2018 TBS Israel Adventure

We are thrilled to announce plans for our next extraordinarily memorable TBS adventure in Israel! From Thursday, December 20, 2018 – Sunday, December 30th, Rabbi Jay will once again lead an incredible multi-generational Israel journey that will take us from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to Haifa to Masada, Haifa, and the Golan Heights! For families who are interested, each past Israel adventure has included children becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah at a special service atop Masada. For more information go to: secure.ayelet.com/JPerlman2018.aspx.Questions? Please contact Rabbi Jay at [email protected].

Yes You Can! An introduction to Jewish Genealogy

On March 18 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, learn how to find more information about your family's history. The talk by our guest speaker, genealogist Carol Clingan, will be followed by a workshop on how to get started. Come prepared with what you know, and learn how to take the next steps by exploring American records. To register, contact Tiziana Getz at [email protected].

Garden Club Annual Tri-club Meeting

On March 20 at 7:00 pm, the Garden Club will host its annual Tri-club Meeting with the Needham Garden Club and Kalmia Garden Club. Kirsten VanDijk, owner of My PassionFlower floral boutique in Sudbury will present a design program creating unusual arrangements composed of traditional and tropical florals and foliage. She is a winner of best in show at the Philadelphia Flower Show as well as placing first at the World Flower Show. Everyone is welcome to attend. A donation is appreciated.

Jewish Musician Rick Recht Shares Shabbat at TBS!

On Friday, March 23, join us as we welcome Jewish music sensation, Rick Recht back to Temple Beth Shalom!  Rick’s energy, warmth, and inspired Jewish musical talent will make this a Shabbat to remember! To learn more about Rick and his music, go to www.rickrecht.com.

TBS Welcomes Israeli Dancer/Playwright Nataly Zikerman: Challenging Notions on Disability

On Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 pm, TBS proudly welcomes playwright/performing artist Nataly Zukerman as she shares personal insights about her identity as “other” in Israeli society, her work as a performance artist, and her inclusion advocacy for “art-a-bility” – a movement of artists with disabilities.  She will perform pieces from her critically acclaimed piece, “The Other Body.” At 12, Nataly was severely injured, leaving her disabled for life and with the unfulfilled fantasy of becoming a professional dancer.  Zukerman’s severe neural back injury is almost invisible. She does not fulfill the stereotype of the handicapped woman.  This promises to be a inspirational and special program! To RSVP, please contact Tiziana Getz at [email protected] or 781-444-0077.

Sisterhood Women's Seder

Save Tuesday, March 27 for the annual Sisterhood Seder!  Passover is coming early this hear.  The seder is a favorite evening of friendship, music, and a delicious potluck dinner. Want to join the fun and help with the planning and execution? Let Sandy Jacobs ([email protected]) know.

Supporting Immigrant Children: Clothing and Toy Drive

On Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, TBS, through our TBS Tzedek initiative, is proud to support 50 children who are newly arrived immigrants to the U.S. In partnership with West Suburban ReSettle Together, TBS is participating in a toy/clothing drive. New/gently used items are welcome and needed.  To participate online, please click here.  You may also donate items “live” during our one-day collection drive on Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church (858 Great Plain Avenue in Needham). If you wish to drop off clothing or toys during the months of March and April, simply contact Jessica Day at [email protected]. Questions, please contact Cheryl Weisman-Cohen, TBS Tzedek Liaison, at [email protected].

Beth Shalom Garden Club European Floral Design to Welcome Spring

Join us Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 PM where Lisa Oberholzer-Gee, owner of Lisa Oberholzer-Gee Floral Designs, will present a demonstration program on techniques and designs she learned while living and traveling in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Japan.  She would like to share this world of floral art that reflects the natural world and many floral cultures. She hopes to inspire everyone to use flowers as a way to expand their own creativity. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

Elliot Steger Jazz Quartet presents Melodic Jazz with Soul

Join us Sunday, April 22, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM when the Elliot Steger Jazz Quartet will perform songs from Jewish composers including Billy Joel (“Piano Man”), Rogers and Hart, Arlen and Harburg (“Over the Rainbow”), and more. Elliot, a TBS member, will play his arrangements of popular songs from the Eagles (“Desperado”), Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, and Duke Ellington. Elliot's compositions are appreciated even by those who are not familiar with jazz. Sponsored by Three Score/More or Less, Sisterhood and Brotherhood, this event is free for Temple members, non-members - $18.00. Eventbrite registration is required for all attendees.  Refreshments provided during intermission. To reserve your spot, go to http://tiny.cc/tbsjazz.  Can’t register online? Call the Temple office at 781-444-0077. Questions – contact Gary Goldman, [email protected]

Sisterhood Games Night

Join us Wednesday, April 25, 7:15 pm for our third Sisterhood Games Night! This will be a casual and relaxing evening of playing Canasta, Mah Jongg, Bananagrams and much more! Come with friends or come alone, just come ready to relax, schmooze, nosh and have fun! A sign up will be sent in the Sisterhood email. Contact Jackie Waller for questions at [email protected].

TBS's Production of Damn Yankees is Coming Soon! Tickets on Sale Now!

This musical comedy will be performed on Thursday, April 26 at 7pm, Saturday, April 28 at 7pm and Sunday, April 29 at 3pm at Newman Elementary School. Order your tickets today by visiting WWW.TBSDAMNYANKEES.COM! Seating is reserved, so order your  tickets early to get the best seats. For those who prefer a Ticket Order form, please contact Rich Atkind [email protected] or (617) 462-4652. This sensational production features many talented actors from TBS, Needham and surrounding communities who will sing and dance their way into your hearts! Director Sheridan Miller, Musical Director Michael Jones and Choreographer Carrie Klimeczko.

