Our Newest Member!
Welcome our newest member, a baby boy born Wednesday, to Ilana Medvedovsky and Sergey Khanukaev; a new brother to Miriam and Michael.
The Chesed Committee is delivering meals. Contact Anna Steingart to join in the mitzvah.
Hartman Aufruf This Shabbos
This Shabbos we celebrate the aufruf of Aharon Pesach Hartman, the son of Rabbi Barry D. and Shoshana Hartman.
Rabbi Hartman is an educator and an expert on the history of New Bedford Jewry. He is active in the Beth Din of Boston, and is currently working on erecting an eruv in New Bedford.
Mazal Tov to the entire Hartman mishpocha!
Congregational Friday Night Dinner
Join us for a Friday night dinner with friends and family and several dozen students from Brandeis University, and leave the cooking and clean up to us!
Friday, September 12, 2014.
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat Services: 6:45 p.m.
Dinner will be served immediately following services.
In addition to good food and socializing, we'll enjoy a presentation from Rabbi Weinberg, plus lots of singing and words of Torah from the students. A wonderful team of volunteers, led by Sarah Lesser, is organizing the meal.
$30 for non-members.
$25 per adult member.
$10 per child or student
HURRY! Reservations must be received by September 3, 2014. Use the form below to make your reservation now.
You can also donate to defray the costs of producing the Shabbaton, including the dinner. Donations will be acknowledged in the Shabbaton Event Guide.
Here is the online order form to make reservations or donations:Read more...
Brandeis Student Shabbaton at Adams Street
The Adams Street Shul, in cooperation with the Brandeis Orthodox Organization (BOO), is hosting a student Shabbaton on September 12th and 13th.
Brandeis students will be leading the services, singing and giving divrei Torah at meals, and experiencing all that makes our Adams Street so special... You!
On Friday there will be a congregational dinner at the shul with the students. On Saturday, the students will be hosted for lunch in members' homes. Email to volunteer to host a lunch or to request inclusion as a guest.
The students will enjoy a historical tour of the shul at 4:30 PM, followed by a shiur by Rabbi David Pardo at 5:30 PM, followed by mincha/third meal/maariv beginning at 6:30 PM.
Join Rabbi Weinberg, Rabbi Pardo, and the wonderful next generation from Brandeis on Shabbat Ki Tavo, September 12 & 13.
We also welcome donations to enable this Shabbaton. You can donate on-line. Donations will be acknowledged in the Shabbaton Event Guide.
Rabbi David Pardo at Adams Street
On Shabbat Ki Tavo, Saturday September 13th, return to shul at 5:30 PM (an hour before mincha) for a shiur by Rabbi David Pardo.
Rabbi David Pardo and his wife Ariel are Co-Directors of The Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. This is a program of the Orthodox Union in partnership with the Brandeis University Hillel.
Rabbi Pardo received his BA from UCLA and smikha from Yeshiva University (YU), with supplementary education from the Isralight Institute and YU’s Center for the Jewish Future. Most importantly, David learned from following around some really interesting people.
A native Angelino with no known conflicting or career threatening team affiliations, Rabbi Pardo realized as an undergrad that working on college campus was the place to be, and JLIC was the greatest way to do it. He’s lived in different corners of the world, working with different populations of young adults to build supercharged Jewish communities.
The shiur is free and all are welcome.
Rewatching the inspiring videos from Tisha Bav can help us stick to our resolutions regarding our speech.
Here are two of the ten short movies we watched. More are expected to be added here, as additional permissions are received.
...and this time, you can have popcorn.Read more...
Rabbi Zev Leff
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: http://www.rabbileff.net
At the site, you may also submit questions to the Rabbi, which he will answer, B"H, in audio format.
Brandeis at Adams Street
On 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.
The 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.)
On 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.Read more...
Our Newest Video: Jewish Music From Three Continents
Did 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.
Tu b'Shvat The Movie!
Did 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:Read more...
Donate to the Shul Without it Costing You a Cent
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!
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...