September 2015 - Temple Shir Tikva



September 2015 - Temple Shir Tikva
A Wake-Up Call
For Sleeping Souls
New Director Brings Vision and
Passion to Early Learning Center
By Rabbi Neal Gold
eet Sandy Gold, Director of the
all-new TST Early Learning
Center. A wife, mother, and long
-time Sudbury resident with an extensive
background in education, Sandy is no
stranger to the Temple Shir Tikva preschool
experience. "Both of my children went to
the JCC preschool, and that was my and
my husband's first experience in the
Sandy Gold
Metrowest Jewish community. We still
have friends that we met here 13 years ago," she says.
Set to open its doors on Sept. 8 as the TST Early Learning
Center, this premier Metrowest preschool promises to be rich in
Jewish values, while fostering a lifelong love of learning by
celebrating each child's natural sense of discovery and wonder.
"Sandy bowled us over right away with her energy and enthusiasm. I'm looking forward to her bringing a Jewish-values based
curriculum to all students and families who cross our threshold,"
says Rabbi Neal Gold (no relation to Sandy).
According to Preschool Task Force Co-Chair Amanda Glynn,
the committee "knew immediately" that Sandy was the right
person for the job. "Not only was [Sandy] thoughtful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but above all, I could picture leaving
my children in 'her school' every day; I knew that if she were
directing the school, my boys would be nurtured and cared for
in the best way possible."
Sandy earned her B.A. in Social Psychology from Tufts, an
M.A. in Childhood/Early Elementary Education from NYU, and
an M.Ed. in Special Education from Boston University.
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f you find yourself in Jerusalem at this time of the
year, during these auspicious days leading up to Rosh
HaShana, you may be awakened in the early morning
hours by a strange guttural sound coming from outside your
window. Groggily, you might sit up in your bed, wondering
what in the world could be making such a sound so early in
the day.
And then it dawns on you: It’s the sound of the shofar,
coming from communities of Jews at prayer in hundreds of
small shuls throughout the Eternal City. The custom in
Jerusalem is to sound the shofar every morning (except
Shabbat) throughout the month of Elul, for 30 days of preparation before the arrival of the new year.
For those of us who are used to hearing the shofar only on
Rosh HaShana and at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, it’s a
startling reminder that these Days of Awe are arriving, and
they are arriving quickly—whether we are prepared for them
or not.
There are many interpretations about why we sound the
For the great Chasidic Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev,
the sounding of the shofar brings us back to the days of our
youth. He likens each of us to a well-intentioned adolescent
who has lost his way in a thicket of sin and misguided intentions. But when we sound the shofar, it brings us back to
Sinai, the moment when we made G-d our king, and G-d
alone: not our lusts, cravings, or our thirsts for power or
For the prophet Isaiah, the shofar was a call to justice. He
demanded that we look at the hypocrisies of the society
around us—a society that makes a mockery of justice and
fairness and compassion—and “Raise your voice like a
For the sages of the Midrash, the shofar was an echo of
times in the past when we experienced miraculous redemptions—and a herald that those moments were just forshpeis,
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Program Book Change
Instead of publishing a separate TST Program Book,
programs and activities for 2015-16 will be listed in a special
section of Hineni each month starting in this issue on page 9.
In This Issue...
Shabbat & Holiday Services………………………………………….2
Transition at Temple Shir Tikva……………………………………...3
Program Schedule………………………………………………....9-18
Members in the News……………………………………………….19
Tikkun Olam………………………………………………………...20
In Our Community/New Members….………………………………22
New Books in the TST Library……………………………………...23
Annual Fund Donors……………………………………………..24-25
Donations ………………………………………………............26-27
In Our Congregation…..…………………………………………….28
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Shabbat and Holiday Services
September 2015
October 2015
Shabbat Ki Tavo
Friday, September 4
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Shabbat Sukkot Chol Hamoed
Friday, October 2
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service and Festive Sukkot Oneg
Saturday, September 5
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
8:00 p.m. Selichot Service
Saturday, October 3
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
9:30 a.m. Shabbat Yeladim
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Jonah Flaggert, son of Rob Flaggert and Jessie Fein, Bar Mitzvah
Shabbat Nitzavim
Friday, September 11
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, September 12
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
Rosh HaShanah
See schedule on Page 3
Shabbat Vayeilech
Friday, September 18
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service/Shabbat Shuva
Saturday, September 19
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
Yom Kippur
See schedule on Page 3
Shabbat Ha’azinu
Friday, September 25
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, September 26
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Skylar Volman, daughter of Joesf and Dana Volman, Bat Mitzvah
Monday, September 28
10:00 a.m. Yom Tov Service
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 Emeritus Herman Blumberg,
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Shemini Atzert-Simchat Torah
Monday, October 5
10:00 a.m. Yom Tov Service with Yizkor
6:30 p.m. Simchat Torah Festivities
Shabbat Bereshit
Friday, October 9
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, October 10
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
Shabbat Noach
Friday, October 16
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, October 17
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Joshua Schreiber, son of Michael and Jenny Schreiber, Bar Mitzvah
Kendall Geffen, daughter of Lewis Geffen and Margot Geffen,
Bat Mitzvah
Shabbat Lech-Lecha
Friday, October 23
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, October 24
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Jordan Otten, daughter of Elizabeth Averch, Bat Mitzvah
Shabbat Vayera
Friday, October 30
6:00 p.m. Forshpeis (Nosh)
6:15 p.m. Simchat Shabbat Service
Saturday, October 31
8:30 a.m. Early Shacharit Service followed by Torah Study
10:45 a.m. Late Shacharit Service
Sofia Gatto, daughter of Ben and Lisa Gatto, Bat Mitzvah
Nicole Smith-Vaniz, daughter of William and Alison Smith-Vaniz,
Bat Mitzvah
Temple Shir Tikva
September 2015 Tishri 5776
High Holy Days 5776
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Sunday, September 13
Ma’ariv Service………………………8 p.m.
Rosh HaShanah - 1st Day
Monday, September 14
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
Tuesday, September 15
Shacharit Service………...………….10 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 22
Family Kol Nidre Service…………6:30 p.m.
Late Kol Nidre Service ……………8:45 p.m.
Yom Kippur
Wednesday, September 23
Family Shacharit Service………….8:45 a.m.
Late Shacharit Service…...………11:30 a.m.
Children’s Service…………...........2:30 p.m.
Interim Program ……...……………….3:15 p.m.
Mincha Service …………………...4:45 p.m.
Yizkor………….………………….5:30 p.m.
Neilah ……….....…………………….6 p.m.
Break-the-Fast………….…………….7 p.m.
Members in the News
A new column, Members in the News, appears in Hineni this month on page 19. If you
or an adult member of your family has won an
award or done something newsworthy, send
articles/details to [email protected]
Congratulations, and we look forward to hearing from you and spreading the word to the
whole congregation.
Online Donations
To make performing the mitzvah
of tzedakah more convenient,
we have enabled on-line donations.
Go to
Temple Shir Tikva
Transition at Temple Shir Tikva
By Jay L. Gainsboro, Transition Co- Chair
L’Shana Tova
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A Wake-Up Call
For Sleeping Souls
By Rabbi Neal Gold
(continued from page 1)
(nosh) for much more exhilarating redemptions to freedom and
peace waiting in the future!
A 19th century Polish kabbalist, the Tiferet Uziel, proposes
another explanation for the shofar: It is a secret language, a
tongue that only Israel and G-d speak to one another. “It is as
though two friends who do not wish that what the one writes to
the other should be known to others, were to have a secret language known to no one but themselves.” And in this private
code, one can have the intimacy to reveal one’s deepest fears,
longings, or shame.
All these reasons are true, and there are many more explanations and secrets of the shofar. But perhaps Maimonides said it
best, when he said that the shofar was in fact an alarm clock
(and I didn’t know there were alarm clocks in 12th century
Egypt, either!). “It is an allusion, as if to say: Awake you
sleepers, awake from your sleep! Search your deeds and turn
back in Teshuvah… Look to your souls and improve your ways
and your actions. Every one of you, abandon your evil ways
and wicked thoughts.” (Maimonides, Hilchot Teshuvah 3:4).
Maimonides knew that that sound emanating from outside
your windowsill was designed to startle you out of your pajamas and remind you that another New Year is just around the
corner. Before it arrives, it’s a good time for meticulous preparation, to ask ourselves if this year we are going to change for
the better, or if we are going to continue to go through the motions again, entrenching ourselves ever deeper in the same old
dysfunctions and bad habits.
Religious School Committee
Supports Staff and Children
he Religious School ("RS") Committee is proud once
again to support Religious School staff and children
of today and tomorrow. We are continuing our work with the
professional staff to develop policies to support their work.
