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Our bi-monthly newsletter

The Star is a bi-monthly news magazine featuring messages from our presidents and rabbi -- as well as behind the scenes stories of board members, staff, new members, holidays, life cycle events, social action stories and so much more. 

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Archive of The STAR Column, "People of Chelm Want to Know"

Congregant Bob Ferrara provides this explanation of this great resource - ten plus years of Q&A columns published in The Star newsletter:

The “People of Chelm Want To Know” column was spawned by the excitement and enthusiasm developed years ago in the Me'ah and Adult Education classes at Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton, Massachusetts. Besides an active, engaged body of adult learners, we were also blessed to hear from many scholars and educators at the many local colleges, as well our own leaders. Rabbi Lewis Mintz was Beth Elohim’s founding rabbi, retiring in 2017. He was succeeded by Rabbi Mike Rothbaum, who brought an equally vast knowledge of  Judaism and a special focus on social justice.  And my friend Ellen "Waky" Waks, a longtime Beth Elohim religious school teacher has been the key editor and fact checker throughtout the entire life of this project.

You can find the 10+ years of columns archived HERE with links by year and month.

This archive is intended as a resource for any who enjoy exploring the many dimensions of Jewish learning. Do not be discouraged because many of these questions are fairly difficult and you should be congratulated for trying to wrestle with any of them. And as you learn, please share your new knowledge with your family, your neighbors, fellow congregants, and friends. We can all contribute to making the inspiring and uplifting lessons of Judaism accessible to everyone, even to the storied people of Chelm. The legend of the mythical people of Chelm may not be familiar to some, so this article may help you appreciate their plight.   

If you have an idea for a good question, you are always welcome to contact Bob Ferrara!

Mon, June 24 2024 18 Sivan 5784