him that evening, and I know he was
deeply moved by such a gift from us.
In the ensuing months, many have made gifts to that special fund, an enduring legacy—our thanks, as always, to all
those who support our work so enthusiastically.
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his year, Mitzvah Day will
start at 9 a.m. with a brief
Temple-wide kickoff before
everyone engages in hands-on projects. Every child in the religious school will be participating
in Mitzvah Day with his/her grade or with family.
Exciting new projects this year include the Brain Tumor
Society 5K Walk and the Habitat for Humanity Build Day.
We will again have a temple-wide collection for Cradles
to Crayons — any
new or in good condition clothing (ages
0-16), shoes and toys
will be accepted.
Stay tuned for other
collections of Mitzvah Day items.
Register today at
For questions or further information,
contact Danyel
Rodgers at drodgers
@chestnut hillrealSorting clothing donated for
Cradles to Crayons at last year’s
Mitzvah Day.
In This Issue…
Shabbat & Holiday Services……………………………….2
Family Connections………………………………………..9
Tikkun Olam………………………………………………11
In Our Community………………………………….…….13
Donations ……………………………………………..14-15
In Our Congregation…..………………………………….16
141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778
October 2014 Tishri–Cheshvan 5775
Shabbat and Holiday Services
October and November
Shabbat Lech Lecha
Saturday, November 1
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Bat Mitzvah
Yom Kippur
Friday, October 3, Kol Nidre
Saturday, October 4, Yom Kippur
Thursday, October 9
10:00 a.m. Yom Tov Service
Shabbat Sukkot
Friday, October 10
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service and Festive Sukkot Oneg
Shabbat Vayera
Scholar in Residence Weekend
Friday, November 7
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service with ALEX CICELSKY
Saturday, October 11
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, November 8
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Shemini Atzeret- Simchat Torah
Thursday, October 16
10:00 a.m. Yom Tov Service with Yizkor
6:30 p.m. Simchat Torah Festivities
Shabbat Chayei Sarah
Friday, November 14
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Shabbat Bereshit
Friday, October 17
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, November 15
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Mishpacha Family Education Grades 3-6
Saturday, October 18
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Mishpacha Family Education, Grades K-2
Shabbat Toldot
Friday, November 21
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Shabbat Noach
Friday, October 24
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, November 22
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, October 25
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Bat Mitzvah
Bat Mitzvah
Shabbat Vayetzei
Friday, November 28
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Shabbat Lech Lecha
Friday, October 31
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, November 29
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
From Our Rabbis and Cantor
We are eager to share in your times of joy and support you in times of sadness. Please call us directly or inform an
administrative staff member so we may extend timely friendship and comfort to you and your family.
Rabbi Neal Gold, Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz
Cantor Hollis Schachner, Rabbi Herman Blumberg, Emeritus
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Temple Shir Tikva
October 2014 Tishri-Cheshvan 5775
We Warmly Invite You To Experience
Our Inspiring And Uplifting
“You shall rejoice in your festival”
(Deuteronomy 16:14–15)
Holiday Morning Services
at Shir Tikva
Sukkot at Shir Tikva
is for everyone!
Thursday, October 9, 10 a.m.
Yom Tov Shacharit Service
Thursday, October 16, 10 a.m.
Yom Tov Shacharit Service
With Yizkor
in memory of departed loved ones
Friday, October 10, 6:15 p.m.
S imchat T orah
Thursday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.
Bring your family, bring your friends,
and experience the joy of Sukkot
with your Shir Tikva community
Our music-filled
Simchat Shabbat service
will be followed by
A Bountiful Holiday Buffet
Finding Yartzeit Plaques at Shir Tikva
It’s a time for celebration . . .
as we complete our yearly cycle of Torah reading
and begin anew with the very first words of B’reishit
A time for rejoicing . . .
as we dance with our splendidly dressed Torah scrolls
to the lively music of
the New England Klezmer Conservatory Band
And a time for chocolate . . .
Temple Shir Tikva maintains a fully searchable
database showing, by column and row, the precise
location of every yartzeit plaque in the sanctuary.
Each plaque is to remain in its designated location.
Yartzeit plaques may not be moved for any reason
without the family’s permission.
To learn the location of a loved one’s yartzeit plaque,
call Karen Edwards in the Temple office.
Help make our famous Chocolate Oneg a big success
by sharing your favorite chocolate dessert!
Sign up online
to bring a special chocolate treat:
Temple Shir Tikva
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October 2014 Tishri–Cheshvan 5775
by Susan Altman
It is not what one says, but
rather what one does,
that makes a difference
in the world.
--Pirke Avot, 1:17
Thank You to Volunteers!
It gives me such pleasure to dedicate
this month’s column to the volunteers of
TST. There is such a strong network of
volunteer support here that I never feel
alone and always know that help is just a
phone call away.
I cannot even begin to list all of the
ways in which our congregants volunteer their time, because not only would I
miss something, the list would go on for
What I can say is that I am awed and
humbled by all of you who make Temple Shir Tikva a priority; who make Shir
Tikva tick.
My colleagues join me in thanking
you, the volunteers of Temple Shir Tikva, for all you do for our community.
