Yechiel Robinson and Ariella Mitchneck
Mazal Tov to Yechiel Robinson and Ariella Mitchneck , who became engaged on the fourth night of Chanukah. What a present!
Mazal tov also to Yechiel's parents, Morris and Debbie Robinson. And to Yechiel's siblings: Yehudit and Sam Daitch; Rabbi Avi and Daniella Robinson; Ahuva and Joshua Sclair; Sarah Robinson; and Bracha Robinson.
Ariella is the daughter of James and Colleen Mitchneck of Lowell, MA. Mazal tov! Mazal tov also to Ariella Mitchneck's siblings: Rachel, Adam, and Joseph Mitchneck. And to Ariella's paternal grandmother, Lotte Mitchneck of Coconut Creek, FL.
A big thank you goes to Benny Shamash for introducing Yechiel and Ariella to each other.
Reb Sammy the Movie!
Did you miss last Sunday's spirited and educational Chanukah event by Reb Sammy? Well not any more! We recorded it!
You can watch a video of his presentation, entitled “The Hidden Lights of Chanukah,” below.
(In the photo above, “Reb Sammy” and event organizer Nechama Cheses share the bima.)Read more...
Winter Schedule Begins
Starting this week, we will have Shabbat Mincha in the early afternoon, right after kiddush. Then we can drive back to shul for Maariv just after Shabbos ends, which is convenient if the weather gets difficult.
(So this week Shabbat Mincha is at 12:30 PM, and Maariv on Saturday night is at 5:30 PM.)
We will continue having early mincha until mid-March.
The Hidden Lights of Hanukkah
On Sunday evening, November 24th, the Adams Street Shul presents an inspirational pre-Chanukah educational event, featuring the songs and stories of Rabbi Sammy Intrator. His presentation is entitled The Hidden Lights of Hanukkah.
"Reb Sammy" touches people of all faiths and from all backgrounds. In his words, "Judaism today needs to get down to its roots and not be divided by its branches."
Rabbi Intrator was the longtime assistant and concert manager for Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, who himself gave a presentation of music and learning to a packed Adams Street Shul in 1993. Before he died in 1994, Rabbi Carlebach selected Rabbi Intrator to succeed him as rabbi of the Carlebach Shul, on New York's Upper West Side, which Rabbi Intrator then led for six years.
Since 2000, "Reb Sammy" has designed and taught inspirational spiritual programs that combine Kabbalistic, Talmudic and Hasidic teachings, as well as ethical and psychological insights, to provide meaning that is not available to most Jews today.
Rabbi Intrator, like Rabbi Carlebach, uses an energetic, celebratory style of prayer, incorporating songs and dancing; his teaching and preaching inspire with storytelling and music, revealing a Judaism that is user-friendly, authentic, inspiring, alive, and deeply spiritual.
Get ready to elevate your celebration of Chanukah with "Reb Sammy." The Hidden Lights of Hanukkah will be a learning with music. His presentation at the Adams Street Shul begins at 7:30 PM; maariv will be about 9:30 PM; and congregants are welcome to remain after that for informal activities.
The cost is $12 per person at the door; $10 for those who make reservations in advance; and $8 for members of the Adams Street Shul who make reservations in advance. Use the online form below to make reservations now.
We also seek sponsors to help us bring this outstanding educator to Adams Street. Use the online form below to make your reservations or to sponsor the event.Read more...
A wonderful team of volunteers is producing an event that will feature a collection of exotic Chanukah treats from around the world.
Just as a great cookbook provides more than just recipes, each exotic dish comes with related activities. This two-hour program will include stories, contests, songs, skits, games, dancing, and some surprises!
If you'd like to contribute your own recipe and join the team, contact Jordan Lee Wagner at or at 617-953-6787. Ditto if you'd you'd like to present or organize an activity. We are seeking more of both to round out the event!
(P.S. --- Click the picture to see a full-size image of the turkey challah.)
Board Meeting Sunday, December 8th
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Sunday, December 8th, from 9:15 to 10:15 AM. Members are welcome to audit the meeting.
The schedule of monthly meetings for the remainder of the fiscal year follows:Read more...
If you build it, they will come!
Many thanks to Michael Cramer, Rustin Shenkman, Aryeh Cheses, Steve Cantor, Zev Guttman, Steve Lesser, Ronny and Zack Drapkin, and Benyomin Fleischmann, for assembling our Sukkah!
And When the Rabbi Laughs
You can find it at the New England Mobile Book Fair, or buy it online , or from the Rabbi directly.
Many people are searching for a shul near Boston via the Internet. When people enter the search phrases that we care about, our own website sometimes comes out near the top of the search results. But just as often, Yelp's page about our shul comes up more prominently.
Yelp is a directory of businesses and institutions. Anyone can post reviews there.
These search results mean that many people's first impression of our shul comes not from our own website but from Yelp's listing.
You can help us attract more visitors and prospective members by visiting The Adams Street Shul's listing at Yelp, and rating us or reviewing us there. So far, there are only two reviews there (both very positive of course).
If there were many positive reviews, written by diverse people sharing their perspectives, that would make our listing in the Yelp directory a valuable aid to our long term growth. It takes just a couple of minutes and is free.
Make a Difference
Most of his family is still in Guinea. Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world, and has a very low literacy rate. Many families don’t have electricity or running water, and can’t afford to send their children to school. The schools have big classes and very little equipment. Most kids don't even have books, paper, or pencils for school.
I was really touched by this and would like to help these children get a good education.
I am collecting school supplies and other items to ship to schools in Guinea. I am also collecting money to cover tuition for students to attend school (most schools cost about $15 per month) and to help pay for shipping of the supplies I collect. I am hoping that you will support my drive. There is a donation box at the front of JCDS and on the side of my house at 146 Norwood Avenue, Newtonville, MA 02460.
Many of the things they need can be bought at the Dollar Store. Supplies needed:
- Small chalkboards
- Magic markers
- Flashlights (for studying when there is no electricity)
- Computers (desktop or laptop)
- Shoes (the children walk to school)
- Battery operated computer games, game boys, other electronic learning toys
- Book bags
Nun - Gobble - Hay - Shin
As you enter the whirlwind of shopping for Chanukah and Thanksgiving at the same time, don't forget to bring your Butcherie receipts to the Shul and drop them in the pouch on the office door. The Butcherie will donate 3% of your credit card purchases, and 5% of your cash or check purchases, to the Shul. It adds up!Read more...