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Jonathan H. Hausman, Rabbi Michelle Glickman and Lee Policow, Co-Presidents

May Schedule Shabbat Kedoshim Bar Mitzvah Bobby Blindt Friday May 2 Candle lighting ............................7:27 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ........................7:30 PM Saturday May 3 Tefillah .......................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Emor Bar Mitzvah Sam Butera Friday May 9 Candle lighting ............................7:34 PM Membership Open House ..........6:45 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ........................7:30 PM Saturday May 10 Tefillah .......................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Behar Bar Mitzvah Daniel Crosby Friday May 16 Candle lighting ............................7:41 PM Young Family Service ................6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ........................7:30 PM Saturday May 17 Tefillah .......................................9:30 AM

Sunday May 18 Second Annual Gerry Hartstone Memorial Mimi-Golf Tournament...............10 AM - 3 PM

Shabbat Behukotai Bat Mitzvah Jacqueline Hausman Friday May 23 Candle lighting ............................7:48 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ........................7:30 PM Saturday May 24 Tefillah .......................................9:30 AM

Shabbat BaMidbar Friday May 30 Candle lighting ............................7:54 PM Kabbalat Shabbat ........................7:30 PM Saturday May 31 Tefillah .......................................9:30 AM Zayin Class Advancement All congregants are invited and encouraged to attend all services (including Bar/Bat Mitzvahs)

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 and 9:30 AM on Saturday.

In this issue Presidents’ Message...................................................2 Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News.........10 May Calendar..............................................................3 Tikun Olam/Social Action Corner...........................14 From the Rabbi’s Desk...............................................4 May Yahrzeit Calendar............................................18 Sisterhood...................................................................8 Dates to Save............................................................20

Ahavath Torah Congregation

Presidents’ Message

1179 Central St • Stoughton MA 02072 •

he results are in, and we have the responses from the Congregational Survey. I want to thank all of you that participated; nearly 40% of our congregation responded to the survey. This type of response showed us how important the well-being of our shul is to you. The Executive Board is in the process of analyzing the results. We hope that some improvements will result from some of the suggestions and comments. This will be a slow process, but hopefully we can take make some adjustments.

Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

781-344-8733 781-344-4315 Jonathan Hausman 781-341-5446 781-344-8755

Ina Beth Winer 781-344-8733

Michelle Glickman 781-341-8231 Lee Policow 781-341-2242 Howard Andler 781-344-0436 Lillian Goldberg 781-821-1851 David Steinberg 781-341-0435 Annette Williams 781-344-6810 Phil Weiner 508-286-9089 Maria Woolf 781-344-0591 Larry Barbell 781-344-8572 David Egel 781-344-6095 Helayne Adelstein Stacy Andler Karen Feinberg Maxine Frutkoff Jay Goldstein Paul Greenfield Anne Leppo Jacquie Olans Dale Roseman Beth Ross Mark Snyder Stu Weiner Suzan & David Crosby

Paul Barbell Jonathan Bloom Al Gersin Steve Goldberg Faye Kushinsky Simma Kuznitz Cindy Pazyra Emily Prigot Rich Sandler Rick Smith Nessa Wilensky Robin Zoll Amy & Dan Litwack

Roy Cohen 781-760-6991 Gary Levine 781-344-7267 David Steinberg 781-341-0435 Maxine Frutkoff 781-344-8733 Lillian Goldberg 781-821-1851 Mindi Bell-St. Pierre 781-341-9676 Bob Powell 781-341-8581 Phil Weiner 508-286-9089 Sam Stein 781-344-6092 Dan Litwack 781-436-3333 Stan Zoll 781-344-1042 Anne Leppo 781-341-3946 Emily Prigot 781-828-6606 Howard Andler 781-344-0436 Howard Shaevitz 508-584-1787 Faye Kushinsky 781-341-1435 Robin Zoll 781-344-1042 Beth Ross 781-341-2865 Nessa Wilensky 781-344-8823 Rick Smith 781-341-0882 Anne Leppo 781-341-3946 Ellen Greene 781-344-4261 Helayne Adelstein 781-925-2846 Anne Weiner 508-286-9089 Jacquie Olans 781-297-7655 Amy Griffing 781-344-2722 David Steinberg 781-341-0435

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Now if we could get 40% of our congregation to participate in other activities we would have more than enough volunteers to help run a program, never have to make phone calls for daily Minyan, or call ahead for Shabbat participation. My point is… to keep this congregation running smoothly with all of the programs and activities, it takes team work. Please consider stepping up as more programs are being planned. If everyone can give 1% more of their time than you gave last year we will all benefit from the extra time. After all, 1% of your time is not very much. We are in the process of planning our calendar events for next year as well as the operating budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. As we approach the end of this year, I respectfully request all of our members to take care of their financial obligations to the shul. Without your continued assistance, we would not be able to provide our members the vast variety of programs and activities. Please join us next month at the Congregational Meeting on June 11th, beginning with Minyan at 7:30 PM. We hope to see you later this month at some of the events in May. On May 9th, there will be a new member open house. May 18th is our 2nd annual Gerry Hartstone Mini-Golf Tournament, and on May 31st, the Zayin class advancement service will be held. This is when our 7th grade students mark the completion of the Religious School Program at Ahavath Torah. However, this is not the end of their religious education; they can then enroll in other programs to further their education. One of these programs is our own Yesod Program that is held every Sunday morning during the school year. Enjoy the start of the good weather and come check us out to see all the programs that are taking place at ATC.