High Holy Day Food
Drive Packing Day
Sunday, October 5, 9 am
Join us for Packing Day, Sunday,
October 5, 9 .a.m. Help assemble boxes,
sort food and pack into boxes. All ages
welcome -- extra hands will be appreciated!
Contact Debbie or Michael Pullen at
978--440-9429 or at [email protected] to volunteer or with any
questions. Food donations will benefit
the Boston Medical Center’s Preventive
Food Pantry and Metrowest Harvest.
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September Board of Trustees’ Meeting Summary
In an effort to improve communications and to provide congregants with more information
about governance at Temple Shir Tikva, the following is a summary of the monthly Board of
Trustees meeting:
Lee-Ann Yolin shared a d’var torah that focused on the teachings of Relational Judaism:
Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community.
President’s Welcome: Julie Kniznik reminded Board of Trustees’ members that they are
ambassadors of temple life and asked that everyone reach out to others at the temple.
Director of Youth Engagement: Rabbi Gubitz introduced Rachael Pass, who has joined Shir
Tikva as its new Director of Youth Engagement. There is now programming for teens every
day except Tuesday in the areas of leadership, learning, social justice and social events.
Rabbi Gold’s Welcome and Report: Rabbi Gold shared his excitement about Susan Altman
and Rachael Pass joining Shir Tikva’s staff. He also welcomed new Board of Trustees’ members. He remembered David Passer and discussed his ongoing presence in our community. He
also discussed the 50-day war that took place in Israel and Gaza this summer. He did not expect to travel to Israel this summer, but felt he needed to go, and expressed pride for other
members who went to Israel during this time. He thanked Rabbi Gubitz, Bev Klau, Rhonda
Magier-Cohen, Rachael Pass and the religious school faculty for their hard work in preparing
for the arrival of Hebrew School students,.
Executive Director’s Report: Susan Altman said she, too, misses David Passer, whom she
had known for many years, and, in reporting on the many facility-related projects that have
taken place over the past few months (including new carpets, paint and work to the exterior),
said that installation of the new doors in Social Hall A (a project David very much wanted
done) began the day David passed away. Susan also met with the Wayland Chief of Police
and the director of the ADL regarding security. Our building is secure.
Treasurer’s Report & Budgeting Overview: Jeff Maimon thanked Larry Whitman for his
work over the past years. Jeff reviewed the budget and noted there had been an increase in
abatements and write-offs over the last year, resulting in net billings being down approximately $35k. Jeff reported that all income categories were down from FY13 to FY14 but that
Shir Tikva ended the year with a small surplus from recovered insurance proceeds. Expenses
were slightly under budget for the year. Preliminary results for July show that the current year
seems to be within budget,
IT Report & Proposal: Mike Cohn shared a proposal requesting funds for a new video system. The current system does not work consistently therefore the temple has not been able to
provide recordings to b’nai mitzvah families as intended. The IT Committee identified a company that could place a camera in the sanctuary and create both video and livestream recordings plus allow uploads from other cameras. Mike provided information about three service
plans with varied pricing and different levels of capability. The Board discussed the various
possibilities including engaging congregants who are unable to attend services in person and
attracting people who are not yet temple members, as well as concerns, such as those relating
to privacy. A vote on the proposal wias postponed until the next Board meeting.
Worship: Lee-Ann Yolin requested volunteers for various opportunities, including Giver of
the Goblet, to contribute to the Shir Tikva community.
Leadership Development: Phil Benjamin and Trudy Sonis provided an orientation to Shir
Tikva’s organizational structure and stressed that it is critical when planning that everyone
thinks carefully about with whom they can partner and identifies their stakeholders so they
can collaborate appropriately. They also reminded everyone about the upcoming Board Installation Shabbat and the 4th Annual Leadership Kallah.
Shiva Prayer Books: Matt Langweber pointed out that the shiva book the temple uses is no
longer in print. The Ritual Committee has been engaged in a project to create Shir Tikva’s
own shiva book. A motion for approval for up to $5k from a restricted fund to print approximately 200 books passed unanimously.
Chazon & Annual Fund Report: Susan Benjamin noted that we are in Chazon’s third year.
Last year, working groups made recommendations, some of which were funded through restricted funds. This year, the plan is to target specific areas where the temple can do additional fundraising to implement recommendations. The Physical Space is being transitioned to the
Building Improvement Committee which will work closely with Facilities and do feasibility
studies before making recommendations. Congregational Engagement needs co-chairs to
work on member in-reach efforts. Susan Garfield and Michael Schreiber are the new Annual
Fund Co-Chairs.
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David ‫ז״ל‬
by Rabbi Neal Gold
(continued from page 1)
This past summer, I asked David and
Marc to help me select the inaugural
speaker in this series. We each had respective lists of appropriate speakers, in
truth one person was our unanimous
choice: Idit Klein, Executive Director of
Keshet since since 2001. Keshet is the
Boston-based organization that has made
the case for LGBT inclusion in Jewish
life everywhere, and under Idit’s leadership, it has become a nationally renowned voice of justice, Jewish values,
and inclusion for all people, all values
that made David so beloved and effective in his role.
