Condolences to Eyal and Shenhav Cohen and Family

IsraeliFlagBaruch Dayan Emet. 

With great sadness we report that Esther and Yitzchak Cohen, the parents and in-laws of Eyal and Shenhav, and the grandparents of Tzukit, Reve, Tor, and Livnei,  were killed in an auto accident yesterday in the Shomron.  Communications of condolences to Eyal would be most welcome.

"May Hashem comfort them among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem."

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. 

The Roiters The Movie

RoiterEventOn December 7, 2014, The Adams Street Shul honored five generations of The Roiter Family, one of the founding families of our community.  The program was recorded, and you can now watch the video online. 

Guest presenters include:
   Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, Congregation Shaarei Tefillah
   Rabbi Mendy Uminer, Chabad of Chestnut Hill
   Professor Ellen Smith, Brandeis University
   Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Adams Street Presenters include:
   Rabbi Norbert Weinberg
   Benyomin Fleischmann, President
   Beri Gilfix, Director

and Eric Roiter, representing the honorees.

The klezmer band consisted of:
   Abigale Reisman, violin
   Ezra Waller, trumpet
   Jesse Healy, bass
   Jeff Balter, drums
They played two sets, leading off with the premiere of
   Nonantum Bulgar
a new work composed by Hankus Netsky
in celebration of
The Centennial of the Adams Street Shul.

Enjoy the video below: 



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.
Russian Jewish Shabbat at Adams Street

Poock, Jeremy - Russian Jewish Community Foundation (RJCF)On Saturday, February 7th, the Adams Street Shul will host RJCF Shabbat. 

Russian Jewish Community Foundation (RJCF) is a non-profit organization created for charitable purposes by Russian speaking Jewish immigrants from the former USSR now residing in Massachusetts.  The RJCF mission is to preserve and enhance Jewish identity among Russian Jews and to support Israel.

RJCF and Adams Street invite you to a special Shabbat service on Saturday, February 7th:

The Torah portion that morning is Parsha Yitro, in which G-d presents the Ten Commandments to the Jewish people; and this is the only time throughout the Torah that G-d addresses the Jewish people as a whole. 

The D'var Torah will be given by Jeremy Poock, who serves on the boards of both Adams Street and RJCF.  Jeremy is also sponsoring the kiddush that week, which will be augmented by some Russian foods. 

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2012-06-03: Torah and Science with Rabbi Meir Sendor


On May 13, Rabbi Meir Sendor presented “Reconciling Torah and Science in the Twenty-First Century."  This was the fourth lecture in our series: The Future of Judaism: In Celebration of the Centennial of the Adams Street Synagoguge.


Here is a copy of Rabbi Sendor's handout of source-texts on Torah and Science, to refer to while viewing the video.  The source-texts are given here in English translation. 

And here is the video:

The presentation included an analysis of Maimonides's cosmology and its relation to Aristotle and Plato and Ptolemy;  and included details of a practical, experimental investigation into the nature of Shabbos, conducted by the brothers Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk and Reb Zushya, and how their surprising results were interpreted by the Maggid of Mezeritch;  and included an understanding of the Sabbath of Creation consistent with contemporary particle physics, string theory, and quantum mechanics. 

Rabbi Meir Sendor received his Ph.D with Distinction from Harvard University, where he studied medieval Jewish history, specifically the history of Jewish mysticism; and his Master’s Degree from Yale University.  He is a faculty member of Me'ah and the Me'ah Graduate Institute. 

Rabbi Sendor received his ordination at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University; and he is the rabbi of Young Israel in Sharon, MA, where he has been the spiritual leader for more than twenty years.  Rabbi Sendor is a recognized scholar in the field of Jewish History, specifically the history of Jewish mysticism, philosophy and medicine. 


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