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Jonathan H. Hausman, Rabbi

Phil Weiner, President

March Schedule Shabbat Parah/Ki Tissa Bar Mitzvah Brian Crosby Friday March 5 Candle lighting ...........................5:21 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ........................7:30 PM Saturday March 6 Tefillah ........................................9:30 AM Mincha/Ma’ariv ..........................5:00 PM


Friday March 12 Candle lighting ...........................5:29 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ........................7:30 PM Saturday March 13 Tefillah ........................................9:30 AM Vav Class Service

Monday March 29 Candle lighting ...........................6:48 PM First Seder Tuesday March 30 Tefillah ........................................9:30 AM Second Seder traditionally begins no earlier than 7:09 PM Wednesday March 31 Tefillah ........................................9:30 AM Ma’ariv .......................................7:30 PM

Sunday March 14 Children's Concert ..........................3:00 PM

Sunday April 4 Kosher L'Pesach Jazz Brunch.......10:00 AM

Shabbat HaHodesh/ VaYakhel-Pekudei

Shabbat VaYikra Friday March 19 Candle lighting ...........................6:37 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ...................7:30 PM Gimmel Class Service Saturday March 20 Tefillah ........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat HaGadol/Tzav Friday March 26 Candle lighting ...........................6:45 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ........................7:30 PM Saturday March 27 Tefillah ........................................9:30 AM

In this issue President’s Message.............................................2 March Calendar....................................................3 From the Rabbi’s Desk.........................................4 Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News.....7 Passover Preparation Guide...............................14 Contract for Sale of Chametz.............................18 Sisterhood...........................................................20 Tikun Olam/Social Action Corner.....................22 March Yahrzeit Calendar...................................26 Dates to Save......................................................28

A Call to Minyan – We Need You! Please do not forget the continuing need of our Minyan. The camaraderie and spiritual fulfillment which develops when building a Kahal Kodesh, a Holy Community, is just as important as the comfort we provide to mourners in daily worship. Minyanim are held Sunday at 9 AM, Monday through Thursday at 7:30 PM. Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 PM on Friday (unless otherwise indicated) and Saturday morning at 9:30 AM.

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President’s Message

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Saluting Volunteers

Monday - Friday 10 AM - 3 PM 781-344-8733 781-344-4315

An old Yiddish proverb states that there are two kinds of people in the world: Those who divide people into two kinds and those who don't. Actually, I don't know if it's an actual Yiddish proverb, but it sounds like it could be Yiddish. Jonathan Hausman Kevin Margolius 781-344-8755

Ruth Greenfield Ina Beth Winer 781-344-8733

Phil Weiner David Crosby Lillian Goldberg Eric Kahn Maria Woolf Stu Weiner Marcia Boland-Wells David Steinberg Paula Gaffin Larry Fox

Harvey Abramowitz Peter Asnes Beverly Barbell Paul Barbell Bob Bornstein Leslie Boyle Adam Chale Maxine Frutkoff Steve Goldberg Jay Goldstein Ron Gorin Amy Griffing Alan Lader Cindy Pazyra Emily Prigot Mark Snyder Rich Sandler Rick Smith Fred Sussman Helayne Adelstein/Nessa Wilensky Stacy Andler/Dale Roseman Dan Litwack/Amy Litwack Wendy Schulze/David Schulze Jeremy Sigel/Michelle Sigel

Stu Weiner David Steinberg Maxine Frutkoff Bob Powell Marcia Boland-Wells Sam Stein Dan Litwack Stan Zoll Alan Lader Emily Prigot Howard Shaevitz Stacy Andler Dale Roseman Madeleine Lewis Susan Komisar Hausman Janet Weinstein Nessa Wilensky Rick Smith Anne Leppo Ellen Greene Helayne Adelstein Amy Griffing David Steinberg Contact any of the above through the ATC office - 781-344-8733

I clearly fall into the first category of people because I divide people into two kinds. My two categories are: those who are volunteers and those who are not. Volunteers get involved. They are active in the community. They are generous with their time. They tend to donate. They are wonderful role models for their children and for others. In short, they work to make our community, our society, and our world a better place. To be a volunteer you don't need to be especially brilliant, capable or talented. You don't need to have a lot of spare time. In fact, some of the best volunteers I know are also some of the busiest people I know, independent of their volunteer activities. What it takes is the desire and selfless commitment to make things better. To put it in Jewish terms, a commitment to fulfill the Mitzvah of Tikkun Olam - helping to heal the world. To some extent, every ATC member has put themselves into the volunteer category. Joining and staying a member of ATC is a voluntary act that supports our Jewish Community and the charitable causes that our ATC serves. People join ATC for multiple reasons, but none of them are selfish: whether to worship G-d, to maintain and support our Jewish community, to educate your children and yourself, to participate in our synagogue's social action and charitable work, to help preserve Judaism in America, or whatever unique combination of reasons you may have. It has been argued that no less than the survival of Judaism may rest on those of us that continue to step up and affiliate with congregations in our communities. Indeed, every member deserves recognition and credit for your membership in our congregation.

Phil Weiner President

Bulletin Contributions The deadline for contributions to the April Bulletin is Friday, March 12. Please submit your articles via email (preferably in Word format) to

Please! No Calls or E-mails to ATC Officers on Shabbat or Holidays

March Calendar Tel:781-344-8733






15 Adar

Shushan Purim



17 Adar

Thursday 18 Adar

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7:30 PM Youth Committee

6:30 PM Senior USY Board

21 Adar




16 Adar



19 Adar 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

9:30 AM Tefillah 5:00 PM Bar Mitzvah Brian Crosby

Junior Cong.


22 Adar


23 Adar

5:30 PM Sisterhood Board

24 Adar


25 Adar


7:30 PM Board of Directors

7:00 PM Speaker: Erick Stakelbeck

26 Adar


20 Adar


7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

27 Adar


9:30 AM Vav Class Service

Bulletin Deadline

28 Adar


3:00 PM Children’s Concert: Debbie and Friends

6 Nisan


9:00 AM School Passover Program

13 Nisan


29 Adar


7:30 PM Passover Wine Sale and Food Demo

7 Nisan


6:30 PM Senior USY Board

14 Nisan


1 Nisan

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

2 Nisan


Erev Pesach


7:30 PM 5:30 PM School Committee Women’s Seder (Beth Emunah)

4 Nisan


7:30 PM Gimmel Class Service

7:30 PM Connie Spear Birnbaum Lecture (see page 11)


8 Nisan

9 Nisan


7:00 PM 7:30 PM Gubernatorial Ritual Committee Candidates Night


3 Nisan


15 Nisan Pesach I

Ta’anit Bechorot 9:30 AM Pesach Service 10:00 AM Junior Cong.

16 Nisan


Pesach II 9:30 AM Pesach Service 10:00 AM Junior Cong.

No Classes

10 Nisan


11 Nisan


7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Junior Cong.

5 Nisan


9:30 AM Tefillah 10:00 AM Junior Cong.

