Temple Shir Tikva



Temple Shir Tikva
Shir Tikva
September 2011
Elul 5771 - Tishrei 5772
When G-d called to Abraham, he responded, “Hineni, Here I am.”
Israel and the International Community
Inside This Issue…
Featuring Shai Bazak, Israel’s Consul General to New England
Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m.
Shabbat & Holiday Services………2
Adult Learning Opportunities……..8
Page of Study—Daf Limud………..9
New Members…………………….10
Youth Community………………..11
Shir Tikva Library….…………….12
The Arab League has indicated it
would file for full membership of an independent Palestinian state on behalf of the
Palestinian Authority at the
UN in late September. WithShai Bazak out a comprehensive agreement with the State of Israel this could
have significant consequences for the
peace and stability between Israel and
her neighbors.
To learn more about this, and other
significant events in Israel and the Middle East, join us for a discussion with
Shai Bazak, Israel’s Consul General to
New England, and Jeff Robbins, attorney at Mintz Levin. Mr. Bazak, assumed
were driving to the shul in New Jersey
where I worked. I’d drop him off in the
Rabbi Neal Gold
childcare center and then walk down the
hall to my office and start my workday.
If you turn back, I shall take you back
It was only about 8 minutes from my
And you shall stand before Me;
house to work, but that was the window
If you produce what is noble
of time when I heard the deejay on the
Out of what seems worthless,
radio say, “Oh my G-d, we’re under atYou shall be My spokesperson….
tack.” (He was one of the prescient ones in
They will attack you, but they shall not over- the midst of the initial chaos and confucome you,
For I am with you to deliver and save
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
you, declares Ad-nai.
affected each of us in different ways. Since
Jeremiah 15:19-20
I have the privilege of working in a shul,
my perspective is filtered through the
With these hands, I pray for the faith,
prism of that experience. Our Temple
team gathered in the Senior Rabbi’s office
We pray for your love, L-rd
and listened as events unfolded on the
We pray for the lost, L-rd
radio. We agreed that we should open the
We pray for this world, L-rd
sanctuary as a place for the community to
We pray for the strength, L-rd
gather that afternoon. I remember my
Come on rise up
Rabbi cautioning, however, that we
Come on rise up
wouldn’t know what to expect; possibly
Bruce Springsteen
nobody would come if their natural inike everyone else, I remember where I
stincts said, “Stay home, gather the family
was: Avi, 15 months old, was in the
together, watch events unfold on TV.”
infant seat in the back of the car and we
So we were somewhat surprised that
Ten Years After...
his current position in November 2010,
having served other Israeli
government and private sector positions. Mr. Robbins
has twice served as U.S.
Delegate to the United NaJeff Robbins
tions Human Rights Commission in Geneva. He has also published op-eds on a range of foreign policy and other issues.
This will be a very exciting and educative event, so please plan to attend.
This event is sponsored by Temple Shir
Tikva and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and is co-sponsored by other
Metrowest synagogues as well.
afternoon as members of our community
started pouring into the sanctuary. By 3
p.m., there were about 200 people gathered. I remember: we read some Psalms,
we chanted Oseh Shalom, we said Kaddish.
And then we simply left the microphones
open and people filed up, one after another, to express their fear, dismay, horror,
sorrow. I don’t remember anger – I’m
pretty sure that arrived a day or two later.
I very clearly remember one woman,
through tears, saying her young son
would never be able to visit the twin towers of the World Trade Center. And all of
us, at the end of that most awful of days,
agreed: How fortunate we were to have a
synagogue in our lives, a place that drew
us together like a spiritual magnet on that
dark day.
As for the subsequent days, I remember
distinctly how the entire world seemed
united in condolence, sympathy, and
unity of purpose with the United States
(how long ago all that seems!). I recall
countless stories of incredible heroism – of
141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778
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September 2011 Elul 5771 - Tishrei 5772
Shabbat and Holiday Services
September 2011
October 2011
Shabbat Shofetim
Friday, September 2
6:00 pm
Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday September 3
8:30 am
Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 am
Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, October 1
8:30 am
Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 am
Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah
Shabbat Ki Tetze
Friday, September 9
6:00 pm
Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, September 10
8:30 am
B’nai Mitzvah Torah Study
8:30 am
Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 am
Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah
Shabbat Ki Tavo
Friday, September 16
6:00 pm
Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, September 17
8:30 am
Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 am
Late Shacharit Service
Bat Mitzvah
Bat Mitzvah
Shabbat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Friday, September 23
6:00 pm
Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, September 24
8:30 am
Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 am
Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah
8:30 pm
Selichot Program and Service
Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 28 Erev Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 29
Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 30
Rosh Hashanah—second day
Shabbat/Yom Kippur
Friday, October 7
Shabbat and Kol Nidre
Saturday, October 8 Shabbat and Yom Kippur
Thursday, October 13
10:00 am
Yom Tov Service
Shabbat Chol Hamoed
Friday, October 14
6:00 pm
Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Service, followed by a
Festive Sukkot Oneg for All Under the Stars
Saturday, October 15
8:30 am
Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
9:00 am
Family Shabbat Service
10:45 am
Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Bat Mitzvah
Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret
Thursday, October 20
10:00 am
Yom Tov Service with Yizkor
Shabbat Bereshit
Friday, October 21
6:00 pm
Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, October 22
8:30 am
Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 am
Late Shacharit Service
Bar Mitzvah
Shabbat Noach
Friday, October 28
6:00 pm
Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, October 29
8:30 am
Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 am
Late Shacharit Service
Bat Mitzvah
Shabbat Ha’azinu
Friday, September 30
6:00 pm
Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Service
Every Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Early Shacharit Service
followed by Torah Study
8:30—10:30 a.m.
