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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.

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.

TBS Tzedek (Social Justice) Committee Meeting

On January 23 at 7:30 pm, please join us and become a part of Temple Beth Shalom’s inspiring new initiative on Immigration/Refugee Justice and Jewish-Muslim-Christian interfaith building. We have lots of exciting plans in the works and need your help to organize action, education, and conversation for the winter and spring. Learn about the Safe Communities Act and how to participate in the statewide “Day of Action Call-in Day” happening on January 31st. Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

TBS at Muslim Lobby Day

Tuesday, January 30, 2018: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Temple Beth Shalom's "Jewish-Muslim/Interfaith Relationship Building Action Group" is organizing a delegation of TBS members to participate in the Massachusetts State House's "2018 Muslim Lobby Day." During a time of rising misunderstanding and an increase in acts of intolerance, it is critical that we show strong support of our Muslim neighbors! Join us as we stand with members of the Muslim community and express to our legislators the importance of steadfastly ensuring the rights of all citizens. No previous lobbying experience is necessary. For more information, please contact Jen Muroff, TBS Tzedek Leader at [email protected].To RSVP, please contact Jen at [email protected]. Once you RSVP via email, Jen will send you an electronic RSVP form with 2 quick questions AND she will let you know about any carpools that have been arranged to go down to the State House.

Welcoming 23 Young Israeli Leaders to TBS

Saturday, February 2: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, join us as we have the privilege of welcoming twenty-three extraordinary young Israeli leaders who are studying leadership and diplomacy at Herzliya University. The students are participating in an internationally recognized program called the Argov Fellows Program. Through it, the students are engaged in high level learning designed to prepare them for future leadership positions in Israel and in the Jewish world. Many of those who recently travelled to Israel as part of our TBS trip met with several of the Argov Fellows. In a word, these aspiring leaders are inspirational! Refreshments will be served and Havdallah will be celebrated.

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].

Annual Flower Workshop & Luncheon

On February 2 from 9:30 am to 3:00pm,Beth Shalom Garden Club members will learn different techniques in floral design in the morning in preparation for our 10th Needham's Art in Bloom. Each member will design an arrangement to adorn the tables for our luncheon that follows in celebration of our forthcoming 10th Needham's Art in Bloom.

Shir Appeal Returns to TBS

On February 9 at 7:15 pm, join us as Tufts University's co-ed Jewish a cappella group adds amazing spirit to our Shabbat evening service! Shir Appeal was founded in 1995 and is one of the nation’s oldest collegiate Jewish a cappella groups. The group sings music from a wide range of genres, including Israeli rock and pop, traditional and liturgical Jewish songs, Jewish world music, and English music with strong Jewish themes.  Shir Appeal features TBS's very own Katrina Coffman!   Don't miss this outstanding Jewish music experience!!

Sisterhood Games Night

On February 12 at 7:15 pm, join us for a casual night of games including Mah Jongg, Canasta, Bananagrams, Bridge and others. Look in your email for sign up to bring sets, tables and to let us know you are attending so we have an idea of numbers. Walk ins welcome.

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.

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.

Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews

On Sunday, April 29 from 9:30 am to noon, Three Scrore/More or Less is sponsoring a morning of learning and friendship in the TBS Social Hall.  A $10 fee covers the event and breakfast.  The event is open to the entire TBS community.  Please RSVP to Ina Glasberg- [email protected] or Harriet Randall- [email protected]  or Lois [email protected].

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.

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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