In addition, we strive to create an open and inviting way
for parents to connect to each other. We are looking for parents that are interested in joining us in building bridges between professional staff, parents and children. If you are interested in learning more, contact Dania Esterman at [email protected] or Karen Zeff Rosen at [email protected]
RS Committee is looking for volunteers to be GREETERS
who will help parents and children get where they need to be
on busy Sunday mornings. This would be a 15 -30 minute
RS Committee will also be sponsoring informal Parent
Coffees throughout the year. These events will provide a time
for parents to get together, build relationships and have fun
without the kids. Current dates and possible focuses for these
• October 4: Mingle after the start of the new year and provide additional information on how to be involved in Mitzvah Day.
• January 10: Work with the charity Hope & Comfort by
putting together packages of bath products to give out.
• March 6: Provide an art project for Passover.
Adult Shabbaton Retreat
Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22
Live Streaming Shabbat Services
You can view Shabbat services at Temple Shir Tikva
via live stream at 6:15 p.m. each Friday and 8:30 a.m.
each Saturday. To access the live stream, go to www. and log into the website as a Shir
Tikva member. Click on Worship, then on Live Streaming.
If you have forgotten your password, follow these instructions: Enjoy the live stream and let us know
how it works for you at [email protected]
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oin us for Shir Tikva’s third Adult Shabbaton Retreat at the beautiful Wylie Inn and Conference
Center in Beverly, Massachusetts. It will be another extraordinary weekend of beautiful services, invigorating
study and fabulous entertainment!
The all-inclusive cost of the weekend is approximately
$675 per couple and $420 per single occupancy. Space is
limited, so reserve your place soon with a non-refundable
check of $150 per person, made out to Temple Shir Tikva.
Final payment is due in September.
What a beautiful way to draw the bonds of community
and friendship together in a warm and elegant retreat setting.
RSVP to the temple office.
Temple Shir Tikva
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Meet Sandy Gold, New TST
Early Learning Center Director
(continued from page 1)
andy's very first teaching job was in a Jewish preschool. She also
spent several years as a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and
special education teacher at The Rashi School in Newton. She has been
teaching about early education and special needs students at the college level for
over 10 years, and mentoring students in a supervisory role. These experiences,
she says, have led her to this "dream job" at TST Early Learning Center.
"I get to use everything I've learned in my various roles over the past 25 years
to help create an experience that will shape the life of each child who comes to
TST Early Learning Center."
And while Sandy’s professional qualifications are impressive, it is perhaps her
passion and enthusiasm that appealed to Preschool Task Force members most.
"Not only is Sandy incredibly well-qualified to direct the ELC, she has a wonderful vision for the school. And, most importantly, she brings a tremendous amount
of enthusiasm -- it's contagious!" says Amanda Glynn.
"I’m excited to see what Sandy has in store for the preschool. Her leadership,
coupled with the amazing staff, will make for some
creative and innovative
learning experiences. Our
hope is that these positive changes will grow the
preschool from three
classrooms to five full classrooms," says Preschool
Task Force member and Parent Committee Co-Chair
Brooke Stein.
Early Learning Center hopes, as well as her vision:
Sandy shares these
“My vision for the TST
Early Learning Center is that
we create a program
where all children are accepted and nurtured as they
discover who they are in
terms of their Jewish
identity as well in their secular world. My goal is to have TST be a school where children are engaged and
happy, where they are encouraged to explore, discover, and create, and where a
life-long love of learning will begin," she says.
Sandy and her staff are committed to developing a program with a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, as well as social emotional development. "Making
sure that children have developed those skills they will need for the rest of their
lives is a gift we are giving them. We understand that preschoolers learn best
when given an opportunity to explore and discover and create — they need to
figure out why things happen and not be told what they need to know."
Sandy has been hard at work preparing for the start of school. One of the biggest changes between the former JCC Preschool and the new TST Early Learning
Center is the longer day option. "We now have the appropriate staffing to allow
us to expand our hours beyond what the JCC had offered. We are also able to
offer extended day hours until 5 p.m., which is new for this school community."
Sandy has worked tirelessly to secure the preschool's license, and has also
spent a lot of time getting to know the education team, lay leaders, administrative
staff and clergy at TST. According to Temple President Julie Kniznik, the TST
Early Learning Center is the beginning of "lifelong learning opportunities" at
TST. "These begin with our youngest preschoolers and carry through to our empty nesters or “Reyim” group. Young families from the preschool are also able to
get to know our community, and we all benefit from literally seeing our future in
the children that are here each day. This is the beginning of a new phase in our
synagogue’s history, and we couldn’t be happier,” says Kniznik.
Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz echoes these thoughts: "Our clergy, education team and
the entire community are excited to welcome families with young children into
this vibrant, joyful, and child-centered learning environment. I, for one, cannot
wait to partner with Sandy as we sync up our ELC with the religious school and
broader temple-wide community. Even more so, I’m excited to spend more faceto-face time with our ELC students and their families as we join together with
songs and stories to celebrate the sweetness of Shabbat," she says.
"I’m looking forward to the sounds of children laughing and squealing with
excitement as they play and learn," Sandy says with a smile.
Temple Shir Tikva
Julie Kniznik
t is that time of year when we are all
asking ourselves, “Where did the
summer go?” I hope that everyone
had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful
weather, do something fun, and experience
rejuvenation in some way. As we head into
fall, the cooler weather and beginning of the
New Year will bring quiet contemplation
and renewed energy to our focus on personal
and spiritual growth.
Temple Shir Tikva is a diverse community, and we have worked diligently together
to find new and meaningful ways for congregants to engage and connect with one
another. I hope you have tried the online
streaming of Shabbat services if you weren’t
able to be with us in person this summer!
This year, we will continue to explore
how we can help our interfaith families fully
experience all that TST has to offer. Our
new preschool enrollment has vastly exceeded our expectations for the first year, and we
are excited about opportunities to engage
our young families in temple life. Through
the Center for Jewish Spirituality, we will
continue our inner journeys toward personal
fulfillment while meeting and learning with
others who share that passion as well.
There is much to look forward to in the
year ahead as we expand our implementation of your vision for this community. It is
an amazing feeling to be part of something
much larger than ourselves, and one more
experience I want you to know about is the
Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial happening in Orlando from November 4-8.
Please check it out at www.biennial.urj. org.
The “early-bird” discount is available until
September 10. I will be going and would
love you to join me! 5776…here we come!
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jepig Education
Do you have an old iPad?
Donate your used iPads to the Religious School.
Contact Bev Klau at [email protected]
First Day of Religious School
Sunday, September 27
9 a.m.— Opening Assembly, High Holiday Food Drive, and
morning of experiential learning for parents including Hebrew
Through Movement, Music, and More!
11 a.m.— Back to Shul BBQ
Parent Coffee Talk
Sunday, October 4, 9 a.m.
Don’t just drop off…drop in!
Meet other TST parents in the World Café – a powerful social
technology for engaging people in conversations that matter.
Sababa Sunday Returns
Sunday, October 4, 9-9:30 a.m.
Sababa means cool in Israel and our first Sababa Sunday is
October 4. All parents, grandparents and friends are invited to
join our rabbis, cantor, educators and students in Grades 2 to 6
for Tefilah (prayer) in the sanctuary.
Meet Elizabeth Suga
New Education Coordinator
Notecards for Sale in the Temple Office
Proceeds go to the Annual Fund
Last spring, TST students in Kindergarten and
Grade 3 explored in-depth the question, "How does
what I do make a difference?" seeking wisdom
from middot (Jewish values). Notecards of their
work are available for sale in the TST office.
Pricing is $15 for one pack and $25 for two packs.
Each pack contains 10 unique note cards that are
blank inside.
e are so excited to welcome Elizabeth
Suga, our new Education Coordinator! Elizabeth joins our Education
Team from Pollard Middle School’s special education department in Needham. She is also a
longtime member of the teaching faculty at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton. She brings with her
a background and skillset of working with families of all backgrounds, strong systems organization, and a desire to innovate and improve the
Elizabeth Suga administrative realms of our Jewish learning
Elizabeth will work in the main office on Wednesdays and Sundays during Religious School and AISH; the rest of the week, her
office is upstairs in the education wing.
Elizabeth has two daughters – Samantha, a sophomore at Arizona
State University, and Grace, a sophomore at Natick High School.
Please join us in warmly welcoming Elizabeth to our community
and in bidding a fond farewell to Devora Rohr as she commences
her studies at Hebrew College’s Rabbinical Program.
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Center for Youth Leadership
Mitzvah Day is Sunday, October 25
Participate in grade-wide Tikkun Olam (Repair the World)
from 9-11 a.m. For questions about Mitzvah Day,
email Dania and Mike Esterman at [email protected]
Wear your camp gear to Religious School
on Wednesday, September 30, for a
special celebration of summer camp!