12 Nisan


9:30 AM Tefillah

Candle Lighting Times March 5............................5:21 PM March 12..........................5:29 PM March 19..........................6:37 PM March 26..........................6:45 PM March 29..........................6:48 PM

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From the Rabbi’s Desk... Rabbis rendering Halachic decisions are doing much more than answering technical questions. Psak Halacha (the process of making such decisions) can also serve an educational function in that it teaches entire communities about values. One area where Rabbis can make a strong educational impact via Psak Halacha is in the area of Passover preparation and cleaning. It is very much the Rabbi who sets the tone for how Pesach is viewed, appreciated and enjoyed by communities. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner writes that it is prohibited to impose stringencies on people that will cost extra money and cause distress, even on Pesach when it is customary to be extra careful. (She’eilat Shlomo 1:157) Rabbis who do not get caught up in the whirlwind of Passover stringencies and teach that Pesach can be enjoyed and not ruined by pre-Pesach preparations are teaching their communities a valuable lesson about Simchat Yom Tov (celebrating and enjoying the holy day), as well as the value of moderation.

Ethical lessons are also taught from how Rabbis rule on participating in charity drives for the general nonJewish community. The recent earthquake in Haiti was an unfortunate opportunity for Rabbis to teach the Halachic sources and, in the process, educate communities about the value of all life and the importance of seeing ourselves as part of the global community. The sources from Rambam, Meiri and others classical Jewish legal sources would have us understand the message that what is left behind goes further than a onetime legal ruling. There are many examples of education by Psak in the writings of Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg, known as the Sridei Eish. In one Teshuva/Responsa, The Sridei Eish forbids burying the cremated remains of a Jew in a Jewish cemetery. For Rabbi Weinberg, prohibiting burial in the Jewish cemetery made clear that cremation crossed a “red line”. It was his hope that by prohibiting burial in the Jewish cemetery, others who were considering cremation would realize just how deplorable that action was and change their minds. This is a very good case of how a Posek (one who renders such Halachic decisions) uses

Halacha to educate his community. Bear in mind that Rabbi Weinberg was dissenting from the view of another great German Posek, Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Hoffman who argued that those who choose cremation are no different than any other sinner who is permitted burial in the Jewish cemetery. Rabbi Yitzchak Blau has written about other rulings of Rabbi Weinberg that serve educational purposes. The web sites below will allow you to delve further into this subject and read about some of those decisions. For the life and thought of Rabbi Weinberg, go to htm. For an article noting some of those decisions, refer to htm. There is much about Passover that deals with community values. May your Sedarim and Passover observance be a meaningful one.

Rabbi J

Bereavement Support Group Old Colony Hospice offers a Bereavement Support Group to afford those who've experienced loss, support during the grieving process. Drop-in groups and established groups are available free of charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For further information, contact Noreen Dionne, Bereavement Program Assistant, directly at Old Colony Hospice, at 781-341-4146 x210, to confirm your space. Old Colony Hospice offers many different services to the community and is a leader in palliative care. For further information, please contact the office at 781-341-4145.


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Shalach Manot

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Many thanks to those who helped purchase, assemble and distribute Shalach Manot over Purim: Maxine Frutkoff and Dr. Yale Zussman for the idea, Paula Gaffin who managed the entire enterprise, and our team of helpers... Luke Butera, Harrison Fallon, Brian Crosby, Evan Schulze, Ava Siegel, Ben Litwack, Adam Potter, Ethan Rosenberg, Aron Barbell, Morah Ruti and Mora Paula. Thanks to Steve Niers, for his donation of food and Bob Bornstein for his assistance and guidance regarding the food purchases required for the project.

Roslyn Nadler, in memory of beloved father, Sidney Nadler Roslyn Nadler, in memory of George Fox Bennette Shultz, in memory of beloved mother, Mamie “Mary B.” Manevitch Shultz Bennette Shultz, in memory of beloved father, Morris Shultz Bennette Shultz, in memory of Marty Harpel Lois and Barry Levy, in memory of Marty Harpel

Boston Jewish Music Festival The First annual Boston Jewish Music Festival is coming!! Save the Dates: March 6-14, 2010, for a new, exciting, and meaningful celebration of Jewish music in all its forms. From Klezmer to Cantorial to Classical, from Israel to the Balkans to Brooklyn underground, the Boston area will ring with music for all ages and tastes-concerts for the whole family, dance parties for the limber, workshops and special school appearances. It'll be the cultural event of the year-a source of pride and enjoyment for the entire Boston community. Find out more about events, the latest news, and how you can help at

Lois and Barry Levy, in memory of beloved mother, Eva Schneiderman Phyllis Raphaelson, in memory of Marty Harpel Rose Silverman, in memory of beloved husband, Louis Silverman Marcia and Karl Flanzer, in memory of beloved father, Louis Silverman Margie and Warren Freshman, in memory of our beloved Deborah Gould Donations received after February 12th will be acknowledged in the April issue.

Sylvia Selig Carole Pearlman Scott Lawrence

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Saturday Night Sundaes Thank you Alan Lader and the Membership Committee for coming up with the great idea of Saturday Night Sundaes, Steve Niers for donating some much appreciated food, and Bob Bornstein for ordering those very tasty hamantaschen that everyone enjoyed! Anne Weiner and Paula Gaffin decided what to buy so that everyone could enjoy a sundae with their favorite toppings after the Megillah reading. There were some very creative sundaes! The whole evening would not have been the success that it was without the help of many, many parents who set up, served and cleaned up. Their names were too numerous to list in fear of leaving out anyone's name. Thank you to the many students who went up and down the stairs bringing up the Shalach Manot bags and giving whatever extra help was needed! Your participation was greatly appreciated! Everyone who came was sent home with a Shalach Manot bag, decorated by the Religious School students, and filled by the students of Kitot Vav and Zayin. A great time was had by all!

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Mazel Tov Suzan & David Crosby, on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Brian

Bikkur Cholim/Visiting the Sick Please call the office or have someone call on your behalf if you are ill, or know of a congregant who is ill, and would like a visit by Rabbi J. The only way Rabbi J will know if you are hospitalized or ill is if he is notified. Please rest assured that Rabbi J does his best to protect a person’s privacy.

