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The Last Tisha B'Av?

WeinbergRabbi-150x200For the second year in a row --- and hopefully the last ---  The Adams Street Shul will be Newton's host location for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation's worldwide Tisha B'Av event.  This event will bring together 50,000 participants at 700 locations in 16 countries.  We are proud to be one of them. 

Our event includes two distinct 90-minute programs:

KrohnRabbiPaysachThe first program will begin right after the 7 AM morning services of Tisha B'Av conclude, about 9:00 AM.  This program includes inimitable presentations by Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Rabbi Jonathan RiettiRiettiRabbiJonathan (Click their names for their biographies.)  Rabbi Krohn and Rabbi Rietti will inspire us to to view Shmiras Haloshon (guarding our speech) as the vital and doable mitzvah that is has always been. 

LeffRabbiZevThe second program will begin at 6:00 PM, which is ninety minutes before mincha.  It features Rabbi Zev Leff and Mr. Charlie Harary.  (Click their names for their biographies.)  HararyCharlieThese two dynamic lecturers offer masterful presentations that examine the nature of negative speech and the manner in which it destroys unity.  

ChofetzChaim-posterWith their own unique and powerful styles, these four lecturers leave an indelible message about how loshon hora (prohibited speech) works.  Our presenters inspire us to look inside ourselves, to identify and overcome all the obstacles that distance us from this mitzvah.  Each speaker offers concrete steps to take to ensure that, this Tisha B’Av, the participants’ awakening will result in long-lasting change.

Admission is $15 at the door, but $10 for members of the Adams Street Shul who register in advance using the form below

One admission covers both the morning and afternoon programs.

We are seeking sponsors for the event.  All who donate $36 or more will receive a DVD of the program.


These shiurim are being produced by The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, a foundation dedicated to bringing Goodness and Compassion into the World. 

Since 1989, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation has successfully launched innovative methods of promoting the Torah's wisdom on human relations and personal development.

For more information, contact Jordan Lee Wagner at

Here is the form to RSVP or donate:

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Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
RiettiRabbiJonathanRabbi Jonathan Rietti is a descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai.  He is also son of the famous British actor Robert Rietti, known as ‘The Man of a Thousand Voices' and ‘King of the Dubbers'.  Rabbi Rietti received his rabbinical ordination from Gateshead Talmudical College, England, after which he helped establish the now flourishing Kollel in Gibraltar.
Rabbi Pesach Krohn
Krohn, Rabbi Paysach
Rabbi Paysach Krohn is a fifth-generation mohel.  At age 21, he was the youngest mohel ever certified by the Brith Milah Board of New York.  He performs thousands of religious circumcisions each year. 
However, Rabbi Krohn is better known as the author of the bestselling "Maggid" series of books, inspired by the stories of Rabbi Sholom Schwadron (The "Maggid of Jerusalem").  Rabbi Krohn also authored a seminal work on brit milah (religious circumcision). 
Rabbi Krohn is a lecturer, sharing stories in the manner of a maggid, and also collecting stories for his speeches and books.  He also leads Jewish historical tours throughout Europe, speaking about the rich and vibrant Jewish communities that existed prior to World War II.  He documented the first of these trips in his 2007 book, Traveling with the Maggid.

In December 2004, Rabbi Krohn launched the organization PaL (Phone and Learn) in the United Kingdom.  A division of Partners in Torah in the U.S., PaL matches up Jews who want to learn more about their heritage with a friendly, knowledgeable tutor for up to an hour a week of Jewish study and discussion over the phone.

Rabbi Zev Leff
LeffRabbiZevRabbi Zev Leff is one of Israel’s most popular English-speaking Torah educators.  Rabbi Leff has authored books and countless articles.  For more than 20 years, he has served as the rav of Moshav Matityahu, a small religious community located in central Israel just outside Modiin.  
He has the rare ability to bring across a subtle point of Torah learning with wit, humor and analytical brilliance.  As a much sought-after lecturer and teacher, Rabbi Leff is constantly traveling to speak throughout Israel and often in England, South Africa, the United States, and other countries.
Rabbi Leff was born in the Bronx, New York, where he grew up in a non-observant home.  He became interested in furthering his Judaic studies while attending a local Hebrew school.  After his family moved to the Miami area, he began attending the school at a local Conservative temple.  Here the teachers and lay leaders quickly recognized the young boy’s enormous potential.  Impressed, they were determined to provide him with the best educational opportunities available.

So when he was ten years old he entered the Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami.  While he should have been placed in the fifth grade, he was placed in a third grade class in order to help him catch up.  Two years later, Rabbi Leff had not only caught up but was rapidly developing into one of the school’s best talmidim (scholars).  During this time, Rabbi Leff also made the decision to become shomer Shabbat.

Rabbi Leff then went on to the Mesivta of Greater Miami where he was regularly assigned to the most advanced shiurim (classes) in the yeshivah.  He was an enthusiastic student and reveled in the give and take of Talmudic discussions.  It was not uncommon for him to come up with she’eilot (questions) that his rebbeim couldn’t answer, as well as teshuvot (answers) to questions they had never even thought of. 

Rabbi Leff left to study at the Telshe Yeshivah in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became a close talmid of Rav Mordechai Gifter, zt"l.

In the fall of 1968, he was introduced to Rivkah Minkoff, from Ellenville, New York.  Before the end of that year they were engaged, and married soon after.  The Leffs settled in Cleveland, where Rabbi Leff learned in kollel and supervised the Telshe dormitory.

