Be a Poster Person

YaffeRabbiShlomo-cropThese are links to printable posters advertising our upcoming Tisha B'Av event with the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. 

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Please print a few posters and take them with you to display around town, stuff in mailboxes, and so on. 

We'd love to reach out and make new friends with this event.  Please help the shul publicize it. 


Hey, People of the Book!
books_4.jpgMany of us buy stuff over the Internet; everything from books and DVDs to pet food and tomato sauce.  And many of us use, the world's largest store.  Well, instead of going to by typing that into your computer, please go there by using one the links below (also found on our website's What's New Page). 

If you use the links below, Amazon will donate about 6% of your purchase to the shul.  Since they usually have the best prices, you save too!

For example: Here's a link to buy the Artscroll Siddur: Nusach Sefard (the same Siddur we use in the Shul).  And here's the The Chumash: The Stone Edition (the same one we use in the Shul).  Or any Books at all!  Whenever you buy books, you can help the Shul at the same time.

In fact, Amazon donates to the Shul when you buy anything (if you go to Amazon via our links), including: 

So please use these links to help the Shul whenever you shop.   Thanks. 
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

Chesed Notes

Would you like to be included on a list of people willing to prepare or deliver meals to Adams Street families in need of chesed at the time of a birth, death, or illness? 

If you would like to be contacted in these circumstances, please send your name, phone number and e-mail address along with any specific instructions (e.g., "I am happy to deliver meals, but I don't have any time during the week to cook.") to the following members of the Chesed Committee:

We would like to keep names on file so that we will be able to contact you to ask if you are available to help when a situation arises.

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.


WagnerJordan_200x150Here's an easy and cost-free way you can help our community grow!

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. 

Charlie Harary
HararyCharlieMr. Charlie Harary, Esq. is the CEO of H3 Capital LLC, a private equity company based in New York.  He is also an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Syms School of Business in Yeshiva University.

Mr. Harary is a prolific speaker who has traveled all over the country and abroad.  He has created dozens of videos that have received worldwide attention, reaching hundreds of thousands of people in over fifteen countries.  Mr. Harary is a Senior Lecturer for the Orthodox Union, Aish Hatorah, and NCSY.

In addition, he is an active community leader.  He is the founder and president of Milvado Inc., an organization that develops innovative methods to teach spirituality in relevant and modern ways.  He is a member of the Executive Board of the OU, the Founding Chairman of its Young Leadership Cabinet, and a member of the Conference of Young Jewish Presidents.

Rabbi Pesach Krohn
Krohn, Rabbi Paysach
Rabbi Paysach Krohn is a fifth-generation mohel.  At age 21, he was the youngest mohel ever certified by the Brith Milah Board of New York.  He performs thousands of religious circumcisions each year. 
However, Rabbi Krohn is better known as the author of the bestselling "Maggid" series of books, inspired by the stories of Rabbi Sholom Schwadron (The "Maggid of Jerusalem").  Rabbi Krohn also authored a seminal work on brit milah (religious circumcision). 
Rabbi Krohn is a lecturer, sharing stories in the manner of a maggid, and also collecting stories for his speeches and books.  He also leads Jewish historical tours throughout Europe, speaking about the rich and vibrant Jewish communities that existed prior to World War II.  He documented the first of these trips in his 2007 book, Traveling with the Maggid.

In December 2004, Rabbi Krohn launched the organization PaL (Phone and Learn) in the United Kingdom.  A division of Partners in Torah in the U.S., PaL matches up Jews who want to learn more about their heritage with a friendly, knowledgeable tutor for up to an hour a week of Jewish study and discussion over the phone.

Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
RiettiRabbiJonathanRabbi Jonathan Rietti is a descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai.  He is also son of the famous British actor Robert Rietti, known as ‘The Man of a Thousand Voices' and ‘King of the Dubbers'.  Rabbi Rietti received his rabbinical ordination from Gateshead Talmudical College, England, after which he helped establish the now flourishing Kollel in Gibraltar.
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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Sunday Morning Seminar

WeinbergRabbi-150x200Join us this coming Sunday morning at 9 AM for a seminar about Tisha B'Av with Rabbi Weinberg.  Light refreshments will be served.  Bring your questions and friends.  This educational event is open to all. 