Idit will be our first David Passer
speaker on Sunday, November 23, at 9
a.m. It should be (yet another) powerful
and meaningful morning for our community, where the bonds that draw us to one
another are drawn ever closer. I know it
will be quite a tribute to our friend, who
culminated his career by working to
make Shir Tikva a truly sacred Jewish
Zecher Tzaddik Livracha: The
memory of this truly righteous guy is an
enduring blessing to all of us.
Ruchi G’viati—
My Soul, My Body
Sunday, October 5, 9:30-11 a.m.
Join us for “Ruchi G’viati--My Soul, My
Body”, our Jewish Mind-Body Spirituality
experience. Together we will learn timeless
strategies drawn from Jewish tradition for
caring for your mind, body, and soul.
This dynamic series of workshops is based
on music, contemplative meditation, Torah
study, psychological thought, and gentle
President’s Message
by Julie Kniznik
s we experience the change in the seasons and we take
stock of our lives during the past year, we begin to think
about what we want to do differently in the year ahead.
How have we grown – or not - as individuals? As parents
or spouses; as children or siblings; as members of our communities; as friends? As
Jews? What do we want to continue to do? What do we want to change?
Now is the time to return to our core values and commit to becoming the people
we want to become. Whatever the challenge, this community offers many avenues
for personal and spiritual growth. And no one has to do this work in isolation. If you
haven’t been to a Friday night Shabbat service for awhile, come experience the music. Other opportunities to connect include participating in Mitzvah Day; attending a
Saturday morning Torah Study; enjoying a Reyim (empty nesters) dinner; volunteering to help out with Family Promise; learning with our scholar –in-residence; and too
many others to name here. If you’re not sure who to contact, call the office for more
This year, I suggest we each commit to exploring at least one new pathway toward
fulfillment. There are so many options to choose from – try to find yours, and if it
doesn’t fit, look for another….and another. You’ll be so glad you did.
Welcome to Our Rabbinic
Intern Joseph Gindi
ur rabbinic intern, Joseph Gindi, is a rabbinical student at
Hebrew College. He has over 10 years of experience working with grade school, high school and university students
and adults in both classrooms and informal educational settings.
Joseph hails from the Syrian Jewish community of Deal, NJ. He
has Masters Degrees in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from
Brandeis University and in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina,
where he wrote his master’s thesis on the use of classical texts in the Jewish environmental movement. He has studied at The Pardes Institute, Mechon Hadar, and the
Jewish Theological Seminary. He’s excited to bring his passion for social justice and
heart-centered Judaism to the Shir Tikva community.
This year, our rabbinic intern will be teaching in our AISH high school/youth leadership program. He’ll also be teaching regularly on Friday evenings at Shabbat services and, once a month, he’ll be leading our Shabbat morning minyan and Torah
class. He’ll be mentored by Rabbi Gold and periodically will be involved in life cycle
events in our community as well.
Please join us in welcoming this very special Torah teacher to Temple Shir Tikva!
Wednesday and Saturday Morning Torah Study
 Wear comfortable clothing
 Come prepared to remove your shoes
 Bring a yoga mat (mats will be provided
Rabbi Neal Gold, Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz and Cantor Hollis Schachner
Facilitated by Cantor Hollis Schachner,
Dr. Randy Kamen Gredinger, and
Holly Friedman Glick, LICSW, RYT
Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Saturdays following 8:30 Shacharit service
We gather on Wednesday and Saturday mornings for friendship, community, and
the study of the great books of the Jewish people (both ancient and contemporary).
The Saturday group studies the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Gold teaches the Saturday group while all three teach on Wednesdays.
The conversation is insightful and fun! The groups are open, inviting and everyone is welcome to join us.
for those need them)
 Bring friends, old and new
 Bring frayed nerves in need of healing
 Bring open minds and hearts, eager to
learn, share and sing.
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jepig  Education
Registration for all Religious School programs is online at www.familyid.com/Temple-Shir-Tikva. If you have questions about a
program, please contact Devora Rohr, Education Office Administrator, at [email protected] or (508)358-9992, ext. 211.
Sababa (Cool) Sundays Start October 5
Sundays are always an exciting day at Shir Tikva. This year
we’re piloting something new to make Sundays even cooler:
Sababa Sundays. In Israel, Sababa means cool!
Upon arrival at 9 a.m., parents and children in grades 2
through 6 will go directly to the sanctuary for tefillah, community prayer. Experience the beauty of communal prayer and
singing led Rabbi Gubitz and Cantor Schachner, with special
appearances by Shirei Yeladim, our youth choir. After tefillah,
students in grades 2- 5 go to their classrooms for Hebrew
and Grade 6 students will meet in their Rosh Hodesh and
Shevet Achim groups. At 10:15 a.m., students in grades 3
through 5 have exciting chuggim (electives).
Chuggim include Yoga shalOM, Hula Hooping as a Way to
Pray, Israeli dancing, and more! Our goal for Sababa Sunday
chuggim is to increase cultural fluency; provide different entry
points of learning by addressing multiple intelligences (i.e.
musical, active, visual, art, interpersonal); to build community;
and to have FUN!
From 11 a.m. – noon, we will offer two opt-in programs
with a light lunch: K-2 Fun & Games and Ulpan: Conversational Hebrew (grades 3-6). Sign up on Family Id is required
by Wednesday, October 2. The cost is $15 per session.
