Temple Tots

For ages 1-5, a unique program of creative Jewish learning with music and movement, stories, games, and art focused on Jewish holidays and values. Classes meet on Sunday mornings from October through June. To register, click here.

Pass Safe Communities Act Now: Your Questions Answered

Join TBS Tzedek on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 7:30 PM in Community Hall for an evening with Amy Grunder, Director of Legislative Affairs for MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Amy will answer all of our questions regarding the Safe Communities Act. Get the information you need to lobby our legislators effectively! Needham has a unique opportunity to tip the scales on this legislation as our two state senators Mike Rush and Richard Ross both sit on the Joint Committee for Public Safety and Homeland Security.  RSVP recommended but not required to TBS Tzedek: [email protected]; Questions? Contact Jen Muroff at [email protected]

Tot Shabbat

Join us on Friday, October 6 at 5:30pm for dinner followed by services at 6:15pm. Come sing, dance, and celebrate Shabbat with us! Geared towards children ages 0-6 and their entire family! To register for dinner, click here.

Sukkot Block Party

Join us on Monday, October 9, from 4:00pm-6:00pm to celebrate the arrival of fall and the festival of Sukkot! We'll have dinner, moon bounce, crafts, and lots of sukkah decorating. A fun afternoon for the whole family! All are welcome! To get tickets, click here.

Sisterhood Jewelry Making Night

On Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30 pm, join Elise Miller in making your own custom bracelet. Space will be limited and the cost will be $18/ person for materials.  We hope to see you there! For questions about this event, contact Gail Lustig ([email protected]).

A Survivor's Journey - A Morning with Gloria Glantz

On October 15 at 9:00 am, join Three Score, Sisterhood and Brotherhood for a breakfast and fascinating morning with Gloria Glantz. Gloria will discuss her unique life circumstances - born in Jewish Poland in 1939, then helped by a Christian family during the Holocaust, living in four countries on two continents by the age of 12. This event is open to the adult TBS community as well as non-members. $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door (includes breakfast).  Reservation and payment must be received by October 3rd.  Please send your check, payable to Temple Beth Shalom, to:  Millie Cohen, 100 Rosemary Way #226, Needham, MA 02494.  Any questions – contact Arline Aransky ([email protected]).

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

Come together in small groups to share the “joys and oys” of parenting, and learn from Jewish wisdom that can enrich their families. Meet others with young children in this popular six week class starting on Tuesday October 17, 7:00pm-8:30pm.   To register, click here

Sisterhood Annual Membership Dinner

On Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm, join us for our Annual Membership Dinner! Enjoy meeting new and old friends. Invitations will be in the membership mailing coming in early September. New members are invited as our guests!

Families with Young Children Planning Meeting

Interested in getting involved behind the scenes? We are gathering a group to consider and help shape this year's plans fo rfamilies with youngchildren at Temple Beth Shalom on October 24 from 7:30pm-8:30pm. Email Ellen Dietrick [email protected] to let us know you plan to come.

"In the Country We Love": Book Discussion

On Wednesday, October 25 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Beit Midrash room, as part of  a Needham-wide "read" focusing on the issue of immigration, TBS will be hosting a discussion of "In the Country We Love" by Diane  Guerrero and Michelle Burford here at our Temple.  The meeting will be co-led by Elise Gottesman of the TBS Tzekek Leadership Team and Litzy Gastelum, a Needham High senior and member of the Needham Diversity Initiative. Diane Guerrero, the television actress from Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school.  Born in the U.S., Guerrero remained in the country, continuing her education and depending on the kindness of family friends.  Hers is a moving,  heartbreaking story of nightmarish struggles and extraordinary resilience. Many undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. have citizen children whose lives here are just as precarious and whose stories haven't been told. TBS members and guests are welcome; please RSVP  to Deena Siegel, [email protected].

Sisterhood Fall Rummage Sale

Save the following dates: Sunday October 29 9:00 am-12:00 noon for drop off, Sunday October 29, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm for the sale itself, and Monday October 30, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for the bag sale. It’s that time of year again and Sisterhood needs your donations and assistance. Costume and better jewelry is welcome. Please start to clean your closets today! We need everyone’s help to make this event a success. Volunteers will also be needed for this event.

Eastern Europe & Israel with Rabbi Jay

For information about joining Rabbi Jay on his next trip to Eastern Europe and Israel from October 22 to November 5, 2017, click here.

