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Jonathan H. Hausman, Rabbi

Michelle Glickman, President

November Schedule Shabbat Noah Friday October 31 Candle lighting............................5:20 PM Kabbalat Shabbat........................7:30 PM Saturday November 1 Tefillah........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Lech Lecha Bat Mitzvah Courtney Abrams Friday November 7 Candle lighting............................4:12 PM Kabbalat Shabbat........................7:30 PM Saturday November 8 Tefillah........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Va'era Friday November 14 Candle lighting............................4:05 PM Kabbalat Shabbat........................7:30 PM Saturday November 15 Tefillah........................................9:30 AM Saturday November 15

ATC's Biennial Auction...........7 - 11 PM

Shabbat Chayei Sarah Friday November 21 Candle lighting ...........................4:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat........................7:30 PM Saturday November 22 Tefillah........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Toldot Friday November 28 Candle lighting............................3:56 PM Kabbalat Shabbat........................7:30 PM Saturday November 29 Tefillah........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat VaYetze Friday December 5 Candle lighting............................3:54 PM Kabbalat Shabbat.........................7:30 PM Guest speaker Dave Marquard, Senior Pastor of Faith Christian Center and MARI Director of Christians United for Israel, will speak on "Why a Christian Should Support Israel" Saturday December 6 Tefillah........................................9:30 AM

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 President’s Message...........................................2


November Calendar...........................................3

Tikun Olam/Social Action Corner...................16

From the Rabbi’s Desk.......................................4

November Yahrzeit Calendar...........................22

Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News....8

Dates to Save....................................................24

Ahavath Torah Congregation

President’s Message

1179 Central St • Stoughton MA 02072 •

ctober has been a very busy month. We started off with the High Holy Days. I wish all of the members of our congregation a Happy and Healthy New Year. Following the High Holy Days we celebrated Sukkot, Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. We have received numerous pledge cards from our High Holy Day Appeal. For those of you that have already pledged, thank you. We appreciate your generosity. For those of you that have not yet pledged, there is still time to hand in your pledge cards. Our congregation depends on your generosity from your High Holy Day appeal commitments. Please remember to send in your donation to cover your pledge as soon as you can. We have set our goal to receive 100% participation.

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

Ruth Greenfield Ina Beth Winer 781-344-8733

As in years past, we also had a Minyan Appeal. Lois Levy spoke very clearly on why it is important for all congregants to step up and help out with Minyan. It is always a nice gesture and a mitzvah to support other members who need a Minyan to say Kaddish. We are looking for people to help once a week, once a month or whenever you are available. If you did not receive your Minyan Appeal card, please contact the office and let us know when you can support us for a Minyan. All evening meetings held at ATC begin with Minyan at 7:30 PM. Once we have enough people, the service goes quickly and then you can go on with the rest of your evening plans.

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


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

Gary Levine 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

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To all of our new members, who have recently joined our ATC family, we welcome you. There is a wide variety of activities that we plan every year and plenty of activities that will be new this year. For those of you who joined us at the new member service and Officer Installation it was great talking with you. We hope you will be able to join us for other events. Here are just a few of the upcoming events - Blood Drive, Rummage Sale and our Bi-Annual Auction. The Auction is our largest fundraising event. The night consists of a silent auction, bid boards, a spirited live auction and delicious appetizers will be served. This year the Auction committee has decided to also use the Internet. We will be placing items on the CMarket “Bidding for Good” service. Watch for more details on the Internet portion of the auction. Watch for flyers with more information as we get closer to November 15th. Please keep yourself involved and make ATC the place you want it to be. Another program that is very easy to become involved with is our Scrip Program. You simply purchase gift cards from one of our scrip-sellers before you shop. There is no additional cost. If you were to spend $100 at the supermarket, all you would need to do is purchase $100 in scrip prior to your shopping trip. The scrip cards are used just like cash. With each scrip card we sell, ATC makes a small percentage from the variety of card vendors we carry. You can go food shopping, clothes shopping, purchase cards for house hold repairs, dine out, travel and so much more. Please purchase scrip this month and see how easy it really is. Please contact one of our scrip sellers to find out how many different vendors we carry and enjoy the shopping experience. These cards also make great gifts. And finally, a warm Mazel Tov to Courtney Abrams and her family as she becomes a Bat Mitzvah this month. Sincerely,

Michelle Glickman President

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

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3 Heshvan

Candle Lighting Times

9:30 AM Tefillah

November 7..........................4:12 PM November 14 .......................4:05 PM November 21 .......................4:00 PM November 28........................3:56 PM


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9:00 AM Executive Board

3 - 8 PM Blood Drive

10:00 AM Adult Ed

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7:30 PM Youth Comm. Meeting

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7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

9:30 AM Bat Mitzvah Courtney Abrams 7 - 9 PM Rummage Sale Drop off

12:15 PM D2L Workshop 7:00 PM Sisterhood Board


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7 AM 6:30 PM Ride with Rabbi J Adult Ed

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Veteran’s Day

9 AM - 2 PM Rummage Sale 10:00 AM Adult Ed

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7:30 PM Board of Directors Meeting


9:30 AM Tefillah 7:00 PM ATC Auction

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7:30 PM Ritual Comm. Meeting

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7:30 PM Junior Cong.

