The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

Davis, Rabbi Max Rabbi Max Davis has been the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Torah, Springfield, MA, since 2010 where he helped transition the community through a triple-merger of three smaller synagogues into a new, forward-focused, unified congregation.  Before coming to Springfield, Rabbi Davis was assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley, CA for two years, where he also had served as a rabbinic intern.

Concurrently with his positions in Springfield and Berkeley, Rabbi Davis has greatly enjoyed teaching Judaics at the local day schools.  He has also helped maintain and expand municipal eruvim in Cambridge, Berkeley, and Longmeadow.

Rabbi Davis received Semicha in 2008 from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (Riverdale, NY).  He also holds a master's degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University.  A native of Brookline, MA, Rabbi Davis is an alumnus of Maimonides School, Harvard University (BA Urban Studies), and Yeshivat Hamivtar, Efrat, Israel.

In a "past life," Rabbi Davis worked summers as a park ranger for the National Park Service at Bunker Hill and the Charlestown Navy Yard, an experience he considers essential training for delivering Shabbat morning drashot.  Rabbi Davis is most grateful to be in the presence of his wife Dalia and their three daughters, Revaya (6), Hodaya & Tifferet (11 months).

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
29 Tevet 5778

Nachas Notes

Happy Anniversary to Michael Hafkin and Luba Kantorovich! (Dec. 29)
Happy birthday to Jane Rosen! (December 31st)
Happy birthday to Mattan Yedidya Lakein, on January 8th.
Happy Birthday, Bert Grand!
Happy birthday to Yishai Ashkenazi!
Happy Birthday to Mark Stepner (January 16th)!
Happy Anniversary to Yishai and Livia Ashkenazi! (Jan. 19)
Happy Birthday to Sarah Freyda Steingart-Rubnich! (Jan. 27th and 12 Shevat)
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.

Refuah List

Devorah bas Leah

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!

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.

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, January 19, is at 4:26 pm.    Shabbat concludes at 5:27 pm on Saturday, January 20.  

Torah Portion

This Saturday is Shabbat Bo.  
(The Torah Reading is Shemot 10:1-13:16;   and the Haftarah is Jeremiah 46:13-28.)

Upcoming Educational Events

Thank Our Eruv Sponsors

No events

Thank Our Kiddush Sponsors

Sat, December 2

Sat, December 9

Sat, December 16

Sat, December 23

Sat, December 30

Sat, January 6

Sat, January 13

Thank Our Mincha Layners

No events

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.