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September 2011 Elul 5771 - Tishrei 5772
Temple Shir Tikva Mitzvah Day
High Holy Days 5772
Sunday, October 30
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 28
Ma’ariv Service…………………….8 p.m.
Our Jewish heritage teaches us that it is our
holy responsibility to repair the world. After several months of planning, we are excited to announce that a Temple Shir Tikva Mitzvah Day
will be held on Sunday, October 30. This will
enable all of us, from toddlers to adults, to participate in the holy task of Tikkun Olam where
we will have the opportunity to not only experience the power and value of our personal contributions, but engage with our temple community
in accomplishing a number of important and
varied Social Action projects.
To give you a “taste” of what is being planned;
our projects will touch upon our core principles of the TEKIAH program
along with other aspects of Social Action which are important to all of us.
Projects will provide the opportunity to participate in Mitzvot which focus
on the environment, caring for our seniors, healthcare, food justice, and helping those less fortunate than us.
To “whet your appetite,” here is a sampling of projects being planned:
• Locks of Love – start now! Grow your hair and donate it to a financially
challenged child under the age of 21 who is suffering hair loss due to a
medical illness. For more information, please contact Karen Susser at
[email protected]
• Backpack Buddies – assemble backpacks with school supplies to be delivered to disadvantaged students in our community
• Greater Boston Food Bank – pack boxes of food in Boston at the
GBFB’s facility in Boston (Limit to 15 packers)
• Youth Choir Musical Mitzvah for Seniors – Join the TST youth choir
and perform a concert for seniors at the new JCHE Shillman House in
• Young Families: Bristol Soup Kitchen Project – from walkers to 3rd
graders and their parents - sandwich preparation to feed the hungry
• Young Families: Birthday Boxes for Kids – another walker to 3rd grader
project - prepare goodie bags for young disadvantaged children
• Bone Marrow Drive – register to be part of a bone marrow transplant registry
• Caring for the environment – planting, Wayland Habitat for Humanity
publicity and clean-up projects are being planned
• Serenity House Painting Project – volunteer to paint rooms in a home for
women living in recovery from past addictions to drugs and alcohol
If you are interested in volunteering to participate in one of these programs,
just want to be part of the Mitzvah Day planning committee, or provide general assistance, please access: http://www.Mitzvah Day sign-up.
Temple Shir Tikva
Rosh Hashanah - 1st Day
Thursday, September 29
Family Shacharit Service………..8:30 a.m.
Late Shacharit Service………….11:30 a.m.
Tashlich ………………………….2:15 p.m.
Children’s Service…………………..3 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah - 2nd Day
Friday, September 30
Shacharit Service………...………..10 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur
Friday, October 7
Family Kol Nidre Service………..6:30 p.m.
Late Kol Nidre Service …………..8:45 p.m.
Yom Kippur
Saturday, October 8
Family Shacharit Service………..8:30 a.m.
Late Shacharit Service………….11:30 a.m.
Children’s Service……………….2:30 p.m.
Interim Program (Sanctuary)……..….3:15 p.m.
Personal Meditation (Beit Midrash). .3:15 p.m.
Mincha Service ……………….…4:45 p.m.
Yizkor (approx.).………………...5:30 p.m.
Neilah (approx.)..……………………6 p.m.
Havdallah (approx.).……………..6:40 p.m.
Break-the-Fast (approx.).………...6:50 p.m.
KESHER Provides Spiritual,
Emotional Support to Congregants
Temple Shir Tikva 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. For September, the cocoordinator is Karen Langweber. Contact
her at [email protected] or by phone at
If you are aware of a congregant in need
of Kesher services, contact the Temple office, the Rabbis or Cantor, or the monthly
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Highlights from the
Annual Meeting of the Congregation
June 2, 2011
President Phil Benjamin welcomed congregants to the Temple’s
33rd Annual Meeting.
Rabbi Gold noted that the past six years have been remarkable.
We will be celebrating Shavuot, seven weeks after Passover, commemorating the receipt of the 10 Commandments and the Torah.
Our tradition teaches that each of us received two mitzvot directly
from God. We all stand together, and each of us has a spark of Torah
directly within us. Rabbi noted that, while the itinerary to Israel was
awesome, the bonds that were built were exceptionally remarkable,
and each participant was a messenger of the Temple. During December vacation week 2012, we are planning a family trip to Israel.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat showed what we
as a community can accomplish together. Ganeinu, the program for
pre-kindergarten children and families, demonstrates our commitment to education for the entire lifecycle. We received the Irving J.
Fain Social Justice award at the bi-annual convention of the Religious Action Committee this spring, receiving recognition on the
national stage. The Rabbi recognized the hard work of the President,
the Board of Trustees, the Executive Council, his colleagues in the
clergy and the professional staff, and educational team. He highlighted the difficult job which we will have ahead, particularly with
the budget. The Rabbi shared poignant words from a troubled young
congregant which reminded us why we are all here.
President Phil Benjamin thanked the departing Board members,
and particularly Bob Koster, and welcomed our new leaders. He
emphasized continuity, with new contracts for both Rabbis and the
Cantor. We are facing challenging times, with a large budget deficit.
A working group has been appointed to focus on our financial sustainability, on both income and expense sides of the budget. The
good news is that within the past three years, more than $250,000 of
the mortgage has been paid down. Membership has been relatively
stable, with a net increase of five new member families in the past
three years. We celebrated another “second generation” b'nai mitzvah within our congregation, and we celebrated our dedication stone
placement. Challenges lie ahead, in view of the economic realities,
and we are pushing efforts to balance our budget, and to keep the
congregation on sound footing.
