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2020 Vision Strategic Plan

Please check out our 2020 Vision Strategic Plan by clicking here and see how TBS is planning for the future.

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.

Family Table in 2019!

It may be a new year, but hunger in our community continues to increase. Family Table (a program of JF&CS) continued to grow in response to need in the community. In 2018, Family Table served an average of 532 families per month, an increase of 7%. Please continue to support Family Table by donating a can of tuna or salmon (or multiple cans!) in the marked bins in the temple lobby. Just add these items to your shopping list and please help us meet our temple's goal of 100 cans per month. We can do it! If you have any questions about Family Table or about volunteering at the monthly distributions, please contact: Lori Shaer - [email protected] or Bernice Sue Behar - [email protected] or Linda Mesnik - [email protected]. Thank you!

The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle

On Saturday, January 19, 2019 join us in the Sanctuary for The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle which is a powerful one-man show representing the Civil Rights struggle in America for the past 50 years. Written and performed by Emmy Award-winner Ron Jones,The Movement is a visual chronicle, which highlights many of the political, social and cultural markers, triumphs and struggles, since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Please RSVP by clicking here. Walk-ins welcome as well. 

TBS' New Solar Panels

On Wednesday, 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 5, 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.

Welcoming Israel's 2019 Argov Fellows

On Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, join us as we have the privilege of welcoming twenty-two young Israeli leaders who are studying leadership and diplomacy at Herzliya University.  Selected as Argov Fellows, the students are engaged in high level learning designed to prepare them for future leadership positions in Israel and in the Jewish world. Our program will feature a unique opportunity to both learn about these exceptional leaders and to discuss with them the similarities and differences of Jewish identity in the U.S. and Israel. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the Argov Fellowship, please click: https://www.idc.ac.il/en/specialprograms/argov/pages/home.aspx

TBS Welcomes Tuft Univerity's Jewish A Cappella Group "Shir Appeal"!

On Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm, join us us for Shabbat evening services as we enjoy an outstanding Shabbat musical treat! Shir Appeal is Tufts University's only co-ed Jewish a cappella group.  Founded in 1995, Shir Appeal has shared its music with amazing energy and spirit across the country!  The group sings music from a wide variety of genres, including Israeli rock and pop, traditional and liturgical Jewish songs, Jewish world music, and English music with strong Jewish themes.

Mentsch in Tights: How Jewish History & Culture Shaped the Comic Book Superhero

On Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm, join us for an adult and family learning presentation.Not only do comic book superheroes Batman and Superman disguise themselves to save the world, but, they also disguise their creator’s Jewish heritage. Since their creation in the 1930’s comic books have become a part of our nation’s vocabulary, forever changing the way we think about what makes a hero. Unmask the Jewish subtexts of these stories and discover the contributions Jews have made to this American art form. Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is an internationally known speaker and author. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, and was profiled in publications like the New York Times, Miami Herald, and London Guardian. To register and buy tickets, click here. 

Destigmatizing Mental Illness - The Challenging and Rewarding Journey toward Mental Health - A Panel Discussion

On Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm, join us at TBS for a panel discussion on Mental Illness. A major focus of the ITF this year is to reduce the shame and fear that is all too often associated with mental illness. This important event will feature a panel of young adults from the TBS community who will discuss their personal struggles and successes. Come to listen, to learn, to share your own story if you wish, and to support those in our own community who are touched by mental illness.  

Race, Class, and Gender a Jewish Perspective

On Tuesday evenings, February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, and March 19th – 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm Description 100, join TBS Social Justice Rabbinic Intern Talia Stein for an exploration of race, class, and gender through the lens of Jewish text and tradition.  Do our religious texts offer a unique perspective on these issues?  In what ways are the rabbis of old ‘in conversation’ with modern scholars?  Throughout this course, we will use Biblical, rabbinic, and modern sources as a starting point for open and thought-provoking conversations about these challenging topics. Please feel free to join us for one, several, or all of our sessions! To register for the class, click here.

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]).

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.

Bingo & Pizza with Three Score/More or Less (a free event for those 55+)

On Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm join us at TBS for bingo and pizza. Did you know that any TBS member 55 & over is part of the ‘Three Score/More or Less’ community? No? You’re not alone! To get better acquainted, Three Score/More or Less is sponsoring a free Bingo and Pizza event. We anticipate a great time among friends, old and new, with some schmoozing, a bit of competition, plenty of excitement, and tons of fun.  Join us for pizza, soda, and prizes.  Open to TBS members 55 & over.  You’ll be in great company! To register, click here.

Beth Shalom Garden Club's Tri-Club Program

On Tuesday, March 19, at 7:15 pm at TBS, The three Needham Garden Clubs, Beth Shalom Garden Club, Needham Garden Club and Kalmia Garden Club will be having their annual Tri-Club Program at Temple Beth Shalom. It is an opportunity for all three garden clubs to work together and present a high quality program.  This year Michael Theriault of Bradford, MA will entertain our three clubs with floral designs evolved through 30 years of experience in wedding consultations, parties, floral decors and residential and commercial decorations. You can view the extensive photos of his work on his website; www.michaelseventsandflowers.com. Better yet, come see for yourself!

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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