Ahavath Torah Congregation Charitable Funds There are several funds at our shul to which you may direct a donation to mark any number of events, milestones, remembrances or to express thanks. Please consider participating as your contributions help to maintain the high quality of programming at ATC. Beverly Manburg Memorial Library Fund Jacob and Bessie Lipsky Fund Kiddush Fund Linda Sheff Memorial Fund (please contact the Religious School) Prayer Book Fund Pulpit Fund Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund (please contact Rabbi J) Religious School Enrichment Fund (please contact the Religious School) Torah Repair Fund Tree of Life (please contact Ann-Carol Lipshires) Yahrzeit Fund Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques Youth Fund Unless otherwise noted, please contact Ina at the shul office to make a donation to the above funds. Ahavath Torah Congregation

Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News The Dalet class service was awesome! How gratifying it is to see them feel so confident about being on the Bimah and leading us along in Tefillot. This grows out of the caring and loving relationship that they have with Mrs. Bernstein and the positive, selfassuredness that she has nurtured in them. They are fortunate to have such a capable, competent and committed teacher to guide and nurture them. We all “kvelled” from sharing in seeing them as the next Jewish generation. The Purim Carnival was a blast! We also had much fun in preparing for Purim as Mr. Greene and his guitar added some non-traditional songs to our Purim repertoire! Even though we see the students for only two days a week, it’s just remarkable how much they are learning from our regular curriculum besides celebrating and learning about the Holidays and the rational Mitzvot which are an integral part of them. Thanks to Morah Rivka (Paula Gaffin) and all the teachers, all the students were able to participate and fulfill the Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot for Purim. Each class is working on their special projects and parents will be invited into the classrooms to share and to learn from our classroom experiences. And here comes Pesach! As soon as Purim is here, we know that Pesach is exactly 30 days later. Each class is learning certain parts of the Seder so that they can be helpful when the family Seder happens. The Seder is an ongoing traditional experience where each family can create your own traditions. Nothing is written in stone (so to speak) so that each family can be imaginative about how to conduct the Seder. Some families, or at least the leaders, dress Ahavath Torah Congregation

up as if they were the characters in the Torah (Moses, Aaron, Miriam, the Pharaoh, etc.) The Seder is an evolving process where all talents can be utilized especially by the children. It’s an opportunity for families to be ingenious, inventive and resourceful. Besides the four questions that are asked, there can be much discussion about the story of Pesach and about the nuances in the Haggadah. By the way, some families have all the children, individually, ask the questions, not just the youngest. It’s a time for all the children to shine, not just the youngest. There are no specific rules around this, it’s just strong tradition. Seder is a time for children to initiate discussion about things that they don’t understand, as well as to be artistically creative. Children can help a great deal in preparation for setting the table, for setting up the Seder Plate, and for also teaching parents about Pesach symbols that parents may not know. Some families have each participant prepare something special in relation to the Passover story. Some of the questions below could hope to help to have your own “personal family story.” Your story or any participant’s could be a poem, a skit, a song, a rap, a story. Questions can be printed out and children can ask parents, and vice versa: “What was it like to be a slave? What job did you have? What did you hate about being a slave? Even though it was horrible being a slave, the one thing that kept me going was…………... The one thing that being a slave taught me was……….”. When Moses said that you would soon be free, what did you think about? What was it like during the plagues? When you left Egypt, what did you take with you that you

could carry? What was the best part of being free? What do all the symbols on the Seder plate and related to Passover mean? Grades 3 and above will be receiving questions and answers about, “Anything you ever wanted to know about Passover but never had an opportunity to ask?” We will be using these questions and answers as part of “Passover Jewpardy” at the school Passover celebration. As part of “Passover Family Education”, each student will be receiving a packet of Passover fun things for parents and children to learn and to share. The main focus of Jewish Family Education is to empower and enable our families to learn to live together Jewishly. It will include, word scrambles, crossword puzzles, trivia questions, stories, word searches, imaginative & creative exercises. Sit down with your children, go over the Passover story, the different parts of the Seder and have a fun, sharing and learning time together! Wishing you all a sweet, blessed and meaningful Pesach! B’Shalom,

Morah Ruti Ruth Greenfield


Kitah Gimel It is getting closer to our class service on March 19, 2010. We are all practicing our parts in class, on the Bimah, and at home. There is a lot to learn, but we'll do fine. It's interesting learning new prayers and new melodies. We hope that you will come to share in our simcha! In addition, we are moving along in our Hebrew storybook, Shalom Ivrit. We have learned more words and are making short sentences when we answer questions. “Around the World� is a new game that we play using all the Hebrew words that we've learned this year. The first time that we played it, we had to read the Hebrew word quickly and correctly to move ahead one place. Now, we have to translate it into English in order to move ahead. It's helping us remember words that we used before. Our stories are about the Jewish holidays starting with Rosh Hashanah. It's fun seeing if we remember our vocabulary words from the beginning of the year! We took a photograph tour of the Old and the New city of Jerusalem using Morah Rivka's pictures from her trips to Eretz Yisrael. She gave us clues about the pictures we saw and we guessed their names. We finished up the unit on Jerusalem and are traveling up north to the Galil, the Upper and Lower Galilee. We'll be visiting our first Kibbutz (a cooperative settlement.) Can you imagine that the children lived in Children's Houses? They ate meals with their parents in the community dining room, and visited their parents on their days off. Most Kibbutzim raise livestock and grow their own fruit and vegetables for themselves and to sell to others. Even young children have chores in the gardens or barns after school.

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Sherut L'Tefillah Interested in improving your davenen skills? Would you like to learn how to lead weekday or Shabbat services in sections or in its entirety? Rabbi J and Arthur Arkanase are interested in helping. All you need is an ability to carry a tune, an ability to read Hebrew and desire. Any age welcome. Contact Rabbi J for further information.


After we remembered all that we could about the Story of Purim, we saw the video The Story of Esther. We counted Aznei Haman (Hamantaschen); read what makes a Megillah (The Scroll of Esther) a Kosher Megillah; and learned some new Hebrew words; masecha (a mask), malkah (a queen), raashan (a noisemaker) and melech (a king). We enjoyed doing Tifzorot (Word Searches) and other puzzles about Purim. The best thing was gathering with the other classes and singing the many songs for Purim. Some of them are really funny like Peanut Butter, Poppy, Prune or Chocolate Hamantaschen, or Elimelech of Gilhofen. Our time in Kitah Gimel is full with many things to do, see, and hear! B'Shalom,

Morah Rivka G'veret Gaffin

Kitah Hay Shalom from Kitah Hay! This year the Hebrew month of Nisan falls in March. This time is filled with joy(clean up,clean up, everybody everywhere) and great things such as preparation for Pesach and a lot of cooking. Kitah Hay students are going to learn about the meaning and customs of Pesach. We will find out what foods are kosher for Pesach for Ashkenazim and Sephardim. As we finished our Hineini-2 books, we had a chance to practice our conversation in Hebrew. Everyone is doing a great job - Avodah Yafa! In our history studies, we were busy working on our country reports. We cannot wait to share with you and have our own presentations! Nechemiya, Binyamin, Yonah, Yaakov, Chaim, Chaya, Rivkah, Adinah, Kalah and I would like to wish all of you Chag Pesach Kasher VeSameach! Happy and Kosher Passover! Rav Todot,

Morah Mazal Marina Korenblyum

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Kitah Vav

ATC School Enrichment Fund

February has been a busy month for the Vav Class. We have been working hard to prepare for our class service on March 13. We'd like you all to come see what we have learned, so please, mark the date on your calendar and come join us.

The Enrichment Fund is used to help sponsor school activities such as Onegs after class services and purchasing the siddurim for the Bet class. This can be a great way for people to recognize events or to memorialize the loss of someone special while at the same time assisting the religious school. People can leave checks (payable to the ATC Enrichment Fund) with information regarding the donation in either the school office or in the main office with Ina. I will check the office and complete acknowledgement cards and send out confirmation letters. I can also be reached at home at 781-341-0239 or at my email address of

Early in the month, we did a role-playing game of Europe just before the outbreak of World War II. Each student played a country in either Europe or Asia. In short order, two alliances formed, the Allies and the Axis. The United States then joined Great Britain in attempting to negotiate peace with Germany, close to what actually happened in 1938. This was a bit discouraging since it meant that either the real-world leaders in 1938 viewed the world similarly to 11- and 12-year olds, or that there is a deep-seated desire not to face unpleasant realities.