Michelle Glickman Co-President

Bulletin Contributions The deadline for contributions to the June Bulletin is Wednesday, May 14. Please submit your articles via email (preferably in Word format) to

May Calendar Tel:781-344-8733







Thursday 26 Nisan

Candle Lighting Times May 2..........................7:27 PM May 9 .........................7:34 PM May 16 .......................7:41 PM May 23........................7:48 PM May 30........................7:54 PM

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27 Nisan

Yom HaShoah


28 Nisan 9:30 AM Bar Mitzvah Bobby Blindt

6:30 PM BINGO!

29 Nisan


Walk for Hunger 9:00 AM Exec. Board Mtg.


30 Nisan

Rosh Chodesh Iyar

1 Iyar


Rosh Chodesh Iyar


2 Iyar

Yom HaZikaron 7:30 PM Youth Committee Meeting

3 Iyar


Yom HaAtzmaut 6:45 PM Membership Open House

6:30 PM BINGO!

6 Iyar


Mother’s Day

7 Iyar


7:30 PM Sisterhood Mah Jongg Minyan

No Religious School

8 Iyar



Final Classes of Religious School

14 Iyar


10 AM - 12 Noon 5:15 PM NERUSY Adult Ed Classes Red Sox Game 7:30 PM Sisterhood 10 AM - 3 PM Gerry Hartstone Mah Jongg Minyan 7:30 PM Brotherhood Memorial MiniGolf Tournament P&P Minyan

20 Iyar


10 AM - 12 Noon Adult Ed Classes


21 Iyar


Memorial Day

10 Iyar


7:30 PM 6:30 PM Calendar Meeting USY Party 7:30 PM Board of Directors Meeting

NERUSY (cont.)

13 Iyar

9 Iyar

15 Iyar


16 Iyar


22 Iyar


7:30 PM Sisterhood Board Meeting

23 Iyar


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NERUSY Spring Convention (Milford)

11 Iyar


12 Iyar


9:30 AM Bar Mitzvah Daniel Crosby

6:30 PM BINGO!

17 Iyar


18 Iyar


Lag B’Omer

19 Iyar


9:30 AM Bat Mitzvah Jacqueline Hausman

6:30 PM BINGO!

24 Iyar


7:30 PM Cong. Ed. Meeting

Office Closed

5 Iyar 9:30 AM Bar Mitzvah Sam Butera

6:30 PM Young Family Service

6:30 PM 7:30 PM Special Ed Class School Comm Meeting 7:30 PM Harris Yoffa talks about his Aliyah


4 Iyar

25 Iyar


26 Iyar 9:30 AM Zayin Class Advancement

6:30 PM BINGO!


From the Rabbi’s Desk... Our lives are so busy today. We run from appointment to appointment; we have scheduled our children's lives to fill each day with activity; we work constantly and consistently with little chance to relax. What does Jewish tradition have to say about us in the 21st century? In his essay on the great Jewish scholar Rabbi Eliyahu HaKohen Kremer (the Vilna Gaon), Professor Louis Ginzburg wrote that the Gaon "declared it to be a religious duty and inviolable obligation of every person to fix a certain time of the day for reflection and meditation." Ginzburg, a great scholar himself, and the Gaon agree on one central point. Both insist there comes a time to put the books away, the form of learning and communication in their respective days. For us, in the early 21st century, in our day, there comes a time as well to put away the iPod, the BlackBerry, the television and the computer. Every innovation tempts us -

or better, robs us - of the space and silence needed for reflection. A person who cannot put his feet up on a desk and stare out a window, or warm her hands on a cup of tea while thoughts wander, is a slave. Not a slave in the classical sense, but a slave to distraction, to lure of multitasking, to the flash and dazzle of the screen, to the glitter of life that erodes quiet contemplation. The Gaon reminds us that such contemplation is not merely a luxury, but a "religious duty." Pirkei Avot records that "Moses received the Torah from Mount Sinai." What did Sinai contribute? According to the commentator Abravanel, the experience of being on Sinai - the solitude and meditation - prepared Moses to receive the Torah. We all need such mountaintop moments each day. All we need to do is to stop, so that we can apprehend and receive transformational moments daily.