A new contract with Rabbi Gold was unanimously approved. His
current contract expires at the end of June 2011. The new contract is
for five years.
A one-year extension of Rabbi Litcofsky's contract was approved
unanimously, which will permit us to maintain continuity while Cantor Schachner is on her sabbatical, rather than looking for a new
assistant Rabbi while she is away. However, if Rabbi Litcofsky is
presented with overwhelming opportunity elsewhere, he may opt out
of the extension, provided he gives us notice on or before October
17, which will give us time to search for a successor.
Treasurer Mark Susser reported on the downward trend of our
financial returns, with deficits each of the last two years. The Board
presented a deficit budget for the upcoming fiscal year, intentionally
focusing on the need to take steps necessary to insure our financial
health. Mark reported that 114 member families had donated to the
spring fundraiser, but neither our dues and fees collections nor our
fundraising efforts reached our 2010-2011 projections. A working
group has been appointed to focus on our sustainability. An increase
of 5% in dues and fees and an increase of 3% in school fees for the
upcoming year were approved by the congregation, with only one
negative vote. The proposed budget for F.Y. 2011 – 2012, showing a
$22,000 deficit, was approved, again, with one opposing vote.
The nominating committee reported that the nominees included
Brian Levey to fill a one year term as President-Elect; Scott
Machanic (Recording Sec.), Cathy Regensburger (VP, Education),
Robin Kostin (VP, Governance), Lee-Ann Yolin (VP, Worship), and
Martin Gredinger (Asst. Treas.), each for two year terms. Nominated
for 2-year terms as at-large members of the Board of Trustees were
Jayne Lampert, Wendy Mishara, and Jonathan Sieber, with one additional board member to be determined. Continuing for one more year
in their current positions were Phil Benjamin (President), Mark
Susser (VP, Finance/Treasurer), Karen Langweber (VP, Gathering,
and Susan Benjamin (VP, Tikkun Olam), and at-large board members Jill Katz, Karen Miller, and Rochelle Nemrow, with one additional board member to be determined. The slate was unanimously
From Our Rabbis and Cantor
We are eager to share in your times of joy and to
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 Greg Litcofsky
Cantor Hollis Schachner
Rabbi Herman Blumberg, Emeritus
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Rabbi Neal Gold
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which any listing must begin with the remarkable heroes who
brought down United Airlines Flight 93 in a Pennsylvania field
before it could achieve the hijackers’ goal. I remember the random anti-Muslim violence around our country and the accompanying sense of shame.
I also remember how the State of Israel responded with solemnity and mourning, and by naming prominent roadways
“New York Plaza.” Conversely, I remember there were celebrations in the streets of Ramallah and Gaza.
A week later, it was Rosh Hashanah. I recall how every
phrase of the prayer book seemed infused with nuance and
meaning that I had never noticed before. We concluded with
“America the Beautiful”, which we segued into Oseh Shalom,
which paraphrases Job: May the One who makes peace in the
heavens give us peace here. It was powerful – and chilling.
Ten years have passed. Many things about our world have
changed; many more returned to the way they have always
been. In my life, Avi is 11; I left New Jersey for Wayland; three
of my four grandparents are gone; my religious philosophy has
evolved with a decade of learning and experiences. There remains an emptiness on the New York City skyline, and the
world still does not speak with a single voice saying that terrorism is always and forever wrong.
Ten years have passed, and soon we’ll be back where we
were when the pain was still so raw: Back in shul, observing
Rosh Hashanah. I pray that 5772 will be a good year for all of us.
In the meantime, I still feel so lucky that we have a synagogue in
our lives, a place for us to draw together.
Rhonda MagierMagier-Cohen Receives
Award for Excellence in Jewish Education
Rhonda Magier-Cohen – a beloved teacher of Torah at Temple Shir Tikva – who
teaches Grade 3, and 7, facilitates a Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing! Group and has
tutored and prepared many Shir Tikva children for their Bat/Bar Mitzvah, is a recipient
of a Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. The GrinspoonSteinhardt Awards recognize teachers in communities across North America who have
made a commitment to the field of Jewish education.
The Award honors outstanding classroom-based teachers in formal Jewish educational settings (early childhood through grade 12). Rhonda was chosen through a competitive national selection process and now joins the ranks of more than 500 Jewish
educators who represent the best in Jewish education. The Awards were first established by the Grinspoon Foundation in 2000 and joined by the Steinhardt Foundation
for Jewish Life in 2002. Yasher Koach to Rhonda on this wonderful KAVOD!
Rhonda will be honored publically by the Greater Boston Jewish Community at
Limmud Boston, December 4, 2011 at Congregation Mishkan Tefillah (https://
limmudboston.org/Home_Page.html). For this honor, Rhonda will receive a profes-
sional development stipend to use at her discretion to further her skills in the field
of Jewish education. She also will participate in a Community of Practice – a year
long program sponsored by JESNA (Jewish Education Service of North America)
which will allow her and the other Award recipients to meet virtually, engage in
professional development and expand their professional networks.
Temple Shir Tikva
Otzar, Temple Shir Tikva’s
Judaica Gift Shop
Sale: Sunday, September 18
Many items at discounted prices!
9 a.m. to noon in the
Temple Lobby
We have a full line of Ketubot and
Judaic greeting cards
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For Girls Entering Grade 6
For Girls Entering Grade 77-12 continuing with
Rosh Hodesh:
It’s a Girl Thing
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing
First Meeting of the Year
Come Learn About The
Program at a
GetGet-Acquainted Session
Sunday, September 18
4 -6 p.m. at the Temple
Your group leader will be in touch with you soon
with more information.
