|Condolences to Eyal and Shenhav Cohen and Family|
Baruch Dayan Emet.
With great sadness we report that Esther and Yitzchak Cohen, the parents and in-laws of Eyal and Shenhav, and the grandparents of Tzukit, Reve, Tor, and Livnei, were killed in an auto accident yesterday in the Shomron. Communications of condolences to Eyal would be most welcome.
"May Hashem comfort them among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem."
|Congregational Tu B'Shvat Seder Next Tuesday|
Join us next Tuesday at 7:30 PM to enjoy our annual Tu B'Shevat seder, led this year by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, who will explicate complex Jewish concepts in an inspiring way. The seder will last about ninety minutes. All are welcome.
Admission is free; donations to defray the costs are welcome. Click to make a Tu B'Shvat Seder Donation.
(Adams Street Shul events are open to all regardless of ability to pay, so if Hashem has blessed you with an ability to give more than your fair share, please give generously.)
|The New Year for Trees|
Tu B'Shevat marks the first signs of Spring in Israel. At this time of year, trees sprout little leaves and the flower buds appear. Tu B'Shevat is the New Year for Trees as far as our three agricultural laws regarding trees (terumah, maaser, and orlah) are concerned. For example, Israeli fruits that began to develop before Tu B'Shevat are tithed separately from those that form after.
It is customary to eat fruits on Tu B'Shevat, especially those for which the Land of Israel is famous. (Fasting is prohibited. Tachanun is not recited). Our Tu B'Shevat Seder celebrates the fruits of Israel with readings from the Torah, Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, and more.
The Tu B'Shevat Seder expresses appreciation for the environment, and for Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel). The special foods used as symbols at this Seder include certain fruits, nuts, and grains; plus both white and red wines.
Although Tu B'Shevat has been a special day since Biblical times, the Tu B'Shevat Seder ritual was only begun in the 16th Century. The Seder has always been popular among Sephardic Jews. In recent decades it has become more widespread because of its attractive environmental and Zionist symbolism.
Come celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for the Trees, at Adams Street. This year, Tu B'Shevat begins on Tuesday evening, February 3. Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, Chaiman of our Education Committee, will lead our seder. Please plan to join us! Enjoy a Tu B'Shevat Seder with interesting fruits, nuts, grain, wine and song.
|Second Annual Pre-Purim Beer-Tasting Contest & Melavah Malkah|
How expert are your taste buds? Find out on Saturday night, February 21st --- the first Saturday night of Adar --- at Greater Boston's Second Annual Pre-Purim "Drinking Contest" & Melavah Malkah! Bring your friends and meet new ones.
You win this contest not with quantity but with discernment. Come to the historic Adams Street Shul and sample a diverse array of the finest kosher exotic craft beers. Match the unlabeled samples to the bottles they came from to win bibulous prizes.
This event is also a melavah malkah with Rabbi Norbert Weinberg and Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe. There will be food-pairings and learning to go with each beer. The event begins at 8 PM.
Reservations are required to ensure we have enough on hand to keep your palate occupied. Click here to make a reservation (or to make a donation to support this event).
Or $10 for those who bring their own Adams Street Shul Centennial commemorative shot glasses!
Or you may pay $14.95 to participate in the Beer-Tasting Contest & Melavah Malkah using a cheap plastic disposable cup. Poor nebbish.
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|Preparing for Tu B'Shvat|
Although a seder is involved, preparing for Tu B'Shvat is not like preparing for Pesach, so you've still got plenty of time.
See some of these online classes for inspiration, as well as two Tu B'shvat Haggaddahs you can print and use yourself:
And for deeper insight into the role of trees in our Tradition:
|Russian Jewish Shabbat at Adams Street|
On Saturday, February 7th, the Adams Street Shul will host RJCF Shabbat.
Russian Jewish Community Foundation (RJCF) is a non-profit organization created for charitable purposes by Russian speaking Jewish immigrants from the former USSR now residing in Massachusetts. The RJCF mission is to preserve and enhance Jewish identity among Russian Jews and to support Israel.
RJCF and Adams Street invite you to a special Shabbat service on Saturday, February 7th:
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|Chesed Committee Contacts|