Melavah Malkah Thank Yous

WagnerJordan 100x100Thank you to the following volunteers for making The Second Annual PrePurim Melavah Malkah and Beer-Tasting Contest so successful: 

Many thanks to Sarah Wagner and Nechama Fleishmann for a gruelling amount of work in the kitchen and serving; 

and to Dr. Howard Bleich for pre-event shopping and delivery; 

and to Evie Notis and Noam Cohen who arrived early and made lovely hors d'ouvres;

and to Talia Holtzman, Zevvy Goldish, and Noam Steinman who stepped into the breach by setting up the room; 

and to to John Negrotti of Silver Lake Liquors for his guidance in selecting and procuring the beers and his related donation of beverages for l'chayims, and his assistance with poster production; 

and to Benyomin Fleischmann for the massive clean up afterward;

and to Robin Walker, Daniel Broniatowski, and Rabbi Weinberg for guidance that significantly improved the event's market positioning statement. 

Of course we also thank Rabbi Norbert Weinberg for his welcoming remarks and Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe for his extensive presentation.  They made the event both educational and fun, and they were recorded.  You can watch them on our YouTube channel or on the Event Scrapbook page on our website.

Jordan Lee Wagner,
Event Chair

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. 

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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Gala Cocktail Reception in honor of Father Cuenin

A Priest Walks Into a Synagogue...

CueninnoborderIn the 1990's, when Father Walter Cuenin was the leader of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, the church's school began sending its children to visit The Adams Street Shul to learn about Jews and Judaism directly from us.  The field trips have continued ever since.

When the Adams Street Shul was desecrated by six blue swastikas and antisemitic graffiti in 1997, Father Cuenin led his entire congregation out of Sunday mass --- about five hundred people.  He led them in a march down Adams Street to show support for us.

Father Cuenin had served on Newton's interfaith clergy association, and been active in other interfaith work, for many years. 

In 2005, when The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action recognized Father Cuenin with a special award for his diverse trailblazing efforts in interfaith understanding, Cuenin talked about what that 1997 show of solidarity with Adams Street had been like for him:

blue swastikas and black KKK were on the shul and a nearby playground"Basically the whole church" walked to the Adams Street Synagogue, Cuenin said.  "We were so excited and didn't think to be sensitive.  We had altar boys leading the way with big crucifixes -- what's wrong with this picture?"

"It didn't matter," he said. "We were all in tears --Jews and Catholics-- and we just had to be together."  Cuenin also told the 2005 gathering how his time in Newton had given him a deeper appreciation for Judaism, Jewish spirituality, and the meaning of being a Jew:

"For the first time in my life," Cuenin said, "I came to appreciate and value the spiritual heritage of the Jewish faith --- not just to work with Jewish people for common cause for what is good, but to value the religious meaning and depth of the spirituality of what it means to be a Jew." 

Father Cuenin particularly admires our commitment to repairing the world.  "If Catholics had even a fraction of the commitment Jews had, if Catholics were involved in the way Jews are, this country would be totally different," Cuenin said, adding, "What are there?  Five million Jews and sixty million Catholics?  I really value the Jewish commitment, working for social justice."

Ironically, it is Cuenin's commitment to social justice, and its logical extension of speaking out for groups who feel marginalized within the church, that triggered his ouster. 

Cuenin Father Walter - Brandeis and WRKOFather Cuenin was beloved at Our Lady, where he spent the better part of twelve years preaching tolerance and social advocacy.  By nearly every measure, Our Lady ranked as one of Boston's most vibrant parishes.  But many of its best instincts were opposed by the Archdiocese.  For example, Bernard Cardinal Law banned the laity-led Voice of the Faithful from meeting at Our Lady.

Late in 2005, the Boston Archdiocese removed Father Cuenin from his post, an unpopular move that, for the third time in four years, pitted the archdiocese on the opposite side of an issue with its Newton followers. 

So in 2006, Cuenin headed for Jerusalem, along with some Our Lady parishioners. 

It's been fifteen years since Father Cuenin led that march from his church to our shul, and seven since he lost his post in Nonantum.  Currently, Father Cuenin serves at Brandeis University as the Catholic chaplain and coordinator of the Interfaith Chaplaincy.  He is also the Catholic panelist on "Talking religion", a weekly interfaith radio program on WRKO which he shares with Muslim, Jewish, and Protestant colleagues.

The Adams Street Shul is pleased to welcome Father Cuenin back to Nonantum to celebrate our Centennial with us, and to honor this long-time friend of the Adams Street Synagogue.

Gala Cocktail Reception in honor of Father Cuenin

On Sunday, June 3rd, the Adams Street Synagogue will honor Reverend Walter Cuenin, S.T.D. with the Cornerstone Award for Community Building.

The Adams Street Synagogue requests the pleasure of your company at a gala event honoring Father Cuenin.   Be with us to express our appreciation.  All are welcome.

The event begins at 4 PM with a one-hour wine and cheese reception.   Then, from 5 to 6 PM, speakers will introduce and honor Father Cuenin's accomplishments, and there will also be a musical performance, as follows:

  • Benyomin Fleischmann, President of the Adams Street Shul
  • Beryl Gilfix, Event Chair
  • Rabbi Norbert Weinberg, Rabbi of the Adams Street Shul
  • The Brookline-Newton Senior All Stars, a musical presentation
  • Sister Marie LaBollita, who worked with Father Cuenin at Our Lady
  • Dr. Andrew Flagel, Vice-President of Brandeis University
  • David Olson, Clerk of the City of Newton

The event will conclude with presentation of The Cornerstone Award for Community Building, and a response by Father Cuenin.

For special reserved seating, or to include your greeting in the event's program book, you can make donations online below, or by mail to the synagogue office.  In any case, please be with us Sunday as we honor Father Walter Cuenin. 

For more information, contact .

Reservation Form:  Reception in honor of Father Walter Cuenin

Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Reservations  (@ $100 per person) Enter # of guests:

I would like to make a contribution in honor of Father Walter Cuenin, which will be listed in the Program Book.
President's Circle * >$1000
Benefactor * $500 to $999
Patron * $250 to $499
* includes two reservations
Sponsor $125 to $249
Supporter $75 to $124
Friend $50 to $74
other donation your support is welcomed

With your payment please specify a greeting of up to 180 characters (2 lines) for inclusion in the program book.


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