Temple Shir Tikva
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September 2015 Tishri 5776
AISH: Shir Tikva Center for Youth Leadership
Wear your camp gear to
the first night of AISH
on Sept. 30 for a
special celebration!
October 7
November 4
December 2
January 6
February 3
March 2, April 6
and May 11
On the first Wednesday of every month at AISH, students will have a break in regular classes
and experience the following grade-level programs:
Grade 7: Moving Traditions (Rosh Hodesh, Shevet Achim & Star Society with Talia, Steve, & Rachael)
Grade 8: Moving Traditions (Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim with Tova and Pete)
Grade 9: My Jewish Journey, an exploration of our individual experiences of Judaism
Grade 10: This I Believe: Confirmation with Rabbi Gubitz
Grade 11: Oral Histories: Voices of Temple Shir Tikva
Grade 12: Jewish Packing for College with Rabbi Gold
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Temple Shir Tikva
September 2015 Tishri 5776
Temple Shir Tikva 5776 Program Schedule
Instead of publishing a separate TST Program Book, programs and activities for 2015-16
are listed in chronological order in this edition of Hineni and will be updated each month on our website.
TST Brotherhood’s
Annual Golf Tournament
Wednesday, October 7
Stow Acres Country Club North Course
The Annual Temple Shir
Tikva Golf Outing is set for
Wednesday, October 7. For
the first time, TST will be
playing the North Course at
Stow Acres Country Club,
which has been selected by
Golf Digest magazine as a
Top 50 public course and has
hosted the U.S. Public Amateur links championship as
well as the Monday qualifier
for the Deutche Bank Classic.
Enjoy a round of fun, competitive golf on a prestigious
course. We play a best ball
format with a shotgun start so
you don’t need to be a great
golfer to have a lot of fun.
Register as a foursome, as a
pair, or on your own and we
will form groups. Register at
www. shirtikva. org/golf.
Regardless of your golf
status, you can:
nating any items for the auction, email the TST Brotherhood at [email protected]
The TST Golf Outing is a
great social event with friendly competition on the course
and good times afterwards
with great opportunities at the
silent auction. Spend an afternoon outside in fresh air and
the evening with friends both
old and new.
Just $175 covers 18
holes of golf, a golf cart,
box lunch, dinner and
a player gift — not to
mention the
after-golf awards.
All proceeds from the tournament go directly to Temple
Shir Tikva – this is a key
fundraising event on the temple calendar so come out and
• Contribute by sponsoring
a hole, lunch, dinner or the support Temple Shir Tikva.
For information or to register
entire event.
go to www.shirtikva. org/
• Donate items for the silent
auction. Typical contribu- golf.
If you have questions, contions are sports or theatre
tickets, vacation properties, tact the TST Brotherhood at
personal services or other [email protected]
or call Peter Abend at 978merchandise of value.
If you are interested in do- 443-7819.
Temple Shir Tikva
Fifth Annual TST Mitzvah Day
Sunday, October 25, 9 a.m.
Our Jewish heritage teaches us that
it is our sacred responsibility to repair
the world. After several months of
planning, we are excited to announce
that the fifth annual Temple Shir Tikva Mitzvah Day will be held on Sunday, October 25.
This will enable all of us, from
toddlers to adults, to participate in
Tikkun Olam ,where we will have the opportunity to experience the power and value of our personal contributions,
and share with our temple community by accomplishing a
number of hands-on Social Action projects.
There will be projects for all congregants, as well as
grade level projects. If you would like to get involved, contact Dania and Mike Esterman at [email protected]
A sampling of our past Mitzvah projects include:
Locks of Love — Growing your hair and donating 10 inches
or more to a financially-challenged child suffering hair loss
due to illness.
Backpack Buddies — Assembling backpacks with school
supplies for delivery to disadvantaged students.
Shirei Yeladim Concert for Seniors — Performing a
concert for residents of JCHE Shillman House in Framingham
(TST Youth Choir).
Bristol Soup Kitchen Project — Preparing lunch bags with
sandwiches to feed the hungry.
Birthday Wishes — Assembling Birthday Boxes for children
living in shelters.
Well Wishes — Decorating cards for patients at Children’s
Community Garden — Helpng with the fall harvest with all
freshly-picked vegetables donated to Serenity House.
Family Promise Metrowest — Helping prepare a complete
meal in our TST kitchen that was donated to disadvantaged
families being temporarily housed in a nearby congregation.
Cradles to Crayons— Sorting the temple’s donations.
JFS and Hope & Comfort —Decorating, packaging and
delivering Care Packages to elder residents at Hastings House
in Framingham.
Serenity House – Building, painting and freshening up the
halfway house for women residents in recovery.
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Temple Shir Tikva 5776 Program Schedule
Sponsored by Family Connections
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
Sundays, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Starting November 1, meets for 6 sessions
(no session on November 29)
This program brings together caring parents and
expert facilitators. Parents explore compelling Jewish
texts and traditions while sharing stories and ideas about
raising children.
Parents from all backgrounds are welcome. Discussion
topics include:
• Incorporating Judaism into your daily life
•Parenting during a loss
•Approaching tzedakah/charity as a family
•Raising resilient children, and much more.
For more information, visit
parenting, email Parenting at [email protected]
edu or contact Elizabeth Vinsant ,TST Family Connections Chair, at [email protected]
The Second Annual
Rabbi David Sandmel, Director of Interfaith Affairs, ADL
Sunday, December 6, 9:15 - 11 a.m.
abbi David Fox Sandmel lectures
and publishes widely on contemporary issues in Jewish-Christian relations, Jewish-Muslim relations,
religion in contemporary society, and the
foundations of Judaism and Christianity in
antiquity. Prior to joining the staff at ADL,
he held the Crown Ryan Chair of Jewish
Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and
served as Senior Advisor on Interreligious Affairs to the Religious Action Center and Adjunct Faculty at the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Sandmel is also involved in Jewish-Muslim and trilateral dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims. For a
number of years, he team-taught a course at CTU and led interfaith study trips to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
From 1998-2001, he was the Jewish Scholar at the Institute
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for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore. There, he directed the National Jewish Scholars Project, a major initiative
to promote a new discussion within the Jewish community
and between Jews and Christians about the differences and
similarities between the two traditions.
He contributed commentary on First Thessalonians to the
Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press,
2011). He is co-editor of Christianity in Jewish Terms
(Westview, 2000),and the lead editor of Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians
(Westview Press, 2001), a study /discussion guide that focuses
on core theological issues between Judaism and Christianity.
Rabbi Sandmel received his BA with honors from Ohio State University, was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion, Cincinnati and completed his doctorate at the UPenn,
where he studied the history and literature of Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman world.
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Songleader Boot Camp
Conference Back at TST
Sponsored by Adult Education
A Tragic Fate-Holocaust Art Theft
and Restitution in Practice
With Nicholas O’Donnell
Friday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
ick O’Donnell has filed a federal lawsuit to
get back the Welfenschatz treasure 80 years
after its purchase by the Third Reich. The
treasure is a collection of dozens of gold and bejeweled Christian relics that date to the Holy Roman Empire. It was acquired by the Nazis in 1935 and presented to Hitler as a birthday gift . O’Donnell’s suit seeks
to force the German government to return the $250
million treasure as restitution for alleged persecution under the Nazi
regime. He said his clients are fighting for an acknowledgment that
their ancestors were robbed of the treasure.
Nicholas M. O’Donnell is a litigation partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Boston and the practice group director of the Art and Museum Law Group. His art clients range from collectors and artists to
museums and galleries and auction houses, on a range of issues from
copyright to commercial disputes to WWII restitution questions. He
also writes and edits The Art Law Report at,
on which they have written extensively about the Gurlitt case for example. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a curatorial assistant at
the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, where duties included
compliance with and investigation under the Washington Principles.
Saturday & Sunday, March 12-13
We are honored to be bringing the Songleader Boot Camp
(SLBC) Boston Regional Conference back to Temple Shir
Tikva on March 12-13. Led by top Jewish artist-educator
Rick Recht, this is a unique opportunity to experience worldclass Jewish leadership training right in our synagogue
SLBC will teach you to create powerful, interactive connections, expand your leadership abilities, and take your
presentation skills to an entirely new level. SLBC is an intergenerational program that is equally transformational for
Jewish rabbis and cantors, educators, veteran and new songleaders, Jewish camping staff and teens.
This year, we will have an alumni track so that past attendees can take skills acquired in the past to the next level.
The weekend will culminate with a fantastic concert on
Sunday afternoon lead by Rick Recht and the Stars of SLBC!
More details and online registration are available at www.
