7:30 PM Shabbat Shirah Service "Hallelujah!" CBE Choir Annual Music Shabbat
Saturday, April 9th:
10:00 AM Shabbat morning service Matthew Krampf will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah
Hallelujah! CBE Choir Shabbat Shirah
A Service of Praise and Celebration
THIS Friday, April 8, 7:30 PM
The Beth Elohim Choir looks forward to seeing everyone at its annual music Shabbat. This year's service is inspired by Psalm 150, whose text tells us to praise God with our voices and with instruments.
We will be singing four very different settings of Psalm 150 - contemplative to rhythmic to rousing. And in keeping with the text, we'll have a variety of instrumental accompaniments, including tof, clarinet, flute, cello, guitar, autoharp and piano.
Many of the tunes in the service are among the choir's favorites, and we are sure they will be yours as well!
Don't miss this always popular annual choir event!
Brotherhood Breakfast This Sunday
Mark your calendars to join us this Sunday, April 10th at 9:00 AM at CBE, when our guest speaker will be Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe.
An Op-Ed columnist and nationally recognized conservative voice, Jacoby was hired from the Boston Herald in 1987. He briefly practiced law and was a commentator for WBUR-FM. His awards include the 1999 Breindel Prize and the 2004 Thomas Paine Award.
Adult Ed Seats Left on Bus to Jewish Boston
As you may know, Rabbi Mintz has been teaching a class about Jewish Boston for the last few weeks. The culmination of this class is the trip to Boston this Sunday April 10th.
There are a few spots available on the bus. If you are interested or have questions, contact Matt Liebman, who is the trip coordinator.
Bus to arrive at Congregation Beth Elohim 133 Prospect Street in Acton, MA at 1030, we leave at 11 AM sharp! The following stops are subject to change:
Stop 1. Blue Hill Avenue Shul Roxbury, 397 Blue Hill Avenue. Roxbury.
Directed by Yaelle Kayam | 2015 | 83 minutes | Israel, Denmark | Hebrew with English subtitles | New England premiere
Belmont World Film presents the New England premiere of the Israeli film MOUNTAIN as part of its 15th Annual International Film Series running March 21-May 15 at both the Studio Cinema in Belmont and the West Newton Cinema. In the film, a devout housewife, who lives with her family in an isolated home located inside the cemetery on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives, looks for meaning among the ancient tombs. It is a complex portrait of a constrained life that leaves plenty of room for conjecture.
CBE Early Learning Center Open House
We invite you to join together on Friday evening, April 15th at 7:30 PM for
SHABBAT HAGADOL: A SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE COMING OF PASSOVER & SPRING
This service will include familiar Pesach melodies, songs related to spring, and a brief selection from the poetic Biblical text, The Song of Songs (Shir HaShirim.)
Rabbi Mintz will present a practical teaching entitled:
"A Few Ways to Make Your Family's Seder Even More Engaging and Enjoyable"
(You may wish to bring a copy of the Haggadah you use.)
Zamir Chorale Concert with CBE Choir
In the form of JEOPARDY... in the category of Jewish Music, for fifty shekels: "As teenagers, Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Sarra both made connections with this special group, leading to their interest in and love of Jewish music."
Answer: "What is the Zamir Chorale of Boston?"
At last Sunday's Brotherhood Breakfast, we welcomed Larry Sandberg, the Concert Manager (and the longest tenured volunteer singer) of the internationally acclaimed Zamir Chorale of Boston. He gave a rousing presentation about the history, music, and mission of the Zamir movement - from its beginnings in Poland in 1899, to its roots in New England today. Many of the breakfast attendees heard the music of Zamir for the first time - and are now looking forward to May 22nd, when CBE will host the Zamir Chorale right here in our sanctuary for a special concert.
During his presentation, Larry shared an old photo of Rabbi Mintz in a teen choir at Camp Yavneh, standing alongside Joshua Jacobson, the future founder of the Zamir Chorale of Boston (and a lifelong friend of Lewis, since well before he was Rabbi). Larry also showed a PBS video featuring a 20-year old "before-she-was-Cantor" Sarra traveling with the Zamir Chorale, singing with the choir throughout Eastern Europe, where Jewish life thrived before WWII. On the more playful side, the video showed our Cantor dancing and singing a solo in what almost appeared like a "teen pop band" in the streets of Poland.
Ticket sales for the May 22nd Zamir Chorale performance - which will include CBE's choir and Cantor - took off following the breakfast. We fully expect this concert to sell out. For more information about the concert, with links to hear Zamir's music, visit: http://www.bethelohim.org/zamir.html
Don't miss this opportunity - buy your tickets now!
Zamir Chorale - Double Chai Celebration
The world-renowned Zamir Chorale of Boston comes to CBE on May 22. But did you know that this year also marks the double chai 36-year anniversary of our choir?