Dr. Z

Marla Potter Donations received after February 12th will be acknowledged in the April issue.

Dr. Yale Zussman

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Please Help a Fellow Congregant Through Rabbi J’s Job Bank! One kind of mitzvah is giving a person something to eat. Helping a person to find a job so that he can provide his own food is even a greater mitzvah. Many ATC members are looking for jobs. We want to help. Through Rabbi J’s Job Bank, ‘jobs wanted’ and ‘positions available’ are freely posted to a large number of people and allows us to post them through the ATC office and other publications. If you are interested in participating, please submit no more than a five-sentence description (longer descriptions will be edited) of your skills or the job for which you are looking, or of a position which you may have available, by way of e-mail to If you know of any job possibilities that fit one or more of the resumes at any time, please call Rabbi J. He will relay your phone number to the appropriate party so they can follow up directly.

Kitah Bet This past month might have been a tad shorter than most, but that didn't stop the Bet class from continuing their climb up the aleph-bet ladder. We are collecting lots of Kosher symbols from different products we eat in our homes. Check out the collage we made with all of them on our bulletin board. Hopefully the parsley we planted for Tu B'Shevat will be ready in time for our seder plate. Our journey through Israel is more exciting with each city or town we get to visit, along with finding the clues. Since there is so much to cover and do for Passover we will be starting early with our preparations for the eight days of matzoh eating. We have been able to enjoy some short videos about Israel and the holidays. We also learn new songs and have had fun joining in with the entire school for some special music time. Until the next edition. B'Shalom,

Morah Yehudit Helayne Magier Adelstein

What are you serving at your Seder this year? Are you looking for some new dishes? Please come to our Pesach Food Demonstration on Monday, March 15th after 7:30 PM Minyan Food will be prepared by Motti of Motti’s Catering and Marina Korenblyum, who will prepare some special Sephardic dishes! Donations of $5.00 would be appreciated to offset the cost of the food. Please RSVP to Madeleine Lewis at so we can prepare the correct amount of food. The Passover Wine Sale and Tasting, sponsored by Tri-Town Liquors, will take place at the same time. Please support ATC. Tri-Town Liquors will donate 10% of its sales that evening to ATC.

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidates to come to ATC for a Town Hall Style Public Meeting March 23, 2010 at 7 PM. 10

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Wells Fargo Donates to ATC Rich Roseman, Wells Fargo Bank Home Mortgage Consultant / Sr. Loan Officer / Renovation Specialist / FHA Expert, has a special program through the Bank that will provide $300 to ATC for every loan that closes whether it is a purchase or a refinance. There is no cost to the borrower and the closing costs do not adversely affect participants. The loan program can be with or without closing costs. This is available to any existing, past, or future members, as well as any referrals. In fact, anyone who wants to obtain a loan through Wells Fargo can go through Rich Roseman, and receive reduced closing costs, reduced legal fees, and the lowest rate possible for your situation. For further information, contact Rich Roseman directly at 781-910-8280 or via email at

Helping Needy Families Celebrate Passover Each month 550 children and adults rely on JF&CS Family Table, the largest kosher food pantry in Greater Boston. We depend on our dedicated volunteers and the generosity of donors to continue helping these families in need. We are seeing more families in need than ever before. As you prepare for your Passover celebration with your family, please consider a donation to JF&CS Family Table - a wonderful way to observe and celebrate Passover and the beloved tradition of tzedakah. Let's come together and free Jewish families from hunger. Here’s how your donation helps ... $36 provides Shabbat candles to 40 families for one month.

Rabbi Steven Weil to Speak on Thursday, March 18th Rabbi Steven Weil, recently named CEO of the Orthodox Union, will deliver the 7th annual Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture. Rabbi Weil's talk, entitled "After the Crash: The Challenge of Rebuilding an American Jewry As a True Light Unto the Nations," will take place on Thursday, March 18 at 7:30 PM at Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel in Newton. Gifts of any size will be greatly appreciated. This program is offered free to the public. The Birnbaum Lecture brings together all components of the Jewish community for an evening of learning and unity. The lecture is named in memory of Connie Spear Birnbaum, who worked at the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts for many years towards an ideal of uniting the entire Jewish people - K'lal Yisrael. The program will include a stirring musical tribute to Connie Birnbaum, z"l, by an all male, a cappella quartet. We will also enjoy a performance of chamber music on strings and piano produced by friends and relatives of the Birnbaum family at the beginning of the reception, which immediately follows the lecture.

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$72 provides 24 families with chicken soup for two weeks. $180 provides complete groceries to two families for two weeks. $360 provides complete groceries to four families for two weeks. $720 provides monthly food certificates for 10 families with dietary needs resulting from chronic illness. You can make a gift to Family Table by... Mailing your check to JF&CS Family Table, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451 Making your donation online at Calling 781-647-JFCS (5327) Thank you for your support!

A Call to Minyan – We Need You! Please do not forget the continuing need of our Minyan. Minyanim are held Sunday at 9 AM, Monday through Thursday at 7:30 PM. Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 PM on Friday (unless otherwise indicated) and Saturday morning at 9:30 AM.


Kitah Dalet The usual course of studies continued during the very short month of February – Hebrew reading and Hebrew vocabulary, Prophets, and practice for our Shabbat service, February 26th. The Dalet students, Avraham, Yitzhak, Yaacov, (yes, we have the three avot in our class), Nachamah and Raizel, have been very busy and have been working very hard on all of their parts for their service. It will be a joy to watch them lead most of the Friday night Shabbat service. At the beginning of February, we focused on the holiday of Tu B'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees. We had class discussions on the importance of trees, did various projects related to trees, planted parsley to be used on our seder plates, watched the video "The Giving Tree", and also one about the land of Israel and the importance of trees to the land. We also sang Tu B'Shevat songs together with the entire school.

We began a review of the holiday of Purim, which is coming early this year, at the end of February. Singing Purim songs with Mr. Greene was a lot of fun. March will be a very busy month, learning and preparing for the holiday of Passover, along with many activities planned for the rest of the curriculum. The Dalet students will be ready with lots of ruach, enthusiasm, and eagerness to learn!


Morah Sosah Leah Susan Bernstein

Kitah Zayin On February 6th, Shabbat morning, the Zayin class led the service for the entire congregation. The class led prayers in Hebrew and English, as well as reading portions of the Haftarah for the week. After a good bit of practice during class time, the students gained confidence to not only lead the service but to engage the congregants in participation as well. The experience gave the students a sense of what their Bar Mitzvahs might be like in the near future. Additionally, the Zayin class, in January, participated in the "Jerusalem 3000" program, learning about the political, social, and religious history of the city. Combined with the six grade class, the different perspectives of Dr. Z and Mr. Greene were presented for several class sessions. The program was brought to life by photos and films, culminating in the Lego project with the entire school.

