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Thanksgiving is upon us and I wanted to share something with you that I recently read:

"The Hebrew month of Tishrei, with its abundant share of Jewish Holy Days, has come and gone. Tishrei’s Days of Awe led us to look inward and to consider ways in which we can refine ourselves. Sukkot and Simchat Torah gave time for joyful celebration of harvest and renewal of Torah. Now November is here, and just as our Hebrew calendar called us to certain emotions associated with each Holy Day, Thanksgiving has its own powerful associations. Thanksgiving is dedicated to the purpose of stirring our gratitude for life’s abundant blessings.

I hold warm memories, as I imagine many of us do, of family closeness shared at the time of year we slide into colder, darker days of winter. Not long after Thanksgiving we will return to the Hebrew calendar to find light in that darkness as we light our Hanukah candles. As American Jews, we are fortunate to have both of these complimentary cycles providing rhythm and
texture to our years." How true!

I hope that as we sit together with family and friends at the Thanksgiving table, we can all identify certain special individuals, precious moments, achievements, or lessons that have touched our lives this past year, made them better, given us hope, and made us appreciate the beauty around us.

It is an honor and pleasure to serve this community. Each of you contributes to the collective beauty that makes up the Adams Street Shul and I thank you.

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

A Modern Community

We hope you will visit us when you visit Boston. If you live here, we hope you will participate in our educational classes, religious services, and holiday celebrations. 

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A Historic Shul

The Adams Street Shul is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are now in our second century of service to the Jewish community.

Part of our mission is to preserve and maintain this historic building, with the help of many supportive friends.

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg


The Adams Street Shul

(617) 630-0226


168 Adams Street
P.O. Box 600371
Newton, MA 02460


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Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, February 19, is at 5:05 pm.    Shabbat concludes at 6:06 pm on Saturday, February 20.  

Torah Portion

This Saturday is Shabbat Tetzaveh.  
(The Torah Reading is Shemot 21:1-24:18;   and the Haftarah is Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-6.)

Minyan Schedule

for the weekend of 2/12-2/14:

Friday Mincha 5:00 PM
Saturday  Shacharit 9:00 AM
  Mincha following Kiddush
  Maariv 6:30 PM
Sunday Shacharit 8:00 AM

Today's Local Zmanim

Sunday, February 14, 2016
5 AdarI 5776
for 168 Adams St., Newton MA
Alot: 5:16 am
Mishekayir: 5:41 am
Sunrise: 6:40 am
Kriat Shema (M"A): 8:43 am
Kriat Shema (Gr"A): 9:19 am
Latest Tefilah: 10:12 am
Chatzot: 11:58 am
Mincha Gedolah: 12:25 pm
Mincha Ketanah: 3:4 pm
Plag HaMincha: 4:10 pm
Sunset: 5:17 pm
Tzeit Ha-Kochavim: 5:59 pm

Upcoming Educational Events

Monday, Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm
Talmud Class: Good Neighbours (and, well, the "oy, vey" kind)

Bava Batra, taught by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe at his home at 69 Silver Lake Ave in Newton
Saturday, Feb 20 @ 10:00 am
Children's Shabbat Program

Led by Chanie Yaffe.