President's Log
The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

FleischmannBenyomin_BallGameI want to take a few minutes to thank each one of the members of the Adams Street Chanukah Committee for the hard work, creative efforts, and teamwork each one of you displayed in planning, assembling, and producing a wonderful Chanukah experience for the Adams Street Shul. Our shul will be in great hands for the beginning of the next one hundred years with such a great group of young folks like these. On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Shul, Thank You; and may Hashem bestow upon each one of you a bracha. 
Fleischmann Binyomin, Shul PresidentIt is one month since the Yamim Noraim (High Holy Days), and this week's note from Zev Guttman is a pleasant reminder of the nice davening and feelings that were generated by his visit.

While you are remembering those days, I am reminding everyone to donate to the Shul's Cantorial Fund, so we can have Zev return next year.
FleischmannBenyomin_mediumAbout three hundred to five hundred people gathered in front of Congregation Kehillath Israel on Harvard Street on Sunday, May 20th, to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim.  The Adams Street Shul was one of the sponsors of the event, and a good number of our members were in attendance.

Hello- Welcome to the President's Log- I would like to take a few minutes to thank the members of the Adams Street Shul for finalizing the elections on 11 August 2011.  Your new elected officers will work hard to  make the shul the number one place to be this upcoming year.  Stay tuned because you will hear a lot from us this year.
May 1st was our fifth annual "Picnic With the Trees."  God gave us a gorgeous day for it, and volunteers did the rest. 

Many thanks to Sarah and Jordan Wagner for hosting the event;  to Binyamin Fleischmann, Rabbi Shachter, and Rabbi Yaffe for giving wonderful presentations;  to Nechama Fleischmann for shopping for the food;  and to John Negrotti of Silver Lake Liquors for donating the fine wines and plenty of ice to keep all the beverages cool! 

If you missed the event itself, you can still catch some of the learning:  videos of some of the presentations are now available on the website. 

All in all, an auspicious beginning; can Lag B'omer be far behind?
Passover has come and gone and it was an inspirational personal and communal experience.  The Shabbat Hagadol Kiddush was unique. Our Chatan Torah, Binyamin Fleischmann, and the Chatan Bereshit, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, joined together to make this a memorable experience.  It was a great chametz feast before Pesach.  Rabbi Yaffe made his amazing cholents... a huge fleishig one and two pareve. All will agree that they are gastronomic delights.  Binyamin looked after the fish, salads and just about everything else.  There were divrei Torah, z'mirot, and a huge crowd.  It was a wonderful introduction to Pesach.

The services were on time and meaningful.  It is a source of great pleasure for me, and I am sure to all, that we have so many new members and worshipers.  They are from different backgrounds and cultures, yet all feel at home under our roof.

Now we set our sights for Shavuot as we count the daily Omer.  Shabbat Shalom to one and all!
This year, the Adams Street Shul celebrated Purim with an amazing amount of spirit. Thank you to Rabbi Avinoam Durani, who read megillah at several times for us. In addition, a community seudah was held on Purim day for the first time. Yasher koach to all those who helped make this a success: Robin and Michael Walker, Jane and Phil Rosen, David Jacobson and Shelley Greene, Tsila Sloane, Rena Walker, Binyamin and Nechama Fleischmann, Michael Froimowitz and Linnea Bredenberg.
Planning is underway for a communal Purim seudah (meal) and party at the Shul on the afternoon of Purim, which is Sunday, March 20th. The planning committee would like some feedback about how many people would be interested in attending. We anticipate the price of the meal to be about $20 for adults and $10 for children. We are also looking for more volunteers to help with this event. We are also looking for donations to help offset the costs. Please contact Robin Walker () this week if you, your family, and friends are interested in attending, or if you would like to help out in any way. We hope that everyone will be able to attend, in costume of course!
Now that the days are getting longer (can Spring be far behind?), mincha is once again being held later in the afternoon on Shabbat, followed by Seudah Shelishit and Maariv/Havdallah.  We are looking for a few more volunteers to help with set up/clean up for Seudah Shelishit – several of our previous “regulars” are out of town for extended periods.  If you are willing to assist in this mitzvah, please contact Dr. Ronny Drapkin ().

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