The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

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Amy Golahny is a former congregant who now lives in Pennsylvania.  Amy Golahny's father lives in Newton and is a current member of the Shul.  In his nineties, he has become home-bound and is no longer able to attend Shul events.  (His granddaughter was married here at Adams Street five years ago.)

Rabbi Weinberg had been visiting him at home until recently.  Given the Rabbi's retirement and the fact that he is spending more time in Israel, the Rabbi is no longer able to continue the weekly visits.  We are looking for a volunteer or volunteers who would be interested and willing to assume the mitzvah of visiting this gentleman at home.  He would very much like to receive visits from a Shul member. 

If you are interested, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to give you his contact information.
Nechama Fleischmann
Chair, Chesed Committee

Boling Wagner, SarahCookbook Editor,
Sarah Boling
Participate in the Adams Street Shul cookbook, a celebration of the culinary cultures of our community.

Adams Street is home shul to so many good cooks, from both hemispheres and several continents.  Our collective memory spans many decades of history and many thousands of square miles of civilization.  Let's celebrate our diverse gathering of individuals by showcasing all the delightful things we can do to food.  Let's put together the first Adams Street cookbook.

Please let your fellow members know who you are, where you came from, and what spells “delicious” to you!  Contribute a favorite recipe, or several.

What recipes should you send in?  The soup you remember your great-aunt by;  the cholent or pilaf or salad dressing you're particularly proud of;  the cookie without which your children would not consider Rosh Hashanah properly sanctified;  the meatballs your Italian grandfather used to make for the family, in which soy milk could be substituted. 

(The editor is very good at kosher modifications to recipes, by the way. If you don't know how a recipe could be tailored to the dietary laws, just ask for a consultation).

If there's a story with your recipe, please feel free to add it.

To submit: send an e-mail to .  Either type in your chosen recipe or recipes, or attach a scan or even a readable phone-camera shot.

If a favorite, iconic recipe you want to include comes from a published cookbook or website, please supply that information.  With proper attribution the recipe can still be included.

The submission period will run from this date until February 1, 2017.

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Reminder to all who use The Nonantum Eruv that it's the time of year to support it if you can. 

Although the Greater Boston Eruv Corporation conducts the weekly inspection for us, the Adams Street Shul pays for this service, and we also pay directly the electrician who makes the repairs.

Most people don't think of The Nonantum Eruv as a weekly event, but providing it is very much a weekly project of our congregation. Just as we work behind the scenes to provide a Kiddush, a Third Meal, and a Torah Reader, so too do we maintain the eruv from our Shul's funds.

Every Thursday afternoon, two specially trained employees inspect the entire boundary of our eruv and call in repair orders. We have an electrician on retainer, standing by with a bucket truck every Friday, to make any needed repairs. 

Finally, the status message (which you can see on our website and hear at 781-446-9797 on Friday afternoons) is updated.  This process ensures that our eruv is "up" almost every Sabbath.

The Adams Street Synagogue offers sponsorship of The Nonantum Eruv each Shabbos for only $54. Sponsoring this weekly service of the shul is an opportunity to honor an individual, memorialize a loved one, or celebrate a simcha

The eruv is much appreciated, as it encourages more people to participate in our Shabbat services and to join our community. 

If you've enjoyed bring anything to or from the Shul on the Sabbath, or to each other's homes, please make an eruv donation now by clicking here.  


Tuesday, February 21, 2017
25 Shevat 5777

Nachas Notes

Happy Birthday to Levi Yitzchak, son of Rabbi and Mrs. Yale and Rivkie Spalter, grandson of Rabbi and Mrs. Shlomo and Chanie Yaffe! (February 5th and Tu B'Shevat)
Happy Birthday to Shalva Tagayl Sloane, on February 5th.
Happy birthdays to Dina Rebecca (Dina Rivkah) Wagner and Silvia Malkah (Malkah Sima) Wagner, on February 5th and Shevat 29.
Happy Anniversary to Carol and Bernard Wagner! (February 7)
Happy Birthday to Benyomin Fleischmann!
Happy birthday to Max Cantor (February 17) !
Happy Birthday to Yury Levshitz! (February 24)
Happy Birthday to Rabbi Shomo Yaffe, the day before Purim! (He seldom gets to eat on his birthday!)
Happy Birthday to Ronny Drapkin! (March 2nd)
Happy Birthday to Sarah Boling!
Happy Anniversary to Phil and Jane Rosen! (March 10)
Happy Birthday Jane Partensky (March 10th).

