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Zmanim for 168 Adams St., Newton MA:
  • Sunrise: 6:58am
  • Kriat Shema (M''A): 8:52am
  • Kriat Shema (Gr''A): 9:28am
  • Latest Tefillah: 10:18am
  • Chatzot: 11:58am
  • Mincha Gedola: 12:23pm
  • Mincha Katana: 2:53pm
  • Plag HaMincha: 3:55pm
  • Sunset: 4:58pm

Nachas Notes

Happy birthday, Bert Grand!
Happy Birthday to Sarah Freyda Steingart-Rubnich!  (Jan. 27th and 12 Shevat)
Happy birthdays to Dina Rebecca (Dina Rivkah) Wagner and Silvia Malkah (Malkah Sima) Wagner, on February 5th.
Happy anniversary to Yishai and Livia Ashkenazi! 
Happy birthday to Yishai Ashkenazi!
Mazal Tov to Carol and Bernard Wagner, celebrating their wedding anniversary on February 7th!
Happy Birthday to Shalva Tagayl Sloane, on February 5th.

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Condolences to Eyal and Shenhav Cohen and Family

IsraeliFlagBaruch 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

2014-01-15 TuBshvat SederJoin 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.

A reservation is not absolutely required, although we would appreciate an RSVP so we make sure to have enough wine and fruit on hand.  RSVP to .

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

Image 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. 

fruit-01It 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. 

TuBShevat-221x196The 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. 

seder-01Although 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. 

Yaffe ShlomoCome 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.

beer-duffYou 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. 

YaffeRabbiShlomo-cropThis 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).

Lchaim shot glass 001Admission is free with the new purchase of an Adams Street Shul Centennial commemorative shot glass. 

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

tree-02Although 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:

Tu B'Shvat Seder with Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe


16 January


Shlomo Yaffe
Tu B'Shvat Seder with Rabbi David Maayan Saturday,
11 February
David Maayan

And for deeper insight into the role of trees in our Tradition:


Rabbi Weinberg on Trees



30 April



Norbert Weinberg



Video: Fifth Annual Picnic With the Trees



01 May






Video: Chassidus on Torah and Trees



03 May



David Maayan



Rebbe Nachman and the Trees



15 May



David Maayan


 Mothers Day With the Trees:
The Discipline of Your Father,
The Torah of Your Mother


12 May



Rabbi David Maayan, Rabbi Avrohom Kelman, Rabbi Norbert Weinberg


Russian Jewish Shabbat at Adams Street

Poock, Jeremy - Russian Jewish Community Foundation (RJCF)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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Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, January 30, is at 4:40 pm.   Shabbat concludes at 5:41 pm on Saturday, January 31.  

Weekly Torah Portion

Minyans This Week

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Saturday:  9:00 am
Sunday:  8:00 am

Education This Week

Sunday, February 1, at 09:00 AM
Talmud Class: Good Neighbors (and, well, the oy vey kind)
Tractate Bava Batra, taught by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.

Tuesday, February 3, at 07:30 PM
Congregational Tu b'Shvat Seder

Last Week's Kiddush Sponor

Jacob Missaghi,in memory of his father on the occasion of his second yahrzeit

Next Week's Kiddush Sponor

Anna Steingart and Misha Rubnich, in celebration of Sarah Fredda's birthday!

This Week's Volunteers

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.

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.

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