Other Sababa Sunday dates include:
Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, and May 3
Saturday, October 18
Shabbat Mishpacha Education
For Grade 2 Families
Shabbat Morning Prayer & Learning, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Shabbat Mishpacha is a joyful Shabbat service designed especially for the families of our religious school. We will gather
to pray together, teach each other Torah, and experience parallel learning for adults and children. (Attendance is part of Family Education and it is our expectation that you will participate
as a family.)
Our learning will focus on Torah Godly Play - an innovative
and play-based interactive story designed to engage the deep
sense of wonder and spirituality within children. Siblings are
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Family Education Kindergarten –
Shema Program
Sunday, October 5, 9 – 11 a.m.
The Shema Program is a perennial favorite! After joining the
upper grades for tefillah (community prayer) in the sanctuary,
parents and students will study together with Cantor Schachner
and Rhonda Magier-Cohen, about the concept God Is One; discuss how to speak with children about God and how to make
bedtime a Jewish moment. Children, working with their parents,
will make Shema pillowcases and study the Shema prayer.
Mark your calendar for November 8 at 5 p.m.
Potluck Havdalah
Temple Shir Tikva Religious School families come together
to share a potluck dinner and celebrate Havdalah (literally,
“separation,” the ceremony that concludes Shabbat or Yom
Alex Cicelsky, our scholar in residence from Kibbutz Lotan
in Israel, will join us for our Potluck Havdalah to facilitate family programming focused on the environment. This evening
promises to be a night of learning, spirituality, and fun for the
whole family! The sign-up genius will be emailed to parents by
the School Committee.
Parent Coffee Talk
Sunday, October 19, 9 a.m.
Coffee Talk:
Without YOU, neither Coffee nor Talk.
Kids shouldn't get to have all the fun at Religious School!
 9 a.m. Conversation led by Rabbi Gold:
What does peace mean and is it possible?
 10 a.m. School Committee meeting
Coffee's on us!
Temple Shir Tikva
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Why I Sent My Children to
Religious School in Kindergarten
by Heather Meterparel
Both my boys attended preschool at the JCC Wayland (at Shir
Tikva) because my husband and I both felt it was important to
give them a great foundation for Jewish learning. It was important to us to keep that momentum going, and enrollment in
religious school that next fall supported that. Also, kindergarten
feels like a child's official start of formal schooling, so why
wouldn't their formal Jewish education begin at that point too?
Ben's enrollment as a kindergartener coincided with our decision to become members of Temple Shir Tikva and enrolling
him in religious school felt natural as we worked to become part
of the TST community.
But, the biggest part of our decision stems from the fact that
I'm from a different faith background (not Jewish) and I knew
that I needed support to help my sons feel rooted in their Jewish
Religious school has been the most important part of that effort. Starting them as 5-year-olds was perfect - they received
more formal age-appropriate instruction on Jewish beliefs and
traditions, and it actually helped me to learn along with them at a
very basic level!
Unique Opportunity to
Strengthen Children’s
Jewish Identity
Research and experience have proved that children are more
fully connected to their heritage when they have spent summer
days at a camp with a positive and rich Jewish ambience. For
over fifty years the Reform movement’s Camp Eisner and
Crane Lake in the Berkshires has been offering our young people a leisure camp experience that “lives and breathes” Jewish
values and community.
On the weekend of October 17-19 there will be a special
opportunity for young people entering the 2 nd through 5th
grades to taste the Eisner and Crane Lake experience at a
Weekend for New and Prospective Campers.
A temple family has come forward to cover the entire cost of
this opportunity as a way of encouraging participation. Please
contact Rabbi Jen Gubitz for details.
In addition, a limited number of partial scholarships to Eisner
and Crane Lake will be available for summer 2015. Rabbi
Gubitz can provide full details and an enthusiastic report about
the camp.
Thank You for Tzedakah!
Heather, Jon, Ben and Nick Meterparel.
Temple Shir Tikva
Thank you to all of our families who contributed tzedakah during the first week of Religious School. As a community we
collected 85 granola bars and 166 juice boxes for Jewish Family Services of Metrowest and over $300 for toys to be purchased in Israel and distributed to children in both Sderot and
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AISH: Shir Tikva Center for Youth Leadership
Registration for all AISH programs is online at www.familyid.com/Temple-Shir-Tikva. If you have questions about a program,
contact Devora Rohr, Education Office Administrator, at [email protected] or (508)358-9992, ext. 211.
AISH Tikkun Olam Opportunity for Sukkot
Pizza — In the Hut!
Wednesday, October 8, 6 - 8 p.m.
To celebrate the first night of Sukkot, in place of regularly scheduled classes, AISH
will participate in a wonderful Tikkun Olam program in the Sukkah at Shir Tikva. We
will be making Birthdays-in-a-Box for Birthday Wishes, an organization that provides
birthday parties for children in homeless shelters. For more information, contact
Rachael Pass at [email protected]
Mitzvah Day
Sunday, October 26, 9 a.m.
It’s a whole day of Mitzvahs! Stay tuned for information about projects geared especially toward teens.
AISH Havdalah Social Program
Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join TST’s Scholar-in-Residence, Alex Cicelsky,
for Havdalah and more.