Rabbi J

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Rhoda and Barry Novoson and family, in memory of beloved mother and grandmother, June Dulman

Carol and Harry Savas, wishing a speedy recovery to Shelley Litwack

Rosalind Litwack, in memory of beloved husband, George

Carol and Harry Savas, in memory of Eva Schneiderman, mother of Lois Levy

Jane and Burt Dickey, in memory of Jason Waldman Bob, Lesley, Andy and Dana Bornstein, in memory of beloved niece and cousin, Elyse Andrews Enman Florence Glasser, in memory of beloved husband, Arnold Glasser, and dear son, Kenneth Paul Glasser Diane and Ed Thaler, in memory of beloved father, Oscar Thaler

Carol and Harry Savas, in honor of the birth of Samuel Dov Keyser, grandson of Clara and Howie Freedman Jeanne Matulsky, in memory of beloved husband, Norman Edna and Erwin Stacey, in honor of Roz Litwack's 90th birthday Bonnie and David Gordon, in memory of Irv Snetsky

Dorothy Litwack, in honor of Roz Litwack's 90th birthday

Anne and Phil Weiner, in memory of Irv Snetsky

Marilyn and Marty Franklin, in memory of our beloved parents

Suzan and David Crosby Tina and Arthur Mallock, in memory of Arthur Archer Maot Chittim:

Arthur Arkanase Rochelle and Alan Sherman The Bauman Family The Katler Family Fortunee and Howard Shaevitz

Myrna and Bob Lipsky Esther and Mel Gabriel Michelle and Gary Nankin Toby and Paul Barbell Susan and David Bernstein

Judy Katz Simma Kuznitz Arlene and Mark Grubert Miriam Grubert Harvey Cohen

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Temple Beth Am & Ahavath Torah Congregation 2009 Mission to Israel February 11-23, 2009 Led by Rabbis Loel Weiss & Jonathan Hausman Tour Educator/Guide: Kayla Ship

Join Rabbi J and Rabbi Loel Weiss, of Temple Beth Am, on a joint congregational mission to Israel. The trip is scheduled for February 11 - 23, 2009. The mission will begin by exploring the archaeological remains at Banyas (hopefully, with a tour by its lead archaeologist Dr. Ehud Netzer), a trip to Kiryat Shemona and Shabbat in the mystical city of Tzfat (for those who wish - a trip to the Carlebach Shul in Tzfat) and exploration of other famous shuls in the area. Following this will be a visit to the Western Galilee, Rosh HaNiqra, Haifa and the Bahai Gardens, Zichron Yaakov (and the wineries dotted around this city), a visit to Yerucham and the Dead Sea (perhaps a tour of Masada by Ehud Netzer), Ein Gedi, political briefings by government officials and the second Shabbat in Jerusalem. The price of the mission will be available by mid-May. $100 refundable deposit will be required. To receive a copy of the tentative itinerary or for further information, contact Rabbi J at 781-344-8733 or e-mail

Sherut L'Tefillah

Adult Bnai Mitzvah

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.

Rabbi J and Arthur Arkanase will teach an Adult Bnai Mitzvah class. Synagogue skills, history and other subjects will be studied during this course. All welcome, even if you celebrated a Bar/Bat Mitzvah earlier in your life. If interested, please contact Rabbi J.

Young Family Service Harris Yoffa Speaks about Aliyah Join us on May 20, after Minyan, as our guest will be our own Harris Yoffa. Come hear about Harris's Aliyah process as he nears the completion of his first year as a new Israeli. This will include not only the rosy parts of the tale, but the thorns as well. If you have ever thought about Aliyah, or even just a visit, come hear what life in Israel has been like for one of our own. Join us for Minyan and then we will move into the social hall to nosh, and ask questions about Harris's adventure. Ahavath Torah Congregation

Young Family Service is back in the swing of it! Songs, stories, a prayer and a bit to eat and drink for kids 2 - 5 years old. Open to non-members and members. Questions? Ask Rabbi J.

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"Doin' It For Diane"

Theater at ATC!

Diane Murray was the wife of David Fisher, who is a retired elementary school principal, past school committee member and dear friend to many in town. David and Diane married in June 2005, after having been together for 17 years. Diane was a very healthy woman, worked out at Gold's Gym 7 days a week. On August 9th, 2005, Diane went in to work, at a legal firm in Boston, as she had done 5 days/week for 10 years and while sitting at her desk, had a massive heart attack and passed away immediately!

The Emerald Theatre is a company that strives to create a theatre in the South Shore that fosters creativity, and challenges the participants to work towards their full potential. Based in Stoughton, at the Ahavath Torah Congregation, we hope to bring a fresh approach to an already thriving theatrical community.

