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Jonathan H. Hausman, Rabbi

Michelle Glickman, President

May Schedule Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim Friday May 1 Candle lighting........................... 7:25 PM Kabbalat Shabbat.........................7:30 PM Saturday May 2 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Emor Bar Mitzvah Matthew Boykin Friday May 8 Candle lighting............................7:33 PM Kabbalat Shabbat.........................7:30 PM Saturday May 9 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Behar-Bechukotai Bat Mitzvah Zoe Rosenberg Friday May 15 Candle lighting ...........................7:40 PM Kabbalat Shabbat.........................7:30 PM Saturday May 16 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Bamidbar Bat Mitzvah Jessica Cohen Friday May 22 Candle lighting............................7:47 PM Kabbalat Shabbat.........................7:30 PM Saturday May 23 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM Mincha.........................................7:30 PM Sunday May 24 Bat Mitzvah Carly Lazarus.................9:00 AM Shavuot Thursday May 28 Candle lighting............................7:52 PM Shavuot Party...............................6:00 PM Ma’ariv........................................7:30 PM 7th Grade Class Advancement and 10th Grade Confirmation

Shabbat Shavuot II Friday May 29 Candle lighting............................7:53 PM Kabbalat Shabbat.........................7:30 PM Saturday May 30 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM Yizkor will be recited

Minyanaires Wanted Please do not forget the continuing need of our daily 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.

In this issue President’s Message...................................................2 Sisterhood.................................................................11 May Calendar..............................................................3 Tikun Olam/Social Action.......................................13 From the Rabbi’s Desk...............................................4 May Yahrzeit Calendar............................................18 Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News...........6 Dates to Save............................................................20

Ahavath Torah Congregation

President’s Message

1179 Central St • Stoughton MA 02072 •

I cannot believe I am writing one of my last president's articles for the Bulletin. It has given me a great opportunity to share with our ATC family some of the highlights that happen within our walls. I appreciate the feedback I have received. As in any business or organization there is a lot of hard work, time, planning and volunteers that go to make the community thrive and move forward. Thank you to all of the people that have stepped up to help throughout the last couple of years.

Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Monday - Friday 10 AM - 3 PM 781-344-8733 781-344-4315 Jonathan Hausman 781-344-8755

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Michelle Glickman David Crosby Lillian Goldberg David Steinberg Phil Weiner Annette Williams Maria Woolf Howard Andler Larry Barbell David Egel Helayne Adelstein Stacy Andler Bob Bornstein Holly Boykin Ron Gorin Amy Griffing Alan Lader Anne Leppo Emily Prigot Dale Roseman Rick Smith Mark Snyder Ed & Lynne Rosenbloom

Paul Barbell Steve Goldberg Faye Kushinsky Dan Litwack Beth Ross Nessa Wilensky

In April we entered into an agreement with the JCC of Greater Boston to bring a Senior Program to ATC. They will be in our building every Tuesday and one Monday a month. Please feel free to get more information on these programs if you are interested. The first day they were here, we had over 150 seniors excited to have a new home and they were very appreciative of our efforts to make them comfortable here. Thanks to Rick Smith, Rabbi J and the House Committee for orchestrating a smooth transition for the seniors. May promises to be a very busy month at ATC. Here are some of the highlights. May 2nd - Raise the Rabbi - I hope to see many of you there; it should be a great night filled with music, games, and a silent auction, along with munchies and desserts.

Jonathan Bloom Jay Goldstein Simma Kuznitz Cindy Pazyra Rich Sandler Robin Zoll

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

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

May 3rd - We will be participating in the Walk for Hunger please join our team or sponsor someone by logging into the - Ahavath Torah Congregation group. May 17th - This will be the last day of Religious School; the year flew by. Thank you to Ruth Greenfield, all of the teachers, substitute teachers, tutors and the school committee for an enjoyable and educational year. May 19th - A group of us will have pencils and calendars in our hands to start planning the activities that will be taking place next year. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for new events. May 28th - We will be celebrating the Zayin class advancement and the 10th grade graduation. May 31st - Our Spring Rummage Sale If the above is not enough, we also have four B’nai Mitzvah this month. Please join me and wish a warm Mazel Tov to the following students and their families; Matthew Boykin, Zoe Rosenberg, Jessica Cohen and Carly Lazarus. Feel free to join us on these wonderful occasions to see what our children have learned. Until next month, enjoy the Spring and the activities that will be going on inside ATC.