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Sunday Night at the Movies

FleischmannBenyomin BallGameNext Sunday at 7:00 PM we will enjoy refreshments, discussion, and five short inspirational movies from the OU.  That evening marks the beginning of the week of Tisha B'Av, and the video presents five new Tisha B'Av shiurim from thought-provoking presenters.

popcornPopcorn and Movies!  When was the last time you heard THAT about a Tisha B'Av event? 
After two short shiurim beginning at 7:00, we will break for mincha at 7:30 PM.  The last three presentations will be followed by Maariv at 9:00 PM.
And here are the movie "trailers": 

Rabbi Yaacov Glasser, a dean at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, presents “The Legacy of Yavneh: An Eternal VespasianusResponse to National Tragedy.”  

This video includes a novel insight into the commandment to erase Amalek. 

Rabbi Ari Lamm, a 2014 graduate of REITS and now a rabbinic intern at The Jewish Center, in New York City, presents “A Tale and Two Temples: Archeology and Interfaith Relations.” 

julian-the-apostateBoth of the two large-scale attempts to rebuild the Temple were initiated by gentile rulers!  Cyrus the Great succeeded, the Emperor Julian failed.  What lessons can we learn from their respective success and failure?

After the brief mincha, we will view: 

Rabbi Menachem Penner, a dean of REITS, presents “From Three to One: Lessons of a Tragedy.” 

three-boys-murdered-2014In this class we learn a timeless lesson from the recent unhappy events in the news from Israel.

Professor Shoshana Schechter, the Director of the Mechina Program at Stern College, presents “Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael: Creating a Tikkun for Tisha B’av”, which teaches us to recognize and appreciate “segula quality.”

Rabbi Steven Weil, Senior Managing director of the Orthodox Union, presents a detailed analysis of the Nineteenth Kina (Penitential Poem of the Tisha B'Av service) in a presentation entitled “The Arrogance of Ingratitude”. Kalir-Eliezer-ben paytan

Sunday Night at the Movies is a free event.  Voluntary donations are requested to defray the costs of refreshments. 

We hope that in the merit of our Torah learning, this should be the last Tisha B'av that we spend in exile.  Next year, may we be eating popcorn on Tisha B'av itself! 

The suggested donation for this educational and inspirational event, not to mention the popcorn, is $5 at the door. 
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Once in the Morning, and Once in the Afternoon

A week from tomorrow is Tisha B'av.  We will be showing two video programs: 

KrohnRabbiPaysachThe first program will begin right after the 7 AM morning services of Tisha B'Av conclude, which is about 9:00 AM.  This program includes presentations by Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Rabbi Jonathan RiettiRiettiRabbiJonathan (Click their names for their biographies.)  Rabbi Krohn and Rabbi Rietti will inspire us to to view Shmiras Haloshon (guarding our speech) as a vital and doable mitzvah. 

LeffRabbiZevThe second program will begin at 6:00 PM, which is ninety minutes before mincha.  It features Rabbi Zev Leff and Mr. Charlie Harary.  (Click their names for their biographies.)  HararyCharlieThese two dynamic lecturers offer masterful presentations that examine the nature of negative speech and the manner in which it destroys unity.  

One admission covers both the morning and afternoon programs.

These shiurim are being presented as part of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation's worldwide Tisha B'Av event.  This event will bring together 50,000 participants at 700 locations in 16 countries.  We are Newton's host location for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation's worldwide Tisha B'Av event.We are proud to be one of the sites.

ChofetzChaim-posterWith their own unique and powerful styles, these four lecturers leave an indelible message about how loshon hora (prohibited speech) works.  Our presenters inspire us to look inside ourselves, to identify and overcome all the obstacles that distance us from this mitzvah.  Each speaker offers concrete steps to take to ensure that, this Tisha B’Av, the participants’ awakening will result in long-lasting change.

Admission is $15 at the door, but $10 for members of the Adams Street Shul who register in advance using the form below

One admission covers both the morning and afternoon programs.

We are seeking sponsors for the event.  All who donate $36 or more will receive DVD's of the program.