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Thanksgiving Day

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9:30 AM Tefillah 10:30 AM Tot Shabbat


Rosh Chodesh Kislev

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6:30 PM 7:30 PM Special Ed Class School Comm. Meeting 7:30 PM Sisterhood Program – Nutritionist Lori Lieberman

10:00 AM Little Kids Club

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From the Rabbi’s Desk...


ne of the realities that we Jews share is that there are many Christians in our lives. They are our friends, our neighbors, our employers and employees, our elected officials, and our children's teachers. Not infrequently, they are members of our family, and they are sometimes our spouses. The culture of Christianity permeates this diverse America; the nation stills breathes most slowly on Sundays, not on Saturdays or Fridays. Few issues have divided the Jewish community as deeply as the growing prominence of Christian Zionists and organizations such as Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Many pro-Israel leaders believe such support is based on a genuine love and concern for Israel and the kind of biblical prophecies that begin with Genesis 12:3 and G-d's promise to our forefather Abraham and his progeny. This view maintains that this support is increasingly vital as the Jewish state confronts grave new threats and as "mainline" Protestant churches grow more hostile. Critics say Evangelical support is solely based on the view that every Jew must be brought to the Cross or an eschatological view of an Armageddon that will inevitably usher in the Messianic and the second coming of Jesus. Some claim that by accepting this support, Jewish groups are legitimizing forces that see terrible new wars in the region as essential for the prophecies' fulfillment. How does one find the right balance in approaching CUFI and other Christian Zionist groups? Do the theological factors in their support really matter? How tight should be our embrace? There are other significant questions as well. Do they support all of Israel, or just one political segment there? Do they respect the right of Jerusalem's democratic government to make key decisions about war and peace?

Most important is the issue of proselytizing and conversion. We Jews have a very tragic history in this regard when dealing with Christians throughout history. Do these groups unequivocally renounce proselytizing in Israel? "Witnessing" is a fundamental precept of the Evangelical faith, but there is something deeply disturbing about Christian groups that specifically target Jews in the Jewish state. Pro-Israel advocates of Christian Zionist support point out that these Evangelicals are sincere and can bolster U.S.Israel relations in troubling times. But this is an alliance, not a marriage, and it is fair for the Jewish community to continue to monitor the political positions of a religious faction whose motives and means of expressing support for Israel may be very different from our own. Yet, questions abound. Are we better off with the secular left that has made the universities of this country into centers of anti-Israel activity? Are we better off with the Protestant left which criticizes Israel without limit and without mercy? At a time when so many are against us and are pro-Arab in Europe and in America and elsewhere, should we not be thankful that we have CUFI and its members and people on our side? We should ask hard questions, but remember that sometimes true allies are those who want to help without the expectation of anything in return.

Rabbi J

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.


Ahavath Torah Congregation

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Anne and Mark Leppo, in loving memory of Al Ross, father of Beth Ross Jake Reed, with thanks Rose Silverman, in memory of beloved mother, Anna Feldberg Bergstein Madeleine Lewis, in memory of husband, Jeff Lewis Roslyn Nadler, in memory of beloved mother, Goldie Nadler Bennette Shultz, in memory of beloved grandmother, Rebecca B. Shultz Bennette Shultz, in memory of Al Ross, father of Beth Ross Bennette Shultz, in hopes for Lois Levy's complete recovery

Bennette Shultz, wishing a speedy recovery to Bob Cohn Bennette Shultz, wishing Jon Bloom mazal tov for maintaining the Snetsky family tradition of chanting Maftir Yonah on Yom Kippur in memory of beloved father-in-law, Irv Snetsky Donna Wolfe, with thanks Este and Leo Gaffin, in memory of James Cohen Este and Leo Gaffin, in memory of Ida T. Cohen Este and Leo Gaffin, in memory of Sarah Gaffin Este and Leo Gaffin, in memory of Jean Tolpin Lenore and Harry Chused, with thanks Barry and Lois Levy, in memory of beloved grandmother, Bella Lipsky Sadow

Donations received after October 13th will be acknowledged in the December issue.

Why This Christian Supports Israel! Pastor Dave Marquard, Senior Pastor, Faith Christian Center , MA-RI Director of Christians United for Israel, December 5, 2008 Please join us Friday evening, December 5th for a unique program. Pastor Dave Marquard, Senior Pastor, Faith Christian Center and MA-RI Director of Christians United for Israel will speak about "Why This Christian Supports Israel." Pastor Dave is at the leading edge of burgeoning support for Israel amongst certain segments of the Evangelical Christian community. Such Evangelical Christians (especially Apostolic, Pentecostal and Dispensationalist Evangelicals), who are beyond a doubt the most fervent non-Jewish supporters of Israel and the Jewish people, might seem odd. Why is Israel such a morally important issue for these people? Why is knowledge of the modern state of Israel so visceral for the Apostolic-PentecostalDispensational Evangelical community as distinct from other evangelicals such as Southern Baptists and Assembly of God? What do such Evangelicals want from Jews in return, if anything? Ahavath Torah Congregation

The Evangelical community is far from monolithic. Pastor Dave will address the mistaken opinion that all Evangelicals only support Israel so that all the Jews can be gathered there and either convert or be destroyed at the End of Days. Pastor Dave will address his reading of Scriptures, both the Bible and the Gospels to explain the underpinnings of Christian Evangelical regard for Israel and support for Jews and Jewish concerns, which should surprise even the most literate in the field. Rabbi J has maintained an ongoing dialogue with Pastor Dave and Pastor Ray Zimberlin (also of Faith Christian Center), as well as having addressed a CUFI Night to Honor Israel and the Faith Christian Center community. Rabbi J has participated in CUFI recruitment luncheons and is part of the CUFI's list of national speakers. Mark your calendar for an important Shabbat evening.