Michelle Glickman President

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From the Rabbi’s Desk... The Significance of Shavuot - How Important a Holiday Is Shavuot? Historically, Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. If Pesach can be seen as the birth of the Jewish nation, then surely Shavuot can be understood as the birth of the Jewish religion. Without the Torah, there would be no Judaism and in all likelihood no Jewish people. How do we survive our persecutors and those who tried to destroy us? What is one way to deal with the recrudescence of anti-Semitism that we witness today? We can do so by our loyalty to the Torah, by studying its contents, by observing its precepts. Truly, the Torah is "our life and length of our days." Agriculturally, Shavuot represents the first fruits of the harvest. While the full harvest does not come until the fall of the year, when all the crops are in, the farmer, at this season, can see the first fruits of his labor and express to G-d his thanksgiving for the bounty he enjoys. Why was Shavuot chosen as the time for Confirmation? Simply stated, it is an appropriate time for our young people to affirm their loyalty to Judaism, just as our ancestors at Sinai pledged to obey and observe all that G-d commanded them. Their achievements represent only the "first fruits" of their labors. Their "full harvest" will come at a later point in their lives. Yet, we want now to give

thanksgiving for their significant accomplishments thus far. Shavuot, therefore, is a beautiful and meaningful holiday, not only for confirmands but for all of us. However, Shavuot has become a "forgotten" holiday in our time. It is not observed as widely as it should be. Here it is among the most important of Jewish holidays, but it only seems to be observed by graduates, confirmands and their families on the eve of the first day and by those who come to recite Yizkor on the second day. How sad that most of our people do not come to Synagogue on Shavuot to re-affirm their commitment to Judaism and to give thanks for the many blessings they enjoy. Let us restore Shavuot to the primacy it should enjoy. If we are serious about Jewish continuity, then we must rededicate ourselves to Torah and its principles. Physically we may survive without Torah. But spiritually, and as a distinctive people, we need the Torah to influence and guide our daily lives. There is a beautiful folk song which says: "The land of Israel without Torah is like a body without a soul." How much more is this true for those of us who live outside of the land of Israel. Let's not be a people without a soul. My warmest good wishes to you for a Happy Shavuot. I look forward to seeing you and greeting you in the Synagogue.

Rabbi J News About Israel

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.


News about Israel may be obtained at the following sites: For all your grocery shopping use ATC scrip ...

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Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund The Bornstein family, in memory of beloved niece and cousin, Elyse Andrews Enman Ed and Diane Thaler, in memory of beloved father, Oscar Thaler Suzanne and Jeff Blacker, in memory of beloved Martin Stroll Margie and Marv Rosenstein, in memory of beloved brother, Kenny Glasser Margie and Marv Rosenstein, in memory of beloved father, Arnold Glasser

Ruth Gold, with thanks Ruth Gold, in honor of David Crosby Simma Kuznitz, in memory of beloved mother, Bella Kabler Betsy Klein and John Rosenberg, in honor of our daughter, Zoe, becoming a Bat Mitzvah Betty Schwartz, with thanks Lois and Barry Levy, in memory of beloved mother, Ida Levy

Maot Chittim Susan and David Bernstein

Myrna and Bob Lipsky

Rabbi Avigayl Young

Arthur Arkanase

The Katlers

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Toby and Paul Barbell

Miriam Grubert

Harvey Cohen

Rochelle and Alan Sherman

Esther and Mel Gabriel

Beth Ross

Anne and Mark Leppo

Elana and Henry Gitter

Donations received after April 13th will be acknowledged in the June issue.