Sunday, September 18
4 -6 p.m. at the home of
Jill and Brenna Katz
This initial program is geared for
daughters & parents to learn
about the program. All subsequent
meetings are for girls only.
TST Religious School “Meet the Teacher”
Sunday, October 23, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to Rachel Kest at
[email protected]
if you plan to attend
Meet Your Child’s Teacher
Learn About the School Curriculum
Understand The Goals and Expectations
of Your Child’s Class
Religious School and Youth Community Calendar
Faculty Professional Development & Orientation
Madrichim Training Session
First Day of Wednesday Religious School (Grades 3-6)
First Day Of Youth Community (Grades 7-12)
9 am – 4 pm
12 – 3 pm
3:45 – 5:45 pm
6 – 8 pm
First Day of Sunday Religious School
(Kindergarten – Grades 6)
Welcome Back to Religious School First Day Assembly
for Parents and Kids
Back to Shul BBQ
Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing
Introductory Meeting for Parents and Girls (Grade 6 only) off -site
Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing for Grades 7 – 12 at TST
9 - 11 am
Religious School
Youth Community
Religious School
Kindergarten and Grade 1 Meet and Greet
3:45 – 5:45 pm
6 – 8 pm
9 - 11 am
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Religious School
Kindergarten Family Education
Madrichim Training Session
Grade 3 Field Trip to Brookline
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10:30 – 11 am
11 am – 1 pm
4 – 6 pm
9 - 11 am
9 – 11 am
11 am – 12:30 pm
Noon – 4 pm
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Kick off the New Year
With a Mitzvah
Donate to Family Table Program
Kick off the school year with a
mitzvah! September begins Shir
Tikva’s monthly collection of tuna
fish and pasta (whole grain if possible) for Jewish Family & Children’s
Service’s (JF&CS) Family Table Program—the largest kosher food pantry
in eastern Massachusetts.
Family Table provides healthy food
on a monthly and emergency basis to
more than 650 individuals and families in need. Come to our booth on at
Mitzvah Day , where you and your
family can sign up to help deliver.
Contact our Family Table coordinator, Rich Friedman, at [email protected] with any questions.
Annual High Holy Days Food Drive
Every year during the High Holy Days, TST does an amazing
job of collecting food to benefit the Boston Medical Center's
Grow Clinic and the MetroWest Harvest Food Pantry. This year's
food drive is especially important given the difficult economic
During Rosh Hashanah, pick up paper bags with the list of items needed and
bring them to the temple parking lot before end of Yom Kippur where our
storage container will be waiting. Contact Debbie or Michael Pullen at
[email protected] to help or with any questions.
Volunteers Needed
to visit people receiving hospice care
You can make a difference in someone’s life
in as little as one hour a week. Training is provided
Non-contact positions are also available
Call Alice Hutter at West River Care: 781-707-9580
Zamir Chorale of Boston
to Hold Auditions
Rabbi Blumberg Welcomes
Two Grandchildren
Sunday, September 25, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Zamir Chorale of Boston, "America's foremost Jewish choral ensemble," will hold auditions for all voice parts on Sunday, September 25, from 7 to
9 p.m. at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Auditions are by
appointment only and must be scheduled in advance by emailing [email protected]
Candidates must have excellent vocal quality, the ability to sight-read music,
and previous choral experience. In addition to the audition, candidates are required to attend open rehearsals at Hebrew College on Tuesday, September 13
and 20 from 7:15 to 10 p.m. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at Hebrew College,
from 7:15 to 10 p.m. from September through early June.
Temple Shir Tikva
Rabbi Herman Blumberg and his wife, Paula,
are pleased to share a special moment in their
lives with the Shir Tikva community. On August
2, they were privileged to welcome two grandchildren into their family, Asha and Avinoam
Pukar, children of Naomi Blumberg David and
Rabbi Braham David. Rabbi Blumberg said
“Their presence brings us unique joy and fulfillment.”
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High Holy Day Preparation
With Rabbi Litcofsky
Wednesdays, September 14, 21,
and October 5
6:30-8 p.m.
Join as we study together the deeper
meaning of Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Kippur. We will use the Mahzor as our
guiding text, discussing how the words of
our prayers can guide us during the High
Holidays. We will explore prayer such as
the Avinu Malkeinu and Unetaneh Tokef
as well as study the laws of teshuvah
from Rambam’s Hilchot Teshuvah.
The Faces of Homelessness
A Conversation with Three Who’ve Experienced Homelessness
Sunday, September 25, 9 -11 a.m.
Shir Tikva welcomes three representatives of The Faces of Homelessness
Speakers’ Bureau, a program of the National Coalition for the Homeless. We
will learn from our panel just how homelessness has affected them directly as
they talk personally about their experiences.
Additionally, the Speakers' Bureau creates opportunities for members to advocate for themselves and others, as well as build the necessary bridges with the
rest of society so that we may work cooperatively to end this disgrace called
Me'ah: 100 Hours. 2 Years.
Inspired Jewish Learning.
Bringing it Home: Practical
Judaism for Practical Jews
Sundays, 9:15-11 a.m.
With Rabbi Litcofsky
September 18 - The High Holy Days
October 23 - Shabbat
January 8 - Prayer
March 25 - Passover
Drop your kids off, have a cup of coffee
and join Rabbi Litcofsky for four unique
workshops on the High Holidays, Shabbat,
Prayer and Passover. Together we will
explore and discuss how to prepare ourselves and our families for the High Holy
Days, share fun and meaningful ways to
celebrate Shabbat at home, develop a personal understanding of the words of our
prayer book, and learn how to get the most
out of our Passover celebration.