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The basic rule which underlies the dietary laws of Passover is that during this holiday a Jew must not eat, own or derive benefit from Chametz. Chametz refers to the five species of grain - wheat, barley, spelt, rye and oats - which have been subjected to a leavening process. In their unleavened states, these same five grains can be used to make Matzoh. The word "Chametz" itself refers to fermenting or souring. Dough (flour and moisture) can rise by just sifting (sour dough) or by a leavening agent being added.

Passover Preparation Guide

Chametz includes not only bread, crackers and macaroni, but Items formed of fermented grain used in other ways - such as beer, whiskey and grain vinegar. The elaborate cleaning ("Kashering") process, involving putting away "regular" foods and dishes, renouncing ownership of leaven, and buying special foods, are all steps to ensure that no Chametz is found in places where it might be used. Any presence of Chametz, however minute, is forbidden on Passover. The rabbis made an exception to this very strict rule: If an accidental mixture took place before Pesach began, it can be considered negated if Chametz is less than 1/60 of the whole mixture. This is why it is safer to purchase various foods (for example, milk) before the holiday begins. If you buy milk before Passover, no special "Hechsher" (certification of Kashrut) is necessary, but if such items are bought during the holiday, they do require a "Hechsher." (Shopping for most things before Pesach will also increase the number of items you can economize on).

II. What about legumes?

In our definition of Chametz, rice, millet, corn, peas and beans weren't mentioned ("Kitniyot," in Hebrew). All agree that these are not Chametz. Sephardic Jews generally follow the practices of the Talmud and Shulchan Arukh (16th century law code) permitting these Items on Passover. Ashkenazim (European Jews) followed the custom of prohibiting these Items, either because of fear of "contamination" (e.g., rice might have grain mixed in) or confusion (e.g., because beans can be ground into a flour-like substance, it might be confused with grain flour). Custom plays an important role In Jewish life, but one should be aware that there is a significant difference between eating soda crackers (100% Chametz) and soy beans. Many Ashkenazic Jews eat string beans because the kernel has not been formed, and there are differences of opinion regarding peanuts and a variety of seeds (sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, etc.). Chocolate used to be a problem for Ashkenazim, because lecithin, used as an emulsifier, comes from soybeans. Today, most Israeli chocolate factories use a substitute emulsifier, from rapeseed, for Passover, and can label their chocolate l’lo hashash kitniyot (without suspicion of Kitniyot)

III. How do you get Rid of Chametz?

A. Eat it up before Passover. B. Give it away to a non-Jew. C. Renounce ownership by selling it - this is usually done by making a rabbi your agent, signing a document, allowing him to sell it to a non-Jew for a token down payment. After the holiday, when the purchaser discovers that he really doesn't want all the leftover graham crackers in your closet, he normally sells it back and the down payment is returned. This is legal fiction, but it solves the problem of what to do when you have too much Chametz to merely give away. The latest time to eat chametz is 10:19 AM on Monday, March 29, 2010. All chametz should be taken care of by 11:34 AM on March 29, 2010, at which time chametz is burned and the contracts will be sold.

Cooling hands in cold water before handling dough, Venice, 1609.

Baking Matsot, Mantua, 1560

Matsah making, Utrecht. 1663.


A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED IV. Why go through all this bother?

Ultimately, as with all rituals, the meaning you derive from it is a very personal matter and often it cannot be explained rationally. Here are some possibilities: • The cleaning out of Chametz symbolize the cleaning out of the old ways of slavery as our ancestors had to do to leave Egypt. It can symbolize our desire to cleanse ourselves of our "evil inclinations," the "Chametz of the heart." • It is a "spring cleaning," a chance to air out our houses, and ourselves, after the long winter's hibernation. In the spring, we are spiritually and physically reborn. In this sense, the themes of Passover and Easter are very similar. • The more effort we put into preparing for a holiday, the more intense are our feelings and memories associated with it. This is why Passover has maintained such a powerful hold on even the most assimilated of Jews, while other celebrations have fallen from favor. We all have vivid memories of childhood Passovers, and they are so vivid because of all the work that went into the preparation. On Passover, we simultaneously recall the infancy of our people and of ourselves. We are transformed both to Egypt and to wherever we grew up. But such a moving experience does not come for free: we must earn it the old fashioned way — by removing leaven.

V. When do we start eating Matzah?

Matzah can be eaten all year round. But we should avoid it for 24 hours before the first Seder so that its taste is fresh. It probably is a good idea not to eat much of anything during the afternoon before the first Seder. Some don't eat Matzah for two weeks prior to the holiday.

VI. How do I clean my house for Passover?

Areas where eating takes place should be cleaned thoroughly. Also, check places like briefcases, purses, desks and coat pockets, if you occasionally put food there. Offices, lockers in school, and automobiles should also be cleaned. There is no need to go overboard with this, however. The house can still be Kosher for Passover, even, if every window isn't washed and the bathtub isn't scrubbed.

VII. What about (oy, gevalt) the kitchen?

Shelves, counters, tables and drawers should be well cleaned. They can be Kashered by pouring boiling water over them. An easier solution (and less messy) is to cover them with shelf paper or just tape them shut if you don't need them. The refrigerator should be defrosted and cleaned (no shelf paper is necessary here). To "Kasher" a stove - clean it well with a commercial cleanser, do not use it for 24 hours, then heat it to maximum temperature for one hour. If you plan to use the broiling pan, cover it with heavy foil. For a self-cleaning oven, run it through one self-clean cycle. Electric burners should be treated in a similar manner: clean, don't use for 24 hours and then heat until they are red hot for at least five minutes. For gas burners, either heat them to the hottest possible temperature for 15 minutes or immerse the burners in a pot of boiling water. For a microwave oven, place a utensil with boiling water inside until thick steam fills it. KITCHEN UTENSILS: Launder dishtowels and cloth tablecloths. In general, items are "Kashered" according to how they are used: Ovens and oven racks require high heat, pots and silverware require immersion in boiling water. Items used only for cold may be "Kashered" by rinsing. Dishwashers should be run through one cycle with soap after laying idle for 24 hours.


A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED ITEMS WHICH CANNOT BE MADE KOSHER (IN ANY PRACTICAL WAY): • Meat spits • Metal baking pans • Earthen ware • Toaster ovens • Porcelain • Items that will be damaged by hot water • Items which cannot cleaned (for example, graters, pots and pans with burned on food) • Silverware and cooking utensils of more than one piece (for example, knives with wooden handles; Chametz can be stuck in the crack) ITEMS WHICH CAN BE KASHERED: • Metal pots, frying pans, (including those glazed or enameled, Teflon is questionable). • One piece wooden utensils (in theory) • One piece silverware • Glass (no boiling necessary, for dishes and glasses, just a thorough scouring) • Pyrex, Duralex and Corelle ware • China: if it hasn't been used in a year, it is Kosher if scoured and cleansed with hot water • Hard plastic • Nylon • Bakelite • Rubber that can be immersed in boiling water briefly POINTERS: 1. Don't forget to also immerse the lids of jars and containers. 2. Use a big pot for boiling, dip items with tongs or tied to a string, while the water is actually boiling. 3. For the largest pot (too big to be dipped) boil water in it, then fill it to the brim with more water. Later, pour boiling water on the outsides and handles. 4. Remove handles of pots and pans before boiling (if possible) and boil separately. Of course, it is, in many ways, easier to use a separate set of kitchenware and dishes for Passover. But this is not necessary. For questions on specific items, feel free to call.