Diane had many charities that she and David supported but their favorite charity was the Food Pantries. David and I along with Mark Snyder, Denis Donaghue and Deni Goldman, had our first "Doin' It For Diane" fundraiser in January, 2006. Now, the Stoughton Chamber has agreed to sponsor this committee and to make the food pantries our number one charity. On Saturday, May 10, we will be "Doin' It For Diane" again with the "Not Just Spaghetti" Dinner, beginning at 6:00 pm and ending around 11:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and are quite a bargain!! There will be entertainment provided by DJ Sonny Entertainment and The Echo's, a Stoughton a cappella group. There will be food from several of our local restaurants and food vendors as well as spaghetti. There will also be several wonderful items, donated by our business community, for the silent auction and a beautiful Italian style food basket made by Joanne of the Stoughton Chamber, which will be raffled, using the stub from the entry ticket.

Terry Schneider “Doin' It For Diane” Committee

A theatre for all ages, the Emerald Theatre Company’s goal is to educate while producing quality productions that excite the audience. In participating in a show with the group, you will be immersed in a learning process about all aspects of theatre. Directors Scott Saposnik and Colleen McDonough have an immense amount of knowledge and are eager to share what they know to benefit others. Although we are just beginning our journey down the “Yellow Brick Road” we hope you will consider joining us. If you have any questions, please call Colleen McDonough at 617- 276-6204.

Second Annual

Gerry Hartstone Memorial

May 18th 10 am - 3 pm

Mini Golf Tournament plus

$10,000 50-Foot Putt Golf Tournament Enter a team of 4 players and compete for 1st and 2nd place prizes. $25/team member contribution (minimum $100/team). Find a sponsor or sponsor yourselves. A prize will be awarded to the team that who makes the greatest contribution. Early registrations can request early tee times.

$10,000 50-Foot Putt

Thank You I'd like to thank the congregation for your generous donation to Women's League Torah Fund in honor of my recent "special" birthday. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Putt to qualify for a chance at a 50-foot putt and a $10,000 prize. Prize will be your choice of $10,000 in cash or a $10,000 Home Entertainment Center $5/$10 minimum contribution per chance (14 or older)

Open Play Anyone can play 18 holes of golf for $5.00 For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Stu Weiner at 781-344-8733 or

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Jewish Summer Camp Assessment There is a possibility that ATC may be able to join a Jewish Summer Camp scholarship initiative. In order to determine if our shul is eligible, ATC must provide the following information to the Jewish Summer Camping Initiative: 1. The number of ATC children who attend Jewish Summer Camps.

3. The length of session attended. to



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The ATC Brotherhood will once again be assisting in the annual slow-pitch (12-foot arc) Summer Softball League. When: Monday and Wednesday evenings in June, July and August Where: Games will be played in Stoughton and surrounding towns. Who: The league currently has teams from Easton, Sharon, Brockton and Stoughton. Practices will begin Sunday mornings in mid May. More information regarding the cost, time and location of games and practices will follow. Don’t get shut out. Teams will be made up once we have enough players to get started. Please contact Alan Olans at 781-297-7655 or email him at

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Sisterhood It's May and we are making plans for our closing activities and for next year. Several of us will be attending the North Atlantic Regional Conference, in Worcester, on May 4th. We will also be participating in the Gerry Hartstone MiniGolf Tournament on May 18th. On June 1, we will hold our Rummage Sale which will coincide with the Yard Sale. Drop-off for the Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, May 31st, between 9:15 and 10:30 PM, and on Sunday morning from 8:00 - 9:00 AM. On Monday, June 16th, we will have our annual Game night at which we will also elect our new board. The members are: VP Programming - Sue Korch, Vicki Lemkin VP Membership - Madeleine Lewis Fundraising - Dale Appel Treasurer - Lynne Rosenbloom, Maria Wolff Recording Secretary - Inez Springer Parliamentarian - Tina Mallock Financial Secretary - Cindy Smith Corresponding Secretary - Jan Hackel Hospitality - Hillary Bauman Torah Fund - Anne Leppo Judaica Shop - Sandy Stogel, Lynne Rosenbloom, Jan Hackel Publicity- Emily Prigot Darkness to Light - Susan Hausman Members at Large - Simma Kuznitz, Ellen Greenberg Past Presidents - Robin Zoll, Wendy Schulze

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We are going to have a Presidential Presidium. Various members of our board have agreed to step up and take on some of the Presidential responsibilities. We are excited about this new approach. We are happily into the season of celebrating life cycle events; Bar or Bat Mitzvoth, weddings, showers, and graduations. Celebrate all those special occasions with a gift from our Judaica shop. How about jewelry? For those of you looking forward to Bar or Bat Mitzvot, please purchase your child's tallit from our shop. Besides the magnificent tallitot in our display case, we can order almost any tallit you can find in other retail outlets. By purchasing from us, you will get a 10% discount and do a mitzvah by supporting ATC. Speaking of special occasions - need a card for a wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, New Baby, or just Mazel Tov? Don't think Hallmark, think Torah Fund. We have cards for both sad and glad occasions. Torah Fund supports Conservative Judaism by supporting the Jewish Theological Seminary (New York), the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles), and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem). Our Torah Fund chair, Anne Leppo (781341-3946) will gladly send out a card for you.