For Parents
Of Teens
AISH Parenting Salon
Facilitated by Dr. Max Klau
Powered by You
Wednesday, October 22, 6 - 8 p.m.
Connect monthly with other parents of teens in a gathering designed to explore the
blessings and challenges of parenting. This will NOT be a lecture or training experience,
in which participants passively receive knowledge or skills from an “expert.” Rather, it
will be a space for reflection and discussion in which parents can explore parenting challenges with fellow congregants in a space devoted to learning (not to problem solving).
Dr. Max Klau is the vice president of Leadership Development at City Year, Inc., a
national service program headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. His efforts focus on
leveraging a challenging year of full-time citizen service as a transformational leadership
development experience. Max received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School
of Education in 2005; his studies focused on civic leadership education.
To learn more, talk with facilitator, Dr. Max Klau, Shir Tikva congregant and chair
of our AISH committee, on two conference call options:
11 - 11:30 a.m. on Tues, Oct. 7 or 1 - 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17
The call in number is 605-475-6720. PW: 695866
Our first gathering will be October 22. (Please note the date change from previously published date of October 1). Other dates include November 12, December 3,
January 7, March 11, April 1 and May 6
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Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is an
experiential education program for middle
school and high school aged girls that uses
Jewish teachings and practices to give girls
a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest
concerns, consider the impact of gender on
their daily lives, have fun, and be ‘real’
with their peers.
Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood is an
experiential education program that helps
teen boys explore two primary questions:
“What does it mean to be a man?” and
“What does it mean to be a mensch?” Teen
boys tell us that that the experience offers
them a more “honest,” “relevant,” and
“cool” way to participate in the Jewish
Groups for grades 8 through 12 will meet
on Sundays, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 11,
Feb. 1, March 1, Apr. 12 and May 3.
Grade 7 groups will meet on alternating
Sundays (11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and
Wednesdays (6 - 8 p.m. during AISH
Learning) on Oct. 5, Nov. 12, Dec. 7, Jan.
7, Feb. 1, March 11, Apr. 12, and May 20.
Though the full cost of this program is
$400 per participant, we are able to offer it
at a subsidized rate of $150. This will include all supplies and programs throughout
the year.
Register at:
Members of our Shir Tikva community
are always looking for fun, responsible, creative babysitters. If you want to add your
name to our babysitting list, send your name,
age/grade, address, email address, cell phone
number, preferred method of communication
(email, text or phone), transportation requirements and any additional notes about you to
Rabbi Jen Gubitz by Facebook message.
Your details and contact information will
be made available to the Shir Tikva Family
Connections Facebook group, which can
only be viewed by members.
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Family Connections
Family Connections experiences are designed for families with children ages 0-7.
Interfaith families, nonmembers, older siblings, grandparents and caregivers
are always welcome. Bring a friend!
Shabbat Yeladim
First Shabbat of Every Month, 9:30 a.m.
October 4, November 1, December 6, January 3,
February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6
Ganeinu Educates
Back by popular demand, Ganeinu is a
pre-kindergarten family educational program designed for ages 3.9 to 5-year-olds
and their parents to learn together. With
Rabbi Gubitz, Bev Klau and Early Childhood Educator Steve Shimshak, we will
learn through music, hands on activities,
stories, texts and meaningful conversations.
Our goal is for families to acquire
practical skills that will allow them to
incorporate their classroom education
into meaningful family traditions and
experiences in the home.
Registration for each semester is $36
per child for members and $54 per child
for non-members. To register, go to
www.familyid.com/Temple-Shir-Tikva or
for more information, contact Rabbi
Gubitz at [email protected]
Fall Session, 9-11 a.m.
October 19 & 26,
November 2, 9, 16 & 23
Spring Session, 9-11 a.m.
March 1, 8, 15, 23 & 30
Join us in the sanctuary for a joyful Shabbat service with Cantor Schachner and
Rabbi Gubitz. We'll sing, dance, play, and learn together - as we celebrate a most special guest - the Torah!
After we gather for Kiddush, Motzi, and bagels, Ali Butter and Rabbi Gubitz will
lead us in interactive and creative projects, stories, and games. Get a sneak peak at the
exciting Torah Play stories - play-based interactive stories designed to engage the innate wonder and spirituality in all people. Past favorites include Ari the Magician, the
Tikkun Olam Hop-a-thon, a Chocolate Seder and Israeli dancing.
Beneath the Surface: A Program for
Bat Mitzvah Girls and Their Mothers
This program adds choice, empowerment, and experiential
learning to the process of becoming Bat Mitzvah, so that the ritual
becomes a point of entry into Jewish life rather than an exit.
Mothers and their pre-teen daughters have very different, although at times overlapping, needs. In The Invisible Web, Marianne Walters writes, “[The young-adult daughter and adult mother] … are both in
the process of restructuring a relationship, not ‘splitting’ from it; and in restructuring
their relationship they will need to find ways to acknowledge their sameness in order to be comfortable with their differences” (Walters, 1988, p. 49).
Beneath the Surface enhances the Bat Mitzvah experience, providing a nurturing
and safe context in which mothers and daughters may engage with each other. It
complements what in America has become a largely communal celebration with
opportunities for intimate, private, creative expression.
Although the fall 2014 session is fully subscribed, you may place your name on a
waiting list or pre-register for the March/April 2015. Send an email to
[email protected] hayyim.org.