Sponsored by Adult Education
The Maccabees and Tel Kedesh
A collision between site and text
With Andrea Berlin
Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
n this lecture, Professor Andrea Berlin will present the results of recent excavations at Tel Kedesh, the site
of an imperial administrative complex in northern Israel. The discoveries here call into question the veracity
of certain portions of the text of 1 Maccabees, and so offer direct testimony for a reconsideration of the relationship between
the history of these events and their retelling in story.
The saga of the Maccabean Revolt, as recounted in the book of 1 Maccabees, is a vivid tale of heroism, piety, unity, and deliverance. The author evokes earlier biblical narratives, such as the accounts of Joshua’s conquests and the rise of King David, while
sprinkling his account with descriptive details that suggest these are accurate depictions of actual events – in other words, history.
Narrative verve notwithstanding, new research reveals the author's deeply ideological, even propagandistic, impulses, which in
turn raise questions about the about the events recounted in this book.
Professor Andrea M. Berlin is the James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology at Boston University. She has been excavating in the eastern Mediterranean for over 30 years, working on projects from Troy in Turkey to Coptos in southern Egypt to Paestum in Italy. Her specialty is
the Near East from the time of Alexander the Great through the Roman era, about which she has written four books and over 40 articles. She is
especially interested in studying the realities of daily life, and in exploring the intersection of politics and cultural change in antiquity.
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Sponsored by Adult Education
Steven A. Cook to
Offer Middle East
April 15, 7:30 p.m.
Finding Well-Being Amid the
“Overwhelm” and Complexity
of the 21st Century
Sunday, April 10, 9 a.m.
et’s face it, for many of us,
busy and overwhelmed have
become the new normal. In fact, the
World Health Organization has called Stress the #1
Health Epidemic of the 21st Century. The What Matters?! framework
is a practical set of five practices and mindsets to decrease stress and
increase overall well-being.
Join co-founders David Garten and Paul Sherman for a two-hour
workshop on April 10 at 9 a.m., in which you will discover tools and
resources that will help you to make daily choices to remain present
and stay grounded in what is truly important to you. The What Matters?! framework draws upon multiple disciplines including positive
psychology, adult learning theory, mindfulness, personal coaching,
neurosciences, and philosophy. From a Jewish perspective, it closely
parallels the concept of tikkun olam, repairing/healing the world.
Learn more at www. askwhat
Described by Forbes magazine as a “miracle maker—or more precisely a
miracle medium,” Paul Sherman is a Harvard-educated learning and development professional with over 25 years of global experience coaching individuals and organizations. David Garten is a Babson graduate and skilled
facilitator with a deep passion for social justice and community development. A married couple living in Provincetown, they created What Matters?! to address what they see as needless suffering in the general population.
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he Arab uprisings were
met with exhilaration
and hope that decadesold dictatorships would be
transformed into democracies. It has not worked out
that way as authoritarianism,
extremism, violence, and uncertainty have
buffeted the region.
Why? Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico
Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and
Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign
Relations, will answer this question and
offer his sobering assessment of the future
direction of the Middle East and the U.S.
position in it.
Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei Senior
Fellow for Middle East and Africa at the Council
on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on
Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle
East policy. Dr. Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square
(Oxford University Press, Fall 2011), which won
the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's
gold medal in 2012, and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in
Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
Dr. Cook has published widely in foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers,
and he is a frequent commentator on radio and
television. He also currently writes the blog,
"From the Potomac to the Euphrates."
Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001–
2002) and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1995–96).
Dr. Cook holds a BA in international studies
from Vassar College, an MA in international
relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA
and PhD in political science from the University
of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish
and reads French.
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Sacred Community of Multigenerational
Women Strengthening Spiritual
and Social Connections
Helping to Create a Sacred Community
for Members and the World Beyond
The Sisterhood at Temple Shir Tikva is a multigenerational sacred community of women whose
collective presence, voice
and action strengthen spiritual and social connections within our congregation and the greater Jewish community.
Our yearly calendar is filled with an exciting and enlightening mix of events that contribute to the spiritual,
educational, social and family life of the temple. All
women in the congregation are automatically included as
members of Sisterhood and we welcome your participation, friendship and leadership. To learn more about the
Sisterhood, participate in existing programs, or help plan
new ones, contact us at [email protected]
Neighbor to Neighbor
The Brotherhood at
Temple Shir Tikva is not
your regular group of men
from the Temple community gathering occasionally to play poker, host a
golf tournament, organize
a comedy night or compete against other temples
in softball. While we do all these things, and other fun
and engaging activities, the Brotherhood, at its core, is a
vital part of the larger Shir Tikva mission of helping to
create a sacred community for its members and the world
To learn more about the Brotherhood, participate in
any of our existing programs or help us envision and plan
new ones, contact us at [email protected] To
receive Brotherhood email updates, send your email
address to the Brotherhood.
The Film “David” Showing
At the Islamic Center of Boston
Sunday, October 18, 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Weston Wayland Interfaith Action Group
Begun in 2009, Neighbor to Neighbor brings together
women from Temple Shir Tikva and the neighboring Islamic Center of Boston.
By coming together in a casual and relaxed setting, we
develop community, learn from one another, and build
relationships that help to break down misconceptions and
We seek creative ways to deepen our friendships as
women and to nourish the hearts, minds, and souls of our
Jewish and Muslim neighbors.
To become a member of our Neighbor to Neighbor
group, contact Joyce Pastor at [email protected] or
Sheila Deitchman at sheila.deitchman
Temple Shir Tikva
There will be a showing of the film, “David,” at the Islamic
Center of Boston, located across the street from Temple Shir
Tikva on Sunday, October 18 at 3 p.m.
This film, shown two years at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, is about two pre-teen boys, one Muslim (Daud) and one
Jewish (Yoav). A friendship develops between the two boys
and the film unfolds into a complicated dilemma inspired by
youthful deceit and the best of intentions. The film is appropriate for middle school and high school children as well as
adults, and families are encouraged to attend.
Following the film, there will be a discussion facilitated by
Rabbi Jen Gubitz and Dr. Asif Razvi, member and past president of the Islamic Center.
The event is the fall program of the Weston Wayland Interfaith Action Group and is co-sponsored by both Shir Tikva
and the Islamic Center. There is no charge for the event and
registration is not required.
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Family Promise Volunteer Roles
Family Promise Metrowest (FPM) 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.
Temple Shir Tikva is a HOST congregation
for Family Promise in 2016.
We have committed to four weeks including:
January 10th and January 17th
March 20th and March 27th
For more information or to sign up to help this
important partnership, contact :
Cindy Lombardo, Family Promise Chair
[email protected]
The success of each Network depends on the efforts
and enthusiasm of hundreds of volunteers. They 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 well-being. Each host week,
the host 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 the host congregation and sometimes nearby support congregations.
Although most hosts are adults, youth can participate as
well, particularly with arranging activities for young
children and helping older children with schoolwork.
We need your help in the following ways:
Volunteer Coordinators
Daily Hosting Opportunities
Volunteer hosts are supported by other volunteers who serve as
program coordinators. Each congregation has a primary coordinator with responsibility for managing host week. In many congregations, several assistant coordinators manage specific responsibilities, such as meals, donations, supplies, and scheduling.
Coordinators serve as managers of the Network program within
their congregations, communicating regularly with volunteers,
answering questions and handling emergencies. Volunteers
should report problems or unusual incidents to the primary coordinator for follow-up
Dinner Preparers (2-3 volunteers)
Dinner is a hot meal prepared at a volunteer’s home and delivered by 5 p.m. Cooking dinner is an opportunity for congregational groups -- youth, women’s and men’s -- to get involved.
Dinner and Evening Hosts
(2-4 volunteers, approximately 5-8 p.m.)
Volunteers may be part of the dinner preparation team or new
volunteers who eat with guests. Dinner hosts socialize with
guests, welcome newcomers and assist parents with children’s
Other Volunteer Opportunities
needs. Dinner is informal and family style. Guests and volunteers
participate in dinner chores. After dinner, hosts may conduct
Supplies: Volunteers either purchase or coordinate donations of
children’s activities, help with homework or assist a guest.
food staples, paper products, cleaning supplies and other needed
Overnight Hosts
(2 volunteers, preferably a man and a woman,
approximately 8 p.m.-7 a.m.)
Two hosts sleep overnight at TST. Overnight hosts spend time
with guests, help children with homework, and are available in
case of emergency. Overnight hosts often assist with breakfast.
Coordinating Donations: Members of the congregation often
Breakfast Preparers (1-2 volunteers)
Laundry: Each host week, one or two volunteers wash the
Weekday breakfast is a quick, simple meal (cereal, muffins,
toast, juice, coffee) because guests must be ready to leave on the
van by 6:30 a.m. Families have more time on weekends and
breakfast is more relaxed. Special breakfast hosts come in to
prepare something more substantial, such as eggs or pancakes.