Share your love for CBE's choir, and director Judy Kramer, by purchasing an ad or tribute in the Zamir Chorale concert program book.
And while you're at it, don't forget to buy your tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. Concert tickets make wonderful Mother's Day, anniversary and birthday gifts. Invite the relatives from out of town. Did you know that CBE choir will also be performing a few numbers with Zamir? This is an occasion not to be missed, and we expect that seats will sell out! Learn more and buy tickets at http://www.bethelohim.org/zamir.html
Cantor Sarra reading Purim story
Next Tot Shabbat
Friday evening, April 15th at 6:00 PM.
All of our youngest children and their families are invited to sing, dance, pray, and learn with Cantor Sarra at our monthly Tot Shabbat.
During "Torah Time", we'll hear a story and march with our own Torah scrolls. Children with a birthday during the month will receive a special birthday song. After services, we will all come together for Oneg Shabbat, a sweet snack and conversation in the Social Hall. This is a wonderful way to meet new friends in the community!
Seth Barron carrying Torah
Tot Shabbat and ROSH ("Ruach on Shabbat" services for elementary-school aged children and their families) take place on either the third or fourth Friday of each month. Look on CBE's online calendar to find out all of the dates for services this year!
If you'd like, bring your own (dairy) dinner and join us anytime after 5:15 P.M. as we eat together in the Social Hall before the service.All are welcome. Please contact Cantor Sarra with any questions or for more information.
Spring Clean Up Day April 17th
Sunday, April 17th 9:30 AM - noon'ish
Please mark your calendar and join us! There's a variety of beautification and maintenance activities to complete.
Young and Old, Parents and Children
Pruning and Clearing, Raking and Sweeping
A chance to enjoy the outdoors and get our synagogue in great shape for Spring!
Many hands make light work...
RSVP if you can to Bob & Deena Ferrara or
Michael Oren Book Review and Israeli Desserts
In honor of Israel Independence Day, the Israel Committee is reading ALLY by Michael B. Oren. We will get together on Wednesday, May 11th at 7PM at CBE for a book review and discussion, and some wonderful Israeli desserts.
Michael Oren's memoir of his time as Israel's ambassador to the US provides a frank, fascinating look inside the special relationship between America and its closest ally in the region.
This book is available on Amazon.com as well as in the public library system.
Please RSVP to Leann
CBE Volunteers Served Easter Morning and Evening at Cor Unum
Jo-Anne Nyer proudly reports that Congregation Beth Elohim fielded congregant volunteer crews for both Easter morning breakfast and evening dinner at Cor Unum in Lawrence.
Morning crew: Don and Marcy Hoban, Rick and Shelley Green, Bob Ferrara, Elan Riesman. Not shown: Honi Kawut
Evening crew: Front Row: Jamie Jelinsky, Hannah Jelinsky, Ann Budner, Sam Pollak
Back two rows: Rosalie Mauser, David Caplan, Jo-Anne Nyer, Gary Mauser, Barry Nyer, Barbara Epstein, Diane Yasgur, Scott Jelinsky, Andrew Gruskay, Rodolfo Archbold, Sue Gruskay, Sean Riordan, Marcy Riordan, Lauren Pollak, Rob Mendelsohn, Sharon Jelinsky, Rebeka Mendelsohn, Kerstin Mendelsohn, Amelie Mendelsohn, Chuck Pollak, Lily Hollenberg, Sara Pollak. Not shown: Orna and Yuval Shohet, Harry Hollenberg.
Sisterhood Trip to the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Sisterhood Seeking New Board Members
Are you looking to get more involved in the CBE community? The CBE Sisterhood board can provide exactly that opportunity.
We're seeking new board members to help with programming, membership recruitment or other activities.
We accomplish a lot during our monthly meetings while having a few laughs along the way.
CBE Sisterhood is a diverse group of women spanning all ages, interests, and lots of ideas! If you'd like to learn more about serving on the board, please contact Julie McCall or Pam Laufer.
Adult Education Committee Seeks New Members!
Are you passionate about Jewish Educaton, and have fresh ideas about classes and courses that can be taught here?
Or do you just want to help organize and run classes? Please contact Julie Kozhukhin.
Sisterhood Run Sunday April 24th
Save the date!! The Sisterhood's "Rush Hashanah Run" was such a big hit in the fall, so we decided to organize another team for an upcoming race. The Groton Road Race, which is on Sunday, April 24th, is a fantastic event because they have events for everyone!
There is a Tot Trot for kids under 6 years of age, 2k, 5k and 10k! They also give out great t shirts! And, if you are 65 and over, the race is free! See the link, below, to the race website so you can check it out. If you would like to be part of this event, click on the link below to register. Please email Emily Blumberg so we know if you and/or your family members will be joining us.