This program is intended as a pre-bat mitzvah experience. Preference is given to
families who are within 6-7 months of their bat mitzvah date. Non-Jewish mothers
raising Jewish daughters are warmly welcomed, as are single moms, those in samesex relationships and all Jewish denominations.
orientation, volunteers are provided with food packing instructions
(there is an onsite food pantry) and driving assignments. VolunTemple Shir Tikva’s first “Family Table” distribution day for teers then check out and deliver groceries to the assigned recipient
the upcoming school year will be Sunday, November 2. On this families. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Rich
day, we will provide Jewish Family & Children’s Services Friedman at [email protected], as these slots typically go
(JF&CS) Family Table with 5-10 volunteers to pack and deliver fast.
groceries to families in need. This is a great family activity!
Volunteers arrive at JF&CS (in Waltham) at 11:15/11:30 a.m. after JF&CS Family Table was established in 1993 as a unified response to
the rising number of needy Jewish families in Metro West. It is a coaliHebrew School (you may arrive earlier if necessary). After a brief
Family Table Distribution Day
tion of Jewish communal organizations, synagogues and day schools.
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dlidw  Gathering
To learn more about the Sisterhood, participate in any existing
programs, or help us envision and plan new ones – contact the
Sisterhood at [email protected]
To learn more about the Brotherhood, participate in any existing programs, or help us envision and plan new ones – contact
the Brotherhood at [email protected]
Book Club to Discuss Rich Boy
Sukkah Takedown and Breakfast
Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 19, 8:30 a.m.
Join Sisterhood for a discussion of Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz. Wine and dessert will be served.
"Robert Vishniak is the favored son of Oxford Circle, a
working-class Jewish neighborhood in 1970s Philadelphia.
Handsome and clever, Robert glides into the cloistered universities of New England, where scions of unimaginable wealth
and influence stand shoulder to shoulder with scholarship paupers like himself who wash dishes for book money.
The doors that open there lead Robert to the highest circles
of Manhattan society during the heart of the Reagan boom
where everything Robert has learned about women, through
seduction and heartbreak, pays off. For a brief moment, he has
it all — but the world in which he finds himself is not the
world from which he comes, and a chance encounter with a
beautiful girl from the old neighborhood and the forgotten life
she reawakens, threatens to unravel his carefully constructed
new identity."
The brotherhood is looking for volunteers to help take down the
Sukkah. We will start around 8:30 and are usually done by 10.
when we will get together and have breakfast and socialize.
Knitsvah Meets Weekly in the Atrium
Sundays, 9 -11 a.m.
Love to knit or always wanted to try it? Join us Sunday mornings in the Atrium. This year, in addition to the healing shawls
we have made in the past, we will be making blankets and knitted animals for the children who will be staying at Temple Shir
Tikva as part of the Family Promise.
Help Plan This Year's Women's Kallah!
Have you ever wondered where the ideas for the Kallah
workshops come from? These ideas come from you. Whether
you have enjoyed the Kallah in years past or just been curious
about what it's all about, we're looking for your input.
Come join us as we begin planning for this year's Women's
Kallah set for Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. Drop the kids at
Religious School and join us Sunday, October 19 from 9 - 11
The Kallah at our synagogue provides time and space for
adult women of our modern Jewish community to nourish our
bodies and souls as we explore our traditions to gain fresh perspectives on our lives.
If you have any questions, contact Jae Rosenstein or Jen
Cobe, Sisterhood co-chairs, at [email protected] or
[email protected]
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Brotherhood Social/Game Night
Thursday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Join us for this great opportunity to get to know other men
from the temple in a fun, casual setting, watching a football
game on a large screen and eating some snacks. Getting to
know others in the temple will help the temple feel more like a
For those interested we will also be playing poker, but you
are not required to play. So, whether you are a new member or
an old timer, young or old, come on out and join us.
Brotherhood Steering Committee
The Temple Shir Tikva Brotherhood is organizing a steering
committee. This committee will help build a Brotherhood that
has something for everyone.
If you are interested in being part of the steering committee,
email the Brotherhood at [email protected] or call
one of the brotherhood co-chairs, Peter Abend at 978-443-7819
or Mitch Corton at 508-620-9674.
Reyim Goes to the Theatre
Sunday, November 16, 3 p.m.
Join Reyim for a performance of Bad Jews at the SpeakEasy
Stage, 539 Tremont Street, Boston. We are holding a limited
block of seats at the discounted rate of $50. We must confirm
the number of tickets by November 2.
Bad Jews is the story of two cousins waging war over a coveted family heirloom in this biting comedy about religion and
culture. Though a comedy, Bad Jews seriously explores issues
of religion, cultural history, and personal identity.
Following the performance there will be a discussion of the
play. Go to http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/149264/what-is-a
-bad-jew-new-play-asks for additional details.