Refuah List

Devorah bas Leah

Chesed Notes

Would you like to be included on a list of people willing to prepare or deliver meals to Adams Street families in need of chesed at the time of a birth, death, or illness? 

If you would like to be contacted in these circumstances, please send your name, phone number and e-mail address along with any specific instructions (e.g., "I am happy to deliver meals, but I don't have any time during the week to cook.") to the following members of the Chesed Committee:

  • Shiva meals: Ilana Medvedovsky ()
  • Births: Anna Steingart ()
  • Serious Illness: Nechama Fleischmann ()

We would like to keep names on file so that we will be able to contact you to ask if you are available to help when a situation arises.

Donate to the Shul Without it Costing You a Cent

When you shop at The Butcherie in Brookline, remember to ask for your receipt to be stamped. When you bring your stamped receipts to the shul, we turn them in, and The Butcherie donates to the Shul.

Bring your Butcherie receipts to the Shul and drop them in the pouch on the office door.  The Butcherie will donate 3% of your credit card purchases, and 5% of your cash or check purchases, to the Shul. It adds up!

Shop Amazon and Support the Shul

We are very pleased that the Adams Street Shul is a non-profit associate of  This means that any purchase you make from Amazon, initiated from the the Shul's website or email link, results in a percentage of that purchase being donated to our organization.  Bookstoolstoyselectronics,  anything!

Whenever you are planning to buy something from, please start that transaction from this link, or from our website.  

Here is our direct link to Amazon. This process is easy for your convenience, and, at the same time, allows you to support the important works of the Adams Street Shul.


We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to raise funds for the Shul!  Thank you so much for your support.

Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, February 24, is at 5:12 pm.    Shabbat concludes at 6:14 pm on Saturday, February 25.  

Torah Portion

This Saturday is Shabbat Mishpatim, Erev Rosh Chodesh, Shekalim.  
(The Torah Reading is Shemot 21:1-24:18;   Maftir is Shemot 30:11-16;   and the Haftarah is II Kings 11:17-12:17.)

Minyan Schedule

for the weekend of 2/24-26, Shabbat Mishpatim, Erev Rosh Chodesh, Shekalim:

Friday Mincha 5:15 pm
Saturday Shacharit 9:00 am
  Mincha following Kiddush
  Maariv 6:45 pm


Shacharit 8:00 am

Upcoming Educational Events

Thank Our Eruv Sponsors

No events

Thank Our Kiddush Sponsors

Sat, January 7

Sat, January 14

Sat, January 21

Sat, January 28

Sat, February 4

Sat, February 11

Sat, February 18

Thank Our Mincha Layners

No events

Reorganized Chesed Committee

Fleischmann, Nechama Nechama FleischmannWe are pleased to announce that the Shul's Chesed Committee, chaired by Nechama Fleischmann, has recently been reorganized.  If you or someone you know in the shul community needs assistance, please contact one of the following committee members:

1. For assistance in time of serious illness or injury:  Nechama Fleischmann (774-232-7715)

2. For meals and assistance for new mothers/births: Holly Kilim (617-922-9611)

3. For Shiva and bereavement: Elana  Medvedevsky (617-669-6059)

If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to help out with the committee's work, please contact Nechama Fleischmann at the phone number listed above. 

Kiddush Set-Up Schedule

Click here for the most recent Kiddush Set-Up Schedule.

Rabbi on Call

Rabbi Weinberg remains our Rabbi on Call, available to take your calls and emails to answer your questions and provide counsel.

Looking for Leyners!

Interested in leyning at the shul? There are many opportunities. If you or someone you know would be in interested in leyning at the Adams Street Shul, contact the Chairman of the Ritual Committee, Michael Cramer.

Torah Talk

Con­gre­gants are tak­ing turns de­liver­ing ser­mons on Shab­bat mor­nings. To volunteer, contact Rustin Shenkman.

Chesed Committee Contacts

  • Shiva meals: Elena Medvedovsky ()
  • Births: Anna Steingart ()
  • Serious Illness: Nechama Fleischmann ()

If You Feed Them, They Will Come

Bert Grand at the Shul Centennial Red Sox OutingWe hope you have enjoyed the pleasant socializing each week after Shabbat morning services. Have you ever wondered how the shul manages to provide the kiddush even on weeks when it has not been sponsored? 

The Grand Family Kiddush Fund sponsors the kiddush whenever no one else has.  Even if you cannot sponsor a kiddush on your own, small donations in any amount are always welcome.  Simply designate that your donation is for The Grand Family Kiddush Fund. 

It's a nice way to honor someone, celebrate a simcha, or memorialize a loved one.  You can donate online now.