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Local Zmanim

Zmanim for 168 Adams St., Newton MA:
  • Sunrise: 5:10am
  • Kriat Shema (M''A): 8:20am
  • Kriat Shema (Gr''A): 8:56am
  • Latest Tefillah: 10:11am
  • Chatzot: 12:42pm
  • Mincha Gedola: 1:19pm
  • Mincha Katana: 5:05pm
  • Plag HaMincha: 6:39pm
  • Sunset: 8:14pm

Nachas Notes

Happy birthday, Bert Grand!
Happy Birthday to Netanel Moshe Cheses!  (May 26th)
Happy Anniversary to Len and Audrey Berman!  (June 3rd)
Happy Birthday to Adina Malka Cheses!  (June 4th)
Happy birthday to Zachary Drapkin (May 27th).
Mazal Tov to Sarah Gilfix Galpern on her birthday (we won't tell which one!)
Mazal tov Audrey and Len Berman who are celebrating their wedding anniversary on Sunday June 3rd!

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Congratulations Noah!

Cheses Noah graduation 2015Mazal Tov to Rabbi Noah Cheses who graduated on May 18th with a Masters Degree in Religion from Yale University.

Noah is now serving as the Assistant Rabbi at Shaarei Shomayim, which is Toronto's largest modern orthodox synagogue.


An Introduction to Vayikra

Yaffe, Rabbi ShlomoOur recent class on the Book of Vayikra (Leviticus) was recorded, you can view it below

Rabbi Yaffe explains its major themes of holiness and reconciliation, contrasts the roles of Moshe and Aharon both then and now, and summarizes the Book's view of human nature. 

Many thanks to Yury Livshetz for the original audio recording and to Jordan Lee Wagner for the editing and conversion to video. Here's the video:

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Don't Forget Eruv Tavshilin Today

eggThe Eruv Tavshilin is a ritual which essentially proclaims that we have begun Shabbat preparations in advance of the preceding YomTov.  We take two foods that we will eat on Shabbat, and designate before Yom Tov that these foods have already been prepared in advance of Yom Tov, allowing us to "finish" preparing for Shabbat on the holiday.

The two foods should include one baked item (usually bread or matzah), and one cooked item (usually an egg, but cooked chicken or meat would also qualify); and those items are stored until Shabbat, and eaten at any time during Shabbat.

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Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, May 29, is at 7:56 pm.   Shabbat concludes at 8:57 pm on Saturday, May 30.  

Weekly Torah Portion

Minyans This Week

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Saturday:  9:00 am
Sunday:  8:00 am

Education This Week

Sunday, May 31, at 09:00 AM
Talmud Class: Good Neighbors (and, well, the oy vey kind)
Tractate Bava Batra, taught by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.

Wednesday, June 3, at 07:30 PM
Responsa in our Lives
Halachic Questions, Rabbinic Answers, and Their Meaning for Us. Taught by Rabbi Weinberg in his home, at 130 Crafts Street, Newton MA 02458.

Thursday, June 4, at 08:30 PM
Parsha Shiur
Class led by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe (at Yury's Piano Shop, 339 Watertown Street)

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New Scrapbook!

2014-05-18 barbecue-album-cover-photoOur newest online scrapbook is now available for viewing.  It aggregates photos taken at our recent Lag B'Omer Barbecue. 

If you have any photos or videos to add, please send them to

Musicians Wanted

KhanukaevMaestroSergey Sergey Khanukaev, our member and accomplished pianist and musical conductor, would like to organize a professional instrumental ensemble of children ages 9 to 16 to perform a variety of musical pieces focused on Jewish themes. 

After a series of rehearsals and preparations he would launch a series of concerts in Boston. This is a highly innovative idea, since there are currently no children's ensembles that are focused primarily on performing the masterpieces of Jewish music. 

Dr. Khanukaev would very much like to discuss his proposal with prospective parents and students.  Please contact him at 617-669-7778 or at to discuss ways in which you might collaborate.

If You Feed Them, They Will Come
Bert Grand at the Shul Centennial Red Sox OutingWe hope you have enjoyed the pleasant socializing each week after Shabbat morning services. Have you ever wondered how the shul manages to provide the kiddush even on weeks when it has not been sponsored? 

The Grand Family Kiddush Fund sponsors the kiddush whenever no one else has.  Even if you cannot sponsor a kiddush on your own, small donations in any amount are always welcome.  Simply designate that your donation is for The Grand Family Kiddush Fund. 

It's a nice way to honor someone, celebrate a simcha, or memorialize a loved one.  You can donate online now.

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