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Annual Shofar Appeal

Make Temple Beth Shalom your Jewish charity of choice. For more information on how your gift to the Annual Shofar Appeal will make a difference, click here! To make your donation, click here.

The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue - A View from Jerusalem

On Thursday, October 24, 2017 at 7:30, attend this class presented by Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish. Drawing on personal experiences and encounters of more than 25 years, Rabbi Kronish describes the theory and practice of inter-religious dialogue, education and action between Israelis and Palestinians in the context of the political peace process as well as the peace-building programs which occur in Israel and the region. Dr. Kronish has recently had a book by this same title published. He is a passionate spokesperson for this subject with decades of experience, fascinating anecdotes, and a profound message to share about the future of Israel and the region. Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.  For more details, click here.  To RSVP, please contact Tiziana Getz, TBS Office Administrator, at [email protected] or 781-444-0077.

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 November 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.

Garden Club December Event

On December 5 at 7:00 pm, join us as Thelma Shoneman, a National Garden Club Judge, will be presenting a floral design program, "Say It with Flowers", based on the fascinating meaning of different plant materials arranged in exciting combinations. Thelma is a winner of many awards and has been an exhibiter at the Museum of fine Arts for over twenty years. She owned a flower shop in Concord for twenty years so she has a  wide range of experience in all types of flower arranging. Guests are welcome to attend. A donation of $10 is suggested.

Sisterhood Chanukah Party

On December 7 at TBD, latkes, laughter and Sisterhood friends will gather for a Chanukah party. Save the date for a casual and fun evening. Registration information will be coming in November!

Project Ezra

Temple Beth Shalom in Partnership with the Needham Community Council provides Christmas Day Dinners to our elderly or shut -in Needham neighbors. Each year the need for such help seems to increase, so please join with your fellow Temple Beth Shalom volunteers in bringing smiles , joy, and nourishment to those in need. Volunteers are needed to: Carve turkeys, Assemble dinners, Deliver dinners, and Bake "finger desserts". If you know of someone who needs a dinner, please let us know. To volunteer and be part of the team, please contact: Lois Sockol at 781-449-1226, [email protected] or Anne Braunstein 617-462-2214, [email protected]

Sisterhood Jewelry Night

On January 8 at 7:30 pm, Jewelry Night with Elise Miller will be back by popular demand. If you weren't' able to attend the October bracelet making evening, please save the date for another night.  We will be making the same bracelet we did in October. Keep an eye out for registration information.

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

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