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TBZ Community Hannukah Party- Dec. 17th

Sunday, December 17th

Activities from 4-5 pm

Candle Lightning and Food from 5-6 pm.

• Games • Activities • Singing

• Latkes • Sufganiyot

• Community-wide Hanukkiah Lighting

Adult Learning with Rabbi Ebn Leader at 4pm

Please join Gabriel Krause-Grosman in his bar mitzvah project to help Cradles to Crayons meet the need for warm clothing for children who have come from Puerto Rico to Boston to go to school while their schools and home communities are recovering from the devastating hurricanes. Please bring new and gently used clothing donations.

(Boys clothes size 10-20 are most needed, as well as girls shirts size 5-14.)

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Family Friendly Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner with 1550 residents! Dec. 8th

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 TBZ Mitzvah Day with Family Table, Jan. 7th

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Jewish Family & Child Services' Family Table, the largest kosher food pantry in New England, provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to alleviate hunger in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs.

TBZ members will gather at JF&CS for the TBZ Mitzvah Day. We will learn about Family Table's mission, tzedakah, and tikkun olam. We will then put the ideas into action, working together with children and adult to pack bags of food for families in need.

The TBZ Mitzvah Day is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about social justice from a Jewish perspective, and to help an organization that does amazing work. We will help people in the Boston area who are living with food insecurity, and renew our ongoing commitment to bringing justice to the world.

TBZ Mitzvah Day is open to all members. Registration is capped at 30 families, and photo identification for everyone 18 years of age and older who has not volunteered with Family Table in the last 15 months must be submitted by Dec. 20 in order to run CORI checks. No registrations will be accepted after Dec. 20.
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Yamim Noraim Yom Iyyun (Day of Learning) at Beit Rabban 

The TBZ community is invited to a Yamim Noraim Yom Iyyun (Day of Learning) at Beit Rabban on Wednesday, September 27th from 4-6pm.

Learning sessions (25 minutes each) will be offered for all ages by our Beit Rabban teachers and our rabbis. Some highlighted offerings of the afternoon include candied apple making, bibliodrama , yoga, niggunim, and sessions on forgiveness and shofar.


Fulfilling our Divine Purpose

May 16, 2017

Rav Claudia
The Shabbat before the election we read, “A Meditation on Voting From T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights”. It included the following sentences:
Open our eyes to see the image of G-d in all candidates and elected officials, and may they see the image of G-d in all citizens of the earth.
Grant us the courage to fulfill the mitzvah of loving our neighbors as ourselves, and place in our hearts the wisdom to understand those who do not share our views.
As we pray on the High Holidays, “May we become a united society, fulfilling the divine purpose with a whole heart.”
In the aftermath of the election, and as I rewrite this piece, I know how challenged I feel by this prayer. Can I truly be open to see the image of God in those who don’t share my views? Can I see the image of God in the new president-elect who ran a campaign based on bigotry, hateful rhetoric and many more disturbing platforms?
I don’t have an answer for myself and I am sure that many of you are challenged in the same way. But as we experience the divisiveness of our country, we ought to see the ways in which we can start the process of healing to become a united society, fulfilling the divine purpose with a whole heart.
Many of us feel sadness, fear, loss and anger. We are afraid of an unknown future and how things will unfold in the coming years especially in terms of human rights, freedom, dignity of minorities, climate change and much more.
As Jews we must commit ourselves to work even harder as the values of our tradition teach us: taking care of those in need and of those most vulnerable. It is now, more than ever, when we need to work towards a society of equality. We encourage you to do this through our TBZ community; through GBIO (Greater Boston Interfaith Organization) and by organizing in our local communities.
We must stand with millions of immigrants, Muslims, people of color, LGBT people, women, people with disabilities, and everyone who is threatened by the future of our country.
The teacher of my teachers, Rabbis Marshall T. Meyer wrote:
“Judaism teaches us to look into the darkness. Surely we will find a spark that, if carefully tended, we can use to light the fire to illuminate our path. Our history teaches us that bones can revive, that in the darkness of the soul, an echo of meaning is audible. If we honestly confront our tradition, and respond with real faith and courage, our words will become meaningful, full of strength and love; our faith and courage will become contagious and the world will look for paths that will lead to a more just society; our material goods will be redistributed so that nobody suffers hunger; our petty lives will become meaningful.”
May our our faith and courage become contagious and may we be inspired to work for a just society.
I invite us to recommit ourselves right now, to continue to be informed citizens and activists, who stand up, with the courage of our convictions, for the rights and dignity of every human being.

The Role of Guns in Our Society

December 7th, 2015
As we start the new secular year, it is hard to avoid the tumult both here and abroad.
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my perception of the role of guns in our society. However one interprets the Second Amendment, it is clear that President Obama’s recent executive order to close the loopholes regarding background checks is positive. The reality is that there are still about 300 million guns in our country. While most of these guns are owned by law-abiding citizens, it is our overall culture that precipitates transgressors who feel that issues can be solved through the barrel of a gun. Mass shootings, inter-gang violence, suicides, and accidental gun shootings are a result of the American love-affair with guns. Our fascination with guns, a cultural legacy of our pioneer forbearers, overshadows our communal ability to engage in reasonable discourse.
Will responsible gun laws help to prevent future accidental deaths and mass shootings? Of course. Preventing children from having access to guns will greatly decrease the unfathomable deaths and injuries that occur when a child finds a gun and accidentally sets it off. Responsible guns laws will enable stronger background checks and longer waiting periods, and will help to prevent homicides.
It remains our responsibility as human beings and as Jews to continue to uplift and value human life. Our tradition, with all of its difficult history, endeavors whenever possible to celebrate life.
If it moves you, reach out and speak with our legislators and urge them to do whatever is possible to strengthen existing gun laws.
Let us continue to speak out in this violent world for another way.
Shalom u’vracah, peace and blessings,
Reb Moshe


November 2nd, 2015
This week Jews around the world are lighting their hannukiot in remembrance of the great battle with Hellenism fought by the Maccabees. Greek culture sought to displace Jewish identity and we celebrate Hanukkah as the Festival of Freedom. This freedom is predicated on our re-dedication to our Jewish identities.
Hanukkah is also the Festival of Lights coming as the days grow shorter. These lights offer us an opportunity of exploring all the different sides of ourselves. By illuminating our inner, as well as our outer selves Hanukkah, is indeed a joyous experience for our family and friends. Hanukkah lets us see our communities in new light, and I hope that the essential quality of the Hanukkah lights will serve us all to battle the darkness that surrounds us in so many different ways.
Khag Urim Sameyakh L’kulam – A Joyous Festival of Lights to All
Tue, December 12 2017 24 Kislev 5778