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

Hey, People of the Book!
books_4.jpgMany of us buy stuff over the Internet; everything from books and DVDs to pet food and tomato sauce.  And many of us use, the world's largest store.  Well, instead of going to by typing that into your computer, please go there by using one the links below (also found on our website's What's New Page). 

If you use the links below, Amazon will donate about 6% of your purchase to the shul.  Since they usually have the best prices, you save too!

For example: Here's a link to buy the Artscroll Siddur: Nusach Sefard (the same Siddur we use in the Shul).  And here's the The Chumash: The Stone Edition (the same one we use in the Shul).  Or any Books at all!  Whenever you buy books, you can help the Shul at the same time.

In fact, Amazon donates to the Shul when you buy anything (if you go to Amazon via our links), including: 

So please use these links to help the Shul whenever you shop.   Thanks. 
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.

Chesed Notes

Would you like to be included on a list of people willing to prepare or deliver meals to Adams Street families in need of chesed at the time of a birth, death, or illness? 

If you would like to be contacted in these circumstances, please send your name, phone number and e-mail address along with any specific instructions (e.g., "I am happy to deliver meals, but I don't have any time during the week to cook.") to the following members of the Chesed Committee:

We would like to keep names on file so that we will be able to contact you to ask if you are available to help when a situation arises.


WagnerJordan_200x150Here's an easy and cost-free way you can help our community grow!

Many people are searching for a shul near Boston via the Internet.  When people enter the search phrases that we care about, our own website sometimes comes out near the top of the search results.  But just as often, Yelp's page about our shul comes up more prominently. 

Yelp is a directory of businesses and institutions.  Anyone can post reviews there. 

These search results mean that many people's first impression of our shul comes not from our own website but from Yelp's listing. 

You can help us attract more visitors and prospective members by visiting The Adams Street Shul's listing at Yelp, and rating us or reviewing us there.  So far, there are only two reviews there (both very positive of course).

If there were many positive reviews, written by diverse people sharing their perspectives, that would make our listing in the Yelp directory a valuable aid to our long term growth.  It takes just a couple of minutes and is free. 

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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Late Night Learning

The tradition of Tikkun L'eil Shavuot (Late Night Learning on the eve of Shavuos) continues at Adams Street with great teachers this year: 

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg - Shavuos and Har SinaiOur own Rabbi Norbert Weinberg will kick off the event at midnight, with a presentation entitled, "What Really Happened at Har Sinai?"  Rabbi Weinberg received his B.A. degree and his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, and later earned a Masters Degree in Education from Rhode Island College.  Rabbi Weinberg's first pulpit was in Quebec City, Canada; before serving two congregations in Massachusetts, first in New Bedford and then for thirty years in Fall River.  He then retired from full-time labors and accepted a part-time (weekends only) position in Norwich Connecticut, commuting from Newton for each Shabbat.  In 2005, Rabbi Weinberg pursued a part-time position closer to home, becoming the Rabbi of the historic Adams Street Shul, in Newton, Massachusetts.

Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe - shiurim at the Adams Street Synagogue in Newton MARabbi Shlomo Yaffe, is a distinguished and widely-traveled lecturer.  For seventeen years, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe was the Rabbi of Congregation Agudas Achim of West Hartford, Connecticut, where he also served as Jewish Chaplain to the Hartford Fire Department, and was the founder of The Connecticut Symposium on Contemporary Legal Issues and Jewish Law in Hartford.  Rabbi Yaffe is an expert on secular law and legal ethics.  He serves as a legal consultant and lecturer for The New York Legal Assistance Group, is Dean of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law in New York, a member of the adult education staff at Chabad of Midtown Manhattan, and Permanent Scholar-in-Residence to Chabad at Harvard University.  He is also the founding director of The Institute for Jewish Literacy.  At Adams Street this coming Saturday night (well, Sunday morning actually), Rabbi Yaffe will present a shiur entitled "The Other Shavuos - What the Mystics Saw."

Join us this coming Saturday night at midnight. These formal educational presentations will be followed by an informal community of learning thereafter.  Coffee and refreshments will be on hand to help us keep going.  For more information, contact Benyomin Fleischmann at .

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