The Relationship Between Judaism and Islam

Join us on Monday evenings in April and June from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm for ten sessions. This course will explore the intertwined destinies of Judaism and Islam, including the myth of the Jews and Arabs as cousins, the Jewish background to the Islamic religion, and the Muslim-Jewish symbiosis during the medieval period.  Topics will include the influence of Islam on Judaism, the Jewish teachings on Muhammed (570-632), the founder of Islam; the relationship between the five pillars of Islam and Judaism; the Qur'an's attitudes to Jews and Judaism; the status of Jews as "protected minority," the role of the Jews in Islamic societies; the Golden Age of Jewish life in Muslim Spain and more!  You can register at this link: https://register.hebrewcollege.edu/meah-select-temple-beth-shalom/. To RSVP or if you have questions, please contact Rabbi Jay Perlman at 781-444-0077 or [email protected]. Tuition for the class is $300 for TBS members and $350 for members of the broader community.  Financial assistance is available by contacting Rabbi Perlman.

A Kallah with Rabbi Sonsino - A Special Learning Experience

On Sunday, April 29 from 9:30 am to noon, Three Score/More or Less is sponsoring a morning of learning and friendship in the TBS Social Hall. This Kallah will focus on ‘Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews’, comparing & contrasting customs and religious practices. A $10 fee covers the event and breakfast. The event is open to the entire TBS community. Please send your check, payable to Temple Beth Shalom, to: Millie Cohen, 100 Rosemary Way #226, Needham, MA 02494. For questions, please contact Ina Glasberg- [email protected], Harriet Randall- [email protected], or Lois [email protected].

Tikkum Olam Weekend

Save May 4-6. This year's Tikkun Olam Day is going to be extraordinary! The weekend will kickoff at Shabbat services with an activity during the oneg and will be followed by three large group volunteering opportunities. On Saturday, we will be volunteering at  the Greater Boston Food Bank.  On Sunday, we will be voluntering at Cradles to Crayons and we will also have a TBS team participating in the Walk for Hunger. Choose one or choose them all! Space is limited.  Sign up today by clicking here.

Sanctuary - A Musical Experience

On Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 pm at TBS, join Temple Beth Shalom’s Three Score/More or Less & Temple Aliyah’s Staying Connected for an afternoon of inspirational and soulful song by Sanctuary, an ensemble featuring Cantorial soloist Jodi Blankstein, guitarist Adam Dehner, Cantorial soloist Lisa Marcus Jones, vocalist Anne Kalis, percussionist Mitch Gordon and Cantorial intern DJ Fortine. Sanctuary will create a rich musical space where the renewing power of music works its magic. The cost is $10 per person. Reservation and payment must be received by April 25th. Please send your check, payable to Temple Beth Shalom, to:  Millie Cohen, 100 Rosemary Way #226, Needham, MA 02494.  For questions, please contact Myrna Bloch ([email protected]) or Esta-Jean Cahn ([email protected]). This program is open to all members of Temple Aliyah and Temple Beth Shalom.

Sisterhood Novels at Night

Save Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm for Novels at Night which is back by popular demand! Please join us for a book discussion of "Modern Girls" by Jennifer Brown at the home of Sarah Fleckner.  A sign-up genius invitation will be coming, but you can start reading now!

L'Chaim! A toast to the generations

Save Saturday, May 12 for the 2018 TBS Gala event to honor our past, celebrate our present and imagine our future. L'Chaim! is a celebration for our TBS community, coming together to help support all that we do at TBS. Look out for your invitation in the mail shortly.

Sisterhood Donor Dinner

Join us, May 17, 6:30 pm for the Sisterhood Donor Dinner as we honor the Anything But Ordinary women of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Shalom. Come for a sumptuous dinner and a celebration of sisterhood. Many women of the Sisterhood of TBS make an impact on our temple, Needham community and beyond. Our three honorees, Joanna Herrera, Peggy Gassman, and Stacey Smalley have initiated and led amazing acts of kindness and justice, rooted in Reform Jewish values. They inspire us. We inspire each other. Celebrate and support our collective efforts to make our world a better place. Please look for the invitation in the mail. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Moller at [email protected] or 781-455-0667.

Spring Rummage Sale

Save Sunday, June 3 for drop-off from 9:00 am - noon; Rummage Sale from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm Bag Sale on Monday, June 4 from 5:00pm - 8:00 pm. It’s that time of year again and Sisterhood needs your donations and assistance. Costume and better jewelry is welcome. Please:  no computers or monitors, and no broken or damaged items. We need everyone’s help to make this event a success. Many volunteers will be needed Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon during the sale and Monday evening after the bag sale. For more information or to volunteer, contact Bonnie Littman (781-449-8793  [email protected]).

Three Score/More or Less at the Boston Pops

Join us on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Temple Beth Shalom to take the bus to Symphony Hall. Three Score/More or Less will sponsor our annual night at the Boston Pops, this year featuring Tony award winner Sutton Foster. Sutton is a bona fide Broadway star and one of its most versatile leading ladies. From starring in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', 'Anything Goes', 'Shrek the Musical' and 'Violet', to leading the smash-hit show 'Younger' on TVLand, Sutton and the Pops will bring you an evening of great music, singing and dancing.  Open to the entire adult TBS community, the $75/pp cost includes bus transportation to Symphony Hall and your ticket. Please send your check, payable to Temple Beth Shalom, to: Millie Cohen, 100 Rosemary Way #226, Needham, MA 02494. Payment must be received by May 4, 2018. Questions – contact Linda Lourie (781-444-7069), Anne Riskin ([email protected]) or Judy Gordon ([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.

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

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