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In December, an Exciting Family Table Match!

In the month of December, as we celebrate light, let's feel good about giving to people who need our help through Family Table at JF&CS. We have an exciting "match" this month in our community! Ruby Mesnik and her family are donating 100 cans of tuna to Family Table this month to "match" our commitment of 100 monthly cans as part of her Mitzvah Project! So, let’s double our collection this month (we were low in November) for Ruby and the people who need our support! Please add tuna and/or salmon to your grocery list then please drop off your donations any time in the marked bin in the Community Court. If you have questions or want to know more about volunteering at Family Table, please contact Lori Shaer, Linda Mesnik, or Bernice Sue Behar. Thank you!

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. 

Demonstration and Lecture on Terrariums

On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 7:00 PM at TBS, the Beth Shalom Garden Club will present Deb Trickett from The Captured Garden.  Deb is a Mass Certified Horticulturist and a Mass Certified Landscape Professional.  She is a also a frequent lecturer at flower shows and has been featured in several publications. Deb will help you learn how to set up a terrarium as a good activity to maintain over the winter months.

TBS Tzedek Presents Bystander Intervention Training

On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 7:30 PM at TBS, please join us for a training on Bystander Intervention led by professionals from B.U. School of Public Health. Have you witnessed someone being harassed in public? Heard racial, ethnic or religious slurs? Seen women being harassed about their appearance? Public harassment is on the rise in the U.S. Many people want to intervene, but don’t know how to do it safely. Participants will learn: (1) How to assess and determine an appropriate way to intervene. (2) How cultural and systemic biases enable discrimination (3) How each person’s identity may cross different social and cultural boundaries (4) How harassers use stereotypes (5) How to support the victim of harassment during and after the event (6) Reasons why people may not intervene in public harassment (7) How to apply one of five intervention strategies (Direct, Distract, Delegate, Delay, Document) (8) Self-care after intervening (Decompress) (9) Practice techniques with multi-media case studies. Registration is required and space is limited. Register here: https://bystandertraining_bethshalomneedham.eventbrite.com Fee: Recommended minimum donation of $5.00 (bring check payable to Hollback!).  Hollback! is a 501(c)3 charity who’s vision is to create a world where all  have the freedom to move through public space.

Project EZRA

On Tuesday, December 25, 2018, Temple Beth Shalom will once again join hands with the Needham Community Council to provide Christmas dinners. Each year the need seems to increase, so please help us; we cannot do this mitzvah without you. Volunteers are needed to carve the turkeys, assemble the dinners, deliver the dinners, and bake "finger desserts." Please participate! Know of someone who needs a dinner on Christmas Day? Let us know! To sign up for any one or more of these tasks, contact: Lois Sockol (781-449-1226, [email protected]), Anne Braunstein (617-462-2214).

Men's Softball Needs More Players

Did you know that TBS has three men's softball teams that play in the spring? If you can hit, catch and run, we need you! The Men's Shul Softball League, Inc. (MSSL) was created to promote and carry out friendship among men of Jewish families through sports.  This collegial, semi-competitive play is among over 40 adult softball teams. Teams consist of members from a given temple or group of temples in the metropolitan Boston area. Our season begins begins in early to mid-April, and culminates in the Kiddush Cup playoffs within our three divisions in the summer. We need to form teams well before the start of the season - so it's time to raise your hand now! To find out more, contact Eric Goldstein ([email protected]).

Floral Painting through the Ages

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (Snow date: January 22) at TBS, the Beth Shalom Garden Club will present a program by Martha Chiarchiaro, a lecturer of art history. Martha received a Master of Art from Williams College and has taught a variety of art history classes at the Worcester Art Museum. She will speak about exploring the past through landscape and floral art. Please join us for a very interesting program.

TBS' New Solar Panels

On Tuesday, January 23, 2019 at TBS, in celebration of Tu B’shvat and the completion of TBS' solar panel installation, the Shomrei Adamah ("Guardians of the Earth") Committee is sponsoring an educational program on our new solar panels. Bob Clark of 621 Energy, the installer of the panels, will explain how the panel technology works, how the captured solar energy helps to meet TBS facility energy needs, and what impact the panels will have on TBS’ electrical bill.  Loren Shapiro, co-chair of the TBS Building Committee, will join Bob to explain the project.

Garden Club February Workshop and Luncheon

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019  at TBS, the Beth Shalom Garden Club will hold their annual flower workshop and luncheon which gives the club members the opportunity to fine tune their design skills and to socialize at a delicious potluck luncheon created by the members. After the luncheon the members receive the photo of the high school students' artwork to interpret for Needham's Art in Bloom on March 8,9 and 10.

Needham's Art in Bloom

On Friday, March 8; Saturday, March 9; and Sunday, March 10 during Library hours, Needham's Art in Bloom is coming to the Needham Public Library. Our Beth Shalom Garden Club members are now thinking about how to interpret the Needham High School students' artwork in flowers. Don't miss seeing the beautiful flower arrangements and the students' creative artwork.

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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