Let's Decorate the Succah!

Join us on Sunday, September 23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Temple parking lot to decorate our temple’s succah.  This is a wonderful opportunity to insure that our succah will be a lovely and festive temporary shelter that is used for the entire weeklong holiday.  Come join the fun and share your hidden talents.  Feel free to bring potted plants, gourds, greens and flowers from your own gardens.  This is a great way for parents, grandparents, and children over 6 to join in a community building experience.  Join us and share in the fun as we all get in the spirit for the festivities that follow.

TBS Tzedek Presents:  One Dreamer's Story

On Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM, please join TBS Tzedek to hear Elias Rosenfeld speak in the TBS Sanctuary.  A question-and-answer discussion period will follow. Elias, Brandeis ’20, emigrated legally from Venezuela to the U.S. with his mom and little sister when he was six.  Then he lost his mom to cancer when he was in the 6th grade.  What he didn’t know at the time was that her passing meant he and his sister would also lose their legal status in this country.  Rosenfeld is a participant in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.  Like all DACA recipients, he faces an uncertain future unless Congress and the President can reach a compromise to provide them with permanent legal status.  Unlike many DACAs who fear going public about their status, Rosenfeld has shared his story all over the country.  He has been the subject of national media reports and speeches with Joe Kennedy III, Senator Ed Markey, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rabbi Pesner and has interned with Senator Elizabeth Warren.

TBS Men's Sing-Along

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 7:15-9:30 PM, please join the men of TBS in the Community Hall as we gather 'round the piano with our Cantorial Soloist, DJ Fortine for songs and snacks in what we hope to be the first of many casual community singing events. You don't need to know how to read music (or even how to sing...) Just come to enjoy the company and the tunes! We'll meet directly following Wednesday evening minyan which runs from 6:45-7:15! Questions? Contact: DJ Fortine ([email protected]). Song requests? Contact: Matt Robinson ([email protected]).

The History of Israel in a Nutshell: A 4 Session Journey from Biblical Times to Present

On Thursday, October 11, 25, November 1, and 8 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. In December, a full bus of TBS travelers will be journeying to Israel with Rabbi Jay and Emily and educators from our learning team.  During their travels they will explore sites that span Israel’s 3,000 year history.  This course, open to all, will chronologically cover that journey across time – bringing to light and life the main events of both Israel’s Biblical and political landscapes. While this course is intended to deepen the experience of our TBS Israel travelers, all are welcome! Please RSVP to Tiziana Getz, TBS Office Administrator at [email protected] or 781-444-0077.

Three Score/More or Less - Kickoff Musical Variety Show

On Sunday, October 14 from 3:00 pm to 5:00pm, Enjoy an afternoon of music and friendship at our kickoff event of the season.  TBS musicians will entertain you with melodies and instruments.  This fun event is a wonderful way to meet people and reconnect with friends.  Featured artists include: Sanctuary with Jodi Blankstein and our own D.J. Fontine, jazz pianist Elliot Steger, Bob Littman and the Fiddle Orchestra, and classical pianist Jacob Harris.  Open to the entire TBS adult community and their guests. Cost: $12 per person, reservation and payment must be received by October 1st. Please send your check, payable to Temple Beth Shalom, to: Steve Shapiro, 9 Ardmore Road, Needham, MA 02494. Any questions – contact Gary Goldman, [email protected].

The Jewish Influence on Jesus

Starting on October 15 and meeting Mondays from noon to 1:30pm, join Rabbi Orkand's class if you are interested in understanding the profound effect Jesus had on the world, it’s important to realize that his actions and teachings didn’t emerge from a vacuum. Rather, they were the product of a fascinating dialogue with—and reaction to—the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. In fact, early Judaism and Jesus are two subjects so inextricably linked that one cannot arrive at a true understanding of Jesus without understanding the time in which he lived and taught.  This course will explore the environment in which Jesus lived and how Judaism influenced him. No prior knowledge is needed. To RSVP, please contact Tiziana Getz at [email protected]. - Participants may come to all or any of Rabbi Orkand’s sessions.

Sisterhood Membership Dinner

On Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 PM, you can make sweet new friendships through TBS Sisterhood and join us for our Annual Membership Dinner! Whether you are new to Sisterhood, a returning member or a life member, we hope you sign up for Sisterhood and join us at our Annual Sisterhood Membership Dinner on Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 pm at TBS. New members are invited to attend the dinner as our guest. To sign up, click here.

Needham Interfaith Potluck Conversations

Save the Date!  On Sunday, October 21st at 5:00pm at TBS the Tzedek looks forward to welcoming the continuation of the Needham interfaith potluck conversations around race and diversity. Questions? Please email [email protected].

Contemplative Shabbat Service

On Friday, November 2 at 7:15 PM, please join Talia Stein, our community's Social Justice Rabbinic Intern as she leads a beautiful monthly Contemplative Shabbat service!  Participants will meditate, sing and reflect as, together, they bring in Shabbat together.  The service will be inspired by the liturgy found in the Miskhkan Tefilah - our community's Shabbat prayer book.  As well, there will be opportunities for personal prayer, reflection and learning.  Following our service, we will enjoy a delicious oneg. All are welcome!  Please join us!

An Inspiring Shabbat Service:  "Prophetic Power & Politics: How Reform Jews Can Create a More Just World"

On Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:15 PM, please join us for a special service. Our guest, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Executive Director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, is an inspirational leader and tireless advocate for social justice. Named  as one of the most influential rabbis in the United States by Newsweek magazine, Rabbi Pesner encourages Jewish communities to reach across lines of race, class, and faith in campaigns for social justice. He will call us to action and outline concrete steps we can take as individuals, as a congregation, and as a movement for Tikkun Olam.

2018 Gersten-Hoisington Scholar in Residence Weekend

Save the weekend of Friday, December 14 through Sunday, December 16. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the President Emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, will be joining us.  He is a noted writer, lecturer, and internationally-known religious leader. A bold, compelling, and inspiring speaker, he has presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos and has appeared on Fox news, CNN, and many other news outlets. He writes regularly for Time, The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and the Israeli daily Haaretz. 

Special Shabbat with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism

Join us for a special Shabbat weekend during which we will celebrate Rabbi Todd’s 13th (“Bar Mitzvah!”) year at TBS!  Making our weekend extra special will be inspiration shared by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, our Reform Movement's President.  Rabbi Jacobs will be speaking at Shabbat evening services and teaching Torah Study on Shabbat morning.  Be sure to mark your calendars now for what promises to be a wonderful weekend, including opportunities to help Rabbi Todd with his "mitzvah projects" on Sunday and in the weeks leading up to this great community celebration!

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.

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.

 TBS Affiliates: Union for Reform Judaism   Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project

Experience a Service and Guided Tour at the Wayland Mosque

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