Ahavath Torah Congregation Comedy Benefit Sunday, June 14 6 – 9:30 PM Join your friends at this magnificent event to honor the memory of our own Bob Lazarus. A magnificent line-up of talent including Steven Wright, Jimmy Tingle, Mike Donovan, Tony V and others. Proceeds will benefit the Lazarus family and ATC. Tickets prices will be $35, $45, and $55. Special Donor tickets will be available for $118, which will include preferred seating for the show, and a meet and greet with the artists that will take place after the performance. For further information, call the office at 781-344-8733 or e-mail Ahavath Torah Congregation


Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News From the Ed Director Now that we’ve put away or eaten all our matzah, we are trying to return to some sense of normalcy. Our Pesach Family Education Happening prior to Passover, on April 5th, was a phenomenal success! It was a pleasurable and enjoyable vehicle for parents and children to learn together about Passover. There was a myriad of multi-sensory, multi-hands as well as musical, aesthetic and cognitive experiences to choose from. The goals to be achieved were to enhance and enrich our families’ Sedarim (Seders) in order to be more meaningful as well as much fun. Our students created incredibly artistic, aesthetic and magnificently tasteful Matzah covers, and Elijah and Miriam cups. They had to ask the Four Questions while standing on one foot, while jumping in place, while being blindfolded, etc. There were many interactive exercises for students and parents with the goal of transforming themselves into what it would have been like to be slaves in Egypt. Questions they asked each other were, “What were the good things that you liked about being a slave? What were the negative things that you didn’t like? What would you have taken with you if you could only carry your possessions as you left Egypt? What do you like about regular matzah as compared to egg matzah and crackers and to bread? We all had an opportunity to make yummy charoset with Mrs. Bernstein! And as we all played Passover Jeopardy, we could see how much our students learned about the rich symbolism that exists on multi-levels when it comes to Pesach. It was obvious that the students familiarized themselves with and learned well the multiple holiday terms, repetitive holiday numbers and customs, ceremonies and mitzvot which are an integral part of celebrating Pesach. And no matter how old we get, we are never too old to sing the “oldies but goodies” songs (with which we are all familiar, i.e., Dayainu). I had also prepared a myriad of up-to-date parodies and satirical songs which can be incorporated into the Seder fun as well. I also hope that each class created and prepared their special activities and art projects to be used at the Seder. Ms. Adelstein makes sure that all her students bring home their Pesach goody-bags that they’ve worked on so hard! I certainly hope that your Sedarim, shared with family and friends, were as enjoyable as mine!


When we returned, we had many holidays and special ceremonies to learn about and to share together. We commemorated Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and Yom Hazikaron (Remembrance Day) with our students. We must remember those who have gone before us in Europe and those that have died for the State of Israel to continue to exist. Of course, this was done ageappropriately. And in our journey as Jews, we traveled from the past of pain and sadness to the exhilaration of the forming of the State of Israel and then to the ultimate zenith of celebrations to Yom Yerushalayim. We learned, studied and relished in Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) as well as in the Reunification of what was divided Jerusalem (Yom Yerushalyim – June, 1967). As our prophets spoke to the Jewish people about turning ourselves around and following in the paths of Hashem, they always ended in a vision of hope, of positive affirmation and validation of bringing out the best in ourselves by following G-d’s Mitzvot; we also teach our children that out of the darkness of the Shoah, came the Light of Israel, of Eretz Yisrael, our Homeland. And as we end the Seder each year, we all look towards Jerusalem of gold, of copper and of bronze to meet there together (next year or even sooner)! Over this past year, we have all “kvelled” and been so proud of all of our students as they responsibly, adeptly and skillfully lead us in their class services. We marveled that they, with the competent guidance and able tutelage of our sterling teachers, capably davened during their class services! Considering all the holidays as well as the many snow days that we’ve had this year, a yasher koach to our teachers for what they were able to accomplish! Also a special thank you (toddah rabbah) to all the tutors who assisted in enriching and in enhancing our students’ learning processes. B’shalom,

Morah Ruti Ruth Greenfield, Education Director

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Kitah Bet

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As we are rounding out this wonderful year, it has been filled with lots of learning nourishment. We have learned the majority of the aleph-bet. We have learned reading, writing, along with recognition of the letters and vowels. We have reviewed and learned more about the holidays that make us special as Jewish children. Our scavenger hunt throughout Israel was a huge success!! Everyone was excited to find each clue and enjoyed filling up their map of Israel with stickers representing different towns and cities of importance in Israel.

Shalom. 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.

It has been a remarkable year, in which we learned parts of the Kabballat Shabbat service and went on to learn all four Pesach questions in Hebrew. From what the class has told me, they all participated at their family seders by saying the questions in Hebrew. They will truly be missed until we return in September.

Our Hebrew skills improved as well. Now, we can read, translate and speak in Modern Hebrew from the stories that we read.