Join us for one class or all four as we
learn together how to reinforce what our
children are learning in Hebrew School –
and sustain a Jewish home together at
home. For parents of kids of all ages - all
are welcome.
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Join us for Me’ah (Hebrew for ‘100’), an intensive Jewish educational
experience designed for busy adult learners. The course spans
two years and includes 100 hours of class time.
You’ll focus on core texts from the Hebrew Bible and from
the Rabbinic, Medieval and Modern periods.
Shir Tikva classes begin
Thursday, October 27, 7-9 p.m.
To register please contact Deena Bloomstone at
[email protected] or call 508-358-9992.
For more information, visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/meah
“Me’ah ‘works’ no matter where you are on the continuum of Jewish
learning. It is thought-provoking and engaging whether or not you
have seen the material before.”—Me’ah participant
The registration fee for each year of Me’ah is $750. If you are concerned
about the financial aspects of a Me’ah course, contact Raylea Pemstein
at [email protected], 617-559-8708.
This program is offered by Hebrew College and CJP’s
Commission on Jewish Life and Learning.
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precedence of learning Torah. So to conclude…”Feed them (both
the parents and children) on your dreams (our shared experiIsraelites in the desert after leaving Egypt) must have a code (the
ences), the one they picked (the study of Torah), the one you’re
Torah) that you can live by………TEACH your children well
known by. Don’t ever ask them why…just look at them and sigh
(the She’ma and the Haggadah), their father’s hell (inability of
(both the parents and the children) and know they (parents and
the first generation to go into the land) did slowly go by (40
years).” “And you of tender years (the children of the generation children) love you (Hashem and the Torah.)”
that did not make it into the promised land) can’t know the fears Jay Gainsboro teaches: What I find most significant about
(the lack of water, the constant attacks of the Malachite's and
this passage from Mainmonides’ Mishna Torah is that it proothers while roaming the desert) that your elders grew by. And
vides a glimpse into the hierarchy of Jewish values. When
so please help them with your years, they seek the truth before
Judaism is faced with the challenge of determining the relathey can die. TEACH your
tive value of a child’s Torah
parents well…”
If a parent wished to study Torah, and they have a child who
education versus parental
Did Graham Nash know
must also learn—the parent takes precedence. However, if the
education, parental trumps
these words of the Rambam
child is more insightful or quicker to grasp what there is to be
from the Mishna Torah prior
the child’s. However, Maiwriting this song? Additionlearned, the child takes precedence. Even though the child
monides places a greater
ally, the irony is that these
gains priority, the parent must not ignore their own study, for
value and respect on one’s
lyrics appeared on the
just as it a mitzvah to educate the child, so too is the parent
ability to acquire and assimiCrosby, Stills, Nash and
commanded to learn!
late Torah knowledge reYoung “Déjà Vu “album!
gardless of age or parental
Using the words above we
gain great insight into the
‫ לבנו ואם היה בנו נבון ומשכיל להבין מה שילמוד יותר ממנו בנו‬hierarchy.
Judaism’s emphasis on the
“teaching Torah” dilemma.
‫ פ שבנו קודם לא יבטל הוא שכשם שמצוה עליו ללמד"קודם ואע‬study and integration of ToThe key issues in the passage
appear to be 1) who takes
.‫את בנו כך הוא מצווה ללמד עצמו‬: rah in our lives can be seen
precedence? 2) who is more
throughout our liturgy and
Maimonides, Mishna Torah
insightful and 3) the mitzvah
many of our most significant
and obligation to study ToLaws of Torah Study 1:4 texts. It is not uncommon
for contemporary American
Our lyrics above from the ‘60’s give us a tremendous glimpse
to react to our tradition's
into commenting on and answering these questions. First of all,
both parent and child are equally insightful. As different as they commandment to study Torah as an antiquated concept that
does not apply to us. My own experience of Torah study is
may have been, the experiences of both groups in the desert
(their father’s hell, the seeking of the truth by the younger genthat it is enriching and valuable in a world with the complexieration) puts them on a level playing field as to life experiences. ties that we are facing: global warming, wars, hatred, bigotry,
The only conclusion to draw from this, is that both parent and
fundamentalism, economic disarray, medical ethics, and
child have equal insightfulness and neither has an advantage of countless others. I believe the planet is in desperate need of
being quicker to grasp what there is to be learned. Even though
a system of thought that will help us plot a way out of the
the passage proposes a “precedence” conflict, I contend that this
myriad of challenges we are facing. A regular and disciplined
was presented by Maimonides as a riddle whose answer is
study of Torah rewards the student with a rich set of analyti“both.”
The experience in the desert which had as one of its most dra- cal and human relationship tools that are powerful, comprehensive, tested and proven over the millennium. There are
matic moments the receiving of the Torah at Sinai was given to
all of the Israelites—not just parents or children----hence the
few people that realize how frequently the principles found
obligation for all to engage in study based on the experiences so in Torah have been the foundation for new systems and apeloquently expressed by Mr. Nash, and the books of Exodus,
proaches in psychology and family relationships, structured
Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. An obligation to learn
and systematic solutions for non-violent communication,
applies to all of us equally without regard to insightfulness,
widely adopted principles for conducting win-win negotiaprecedence, or ability to grasp. The teaching of Torah goes on in
all of the convoluted ways indicated in the passage for which we tions, and medical ethics. I believe Torah principles have the
power to assist us in finding a path that can lead mankind to
are doing the commentary. We teach ourselves, we teach our
parents, we teach our children, and our children teach us based a more humanistic, sustainable approach to living with others
on our experiences in the dessert, our childhood, and adulthood. on the planet.
