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Local Zmanim

Zmanim for 168 Adams St., Newton MA:
  • Sunrise: 5:36am
  • Kriat Shema (M''A): 8:37am
  • Kriat Shema (Gr''A): 9:13am
  • Latest Tefillah: 10:25am
  • Chatzot: 12:50pm
  • Mincha Gedola: 1:26pm
  • Mincha Katana: 5:03pm
  • Plag HaMincha: 6:34pm
  • Sunset: 8:05pm

Nachas Notes

Happy Anniversary to Eliana Walker and Adrian Medina (August 16; 28 Av).
 Happy Anniversary to Robin and Michael Walker!
Happy Birthday to Yagel Kabillio, grandson of Harold andf Sybil Binder.  (August 18; 13 Av).
Happy Birthday to Yagel Kabillio (August 18 and 13 Av), grandson of Harold and Sybil Binder.
Happy Birthday to Eliahu Kabillio (August 2 and 20 Av), grandson of Harold and Sybil Binder.
Happy Birthday to Jacob Missaghi!  (August 9)
Happy Birthday to Basya Tziporah Wagner (August 16;  29 Av).
Happy birthday to Yaakov Yisroel Kabillio, son of Judith and Aric, grandson of Harold and Sybil Binder.
Happy Birthday to Ziv Lakein!
Happy birthday to Sarah Knight. 
Happy birthday to Mushkie Gurkow!

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Be a Poster Person

YaffeRabbiShlomo-cropThese are links to printable posters advertising our upcoming Tisha B'Av event with the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. 

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black & white - 8.5 by 11

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Please print a few posters and take them with you to display around town, stuff in mailboxes, and so on. 

We'd love to reach out and make new friends with this event.  Please help the shul publicize it. 


Sunday Morning Seminar

WeinbergRabbi-150x200Join us this coming Sunday morning at 9 AM for a seminar about Tisha B'Av with Rabbi Weinberg.  Light refreshments will be served.  Bring your questions and friends.  This educational event is open to all. 

Rabbi Steven Weil at Shloshim Event this Sunday

WeilRabbiSteven-OU-DirectorThis Sunday, August 3rd, at 7:00 PM, we join with several other synagogues and schools to co-sponsor a community-wide event commemorating the shloshim (first 30 days following burial) of the three Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaar, and Naftali Frankel, with a ceremony on the siyyum (completion) of the six orders of the Mishnah in memory of the teens, as well as in solidarity and support for Israel and members of the Israel Defense Forces in Operation Protective Edge.

Rabbi Steven Weil, Senior Managing Director of the OU, will be guest speaker.  Rabbi Weil is a scholar with great insights, and also an outspoken supporter of Israel who recently led an OU mission there.  We are looking forward to Rabbi Weil’s words as we gather to show solidarity and support for Israel and the IDF, and pay tribute to the fallen members of the IDF in Operation Protective Edge.

The event, which will be hosted at Congregation Beth El - Atereth Israel (at 571 Ward Street, Newton)  is co-sponsored by (in alphabetical order): 

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Movie Matinee

FleischmannBenyomin BallGameWe are adding five short inspirational movies from the OU, presenting five new Tisha B'Av shiurim from thought-provoking presenters, to our movie schedule next Tuesday.  These are in addition to the two programs from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, described below. We'll add these to the previously announced morning and afternoon programs.

Sorry, no popcorn.  And here are the movie "trailers": 

Rabbi Yaacov Glasser, a dean at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, presents “The Legacy of Yavneh: An Eternal VespasianusResponse to National Tragedy.”  

This video includes a novel insight into the commandment to erase Amalek. 

Rabbi Ari Lamm, a 2014 graduate of REITS and now a rabbinic intern at The Jewish Center, in New York City, presents “A Tale and Two Temples: Archeology and Interfaith Relations.” 

julian-the-apostateBoth of the two large-scale attempts to rebuild the Temple were initiated by gentile rulers!  Cyrus the Great succeeded, the Emperor Julian failed.  What lessons can we learn from their respective success and failure?

After the brief mincha, we will view: 

Rabbi Menachem Penner, a dean of REITS, presents “From Three to One: Lessons of a Tragedy.” 

three-boys-murdered-2014In this class we learn a timeless lesson from the recent unhappy events in the news from Israel.

Professor Shoshana Schechter, the Director of the Mechina Program at Stern College, presents “Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael: Creating a Tikkun for Tisha B’av”, which teaches us to recognize and appreciate “segula quality.”

Rabbi Steven Weil, Senior Managing director of the Orthodox Union, presents a detailed analysis of the Nineteenth Kina (Penitential Poem of the Tisha B'Av service) in a presentation entitled “The Arrogance of Ingratitude”. Kalir-Eliezer-ben paytan

We hope that in the merit of our Torah learning, this should be the last Tisha B'av that we spend in exile.  Next year, may we be eating popcorn with our movies on Tisha B'av! 

Once in the Morning, and Once in the Afternoon

Next Tuesday is Tisha B'av.  We will be showing two video programs: 

KrohnRabbiPaysachThe first program will begin right after the 7 AM morning services of Tisha B'Av conclude, which is about 9:00 AM.  This program includes presentations by Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Rabbi Jonathan RiettiRiettiRabbiJonathan (Click their names for their biographies.)  Rabbi Krohn and Rabbi Rietti will inspire us to to view Shmiras Haloshon (guarding our speech) as a vital and doable mitzvah. 

LeffRabbiZevThe second program will begin at 6:00 PM, which is ninety minutes before mincha.  It features Rabbi Zev Leff and Mr. Charlie Harary.  (Click their names for their biographies.)  HararyCharlieThese two dynamic lecturers offer masterful presentations that examine the nature of negative speech and the manner in which it destroys unity.  