Just remember, the binders are yours to keep forever. Please use them to practice and keep that reading confidence strong, so when you enter your Gimel class you will be a shining star. B'Shalom,

Morah Y'hudit (Helayne Magier Adelstein)

We learned about S’firat HaOmer – counting 49 days from Pesach to Shavuot; we had meaningful discussions about Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzma’ut – Holocaust Memorial Day and Israel Independence Day.

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 of my class, both in their studies and the great questions that they ask. Kol Tov,

Morah Mazal Kitah Hay

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.

Bikkur Cholim/Visiting the Sick

Prozdor Graduate

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Mazal tov to Shaul Kushinsky on graduating from Prozdor at Hebrew College. Prozdor’s graduation will be held at Congregation Mishkan Tefila on Sunday, May 31, 2009. Yasher Koach to all of these young people on reaching this milestone event in their Jewish education. Prozdor is Boston’s premier community Hebrew high school located at Hebrew College in Newton Centre on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings. If you would like to receive additional information about Prozdor, please contact Abigail Kulick, Director of Admissions and Student Services for Prozdor at (617) 559-8805 or


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.

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. Ahavath Torah Congregation

Kindergarten and Kitah Aleph Shalom! As Passover has 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 that is used for magical protection from the evil eye and to bring good luck. The word hamsah 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! We took a mini journey to the Jewish homeland learning about and exploring the lovely scenery and the country itself. We took a look at the similarities and differences of what we have here in America compared to what we may see in Israel. Hopefully some day we can all experience it first hand! As we continue 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 book coloring and doing the puzzles associated with each letter. As the year has come 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 share and hear their stories. Each and every week brings a new adventure and experience for all of us.

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Oneg/Kiddush/Seudah Shlisheet Sponsors Gwen & Kevin Berkowsky, in honor of Rachel's becoming a Bat Mitzvah Thanks to Bob Bornstein, Steve Niers, Harvey Cohen, Maxine Frutkoff, Paula Gaffin, and others for their help with and sponsorship of the Passover Kiddushim and Oneg. 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 13th will be recognized in the June issue.


Kitah Gimel We just finished celebrating the Israelites’ freedom from Egypt and now we're on our way to the 1940's, 1948 to be exact, to hear the vote in the United Nations deciding whether the Jews in Palestine will be allowed to create a homeland of their own. Imagine the tension among Jews all over the world! Imagine the unparalleled joy when Israel does, indeed, get a land for themselves. We, in Kitah Gimel, tried to put ourselves in the shoes of these halutzim (pioneers) and immigrants as if we were there in Tel Aviv when David Ben Gurion announced the creation of Medinat Yisrael (the State of Israel.) Thanks to my ATC trip to Tel Aviv in 2007, I stood in that same room, saw a video of Hakamat Medinat Yisrael (the founding of the State of Israel) and heard the proclamation in David Ben Gurion's own voice. Before the Jews could really come to grips with the wonder of their own country, the first of many, many shots were heard heralding the start of their fight for herut (freedom). Then, it's off to war as we study the moves, methods and motives of the Jewish leaders helped greatly by one Colonel David Marcus, of the United States Army, who wrote the Army manuals which helped the Jews combine their many separate groups fighting the enemies into one cohesive fighting group called the Hagannah (from the Hebrew verb which means to protect.) We had not deserted our Hebrew studies but had proceeded happily into holiday stories which let us remember those first words that we learned starting with Rosh Hashanah. Now, we used them to ask questions of each other or to answer questions in complete sentences b'Ivrit (in Hebrew.) We really accomplished a lot this year in Kitah Gimel and look forward to Kitah Dalet. Anyone who entered our class in the Sifriah (the Library) could easily see how many words we had mastered and used comfortably in conversations and games since they were stuck up on every usable surface. Thank you Mr. Zoll, for letting us transform the Library into Kitah Gimel's classroom this year. Our travels in Medinat Yisrael have taken us daroma (to the South) as we entered the Judean Desert. We had visited the Shrine of the Book when we had studied about Yerushalayim (Jerusalem.) Now we saw the cave in Qumran, where an Arab shepherd boy, tossing rocks into caves for fun, heard a clink, as a jar holding a scroll from the time of the Essenes had broken open. These pieces of scrolls and one complete scroll now are on view at the Shrine of the Book on the grounds of the Israel Museum. It was nice to see a crossover and connection from the different time periods and places that we studied about this year.

