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News about Israel -- New link between JNF, USCJ, & Shaare Tefilah


Holocaust Program

TBA and TST took part in a South Area Holocaust rememberance program,
at Temple Israel, in Sharon, on May 4th.
Pictured is Rabbi Navah Levine taking part in the program.
Rabbi Navah Levine at Yom HaShoah 2016 program
Also, please continue saving postage stamps for the ongoing Foxborough Regional Charter
School Holocaust Stamps Project.
flyer for Foxboro Regional Charter School Holocaust Stamps Project

Family Table at TBA

Dear TBA and TST Congregants,
Any of you who've attended Shabbat services in the last few years have heard us
ask for kosher canned soup, jars of peanut butter, or other food items, and those of
you who've come in through the front doors have seen the small wooden box for
leaving those items. Those food items you donate each month are for Family Table,
part of Jewish Family and Children's Service (JF&CS), a 150-year-old human
services organization guided by Jewish values that serves over 17,000 people in
250 communities in Greater Boston, the North Shore, and Central Mass.
The leadership of TBA and TST are very proud to be helping JF&CS open "Family
Table South," which will expand its reach into the South Area. What this means is that after the High Holydays, a part of the rear area of our Social Hall will be turned into a pantry for Family Table to store food. One Sunday a month starting in October their volunteers, joined by others in the community (including any of you who wish to help), will use our temple as a place to package healthy groceries, nutrition education
information, personal hygiene products, and Jewish Holiday items that are then
distributed to over 400 low-income families in 108 towns in Eastern Massachusetts.
Brotherhood News
As we gear up for our revitalized combined Shaare Tefilah / Beth Abraham Brotherhood,
please register as a Brotherhood member by contacting Maury Weiner and sending
dues ($35) to Maury at 8 Mayfair Circle, Norwood, MA  02062.

Please make out the check to "Brotherhood".

Mark Sukenik honored at FJMC Keeper of the Flame Dinner
Mark Sukenik was the Shaare Tefilah honoree at the annual
Keeper of the Flame presentation reception, held in 2015 at Temple Emunah in

Mark Sukenik receiving Shaare Tefilah's Keeper of the Flame Award

Pictured from left, Leanne, Ava, and Mark after the presentation.

Below, members of Shaare Tefilah at the reception.
Shaare Tefilah brotherhood members and wives at reception

Our new location: 1301 Washington St., Canton

We moved our Torahs to Temple Beth Abraham -- now the location of our synagogue services

Dancing with Torahs outside of Temple Beth Abraham

On Sunday, October 19, 2014, we moved our Torahs to their new home at
Temple Beth Abraham. Temple Beth Abraham is located on Washington Street, Canton,
at the intersection with Chapman Street. The picture, above, shows congregants dancing
around the torah on the sidewalk, in front of Temple Beth Abraham.

Gathering Information
In order to facilitate the move to our new location and know how to best meet our congregants’
needs, could you please call the synagogue office at 781-762-8670 if you would prefer not to drive to
Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, either during the day or at night. This will help us in determining how best to structure our services and provide access for everyone. Thank you.

Shaare Tefilah participated in Beth Abraham's Family Cookie Bake
Pictured are cookies received by the Norwood Fire and Police departments.

Cookies to Norwood Firemen Cookies to Norwood Police
Pictured at left are Norwood firefighters Nick Gulla and Pat Moloney. At right is
Patrolman Nick Guarino.
Cookies were also delivered to Canton firemen and police and to local nursing homes.
Note the comment on the Mi Sheberach prayer at the end of the information on the Services Page.

Now that we have moved to Temple Beth Abraham, we have weekday evening
services available on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM.
You are requested to sign up for for periodic participation so as to have a minyan
available on those days. You can sign up by sending E-mail to
MinyanRangers@TempleBethAbraham.org, or
by calling Elissa at the Temple Beth Abraham office: (781)828-5250.