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The time to order Mah Jongg cards is here again. Place your orders early, so you don’t forget. Please ask your group, friends, and relatives to place their orders with us as well. This is a fundraiser for Sisterhood. We did very well last year and just reached the 200 (card) mark. Let's try to outdo ourselves this year. Ask out-of-town family and friends to order through us. The more the better. All cards will be mailed directly to the individual’s home in late March or early April.

To Shelley Litwack, wishing her a speedy recovery from

Youth Fund

Just fill out the order form below, include your check made out to ATC Sisterhood and mail it to:

To Beth Ross, in memory of her beloved father, Al Ross, from Barry and Lois Levy

Helayne Magier Adelstein 28 Cherrywood Dr. Stoughton, MA 02072

If you have a simcha, remembrance or any other occasion, please consider a donation to the Youth Fund. Your generosity has allowed several young members of our shul to attend international and regional USY events. We thank you in advance for your support.

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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. When you take a trip, use ATC scrip ...

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Donations received after October 13th will be acknowledged in the December issue.

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 and 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. 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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DAY On Sunday, November 9th The American Friends of ALYN Hospital are celebrating Israel's 60th Birthday and the children of ALYN by having 60 Mitzvah of Love events take place across the US. Ahavath Torah Congregation's Mitzvah of Love project will be

RIDE WITH THE RABBI! Of course it involves riding your bike! We will meet at Camp West Woods, 808 West Street at 7 AM. Our own Rabbi J will lead all riders starting with an easy 2 mile route. There will be options for longer routes. Bicycle helmets must be worn by all riders, no exceptions. Rain date options will be announced at a future time.

Everyone is encouraged to ride We need volunteers and vans or trucks to follow the route, people with minor first aid abilities, tire changers, cheerleaders and snack help! If you want Mitzvah credit, have your tally sheet, with a minimum of $36 in donations, into ATC by October 28th! You do not need to ride to get sponsors. Only riders will be excused from attending Religious School that day. To sign up, receive tally sheet and sponsor information, please email Betsy Klein at or telephone 781-821-2875. If you have any questions about the routes, please ask Rabbi J. For more information about ALYN Hospital go to Bracelets will be given to all who volunteer! Ahavath Torah Congregation


Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News From the Ed Director As we continue in our Jewish life cycle, our students will remember the messages of the High Holy Days. They will say good-bye to Jonah and the Big Fish and will certainly retain the pleasant memories of decorating and eating in our Sukkah. Our teachers are all enriching our students’ lives so that they will stand tall and proud to be Jewish like the palm branches of the lulav, and they will have the compassionate, loving hearts of the etrog. In the next few weeks and months, parents will be invited to participate in our exciting classroom learning experiences and we will be having Family Education programs. And before you know it, Hanukkah will be here. If you ask Jewish children which holiday they like the most and why, you’ll often hear, “It’s Hanukkah because of the presents.” What is Hanukkah really all about and how was it traditionally celebrated? Hanukkah, one of the most home-based and family centered of the Jewish holidays is truly a child’s (and child-at-heart’s) delight! It’s full of gifts, games, songs and good food. This best loved of Jewish holidays is actually a minor festival in the Jewish calendar; children go to school and adults go to work just as on any ordinary day. In fact there are few Mitzvot, religious obligations, other than lighting the candles, saying the blessings and making sure that we “publicize” the miracle by lighting the candles in our windows so that they can be seen by the outside world. We do this each evening for eight days. Hanukkah is not an isolated event. It’s the only Jewish festival that commemorates a great event whose origin is not lost in the dimness of antiquity. It is clearly stated in both Jewish and Greek history with dates and facts. Hanukkah commemorates a great event in the history of the Jewish people: the victorious revolt of Judah Maccabee and his brothers, who in 165 BCE, led a small inspired army of Jews against the overwhelming might of their Greek/Syrian rulers in a struggle for the right to worship

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G-d in their own way. The Torah and its teachings were outlawed; Jewish boys were forbidden to be circumcised; Shabbat was not to be observed and the new Greek official sacrificial animal was to be the pig!!!! This was too much for the Maccabees and Mattathias (the father of 5 sons), who killed the first Jew who attempted to offer up a pig. And so the revolt began! Almost 3 years later, when the Maccabees were victorious, Judah entered Jerusalem to purge it of all idolatry. Hanukkah was a radical innovation in the Jewish calendar because it honored the role of human beings rather than G-d. The Rabbis who codified Jewish Law in the Talmud, several hundred years later, were disturbed by the holiday that celebrated a military victory; they feared that it might inspire dangerous risk-taking among Jews in their own day. But the people were not going to give up their midwinter celebration of lights and merrymaking which was probably borrowed from pagan solstice celebrations. The rabbis injected G-d into the rededication of the temple with a story about how the Maccabees found only enough oil to last for one day but that miraculously lasted for 8 days! Like many other religious traditions, Judaism brightens the darkness of the winter solstice with a holiday centered on LIGHT. The most familiar symbol of Hanukkah is the 8-branched candleholder which goes by two names: Menorah which is used to refer to any seven branched candelabra and hanukkiah – the Hebrew word for the special 8-branched version used only at Hanukkah time. When we place the hanukkiah near a window, we “proclaim” the miracle of Hanukkah and the very idea that miracles can happen. A hanukkiah in the window is also an affirmation of our Jewish pride.