20th Annual Needham Antiques Show

Join us on Sunday November 5 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, for this fundraiser sponsered by the Beth Shalom Garden Club. Antique dealers from 6 states will be selling high quality antiques that will fill two gymnasiums displaying paintings, furniture, rugs, ceramics, jewelry and more. The special feature is verbal appraisals from 10 - 3 for $5 each. Stop in for coffee, lunch, the bake sale or take a chance on a drawing of fabulous items. Adult Admission $7.00 or with an Ad $6.00. Proceeds contribute to funding Needham's Art in Bloom, gifts to the high school art department, Vietnam Memorial plantings, Garden Therapy at Charles River Workshop and more. 

Sisterhood Games Night

On Tuesday, November 7, join us for a casual Games Night at the Temple.  If you enjoy Mah Jongg, Canasta, Bananagrams or any other game, come play and schmooze with your Sisterhood friends.  Look for more details and the "sign up genius" in your email.

What Does Jewish Humor Teach Us about the Jews? with Rabbi Bob Orkand

On Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm, join us at the Temple for "What is Jewish humor anyway? Is a joke Jewish because it’s told by a Jewish comedian? Is it Jewish because it deals with Jews?" In short, is there one sentence that can capture the essence of Jewish humor? Probably not. Rabbi Bob Orkand will help us explore Jewish humor and what it can teach us about what it means to be Jewish. Come ready to laugh a little and learn a lot about the many truths Jewish humor reveals. And this is no joke…the afternoon will include a Truly Yogurt sundae bar to tickle your sweet tooth! Cost: $10 per person, reservation and payment must be received by October 30th. Please send your check (made payable to Temple Beth Shalom) to: Millie Cohen, 100 Rosemary Way #226, Needham, MA 02494. Any questions – contact Gary Goldman, [email protected] or  781-449-6583. This event is open to the entire adult TBS community.  You don’t have to be a TBS member to attend. 

Garden Club Event

Are you interested in learning about new ideas for creating beautiful table settings? If so, join us on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm in Simon Hall for a demonstration by Evelyn Lee, a flower farmer and floral designer from Butternut Gardens, Southport, Connecticut. She will design four tablescapes or design plans that coordinate flowers, tablecloths, place settings and props. Her garden-inspired floral designs use seasonally fresh flowers in a harmonious setting incorporating all the items on the table. All Temple Beth Shalom members are our welcome guests. Any questions, please contact Carol Gershman - [email protected] - 781-444-3868.

Age Together

Are you a current or former caregiver for an aging loved one? Do you need recommendations for eldercare resources, are you looking for advice, or do you have information to share?

To help family caregivers at TBS, we've teamed up with Age Together, a new, free social networking site. Age Together makes it easy for caregivers to find and connect with one another to share experiences, advice, and resource recommendations.

Age Together enables members to ask questions and exchange information with others via private, one-on-one messages. By joining communities on Age Together, like the one for TBS, you can easily connect with caregivers you know.

The more members of our community who sign up for Age Together, the better we can support one another. Even if you're a former caregiver, please consider joining so you can help others by sharing the valuable lessons you've learned.

To join the TBS Community on Age Together, please visit: www.agetogether.com/community-landing/tbsneedham.

If you have questions about the Temple's role in this endeavor, please contact Wendy Shulman at [email protected]. If you have questions about the Age Together platform, please contact Ariel Sherry at [email protected] or Steve Sherry at [email protected].  

Our Holocaust Torah and the Sobeslav Plaque Dedication

Click here to watch the video of the TBS-sponsored dedication to remember the Jews of Sobeslav in the Czech Republic, from where our Holocaust torah comes.

Bumps, Babies & Beyond  Registration

Registration is now open for Bumps, Babies & Beyond.  For more details and to sign up, click here.

New at TBS: The TBS Business Directory

Do you own a business?  Are you self-employed?  Temple Beth Shalom is creating an online business directory populated with businesses owned and managed by our members.  If you would like to have your business listed in our free online directory, please visit the new link on the left hand menu or click here.  And if you are looking for a business (a handyman, a restaurant, a dentist, a doctor, or anyone), please feel free to visit our listing of TBS member owned business and support your fellow TBS members.

Greening Your Simcha

Shomrei Adamah has a new initiative to make your events and parties more green. For more information, click here.

Help our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students Help Others

Support our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students with their Mitzvah projects.  For more information on their charitable endeavors, click here.  

 TBS Affiliates: Union for Reform Judaism   Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project

Alzheimer's Workshop: Effective Communication Strategies

Join us for our Annual Membership Dinner! Enjoy meeting new and old friends. Invitations will be in the membership mailing coming in early September. New members are invited as our guests!

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