Join fellow Brotherhood members and their guests for a beer brewing session. Some of us will meet in the CBE Parking lot around 12:10 PM to form a carpool.
Jewish Spain Trip Informational Meeting
CBE is planning a trip to Jewish Spain in April, 2017. If you would like more information about our trip, you are invited to an informational meeting on Thursday, May 12th at 7 PM at CBE.
We will be meeting with our trip's guide, a representative of Keshet, Kayla Ship. Spread the word and join us!
Please RSVP if you are interested to Leann Shamash
Me'ah Select Program
Me'ah Select classes are intensive and unique single- term classes that focus on particular themes, historical periods, texts and/or personalities in Jewish history. These classes adhere to the same high standards of instruction as the Me'ah Classic program, and are targeted to adults of all backgrounds who are seeking to take a first or ongoing step on their Jewish journeys.
The Adult Education committee wants to bring this program to CBE next academic year and needs your input. The tuition for each semester-long class depends on the class enrollment and is expected to be around $350. Financial assistance is available.
Hebrew College (the facilitator of the program) suggested a few classes for us. The class descriptions can be found here. If you are interested in any of these classes, please either take a survey on the same form or email Julie Kozhukhin. If you take the survey, please make sure to go through both sections and press "Submit" button at the end. If the suggested classes do not interest you, please take a look at other classes offered in the Boston area and let us know what might interest you now or in the future: http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/meah-select#sthash.5FyY2hKv.dpuf
Sign Up to Host an Oneg
When considering Oneg, think about celebrating the special moments in your life. If you're attending services, please consider being the host. Many dates are
available throughout the rest of the year.
Scheduling your Oneg hosting in advance helps weekly Shabbat planning.
The SignUpGenius website makes it easy for you to see all available dates in 2016 through June. Click: CBE Oneg Hosting.
We continue an occasional Star-Lite feature: congregant-submitted humor! Please submit your Jewish jokes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next Jewish joke entry comes from congregant Dan Klein:
Jewbilation (noun) Pride in finding out that one's favorite celebrity is Jewish or that your offspring is marrying a Jewish person.
Torahfied (noun) Inability to remember one's lines when called to read from the Torah at one's Bar or Bat Mitzvah. (OR from the Hagadah at Passover).
Matzilation (verb) Smashing a piece of matzo to bits while trying to butter it.
Chutzpapa (noun) A father who wakes his wife at 4:00 AM so she can change the baby's diaper.
Deja Nu (noun) Having the feeling you've seen the same exasperated look on your mother's face, but not knowing exactly when.
Disoriyenta (noun) When Aunt Linda gets lost in a department store and strikes up a conversation with everyone she passes.
Meinstein (slang) "My son, the genius!"
Mishpochadots (noun) The assorted lipstick and make-up stains found on one's face and collar after kissing all one's aunts and cousins at a reception.
Re-shtetlement (noun) Moving to Florida and finding all your old neighbors live in the same condo as you.
Minyastics (noun) Going to incredible lengths and troubles to find a tenth person to complete a Minyan.
Feelawful (noun) Indigestion from eating Israeli street food, especially falafel.
Dis-kvellified (verb) To drop out of law school, med. school or business school as seen through the eyes of parents, grandparents and Uncle Sid. In extreme cases, simply choosing to major in art history when Irv's son David is majoring in biology is sufficient grounds for dis-kvellification.
Impasta (noun) A Jew who starts eating leavened foods before the end of Passover.
Kinders Shlep (verb) To transport other kids besides yours in your car.
Trayffic Accident (noun) An appetizer one finds out has pork.
Do you have a Jewish joke, or any other ideas for Star-Lite features?
This week's photo album features scenes from a variety of recent CBE events. Thanks again to our many photo contributors: Rachel Spierer, Paul Friedman, Daniel Shrives, Laura Kelmar, Jodi Barron, Allison Forseter, and Chuck Pollak.
It's 5:45 AM on Easter Sunday. At left, close friends and Cor Unum repeat volunteers Marcy Hoban and Shelley Green manage to crack each other up!
This year, 26 children and 15 adults and teens participated in chanting from the Megillah!
Rachel Spierer sent us this photo of Ben Perkins and Waky Waks chanting while Cantor Sarra joyfully looks on.
While serving Easter dinner at Cor Unum, there was a Gruskay standing among the Jelinskys. Can you find Sue G. somewhere in this photo?
Jo-Anne Nyer (right) informs Barbara Frank (left) that she doesn't remember if she added 5 pounds of beans and one clove of garlic to the chili, or 5 pounds of garlic and one bean!
As always, your Star-Lite editor welcomes all congregants to send in your photos of synagogue life. Email photos email@example.com
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