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From the Ed Director (cont.) And so we have our themes of Hanukkah: light in the midst of darkness, fighting for the right for religious freedom, celebrating victory, rededication and reaffirming our commitment to our religion and the core concept of the RIGHT TO BE DIFFERENT! WHAT BETTER MESSAGE COULD WE PASS ON TO OUR CHILDREN? The story of Hanukkah is key to the values which its celebration teaches. It is a temporary incarnation of the Maccabee-Hellenizer decision point. Every Jewish child’s sense of belonging to a minority culture (with its own fun and uniqueness) during the winter season in ironically an innate understanding of the holiday’s meaning from its most authentic roots: the celebration of being different. Where and when did gift giving become part of Hanukkah? In Eastern Europe, on the 5th night of Hanukkah, children were given Hanukkah gelt (Yiddish for money). In Germany, in the mid 1850’s, we can trace real money being given or chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil with the seal of the Maccabees. Candle lighting, singing and latkes, of course, used to be the order of the day. As years went by (in the 1950’s and 1960’s), some parents tried to compete with Christmas by giving gifts, and some very elaborate on every night, saying something like, “Their holiday lasts but one day but ours goes on for eight” (Karen Kushner: How To Be a Jewish Parent). This approach loses the essence of the holiday and could encourage greed and indulgence. What a wonderful time of year and opportunity to encourage empathy and compassion for others! Families can collect gifts for Jewish Family and Children’s Services families who are needy and who cannot afford to buy gifts for themselves. Some families operate on the system that for each gift a child receives, she/he buys one or gives one away for a needy child. Some families give only books to each other to eliminate the commercialism of toys - books with only Jewish or Israeli themes. We are the PEOPLE of the BOOK and BOOKS; we should encourage reading of Jewish stories and books! Some families decide upon giving home-made gifts.

Some families may decide to forgo gifts and give to tzedakah or to take the money from the dreydl game and donate it to tzedakah. Each family decides for itself how to handle the gift-giving. Whatever the decision is, it is secondary to the terrific teaching and educational moments that are set aside for the collective family decision-making, for values that are fostered by evaluating to whom the gifts are going, why this is being done and what form they will take. Best of luck to you all in your decision-making! All of our students will be learning how to play the dreydl game which can be played with pennies, M & M’s (which is the custom - the minhag in my family which they are now continuing with their children), jelly beans, raisins, etc. We will send home flyers with instructions on “playing dreydl” so that you can have fun playing together at home. Let’s remember that Hanukkah is so rich with colors, sounds, smells, tastes, light and meaning that we Jews can be so proud of its very own distinctiveness and extraordinary qualities! The students will be receiving a fun-filled Family Education Hanukkah Packet of word scrambles, crossword puzzles, stories, comic strips, trivia questions, etc. Enjoy these as a family and have fun sharing, learning and spending time together. Watch for the Hanukkah contests: for students to create a new hanukkiah (menorah) and a dreydl. Students can work with families, friends or individually using whatever materials or medium that they choose. All entrees will be on display; prizes will be given. Watch for further instructions. My best wishes to you and your families for much joy and light at Hanukkah!

Ruth Greenfield Director of Education

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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Kitah Vav (Wednesdays) and Kitah Zayin (Wednesdays) It has been a pleasure working with your 6th and 7th grade children these past few weeks. We have gotten to know each other through davening together on Wednesday afternoons with Rabbi J and attending Sunday morning Minyans. We are working on learning the Torah Service for their class services this winter but especially for their upcoming individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Through prayer we are working on our Hebrew reading skills and will continue this throughout the year with each student's individual parshah for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah day. The ease of reading will assist each student in learning to chant Torah/Haftarah which they are learning with Rabbi J on Wednesdays and individually. We are working with a wonderful text book, The New Siddur Program for Hebrew and Heritage. Through this text we are learning a lot of Hebrew. We are learning Shoroshim, the root words of Hebrew, the core of the Hebrew language. Through learning the "roots of the words" in our prayers and in the Torah, we can be like detectives, figuring out the meaning of a word; even if we have never seen it before. The learning in this book focuses on the Machzor (the High Holy day prayer book) and the Haggadah that we read on Passover. The Vav and Zayin classes have spent considerable time learning about the Yamim Noraim, the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We learned about the Jewish calendar being a lunar one. We compared the American (secular) calendar to the Jewish calendar. We learned about the origination of the Shofar, where it came from, how it was originally used and why we blow it today. We learned fun facts about the holidays like, one must hear one hundred blasts of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and why, that Yom Kippur is translated as the "Day of Atonement" but if you look at the actual Hebrew translation, Yom means Day and Kippur in Hebrew comes from the root (to cast), that brought us to learning about the Tashlich Service, when we cast away our sins. Then we also learned about the Hebrew word Teshuvah, the root of this word meaning to return. Kitah Vav this year is learning prayer as well as learning from Genesis, the 1st book of the Torah. We will also be learning about Jewish spirituality, how to see and feel G-d in our lives through our daily activities of mitzvot, tzedakah, bikkur holim (visiting the sick), sh'mirat halashon (guarding one’s tongue/speech and weighing ones words), and many other Jewish and moral concepts.