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wish to assist guests by donating clothing, furniture, and household items. Volunteers collect and organize the donations, which
are distributed to guests once they are settled in permanent housing.
guests’ and overnight hosts’ linens.
Setup and Takedown: Volunteer teams set up the accommodations on Sunday afternoon and help take down and move the air
mattresses the following Sunday.
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Shir Tikva Adult Choir
Temple Shir Tikva is blessed to have a dynamic adult
volunteer choir enriching us through song since the
earliest days of our community. The choir is integral to
our High Holy Day worship and sings regularly at our
Friday Simchat Shabbat services.
Our choir serves as both a dedicated choral ensemble and an opportunity for
ongoing adult education. Becoming a choir member provides a unique opportunity to study Jewish music from our past and present through a rich and diverse choral repertoire.
Whether you are a newcomer to choral singing or a trained, experienced
singer, come and join us! We welcome anyone who wishes to experience the
joy of our Jewish musical heritage, develop and improve their vocal and other
musical skills, and contribute to leading the prayers of our community in this
especially powerful way.
Rehearsals are lead by Cantor Hollis Schachner and Choir Director Susan
DeSelms. Following the High Holiday season, we continue our work together,
preparing for participation in Friday night Simchat Shabbat services and our
many exciting musical events this year.
For more information, contact Cantor Hollis Schachner.
Shir Chutzpah!
TST’s Intergenerational Shabbat Band
Calling instrumentalists of all stripes—we’re looking for new members of our amazing intergenerational
Shabbat band and we’d love to have you join us! Our
band is co-directed by Cantor Hollis Schachner and
Vivian Montgomery, our marvelous pianist and wicked
accordionist. The Shabbat Band plays for Friday night
Simchat Shabbat services once a month, as well as
playing a central role in our Purim Megillah Reading and Celebration.
We rehearse one Wednesday each month at 8 p.m. and also gather at 5 p.m.
on the Friday of our monthly service to practice. This is a low-timecommitment yet high-impact way to make a powerfully joyful difference in the
music of our worship services.
Dates include Sept. 25; Oct. 21 & 23; Nov. 13; December 9 &11; January 20
& 22; February 24 & 26; March 16, 18 & 23 (Purim); April 27 & 29; May 18 &
20; and June 15 & 17.
For more information, contact Cantor Hollis Schachner.
Temple Shir Tikva
Website Pages
Member Directory
The Member Directory is readily available on
the temple website for you to connect with
other members, create carpools for Religious
School, and, as more members add their photos,
link names and faces
Temple Shir Tikva
Youth Choir
Calling All Music-Loving
3rd to 6th Graders
“Shirei Yeladim, Songs of Children”
If you like to sing
and have a great time
with friends, then the
Youth Choir is for
you! Shirei
Yeladim—Songs of
Children, Temple
Shir Tikva’s Youth Choir, is a group of terrific
kids in Grades 3 through 6 who come together
to have fun learning and performing Jewish music.
Shirei Yeladim helps Temple Shir Tikva by
lifting our spirits in song during our Sababa
Sunday Tefilah services, on holidays, special
occasions throughout the year and, occasionally,
at outside events.
Sunday Rehearsals:
Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 8; Nov. 8, 15, 22; Dec. 13, 20;
Jan. 10, 24, 31; Feb. 28; Mar. 13, 27; April 10;
and May 8.
Mitzvah Day:
Sunday, Oct. 26
Sababa Sundays:
Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Feb. 7, March 6, and April 3
Tu B’Shevat Sermon-in Song:
Jan. 22
Broadway Concert:
May 21
Temple Calendar
Music Selections
The official temple calendar is on the website.
It lists all temple observances, events, and committee meetings with start times. The calendar
can be filtered by group.
Rabbi Gold’s Blog
Photo Galleries
Much of Shir Tikva’s Shabbat and High Holy
Day music sung by Cantor Schachner and the
Shir Tikva choir is on the web.
Several times a month Rabbi Gold posts timely
Many photographs that capture the spirit of our
comments on events. The blog is interactive,
community are posted in the Photo Galleries.
awaiting your comments.
New photos are posted throughout the year.
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Religious School
School Dates & Shabbat B’Yachad
Sunday, September 27
First Day of Religious School
9 a.m. Opening Assembly, High Holiday Food Drive, and
morning of learning for parents
11 a.m. Back to Shul BBQ
Sunday, May 15
Last Day of Religious School and BBQ
Introducing Shabbat B’Yachad ~
Shabbat Together
Shabbat B’Yachad is an intergenerational Saturday Shabbat celebration open to all congregants, with
special opportunities designed to engage Religious School Families. Highlights include Shira Yoga (Yoga and
Hebrew Chant), Taste of Mussar
(Spiritual Practice), Jewish Music Jam, Teva (Nature) and more!
Most Shabbat B'Yachad programs include Havdalah, the
beautiful Saturday evening service that separates Shabbat from
the rest of the week. Shabbat B'Yachad is an inclusive Shabbat
experience for all.
Dates include Saturdays, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Jan. 23 at 3:30
p.m.; Mar. 12 at 10:45 a.m., following Siyyum Ha Sefer and
May 14 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your friends!
Shabbat B'Yachad is in partnership with the
TST Center for Spirituality.
Inclusion Havdalah
A Special Worship Service for Jews with
Disabilities and Their Families
Saturday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.
This service is part of our continuing effort to build a fully inclusive community, open to members and non-members, providing
families and children the opportunity to worship together in an accessible, interactive and sensitive environment.
Introducing Religious School Chai Honors
Religious School Chai Honors acknowledges K-6 students who
participate in temple life above and beyond our Religious School
Program. Every additional activity from attending Shabbat services to participating in a youth group event count toward 18 Chai
Honors points. Students who accumulate 18 points will receive a
special gift and be recognized.
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Parent Coffee Talk
Don’t just drop off…drop in!
Sunday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. — meet
other TST parents in the World
Café, a powerful social technology for engaging people
in conversations that matter.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m. — participate in a Family
Promise project. Come dressed to assemble lasagna or
something equally messy.
Sunday, Mar. 6, 9:30 a.m. — following Sababa Sunday
Tefilah (community prayer) participate in a parent’s art
class. C’mon, the kids can’t have all the fun!
Sababa (Cool) Sunday Returns
Sababa means cool in Israel and at TST’s Religious
School, the first Sunday of the month is cool! Join
students in Grades 2-6 for Tefilah (prayer) in the sanctuary. At 9:30 a.m., Grades 3, 4, and 5 have specials
on Sababa Sundays including music, drumming, science, drama, and IDF (Israeli Defense Force) training
& Ulpan (modern Hebrew).
Grade 6 participates in Moving Traditions, genderbased, informal Jewish education groups. This year,
Grade 2 will have special Sababa Sunday programs in
their classrooms.
Sababa Sunday dates include: Oct. 4, Nov. 1,
Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 6, April 3 and May 1.
K-2 Fun & Games
It’s Shir Tikva’s
youth group for our
youngest students!
Meeting at 11 a.m.,
right after Religious
School on the first Sunday of the month, a
light lunch is served –
bagel, yogurt and fruit
— before our kids get
The activity is different each month: stories, obstacle courses, construction
projects and science experiments. Everyone’s a winner
with these games and activities! Sign up for Fun &
Games on Family ID.
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Religious School
Special Youth Group Events:
Saturday, Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.
Grades 4 and 5 Sleep-Under
Our Grade 4 and 5 students look forward to the
annual Sleep-Under, an experience like no other.
Students spend the evening at Shir Tikva to celebrate Havdalah, and enjoy a movie, dinner, and
some very special themed programming.
Purim Events
Saturday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.
Grades 2 and 3 PJ Party
Our Grade 2 and 3 students spend a Saturday
evening at Shir Tivka in their pj's where they
share Havdalah, enjoy dinner (and perhaps a
few snacks), play games, watch a movie and
bond with one another.
Sunday, March 20
Tzedekah Fair and
Purim Carnival
Saturday, April 9, 4-6 p.m.
Grades 3 and 4 Shabbat Sh’Afternoon Fun
Grades 3 and 4 are invited to this awesome
Havdalah and Junior Youth Group event. Grade
4 parents are invited to a simultaneous discussion.
Wednesday, March 23
Temple Shir Tikva
10:30 a.m. Open to preschoolers,
kindergarteners and children with
sensitive ears.
11 a.m. Open to all.
5:45 p.m. Community Pizza Dinner
6:15 p.m. Purim Megillah Reading
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November 13-15
December 11-12
Our ninth graders have a special opportunity to go to New York
City together and see and learn about the city and its Jewish history.
