Rabbi Zehavi’s Message…
Music has been with humanity for a very long time. From cave drawings of instruments to the mention in Genesis 4:21 of Yuval (7th generation descendant of Adam and “father of all those who wield the harp and the reed flute”), music takes us back to the earliest roots of cultural memory.

At Torathon, Ashira and I had the opportunity to teach a session about the history and forms of Jewish prayer music with particular focus on the musical expression of psalms, first in the Temple and then in the synagogue. One of the themes that emerges from surveying thousands of years of Jewish worship is the tension between the strong human desire for instrumental music and the concern that its power could overwhelm prayer as a devotional practice. As part of our teaching, we shared our personal approaches to harmonizing music and prayer text, allowing them to complement one another rather than compete.

In a few weeks, we will celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah, marking the rededication of the Temple after foreign domination and a renewal of commitment to our tradition. Over this season, we are excited to dedicate ourselves more deeply to our musical tradition and continue to incorporate song into our services. We have a number of upcoming opportunities to enjoy music together:

 

Beginning the first of the month, we will have a monthly musical family service filled with melodies to encourage kids’ participation (piano and guitar) – 12/1, 1/12, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/11.
After candle lighting at the Hanukkah party (12/17), Ashira and I will lead holiday songs for children and adults.

Beginning on the Friday night of Hanukkah, Ashira will lead us in her service of original compositions for Kabbalat Shabbat (harp and piano) – 12/15, 1/26, 3/16 and 5/4.

The Friday night services will all be followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. We look forward to warming up the winter by sharing food, light, prayer, and song with all of you!

In blessing,
Rabbi Zehavi

 

Beginning the first of the month, we will have a monthly musical family service filled with melodies to encourage kids’ participation (piano and guitar) – 12/1, 1/12, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/11.
After candle lighting at the Hanukkah party (12/17), Ashira and I will lead holiday songs for children and adults.

Beginning on the Friday night of Hanukkah, Ashira will lead us in her service of original compositions for Kabbalat Shabbat (harp and piano) – 12/15, 1/26, 3/16 and 5/4.

The Friday night services will all be followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. We look forward to warming up the winter by sharing food, light, prayer, and song with all of you!

In blessing,
Rabbi Zehavi

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times:
Friday, Dec. 1 – 3:54pm
Friday, Dec. 8 – 3:53pm
Friday, Dec. 15 – 3:54pm
Friday, Dec. 22 – 3:57pm
Friday, Dec. 29 – 4:02pm

Service Times:
Fridays: 6:30pm
Saturdays: 9:30am
Thursdays: 7:15 Morning Minyan

Jeff and Simone Camerer are happy to invite the congregation to a Kiddush luncheon following services on December 9, when their son, Adam Camerer will be called to the bimah as a Bar Mitzvah.

December Birthdays: Shayna Zibel

Change of addresses: (please update your books)
Milton Kline: 631 Salisbury St., #404, Worc. 01609 508-755-1727
Frank & Rita Weisner: 8 Ryder Path, Acton 01720 978-263-4021 – ritajanew@aol.com

Do you have a Simcha, Birthday or Anniversary that you would like to celebrate with an Aliyah at Agudat Achim? Please contact the synagogue office.

High Holiday Appeal Donations
A special letter was sent this year asking our members to help defray unexpected costs at the synagogue, our members stepped up! Thank you…

Ron Ansin – David Braune & Cindy Rosancrans – Carolyn Corliss – Glen & Jackie Davis – Don & Michelle Drury Sunnie Epstein – Perry & Francine Farb – David & Susan Fisher – Mark & Susan Goldstein – Jim & Marilyn Gould Ira Grossman & Claire Shindler –
Dan & Gail Joseph – Jack & Heide Messing – Arlene Rome – Arthur & Barbara Rome – Sylvia Rome – Bob & Carol Sarafconn – Bob Scharmett – Marty & Bette Shapiro – Gary & Sharon Shepard Rick Sirvint & Roberta Gordenstein – Joseph Spound – Marc & Sharon Tieger – Steve Weedon & Bette Cirillo – Paul Weizer – Scott & Heidi Zibel – Bob & Sandra Zykofsky

HANUKKAH CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 AT 10:00am
Rabbi Zehavi and Ashira
will lead a variety of Hanukkah songs

WE’LL HAVE LATKES!!
WE’LL HAVE DREIDELS!!!!
WE HOPE TO HAVE YOU!!!!!!
OUR ENTIRE CONGREGATION
IS INVITED!!

