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  • Mincha Katana: 2:17pm
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  • Sunset: 4:15pm

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Happy Birthday to Cantor Yehuda Gutwein (on November 20th)!
Happy birthday to Ilai Leib Hayman!
Happy birthday to Leah Miriam Vanounou!
Happy birthday to Jordan Lee Wagner! (November 21 & 17 Kislev)
Happy birthday, Moshe Yehudah Sloane, on November 16.  (His Hebrew birthday is Cheshvan 14.)

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Reception in honor of The Roiter Family!

ark-bima-vertical-reducedPlease join us on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM for a reception in honor of the Roiter family.  The evening will feature a live klezmer band, stories from the Roiter family's years of making our shul the wonderful place it is, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert.

The Roiter family is one of the founding families of our Shul, with generations serving the Shul in many ways from the early years through the 1980's.  Come meet the 5th generation of Roiters to be involved with the Adam's Street Shul as they celebrate what their Great-Great-Grandparents helped start, and subsequent generations continued, to make a wonderful place to gather, daven, learn, and celebrate together.

RSVP by December 1 by reserving below or by contacting Beri Gilfix.
For more on the Roiter family history, click here

Questions?  Please contact event coordinator Beri Gilfix at

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Celebrating Five Generations of Roiters at Adams Street Shul!

Join us for a reception celebrating and honoring the Roiter family on December 7th.  Reserve Now! 

Preparing for Chanukah

objectsTo help you enter the spirit of the season, here are some audio and video recordings of Chanukah shiurim from the Adams Street Shul:

The Hidden Lights of Hanukkah Tuesday,
26 November
Chanukah Party with Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe Thursday,
22 December
Candlelighting and Publicity-Seeking Monday,
29 December
The Miracle of Chanukah Monday,
22 December
A Children's Introduction to Chanukah Monday,
15 December
How is a Menorah Like the Bottom of a Burnt Meat Pudding? Sunday,
02 December
Lekutei Halachos --- Foundation Stone: The Point of Truth Friday,
15 December
The Laws of Chanukah Wednesday,
29 November
Netzach versus Hod: Moshe, Aharon & the Menorah Tuesday,
27 December
Save The Date: Channukah Party Sunday, December 21

WeinbergRabbi-lightingChanukiahSave the Date:  

Adams Street Shul Annual Channukah Party will be on Sunday, December 21st this year. 

It will be our 103rd!  More details coming soon.

Making History in Nonantum

jroiter-crop-reduce150-labeledOver 100 years ago,  Joseph Roiter, having left the Ukraine with his family for an uncertain future in this country, joined with six other recent arrivals to found a small synagogue in Newton, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.  He then served two terms as President of the congregation that you, dear members and friends, have animated and strengthened so that it has now served the Jewish community and the larger neighborhood for over a century. 

Joseph remained active in the synagogue all his life, including serving on the Bima Committee of 1924 that raised funds and contracted to build the Ark.  His seat, number 4 on the east wall, still bears his initials. 

hroiter-crop-redue150labeledHis sons, Harry and Mendy Roiter, continued the Roiter Family's involvement.  When President Louis Fried passed away in the mid-1980's, it was Vice-President Harry Roiter, himself already ailing, who recruited Bert Grand to become President in his stead.  Harry Roiter was also the donor of the Shul's first air conditioning.  Brother Mendy long outlived Harry, and although no longer healthy enough to come to shul, Mendy maintained his membership right into the 21st century.

2014-12-06 Eric-and-grandparents-fixed-smallLongstanding member Eric Roiter is a grandson of Joseph and Zipporah Roiter and a nephew of Harry and Mendy Roiter.  Shown here with his grandparents, Eric grew up in Newport but recalls visiting the Adams Street Shul as a child with his grandfather and uncles.

Eric is heading up the family's celebration of their ancestors' interest in the Shul. 

You are cordially invited to be our guest at an event honoring the Roiter Family on Sunday, December 7th at 4:00 PM.  The event begins with a reception featuring a live klezmer band, hors d'oeuvres, wine and schnapps.  This is followed by a series of stories and presentations; and finally we will enjoy a dessert buffet together.

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Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, November 28, is at 3:57 pm.   Shabbat concludes at 4:57 pm on Saturday, November 29.  

Weekly Torah Portion

Minyans This Week

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Saturday:  9:00 am
Sunday:  8:00 am

Education This Week

Sunday, November 30, at 09:00 AM
Talmud Class: Good Neighbors (and, well, the oy vey kind)
Tractate Bava Batra, taught by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.

Wednesday, December 3, 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

Jeremy Poock, in honor of the victims of Har Nof -- Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Calman Levine, and police officer Zidan Saif.

Next Week's Kiddush Sponor


This Week's Volunteers

Lena and Shoshana
Nechama C and Shoshana
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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