Congregant and street medic Michaela Caplan is organizing a supply drive for Hurricane Harvey relief. She is in touch with organizers and care providers on the ground, and is planning on driving donations down in a
U-Haul truck if conditions in affected areas permit.
Currently, only large institutions like the Red Cross and state agencies are organizing local drives (in Boston). Such institutions have histories of problematic intervention in disaster situations, especially when it comes to aiding marginalized communities. The supplies collected in this drive will be given directly to those who need it the most.
From Wednesday through this Sunday at noon, the drive is collecting the following items ONLY: Canned food and bottled water, diapers (different sizes), baby formula, elder care products, feminine hygiene products, new underwear and socks, first aid/medical supplies, dog and cat food, batteries. The supplies will be collected at Congregation Beth Elohim, exact location of the bin to be determined.
If you have a canoe, kayak, or medium-sized boat to donate, contact Michaela.
If conditions do not allow for a U-Haul to have access, supplies will be mailed to local organizers/first responders/shelters. It is also necessary to collect financial donations for the purpose of transporting supplies- these financial donations will be used to pay for either a U-Haul or shipping costs. Roughly $1400.00 is needed to transport supplies. Any excess donations will be used to purchase more supplies. Financial donations to Michaela' supply drive can be made at the following link: Click here.
Daily Services Expanding!
Wrapping up the summer, we will have a 10-minute Mincha service this Thursday at 4 PM.
Please join us for this short afternoon service!
First Sunday morning Shacharit is September 10th...
Sisterhood Traveling Mugs Photo Contest Deadline September 6th!
CBE "Welcome Home Weekend" RSVP Form
Is Now Available!
"Welcome Home Weekend"
September 8th, 9th, & 10th
Join us as we offer Rabbi Mike Rothbaum another warm CBE welcome, and welcome all congregants and guests
back home after the long summer months.
Shabbat Dinner in the Courtyard
Erev Shabbat Service & Oneg Shabbat
Friday, September 8th, Dinner, 5:45pm Services, 7:00pm
Saturday, September 9th, 9:45am
Come study the week's parasha and share your best CBE memories with Rabbi Mike. Pot Luck Kiddush Lunch to follow.
Homecoming Fair & Bagel Breakfast
Sunday, September 10th, 9:30am to 11:00am
"Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold."
Come meet your old friends and make some new ones. Find out about all the wonderful ways CBE can enrich your life. All are welcome to attend.
*** To help us plan for these events, we need to know who's coming! ***
Members of Beth Elohim can remember loved ones in the Yizkor memorial booklet that is distributed during the afternoon Yom Kippur Yizkor service. If you would like a name to appear in the Yizkor book, please send the information so that the synagogue office receives it by September 17th.
Unlike many other congregations where a contribution is mandatory, at Beth Elohim, there is a long-standing tradition of voluntary support for the Yizkor booklet.
Giving tzedakah at Yizkor and again at the yahrzeit of a loved one is considered a great mitzvah. Beth Elohim needs your financial support and we encourage you to donate and, thereby, also perform the mitzvah of supporting the congregation.
Beth Elohim hopes that you will consider at least a minimum tzedakah donation of $18 (the numerical value of chai, the Hebrew word for Life) during the time of Yizkor and regularly at the yahrzeit of a loved one.
To make a Yizkor donation to Congregation Beth Elohim, please send a check payable to CBE with "Yizkor" in the memo line. Or you may donate through our website, www.bethelohim.org.
S'lichot and High Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah starts on September 20th.
Join us for services, discussions, and a class on S'lichot September 16th at 8:00 PM with Rabbi Mike.
The sisters will discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.
#1 New York Times Bestseller... The acclaimed, bestselling author-winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize-tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives.
RSVP details coming soon.
Na'aseh ("we will act" in Hebrew), the social justice arm of CBE Social Action, has been busy this summer. We are taking a short break in August.
We are planning a bystander intervention training in the fall for CBE members and the larger community
Next Na'aseh meeting is Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 PM
We will be talking about the bystander intervention training, our emerging partnership with the Ugandan Muslim community, our upcoming discussion with the Board, and other initiatives.
Rabbi Mike is eager to meet all in our CBE community. Did you know that he has regular Drop-In Hours? Come by CBE to say, "Ma Nishma?", aka: What's new?
Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday mornings 10:00 AM - 12 noon at The Acton Coffee House on Mass. Ave.
Also feel free to call Ezra in the CBE office to schedule an appointment, or if you need the Rabbi for any reason.
Rabbi Mike is meeting with different groups of congregants throughout the summer. In addition, he has been busy meeting with the Founders and Past Presidents in order to gain an historical perspective of our community. If you would like to host a meet and greet, please contact Linda Friedman
The Transition Team
Brotherhood - Sisterhood Joint Breakfast
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, September 17th,
9:15 - 11:15 AM
Brotherhood-Sisterhood Joint Welcoming Breakfast Program
Guest Speaker: Dr. Susannah Heschel, Professor of Judaic Studies at Dartmouth College
Title: "What is Antisemitism? An Historical Perspective"
Special Note: We are privileged to have a distinguished scholar present a timely topic given what has been going on in social media.