This has been an exciting year for us as a class and individually. Building on the foundation laid down by their first teachers at ATC, they have added many new levels to their understanding of our Jewish tradition through studying the year's holiday cycle, learned new words and used them successfully, and mastered prayers for their Kabbalat Shabbat Service which they will use and chant in many other services throughout their lives. I thank you for giving me the honor and privilege of working with them and learning from them this year. I hope that you will all enjoy a healthy and happy summer vacation. Reading just a few minutes a week during their vacation will help them keep the sharp edge that they formed this year. B'Shalom,

Morah Rivka (Paula Gaffin) Thank you to Arthur Arkanase and Steve Niers for their generous sponsorship of the Purim Party, and thank you to Arthur, Steve and their hard-working crew who made it so enjoyable.

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Sisterhood Spring has sprung and Sisterhood is celebrating! Monday evening, May 18th, we will enjoy a new, hopefully annual, event: Spring Supper! The plan is to have a lovely, light dinner, enjoy a fun program, peruse the gorgeous new Israeli jewelry in the Judaica Shop and just enjoy being together for the evening! We will present the slate of officers for next year as well as award Light of Torah honors to those who have given to Torah Fund. If you are interested in planning, cooking, decorating, et al, please be in touch with Madeleine at This should be a lovely evening! While you are spring cleaning, be sure to stuff some bags for the spring rummage sale. This year the sale will be held on May 31st. We had a great turnout in the fall and, given the hard economic times right now, I would bet that May 31 will be a hopping day here at ATC! Graduation, Mother's Day, Father's Day‌they are all upcoming and you can commemorate each one by purchasing a Torah Fund card in support of Women's League and the Conservative Movement. It's easy to do; just contact Anne Leppo at Anne works so hard to promote Torah Fund and move these cards‌thanks, Anne! The route's been mapped out and plans are being made for the June 21st Darkness To Light 7K walk. We will begin walking pre-dawn and enjoy the sunrise as we celebrate the "7 Steps To Protecting Our Children," the basis for D2L's

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Stewards Of Children child sexual abuse prevention workshop for adults. The plan for the morning is to recount the steps while we take our own and reaffirm our commitment to educating people about keeping kids safe. Of course, we will have plenty of fun, too, as well as some early morning treats to keep our energy working for the 4.3 mile walk! Yes, I know it is Father's Day, but what better way to demonstrate your devotion and celebrate your kids than to get up and walk, spreading the word about prevention?! BTW, please be in touch if you are interested in the next D2L workshop here at ATC. We are looking at dates as we have had several inquiries. We will name the next date soon. "Kisses From Dolce" provided another $70 this month for the D2L Workshop Fund coffers and more is on the way! It is incredibly gratifying to see people appreciating and enjoying the book and, especially, to see it do its work, both with the readers and the fundraising. Thank you all for your continued support. We are planning for next year, seeking new energetic women to join us. If you have not participated before but would like to give it a whirl, please be in touch. There are so many possibilities for Sisterhood and the more folks we have involved, the more we can accomplish. Enjoy the sun!

Susan Komisar Hausman

Don't Forget Your Pasta and Raisins!!! Our congregation has made a commitment to Jewish Family Table to provide 35 packages of raisins and 35 boxes of pasta each month.

Please help out!

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Torah Fund Cards

Linda Levenson, on the loss of her beloved mother, Bertha (Slomich) Plotnick Andrea Fallon, on the loss of her beloved grandmother, Gertrude Bass

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!

Bereavement Support Group

A donation of $4.00 per card goes directly to the Seminary to help build and maintain the beautiful sanctuaries, chapels, dormitories, affiliated camps and scholarships, etc.

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.

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.