I contend that no one group has a “franchise” in the priority or
(continued on page 10)
Matt Langweber teaches: “You who are on the road (the
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(continued from page 9)
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For Recycling
Here are a few examples from my
own life of how my regular study of
Torah has helped me solve the following problems: it provided an ethical
framework to help me determine my
ethical responsibility versus my family’s safety when I was assisting the
U.S. government in the Oklahoma City
bombing trial; it provided me with
guidelines on how and when to comfort
others; it gave me important and valuable parenting tools for maintaining a
healthy respectful relationship with my
son during his teenage years; it provided me with tools on how to approach, create and maintain hundred
million dollar contracts that resulted in
large win-win scenarios for all parties .
The specific Maimonidian guidelines
in the above passage for deciding Torah
study priorities between parent and
child in a world with the Internet and
online learning may be less applicable
today than it was when Maimonides
compiled his 14-volume Mishna Torah
during the latter part of the 12th century.
However, I believe his text provides us
with invaluable insight on where to
place our emphasis.
The major point I take from this passage is that the study of Torah provides
us with a great return on our investment. How many places can you name
that offer us tools for developing a rich
set of analytical and relationship tools
to help solve some of mankind’s greatest challenges?
Our temple is being paid for paper put in the bright green and yellow
recycling bin located outside, near the loading dock. Accepted items include newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail, paperback books and colored paper. Please help us by bringing your recyclable paper products to
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Temple Shir Tikva
September 2011 Elul 5771 - Tishrei 5772
jepig Youth Community
Message from the Youth Committee
As many of the Youth Community families are aware, beginning in 2010-2011,
TST has begun a major review and overhaul of its Youth Community programs.
Lay leaders and professional staff have been aware in recent years of a decline in
attendance for our programs for Youth in Grades 7-12, particularly in Grades 9-12.
Beginning in July, 2010, the Youth Committee chairs along with Deena Bloomstone, former VP of Education Jay Gainsboro, and Rabbi Gold began to identify
ways in which to address this decline. Ultimately, the Board of Trustees approved
our request to engage an outside consultant with a proven track record in assisting
other temple communities with their Jewish Education programs. From February
through June 2011, a volunteer Task Force consisting of temple members, professional staff and clergy met four times to brainstorm and identify what our collective
vision for the Youth Community Program would be. In other words, what tools,
skills and experiences did we ideally want our 12th graders to have when they left
our Temple Youth Community program? What would success look like? How
would it be demonstrated?
The end result was the creation of a template that indicates where our current
Youth Community programming supports our collective vision statement and
where there are gaps that could reflect a need for a change or addition in programming. In conjunction with the work of the Task Force, our consultant, Billy Mencow, conducted focus groups with students, current and former, and staff. At the
end of this past June, based on the work done by the Task Force as well as the information gathered by the focus groups, we were able to come up with some concrete changes that we will implement for our Youth Community
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Current short cuts include:
• www.shirtikva.org/events - current
issue of Vats Nu
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and past issues of Hineni on-line
www.shirtikva.org/calendar - current calendar page
• www.shirtikva.org/donate - make an
on-line donation
• www.shirtikva.org/signup - signup
and pay for events
• www.shirtikva.org/video - info on
Internet-based video of services
Program beginning in 2011-2012, including:
• More elective opportunities throughout the year, while continuing to emphasize
core offerings;
• Changing the structure of Wednesday nights to divide classes into two 45minute class sessions instead of one 90-minute class;
• Creation of a Va’ad Noar, a student council, to permit students to have a greater
say in the decision-making processes regarding their learning;
• Ensuring that our qualified and talented staff have the necessary training in adolescent development and a familiarity with current adolescent issues.
The above revisions and additions to our Youth Community programming are just
the beginning of the changes that we expect as a result of the Task Force recommendations and feedback from focus groups. Over the next 6-9 months, the Task
Force will continue to meet and refine the recommendations for our program. We
are delighted that Dr. Jessica Rubinstein has agreed to chair the Task Force for the
upcoming year. Jessica is a pediatrician with particularized knowledge of adolescent development and has been actively involved with the Task Force and Youth
Community Committee for the past year and in years past. We invite you and your
children in Grades 7-12 to participate in our work, whether through attending
Youth Community Committee Board meetings, speaking with clergy, professional
staff or task force members, or attending one of the focus groups that we anticipate
being conducted in the fall and winter. Thanks for your support and we welcome
your comments and suggestions.
Meryl Kukura, Youth Committee Co-Chair
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Temple Shir Tikva Library
By Susan Saul, Librarian
New Books in the Shir Tikva Library
The first two titles were featured in the Reform Judaism magazine as part of the Reform movement Significant Books
initiative. The comments below come from http://blogs.rj.org/reform/books/.
The Dove Flyer / Eli Amir
"Es is schwer zu sayn a yid --- It's hard to
be a Jew". There are many demands made
and sacrifices called for. The setting for Eli
Amir's novel The Dove Flyer is Baghdad in
the 1950's. He draws on his experience as a
youth living in Iraq to tell the stories of ordinary Jews, their trials, tribulations and
dreams. Amir, a social activist, made this
statement in Cairo: "How can there be
peace without us knowing each other?" "If
we know each other can we live in peace?" and "If we know
each other will we want to live in peace?" Those three questions were always on my mind when I read the book.