Robin Zoll Sisterhood President

Recycle Your Old Inkjet And Toner Cartridges ATC receives money for eligible cartridges. A collection box is available in the Religious School. One more way for you to help ATC without spending a dime. It’s a mitzvah!

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. Weight Watchers no longer meets on Wednesday mornings.


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To Laura Goldstein, in loving memory of her mother, Mary Zeidman, from Donna, Rich, Adam & Lauren Sandler To the Jacobson and Revis families, in memory of Rose Revis, from Burt & Jane Dickey Donations received after April 11th will be acknowledged in the June issue

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Torah Fund Cards Want to honor someone in a very special way, or send him/her good wishes or condolences? A Torah Fund card is just the right thing, as it states that a donation has been made to the Jewish Theological Seminary (the source of our Conservative rabbis, cantors, and educators) in their name. It’s a wonderful mitzvah for the sender, and an honor for the recipient! A donation of $4.00 per card goes directly to the Seminary to help build and maintain the beautiful sanctuaries, chapels, dormitories, affiliated camps, scholarships, etc. You can have a card sent by calling the Sisterhood Torah Fund Chair, Anne Leppo at 781-341-3946, or the cards may be purchased at all Sisterhood events.

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Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News From the Principal

Alef Class

Shalom Chaverim. We've been having a very exciting and busy month! We had a wonderful Matzoh Making Factory experience. Our students are not only wonderful students they are now Master Bakers!

It's hard to believe but our First Grade year in Religious School is ending. We certainly learned a lot of things about the land of Israel. In fact we just visited Tel Aviv and Haifa, two busy but different cities. Tel Aviv is very modern and full of restaurants and night clubs while Haifa is Israel's main industrial city built on the side of Mount Carmel.

We are looking forward to celebrating Israel's 60th Birthday. Classes are winding down but we still have lots to learn. Our conversational Hebrew is in full bloom. All our classes are buzzing with knowledge and the excitement of learning! As the school is winding down please let your children's teachers know how much you appreciate them. Teachers have the keys to learning. Wishing you a wonderful Spring and Summer.

Linda Diskin

During each holiday we heard stories, learned new songs and practiced many Clap and Count poems that we brought home to share with our families. Reviewing our holidays was made more interesting when we did word searches, mazes, puzzles and more.


Dalet Class Kitah Dalet is advancing through its textbooks and we are learning a lot. The students are enjoying stories from the Explorer's Bible. We enjoyed learning about Purim and played Jewish Jeopardy, written by the kids themselves. Now we are preparing for Passover. We have learned the answer to the four questions and have delved into the history of the redemption from slavery and its significance. As the weather improves so does the enthusiasm and I look forward to a fun and energetic spring with the students.

Kal Koblick

We have come a long way, but we know that this is but the start of our voyage experiencing the many things that Judaism can teach us. There is more learning that we can do throughout the summer by reading our pamphlets and doing the extra worksheets that we received. It is my pleasure, as their teacher, to thank each family for giving me the opportunity to help these students continue their climb up the golden ladder of Jewish learning. Their thirst for knowledge and prodigious memories made this a wonderful year for all of us. B'Shalom,

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Our Hebrew reading now includes 17 letters and three vowels. Of course, we know that we have just started on the road to reading Hebrew. We still need help and review over the summer to keep everything fresh in our minds so we'll be ready for the Mechinah class. Along with the letters, we learned about 40-45 new words in Hebrew. We can identify many objects in the sanctuary and know why they are there. It's fun to name all the words we know about each Jewish holiday.

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Bet Class

Hay Class

The past month has been a busy one for us. We have learned new letters and vowels, and played our own aleph-bet BINGO game. This is always a fun way to practice our letters.

I hope you all had a great Pesach and nice vacations. We did not have many classes during the month of April, but our students have learned a lot. As always everyone has worked very hard and I was really proud to see your children as the future generation of Jewish adults.

We were busy making lots of treasures for Pesach... placemats or window decorations, Afikomen covers, Seder plates, cups of Elijah and ten-plague bags. Hopefully all the Bet students were able to share their items at their Pesach seders. We had a fabulous time with the Matzoh Man, learning to make our own Matzoh, it only takes 18 (CHAI) minutes. We continue to go through Israel and learn about the country with Harvey coming in and sharing some of his wonderful pictures from his recent trip with us as well. Now that spring has sprung, we are winding down the year and more learning and reviewing continuing to take place. We will touch upon the special Yom HaShoah day and continue sharing our Shabbat stories with our classmates. What a great month we have had. B'Shalom,

