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"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.

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]).

Thanksgiving: A time to be Thankful for Food!

During the month of Thanksgiving, please help others in our community have enough food to eat through Family Table. Those who benefit from Family Table include frail elders, including many Holocaust survivors, people living with disabilities (and the families caring for them!), survivors of domestic abuse, and single parents struggling to feed their children. Approximately 75% are Jewish. Our clients live throughout Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South area. We are available in more than 100 towns and currently have clients in nearly 80 of them! 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). Let's make a difference in November! Please drop off your donations anytime to 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 ([email protected]), Linda Mesnik ([email protected]), or Bernice Sue Behar ([email protected]).  Thank you!

Shade Gardens: This is not your Grandmother's Hostas

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Temple Beth Shalom, the Garden Club will present Steven Shaw from Master Gardener Speakers Bureau who will speak about shade gardens and growing hostas.  He grows about 300 varieties of hostas in his shade garden in Millbury, MA. and will bring some of his many hostas to our garden club program. Come and learn about hostas from a master gardener. Bring your questions about how to grow and maintain hostas.

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].

TBS Welcomes Faiza Khan

On Friday, November 30, 2018at 6:15 PM, as a component of TBS Tzedek’s mission to cultivate interfaith relationships among the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths, Faiza Khan will be our guest speaker.  Along with women from TBS, she belongs to Daughters of Abraham, an interfaith book group. Faiza is a member of the Islamic Center of Boston (ICB Wayland) Sunday School. She has volunteered in many different capacities at ICB Wayland, and has served two terms as the Principal of ICB Wayland Sunday School which serves approximately 275 students. Faiza is an educator by profession and is currently the K - 12 Supervisor of Mathematics at Medford Public Schools. Her passion is to help bring faiths together by concentrating, cherishing, and celebrating in the similarities of different faiths, but most importantly, of the three Abrahamic faiths. Faiza and her husband are parents of 4 children and reside in Brookline.  

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. 

Annual Brotherhood Blood Drive

On Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at TBS, the Brotherhood will be running the annual blood drive. Please mark your calendar and join us in the mitzvah of giving blood. The TBS community has contributed more than 100 units of blood each year for the past several years - according to the American Red Cross, ours is one of the biggest blood drives on their agenda. We provide juice, bagels and lox, and other replenishments, and we count on your support as a blood donor and/or as a volunteer. Donors - Save your blood for Brotherhood - don’t donate elsewhere after the cut-off date: Whole Blood Donations: The most flexible donation, it can be transfused directly or used to help multiple people. Waiting period: 56 days; October 13 was the cut-off date. Power Red Donations: A concentrated dose of red cells that uses an automated process to separate out your red blood cells and then safely and comfortably return your plasma and platelets to you. Waiting period: 112 days; August 18 was the cut-off date. Volunteers - Even if you have already donated recently, please help by volunteering for a time slot to help in the kitchen, to escort donors, to assist with traffic, or clean up after. Register or volunteer in advance: click on tiny.cc/tbsbloodQuestions? Contact: Glenn Stern or Jeff Ogilvie, our Chief Phlebotomists ([email protected], or [email protected])

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).

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.

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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