We will attend services at B'nai Jeshurun, go to Ellis Island and the
Tenement Museum, see a Broadway show and tour the city! Registration is now open on FamilyID.
Seventh and eighth graders are invited to a sleepover at the temple,
where they will be "locked-in" for a night of fun! The Lock-In will
take place over Shabbat and one night of Chanukah. Students will
participate together in the temple-wide celebrations as well as having bonding and learning experiences together all night long!
January 8-11
February 17-21
A program of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism,
Grade 10 has the incredible opportunity to travel together to Washington, D.C. to learn about relevant social justice topics and lobby
our senators and representatives on issues that matter to us! A trip
to DC like no other! Pre-registration is now open on FamilyID.
This year, Grades 11 & 12 are invited on our first ever AISH Civil
Rights Tour of the American South. Students will learn about the
Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the modern BlackLivesMatter Movement through a Jewish lens, and get to explore
the locations where important moments in the Movement occurred.
The Best Conversation in Town:
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Rabbi Neal Gold, Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz
Cantor Hollis Schachner
Every Saturday, 9:30 am
Every Shabbat morning at TST a group of spirited students gathers to study the weekly Torah portion. The conversation is always
insightful and fun as we explore our ancient texts and mine them
for contemporary meaning. The group is open and inviting and
everyone is always welcome to join us as we uncover the Torah’s
timeless lessons and values.
Wednesday Morning Torah Study
Rabbi Neal Gold
Every Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m. (beginning October 14)
Newcomers are always welcome to join this warm and special
community within the Temple for mid-week spiritual insights
from our tradition.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Torah Study
Rabbi Neal Gold, Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz
Cantor Hollis Schachner
Second Saturday of every month, 9:30 a.m.
(Beginning October 17, 9:15 a.m.)
Our pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah students and their families join together
as a learning community once a month, as they study the weekly
Torah portion. Students, parents, siblings, grandparents and everyone else are invited to join our teachers for a freewheeling conversation about the foundation texts of Jewish life.
Dates for 5776 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Torah Study include:
An inspired group gathers on Wednesday mornings for friendship, community, and the study of the great writings of the Jewish October 17, November 14, December 12, January 9, March 12,
April 9, May 14 and June 11.
people (both ancient and contemporary).
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Morning Minyan Thank You
Members in the News
Marc J. Homer, M.D. received a Special Recognition Award from the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI).
Dr. Homer is a founding member of SBI, an organization dedicated to saving lives of women through early
breast cancer detection and the first and longest serving SBI president (1984-88).
Thank you to all who sustain our Shabbat morning
minyan with the mitzvah of reading Torah during the
5775 year:
•Harry Abadi
•Michael Abrahams
•Phil Benjamin
•Jayson Brodie
•Sheila Deitchman
•Chris Gordon
•Peter Gossels
•Mark Homer
•Mindy Milberg
•Michael Mirman
•Marilyn Newman
•Joel Sadagursky
•Alex Statland
•Lou Teig
•Jeff Winer
Gratitude to our Gabbaim who beautifully care for
our Torah service:
•Matt Langweber
•Michael Mirman
•Ron Rosenthal
Special thanks to our teens who read Torah to
celebrate the anniversary of becoming Bar or Bat
•Jon Dees
•Kayla Dines
•Lauren Gottlieb-Jaffe
•Stuart Lustig
•Allegra Schejtman
Would you like to read Torah in honor of a joyful
simcha or in memory of a loved one? Reach out to
Rabbi Gubitz for more information.
Temple Shir Tikva
Twenty-one Temple Shir Tikva congregants rode,
volunteered or raised money as “virtual riders” in
the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) bike-a-thon. Riders
from Shir Tikva: Stuart Chasen, Doug Dolgov,
Robin Kostin, Matt Levy, Rick Melvoin, David
Poorvu, Phillip Poorvu, Peter Roblin, Lisa
Roblin, Larry Rosen, Bernie Rub, Rachel Rub, Gary Shaw,
Dan Slater, Jeff West, Jonathan Zarkower and Stacey Zeder.
Volunteers and virtual riders: Susan Benjamin, Ellen Chasen,
Mona Dolgov, Barbara Holtz, Nancy Poorvu and Julie Rub.
Sander Rikleen was recently honored by the Jewish
Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) for
his eight years of service as JCAM’s President and
Legal Counsel.
Jeff Feingold and family founded the not for profit
Hope and Comfort, Inc. Since 2011, they have collected more than 70,000 personal hygiene products
and toiletries for residents throughout greater Boston, who often must choose between purchasing
food and medicine rather than toothpaste and shampoo. Recently, new programs were launched to supply local food
pantries and Boys and Girls Clubs with care products, and the
organization moved from operating out of Feingold’s garage to a
storage facility. An opening grant of $7500 was received from the
Good People Fund, a Jewish organization Jeff was familiar with.
Nick O’Donnell has filed a federal lawsuit to get
back the Welfenschatz treasure 80 years after its
purchase by the Third Reich. The treasure is a collection of dozens of gold and bejeweled Christian
relics that date to the Holy Roman Empire. It was
acquired by the Nazis in 1935 and presented to Hitler as a birthday gift . O’Donnell’s suit seeks to
force the German government to return the $250
million treasure as restitution for alleged persecution under the
Nazi regime. He said his clients are fighting for an acknowledgment that their ancestors were robbed of the treasure.
Amanda Sonis Glynn has been appointed the
Metrowest North Connector for the Jewish Family
Network, a collaboration of the Jewish Community
Centers of Greater Boston and Jewish Family Service of Metrowest. In this role she will focus on
identifying and building relationships with young
Jewish families in the area.
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Tikkun Olam
Jeff’s Place
Provides a Great
Jeff’s Place, a communitybased, family-focused program,
provides FREE peer support
groups and services to children
and teens, ages preschool through
high school, and their caregivers
coping with a significant death
loss. All families are welcome,
regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
Jeff’s Place is open to the
entire Metro West community
and our support groups are 100%
free, though all donations are
gratefully accepted. Jeff’s Place
support groups take place at
Temple Shir Tikva every other
Monday evening from 6:30-8:15
p.m. for family participants and
from 5:30-9:30 p.m. for Volunteer Facilitators. Volunteers are
asked to commit to a minimum of
one-year (late September-June)
facilitating groups after successful completion of the training.
For more information or to
register for the next Volunteer
Facilitator Training, contact Jenny Kaplan Schreiber at [email protected], call 508
-276-3225 or visit www.jeffs
Support TST
With Tzedakah
To make supporting your congregation and performing the mitzvah of tzedakah
more convenient, we have enabled online donations. To commemorate or memorialize lifecycle events of congregation
members, family, or friends, go
to www.shirtikva. org/donate.
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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 Kesher coordinator for September is Joan Kalafatas. She can be reached at 508-3587897 or [email protected]
If you are aware of a congregant in need of Kesher services, call the temple office, the Rabbis or Cantor or the coordinator. For pastoral emergencies after normal business hours, call
the temple office, 508-358-9992, and listen for emergency contact information recorded at the
end of the message.
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September 2015 Tishri 5776
Shemin Family Member Receives
Medal of Honor Posthumously
Barry and Amy Shemin attended the Medal of Honor
award ceremonies in the White House in May to honor Barry's cousin, Sargeant William Shemin. While serving as a
rifleman in August 1918, Sgt. Shemin left the cover of his
platoon's trench and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine gun and rifle fire to rescue
the wounded.
Sgt. Shemin's daughters, now in their 80s, waged a campaign for the award because in the years of World War I,
Jewish soldiers of distinction may have been deprived of
the recognition they deserved due to racial or religious discrimination.
For the complete story about the award and Sgt. Shemin,
Calling All Empty Nesters!
Second Annual
Reyim Progressive Dinner
Sunday, October 18, 6 p.m.
James Pritchard, left, served in the
U.S. Army during World War I. His
buddy, William Shemin, saved him
during a battle against German forces
in France.
Photo courtesy of Victoria Pereira
We’re kicking off the new year
with another fun dinner!
Once again we’ll change tables as we
change courses to meet new and old friends
Tell your friends you’re going and
they’ll want to go too!
Cost: $36 per person
RSVP and registration:
Deadline to RSVP: October 9
For more information, contact
Beth Volk ([email protected])
Joan Lappin ([email protected])
Cantor Schachner, Rabbi Gubitz, and Paula and Rabbi
Herman Blumberg (with URJ camp directors Louis Bordman
and Debbie Shriber) celebrated URJ camping and the recruitment of 10 TST kids who spent their summers at Crane Lake,
Eisner, and 6 Points Sci-Tech in nearby Byfield, MA.
Temple Shir Tikva
*Gluten-free/kosher-style/vegetarian options
Please bring a bottle of wine or soda.