VIII. What foods can I buy?

Please beware. Many foods are marked up for profit to take advantage of the consumer who is unaware that not all items need rabbinic supervision. If you buy the following before Passover and leave it unopened, no rabbinic supervision is needed: • Coffee • Tea • Sugar • Pepper (Pure herbs & spices, not garlic salt) • Dried fruit (with no preservatives) • Honey • Hard cheese (preferably sealed in the factory) • Butter • Fruit Juice (no additives, sweeteners or preservatives) • Kosher meat, chicken, fresh or frozen (not breaded or in sauce) • Detergents (may also be bought on Passover) • Fresh milk • Eggs • Vegetables, fresh or frozen • Nuts in their shells


A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED • Pure olive oil (no additives): also safflower & peanut oils • Tuna and other types of fish, frozen or fresh, (kosher types of fish and unbreaded, of course) • Paper and plastic goods • Aluminum products • All prescribed medicines in cases of medical necessity ITEMS WHICH MUST HAVE PASSOVER SUPERVISION:

• Matzah and Matzah products • Cake/Cake Mixes • Soups • Pudding • Candy/Chewing Gum • Chocolate • Cocoa • Gefilte Fish • Prepared Horse radish • Processed Meats • Baking Powder • Cider Vinegar

• Margarine • Liquors • Ice Cream • Pickles • Gelatin • Canned Foods • Mayonnaise • Ketchup • Mustard • Soft Drinks • Seasoned Salt • Wine

This list does not claim to be exhaustive.

IX. Above all, what does all this come down to?

Common sense. When you heat an oven or boil a pot, strict safety measures should be employed. Remove all soft plastics from the area.

X. Miscellaneous issues

The situation regarding cheese requires a fuller explanation. The Conservative Movement allows for the consumption of hard cheese that is not supervised, while Orthodox practice is to require supervision, whether on Passover or not. This has to do with the dispute over the nature of rennet, an animal by-product used in the formation of cheese. Vodka may or may not be kosher for Passover; you must check the label. Usually, vodka is made from potatoes. Most Israeli wines and brandies are produced kosher for Passover the year around, for simplicity's sake. But some liqueurs may not be Pesach friendly, so, again, label reading is a must. A perennial question is whether one can use ordinary alcohol based perfumes, aftershaves and other scents, which might contain grain alcohol. There are two distinct schools of thought on this subject. The stricter school says that only approved for Passover cosmetics of any type may be used. The more lenient school holds that since these products are inedible, the source of the alcohol does not matter. Anything "not fit for a dog to eat" is classed as an inedible. Both views are valid ones.

XI. Conclusion

In the end, Passover is purely a personal experience. For some it is a game, as exemplified by the Search for Leaven, a favorite of children, which takes place the evening before the Seder. For others, it is a dreaded chore. And others have long since given up preparing for it so elaborately. What I've presented here are, for the most part, the strictest requirements of Jewish law. Many people go way beyond these requirements, others are more selective. On this festival of freedom, we are free to question tradition, but just as powerful, is our freedom to enrich our lives by turning just another spring evening into a night different from all other nights.

THE SALE OF CHAMETZ Halacha requests no Jew own any Chametz after 11:34 AM on Monday, March 29, 2010. Rabbi Hausman is authorized to prepare a bill of sale, and arrange for the transfer of ownership of your Chametz to a non-Jew. Members of ATC may arrange to appoint Rabbi Hausman as their agent to sell their Chametz after daily Minyan or at any other mutually arranged time. You may mail the following contract making sure that it reaches the synagogue office no later than 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Contract for Sale of Chametz

Please detach and return to Rabbi Jonathan Hausman Ahavath Torah Congregation, 1179 Central Street, Stoughton, MA 02072

Contract for Authorization to Sell Chametz I/we understand that Rabbi Hausman is willing to act as my agent for the sale of any Chametz which I shall still have in my possession by 11:30 AM on Monday, March 29, 2010. Rabbi Hausman is authorized to sell such Chametz to a non-Jew of his choosing, and the buyer has free access to the "Chametz" acquired by him. I/we hereby authorize Rabbi Hausman to sell my/our Chametz which is in my/our possession, knowingly or unknowingly, or at my address (please print clearly): Name _______________________________________________________ Signature ____________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________ Rabbi Hausman is fully authorized to sell, lease, dispose of and conduct all transactions that he deems fit and proper in accordance with Torah and Rabbinic regulations and in conformity with the laws of the State of Massachusetts. I/we undertake to store these items under lock and key and NOT to make use of them, or the places in which they are stored, during the Pesach period. I/we understand it is customary to make a donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund at this time. I/we understand that this donation is not obligatory. Donations are used for the local Maot Chittim Fund. If possible, please itemize your chametz possessions. Please include the contents of your liquor cabinet. You may list the closets in which your chametz has been placed. You may make this listing on the back of this contract.


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Gift Cards/Scrip

Mah Jongg Mavens

There is so much available from supermarkets, home improvement stores, restaurants, bookstores, clothing stores, gas stations, coffee stops, drug stores and more.

Sisterhood thanks you for your support by placing your orders with us. We were able to order 188 cards. Special thanks to my mom, Charlene Magier, who sent me many orders from sunny Florida. We received orders from friends in Texas, New York, Florida, Rhode Island and here in Massachusetts. Extra thanks goes to Leslie Boyle, who helped me go over, and over, and over the orders. Cards should be arriving by the beginning of April. Enjoy your new cards and best of luck in your games.

* Use your cards for gifts for a birthday, anniversary, baby birth, for a Bar and Bat Mitzvah, or just because. * Use these cards for purchasing postage stamps at your local supermarkets while checking out your groceries, the clerks have them in their drawers. * Use them to purchase books for your college students at many university book stores.

Helayne Magier Adelstein

* Use them for your children who live off campus and purchase food at supermarkets. * Use them to reward "kin-da-lah" who find the afikomen. Check out the web site, (search by category or alphabetically). There are so many uses, just ask a scrip seller and they will help with new ideas. Do a mitzvah by helping YOUR synagogue. Remember, it costs you nothing, just make your regular purchases using scrip. It is the largest on-going fund raiser ATC has. Call a Scrip seller today. Anne Leppo Rick Smith (Tanglewood) Ellen Greene (also @ YMCA Membership Office x262) Rabbi J & Ina at the synagogue Helayne (Bet Class & Greenbrook/Copperwood)

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Mah Jongg Tournament If you happened to come by ATC on Sunday afternoon, January 31st, you would have seen 12 tables of women immersed in Mah Jongg!! Cracks, bams, dots, winds, flowers and jokers were in the air helping the women enjoy a wonderful and successful fundraising afternoon of Mah Jongg. Door prizes from local vendors, Foley's Backstreet Grill, Denneno’s Pizza, Windsor Tire, Milano Skin Care, and Fantastic Sam's, along with cash prizes for the top four winners added to the fun. A 50/50 raffle and everyone's help and enthusiasm made for a very successful fundraiser for Sisterhood. Special thanks to Steve Niers for his generous food donations, Paul Greenfield for his kitchen help, Suzan Crosby for her cookie baking, Jessie Lampert, Wendy Schulze, and Marilyn Rabinovitz for their help on the day of the event. We look forward to future successful tournaments!