Upcoming Adult Ed Events
S'lichot - "Do I Have to Forgive?"
Leaders: Rabbi Mike and Cantor Sarra
September 16th 8:00 PM, followed by 9:30 S'lichot service
RSVP to Ezra in the office by Sept 15th
The high holidays are a time when we're supposed to make amends, asking forgiveness for what we've done wrong. But what about the other side of the equation? If someone says "sorry" to me... then what? What are my obligations to forgive someone who's hurt me? We bring in the new Jewish year with a discussion of the mitzvah of forgiveness - and its limits.
Mid week Bible Study
Every Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 PM on Hebrew school days, beginning September 13th
All are welcome; there is no fee.
A group of adult students has been studying Jewish texts for several years. We have returned to basic Torah texts, currently near the start of the book of Leviticus. All are welcome; the chevruta style of learning, where we all share our thoughts offers a wide perspective on the texts. No previous knowledge is required nor is Hebrew a necessity. Drop-ins welcome.
Me'ah Class (see article below)
This could be you - enjoying the great outdoors!
CBE Beautification Day Needs You!
Sunday, September 17th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
It's time for us as congregants to jump in and help bring Congregation Beth Elohim into great shape for the High Holidays.
We will start after the Brotherhood Breakfast, so if people can spare a few hours, the work will go very quickly!
Many hands make light work, so the more the merrier!
There will be adequate supplies (rakes, mulch, shovels, etc.) - and free bagels and refreshments, too - ready and waiting for all who volunteer. Please reply to Bob and Deena Ferrara.
11:40 Sunday Enrichment Program
Following Hebrew School
Events for CBE'ers of all ages from 11:40-12:40 from September to December
High Holiday Improv taught by Shawna James
Come and participate in playful improv theater games on the themes of Rosh Hashanah! This class is appropriate for both adults and children!
September 17th and 24th from 11:40-12:40
$30 for both sessions or $15/session
Maximum for a family is $20/class
Study with Rabbi Mike
Rabbi Mike will teach two classes that are suitable for both adults and children including
"Gimme Shelter" on the eve of Sukkot October 1
"The Rungs of Tzedakah" which is always timely. November 12
Israeli Dance taught by Micky Waks
Micky will teach a few simple Israel dances each week.
This class is suitable for both adults and children.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothing for this class.
10/22, 10/29, 11/5
$45 for all three sessions or $15/ session
Maximum for a family is $20/class
Yoga taught by Laura Grundstorm
This class will be taught with the assumption that there will be both children and adults in the class. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing for this class.
11/19, 12/10, 12/17
$45 for all three sessions or $15/session
Maximum for a family is $20/class
Join us each week for snack between 11:25-11:40!!!
For more information on these classes, please contact Leann Shamash
The Brotherhood is holding their annual bagel drive on November 5th.
Fresh bagels delivered to your door or your friend's door. Stay tuned for further information over the next few weeks.
Adult Ed Presents: David Jaffe, Changing
the World from the Inside Out
Adult Ed Presents: In Celebration of Jewish Book Month
Changing the World from the Inside Out:
Spiritual Wisdom for Turbulent Times
Sunday, November 12, at 7:00 PM
Partisan rancor, threats of war, rising anti-Semitism and racism and real challenges to our democratic institutions characterize public life in the United States today. Jewish tradition calls on us respond to these challenges in public life and work to make the world a better place. How do we draw on the rich spiritual resources of Judaism to support and inform this work of Tikkun Olam?
Rabbi David Jaffe is the author of Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change, winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life.
Please RSVP to Ezra in the synagogue office before November 10th
A Friendly Reminder
It is CBE's policy to distribute High Holyday tickets only to those families/households that are financially current as of the end previous quarter (06/30/17).
Nobody is ever turned away from full participation in CBE due to financial constraints. We will be happy to make financial accommodations to any community members who need them.
To discuss further, or if you have any questions about your status, please email the financial secretary Alan Berko.
CBE Adult Ed Announces Me'ah
CBE Adult Education presents:
New Me'ah class will run at Kerem Shalom in
Concord on Monday evenings, starting October
16th, 7:15-9:15 PM.
Embark upon a two-year journey, comprised of 100 hours of class time (Me'ah is Hebrew for 100), through the narrative of the Jewish people from ancient to present times.
Participants delve into core texts from each of four historic periods - biblical, rabbinic,
medieval, and modern - to build a foundation of knowledge.
This week's joke was dug up by your Star-Lite editor:
A young Jewish man was seeing a psychiatrist for an eating and sleeping disorder. "I am so obsessed with my mother.... As soon as I go to sleep, I start dreaming, and everyone in my dream turns into my mother. I wake up in such a state, all I can do is go downstairs and eat a piece of toast."
The psychiatrist replies: "What, just one piece of toast, for a big boy like you?"
Do you have a Jewish joke, or any other ideas for Star-Lite features?