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In Our Community
MWJDS Has Moved
In case you haven't heard,
Metro West Jewish Day School
moved to Temple Beth Sholom
in Framingham.
The new address is:
50 Pamela Road
Framingham, MA 01701
New Members
We are delighted to welcome our
new members as of August 19:
Corey and Erin Bienstock
Morgan, Kendall
Fred and Carrie Goldman
Eliza, Nathan
Meah Program Offered at
Congregation Or Atid This Fall
The Wayland/Sudbury Collaborative is offering the
Me’ah, Program at Congregation Or Atid, 97 Concord Rd.,
Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:45, starting Oct. 15.
Me’ah (Hebrew for 100) provides adults of all backgrounds
with an intellectual framework for understanding the narrative of
the Jewish people. Below are bios for the faculty for the first of the
program’s two years, who will teach Bible and Rabbinics respectively.
For more information, go to www.hebrewcollege. edu/meah.
To register, contact Rabbi Sally Finestone or go to http://www.
Jeffrey Shoulson is teaching the Bible semester.
Shoulson is the Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary
Jewish Life, and Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and
Languages at the University of Connecticut. Born and
raised in northern New Jersey, he attended Ramaz
School and Yeshivat Har Etzion before earning his AB
from Princeton University, his M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and his PhD from Yale University. His scholarship
focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in the medieval and early modern periods.
Rabbi Benjamin Samuels will be the Rabbinics instructor. A veteran Me'ah instructor, Rabbi Samuels has
been the rabbi of Congregation Sha'arei Tefillah in
Newton since 1995. He holds a bachelor's degree in
English literature and a master's degree in both Bible
and Medieval Jewish History from Yeshiva University.
He is a Genesis Scholar at CJP and teaches broadly in
the Greater Boston Jewish community. He is currently completing a
Ph.D. in religion and science at Boston University.
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Joshua and Rachel Heckler
Rachel, Mackenzie, Hayden
Michael and Renee Henrich
Graham, Theodore
Craig and Jenna Marion
Jori, Adam
Derek and Nina Navisky
Ben, Adam
Shoel and Jamie Perelman
Scott and Jessica Steinberg
Adam and Melissa Umina
Avery, Olivia, Max
Jeff and Elana Winkler
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September 2015 Tishri 5776
New Books in the Temple Shir Tikva Library
by Susan Saul, Librarian
The Temple Shir Tikva Library is your source for reading for the High Holidays. Below are examples of the books in
our collection, for both children and adults. This represents only a sample; we have many more titles. And don’t forget
that we have many cookbooks which will help you plan your meals with symbolic foods.
Apples and Pomegranates :
A Family Seder for Rosh Hashanah / Rahel Musleah
Avram's Gift / Margie Blumberg
Mark is afraid of the photograph of his greatgreat-grandfather, Avram, from Russia. Who
was Avram, and was he really as stern as he
looks in that photograph? One special Rosh
Hashana, Mark learns the answers to these questions from his Grandpa Morris and discovers
Avram's gift. [Fiction]
How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round /
Sylvia B. Epstein
On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, it is traditional to dip apples in honey in hopes of a sweet
New Year. Jews around the world share other foods
as well, such as pomegranates, pumpkins, beets,
and dates, foods that grow abundantly and symbolize prosperity. The author, who grew up in Calcutta,
India, presents a Sephardic Rosh Hashanah seder
observed throughout the world. Traditional holiday
recipes are included. [242.1]
A Faithful Heart : Preparing for the High Holy Days /
Yossi helps his father in the bakery until one
day he slips and makes round challah for Rosh
Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. [Fiction]
The World's Birthday : A Rosh Hashanah Story /
Barbara Diamond Goldin
Daniel is determined to have a birthday party for
the world to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. [Fiction]
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur /
Deborah Heiligman
This book describes how the Jewish holidays of
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are celebrated
around the world. [242]
Benjamin Levy
This book explores the medieval text of Ma'aseh Avraham Avinu, a compilation of the Midrashic sources
about Abraham, the first Jew, with the translation and
commentary of the author. [242]
Entering the High Holy Days : A Guide to the Origins,
Themes, and Prayers / Reuven Hammer
This book provides needed historical background and
also interprets the ideas, practices, and liturgy that lend
them contemporary relevance to today's Jews. [242]
Beginning Anew : A Woman's Companion to the High
Holy Days / Gail Twersky Reimer
This book provides an anthology of women's spiritual
writing for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. [242]
All These Vows : Kol Nidre / Lawrence A Hoffman
A Rosh Hashanah Walk / Carol Levin
A group of children take a Rosh Hashanah walk
and learn about the custom of "tashlich" which
means to "throw one's sins into the water and ask
for forgiveness for the New Year."[242.1]
Temple Shir Tikva
Through a series of lively commentaries, over 30
contributors―men and women, scholars and rabbis,
artists and poets, spanning three continents and all
major Jewish denominations―examine Kol Nidre's
theology, usage, and deeply personal impact. [242.2]
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Adopt-a-Family Fund
•Gregory and Natalie Zelyakovsky
Adult Learning Fund
•Michael and Alexandra Mirman - in
•Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz
•Gregory and Natalie Zelyakovsky
•Jeff and Karen Miller
•Michael and Jeri Cooper
•John and Marilyn Darack - in honor of
honor of the marraige of Leah Shackleton, Rabbi Herman Blumberg
daughter of Bruce Shackleton and Liz
•Arnold and Charmian Sperling - in honor
Fineberg, to Chris Wear
of Rabbi Gold
•Scott and Risa Burgess - in honor of Josh
Annual Fund
Snyder, son of Barry and Jennifer Snyder,
•Chuck and Jill Katz
on his Bar Mitzvah
•Herb and Karen Kavet
Cary and Susan Benjamin - in honor of
•Curt Kohlberg and Allegra Manacher
engagement of Brittany Shaw,
•Ken and Karen Krowne
daughter of Gary and Caryl Shaw, to Joe
•Herb Kimiatek
•Steve and Judy Kaye
•Cary and Susan Benjamin - in honor of
•Barry and Robin Kostin
the marriage of Miles Bellman, son of
•Jessica Rubinstein
Robert amd Carole Bellman, to Leah
•Chester and Diane Black
•Ronald Braunstein
•Jeff Maimon - in appreciate for all the
•Brian and Wendy Levey
hard work of our dedicated staff
•Paul and Ronnie Schejtman
•Cary and Susan Benjamin - in honor of
•Benstion and Irina Boverman
Josh Snyder, grandson of Robert and
•Peter and Amy Freshman
Myra Snyder
•Doug and Andi Shaw
•Doug and Andi Shaw - in honor of the
•Arinne and Carrie Braverman
birth of Julia and May Karelitz, twin
•Jonathan and Megan Smith
granddaughters of Susan and Neal
•Peter and Jill Abend
•Michael and Leslie Gaffin
•Doug and Andi Shaw - in honor of the
•Marc and Jayne Lampert
birth of Julia and May Karelitz, twin
•Jon and Rachel Sieber
daughters of JB and Melinda Karelitz
•Noel and Daniela Raphael
•Peter and Nancy Gossels - in honor of the
birth of Zoey Winer, granddaughter of
•Dick and Nancy Rossman
Jeff and Elaine Winer
•Alan and Paula Brown
•Harry and Rowena Abadi - in honor of
•David Lustig and Joanne Yorks
the birth of Zoey Winer, granddaughter of
•Adam and Liz Stavisky
Jeff and Elaine Winer
•Michael Abrahams
Marilyn Newman - in honor of Phil
•Larry and Holly Glick
•Nicholas and Amy O’Donnell
•Dan Schneider and Julie Kniznik - in
•Alan and Roberta Freed
honor of Phil Benjamin
•Scott Machanic and Linda Zaccagnini
Doug and Andi Shaw - in memory of
•Martin and Ellen Herbordt
•Jay and Barbara Gainsboro
and Georgia Adelman - in
•Robert Koster and Kate Bell
memory of Albert Adelman, father Karen
•Chris and Julie Gordon
Adelman Foster