Reserve your tickets now at www.shirtikva.org/theatre. For
more information contact Joan Lappin at [email protected]
com/781-647-0122 or Beth Volk at [email protected] /
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October 2014 Tishri-Cheshvan 5775
Tikkun Olam
Family Promise Metrowest
Partners with Shir Tikva
A Community Response to Families
Who Are Homeless
Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter,
meals and supportive case management as they
seek permanent housing. The heart of Family Promise Metrowest includes 47 member congregations:
18 hosts who provide overnight shelter and 29 support congregations who assist with meals and volunteers. All host congregations are within one-half
hour of FPM Day Center. Temple Shir Tikva is
pleased to become a host congregation for
Family Promise in 2015. The dates include the
weeks of January 4, January 11 and May 31.
The success of each host depends on the efforts
and enthusiasm of hundreds of volunteers who perform the variety of tasks necessary to provide a safe
and comfortable temporary home for their guests.
Volunteers express their hospitality by interacting
with guests, treating guest families with dignity and
respect and showing genuine concern for their wellbeing.
Each week, the TST congregation needs about
30-50 volunteers to prepare meals, serve as evening
and overnight hosts, coordinate activities, organize
supplies and assist guests as needed. Volunteers
come from our congregation and nearby support
congregations including Or Atid and the Boston
Islamic Center. Although most hosts are adults,
youth can participate as well, particularly with arranging activities for young children and helping
older children with schoolwork.
Please contact Cindy Lombardo at [email protected] for more information
and to sign up to help support this important partnership. We need everyone’s help.
Family Table Needs Fish,
Pasta and Canned Fruit
Temple Shir Tikva continues to collect food
throughout the year for Jewish individuals and families who cannot afford the basic necessities. Food
will be distributed through JF&CS’s Family Table.
TST has been assigned tuna fish, pasta (whole
grain varieties, if possible) and canned fruit to support this program. Bring items (marked Kosher or
Pareve) weekly to the Family Table receptacle outside the Temple office.
Temple Shir Tikva
KESHER Provides Spiritual, Emotional Support
TST Kesher Program’s mission is to provide both spiritual and emotional support, solace and hope to congregants and their families during times of illness,
suffering, loss and grief, and to recognize celebrations of simchas. Each month, a
volunteer coordinates community support services. The September coordinator
is Joan Kalafatas. She can be reached at either [email protected] or 508358-7897. If you are aware of a congregant in need of Kesher services, call the
temple office, the Rabbis or Cantor or the coordinator.
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Making Deserts Bloom:
A Weekend of Discovery & Exploration for Adults, Teens & Kids
Alex Cicelsky
Kibbutz Lotan, Israel
Center for Creative Ecology/
Global Ecovillage Network
Temple Shir Tikva
Friday - Sunday, November 7 - 9
ALEX CICELSKY is a remarkable teacher of Jewish ecological
traditions. He is a senior staff member and founder of the Center for
Creative Ecology (CfCE) and a founder of Kibbutz Lotan.
Founded in 1983 by graduates of the Reform Youth Movement of
America, Kibbutz Lotan is an extraordinary place: one of Israel’s two
Reform kibbutzim. Located in the Southern Arava desert, their community’s mission is to live Jewishly, equitably and in an environmentally sustainable way. In addition to their environmental research work and the innovative practices they have put into place,
their CfCE runs a myriad of educational programs for post high
school, college and post graduate students. They also run programs
for American, Israeli and international youth groups and international (including Palestinian) visitors of all ages who come to experience the community and learn firsthand about the kibbutz's sustainable building techniques, recycling, organic farming, water recycling and waste management, permaculture and philosophy of ecovillage living.
A native of New York State, he studied international agriculture at
Cornell University's School of Agriculture and Life Sciences and
graduated. He holds graduate degrees from Hebrew University and
Ben Gurion University's Department of Desert Architecture and Urban Planning / Institutes for Desert Research, where he researched
the development of energy efficient building for extreme climates in
conjunction with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.
Alex’s teaching throughout the weekend will be an invigorating and
eye-opening exploration of the Torah of the Earth
for adults & kids alike.
Join us!
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TST Book Discussion:
Bee Season
Monday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
udy Huizenga, MD,
a psychoanalyst and
child psychiatrist
will moderate a discussion on Bee Season
by Myla Goldberg. Bee
Season is about
the brilliant Jewish
Naumann family with
an ‘ordinary’ daughter. Eliza Naumann, the 11-year-old
‘ordinary’ daughter unexpectedly becomes the winner of her school and district spelling bees.
Her victory causes a shift in family
relationships and chaos ensues. Saul is a
cantor and caring father who had invested heavily in the success of his brilliant
son, Aaron. His emphasis shifts to Eliza.
Aaron must then deal with a rival to his
father’s attention. Miriam is a successful
lawyer and distant mother who becomes
even more unanchored and more involved in her secret life.
The author, Myla Goldberg, sensitively examines this unraveling Naumann
family. She portrays the price of success
and failure within the family, sibling
rivalry, the role of parents in their children’s lives and eventual spiritual quest
by each family member. Are the values and conflicts of this Jewish family
representative of American Jews? Do
family members address the needs and
wishes of others?
From the book’s jacket: “The outcome
of this tale is as startling and unconventional as her prose, which wields its metaphors sharply and rings with maturity.”
Join us for a discussion of Bee Season and the important family issues that
occur in the novel. Snacks will be provided.
Book discussions continue Monday
evenings, December 15 and March 16.
Daniele Bick, M.D., psychiatrist, will
For adult education, questions or book
suggestions, call Chuck Huizenga at 781266-7658.