Mazel Tov Gwen & Kevin Berkowsky, on their daughter, Rachel, becoming a Bat Mitzvah Joyce & Danny Goldsmith, on their son, Barry, becoming a Bar Mitzvah


Holly & William Boykin, on their son, Matthew, becoming a Bar Mitzvah John Rosenberg & Betsy Klein on their daughter, Zoe, becoming a Bat Mitzvah Valerie & Craig Cohen, on their daughter, Jessica, becoming a Bat Mitzvah Kathi Lazarus, on her daughter, Carly, becoming a Bat Mitzvah

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


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

Mansfield (By Appointment) 508-261-8872

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Tikun Olam Social Action Corner

Recognize Your Favorite Graduates

The Social Action Committee hopes all of you had a wonderful Pesach. April was another good month for donations to Jewish Family Table. We had plenty of pasta and raisins to deliver, as well as many other non-perishable foods -much of it Kosher for Passover -- that we were able to bring to JFT to help augment its stores. This is a very trying time for JFT as they have seen an increase in their clientele of more than 30% over the past six months. Because of this, we are asking ATC members to do all they can to help those in the Jewish community of Greater Boston and bring pasta or raisins to the shul, whenever you come here for a non-Chag or non-Shabbat event. We have a really nice new drop-box for you to deposit your donation, and it would be great to see it filled every month. Our next delivery date is May 3, so if anybody can drive our donation to Waltham that day, please contact Jonathan at (508-230-8688 or or Amy at (

2009 Family Table Distribution Schedule May 3, 2009 June 7, 2009 July 12, 2009

The June ATC Bulletin will include Mazel Tov Greetings for graduating High School and College Seniors (or Middle-school, elementary, kindergarten, or pre-school, for that matter). The cost for a "greeting" is $18.00 each. If you would like to put in a greeting for your Favorite Graduate, please do so by May 12th. Please e-mail your greeting to Ina at, mail it to the synagogue, or call Ina in the Synagogue Office at 781-3448733. You may leave your "greeting" on the voicemail if you wish. If friends and other family members would like to make a graduation donation, there are various Temple funds starting at $5.00 each.

No August distribution Also on Sunday, May 3rd, members of Ahavath Torah Congregation will walk 5, 10, 15, or 20 miles in the 41st Walk for Hunger. The Walk, sponsored by Project Bread, helps to feed the hungry in Massachusetts. The Stoughton Food Pantry gets help from Project Bread. Students from the Religious School, who walk on May 3rd, will receive class credit and Mitzvah Credit. If you know of any synagogue members doing the Walk for Hunger, and you can sponsor them, please do so. Thank you so much for your help!! Contact Larry Barbell at or (781)254-2471 if you have any questions. Sincerely,

The Social Action Committee

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Lethal narratives: Jihad's weapon of mass destruction and the Freedoms that define Democracy An American writer living in Paris since 1972, Poller reports from the crossroads of a troubled world. First-hand information from Europe, Israel, and the U.S. delivered with sharp insights, bright analysis, vivid details, compelling warmth. Nidra Poller is a novelist who became a journalist in reaction to momentous current events.

Poller has been published by the Wall Street Journal, Standpoint, Atlas Shrugs, New English Review, Jerusalem Post, Hudson Institute, Makor Rishon, FrontPage, City Journal, Commentary, National Post, American Thinker, National Review Online jihadwatch, Jewish Quarterly TCSDaily ….and is a member of the International Free Press Society’s Advisory Board. Poller was featured in the Florida Security Council’s Freedom Symposium in April 2009 and will be featured at the New English Review Symposium “Understanding Jihad” in May 2009. She was a featured speaker at The Counter-jihad Summit, Brussels. December ‘06 and The Herzliya Conference: The Media as a Theater of War. Poller lectures widely to American Committee for Foreign Relations, CAMERA, David Project, Israel Project, JCPA. Ahavath Torah Congregation is located at 1179 Central Street, Stoughton, MA. For further information, call (781.344.8733) or e-mail (


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ATC School Enrichment Fund

Please join us for our

Annual Lag B’Omer BBQ & Prospective Member Open House

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

Marla Potter Donations received after April 13th will be acknowledged in the June issue.

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.

Tuesday May 12th at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Adults $5.00 Kids $3.00

RSVP: or 781-344-8733

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.

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ATC Sisterhood Judaica Shop If you haven't stopped by the Judaica Shop lately, you are really missing something. Remember too, that there are always birthdays, anniversaries, Bar & Bat Mitzvot and weddings. Giving a beautiful gift from the Judaica Shop helps raise money for the synagogue, so shop with us first. Please give the Judaica shop a chance to meet all of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, ritual, and gift needs. Remember, Bar/Bat Mitzvah families receive a 10% discount on purchases over $100. The Sisterhood Judaica Shop is one of Sisterhood's main fundraising projects, thanks to congregants and friends who support this endeavor. The shop is open on Sundays from 9:30 - noon, when religious school is in session. Call Sandy (781-341-2916), Jan (508-238-6842) or Lynne (617-694-7917) for more information, or just stop by and see what surprises await at the ATC Sisterhood Judaica Shop!

