Purim Torah

Prepare yourself for Purim with our educational and inspirational videos:

Purim Torah Thoughts on Beer


 Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe and Rabbi Norberr Weinberg

Introduction to the Laws of Purim


Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

Purim: Seeing Behind the Masks


Rabbi David Maayan

Revelation and the Dark Cloud -- Haman and the Serpent


Rabbi David Maayan

Megillat Esther and the Dimensions of Concealment


Rabbi David Maayan

The History, Laws, and Customs of Purim


Rabbi Norbert Weinberg
The Kabbalah of Beer - now on video

2015 beer tasting tinyTwenty-five people participated in our second annual Pre-Purim Melavah Malkah and Beer-Tasting Contest, which was held February 28, 2015.  The winners were Shaina Raklyar, Noam Cohen, and Effie Notis.

The event was recorded; see the videos below.

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg welcomed everyone, and then Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe delivered short Torah and Jewish History lessons to introduce each beer.  Each of his topics was inspired by the location of the brewery or of the origin of that style of beer.  

    The videos below include the following presentations:

  • Rabbi Weinberg Introduces Rabbi Yaffe
  • Italy and the Jews
  • Pachad Yitzchak and the Wages of Drunkenness
  • Russia and the Jews
  • The New World in Jewish Thought
  • Germany and Jewish Mysticism
  • Britain and the Jews
  • The Kabbalah of Beer
  • Beer, Hops, and Bitterness as a Mystical Metaphor





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. 
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.

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


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. 

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.

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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Purim is Coming! Be Prepared!

Lchaim_shot_glass_002Impress your friends with your very own Adams Street Shul Centennial Shot Glass.  A generous donor has produced a limited edition of one-hundred of these popularity-enhancing beauties so that we can sell them to you. 

The price is $36 --- which is only a tiny fraction of the cost of the alchohol you'll enjoy in your Adams Street Centennial Shot Glass on Purim.  According to Rabbi Schmerl of Chelm (our visiting Scholar-in-Residence on Purim), if we sell out by then, Moshiach will have to come.

One side of the glass features an image of your favorite Shul, and the other displays a celebratory inscription.  In all of Creation, there has never been a shot glass like this.  Get yours now, or you might have to wait another hundred years for the next one.

Adams Street Shul

Limited Edition Centennial Shot Glass

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