Temple Shir Tikva
October 2014 Tishri-Cheshvan 5775
In Our Community
MetroWest Jewish Day School
Fall Open Houses
Monday, October 13, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, October 22, 7 p.m.
8000 Great Meadow Road
Dedham, MA 02026
(617) 969-4444
300 Pleasant Street, Framingham
Prospective families are invited to attend one of MetroWest
Jewish Day School’s Fall Open Houses. Meet teachers and
parents, visit classrooms, and check out the new playground.
MWJDS is a pluralistic Jewish community offering individualized instruction by experienced teachers. The program is multi
-lingual and includes Hebrew and Spanish instruction in all
grades. Financial aid, after-school programming and transportation options are available. Contact Beth Null to RSVP or for
more information at 508-620-5554 or [email protected] mwjds.org.
Coming Soon: MetroWest Maccabees
The Rashi School Information Session
Imagine your child at The Rashi School,
The Boston Area Reform Jewish K-8 Independent School
Sunday, October 26, 10:30 - Noon
RSVP to [email protected] or (781) 355-7317
Curious Minds at The Rashi School
Starting in November
For preschoolers and their grownups…
MetroWest Maccabees is a monthly Sunday morning program
for families with children between the ages of 4 and 6 years
old. Activities will include math, science, art, music and Hebrew and will be led by MWJDS teachers. MetroWest Maccabees activities are always FREE. For more information, contact Beth Null at 508-620-5554 or [email protected]
Construction: What Can YOU Build?
Tuesday, October 28, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
MWJDS B’Nei Mitzvah Gala Celebration
Visit our Temple website:
Sunday, December 14, 5 p.m.
The date has been set for the gala event of the season. MWJDS
will hold its annual Winter Lights Gala on Sunday, December
14, at Temple Reyim, where Dr. Daniel Margolis and Francine Ferarro Rothkopf will be honored for their contributions
to Jewish Education and MetroWest Jewish Day School. Esteemed community member and long time board member
Donald Bloch will receive the Keter Shem Tov Award. Join us
for a wonderful evening of celebration, dinner and dancing.
For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Solomon Rosenberg at [email protected] or call 508-6205554.
Member Directory
Temple Calendar
Upcoming Events
Rabbi Gold’s Blog
Hineni and Vats Nu
Looking for a Meaningful Volunteer Experience?
Jeff’s Place, a community-based, family-focused program, provides FREE volunteer facilitated support groups and services to
children and teens, ages preschool through high school, and their caregivers who are coping with a meaningful death loss. Jeff’s
Place welcomes families in all their diverse forms, and of all races, ethnicities and socioeconomic strata. Our support groups are
100% free, though all donations are gratefully accepted. We are proud and truly appreciative of our partnership with Temple Shir
Tikva in Wayland, who generously provides us with a much needed home for our support groups. Jeff’s Place is a nonprofit 501(c)
3 organization. To discuss upcoming training, contact [email protected] or call 508-879-2800.
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New Members
We are delighted to welcome
our New Members as of
September 15.
Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Jeremy and Danielle Meade
Amelia, Addison
Julie Kniznik, President
[email protected]
Neal D. Gold, Rabbi
[email protected]
Jennifer Gubitz, Assistant Rabbi
[email protected]
Herman J. Blumberg, Rabbi Emeritus
[email protected]
Hollis Schachner, Cantor
[email protected]
Susan Malman Altman, Executive Director
[email protected]
Beverly Klau, Religious School Principal
[email protected]
Rhonda Magier-Cohen
Curriculum and Family Education Director
[email protected]
Rachael Pass, Director of Youth Engagement
[email protected]
Karen Edwards, Asst. to the Rabbis & Cantor
[email protected]
Toni Spitzer, Office Administrator
[email protected]
Devora Rohr, Education Administrator
[email protected]
Lucy Dube, Bookkeeper
[email protected]
Peggi Cohen, Hineni Editor
[email protected]
Joan Blair, Website Editor
[email protected]
JCC Early Learning Center of Wayland
Jonathan and Lily Sonis
Jamaica Plain
Thomas and Maura Feldman
Charles, Daniel
Scott and Risa Burgess
Max, Brooke
Office Hours
School Office
Temple Office
Monday…………………….9 a.m. - 5 p.m.…………….9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday…………………….9 a.m. - 5 p.m.…………….9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday…………………9 a.m. - 8 p.m.…………….9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday…………………...9 a.m. - 5 p.m.…………….9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday………………………9 a.m. - 2 p.m.…………….9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday……………………..8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Office Closings:
Friday, Oct. 3, Erev Yom Kippur, 2 p.m. closing; Wednesday, October 8, Erev Sukkot, 2 p.m. closing; Thursday, October 9, Sukkot, office closed; Monday, October
13, Columbus Day, office closed; Wednesday, October 15, Erev Shemini Atzeret,
2 p.m. closing; Thursday, October 16, Shemini Atzeret, office closed.
November Hineni Deadline
Friday, October 3
Deadlines for Hineni are the first Friday of each month at noon. Articles and photos
may be sent by email to [email protected] or mailed to the temple office.
Email or call Peggi Cohen, Hineni editor, at 339-222-2454
with questions or comments.
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