Family Friday Night – 6:30pm
Join us for a song-filled and kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service!
Ashira will lead us with guitar and piano. The service will take place in the sanctuary, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner in the social hall:
December 1 – January 12 – February 2 – March 2 – April 6 – May 11

Tot Shabbat Service – 10:30am
Calling all 0-7 year-olds (and everyone else) for a playful Shabbat morning
program with songs, stories, snacks and “socializing”!
December 16 – January 13 – February 10 – March 17 – April 28 – May 12 – June 9

Musical Friday Night – 6:30pm
Come and experience a special Kabbalat Shabbat service, as Ashira leads us
in her beautiful melodies with harp and piano. The service will take place in the sanctuary, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner in the social hall.

December 15 – January 26 – March 16 – May 4

Planning for Potluck Shabbat Dinners
Last year, we enjoyed having potluck Shabbat dinners in the social hall. We’re looking forward to continuing the tradition this year!
Please note the following guidelines. You are always welcome to direct questions to Rabbi Zehavi:
All food is to be dairy or pareve*, i.e. nothing should contain meat, meat products (e.g. chicken broth, gelatin, etc.), or shellfish. Eggs are fine. Many kinds of fish are also fine, including salmon, tuna, cod, haddock, bass, pollock, halibut, carp, grouper, sole, tilapia, trout, sardines, and anchovies. If you would like to bring a different kind of fish than those listed, please check with Rabbi Zehavi first.
Drinks will be provided, along with disposable place settings. However, to reduce waste, you are encouraged to bring a dish and silverware from home as long as you are prepared to take it home to clean afterward. The kitchen will not be available to wash dishes.
Please bring with you a small sign, such as an index card, including a legible list of all ingredients to assist those with allergies or other dietary needs.

Since Shabbat often starts before we arrive, food cannot be cooked nor heating elements plugged in when you set out your food. The synagogue will set out warming trays on which you can place food to keep it warm. Please bring any food that you would like to serve warm in a container that can be placed directly on a warming tray.
To maintain the higher standard of kashrut that has always applied to the synagogue kitchen, the kitchen will be closed during potlucks and cleanup. Please plan to pack any leftovers and bring home your serving dishes and utensils unwashed. If you find you need something that might be in the kitchen, please ask Rabbi Zehavi or a member of the Worship Committee (Rich Cohen, Jackie Davis, Bob Sarafconn, Marc Tieger, Scott Zibel) for assistance.

* Food that is pareve contains no dairy and no meat, though it may contain fish or eggs.
Thank you for following these guidelines so that we can both continue to enjoy these meals together and provide the community with a strictly kosher kitchen. The Worship Committee appreciates your respect and cooperation!

 

“Donations in Honor Of”
Thank you to:
Carolyn Corliss wishing Milton Kline much happiness in his new home
Miriam Linsky wishing Milton Kline much happiness in his new home
Rick Sirvint and Roberta Gordenstein in honor of the wedding of their son, Scott Blanksteen to Eva Ho

“Donations In Memory Of”
Thank you to:
David Braune in memory of his wife, Sandi Braune, and his grandfather, Simon Friedman
Mary Britton in memory of her mother, Vilge Angelini
Glen Davis in memory of his father, Richard Davis
Dottie Faberman in memory of her mother, Goldie Rosenbloom
David Fashing in memory of his mother, Ida Fashing
Dan Joseph in memory of his aunt, Gert Katz
Alan Krumholz in memory of his mother, Gloria Krumholz
Barry and Ruthe Lew in memory of Alvan Tall
Jay Lipkind in memory of his aunt, Rose Lipkind
Ryna Lipkind in memory of her brother, Marvin Charney
Ruth Poppel in memory of her mother-in-law, Dora Poppel
Sylvia Rome in memory of her sister, Sana Gould
Edith Sandrof in memory of her father, Jacob Bloom
Morris Sandrof in memory of his mother, Freda Sandrof, and his brother, Samuel Sandrof
Bob and Carol Sarafconn for their donation to the Scholar-in-Residence in memory of Bob’s parents, Allan and Phyllis Sarafconn
Bob Simmons in memory of his brother, Michael Simmons
Susan Sirota in memory of her father, Benjamin Sirota
Steven Tharler and family in memory of Alvan Tall
Marc Tieger in memory of his wife, Judy Tieger
Steve Weedon in memory of his mother, Netty Weedon
Arthur Wein in memory of his mother, Lillian Wein
Susan Wein in memory of her father, Abraham Levine
Florence Zomlefer in memory of her parents, Jack and Sadie Smith

CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 2017

Friday, Dec. 1: Family Friday Night Service 6:30pm w/potluck veg. dinner
Saturday, Dec. 2: Shabbat Service 9:30am followed by an Outreach Luncheon
sponsored by the Cohen Family IMO Lisa’s parents
Thursday, Dec. 7: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, Dec. 8: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 9: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Adam Camerer’s Bar Mitzvah
Monday, Dec. 11: Exec. Board 7:00pm; Board Meeting 7:30pm
Tuesday, Dec. 12: 1st Candle lighting for Hanukkah
Thursday, Dec. 14: Morning Minyan 7:15am
Friday, Dec. 15: Musical Friday Night Service 6:30pm w/potluck veg. dinner
Saturday, Dec. 16: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Tot Shabbat Service 10:30am
Sunday, Dec. 17: Hanukkah party 10:00am
Thursday, Dec. 21: Morning minyan 7:15am
Friday, Dec. 22: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 23: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Sunday, Dec. 24: No religious School
Monday, Dec.25: Office closed – Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 26: Office closed
No religious school
Thursday, Dec. 28: Morning Minyan 8:30am
Friday, Dec. 29: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 30: Shabbat Service 9:30am
Sunday, Dec. 31: No religious school

“Yahrzeits for December 2017”

Dec. 1 – 8: Simon Cohen, Abraham Rothstein, Michael Simmons, Milton Bernstein, Pearl Cohen, Samuel Goldfarb, Pearl Graham, Lee Rome, Ruth Shaevel, Nathan Feinberg, Anne Grossman, Ruth Levin, Rebecca Marshall, Peter Solomon, Edith Brenner, Wallace Weinbaum, Bertha Nissenbaum, Jack Herman, Ida Weisner, Louis Feingold, Joseph Muller, Harry Rice, Howard Rome, Harry Berger, Marjorie Brodkin, Benjamin Goldberg, Adeline Heimberg, Samuel Skurnick,

Dec. 9 – 15: Bessie Goldberg, Sidney Feinberg, June Gill, Bella Holzer, Jacob Borowsky, Abraham Britton, Sylvia Gaynor, Felice Lubin, Rosalyn Malin, Hilda Epstein, Rebecca Grand, Sophie Katzen, Peter Tobin, Nettie Vigoda, Dora Coplon, Nada Grossman, Robert Salny, Sadie Shubert, Sarah Bockstein, Clara Charney, Bessie Dunn, Klein Frankel, Harry McCrensky

Dec. 16 – 22: Ida Chitoff, Ida Dorfman, Charles Fay, Frank Sarkin, Harry Wexler, Esther Foster, Sabina Foster, Seleck Kalin, Bertha Kniager, Rebecca Rosenberg, Anne Schreter, Susan Winthrop, Jean Finestone, Stephen Kay, Philip Witzky, Isaac Chitoff, Rose Claman, Adele Dreyfus, Joseph Friedson, Esther Goodstein, Morris Portnoy, Albert Aranson, Arthur Marshall, Louise Muller, Lewis Florence, Samuel Salny, Allen Silberberg, Isadore Solomon, John Meyer

Dec. 23 – 31: Lena Penan, Max Wolf, Bert Cohen, William Cohen, Bannie Gordon, Dora Grobstein, Deborah Kahn, Edward Szysyko, Jack Wexler, Herman Alpert, David Goldberg, Carl Moscowitz, Rose Sisitsky, David Abraham, Ethel Aronofsky, Michael Cohen, Rae Silberberg, Louis Winthrop, Norbert Rosenbaum, Annie Winthrop, Libbie Malchman, Carol Frymerman

CELEBRATE A SIMCHA by purchasing a leaf – $300, or a stone – $1,500 on the Simcha Tree, or a page in the Golden Book for $150.

YAHRZEIT MEMORIAL PLAQUES will memorialize your loved ones forever. The cost of a plaque is $360. To order leaves or plaques, please contact the synagogue office.

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