Ken Turkewitz
Ritual Committee Chair

From the Membership Committee

Welcome is extended for those who may have attended infrequently, if at all.
Our lives are busy. Even if they do not permit regular attendance, have no doubt
that your occasional participation will be mutually rewarding!

Marvin Wolfert
Membership Chair


Holocaust Stamps Project

I would like to remind you to save either cancelled or new stamps.
These are being collected, as part of the Holocaust Stamps Project at the Foxborough
Regional Charter School, in their drive to collect 11 million stamps in symbolic memory
of the 11 million people killed.

Most sincerely,
Rona Matisoff
Social Action Committee Chair
Holocaust Survivor Dies (in 2014) at Age 110
Interesting Youtube interview (in 2013) with Alice Herz-Sommer, who survived
by playing the piano at Theresienstadt. Kim Komando wrote that Alice left behind
an incredible perspective on life.

Alice was the subject of a 2014 Oscar Award Winning Short Film.
The Lady in Number 6 -- One of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of
the year.


Ritual and Membership
Rabbi Danny Horwitz, from Houston, TX, was the scholar-in-residence
for the Study Weekend of October 18th to 20th, 2013, discussing different
aspects of Jewish mysticism.
Click here to see pictures from the weekend. Rabbi Horwitz's notes are up
on our website in PDF form. Click here to read Rabbi Horwitz's notes.

Marvin Wolfort led a class on Jewish thought in the spring of 2015. See the notes
at Jews & quarks Adult Ed

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World Wide Wrap -- Shaare Tefilah member Stu Green davened part of service
as we Skyped with a congregation in Budapest, Hungary a few years ago.

Stu Green leading WWW service
We joined with Temple Israel (Sharon) to participate in the Brotherhood World Wide Wrap.
Rabbi Starr of Temple Israel talked about the history and use of Tefillin while
both the local participants and a group in Budapest, Hungary watched and listened.

After Rabbi Starr spoke, and before the morning service, a Sharon couple who were
Holcoust survivors said a few words of greeting in Hungarian to the Budapest

See more photos by clicking on the Facebook symbol at the top of our home page.

Click here to see a picture archive of Temple events

Odyssey of our large Torah to a community in Spain

Click for details of the trip.

History of Temple Shaare Tefilah

100th anniversary sign

On April 6, 1908, the Norwood Hebrew Congregation was granted a charter
from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Services were held in various
public buildings, thanks to the goodwill and hospitality of our non-Jewish
neighbors in Norwood.

Land on Washington Street was purchased in 1924 and the new synagogue,
named Temple Shaare Tefilah (Gates of Prayer) opened on Sunday,
August 30, 1925.

Take a look at the Temple history from the time that the Norwood congregation
was first organized.

Temple Shaare Tefilah is one of the oldest synagogues in the greater Boston
area, and has held continuous services for over 100 years.

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There is a continuing need for donations to the Norwood Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Especially needed are cans of chunky soups, tuna, baked beans, and fruit.

Bring food to the pantry, at the Grace Episcopal Church, on Thursday mornings.
Thank you for your crucial help in this endeavor.

At JF&CS's Family Table, Greater Boston's Jewish Food Pantry, our
"family" consists of 170 needy Jewish families, including 105 children,
100 elderly, and 180 adults.

Please send a tax-deductible donation of $18 or an amount of your choice
to "Family Table", c/o Jewish Family &. Children's Service, 1430 Main Street,
Waltham, MA 02451. Donations can be made on line at www.jfcsboston.org.

Family Table Distribution Day
New South Area distribution point at Temple Beth Abraham, Canton.
Help set up the pantry, sort food donations, package orders for recipient families,
and deliver to recipients. Children are welcome to volunteer when accompanied
by an adult. If you would like to help with our busy food distribution,
contact Lisa Katz
at Jewish Family Services via her email lkatz@jfcsboston.org.