We have started learning how to talk about the weather in Hebrew to correspond with the first chapter of Genesis. For example, we have learned the Hebrew words for sky, land, water, sun, moon, day, and others, which we will continue to incorporate into our daily lessons. This will give greater understanding to what the children sing, chant or read in their prayer books and the Torah. Kitah Zayin (Sundays) is learning from Exodus, the second book of the Torah, this year. This book of the Torah contains the entire story of Moses and the journey out of Egypt and slavery to the promised land, Canaan or "Israel". Incorporated in their lesson plans will be sections from the Haggadah which we read on Passover. We will compare Israel in ancient times to what Israel looks like today. We will discuss the birth of Israel from the book of Exodus, the culture of the people, what our people went through in their journey from Egypt to Sinai and then on to the land of Canaan. We will then look at the birth of Israel as a nation, historically, and compare to the birth of Israel in 1948. Your children are quite inquisitive and enjoy learning interesting facts that they can relate to on their own level in today's world. In following with the theme of Exodus, we will explore various mitzvot through our text Jewish Heroes Jewish Values. We have already learned about the mitzvah of Jewish learning and how important it is for parents to continue learning themselves and to encourage their children to learn. (We will touch upon this concept further when we study the Shemah prayer). We studied about the rise of the Roman Empire, the destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem and the birth of Zionism. We learned about Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai's mission to allow the Jews to study Talmud during a time when our religion, our people and our ways were being persecuted by the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Following the theme of Zionism, we moved onto the concept of k'lal Yisrael (Israel as a world community) and studied the mitzvah of Jewish solidarity. The Jewish hero we looked at was Sandy Koufax, the star pitcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers. We will be learning many mitzvot this year, including the concepts of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), The mitzvot of ometz lev (courage), herut (freedom/liberation), tzedakah (acts of righteousness) and zikaron (remembrance). Some of the Jewish heroes we will be studying are Anne Frank, Albert Einstein, Elie Wiesel and Henrietta Szold, the founder of the Hadassah organization, plus the connection to Hadassah Hospital in Israel. Ahavath Torah Congregation

Kitah Vav and Kitah Zayin (continued) In both classes, while learning from our texts of either Genesis or Exodus, we will learn supplemental material introducing the students to the rich Jewish stories of the Midrash. We will look at how many of the prayers in our liturgy originated from the Torah and have become prayers in our siddurim (prayer books). We will look at their origination from the Mishnah and Talmud. I believe in open classrooms for learning and therefore our classes are open for visitors. We have already had two parents learn with us for a day of Religious School. You are always welcome; learning with your children is a wonderful gift that you can give them and the students love having visitors. Please feel free to sit in on a class or two and learn with your children. I look forward to an exciting year of learning with your children and wish you all L'Shana Tova, a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! B'Shalom… the spirit of peace,

Reb Joannie (Joan Cubell)

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Saturday, November 22nd 10:30 am – 12 noon This is a fun, interactive and creative introduction to Jewish learning for 3-6 year olds. This is a free program and open to all. No reservations are necessary. Bring a friend! For more information, call (781) 344-8755 or email

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Thursday, December 4th 9 AM – 10 PM 10% of your total purchase* will be rebated directly to ATC Books, music, cafe purchases, games, puzzles, DVDs, Godiva chocolates, bargain bestsellers, cookbooks... the list goes on and on! Buy scrip before you shop, and give ATC an extra bonus! Watch your emails and flyers for more information. *Giftcard purchases are excluded Ahavath Torah Congregation

Mazel Tov Lee & Bonnie Policow, on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Aaron Irving and Ruth Dembling, on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Aaron Jodi and Kenneth Goldberg, on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Sarrah Linda and Leon Rudman, on the Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter, Sarrah Goldberg Uri and Sherryl Radbil, on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Keren


Kitah Gimel

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We have been busy getting ourselves ready for Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. October is a very busy month. Reading a child-appropriate list from the Al Chait prayer and learning to sing the refrain v'al kulam helped get ourselves ready to try harder to hit the mark as we started a new year. We sang a version of Avinu Malkenu in English and then learned to sing the chorus Avinu Malkenu chanenu va'anenu in Hebrew. After hearing the Story of Jonah, we discovered that he was swallowed by a large fish and not a whale as many people believe. We added many new Hebrew terms for the holiday to our vocabulary, such as, Shabbat Shabbaton (the Sabbath of Sabbaths), Yom Tzom (a day of fasting), and Yizkor (the memorial service.)

L'Shana Tovah! We welcomed the New Year with joy, enthusiasm and open hearts and minds for love and learning!

