6:00 PM Tot Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Shabbat Hagadol (Please Note: The ROSH program for elementary school students will not take place this Friday evening)
Saturday, April 16th:
10:00 AM Shabbat morning service Nathan Cooperman will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah
Cantor Sarra reading Purim story
Tot Shabbat This Friday
This 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
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information.
Shabbat Hagadol This Friday
We invite you to join together this 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.)
Spring Clean Up Day This Sunday
This 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!
If you are a Boston Globe Subscriber and haven't yet used your $100 Grant Voucher, you might want to consider assigning it to "Congregation Beth Elohim Acton MA".
If you do so, CBE will get $100 credit for each grant assigned which can be used towards the placement of ads in the Globe. For more information and to stay up-to-date on subscriber contributions, go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT. Please hurry.... only 2 weeks left!
Sisterhood Book Group
Sunday, April 24th at 7:30 PM
230 Newtown Rd., Acton
The Sisters will discuss The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant.
Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters.
A good-sized crowd enjoyed our guest speaker, Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe.
Jacoby presented on a unique topic: the support in the United States for Jews and a Jewish homeland, since our country's founding.
Here we see Peter Lovitz and chef Don Hoban pointing to the nearly empty 2nd bowl of Shakshuka, a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin. It is believed to have a Jewish \Libyan origin.
Sharon Smith insists that your camera-shy editor appear on the other side of the camera. Here he receives moral support from Bob Ferrara and Don Hoban.
Adult Ed Bus to Jewish Boston
Rabbi Mintz has been teaching a class about Jewish Boston for the last few weeks. The culmination of this class was the trip to Boston last Sunday.
Congregants visited Blue Hill Avenue Shul Roxbury, Mishkan Tefila, East Boston Cemetery, Boston Holocaust Memorial, Vilna Shul, former Chai Odom Dorchester, Brookline Ohabei Shalom.
Wanted! Marketing Guru for the ELC Preschool Advisory Board
The CBE ELC is looking for any member of the CBE community willing to manage the ELC's marketing communications activities, including social media, website updates, publicizing Open Houses and enrollment, and external listings such as Google and Yelp. It would also include attendance at some ELC preschool advisory board meetings throughout the school year. Use your expertise and join a great and devoted group of people! Contact Allison Forseter at email@example.com.
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
Michael Oren Book Review and Israeli Desserts
To honor Israel Independence Day, the Israel Committee is reading ALLY by Michael B. Oren. We will get together 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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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 at email@example.com 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.
The Walk for Hunger Wants You!
The Walk For Hunger wants you! Be part of CBE's walk team for this 48th Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 1st!
Take part in the new 10 mile walk or the 5K run this year!
Or support Project Bread by supporting our team. Contributions to Project Bread can be made here.
Project Bread supports hunger initiatives throughout the state. It is an organization which our school supports throughout the year through Coffee Just Cause, the Hebrew Read-a-thon and the school's Mitzvah Garden which was highlighted in Project Bread's spring mailing. Please take a look here.
If you need more information about The Walk, please contact Leann.
Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day
CBE Adult Education Committee presents:
Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day, Wednesday, May 4th, 7 PM.
Please join Rabbi Lewis Mintz and Cantor Sarra Spierer for a candle lighting ceremony.
The second part of the program will be a presentation and screening of the new film Raise the Roof. This uplifting film captures the journey of artists Rick and Laura Brown as they reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue, an 18th century structure that rivals the greatest wooden architecture in history. Please visit http://www.polishsynagogue.com/ for a detailed description.
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!
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 lets you 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 email@example.com.
Aboard an El Al flight from Israel to America, Grandma Esther was taking her very first flight. They had only been aloft a few minutes when the old lady complained to the stewardess that her ears were popping.
The girl smiled and gave the older woman some chewing gum, assuring her that many people experienced the same discomfort.
When they landed in New York, Grandma thanked the stewardess. "The chewing gum worked fine," she said, "but tell me, how do I get it out of my ears?"
Do you have a Jewish joke, or any other ideas for Star-Lite features?