At the March Brotherhood Breakfast, we welcomed Larry Sandberg, 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. We now look forward to May 22nd, when CBE will host the Zamir Chorale right here in our sanctuary for a special concert.
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!
Tributes in the Zamir Concert Program
Would you like to post a tribute to Rabbi Mintz in the Zamir concert program book? Or, maybe a message to Judy Kramer to thank her for her leadership of our wonderful Choir for the past 36 years? Maybe a dedication to Cantor Sarra to commemorate her years with CBE?
Whatever the message, for $36 you can post up to 60 words in the Zamir concert program book. Please send your messages to be published to email@example.com, then go to the Zamir page on the CBE website (http://www.bethelohim.org/zamir.html) to pay your $36. Select the Tribute option in the ticket ordering section. This offer ends on May 11th, so act now!
While you're on the Zamir page, consider purchasing your concert tickets in advance. Although the pricing is the same at the door, your advance ticket sale lets us know that we can expect to see you in May.
And, if you have a business, it's not too late to purchase an ad in the program. We've extended our ad submission deadline to May 6 and will even design your ad for you! Download an ad ordering form at:
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!
Spring Cleanup Day Last Sunday
Among the helpers at last Sunday's Spring Cleanup Day: Freddy Goldstein, Elan Riesman's daughter Julia, Elan Riesman, and Matt Liebman. Not seen here is Bob Ferrara.
Freddy and Matt give their best impression of the classic painting, "American Gothic".
Matt merrily mulching!
More cleanup work is needed. It will be nice if some more CBE brothers help on the upcoming May 1st Mitzvah Day. Contact Matt or Bob if you can help.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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?
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 this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
This week's joke, with a Passover twist, comes from congregant Sal Lopes.
A British Jew is waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen. He is to kneel in front of her and recite a sentence in Latin when she taps him on the shoulders with her sword.
However, when his turn comes, he panics in the excitement of the moment and forgets the Latin. Then, thinking fast, he recites the only other sentence he knows in a foreign language, which he remembers from the Passover seder: "Ma nishtana ha layla ha zeh mi kol ha laylot?
Puzzled, Her Majesty turns to her advisor and whispers, "Why is this knight different from all other knights?"
Do you have a Jewish joke, or any other ideas for Star-Lite features?