Helayne Magier Adelstein

We learned about Sefirat Haomer - counting days from Pesach to Shavuot. We had meaningful discussions about Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAatzmaut-Israel Independence Day. Our Hebrew skills improved as well. Now, we can read, translate and speak in modern Hebrew. In our History studies we learned about American Judaism and Zionism. We talked about the difference between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism. Please ask your children to share with you what they have learned. I am pleased with the progress that my class has made in their studies and the great questions that they ask. Kol Tuv,

Marina Korenblyum Kitah Hay

Yesod Class For the spring term, our topic turned to the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict. We studied a brief history of the state of Israel. We examined both the Israeli claims to the land as well as the Palestinian claims. In addition, we learned about the Palestinian refugees and US/Israeli relationships. Students learned about stereotypes of both Jews and Arabs. They examined the map of Israel and learned about Gaza and the West Bank. The class learned about the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist groups.

The students participated in drawing butterflies for the Holocaust museum in Houston. This museum is attempting to collect 1.5 million drawings of butterflies to remember the 1.5 million children lost in the Holocaust. We were excited to have Harvey Cohen present a slide show of his recent trip to Israel where he participated in an archaeological dig where items from the Temple Mount were uncovered.

Ron Gorin

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Gimmel Class

Shalom‌.Passover was a special time to create and learn about the holiday in Gan. The children created many ritual objects to use for their own family Seders as they learned through stories and songs. They tried their hands at making their own charoset, and surprised themselves at what good cooks they really were. The children were really surprised as they experienced the matzah making factory brought to our synagogue. With chef hats, aprons, and busy hands, each one of us created our own matzah, and took home a special shmura matzah. What a treat!!

Although the month of April was short due to Pesach and school vacation, the classes we had were filled with learning and excitement. We spent a good deal of time on our Hebrew reading and Hebrew vocabulary. I am truly amazed at the number of Hebrew words the Gimmel students know! They love playing "Travel" or "Around the World" with Hebrew words to see who can say the Hebrew word first when I give them the word in English. The students also love making up Hebrew sentences and asking their fellow classmates to translate their sentences. We try to speak in Hebrew as much as possible in the classroom.

As Passover ended and the holidays are behind us, the children in Gan had a chance to explore some new ritual objects and ceremonies. We learned about and created a hamsah. The hamsah (Arabic) hand or hamesh (Hebrew) hand is an old and still popular amulet for magical protection from the evil eye and is used to bring good luck. The word hamsah and hamesh means "five" and refers to the digits on the hand. We compared our hand to the hamsah or hamesh we created. The children made many observations with regards to the Hebrew letters, number of fingers, shapes, size, and designs in the different objects they saw. Each child had an opportunity to create their very own original design to proudly display somewhere in their home to ward off the evil eye and bring them good luck! As we continued to learn the Hebrew letters, the children always love to search the classroom as we play our "I Spy" game and look for the Hebrew letters on all the different visuals in the room. They love working on their special letter booklets coloring and doing the puzzles associated with each letter, and adding each to their own alef-bet book. As the school year comes to an end, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for sharing your children with me. They have been a pleasure to work with and I have enjoyed sharing and hearing their stories. Each and every week brings a new adventure and experience for all of us.

In addition, we still had time to study about Pesach, its history and traditions. We spent time on the four questions, and many of the students were thrilled that they could say them at their Seders. We also learned some songs from the Haggadah. The students loved making matzah when the Matzah Factory came to our shul the week before Pesach! In May, we will spend time learning about Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, and the students will make Israeli flags to celebrate their pride and love of Israel. In addition the classes we have remaining in May will be filled with numerous learning adventures. We will finish our Torah book, The Explorer's Bible, our Hebrew reading book, Shalom Iv'rit, and cover the holiday of Shavuot. The year has flown by and I can't believe the school year is coming to an end! I have truly loved and enjoyed teaching and working with this year's Gimmel Class. They have been an enthusiastic and energetic group of students, eager to learn and filled with ruach. Each one of the students truly loves their Jewish heritage and truly enjoys learning about it. They are an outstanding group of "talmedim" (students). B'Shalom,

Susan Bernstein Gimmel Teacher SAMUEL M. HAUSMAN Attorney at Law

Inez Springer 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.


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Darkness to Light Thank you, thank you, thank you... to all who so graciously helped make the first-ever Boston Darkness To Light facilitator training a beautiful success! And I do mean beautiful. Along with training and educating more people on preventing sexual abuse of children, our ATC'ers stepped forward to prepare and serve a lovely array of food. Everyone commented on how delicious and beautiful everything was! An extra big thank you to Paul Greenfield who not only took the time to prepare his delicious veggie soup (along with his assistant, Ms. Rotman), but graciously donated it to the cause, saving our D2L fund some money. Five people from ATC participated in the March 25th workshop: Joni Bloom, Inez Springer, Lynne Rosenbloom, Michelle Nankin and Rabbi J.; all but Rabbi J plan to go out as facilitators into the community to offer the program. The rest of the participants came from Children's Advocacy Centers in MA and CT. It was an intelligent, thoughtful, lively, devoted bunch! Additionally, I'd like to thank again those people who donated so generously to make this possible. It could not have happened without your support. I am very proud of how ATC has stepped up in support of this great prevention effort. Our wonderful workshop hospitality team: Paul Greenfield Vicki Lemkin Barbara Rotman Cindy Smith Sandy Stogel Robin Zoll Our ATC D2L team, as well as our strong supporters here, have more Stewards workshops planned for our shul and the community. Every $12 donated will train another ATC adult to better prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The next time you want to donate to honor or memorialize someone, please consider a donation to Sisterhood's D2L Workshop Fund. Thank you all for your support. Sincerely,