During a Pesach visit to Miami in 1974, Rabbi Leff stepped in to help the Young Israel of Greater Miami in North Miami Beach with the Holiday sermons.  His sermons were received so well that after Yom Tov, he was invited to apply for the position of rabbi.

After returning to Cleveland, he mentioned the experience, in passing, to Rav Gifter.  To Rabbi Leff's surprise, Rav Gifter told him to apply, adding that twenty years earlier the roshei yeshivah in the United States had made a major mistake by failing to encourage their best talmidim (scholars) to enter the rabbanut.  Were more capable talmidim leading American synagogues, Rav Gifter said, America would look much different.  He also reminded Rabbi Leff that he had a personal responsibility to serve the community that had helped him develop into a ben Torah.

Rabbi Leff returned to Miami for an interview.  The board offered him a one-year contract.  He took it, but asked Rav Gifter to hold his old job open in case things didn’t work out.

Rabbi Leff served as the rav of the Young Israel of Greater Miami for nine years.  The transition from dormitory counselor at Telshe to rav of an out-of-town community was not terribly difficult for the young rabbi.  He had been moving in two worlds his entire life.   He had gone from growing up in a non-observant home to becoming the best talmid at the Mesivta.  While he never compromised his religious principles, he always maintained ties with his former world.  Indeed, his ability to incorporate all of his experiences enables him to relate to a broad spectrum of Jews.  It is what gives him a perspective and a depth of experience that few other leaders in the Torah world have.

While Rabbi Leff served as a rabbi in Miami, he invested much time and effort working with the NCSY chapter based in his shul, and even returned to teach at the Mesivta where he had been a talmid more than a decade earlier.

By 1983, the Leffs decided to make aliyah.  Upon moving to Israel, Rabbi Leff became the rav and morah d’asra (leader of the community) of Moshav Matityahu, a community located in central Israel adjacent to Kiryat Sefer, and just outside Modiin.

Today, in addition to his communal duties, Rabbi Leff is also rosh yeshivah of Yeshiva Gedolah Matityahu, and oversees the 20-member kollel on the Moshav.  Additionally, he teaches a group of unaffiliated Israelis who live near Moshav Matityahu and lectures at several leading Israeli yeshivot, seminaries and institutions, including the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center.  He is a featured speaker at the conventions of the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel, and Torah Umesorah.

"The lesson I learned more than thirty years ago at NCSY conventions is that Judaism is not monolithic and that there are many legitimate approaches to Yiddishkeit," says Rabbi Leff. "This has been the guiding philosophy of my life."

Rabbi Leff's shiurim can be heard in streaming audio format on his website:

At the site, you may also submit questions to the Rabbi, which he will answer, B"H, in audio format.

Rabbi Leff can be reached at his home at 972-8-914-4797, or e-mail can be sent to him at //">

Charlie Harary
HararyCharlieMr. Charlie Harary, Esq. is the CEO of H3 Capital LLC, a private equity company based in New York.  He is also an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Syms School of Business in Yeshiva University.

Mr. Harary is a prolific speaker who has traveled all over the country and abroad.  He has created dozens of videos that have received worldwide attention, reaching hundreds of thousands of people in over fifteen countries.  Mr. Harary is a Senior Lecturer for the Orthodox Union, Aish Hatorah, and NCSY.

In addition, he is an active community leader.  He is the founder and president of Milvado Inc., an organization that develops innovative methods to teach spirituality in relevant and modern ways.  He is a member of the Executive Board of the OU, the Founding Chairman of its Young Leadership Cabinet, and a member of the Conference of Young Jewish Presidents.

Finding Inspiration During the Three Weeks

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1   Choosing to Care Rabbi
2   On Barking Dogs,
Busy Hands,
and the Original Sin
Eli Joseph
3   Overly Religious! Rabbi
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Benyomin Fleischmann
  (President & Facilities Committee Chair)
Jordan Lee Wagner  (Vice-President & Publicity Committee Chair)
Beri Gilfix  (Secretary & Development Committee Chair)
Steve Cantor  (Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair)

Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe
  (Education Committee Chair)
Nechama Fleischmann
  (Membership Committee Chair)
Michael Cramer
  (Ritual Committee Chair)

Dr. Howard Bleich 
  (Director, term expiring 2017)
Robin Smith Walker 
  (Director, term expiring 2017)
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Dr. Ronny Drapkin 
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Sarah Lesser 
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Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, August 1, is at 7:47 pm.   Shabbat concludes at 8:53 pm on Saturday, July 26.  

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Saturday:  9:00 am
Sunday:  8:00 am

Education This Week

Sunday, July 27, at 09:00 AM
Talmud Class: Good Neighbors (and, well, the oy vey kind)
Tractate Bava Batra, taught by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.

Wednesday, July 30, at 07:30 PM
Pirke Avot Class
taught Rabbi Weinberg in his home, at 130 Crafts Street.

Thursday, July 31, at 08:30 PM
Mysteries of Midrash
Taught by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, located around the corner from the Shul, in Yury's Piano Shop.

Sunday, August 3, at 09:00 AM
Tisha B'Av Lesson by Rabbi Weinberg
by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

Sunday, August 3, at 07:00 PM
Sunday Night at the Movies
New Tisha B'Av shiurim from the OU and from Yeshivah University...with popcorn and refreshments; with break for mincha at 7:30; and with maariv afterward.

Last Week's Kiddush Sponor

Zhanna and Steve Cantor in honor of, and recognition for, Benyomin Fleishmann for everything he does.

Next Week's Kiddush Sponor


This Week's Volunteers

Nechama Fleischmann and Beth Drapkin
Jordan Wagner
Chaya Esther Vaks and Sarah Lesser
Steven Jaffe
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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