Winter has finally set in. With the chilly days and cold nights comes the common tendency to ‘powerdown’ and hibernate at home. At the Adams Street Shul, we are coordinating various programs to keep you connected to the community and our weekly services and programs.
Last month, we started having Shabbat mincha services immediately following Kiddush in order to ensure that we will have a minyan and be able to take out the Torah. This also allows us a more leisurely afternoon at home with family and friends during the short daylight hours. This has been a positive change and the services have been very well attended. We will continue with early mincha services through January. As always, please contact Aryeh Cheses if you need to report a yahrzeit, need an aliya, or need to say kaddish.
January will also feature a special catered Friday Night Community Shabbat Dinner on Erev Rosh Chodesh Shevat, January 19. The dinner will be held in the shul’s social hall and features a warm atmosphere, excellent food with service, and remarks by Rabbi Weinberg. This has always been a very popular event so reserve your seats now – certainly no later than January 12! Please contact Beth Drapkin for more information.
Please join us for Erev Shira – An Evening of Music – on Saturday, January 13 at 7:30 PM as the entire community sings Israeli and Jewish songs, old and new. Dessert and light refreshments will be served. The event will be held in our shul, and is co-sponsored by The Sephardic Congregation of Newton, Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel and Shaarei Tefi lla Congregation. For more information please contact Nechama Cheses.
The shul continues to offer weekly educational programs, including the Rabbi’s new Kitzur Shulchan Aruch class on Wednesday evenings and the Children’s Program on Shabbat mornings. These are wonderful opportunities to learn, daven, and connect with friends.
Finally, for those that can not attend shul events during the difficult winter months, have no fear. You can still participate in classes and programs. Thanks to Jordan Wagner, most of our educational programs are now available online in audio at our website (www.AdamsStreet. org)! And be sure to continue to check the Web site for updates on events as they come in.
So while the warmth and glow of the Chanukah candles are gone, I hope your inner candle embers are still burning and you will make an eff ort to stay connected and involved with Adams Street.
I look forward to seeing you all in shul.