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Rabbi Zev Leff

LeffRabbiZevRabbi Zev Leff is one of Israel’s most popular English-speaking Torah educators.  Rabbi Leff has authored books and countless articles.  For more than 20 years, he has served as the rav of Moshav Matityahu, a small religious community located in central Israel just outside Modiin.  
He has the rare ability to bring across a subtle point of Torah learning with wit, humor and analytical brilliance.  As a much sought-after lecturer and teacher, Rabbi Leff is constantly traveling to speak throughout Israel and often in England, South Africa, the United States, and other countries.
Rabbi Leff was born in the Bronx, New York, where he grew up in a non-observant home.  He became interested in furthering his Judaic studies while attending a local Hebrew school.  After his family moved to the Miami area, he began attending the school at a local Conservative temple.  Here the teachers and lay leaders quickly recognized the young boy’s enormous potential.  Impressed, they were determined to provide him with the best educational opportunities available.

So when he was ten years old he entered the Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami.  While he should have been placed in the fifth grade, he was placed in a third grade class in order to help him catch up.  Two years later, Rabbi Leff had not only caught up but was rapidly developing into one of the school’s best talmidim (scholars).  During this time, Rabbi Leff also made the decision to become shomer Shabbat.

Rabbi Leff then went on to the Mesivta of Greater Miami where he was regularly assigned to the most advanced shiurim (classes) in the yeshivah.  He was an enthusiastic student and reveled in the give and take of Talmudic discussions.  It was not uncommon for him to come up with she’eilot (questions) that his rebbeim couldn’t answer, as well as teshuvot (answers) to questions they had never even thought of. 

Rabbi Leff left to study at the Telshe Yeshivah in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became a close talmid of Rav Mordechai Gifter, zt"l.

In the fall of 1968, he was introduced to Rivkah Minkoff, from Ellenville, New York.  Before the end of that year they were engaged, and married soon after.  The Leffs settled in Cleveland, where Rabbi Leff learned in kollel and supervised the Telshe dormitory.

During a Pesach visit to Miami in 1974, Rabbi Leff stepped in to help the Young Israel of Greater Miami in North Miami Beach with the Holiday sermons.  His sermons were received so well that after Yom Tov, he was invited to apply for the position of rabbi.

After returning to Cleveland, he mentioned the experience, in passing, to Rav Gifter.  To Rabbi Leff's surprise, Rav Gifter told him to apply, adding that twenty years earlier the roshei yeshivah in the United States had made a major mistake by failing to encourage their best talmidim (scholars) to enter the rabbanut.  Were more capable talmidim leading American synagogues, Rav Gifter said, America would look much different.  He also reminded Rabbi Leff that he had a personal responsibility to serve the community that had helped him develop into a ben Torah.

Rabbi Leff returned to Miami for an interview.  The board offered him a one-year contract.  He took it, but asked Rav Gifter to hold his old job open in case things didn’t work out.

Rabbi Leff served as the rav of the Young Israel of Greater Miami for nine years.  The transition from dormitory counselor at Telshe to rav of an out-of-town community was not terribly difficult for the young rabbi.  He had been moving in two worlds his entire life.   He had gone from growing up in a non-observant home to becoming the best talmid at the Mesivta.  While he never compromised his religious principles, he always maintained ties with his former world.  Indeed, his ability to incorporate all of his experiences enables him to relate to a broad spectrum of Jews.  It is what gives him a perspective and a depth of experience that few other leaders in the Torah world have.

While Rabbi Leff served as a rabbi in Miami, he invested much time and effort working with the NCSY chapter based in his shul, and even returned to teach at the Mesivta where he had been a talmid more than a decade earlier.

By 1983, the Leffs decided to make aliyah.  Upon moving to Israel, Rabbi Leff became the rav and morah d’asra (leader of the community) of Moshav Matityahu, a community located in central Israel adjacent to Kiryat Sefer, and just outside Modiin.

Today, in addition to his communal duties, Rabbi Leff is also rosh yeshivah of Yeshiva Gedolah Matityahu, and oversees the 20-member kollel on the Moshav.  Additionally, he teaches a group of unaffiliated Israelis who live near Moshav Matityahu and lectures at several leading Israeli yeshivot, seminaries and institutions, including the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center.  He is a featured speaker at the conventions of the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel, and Torah Umesorah.

"The lesson I learned more than thirty years ago at NCSY conventions is that Judaism is not monolithic and that there are many legitimate approaches to Yiddishkeit," says Rabbi Leff. "This has been the guiding philosophy of my life."