CORI forms need to be filled out in advance of volunteering.  The next distribution will be
November 22nd when we will also be having a mezuzah ceremony.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger • 1990 S. Bundy Dr. Suit 260
• Los Angeles, CA 90025 TEL: (310) 442-0020 • www.mazon.org

Please take a look at www.gabrielprojectmumbai.org/About.html to find out about
the Jewish community in Mumbai and the non-governmental organizations that work there.
There are opportunities for young people to volunteer with a Jewish organization in Mumbai.

Give the gift of presence; you can make a difference in someone’s life
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking compassionate individuals to
volunteer with our team of dedicated medical professionals. We are seeking
volunteers to provide companionship and support for someone who would otherwise
be lonely. Volunteers are assigned based on their location and individual availability
For an application to the Newton Volunteer Training Session Program email your
correspondence to volunteerboston@seasons.org.
Seasons Hospice is a community-based organization with an ongoing mission to
find creative solutions that add quality to end-of-life care. For more information about
the Seasons Hospice Volunteer program, please call Karen Gore at 617-454-0200.
You can also find us at www.VolunteerMatch.com.

Was Your Family’s Property Taken During the Holocaust?
If you or your family owned movable, immovable, or intangible property that was
confiscated, looted or forcibly sold in countries governed by the Nazi forces or Axis
powers during the Holocaust era and you or your relatives received no restitution for
that property after the Holocaust era, you may be eligible to participate in the

Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce (Project HEART).

Project HEART is a nonprofit initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel, funded by
and in cooperation with the Government of Israel.

For more information or to download a needed questionnaire, visit
http://www.heartwebsite.org or call toll free 1-800-584-1559 or
direct line 1-414-967-2581 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.,
Eastern Standard Time, Sunday through Thursday, except Jewish holidays,
and the questionnaire will be mailed to you.


Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in others’ lives while
enriching your own? Please consider volunteering at Hebrew Rehabilitation
Center in Roslindale. HRC is more than a skilled nursing facility; it’s a community
where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to help, socialize, and
improve quality of life for our oldest members of society. Ages 14 and up are


Accompany residents to and from Shabbat services on Friday afternoons
and Saturday mornings;
Transport residents in wheelchairs to activities, appointments, and concerts
within our facility;
Assist our Life Enhancement Specialists with activities and programs on
various units;
Visit with individual residents to play games or just chat.

If you would like to volunteer, please call HRC Volunteer Services at
(617) 363-8421 or hslvolunteerservices@hsl.harvard.edu.

We also offer a variety of other opportunities for volunteers, for example,
interacting with Alzheimers residents in a new Memory Discovery Project that
uses everyday objects to jog memories and bring back pleasant past experiences.

Interested prospective volunteers can learn about our organization at
www.hebrewseniorlife.org under the Volunteering web page, at the side panel.
Junior and adult applications can be printed from this site.

Norwood Hospital Is Seeking Volunteers

VOLUNTEER NEWS FROM NORWOOD HOSPITAL Would you like to learn a new skill,
meet new people, and make a difference? All that is needed is a commitment of
2-4 hours per week. Norwood Hospital is seeking mature, supportive volunteers for
several patient focused services.

Caring Touch is one of these services. It is a free service provided to patients by
volunteers who are specially trained in giving soothing hand rubs. It provides patients
with 15 minutes of relaxation and is offered both at the hospital and at our Cancer
Center in Foxboro.

Care Ambassadors is another of the services. Care Ambassadors are needed to
welcome and visit with newly admitted patients and their families. Volunteers provide
information on hospital services, including the Patient Guide. Training is provided and a
commitment of two to four hours per week for a minimum of six months is requested for
both positions.

For more information on the program and the training, call the Volunteer Office at
781-278 - 6321, or visit our website at www.caritasnorwood.org and select
Volunteering on the list at the left side of the page.


Our cantor is now at Temple Beth Abraham, Canton, MA. See you there.

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