Bar Mitzvah & Mitzvah

This Saturday, Rabbi Broitman will be leading the adult bar mitzvah of our wonderful member, Bill Gamson. Please try to come and celebrate this simcha.

Also, the island food pantry is in need of donations.  When  you come to the building, please bring a nonperishable donation and leave it in the box in the lobby.

Important upcoming dates

This Friday 1/13 at 5:30PM Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Music, prayer, speakers, festive Oneg to follow.

Saturday 1/14 Bat Mitzvah of Katie Goldsmith, 10AM. All students are urged to come! The celebrations are important part of our community and serve to help educate and prepare our students for their b’not mitzvah.

Saturday 1/28 at 10AM (Adult) Bar Mitzvah of Bill Gamson. Please come and celebrate with the Gamsons.

Friday 2/10 at 5:30PM Tu B’Shvat Seder and potluck dinner. A special evening the kids will enjoy.

Your attendance at these events is most important. Gathering as a community will strengthen your child’s Jewish identity and friendships. The service attendance requirement is a mandatory part of our program; attendance at these events not only counts toward your service attendance it also builds the student’s knowledge and self confidence.

Sunday, November 6 at 3:15 pmBurial of Holy Books at the M. V. Hebrew Cemetery

From: Rabbi Caryn Broitman 
On November 6, at 3:15 pm we are having a special ceremony that you are invited to attend. We will bury our unusable Holy books and papers at the cemetery. 
We treat Hebrew texts in which G-d’s name is written with reverence, like a holy living thing. When they can no longer be used, we don’t discard them, but instead bury them in a Jewish Cemetery. This includes prayer books, Torahs, Torah study books, and any copies from these — only in Hebrew, but not in any other language. Until they can be buried, we keep them in a temporary storage place called a Genizah (hidden).
Please come and join us as we bury the contents of our Genizah at the M.V. Hebrew Cemetery on West Spring Street. If you have unusable prayer books please bring them along, or bring them to the office during working hours. I will conduct a brief service, and then we can proceed to the Hebrew Center for the showing of the film “Rabin In His Own Words” at 4:00 pm.
This is a good opportunity to look at our relationship with our holy books. It can also introduce young people to ritual at the cemetery in a calm, reflective context, so all ages are welcome to this event. Please join us.
 — Rabbi Caryn Broitman

81 bags delivered! Come on Sunday 5:30PM!

Great job by all delivering our congregation’s donation to the Island Food Pantry. There were 81 bags (frankly, nowhere near past high marks over 125); remember there is a box in the lobby at the Shul and donations of non-perishable products are always needed.

Please join us for Simchat Torah this Sunday at 5:30PM. Without you we may not be able to unroll the Torah! Word has it there will some special food treats to follow!

Join us!

This weekend Rabbinic Intern, Daniel Shaeffer, will be joining us for Shabbat. Please come and make his acquaintance!

Remember Soup in the Sukkah Potluck Dinner next Wednesday 10/19 at 5:30 & Simchat Torah Sunday 10/23 at 5:30.

It is a mitzvah (and fun) to be in the Sukkah; consider having a meal there over the course of the holiday.

Good Shabbos!


Town Sukkah in Cuttyhunk