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Help TBS Feed the Hungry

Our TBS community has committed to collecting 100 cans of tuna and 25 cans of salmon every month for Family Table (a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service). Family Table provides healthy food to families in need in our area.  Let's make October a great month to help out! If we all pitch in, we can easily collect more than our commitment. When you do your grocery shopping this week, pick up a few cans of tuna or salmon for Family Table and drop them off to the marked bin in the Community Court at TBS. If you have questions or want to know more about volunteering at Family Table, please contact Lori Shaer at [email protected], Linda Mesnik at [email protected] or Bernice Sue Behar at [email protected].  Thank you!

"TBS Tomorrow" Conversations

Throughout the fall, in response to the recent publication of our "TBS 2020 Vision" strategic plan, we will be engaging in an exciting series of community conversations.  During these discussions, participants will join with clergy, lay leaders, and other TBS members to explore the pillars of our Strategic Plan.  Updates and added details will be shared.  Feedback, ideas, and insights will be enthusiastically welcomed.  And ultimately, together, we will create a plan to implement our TBS "2020 Vision."  Refreshments will be served.  Please join us for any one of the following dates as we plan for "TBS Tomorrow!" Tuesday, October 9th - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm; Tuesday, October 23rd - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm; Tuesday, November 13th - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm; Tuesday, November 27th - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm; Thursday, December 13th - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Sign up and RSVP by clicking here or contacting Beth Pinals at [email protected] or David Kaplan, TBS Managing Director, at [email protected] or 781-444-0077.

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. Fortine, jazz pianist Elliot Steger, Bob Littman and the Boston Scottish 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 10th. If you’d like to pay at the door, please register beforehand so we’ll know you’ll be attending. 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!

Jews in Space: A Conversation with NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman

On Sunday, November 4 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM, are you ready to escape gravity and explore the heavens? Join Etzim and the TBS Brotherhood for the unique opportunity to meet Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman - a real Jewish astronaut. Dr. Hoffman will talk about his experiences traveling into space on five Space Shuttle flights and four spacewalks. Dr. Hoffman will also reflect on how he sees his career through a Jewish lens. This one time event is open to our entire community - bring your friends and family. A bagel brunch will be served. $10 per person, $20 per family. 

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.

70 Years of Israel: Diaspora Relations - The Next Generation

On Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM, Three Score/More or Less is sponsoring a thoughtful discussion led by Rabbi Bob Orkand.  It’s 70 years since Israel was founded in 1948.  Many of us remember the emotional moment when the new state was declared.  In those days ‘we are one’, the tagline of UJA, seemingly resonated with every American Jew.  Things seem to have changed.  Today there is great debate about the Israel/Diaspora relationship.  Some suggest that the relationship is in trouble. The afternoon will include a delicious Truly Yogurt sundae bar.  Open to entire TBS adult community and their guests. Cost: $10 per person, reservation and payment must be received by November 11th. 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].

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights at the Museum of Fine Arts

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Three Score/More or Less is sponsoring a trip to the MFA for Boston’s most vibrant Hanukkah happening! It’s a free night of fun featuring music, art, dancing and a menorah lighting in the Shapiro Courtyard. Join gallery talks and have dinner with latkes in one of three museum restaurants.  For additional information and detail, click here (MFA website) or here (Jewish Arts Collaborative website, event sponsor). We'll board the bus at TBS at 4:00 PM, and leave the MFA at 8:00 PM, returning to TBS at 8:30 PM. Open to the entire TBS adult community and their guests.The cost is $12 per person for the bus, restaurant on your own. Reservation and payment must be received by Monday, November 19th. Please send your check, payable to Temple Beth Shalom, to: Steve Shapiro, 9 Ardmore Road, Needham, MA 02494. Questions – contact Gary Goldman, [email protected]

Fifth Night Celebration

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Fifth Night Celebration is a fun and simple way for children and the larger community to participate in Tzedakah by giving one night of Hanukkah gifts to a child in need. Coming together to celebrate and donate will help our children learn how their giving will benefit and impact other children and their families, and make the holiday more meaningful. We have partnered with Birthday Wishes, an amazing organization that is dedicated to bringing birthday parties to homeless children. After enjoying a family friendly candle lighting, the children will have a chance to donate their specially-chosen presents and enjoy dessert. 

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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