Rabbi Leff's shiurim can be heard in streaming audio format on his website:

At the site, you may also submit questions to the Rabbi, which he will answer, B"H, in audio format.

Rabbi Leff can be reached at his home at 972-8-914-4797, or e-mail can be sent to him at //">

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Operation Protective Edge

satellite photo-mediumMillions of Israelis are living in bomb shelters as the Tzeva Adom (Red Alert) sirens sound again and again.  Children and teens, in particular, need emotional and physical support right away.  You can help now:  Support the Orthodox Union’s Israel Emergency Fund.  100% of your donation will go directly to help people in need.

Gaza's Hamas rulers are firing missiles steadily at Israel’s civilian population, even reaching Jerusalem.  The IDF has launched Operation Protective Edge in response.  It’s being fought from the air now, but there’s a green light to activate 40,000 reservists.  Full-scale war seems imminent.  You can help now by supporting the Orthodox Union’s Israel Emergency Fund.

In towns like Sderot,  Ofakim,  Kiryat Gat,  Kiryat Malachi  and Beit Shemesh, where the OU's Makom Balev and Oraita programs operate, and elsewhere, the OU is responding immediately.  They ask for your help.

Your gift to the OU’s Israel Emergency Fund will provide urgently-needed psychological services and day trips to other needed activities away from the threat of missiles.

Support the Orthodox Union’s Israel Emergency Fund.

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Finding Inspiration During the Three Weeks

ruinsMake the most of the Three Weeks by reviewing some of our educational and inspirational videos:

1   Choosing to Care Rabbi
2   On Barking Dogs,
Busy Hands,
and the Original Sin
Eli Joseph
3   Overly Religious! Rabbi
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Brandeis at Adams Street

WeinbergRabbi-150x200On September 12th and 13th we will enjoy a Shabbaton with students from Brandeis University.  This is about two weeks after school resumes, and two weeks before the High Holidays. 

CohenNoamThe Shabbaton is a joint project of The Adams Street Shul and the Brandeis Orthodox Organization.  All of the events are for Brandeis students and Shul families combined. 

On Friday night, there will be a congregational Shabbos dinner at the shul, followed by a shiur by a guest "Scholar-in-Residence", still to be determined. 

Brandeis students will do the Shacharit and Mincha laynings for the shul that Shabbos.  (The Torah portion is Ki Tavo.)

SteinmanNoamOn Saturday, after a special kiddush, the students will be guests for lunches in congregants' homes.  Some of the students will prepare drashes to deliver at the tables of their lunch hosts.

If you would like to have a group of students join you at your home for lunch on that Shabbat, please contact Jordan Lee Wagner.  Some of the students may be vegetarians or have food sensitivities, so if your meals are gluten-free or otherwise special, please volunteer to be a lunch host. 

On Saturday afternoon, we all regroup at the shul for special social and educational events, open to all.   Please plan to be with us throughout this special Shabbat. 

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Our Newest Video: Jewish Music From Three Continents

concertDid you miss the wonderful concert, Jewish Music From Three Continents that we presented last month? 

Well not anymore!  We recorded it.  

We hope you enjoy our newest video.  It's a video of that evening's exciting performance of Ernst Bloch's Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Hassidic Life.

Jewish Music from Three Continents is also the title of the beautiful studio recording Sergey Khanukaev and Daniel Broniatowski completed and released just days before the concert.  Here is a link to purchase the CD.

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Tu b'Shvat The Movie!

2014-01-15 TuBshvat SederDid you miss our Tu B'Shevat seder last Wednesday?  Well not anymore!  We have produced a video of the event, which you can watch online

We also provide the hagaddah that was used.  You can print and have it handy while watching the seder. (You can also use the haggadah as the basis for your own future seders.)

Now here's the video:

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The Pouch on the Door

stamperAs you enter the whirlwind of shopping for graduations and barbecues, 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!

Donate to the shul without it costing you a cent.   When you shop at The Butcherie in Brookline, remember to ask for your receipt to be stamped.   When you bring your stamped receipts to the shul, we turn them in, and The Butcherie donates to the Shul.  What an easy way to support a great cause!

There is a big envelope taped to the office door.  Simply drop your Butcherie receipts in it to help the shul.

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