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 ilanamed1@gmail.com to discuss ways in which you might collaborate.

 
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 Amazon.com, the world's largest store.  Well, instead of going to Amazon.com 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. 
 
Eighth Annual Family Picnic with the Trees

WeinbergRabbi-150x200There is a berachah that we can say only once a year, when we see two (or more) different species of fruit-bearing trees in bloom simultaneously.  Each year, we come together to say it.  This year, we will gather for our Eighth Annual Family Picnic With the Trees on Sunday May 4th, from 12 noon to 2:00 PM. 

May 4th is also Yom HaZikaron, so this year our guest speakers will connect trees to Yom HaZikaron.  Rabbi Norbert Weinberg,  Rabbi Avinoam Durani, and other area rabbis have graciously consented to address us. 

chickensIt's a fun gathering.  There's good food for humans, and birdseed for kids to feed the chickens.  There's festive music, a drash (see our online recordings of Picnic with the Trees Shiurim for examples from prior years), and a chance to say this berachah together. 



JordanWithPeachesWe will gather in the yard of Sarah and Jordan Lee Wagner, just a few blocks from the Shul.  The address is 202 Chapel Streert. 

Hashem will provide the blooming trees and beautiful weather.  You bring a picnic lunch, family and friends. 

Come enjoy a lovely Spring celebration together; and, led by Rabbi Weinberg, we will all get to say the berachah

 
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.

 
Yelp!

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. 

 
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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Come Honor the Durani Family this Shabbos!

DuraniAvinoam 150x200Rabbi Avinoam Durani, after having served officially as our Baal Koreh for three years, will be leaving that position to accept a new role as the Rabbi of the Sephardic Congregation of Newton. 

DuraniUriya 00We are very happy for Rabbi Durani, but he and his entire family will be missed.

Rabbi Durani and members of The Durani Family have taught adult classes, conducted children's programs, produced holiday party activities, DuraniOdeyagiven sermons, shared sage counsel, and truly enhanced the life of our shul in ways diverse, abundant and continuous since joining the community ten years ago.

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Please join us in honoring our dear friends, The Durani Family, with a special festive kiddush this coming Shabbos morning, April 26th. 

We invite everyone to bring friends and family, and also to make a donation to co-sponsor this event in their honor. 

 
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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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Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration This Sunday

schwaber-Evelyne-AlbrechtEvelyne Albrecht Schwaber, a renowned psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, was four years old when she fled Vienna with her parents in 1938, six months after the Anschluss.  Two years later, after a temporary sojourn in Switzerland, she and her parents came to the United States. 

This Sunday, April 27 (28 Nissan 5774), Dr. Schwaber will be the Guest Speaker at the annual Community-Wide Yom Ha-Shoah Commemoration, which is co-sposonsored by the Adams Street Shul.  The title of her presentation is “Finding My Childhood – Again: Fleeing the Shoah.”

The program will also include a video feature and a presentation by Maimonides students.  “Yom Hashoah is a day of remembrance,” Dr. Schwaber says. “My story tells of the nature and power of memories lost and recovered.”

This year's commemoration will be held at the S. Joseph Solomont Synagogue, at the Maimonides School (34 Philbrick Rd., Brookline).  The commemoration begins at 8:00 PM, preceded by mincha at 7:30 PM.  

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Adams Street Team Walk This Sunday!

DrapkinRonny-new-150x200The Adams Street Team is currently nearing the top of the fund-raisers ranking.  You can put us on top!

Join your friends, and make new ones, as members of the Adams Street Shul participate in the Second Annual Walk for Rofeh, this Sunday, April 27, at the DCR Chestnut Hill Reservoir.  This event is a 5 km (3.1 mile) family-friendly walk to support Rofeh International. 

Rofeh is a great cause!  People from all around the world and throughout the United States come to Boston’s prestigious medical centers for life saving medical treatment.  These patients and their families are stuck far from home, perhaps for a long time, and are feeling vulnerable in a stressful and unfamiliar environment. 

Rofeh ensures that the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families are met with loving kindness, warmth and dignity.  The Rofeh support system includes medical referrals, food, housing, and social services — all at no charge to those stressed with illness and financial pressures.

Horowitz Rabbi Naftoli HorowitzRofeh was founded by the previous Bostoner Rebbe, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Horowitz; and is now directed by his youngest son, the current Bostoner Rebbe, Rabbi Naftali Yehuda Horowitz.

Now that Purim is over, please consider signing up for the walk.  Help raise money for this great charity that is doing important work right here in Boston. 

And you get a really cool Rofeh T-shirt, and a Team Adams Street cap!

The link to register is: http://walk.rofehint.org/rofeh/register.asp

Click on ‘Join a Team’.   After you fill out your information, you can select “The Adams Street Shul” team under the Fundraising section.

If you can’t make the walk, please consider making a donation on our Team page to support this cause: http://walk.rofehint.org/rofeh/teampage.asp?fundid=1830

Registration is $36 for students; $54 for individuals; and $72 for families (no limit on number of family members).  There is no fundraising minimum.

Now that Purim is over please consider signing up for the 5 km (3.1 miles) walk on Sunday, April 27th, to support Rofeh International.

This is a great opportunity to do something together as a family, as friends, and as a community.  The Drapkin, Kadden, and Cantor families have already signed up, and more are on the way!  We are looking forward to walking together!

 
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Later Mincha and Third Meal Resumes

Weinberg, Rabbi NorbertNow that Daylight Saving Time is ended, we are reverting to our regular Shabbos schedule:  Mincha, followed by Third Meal and Maariv, will begin at 6:15 PM this week. 

Click the button in the lower right corner of this newsletter to sponsor this week's Third Meal, our first in 2014. 

 
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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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Board Meeting This Monday

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The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Monday, February 10th, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. 

Topics include the plans for the three Purim events and a Passover raffle, porch repair, Treasurer's Report, committee reports, etc. 

Members are welcome to audit the meeting. 

The schedule of monthly meetings for the remainder of the fiscal year follows: 

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