•Larry and Jane Salk
•Peter and Nancy Gossels - in memory of
•Robert and Meryl Kukura
Sharon Yankleson, sister of Michael
•Susan Meade
•Michael and Wendy Price
•Jonathan and Wendy Mishara - in
•Donald Schuler and Joan Blair
memory of Gertrude Mishara
•Bruce and Joyce Pastor
•Barbara Holtz - in memory of Sharon
•Betty Brudnick
Yankleson, sister of Michael Eliastam
•Mark and Diane Homer
•Barbara Holtz - in memory of Gilda
•Harvey and Amy Michaels
Levine Mechem, aunt of Eric Schwartz
and Susan Benjamin
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•Jeff and Laraine Levy - in memory of Phil
Cohen and Barbara Daniel
•Elaine Ellenbogen - in memory of her
father Bernard Kaplan
•Scott and Susan Mazur - in memory of
Leah Mazur
•Donald Schuler and Joan Blair - in
memory of Stacy Malman Feldman, sister
of Susan Altman
•Marc and Diane Homer - in memory of
Dr. Murray Bernstein, father of Diane
Homer, on his yartzeit
•Frank and Janice Malkin - in memory of
their sister-in-law and aunt, Tami Malkin
•Leslie Rosenblatt - in memory of Donald
Steingisser, father of Lee Steingisser
•Jean Ketchum and Jay Brockman - in
memory of Herb Kaufman, father of
Marjie Brockman
In honor of the birth of Noa Berkey
Sperling, granddaughter of Scott and
Laurene Sperling
•Dick and Nancy Rossman
•Steve and Trudy Sonis
•Steve and Robin Scari
•Mo and Amanda Glynn
In honor of the birth of Taylor Dylan
Abrams, granddaughter of Bruce and
Joyce Pastor
•Michael and Alexandra Mirman
•Peter and Nancy Gossels
•Cary and Susan Benjamin
•Marilyn Newman
•Robert and Myra Snyder
In honor of the marriage Daniel Gossels,
son of Peter and Nancy Gossels, to Jackie
•Ricky and Ellen Blocker
•Steve and Trudy Sonis
•Robert Koster and Kate Bell
•Robert and Myra Snyder
Cantor’s Discretionary Fund
•Robert and Myra Snyder
•Jeff and Jill Karp- in honor of the birth of
Noa Violet Berkey Sperling, granddaughter of Scott and Laurene Sperling
•Noel and Daniela Raphael - in honor of
the engagement of Brittany Shaw,
daughter of Gary and Caryl Shaw, to Joe
•Jeff and Jill Karp - in honor of the engagement of Brittany Shaw, daughter of
Gary and Caryl Shaw, to Joe Nagelberg
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September 2015 Tishri 5776
•Michael and Alexandra Mirman - in hon- •Sheila Deitchman
or of the birth of Isabel Irving, grand•Lee and Candace Steingisser - in honor
daughter of Peter and Lisa Roblin
David Passer Annual Social Justice
Lecture Fund
•Marc Maxwell - in honor of David
Passer’s birthday
of Rabbi Gold
•Chuck and Jill Katz - in honor of Rabbi
•Vladimir and Lena Savikovsky - in
honor of Rabbi Gold
•Robert and Myra Snyder - in honor of
Rabbi Gold
Michael and Alexandra Mirman- in
•Benstion and Irina Boverman
•Stuart and Maxine Rosenthal- in honor of honor of the birth of Zoey Winer,
granddaughter of Jeff and Elaine Winer
the birth of Noa Violet Berkey Sperling,
Sperling and Rachel Berkey- in
granddaughter of Scott and Laurene
celebration of the conversion of Noa
Violet Berkey Sperling
•Stuart and Maxine Rosenthal - in honor
Sperling and Rachel Berkey- in
of the birth of Isabel Irving, granddaughhonor
the naming of Noa Violet
ter of Peter and Lisa Roblin
Berkey Sperling
Family Promise
•Malcolm and Susan Green - in memory
•Jonathon and Joanna Jacobson - in honor of Hyman Green
of Karen Miller
•Michael and Jeri Cooper– in appreciation of Rabbi Gold
Music Fund
•Barbara and Bill Savel - in memory of
•Ron and Roz Rosenthal - in memory of
Jennie Bernstein
Donald Steingisser, father of Lee
Rabbi Gubitz’s Discretionary Fund
•Harvey and Amy Michaels - in memory
•Benstion and Irina Boverman
of Donald Steingisser, father of Lee
•Lee and Candace Steingisser - in honor
of Rabbi Gubitz
•John and Evelyn Neumeyer - in memory •Michael and Alexandra Mirman - in honof Donald Steingisser, father of Lee
or of the birth of Isabel Irving, grandSteingisser
daughter of Peter and Lisa Roblin
•Joel and Nancy Schulman - in memory
•Zak and Sheri Barron - in honor of their
of Joseph Berkowitz
daughter, Paige’s, baby naming
Joe and Diane Stone - in honor of their
Early Learning Center Fund
son, Isaac Stone, on his Bar Mitzvah and
•Mo and Amanda Glynn
in appreciation of Rabbi Gubitz for help•Jeff and Karen Miller
ing Isaac be so prepared
•Ken and Jodi Chase
•Scott and Amy Podolsky - in honor of
In memory of Shirley Cohen, mother of
their son, Josh Podolsky, and his Grade
David Cohen
10 classmates on their confirmation
•Shmuel and Deborah Cohen
•Jim and Carol Roblin - in memory of
•John and Evelyn Neumeyer
their father, Irwin Roblin, on his yartzeit
•Joan Rosen
•Peter and Lisa Roblin - in memory of
•Mo and Amanda Glynn
their father, Irwin Roblin, on his yartzeit
•Sandra Maiger
•Ken and Laura Wernick - in memory of
•Eugene Magier
Leo Wernick on his yartzeit
•Jeff and Wendy Scheman
Rabbi Herman and Paula Blumberg
•Tracey Ross
URJ Camp Scholarship Fund
•Nancy Kaftan
•Chester and Diane Black
Rabbi Gold’s Discretionary Fund
•Ricky and Ellen Blocker
•Logan Schulman
•Ira and Linda Shoolman
•Robert and Myra Snyder
•Judy Riegelhaupt
•Gloria Kaufman
•Dick and Nancy Rossman
•Berna Haberman
•John and Marilyn Darack
Endowment Fund
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•Michael and Jeri Cooper
•Cary and Susan Benjamin
•Dick and Nancy Rossman
•Donald Schuler and Joan Blair
•Stuart and Maxine Rosenthal
•Noel and Daniela Raphael - in honor
of Rabbi Neal Gold
School Enrichment Fund
•Norbert and Doris Gruenfeld - in cele-
bration of John Neumeyer on his special
•Alan and Paula Brown - in memory of
Alice Cripe Meyer, mother of Bob Meyer
•Mark and Rachel Baglin - in memory of
Ruth Bloom
Temple Shir Tikva Is
Paid For Recycling
Our temple is 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 the Temple.
We are extremely appreciative
of your donations. Please help us
properly allocate your contributions by writing a note on your
check or using a donation form.
You may also make a donation
on the TST website:
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September 2015 Tishri 5776
In Our Congregation
Mazel Tov to…
Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
Julie Kniznik, President
[email protected]
Neal D. Gold, Rabbi
[email protected]
Jennifer Gubitz, Associate 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]
Condolences to…
Elizabeth Suga, Education Coordinator
[email protected]
Temple Shir Tikva Early Learning Center
[email protected]
Sandy Gold, Early Learning Center Director
[email protected]
Pam Knowles, ELC Administrator
[email protected]
Joan Blair, Website Editor
[email protected]
Peggi Cohen, Hineni Editor
[email protected]
Office Hours
School Office
Temple Office
Monday/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.
Office Closings:
Sept. 7, Labor Day; Sept. 14, Rosh HaShanah; Sept. 15, Rosh HaShanah, Day 2;
Sept. 22, Erev Yom Kippur, 2 p.m. closing; Sept. 23, Yom Kippur;
Sept. 28, Sukkot.
141 Boston Post Road
Wayland, MA 01778
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Jay and Carol Atlas on the marriage of their
daughter, Jamie Atlas, to Micah Mitchell
Peter and Nancy Gossels on the marriage of
their son, Daniel Gossels, to Jackie Chae
Alan and Sharon Kivnik on the engagement
of their daughter, Jessica Kivnik, to Marc
David and Nancy Poorvu on the engagement
of their daughter, Jennifer Poorvu, to Adam
David and Nancy Poorvu on the marriage of
their son, Philip Poorvu, to Maya Kahn-Woods
Gary and Caryl Shaw on the engagement of
their daughter, Brittany Shaw, to Joe
Michelle Bloom-Scheff on the death of her
mother, Helen Bloom
Michael Eliastam on the death of his sister,
Sharon Yankelson
Bob Meyer on the death of his mother, Alice
Cripe Meyer
Barry Miller on the death of his father, Alan
Daniel, Adam & Matthew Miller on the
death of their wife and mother, Betty Ann
Eric Schwartz on the death of his mother,
Carole Levine Schwartz
Lee Steingisser on the death of his father,
Donald Steingisser
October Hineni Deadline
Friday, September 4
Email articles and photos to
Peggi Cohen, Hineni editor,
at [email protected] or
call her at 339-222-2454
with questions or comments.
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