Jewish Living : a Guide to Contemporary Reform
Practice / Mark Washofsky
Jewish Living by Mark Washofsky is a
book that had been long needed by Reform
Jews. Published originally in 2001, now
revised, it touches on all of Jewish life and
can serve as an easily understandable guide
to those who search for an authentic Reform life. We have often been told that
there is no Reform halacha, but Rabbi
Washofsky sees our rules as practice and
custom, balanced with tradition.
Reform Jews will often say, "We are Reform. None of the
rules apply. We can do as we think best." But the truth is that
long practice, some knowledge of existing halachic rules and
community tradition need to be considered when we try to
make a decisions that are thoughtful and that comply with
Jewish life.
The next example is a beautiful showcase of contemporary
Jewish works, designed to be used in the practice of Jewish
ritual. See photographs of such objects as: Chuppah
Ketubah, Menorahs, Seder plate, Kiddush cups, Mezuzot, tallit and much more.
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500 Judaica: Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art /
Ray Hemachandra
Captures a diverse range of exquisite
traditional and contemporary Judaica
objects from leading artists and craftspeople mostly in the U.S. and Israel,
who dedicate their talents in objects
made for the home, the synagogue, weddings, holidays, and celebrations.
This is an example of one of the many
holiday related books we collect in our library. We encourage
congregants to visit the library often to see displays of holiday
related books to complement observance of the holidays.
300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions / Murray Spiegel
and Rickey Stein
Two nuts in New Jersey pursued a hobby collecting the Four
Questions in different languages since
as far back as 1971. Then they met each
other. The result (14 years later) is 300
Ways to Ask the Four Questions, a delightful trip round the world. Using languages (with unique alphabets, translations and transliterations) we travel to places Jews have lived,
and places they’ve never been heard of. We hear the questions
in living languages spoken by hundreds of millions, and dying
languages spoken by as few as half a dozen. We hear them in
ancient languages, click languages, and made-up languages
(Klingon, Pig Latin, Lawyerese and others). With over a hundred photos, a CD and a DVD, background on each speaker,
language, and language groups, and with games and puzzles
to use in the seder, and a lighthearted attitude that enjoys the
diversity of our world, this book is a bet-you-did-not-knowyou-needed-it but must-have resource for every family.
Temple Shir Tikva
September 2011 Elul 5771 - Tishrei 5772
Sisterhood Upcoming Events
Brotherhood Upcoming Events
Sisterhood Schmooze
Join us for our Annual Back to Shul BBQ
Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, October 18
Reunite with friends and family, meet new
families, learn more about this year’s TST
activities and enjoy a fun free BBQ lunch on
the first Sunday of Religious School.
Join us as we gather at a local restaurant to share an hour or
two to schmooze, nosh , drink and simply enjoy a night together. No agendas, simply socialize.
More dates: January 10, April 3
Sunday Book and Brunch
Sukkah Build/Take Down
Sunday, October 23, 9 a.m.
Sunday mornings, October 2 and October 23
Brotherhood volunteers gather on Sunday morning, October 2, to help build our
Sukkah in front of the Temple, then
come together again on Sunday, October
23, to help take it down and store away
for the following year. Lending a hand is
lots of fun for all and a great way to support the Temple
holiday programs.
Together we’ll explore books with
Jewish themes and of shared interest to
read and discuss. There will be plenty
of food for thought… (and for your
tummy too!) Watch for book title to
be announced in Vats Nu.
More dates: Jan. 22, March 11, and May 6
• Play golf. Sign up yourself, invite your spouse or friend, or
12 Annual TST Golf Classic
Monday, October 3, 11 a.m.
The Temple Shir Tikva Brotherhood tradition continues this
fall with the 12th Annual TST Golf Classic set for Monday,
October 3.
Watch Vats Nu for full registration information, but take a moment and mark your calendar now for getting your foursome
When: Monday, October 3, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. (includes lunch and
hors d'oeuvres)
Where: Wedgewood Pines Golf Club in nearby Stow, MA
Info: The TST Golf Classic is one of the most significant events
that the Brotherhood puts on each year. It is simultaneously a
fun-filled gathering of golf enthusiasts at every level of play, an
opportunity to rekindle friendships while making new ones, and
one of the largest fundraisers for the temple. In these financially
strained times, your support is more important than ever to keep
Shir Tikva's programs and charitable outreach to our larger community going strong.
Here's how you can participate in this year's TST Golf Classic:
Temple Shir Tikva
bring your own foursome. We'll match you up with golfers of
similar ability for the "best ball" style of play that gets everyone involved in the fun. Just $200 covers 18 holes, golf cart,
box lunch and hors d'oeuvres - not to mention the after-golf
awards and live and silent auctions.
Buy raffle tickets. With a maximum of just 300 tickets sold,
you'll have a great chance of winning the grand prize (to be
announced) or other second and third place prizes (details to
follow). Only $50 for a single raffle ticket; $100 will get you
three tickets.
Become a sponsor. If you own a business or know someone
who does, you can sponsor a hole, the lunch, the hors d'oeuvres or the entire tournament with a generous donation that
also generates terrific publicity.
Donate auction items. Donate sports or theatre tickets, vacation properties, personal services or other merchandise of
value. These can be a huge part of the proceeds for the golf
classic offered through our silent and live auctions. Your donations are welcomed and appreciated.
Bid on auction items. Take home great gifts that you and
your family will enjoy and be part of the fun at our auctions.
We look forward to having you join us! if you have any
questions, would like to become a sponsor or donate auction
items, please contact us at [email protected]
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Calling All Shir Tikva Poets!
