Expanded Scrapbook

Snapshot 1 5-29-2014 10-57 PMWe have added 19 more photos, plus a few videos, to our scrapbook of this year's Lag B'Omer Barbeque.  If you liked it before, it's even better now.

As always, if you have any photos, videos, or recordings of shul events or classes, we would love to preserve them and share them. 

Contact, or send them to, .


Who You Gonna Call?



Benyomin Fleischmann
  (President & Facilities Committee Chair)
Jordan Lee Wagner  (Vice-President & Publicity Committee Chair)
Beri Gilfix  (Secretary & Development Committee Chair)
Steve Cantor  (Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair)

Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe
  (Education Committee Chair)
Nechama Fleischmann
  (Membership Committee Chair)
Michael Cramer
  (Ritual Committee Chair)

Dr. Howard Bleich 
  (Director, term expiring 2017)
Robin Smith Walker 
  (Director, term expiring 2017)
Jeremy Poock, Esq. 
  (Director, term expiring 2016)
Dr. Ronny Drapkin 
  (Director, term expiring 2016)
Sarah Lesser 
  (Director, term expiring 2015)
Anna Steingart 
  (Director, term expiring 2015)

Bert Grand
  (Chairman of the Board)
Michael Froimowitz
  (Immediate Past President)

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. 
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. 

Charlie Harary
HararyCharlieMr. Charlie Harary, Esq. is the CEO of H3 Capital LLC, a private equity company based in New York.  He is also an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Syms School of Business in Yeshiva University.

Mr. Harary is a prolific speaker who has traveled all over the country and abroad.  He has created dozens of videos that have received worldwide attention, reaching hundreds of thousands of people in over fifteen countries.  Mr. Harary is a Senior Lecturer for the Orthodox Union, Aish Hatorah, and NCSY.

In addition, he is an active community leader.  He is the founder and president of Milvado Inc., an organization that develops innovative methods to teach spirituality in relevant and modern ways.  He is a member of the Executive Board of the OU, the Founding Chairman of its Young Leadership Cabinet, and a member of the Conference of Young Jewish Presidents.


Rabbi Pesach Krohn
Krohn, Rabbi Paysach
Rabbi Paysach Krohn is a fifth-generation mohel.  At age 21, he was the youngest mohel ever certified by the Brith Milah Board of New York.  He performs thousands of religious circumcisions each year. 
However, Rabbi Krohn is better known as the author of the bestselling "Maggid" series of books, inspired by the stories of Rabbi Sholom Schwadron (The "Maggid of Jerusalem").  Rabbi Krohn also authored a seminal work on brit milah (religious circumcision). 
Rabbi Krohn is a lecturer, sharing stories in the manner of a maggid, and also collecting stories for his speeches and books.  He also leads Jewish historical tours throughout Europe, speaking about the rich and vibrant Jewish communities that existed prior to World War II.  He documented the first of these trips in his 2007 book, Traveling with the Maggid.

In December 2004, Rabbi Krohn launched the organization PaL (Phone and Learn) in the United Kingdom.  A division of Partners in Torah in the U.S., PaL matches up Jews who want to learn more about their heritage with a friendly, knowledgeable tutor for up to an hour a week of Jewish study and discussion over the phone.


Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
RiettiRabbiJonathanRabbi Jonathan Rietti is a descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai.  He is also son of the famous British actor Robert Rietti, known as ‘The Man of a Thousand Voices' and ‘King of the Dubbers'.  Rabbi Rietti received his rabbinical ordination from Gateshead Talmudical College, England, after which he helped establish the now flourishing Kollel in Gibraltar.

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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Two Periods of Mourning, and a Red Sox Game

WeinbergRabbi-150x200We have just passed through two periods of mourning, one national and one in our own Congregation.  The first is, of course, Tisha B'Av.  This is a very difficult day in the middle of the summer.  The day is long, the weather is hot, and the prevailing mood is quite depressing, although hopeful.

I wanted to point out that I was extremely impressed by our congregation’s response.  Many men, women, and children attended our services, beginning with Saturday night, Sunday morning, and Mincha on Sunday afternoon.  But it was more than just the attendance.  The services were dignified and I felt a sense of deep feeling among the worshippers expressing the message of this day. 

The other sad event in our shul was the passing of Mrs. Sylvia Cheses, z”l.  There was a full period of Shiva at the home of Nechama and Aryeh Cheses.  Again, I was gratified and impressed by the number of our congregants that faithfully came each morning to assure the minyanim taking place.  The evenings were flooded with people, which was a great kavod to the late Mrs. Cheses.

“Those who mourn Jerusalem’s destruction will merit to see its rebuilding.”  We have now entered the period of consolation of our people expressing the promise of a better tomorrow.  It began with a “ti-yul” of a large number of our congregants and friends to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park last Wednesday evening.  A wonderful time was had by all (well… except for the Red Sox losing to Detroit …) and our thanks go to Phil Rosen and all others who worked hard to make this project such a success.

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