One admission covers both the morning and afternoon programs.

These shiurim are being presented as part of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation's worldwide Tisha B'Av event.  This event will bring together 50,000 participants at 700 locations in 16 countries.  We are Newton's host location for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation's worldwide Tisha B'Av event.We are proud to be one of the sites.

ChofetzChaim-posterWith their own unique and powerful styles, these four lecturers leave an indelible message about how loshon hora (prohibited speech) works.  Our presenters inspire us to look inside ourselves, to identify and overcome all the obstacles that distance us from this mitzvah.  Each speaker offers concrete steps to take to ensure that, this Tisha B’Av, the participants’ awakening will result in long-lasting change.

Admission is $15 at the door, but $10 for members of the Adams Street Shul who register in advance using the form below

One admission covers both the morning and afternoon programs.

We are seeking sponsors for the event.  All who donate $36 or more will receive DVD's of the program.

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The Pouch on the Door

stamperAs you enter the whirlwind of shopping for graduations and barbecues, don't forget to 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!

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.  What an easy way to support a great cause!

There is a big envelope taped to the office door.  Simply drop your Butcherie receipts in it to help the shul.
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Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, August 1, is at 7:47 pm.   Shabbat concludes at 8:46 pm on Saturday, August 2.  

Weekly Torah Portion

Minyans This Week

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Saturday:  9:00 am
Sunday:  8:00 am

Education This Week

Sunday, August 3, at 09:00 AM
A Tisha B'Av Seminar with Rabbi Weinberg

Tuesday, August 5, at 08:30 AM
The Last Tisha B'Av - Program A
video presentations of new shiurim from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

Tuesday, August 5, at 10:00 AM
OU Movie Matinee
New Tisha B'Av shiurim from the OU and from Yeshivah University.

Tuesday, August 5, at 05:00 PM
OU Movie Matinee
New Tisha B'Av shiurim from the OU and from Yeshivah University.

Tuesday, August 5, at 06:00 PM
The Last Tisha B'Av - Program B
video presentations of new Tisha B'Av shiurim by from The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

Wednesday, August 6, at 07:30 PM
Pirke Avot Class
taught Rabbi Weinberg in his home, at 130 Crafts Street.

Thursday, August 7, at 08:30 PM
Mysteries of Midrash
Taught by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, located around the corner from the Shul, in Yury's Piano Shop.

Last Week's Kiddush Sponor

The Grand Family Kiddush Fund

Next Week's Kiddush Sponor


This Week's Volunteers

Chaya Esther Vaks and Sarah Lesser
Steven Jaffe
Sybil Binder and Zhanna Cantor
Michael Cramer
Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
RiettiRabbiJonathanRabbi Jonathan Rietti is a descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai.  He is also son of the famous British actor Robert Rietti, known as ‘The Man of a Thousand Voices' and ‘King of the Dubbers'.  Rabbi Rietti received his rabbinical ordination from Gateshead Talmudical College, England, after which he helped establish the now flourishing Kollel in Gibraltar.
Rabbi Pesach Krohn
Krohn, Rabbi Paysach
Rabbi Paysach Krohn is a fifth-generation mohel.  At age 21, he was the youngest mohel ever certified by the Brith Milah Board of New York.  He performs thousands of religious circumcisions each year. 
However, Rabbi Krohn is better known as the author of the bestselling "Maggid" series of books, inspired by the stories of Rabbi Sholom Schwadron (The "Maggid of Jerusalem").  Rabbi Krohn also authored a seminal work on brit milah (religious circumcision). 
Rabbi Krohn is a lecturer, sharing stories in the manner of a maggid, and also collecting stories for his speeches and books.  He also leads Jewish historical tours throughout Europe, speaking about the rich and vibrant Jewish communities that existed prior to World War II.  He documented the first of these trips in his 2007 book, Traveling with the Maggid.

In December 2004, Rabbi Krohn launched the organization PaL (Phone and Learn) in the United Kingdom.  A division of Partners in Torah in the U.S., PaL matches up Jews who want to learn more about their heritage with a friendly, knowledgeable tutor for up to an hour a week of Jewish study and discussion over the phone.

Charlie Harary
HararyCharlieMr. Charlie Harary, Esq. is the CEO of H3 Capital LLC, a private equity company based in New York.  He is also an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Syms School of Business in Yeshiva University.

Mr. Harary is a prolific speaker who has traveled all over the country and abroad.  He has created dozens of videos that have received worldwide attention, reaching hundreds of thousands of people in over fifteen countries.  Mr. Harary is a Senior Lecturer for the Orthodox Union, Aish Hatorah, and NCSY.

In addition, he is an active community leader.  He is the founder and president of Milvado Inc., an organization that develops innovative methods to teach spirituality in relevant and modern ways.  He is a member of the Executive Board of the OU, the Founding Chairman of its Young Leadership Cabinet, and a member of the Conference of Young Jewish Presidents.

New Scrapbook!

2014-05-18 barbecue-album-cover-photoOur newest online scrapbook is now available for viewing.  It aggregates photos taken at our recent Lag B'Omer Barbecue. 

If you have any photos or videos to add, please send them to

Musicians Wanted

KhanukaevMaestroSergey Sergey Khanukaev, our member and accomplished pianist and musical conductor, would like to organize a professional instrumental ensemble of children ages 9 to 16 to perform a variety of musical pieces focused on Jewish themes. 

After a series of rehearsals and preparations he would launch a series of concerts in Boston. This is a highly innovative idea, since there are currently no children's ensembles that are focused primarily on performing the masterpieces of Jewish music. 

Dr. Khanukaev would very much like to discuss his proposal with prospective parents and students.  Please contact him at 617-669-7778 or at to discuss ways in which you might collaborate.


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