Inez Springer & Ellen Greene

Mention ATC and 10% of your wine purchase will be donated to ATC!

Please Help Our Food Pantry Collection! Unemployment and underemployment has devastated the community. The need for Food Pantry assistance has increased by 50% this past year. Please remember the ongoing needs of our Food Pantry collection. ATC serves as a collection center for the Stoughton Food Pantry and Jewish Family Table. Ahavath Torah Congregation


Sisterhood Mark your calendars for the afternoon of Sunday, March 14! It's Sisterhood's biggest fundraiser of the year: our community children's concert. At 3 PM, children of all ages will be entertained by Debbie and Friends right here at ATC! Debbie is Debbie Cavalier, Dean of Education at Berklee and she has been entertaining children for many years. Her music is lively and fun; you can check it out at Come have a good time while helping support our shul. Invite your friends! Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door and children under 2 years are free. Pizza and popcorn will be available to munch. This is a major fundraiser; if you are able, please join the committee and lend a hand. You can reach Sue Korch and Vicki Lemkin, event chairs, at Are you looking for some new and unusual food for Pesach this year? Monday, March 15, Sisterhood will hold a Wine Tasting and Sale as well as a Pesach Food Demonstration featuring both Sephardic and Ashkenazi recipes. The event will take place after Minyan, which begins at 7:30 PM. Please come and find great ideas for your Pesach celebration! If you would like to help or have any questions, email Madeleine Lewis at The annual area Women's Seder is being held in Brockton, at Temple Beth Emunah, on March 18. Please see the ad on page 12. If you would like to help plan the seder, please contact me and I will pass your name along to the planning committee. Our 2nd annual Spring Supper will be held on Monday, May 17, 6:30 PM, at ATC! We are working on the details and it looks to be shaping up nicely. We will let you know more soon, meanwhile please remember to put this on your calendar and come have a lovely evening out!

Weight Watchers Weight Watchers now meets once a week at Ahavath Torah Congregation. Meetings take place on Tuesdays and begin at 6 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM.


Please shop the Judaica Shop! Sandy Stogel, Lynne Rosenbloom and Jan Hackel continue to fill the shop with beautiful wares from a variety of vendors, appropriate for all sorts of occasions. Help support Sisterhood and ATC by shopping right here. Judaica Shop can provide you with wonderful, unique gifts for the special folks in your life. Also, if you would like to be a Shop volunteer, please contact Sandy at 781-341-2916. Additional help is needed on a regular basis. Don't forget about Torah Fund cards! Every card purchase supports the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY and bolsters the conservative movement. The cards are lovely and Anne Leppo, who works tirelessly at this, is happy to help you with whatever you might need. If you haven't yet joined Sisterhood, please do. Support your synagogue and our efforts. Bring your unique talents and vision to the table and help us create bright new programming that will appeal to a wide range of folks. Finally, the nominating committee will meet soon and will need to know of your interest in assuming a leadership role with Sisterhood. I am stepping down and so is Lynne Rosenbloom, who has been treasurer for quite a while. Please let me or Madeleine know if these positions, or any others on the board, are of interest to you. New people in charge = new ideas to run with, so I encourage you to step up and bring your unique gifts to our organization! See you soon,

Susan Komisar Hausman Sisterhood co-President

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Noted Journalist

Erick Stakelbeck to speak at Ahavath Torah Congregation March 7, 2010, at 7:00 PM Erick Stakelbeck is one of the country's most sought after authorities on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, print and web media. His topic will be "The Threats in the Backyard: Homegrown Islamic Terrorism and What We Are Not Being Told."

A full-time correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News, his issues of expertise include the global war on terror, U.S. national security, the Middle East and the growth of radical Islam at home and abroad. His popular blog is Stakelbeck on Terror may be found at Erick produces and reports feature stories for CBN News' nationally televised news programs on issues such as Al-Qaeda’s worldwide operations; Iran’s nuclear program; the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; Hamas, Hezbollah and existential threats to Israel’s security; and creeping sharia law and the stealth jihad in the United States and Europe. Erick has made hundreds of appearances as a commentator on leading television and radio programs. His appearances include: The O’Reilly Factor, The Big Story with John Gibson, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox Weekend Live, Fox Online, Fox and Friends, The Live Desk with Martha McCallum, America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly, CNN Headline’s Glenn Beck Show, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Erick worked as a senior writer and analyst at the Investigative Project on Terrorism (a leading counterterrorism think tank founded by terrorism expert Steven Emerson) and his articles on Islamic extremism, global terrorism, and national security have appeared in the Wall Street Journal Europe, Weekly Standard, Washington Times, New York Post, New York Sun, Jerusalem Post, and National Review Online, and has served as a contributing editor for Erick has addressed members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Dallas Council on Foreign Relations, among others, on terrorism and Middle East-related issues. He is a graduate of Holy Family University in Philadelphia. Readers may follow Stakelbeck's updates by way of his blog "Stakelbeck on Terror" at

Suggested donation is $10.

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Tikun Olam/Social Action Corner ATC Holds Cradles to Crayons Drive: Volunteers Learn about Homelessness and Children On Sunday, January 17th, the Social Action Committee at ATC sponsored a collection of gently used children's clothes, toys, games, books for Cradles to Crayons. Our synagogue collected about 4 car loads of items to donate. A group of students, and adults went to the Quincy warehouse to bring the donated goods. For almost 2 hours, we helped sort toys for homeless children from a huge mound of donations. We learned about homeless children and what Cradles to Crayons is doing to help the children. We would like to thank all those who gave their time either in the morning collection or at Cradles to Crayons in Quincy: Stan Zoll, Beverly Barbell, Aron and Larry Barbell, Paula Gaffin, Wendy, Evan and David Schulze, Brian and Suzan Crosby, Clara Freedman, Sheryl and Peter Asnes and family, and Josh and Matt Potter.

ATC Teams up with Cradles to Crayons This winter, Cradles to Crayons has experienced a 40% increase in requests for winter essentials, and their clothing supply is running dangerously low. They are in great need of boys' and girls' winter clothes sizes 18-24 months through youth 14/16. To help local children stay safe and warm this winter, we need your help! Thank you for helping children stay safe and warm.

Please bring these clothes to the temple and put them in the designated box in the coatroom until March 14th, 2010 or bring them to the Children's concerts on that day. We will need some volunteers to bring the items to Cradles to Crayons when we have a lot of stuff. Please contact if you are interested in volunteering.