Sukkot, in comparison, is a happy holiday. We enjoyed hearing Seuss' Sukkah read to us and sang I Built A Little Sukkah. Then we read the poem and sang the song with the other classes in music. Cutting out foam fruit to hang in the Sukkah was fun. We learned the brachah (blessing) for dwelling in the Sukkah and ate our snack there. We're beginning to know which brachah is appropriate for our snack and drink choices. In class, we studied about the Arba'ah Minim (the Four Kinds - the etrog (citron), lulav (palm), hadasim (myrtles) and aravot (willows). The Four Kinds have been compared to different types of Jewish people and to parts of the body. All of this information and much more, including word search puzzles, were included in a Sukkot booklet that we could take home and enjoy. After learning about Shemini Atzeret when we start praying again for rain in Eretz Yisrael, we read about Simchat Torah (the festival of Rejoicing with the Torah). We read a poem I Am the Torah which explained from the Torah's viewpoint how proud it was to celebrate this holiday. This was a good time to start studying about the way we dress and adorn the Torah and how to say those words in Hebrew. We have mixed learning together with games, puzzles, stories and poems. Learning can be fun! I hope that you were able to experience these holidays with your children. Now, it's on to Thanksgiving. Did you know that the Pilgrims patterned the first Thanksgiving after our holiday of Sukkot when we thank G-d for the fall harvest? This year we are being called by our Hebrew names just like teachers in Israel. So, G'veret Gaffin will now be known as Morah Rivka. B'shalom,

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Our Youth Service programs for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were enjoyed by all. Thank you to our youth leaders – Leah Bloom, Hilary Wittner and Kevin Margolius. The shofar was sounded for all to hear by Ben Litwack, Amanda Glickman, Shaul Kushinsky, Keren and Ilan Radbil and Jacob Sigel. The children love to hear its sound and learn what it stands for. There were new melodies introduced, challenging games to expand the learning, and a special Musaf service for grades 6-8 that proved to be a wonderful experience. A grateful thank you goes out to all the student and parent volunteers that helped out each day to make sure things ran smoothly. In addition, Marla Potter and her committee deserve a special thank you for organizing all the details that go into making our Youth Services a special event. Happy New Year!

Dale Roseman and Stacy Andler Co-Chairs, School Committee

Bet Class Our class has moved along through out the holiday season. We have studied and reviewed all the fall holidays, and are making cards, shofars with our Hebrew letters, and decorations for the sukkah. All our classmates can write their names in Hebrew and even read several words. We have covered about 12 letters/vowels already and making great progress with our writing as well. We will be concentrating this month on our class service in December, along with a special project to be displayed that Shabbat evening. B'Shalom Morah Y'hudit

Helayne Magier Adelstein Welcome to our new teachers Kevin Margolius & Joan Cubell Ahavath Torah Congregation

Dalet Class The Dalet Class started off the year full of ruach, enthusiasm and excitement. It is wonderful that the students and I will be sharing another year of learning together! We have been reviewing a lot of Hebrew vocabulary and Hebrew reading skills, and I'm pleased to say that the students are doing an outstanding job. They love to play Around the World with Hebrew words, and they try to see who can read the Hebrew word the fastest and translate it into English. This way the students improve their reading skills and their vocabulary. We are continuing our study of Torah, learning about what happened to the Children of Israel after they left Egypt and their journey to the promise land. The students love discussing the stories and ask very interesting and thought provoking questions. I know they will enjoy learning about our great leaders and prophets. And speaking of our "promised land", this year our curriculum includes the study of Israel. Through our book Welcome to Israel, our Dalet students will learn about Israel's history, geography, political, commercial, and cultural life. They will encounter the miracle of the Jewish state and learn what kids their own age do for fun, the sports they play, the music and food they like, and what their schools are like.

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.

Of course we have been learning more about all of our fall holidays. The children loved making paper chains and hanging them in the sukkah as decorations. We have been learning and singing Hebrew songs and the children especially loved learning about the Havdalah service and singing the blessings and songs associated with this beautiful service. Every minute of every class is filled with learning, enthusiasm, ruach and fun. So much to learn, and this group of students seems to love every minute of it! I know we are going to have an outstanding year! B'Shalom,

Susan Bernstein Dalet Teacher

Condolences Beth Ross, on the loss of her beloved father, Al Ross

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Sisterhood November begins with our latest Darkness To Light Stewards Of Children workshop on the 2nd at 12:15 in the ATC social hall. If you haven't taken this award-winning, one-time, 2.5 hour program, don't miss it, especially if you have any responsibility, anywhere in your life, for a child. If you can't attend the workshop at ATC on November 2nd, there will be another on Wednesday, November 19th, at 7 PM at Shaloh House. RSVP to me by Nov. 4 if you would like to attend that session. We kicked off our Torah Fund campaign at our wonderful paid-up supper (beautifully executed by Madeleine Lewis and her committee). Every $18 of Torah Fund purchases will earn you a certificate noting your generosity and support of the Conservative Movement. Those who donate the most to Torah Fund over the course of the next several months will be honored at sisterhood's Light of Torah brunch in the spring. So don't forget‌the next time you need a card to give, for any reason, call Anne Leppo and purchase a Torah Fund card. Help us help Judaism thrive! While you're at it, to go with that card, give a lovely gift from our Judaica shop. You can find us at every sisterhood event or Sunday mornings at the shul, or you can shop anytime by calling Sandy Stogel, Jan Hackel or Lynne Rosenbloom. They will be happy to meet you at ATC at your convenience and help you find just the right gift to give. On November 9th we hold our semi-annual rummage sale. If you have items to donate or would like to volunteer your services that day, please get in touch with Sue Korch. On Tuesday, November 18th, at 7:30 PM, we will host local nutrition expert and consultant, Lori Lieberman. Lori, also an avid bicyclist who raises thousands of dollars for MS research, will lead a lively session that will confront the myths we've lived with about healthy living

