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.

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, eljo4@comcast.net 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 - calhal71@comcast.net - 781-444-3868.

2017 Gersten-Hoisington Scholar-In-Residence Weekend

Join us December 1 thorugh December 3 when Brandeis University Professor Ellen Smith will explore with us "The Jews of Greater Boston: Past, Present and Future".  For a brochure of the weekend, click here.  To register for parts of the weekend, click here.

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, lsockol@comcast.net or Anne Braunstein 617-462-2214, braunsteina@me.com

Support a Mitzvah Project

Jordan Schaffer will become a Bar Mitzvah on March 24th. For his mitzvah project, he is working with the Greater Boston Food Pantry to end hunger in MA. He is also helping get food to those who have lost everything in Florida, Texas, and the USVI due to the hurricane season we've had. He is starting small by collecting donations such as dried, evaporated or box shelf stable milk, beef stew, peanut butter, tomato juice, raisins and other dried fruit, tomato sauce, crackers, oatmeal, pasta, canned vegetables, and non-perishable (not frozen or refrigerated) food. Please do not give canned tuna or salmon, as the Temple collects these for other charities. Not all of the people who the food pantry works with are considered poor by government standards, but they still have great difficulty feeding their families. With your help, we can improve the lives of thousands of people who suffer from hunger. Please bring donations from January 2nd through February 1st. There will be a collection bin in the TBS lobby with Jordan's name and/or Greater Boston Food bank written on it. Thank's in advance for helping Jordan collect food and change the lives of many.

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. Look in your email for registration information.

Garden Club presents "Friends of the Public Gardens: Decades of Park Stewardships"

On January 9 at 7:00 pm in Simon Hall, Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of Friends of the Boston Public Garden, will present a slide program with information about the history of the Boston Public Gardens and how this nonprofit organization has managed to care for the parks and restore greenspaces in an urban environment. Come with your questions and learn about the Boston Public Gardens.

Sisterhood Novels at Night

On January 17 at 7:00 pm, please join us for “Novels at Night “as we discuss “The Paris Architect “by Charles Belfoure. Curl up with a good book this January. Sign up will be coming, but start reading now!

Sisterhood Game Night

On February 12 at 7:00 pm, 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 you Sisterhood friends, look for more details and the sign up genius soon.

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 chesed@tbsneedham.org. If you have questions about the Age Together platform, please contact Ariel Sherry at ariel@agetogether.com or Steve Sherry at steve@agetogether.com.  

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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