September 2011 Elul 5771 - Tishrei 5772
Shir Tikva Educator Explores Jewish Role
In Civil Rights Movement
The Siddur Task Force will be working with our clergy to create a new draft
Siddur to include both our Friday night
service and our late Shabbat morning
service. We are hoping that many congregants will want to contribute original
poems, prayers and meditations, as well
as new translations of the Hebrew liturgy.
If you would like to contribute a piece
or participate as a member of the committee, please let us hear from you. We
welcome your work and your support.
Please contact our Siddur Task Force
co-chairs, Nancy Gossels at [email protected]
comcast.net or Michael Mirman at [email protected] or Rabbi
Gold for further information.
Temple Shir Tikva
College Connection Program
Help us stay connected to our
college students during the year!
We want to bring a little bit of our
“Temple Shir Tikva home” to our college students, especially during the Jewish holidays. Join us to organize little
care packages for our college kids during Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Passover. This project is great for families
with kids who are in college to come
together and bond.
Please contact Mona Dolgov at [email protected] if you have any questions and be part of this fun project.
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honda Magier-Cohen of Temple Shir Tikva and Temple
Beth Sholom in Framingham
was one of 24 Jewish educators from 16
different states and two Canadian provinces who gathered July 11-15 in suburban Boston for the Jewish Women’s
Archive’s (JWA) summer Institute, The
Power of Our Stories: Jews and the
Civil Rights Movement.
The program began with each person
telling a two-minute story about an object and the Jewish woman connected to
it. From their homes in places as far
away as Whitefish, MT and Winnipeg,
Manitoba, participants brought rolling
pins, jewelry, recipes, photographs,
prayer books, and even in one case an
edible object—blintzes left over from
that morning’s breakfast with a beloved
grandmother—that evoked stories of
Jewish women who were important in
their lives.
After sharing their personal stories,
the participants began the more formal
part of the Institute, a series of sessions
designed to introduce JWA’s Living the
Legacy social justice curriculum.
Among the highlights were presentations by Dr. Debra Schulz, author of
Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil
Rights Movement, by Rabbi Jill Jacobs,
director of Rabbis for Human Rights and
author of There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law
and Tradition, and an interview with
Vicki Gabriner about her experiences as
a civil rights worker in the South. By the
end of the Institute, the participants had
begun to develop plans for using Living
the Legacy in a wide age-range of educational settings.
“Oral histories as well as written
memories of loved ones help us shape
who we are and who we will become,”
Magier-Cohen said of JWA’s Institute.
JWA Executive Director Gail Reimer
explained, “Every day we hear from
educators who tell us what a difference
Living the Legacy
is making in their
classrooms. We
see how appreciative educators are
of stories told in
ways their students relate to.
These are stories
that have rarely
been told before. Rhonda Magier-Cohen
They inspire students to recognize that they too can
make history.”
The Jewish Women’s Archive Institute for Educators is made possible by a
grant from the Dorot Foundation. For
more on the Institute, read JWA’s blog,
go to the website, and look at photographs on Flickr.
The Jewish Women’s Archive was
founded in l995 to respond to the lack of
information about and understanding of
the contributions of Jewish women to
American history. Since then, JWA has
amassed the world’s most extensive
online collection of material on American Jewish women, all of which can be
accessed for free by anyone with an
Internet connection. JWA’s innovative
website, jwa.org, is a destination for
people seeking knowledge, a sense of
connection and community, and a way
to affirm and enhance the legacy of
American Jewish women.
Jwa.org receives more than one million unique visitors a year. Updated and
enriched regularly, it offers a wide range
of digital resources on such topics as
politics, pop culture, sexuality, social
justice, feminism, food, and film.
Among recent additions is MyBatMitzvah Story.org, an interactive sub-site
designed to make the coming of age
experience more personally meaningful
for Jewish girls.
For further information about the
Jewish Women’s Archive, call 617-2322258 or visit jwa.org.
Temple Shir Tikva
September 2011 Elul 5771 - Tishrei 5772
Shir Tikva
Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
Phil Benjamin, President
[email protected]
Neal D. Gold, Rabbi
[email protected]
Greg Litcofsky, Associate Rabbi
[email protected]
Herman J. Blumberg, Rabbi Emeritus
[email protected]
Hollis Schachner, Cantor
[email protected]
David Passer,
Executive Director
Deena Bloomstone,
Director of Congregational Learning
Rachel Kest,
Director of Elementary & Family Education
Samantha Nidenberg
Youth Educator
Karen Edwards,
Assistant to the Rabbis and Cantor
Linda Goldbaum,
Office Administrator
Toni Spitzer
Office Administrator
Lucy Dube, Bookkeeper
[email protected]
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Office Hours
School Office
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Sunday…....………………9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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. - 6 p.m.…………….9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday……………………..9 a.m. - 2 p.m.…………….9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Office Closings: Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day; Weds, Sept. 28, Erev Rosh Hashanah - close at
2pm; Thurs., Sept. 29, 1st Day Rosh Hashanah; Fri., Sept. 30, 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m……...….Shai Bazak, Israel’s Consul General to New England
Wednesday, September 14..First Day of Religious School (3-6) and Youth Community (7-12)
Sunday, September 18……….First Sunday of Religious School (K-6) and Back to Shul BBQ
Sunday, October 2, 9 a.m………………………………………………….…Sukkah Building
Monday, October 3, Noon…………………………………………………...TST Golf Classic
Friday, October 14, 6:15 p.m…………………….Simchat Shabbat followed by Sukkot Oneg
Sunday, October 30……………………………………..…Temple Shir Tikva’s Mitzvah Day
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