Susan Komisar Hausman

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Tikun Olam/Social Action Corner Jewish Family Table

Special Drive for Cradles to Crayons

Our synagogue's commitment each month is to collect 30 tubes of toothpaste and 30 packages of raisins. Thanks to all who helped with the special Passover collection which helped the families in the area with the expenses of Passover. Thanks to Jonathan Bloom for bringing the collection in April.

For her special mitzvah project, Zoë Rosenberg is requesting the following:

2008 Distribution Schedule May 18, 2008

June 15, 2008

July 20, 2008

No August distribution

The Walk for Hunger will take place on Sunday, May 4th, 2008.! Our plan is to take a bus into Boston, walk for 5 miles with the synagogue group and take the bus back to the synagogue. If you are not walking, please consider sponsoring the synagogue group. Write a check made out to Project Bread; Walk for Hunger and mail it to the synagogue with a note on the envelope Attention: Social Action Committee. For all walkers, please come to the multi-purpose room between 7:15-7:45 to check in and eat a light breakfast and to get t-shirts. Refilling your prescriptions? use ATC scrip ...

It’s a Mitzvah!

Please help with donations for new girls and boys socks and underwear sizes 0-16. Please bring your donations to ATC by May 18, 2008. Your donations can be placed in the blue basket at ATC upstairs coat room. If you have any questions please call Zoë Rosenberg at 781-821-2875.

Beth Ross Committee Chairperson

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 mornings at 9:30 AM.

Don't Forget Your Toothpaste and Raisins!!! Our congregation has made a commitment to Jewish Family Table to provide 25 boxes of raisins and 25 tubes of toothpaste each month.

Please help out!


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Spring Has Sprung

Linda Sheff Memorial Fund

* Starting to work on your lawns and gardens outside? Use scrip for all your supplies. Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart all have your gardening & cleaning up needs.

To Jerry Garon, in memory of his beloved mother, Shirley, from Arlene Hartstone

* Going to baby or bridal showers? Purchase scrip gift cards as gifts or to purchase a gift for those lucky people. There's Macy's, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Kohl's, Bloomingdales and more. * Bar and Bat Mitzvah season is in full swing. Need gifts for one or more? Teens love to shop. Why not give gift cards? We have Best Buy, Game Stop, Barnes &Nobles and more. * Your car always needs gas. Why not purchase Shell, Exxon/Mobil or Gulf to fill 'er up. * Your prescription needs can be filled at CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart or Walgreens. We have all of those as well. * Going out for a bite to eat? Lots to choose from with scrip gift cards. We have Papa Gino's, D'Angelo's, Smokey Bones, Capital Grille, Panera, Longhorn Steak House, the 99 and lots more.

Donations received after April 11th will be acknowledged in the June issue.

Library We thank Pat Basler, Stoughton's public library director, for donating books used in that library's Jewish Literature reading & discussion series. In addition, thanks again to Jonathan Prigot for evaluating the surplus computers donated to ATC and resolving some problems involving the ATC library's current computers. Information about new books, donated by the Sheff Fund, is being entered into the computerized database. The community library in Safed, Israel thanks ATC for the donation of surplus library books. We will provide temporary working space and guidance to a prospective new ATC historian. From May through August, the library will continue to be open by appointment.

* Need a quick pick-me-upper of caffeine? There's always Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. Don’t forget that we have all your local grocery stores and The Butcherie. Looking for other vendors? Just call and ask or, better yet, go to and click on retailer list. Then give us a ring and we will be happy to get your order for you.