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and weight. If you would like to broaden your mind about shrinking your hips, come hear what Lori has to say. Next month, on December 8th we will be Israeli dancing with our Hadassah friends, right here at ATC! Hillery Bauman is the evening's chair and it promises to be a really fun evening. On Monday, January 12th, we will sponsor our first Movie Minyan evening! The price of admission is your arrival at 7:30 PM and participation in ATC Minyan. After that, sit back, have some popcorn and delight in Amy Irving's romantic conundrum with "Crossing Delancy." It's fun and light, filled with heart. If you've ever had a bubbe, or fallen in love, you'll enjoy this movie! Save Friday night, January 16th, for Sisterhood Shabbat. Though we were installed with other ATC officers in October, we will celebrate the best of sisterhood, and express our solidarity with other sisterhoods, that evening. This has always been a lovely evening; join us and make it even more so. We have much more coming in the spring; more about that next time! If you haven't yet joined us, please do. We are only as good as our members! Look forward to seeing you.

Susan Komisar Hausman

To the Florida Snowbirds To continue to receive your ATC bulletins and mailings, please let Ina know when you are leaving for Florida.

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Join ATC Sisterhood on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm for an evening with nutrition expert

Adult Education Arthur Arkanase’s three Hebrew classes for adults have begun. It is not too late to join.

Lori Lieberman

Beginner's Hebrew Class (which recently graduated eleven adult learners). This class will meet on Sundays from 10 to 11 AM.

In this lively, interactive presentation you will hear a novel approach to healthy eating for weight management. Learn the facts and flaws in our thinking that lead to eating struggles.

Hineni Prayer Book Hebrew Class for Adults. This class will meet on Sundays from 11 AM to 12 noon. (Pre-requisite Beginner's Hebrew Class or a basic ability to read Hebrew)

Eating after 8 PM and weight gain

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Skills Training Class. This class will meet during the week in the evening. (Pre-requisite Beginner's Hebrew Class or a basic ability to read Hebrew). The current plan is Monday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.

Food addictions Understanding why you just can't seem to lose weight even when you do everything right! What we can learn from Tylenol and weight management!?

Rabbi J will teach a class on Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the Fathers. Hebrew skills are not required. All interested should contact Rabbi J directly in order to determine the most convenient day and time to meet.

It's not what you eat, but what you think about what you eat

For further information, contact Arthur or Rabbi J. Registrar for all classes is Barbara Tenenbaum at

Presented by Lori Lieberman, RD, MPH, CDE, LDN Nutrition Consultant South Weymouth, Sharon, Quincy


Admission is free for Sisterhood members


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


Tikun Olam/Social Action Corner Help put the Social into the Social Action Committee! Besides, Mitzvah Credits are good for everyone not just Hebrew school students! Thank you all who brought in bags of groceries for the Stoughton Food Bank. We got 3 cars full! They were so happy to see us! The Stoughton Food Pantry would like us to think about a spring drive too! This is a great opportunity to get involved. We need lots of help in November. To help out email On Monday, November 3rd, we will hold a Red Cross Blood Drive at Ahavath Torah Congregation. You can make an appointment between 3 and 8 PM or just walk-in. If you can help greet people or serve snacks, even for an hour, please call Janet Weinstein at 781-341-1843.

2008-2009 Distribution Schedule November 2, 2008

April 5, 2009

December 7, 2008

May 3, 2009

January 11, 2009

June 7, 2009

February 8, 2009

July 12, 2009

March 8, 2009

No August distribution

Please don't forget to bring a box of pasta or raisins the next time you come to the shul. Our commitment to Jewish Family Table is 30 boxes of each every month. If you can drive to Waltham to drop off food at Jewish Family Table, please contact Jonathan Bloom or Amy Snetsky at 508-230-8688. On behalf of the Social Action Committee we look forward to working with all of you!

Betsy Klein

Less than a week later, on Sunday, November 9th, our congregation will participate in


Don't Forget Your Pasta and Raisins!!!


Our congregation has made a commitment to Jewish Family Table to provide 30 packages of raisins and 30 boxes of pasta each month.

The American Friends of ALYN Hospital is celebrating Israel's 60th Birthday and helping the children of ALYN by having 60 Mitzvah of Love events take place across the US. Our event will be "Ride with the Rabbi". Don't miss out! Rabbi J will be leading riders starting with an easy 2.5 mile ride and continuing on to a longer ride. Donations will go to ALYN Hospital. To sign up and get a tally sheet email me at or for information on ALYN Hospital, go to At the end of the month you will see the familiar Menorah in the lobby for Project Ezra. This is ATC's annual Holiday gift collection for families in local shelters. It is a wonderfully personal way to make someone's holiday more special.

Please help out!