Jewish Family Table We will be collecting raisins and pasta for Jewish Family Table. Please remember our commitment to Jewish families who don't have food. If you are willing to volunteer to bring the items to Waltham in March, please contact Jon Bloom at or Amy Snetsky at Thanks to all of the Hebrew School classes that have donated the items for their class services. Be on the lookout for Passover Collection.

Weinstein Family Dinners Thanks to all of our ATC cooks who have brought delicious meals to the Weinstein Family. Janet Weinstein who is Social Action Chairperson and the rest of the family have appreciated all of the effort.

The Social Action Committee 2010 Family Table Distribution Schedule March 14, 2010 April 11, 2010

May 16, 2010 June 13, 2010

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TenX Club Partners with ATC For every member of ATC that signs up with the TenX Club (formerly Canton Club), TenX will donate $25 to ATC. They will also waive the $149 enrollment fee for ATC members. Please use the offer code PROMO 001. You may call 781-821-9876 or email This offer is valid thru April 30, 2010, and is valid for new members only.

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Oneg/Kiddush/Seudah Shlisheet Sponsors

Get Well Wishes Sydni Smith Simma Kuznitz Steve Goldberg Arnie Lipshires Nate Stogel Michael Weinstein

Suzan and David Crosby, in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Brian

SAMUEL M. HAUSMAN Attorney at Law Auto Accident, Slip and Fall, and Other Personal Injury Criminal Defense Business and Employment Law Medical Malpractice Social Security Disability General Practice Law Office of Esther C.S. Dezube 33 Kingston St., 4th Floor Boston, MA 02111 Phone: 617-451-0531 Fax: 617-451-5462

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Please consider full or partial sponsorship of an Oneg Shabbat (Friday night after services), a Kiddush (Saturday morning after services) or a Seudah Shlisheet (Saturday afternoon meal between Mincha and Ma'ariv services), or even a Friday Night Dinner in honor of a simcha in your life, in memory of a loved one, or just because you want to. Call the shul office at 781-344-8733 or e-mail to for details. Sponsorships received after February 12th will be recognized in the April issue.

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Heritage ~ Tradition ~ Community Pre-need Planning ~ Interfaith Section Available For information Contact Ira Vogel 781-828-7216


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Tree of Life Our beautiful Tree of Life is located in the foyer of our synagogue. Purchasing a leaf or stone is a permanent way of honoring a birth, birthday, anniversary, graduation, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, etc. It is never too late to honor a special event or loved one. The price of each leaf is $54 ( triple Chai) plus a $6.00 handling charge per order. Each leaf permits up to four lines of engraving. The first and fourth lines hold up to 18 characters and the second and third lines up to 26. The cost of engraving is $.35 per character. You may reserve a leaf in advance. Final payment is due upon receipt of the leaf.

Tree of Life Order Form (Please Save) I wish to permanently inscribe my simcha as follows: (please print) Line 1 Line 2 Line 3 Line 4 Name ________________________________________ Tel No. ___________________________ Total number of characters ___ x $.35 = $______ Plus Current cost of leaf 60.00 Total amount enclosed $ _____ PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO Ahavath Torah Congregation And mail to: Ann-Carol Lipshires, 51 Godfrey Dr, Norton, MA 02766 (508-285-3766) or send to Ina at the synagogue office.

A Call to Minyan – We Need You! Please do not forget the continuing need of our Minyan. The camaraderie and spiritual fulfillment which develops when building a Kahal Kodesh, a Holy Community, is just as important as the comfort we provide to mourners in daily worship. The opportunity to meditate, reflect, and remember is essential to our spiritual growth. To connect with the Almighty is a powerful experience! Minyanim are held Sunday at 9 AM, Monday through Thursday at 7:30 PM. Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 PM on Friday (unless otherwise indicated) and Saturday morning at 9:30 AM.

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March Yahrzeit Calendar March 1 Helen Altman Minnie Davis Celia Friedman Saul Parker Nathan Trott

March 9 Lena Bauman Jeannette Berman Louis Rosenberg Sarah Spivack Frank Stacey

March 3 Constance Bernstein George Bress

March 10 Mary Chandler Abraham Harfield Nathan Kramer Elizabeth Lipman

March 4 Eleanor Azerrad Isaac Cohen Harry Rotman Irving Spivack Oscar Thaler March 5 Frances Opper March 6 Bella Kabler Jacob Rosemark Marilyn Selby Lillian Spack March 7 Freda L. Greenberg Jacob Goldstein Jeffrey Eric Levitz Lawrence Shifman Rachel Singer


March 11 Blanche Drobnis Dora Smith Elliot Stone March 12 Leavitt Goldstein Charles Pearlstein Pearl Seymon Jack Vulakh Richard Barry Wallace Lt. Bernard Wilensky March 13 Henry Ritter Louis Rostoff March 14 Donald Mark Berkovitz Sally Lemkin Jacob Lipsky William Lipson Benjamin Sher Martin Stroll

March 15 Deborah Jane Gould Alex Kostick Paul E. Policow Albert Rosen March 16 Hannah Goodman Bessie Olstein Sidney Schalet March 17 Mary Zeidman March 18 Sylvia Kandler George Litwack March 19 Fannie Adleman Milton Bailet Steven Slotnick March 20 June Dulman Lillian Figure March 21 Solomon Franklin March 22 Minnie Kerner Alvin Kostick Philip Musman

March 24 Abraham Fruit Ethel Goodman Beatrice Sondler March 25 Leonard Leppo Harold Silverstein March 26 Bernice Bauman Annette Silverstein March 27 Shoshana Grushow Jacob Schwalbe March 28 Nettie Sandman Samuel Smith Milton Snyder Morris Wittenberg March 29 Bernice Spigel March 30 Tina Katz March 31 George Arbit Arnold Glasser

March 23 Louis Kellner

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Scrip is a term that means “substitute money”. When you purchase scrip, you’re purchasing negotiable gift certificates and prepaid cards that are used just like cash. You can use scrip to purchase everyday expenses like food, clothing, and other essentials, and with every purchase, you earn revenue for ATC. Our supplier acts on behalf of churches, schools and other non profit organizations to purchase large amounts of scrip from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. ATC buys the scrip at a discount, and re-sells the certificates to families like yours for full face value. The discount from two to fifteen percent or more – is our revenue. Scrip is a popular fundraiser because families don’t have to sell anything. Our congregants produce revenue by making regular household purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, even gasoline can be purchased with scrip. Scrip is available at most major ATC functions. We stock scrip in various denominations for Shaw's, Stop & Shop, Roche Brothers, Butcherie, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Best Buy, Outback, and more. Go to for a complete list of available vendors. Nessa Wilensky Anne Leppo Rick Smith (Tanglewood) Ellen Greene (also @ YMCA Membership Office x262) Rabbi J & Ina at the synagogue Helayne (Bet Class & Greenbrook/Copperwood)

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Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 7:30 PM April Bulletin Deadline: Friday, March 12th

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