BUY SCRIP GIFT CARDS to help out your shul. It’s a no-brainer! Our Scrip sellers Nessa Wilensky 781-344-8823 Rick Smith (Tanglewood area) 781-341-0882 Anne Leppo 781-341-3946 Ellen Greene (home) 781-344-4261 (JCC Memb. Office x262) 781-344-2016 Rabbi J, or Ina, at the synagogue Helayne Adelstein (Bet Class teacher) 781-344-7566 (also Greenbrook/Copperwood area or in the Bet class @ Religious School) Anne Weiner 508-286-9089 (Norton/Attleboro area) BINGO - Thursday evenings, find us in the kitchen from 5:15 - 8 PM Ahavath Torah Congregation

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


Membership Committee The Membership Committee is having a Prospective New Member Open House on Friday evening, May 9, 2008, starting at 6:45 PM immediately preceding the Kabbalat Shabbat service. We would like to see many of you at this service to welcome the prospective new members. If you know of someone who is unaffiliated or has recently moved into the area or has a child or children that are approaching religious school age, please call or email me with their name and phone number. We need help from all of the congregants. Thank you. Anne Leppo, Membership Chair 781-341-3946

Ahavath Torah Congregation & Sharon Memorial Park As a sponsoring organization of Sharon Memorial Park, Ahavath Torah Congregation wishes to let its members know that lot prices at Sharon will be increasing as of July 1, 2008. Through this affiliation 10% of the net purchase price is donated back to our congregation in your name! This is a good opportunity to get peace of mind, take advantage of beneficial pricing and make a donation to Ahavath Torah Congregation. For more information contact Donna Wolfe at Sharon Memorial Park at 781-828-7216.

Oneg/Kiddush/Seudah Shlisheet Sponsors Susan & David Greenblatt, in honor of Cory's Bar Mitzvah 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 April 11th will be recognized in the June issue.

Mazel Tov Annette & David Williams and Adrian & Chrissy Blindt, in honor of Bobby's Bar Mitzvah Malorie & Michael Butera, in honor of Sam's Bar Mitzvah Suzan & David Crosby, in honor of Daniel's Bar Mitzvah. Rabbi J & Susan Hausman, in honor of Jacqueline's Bat Mitzvah Myrna & Bob Lipsky, on the birth of their granddaughter, Alanna Jordyn Lipsky Jon & Dayle Lipsky, on the birth of their daughter, Alanna Jordyn Lipsky

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Think Israeli and Judaic Gifts The ATC Sisterhood Judaica shop is always ordering and receiving new merchandise, so if you haven't been in lately, you are missing the beautiful gifts and jewelry we have to offer! Feel free to offer suggestions, as we are here to service and serve the needs of you, our congregants! Shop hours are 9:30 AM to 12 Noon on Sundays when religious school is in session. Bar Mitzvah families receive a 10% discount on purchases over $100. Please give the Judaica shop a chance to meet all of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, ritual, and gift needs. The Sisterhood Judaica shop gave the synagogue a substantial gift thanks to the support of our congregants and friends. Please continue to support this great fundraising endeavor!! Call Sandy (781-341-2916), Jan (508-238-6842) or Lynne (617-694-7917).

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.

Get Well Wishes Sydney Gabriella Katz Bob Lazarus Jared Sussman Steve Goldberg Arnie Lipshires Nate Stogel Shelley Litwack Kenneth Goldberg

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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 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.

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.


May Yahrzeit Calendar May 2 Beth Cline Milton Wish

May 9 Jacob Egel Max Platter

May 3 Hyman Koch Joseph Shaw

May 10 Israel Lichtman Sidney Novoson Morris Rutfield

May 4 Leah Dores Charles Goodman Norma Marron Morton Ribak Arlene Triber May 5 Myer Goodman May 6 Morris P. Sarner Mollie K. Silverman May 7 Mary Goldstein Benjamin Kohner Ida Levy May 8 Ida Ann Axelrod Joseph Dale Lillian Kaplan Joseph Lapido Samuel Sherman Charles Weisberg

May 12 Percy Carpman Lillian Smith May 13 Philip Bass Samuel Dorfsman Joseph Epstein May 14 Melvin Krozy Joseph Pearlman Samuel Rosenfield

May 17 Marcia Bornstein Rose Greenblatt Norman Isaacs Theodore Kaplan Jules Mendelson David Resnick

May 25 Eli Kansky Max Lofchie May 26 Joseph Egel Edward Kramer Lillian Swerdlick

May 19 Dora Dale Bayrack Max Davis Edith Geller

May 27 Robert Fruitt Esther Saltzberg Marvin S. Shufro

May 20 Edward Louis Spack

May 29 Gertrude Goralnick Jacob Harpel Selwyn S. Levine Melvin Westerman

May 21 Bessie Goldman Ida Goldman Myer Hoffman

May 30 Irwin M. Golick Gertrude Herman Claire Stein Miriam Zoll

May 22 Morris Hadgi

May 15 Julie Ann Cooper Ruth Kuritz Melvin Savage

May 23 Isaac Green Harriet Sarin

May 16 Sadye Goodman

May 24 Carol B. Kabler

May 31 Solomon Grubert Bessie Rosenfield

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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 @ JCC Membership Office x262) Rabbi J & Ina at the synagogue Helayne (Bet Class & Greenbrook/Copperwood) Anne Weiner (Norton/Attleboro)

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TIME VALUE Board of Directors Meeting: May 14, 2008, 7:30 PM June Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday, May 14th

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