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7 – 11 PM Saturday November 15, 2008 Balloon Raffle Live & Silent Auctions Bid Boards

Beer & Wine Cash Bar Hot & Cold Appetizers Coffee & Dessert

Bid on-line starting November 1 at $25 per person in advance. $30 at the door. $225 reserved table for 10. Please RSVP by November 1 to 781-344-8733 or Ahavath Torah Congregation


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. To receive a copy of the tentative itinerary or for further information, contact Rabbi J at 781-344-8733 or e-mail

Attention Fellow ATC Members Ages 0 through 6: Are you having trouble meeting other Jewish kids your age? Do you find your play date schedule isn't filling up like you had hoped? Are you looking for things to do when Dora and Sesame Street are re-runs? Then join my mommy and me on Sunday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the ATC Sanctuary for the kick-off meeting of the ATC Little Kids Club. Please bring your mommy and/or daddy too, or if you can't make it, just send them. We'll start planning lots of stuff like: - Group play dates - Clothing swaps - How to introduce our mommy's and daddy's to each other - How to help out new mommy's and daddy's in the shul And a whole bunch of other ways to have fun. For more information or to RSVP, please contact my mommy (Amy Snetsky) at 508-846-5056 or e-mail her at See you there!

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Linda Sheff Memorial Fund Wishing Arlene Hartstone a speedy recovery, from Marcia & Karl Flanzer To Lois & Sheldon Stone, in memory of their beloved son, Gary, from Hilda & David Egel Wishing Shelley Litwack a speedy recovery, from Reva Stickler To Linda & Bill Selby, in honor of Rachel's engagement to William Walker, from Marcia & Karl Flanzer To Nessa & Steve Wilensky, in honor of Ryan's engagement to Rachel, from Marcia & Karl Flanzer To Susan & David Bernstein, in honor of Michelle's engagement to Jason Schweiger, from Marcia & Karl Flanzer Donations received after October 13th will be acknowledged in the December issue.

Oneg/Kiddush/Seudah Shlisheet Sponsors Lee & Bonnie Policow, in honor of Aaron's Bar Mitzvah Linda and Leon Rudman, and Marcia and Sheldon Goldberg, in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter Sarrah Goldberg 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 October 13th will be recognized in the December issue.

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.

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ATC makes $$$ when you recycle your paper! What a Mitzvah!

Paper recycling begins with you. Your magazines, catalogs, newspapers, school and office papers, mail... If it’s clean, it’s dry and it tears... It’s probably recyclable paper.

PAPER RECYCLING WORKS! 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.


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ATC Judaica Shop Surprises in Store!!

Please Help a Fellow Congregant Through Rabbi J’s Job Bank!

Your ATC Sisterhood Judaica shop has exciting new items in store for the fall!!

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.

Sandy, Jan and Lynne went to the trade show in New York City and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of many beautiful and unusual Judaica items and jewelry for all of your holiday, ritual and gift- giving needs. Watch closely for new items and displays. The shop is open on Sundays, when Religious school is in session. Remember to check out the many bargains on our 50% off table, as we make room for new merchandise arriving from the show!

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.

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. 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! For all your grocery shopping use ATC scrip ...

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It’s a Mitzvah! Get Well Wishes Simma Kuznitz Shelley Litwack Bob Lazarus Steve Goldberg Arnie Lipshires Nate Stogel Bobby Cohn Arlene Hartstone Lillian Goldberg Ahavath Torah Congregation

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.


November Yahrzeit Calendar November 1 Milton Wernick November 2 Paul Berkowsky Beverly Manburg Herbert Neitlich November 3 Hyman Bresner Abraham Fox Pearl Gitter Murray Rosman Simon Wolf November 4 Milton H. Adleman Vickie Beth Waxman November 5 Minnie Andelman Mollie Glicken Hinda Groussman Manevitch Sam Heller Nicole “Coley” Levine Israel Soolman November 7 Sara Zelbovitz November 8 Sumner Williams

November 9 Rose Interest Abraham Max Shultz

November 17 Abram Chandler Ester Vulakh

November 10 Isadore Silverberg

November 18 Stan Cohen Betty Egel

November 11 Gary Mirliss Irvin Pinkofsky November 12 Samuel Dressler Enid Seidel November 13 Iris Sonia Katz Cohen Abraham Dores Celia Goldstein Harry Opper Jacob Asa Stuart November 14 Lena Brezner Elaine Shear November 15 David H. Miller Ruth Robinson November 16 Philip Cantor Leonard Connors Rose Stogel Mary Tutun

November 25 Arthur Gabel Benjamin Manevitch Sam Winer November 26 Edith Franklin

November 19 Rose Feldman Dr. Arnold Lehrman

November 27 Gussie Fradine November 28 Eva Burison Annette Feldman Joseph Holop Rebecca Robbins Melvin W. Roberts Victor Rosenstein Dr. Harold Schneiderman Jeffrey Westerman

November 20 Michael H. Kamin Barnett Interest November 21 Martha Gosian-Davis Irving M. Levine November 22 Mildred Reed Sally Rubin Bella Swartzman Rose Wallace

November 29 Nesi Schach Gertrude Siegel November 30 Samuel Goralnick Ida Rostoff

November 23 Abraham Feldman November 24 Myer Goldberg Beatrice Mogul

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TIME VALUE Board of Directors Meeting: November 12, 2008, 7:30 PM December Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday, November 12th

ATC Bulletin November 2008  

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

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