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Local Zmanim

Zmanim for 168 Adams St., Newton MA:
  • Sunrise: 7:07am
  • Kriat Shema (M''A): 9:11am
  • Kriat Shema (Gr''A): 9:47am
  • Latest Tefillah: 10:41am
  • Chatzot: 12:28pm
  • Mincha Gedola: 12:54pm
  • Mincha Katana: 3:35pm
  • Plag HaMincha: 4:42pm
  • Sunset: 5:49pm

Nachas Notes

Happy birthday to Chaya Esther Vaks!  (October 20th and Shemini Atzeret).
Happy anniversary to Sarah Boling and Jordan Lee Wagner (October 13).
Happy birthdays to Chaya Durani!  (October 23 and Simchat Torah!)
Happy birthday to Simcha Saleh!
Happy birthday to Beth Drapkin, on November 7th.
Happy birthday to Rose Mazansky, November 5th.
Happy Birthday to Eyal Cohen! (October 16)

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Responsa in our Lives

Weinberg RabbiNow that the summer is over and the new year has arrived, the Rabbi's Wednesday night class is shifting gears. 

Each week at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Weinberg will discuss a halachic question, rabbinic answers, and their meaning for us. 

There are no prerequisites and the class is open to all.  It is taught by Rabbi Weinberg in his home, at 130 Crafts Street, Newton MA 02458. 

Come enjoy an hour of learning.  See you there!

The Chosen People. Really?

zero mostel as tevye the dairyman: on the chosen people"I know, I know.  We are Your chosen people.  But, once in a while, can't You choose someone else?" 

(Tevye the Milkman, Fiddler on the Roof, 1971)

We often hear the Jewish People referred to as the "Chosen People". 

Chosen by who for what? 

Is the idea hubris? 


This theme has been as source of conflict, prejudice, and pride – in spite of the fact that it has been almost universally misunderstood.

Join us for a frank discussion with Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe on Sunday October 26th at 8:00 PM in  Yury's Piano Shop, located around the corner from the Shul, at 339 Watertown St Newton, MA 02458.

Mazal Tov!

KhanukaevFamily-2014-brisWhat do you do when the bris falls on Tzom Gedaliah?  You get to gather again later for the seudah mitzvah!

Khanukaev-SergeyAndArielOn Sunday, October 19th, proud parents Ilana and Sergey invited the congregation to gather again for a wonderful meal to celebrate the bris of their baby, Ariel Uri Medvedovsky-Khanukaev. The room was filled as family and friends gathered to enjoy tasty treats, words of Torah, and kvell over the baby.

Mazal Tov to Ilana, Sergey, Miriam, and Michael on the newest member of their family and our community.  May he continue to grow healthy and strong.  Thank you to Anna Steingart, Benyomin Fleischmann, and Nechama Fleishman for helping to make this beautiful, festive meal; and to all who came to make it a special simchah for the family.

Viva Volunteers...

Many thanks to: 

Stephen Jaffe and Elazar Cramer for switching the Shul from holiday whites back to year-round red, and swapping the machzorim for siddurim. 

Sigal Malka Sara Poole, ST Schwartz, and Malka Sigal for producing meaningful and fun children's services and other events on Shemini Atzeret, Simchas Torah, and Shabbat Bereishit. 

To Treasurer Steve Cantor for processing all the seasonal transactions, and for his high holiday appeal.  (Don't forget to fulfill your pledges.) 

Cheses Aryeh To Steven Lesser,  Rustin Shenkman,  Aryeh Cheses, and Steven Jaffe.  They dismatled and stowed the Sukkah.

To the Steingart-Runich Family and the Cheses Family, for lodging the Torah Tours students.

SteingartAnna 150x200And to all those who hosted the Torah Tours students for meals:  Robin and Michael Walker,  Sarah Boling and Jordan Wagner,  Rabbi and Susan Weinberg,  Benyomin and Nechama Fleischmann,  Anna Steingart and Misha Rubnich,  and Rabbi and Chanie Yaffe.

To Robin Walker for organizing this year's Torah Tours program.
FleischmannBenyomin BallGameTo the anonymous donors of our kiddushes. 

We hope we haven't forgotten anyone else. Our sincere apologies if anyone was overlooked.

Thanks for all your help.

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Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, October 24, is at 5:31 pm.   Shabbat concludes at 6:30 pm on Saturday, October 25.  

Weekly Torah Portion

Minyans This Week

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Saturday:  9:00 am
Sunday:  8:00 am

Education This Week

Sunday, October 26, at 09:00 AM
Talmud Class: Good Neighbors (and, well, the oy vey kind)
Tractate Bava Batra, taught by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.

Sunday, October 26, at 08:00 PM
The Chosen People
A frank discussion with Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe. At Yury's Piano Shop, 339 Watertown Street, just around the corner from the Shul.

Wednesday, October 29, at 07:30 PM
Responsa in our Lives
Halachic Questions, Rabbinic Answers, and Their Meaning for Us. Taught by Rabbi Weinberg in his home, at 130 Crafts Street, Newton MA 02458.

Last Week's Kiddush Sponor

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This Week's Volunteers

Lena and Yonina
Phil Rosen
Nechama C and Yonina
Aryeh Cheses
Greetings From David Winer

WinerDavid 200x150 01On Yom Kippur, David Winer, a long time member of the shul, came to shul after a long absence due to illness.  David said he was very very grateful for the wonderful tasty food that was sent to his home while he was ill, and he wishes to thank everyone in the community who contributed. 

David hopes to be strong enough by Chanukah to reprise his traditional role as our prodigious peeler of potatoes for our Chanukah Party's latkes. 

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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