Acceptable Items for the Recycling Bin Newspapers Construction Paper Office papers Notebooks (even spiralbound) Home papers (mail) Stapled paper Magazines Paper with clips or binders Catalogs Paperback books Glossy Paper Posters and poster boards Envelopes Post-It Notes Manila folders

Brochures Colored paper Painted paper Receipts Index Cards Booklets Fax paper Calendars Greeting Cards Blue prints / design paper Ticket stubs Paper Bags (white) Phonebooks Shredded Paper (Please leave in a bag and poke some air holes in it)

Non-Acceptable Items for the Recycling Bin Cardboard/hanging folders Metals Corrugated Cardboard Napkins/Paper Towels


Trash Cereal or food boxes Plastics Treated paper cups

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.

You Can Support Israel Easily… Merely by changing spending habits, Jewish families living abroad can inject some 7 billion shekels a year into the Israeli economy - for a net gain of 20,000 new jobs. How? By making sure to spend as little as $50 each month on Israeli products. The Jewish Agency, the World Zionist Organization, and the White and Blue Mission of the Israeli Manufacturers Association have begun a joint campaign to promote the purchase of Israeli goods abroad. Arutz-7's Hagit Rotenberg reports that the $50-a-month shift could lead to a 3% increase in Israel's industrial sales. Purposeful spending of this nature, it is thought, could also lead to greater solidarity and identification with the Jewish state. Israeli-made products can be found on these web sites:

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Please join ATC Sisterhood Monday, May 18th at 6:30 PM for a new annual event

A free event for paid-up Sisterhood members

Featuring a program on “couponing” Learn how to get more for your money in this economy… Save in the supermarkets Buy clothing, jewelry, and gifts for pennies on the dollar Learn from two of the best shoppers at ATC (and they’re both guys) Also…

Voting on the proposed Sisterhood slate 2009 - 2010 Torah Fund Awards will be given out

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May Yahrzeit Calendar May 1 Percy Carpman Lillian Smith May 2 Philip Bass Samuel Dorfsman Joseph Epstein

May 9 Edward Louis Spack May 10 Paul E. Bloom Bessie Goldman Ida Goldman Myer Hoffman

May 18 Gertrude Goralnick Jacob Harpel Selwyn S. Levine Melvin Westerman

May 11 Ada Arkanase Morris Hadgi

May 19 Reuben Arkanase Irwin M. Golick Gertrude Herman Claire Stein Miriam Zoll

May 12 Isaac Green Harriet Sarin

May 20 Solomon Grubert Bessie Rosenfield

May 13 Carol B. Kabler

May 21 Myron Frutkoff

May 14 Eli Kansky Max Lofchie

May 22 Harry Chmara Edmund Weinberg

May 7 Marcia Bornstein Theodore Kaplan Jules Mendelson David Resnick

May 15 Joseph Egel Edward Kramer Lillian Swerdlick

May 23 Barnet Kraiterman

May 8 Dora Dale Bayrack Max Davis Edith Geller

May 16 Robert Fruitt Esther Saltzberg Marvin S. Shufro

May 3 Melvin Krozy Joseph Pearlman Samuel Rosenfield May 4 Julie Ann Cooper Ruth Kuritz Melvin Savage May 6 Rose Greenblatt Norman Isaacs

May 26 Leo Cohen Ethel Lefkovith May 27 Ruth Z. Simon May 28 Celia Finkelstein Esther Koch May 29 Henry Zoll May 30 Irving Becker Joseph Corr Abraham Julius Wittenberg May 31 Ralph Noveletsky Alec Shefshick

May 25 David Baker Katie Cooper E. Richard Feinberg Evelyn Kansky

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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) Anne Weiner (Norton/Attleboro)

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Ahavath Torah Congregation 1179 Central Street Stoughton, MA 02072


Dates to Save

Board of Directors Meeting:Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 7:30 PM June Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday, May 13th

ATC Bulletin May 2009  

News and information about Ahavath Torah Congregation, a lively, family-oriented conservative synagogue located in Stoughton, Massachusetts....