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YOM KIPPUR 5779/2018

09/23/2018 08:19:58 PM

Sep23

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

 

ONE SOUL AT A TIME:

MENTAL HEALTH AND TIKKUN OLAM

YOM KIPPUR MORNING SERMON

 

 

A couple of years ago, I started noticing a tremendous upsurge in ads...Read more...

09/23/2018 08:14:03 PM

Sep23

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ROSH HASHANAH 5779/2018

09/23/2018 07:56:03 PM

Sep23

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

 

FIRST DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH
INTRODUCTION TO THE HAFTARAH READING
(I Samuel 1:1-2:10)

Last weekend was the US Open’s Women’s Tennis Final, and it pitted perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time, Serena Williams, against a rising star, Naomi Osaka. Osaka won a stunning upset, but unfortunately, it was not her victory that dominated the headlines....Read more...

ROSH HASHANAH 5779/2018

09/23/2018 07:17:52 PM

Sep23

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

SHEMA!:

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A Message from Our President

09/05/2018 09:42:42 PM

Sep5

by Rachel Calmas

Dear Friends,

As part of our strategic planning process, this past June the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to adopt Tikkun Olam, Caring and Inclusive Community and Jewish and General Education as Temple Ohabei Shalom’s core values. These values were identified through our strategic planning...Read more...

A Word of Torah

09/02/2018 06:30:00 AM

Sep2

Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

Last night at Selichot, we sang the words of Hashiveinu, reminding us that this is the season for...Read more...

A Word of Torah: Elul Thoughts - The Gift & Power of Emotional Courage

08/24/2018 07:49:02 AM

Aug24

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

It is said in a midrash that the gates of teshuvah (repentance/return) are always open....Read more...

A Word of Torah: Elul Thoughts-The Courageous Act of Waking Up!

08/17/2018 10:23:44 AM

Aug17

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

The sound of the shofar is, it has been said, a kind of spiritual alarm clock. With the dawn of the Hebrew month of Elul, this primal sound, seeming to encompass the entire spectrum of human emotion and experience within it, calls us to mindfulness, to wakefulness, and asks us plaintively and...Read more...

A Word of Torah: The New Moon

08/10/2018 11:28:29 AM

Aug10

by Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

The new moon this weekend begins the new month of Elul. By the time the moon has waxed and waned we’ll be arriving at Rosh Hashanah, the start of a new year. Elul is a time for preparing for the High Holy Days, of awakening ourselves to do the work of teshuvah.

A Midrash on the Song of...Read more...

A New Partnership & Two Events

08/03/2018 02:07:20 PM

Aug3

by Lori Berry and Donna Rubenoff

Dear friends,

This is Lori Berry and Donna Rubenoff. We want to introduce ourselves as the co-leaders of the new temple-wide partnership that we launched in June with The...Read more...

A word of Torah: Gratitude for our food

07/29/2018 06:31:24 AM

Jul29

by Rabbi Daniel Schaefer

 

 

The early Rabbis who codified the Oral Torah in the Mishnah and Talmud, made a distinction between religious obligations that were considered d’oraita (from the Torah) and d’rabbanan (from the rabbis). In this week’s Torah portion, Eikev, we read the source for...Read more...

Shabbat ~ Taking a moment to breathe together

07/02/2018 10:05:01 AM

Jul2

by Rabbi Audrey Berkman

Shabbat, as our sages understood, is a taste of the world as it should be – a pause from the busyness and noise of the day-to-day and a time to be...Read more...

TOS Shows its Pride

06/05/2018 08:00:00 PM

Jun5

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

Today, for the first time, our 175-year-old congregation marched as a community in Boston’s Pride Parade.

Shehechiyanu! It was such a wonderful celebration of life and love. From our truck, complete with a replica of our synagogue’s dome on top, we cheered, waved, and returned shouts of...Read more...

Rabbi Berkman's Invocation-Annual Meeting 2018

06/05/2018 07:00:00 PM

Jun5

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

 

Invocation and Reflections:

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Parashat Bo—the Ninth Plague: Darkness by Ellen Mosner

03/26/2018 05:49:03 PM

Mar26

Ellen Mosner

The origin of my name Ellen is derived from the Greek root ēlē meaning light or bright.  Perhaps that explains why I’ve always had an affinity for light.  Or more precisely, fire.  If you build a fire, I will be lost to it, mesmerized by the flames for hours.  So, it makes sense that of...Read more...

Co-presidents Corner – Strategic Planning & Clergy Search

03/13/2018 05:29:55 PM

Mar13

Georgia Churilla & Rachel Calmas

 

 

Dear TOS Community,

We are pleased to update you on our strategic planning and clergy search process.

Strategic Planning
On March 11th, we held our second community meeting. At this meeting, we examined our personal and congregational Jewish values. We then envisioned our community in the year 2023. Each table created a long list of...Read more...

A Purim Painting comes home

03/01/2018 05:29:29 PM

Mar1

Naomi Gurt Lind

From Generation to Generation

On Tuesday we received a visit from two local women and a painting…and the painting stayed. Martha Pierce and Norrie Epstein were little girls at TOS. Their grandfather, Louis Epstein, was President of TOS and their grandmother, Martha Epstein, was the first woman Vice President of...Read more...

Co-Presidents Corner ~ More about Strategic Planning

02/15/2018 05:17:21 PM

Feb15

Rachel Calmas & Georgia Churilla

 

Hi Friends,

As we head into what is typically a quiet week for many in our community, we wanted to take this opportunity to share more about our Strategic Planning work – how it came about, why it’s important, and how it relates to previous planning initiatives.

As a community, there is so much we want to do. Strategic planning is an important tool...Read more...

Co-Presidents Corner ~ We’re looking forward

02/01/2018 12:00:00 AM

Feb1

Rachel Calmas & Georgia Churilla

 

Hi everyone,

Our strategic planning community meeting was a huge success, showing us the energy around this initiative and highlighting places where we need continued work. Please read below for updates on our clergy transition and strategic planning process.

Clergy Transition
The board continues to discuss our clergy needs and will soon determine...Read more...

Co-Presidents Corner ~ Speak Up!

01/08/2018 12:00:00 AM

Jan8

Georgia Churilla & Rachel Calmas

 

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled that 165 of you shared your thoughts in our strategic planning survey! Please join us for the next step in the process. A community-wide meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th at 2 pm. There will be childcare! There will be food! There will be lively conversation! We would love to see you there.

Three community...Read more...

Co-Presidents Corner ~ Georgia Churilla & Rachel Calmas

12/18/2017 12:00:00 AM

Dec18

Rachel Calmas & Georgia Churilla

 

Last week you received an email asking you to participate in a community-wide survey that will inform our strategic planning initiative. This process is truly a community-wide effort. We need to hear your voice! Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey before the deadline THIS THURSDAY! *

An Ohabei Shalom team has been established to work closely with our...Read more...

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