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Jonathan H. Hausman, Rabbi

Phil Weiner, President

November Schedule Shabbat VaYera Friday November 6 Candle lighting.............................4:13 PM Kabbalat Shabbat..........................7:30 PM Saturday November 7 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Chayei Sarah Friday November 13 Candle lighting.............................4:06 PM Kabbalat Shabbat..........................6:00 PM Shabbat Dinner with the “Hoods” (Brotherhood and Sisterhood) by paid RSVP only Saturday November 14 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat Toldot Friday November 20 Candle lighting ............................4:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat..........................7:30 PM Saturday November 21 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat VaYetze Friday November 27 Candle lighting ............................3:56 PM Kabbalat Shabbat..........................7:30 PM Saturday November 28 Tefillah.........................................9:30 AM

Shabbat VaYishlach Friday December 4 Candle lighting.............................3:54 PM Kabbalat Shabbat .........................7:30 PM Saturday December 5 Tefillah ........................................9:30 AM

Join us Friday November 13 for

Shabbat Dinner with the “Hoods” A combined Brotherhood/Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner. Kabbalat Shabbat at 6 PM followed by Turkey and all the fixins', including pumpkin and 'hooded' apple pie. Adults - $15, Kids - $8, Free for the residents of Shalom Forest with no teeth. Dinner by paid reservation only. Please reserve your space by November 9th

In this issue November Calendar....................................................3 Tikun Olam/Social Action Corner...........................20 From the Rabbi’s Desk...............................................4 November Yahrzeit Calendar...................................22 Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News............7 Dates to Save.............................................................24 Sisterhood..................................................................18

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

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

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From the Rabbi’s Desk... I just read this article by the resolute Natan Sharansky, which deals with the Diaspora-Israel relationship. By the time you read it, I will be in Israel for my annual Wheels of Love Charity Bike Ride trek. It spoke to me. Hopefully, it will speak to you.

Rabbi J Confronting the Identity Challenge Oct. 24, 2009

Natan Sharansky, The Jerusalem Post Several years ago, when I served as minister of industry and trade, I often led delegations of businesspeople on trips abroad, seeking out opportunities for economic partnerships around the globe. We would typically land in a foreign country - say, Brazil - spend a day or two in business and political meetings, and then, afterward, I would make it a point to spend a final afternoon visiting the local Jewish communities. I would visit with schoolchildren and parents, or see the synagogues, or would meet the leaders of local Jewish life. I relished the opportunity to get a real feel for the texture of Jewish life in that locale. The businessmen were usually more than delighted to accompany me wherever I went - from meetings with important trade ministers, all the way down to visiting even the most obscure factory or trade union. But I was struck that when it came to my visits to the Jewish communities, very few would exhibit a real interest to come with me. Most would use the extra day to do their shopping, sightseeing and restaurant hopping. I was puzzled by this. These Israelis were people who proudly identified themselves as Jews. Why was it that they were so disinterested in Jewish life elsewhere in the world?


Eventually, I asked some of them about this. What became clear is that they, like many other Israelis, tended to view Diaspora Jewish life as something to be glimpsed at in the rear-view mirror. It was a vestige of an antiquated past - a past in which Jews were humiliated and oppressed, and a past that, through modern Israel, we Jews were finally beginning to outgrow. They didn't need to bother visiting Jewish schools where kids struggled with Hebrew, for that was yesterday's world. The old Portuguese synagogue is quaint, but essentially uninteresting. Why do I need to spend my time visiting these living museums? The soccer games in the sands of Copa Cabana are so much more interesting.

THE CONDESCENDING attitude of my Israeli friends toward the Diaspora has been mirrored, I think, in a way the Diaspora itself has historically related to Israel. Jews from the Western Diaspora were used to seeing themselves as the strong ones, aiding Israel in its desperate hour of need. Whether it was emergency appeals of the UJA to help settle destitute immigrants from Arab lands, or even something as simple as buying Israel Bonds for your cousin's Bar Mitzvah, Diaspora Jews tended to see themselves as the big brother of Israeli Jewry,

someone upon whom Israel could depend on when the chips were down. In a strange sort of way, Israeli Jewry and Diaspora Jewry had each viewed the other as if it were an unfortunate younger brother in danger of sinking into oblivion at any moment. And, truth to be told, neither attitude was entirely wrong - and each served its purpose. On the one hand, the lion-like spirit of David Ben-Gurion, his unwavering conviction that the new Israel would be strong, self-sufficient, and could leave behind the wretched past of exile - that had its place. This vision gave the halutzim strength, and provided them with the fortitude to surmount almost impossible challenges. Similarly, the Diaspora's romantic notion that they were saving Israel from imminent threat, helped rally millions of Jews to Israel's side in times when Israel's future really was quite precarious. Each of these attitudes was rooted in reality, and served an important purpose. Nevertheless, this paradigm - the "unfortunate younger brother" image that each community harbored toward the other - has run its course and has become outdated. Israel has become a hi-tech powerhouse, and can more or less take care of itself. By the same token, the Diaspora has proven that it will be around for quite a while yet; rumors of its death are much Ahavath Torah Congregation

exaggerated. As such, each community must recognize that its paradigm, the pair of glasses through which it has traditionally peered out toward the other, is due for an updated prescription. In seeking to adjust our vision going forward, we need to ask: If building the state and facilitating the aliya of more than 3 million of our brethren from countries of oppression were challenges that defined the last 60 years, what are the challenges that will define the next 60? And as we move toward that next 60, can the Diaspora and Israel forge a new relationship - a relationship based on something more enduring than mutual charity or patronizing beneficence toward the other? And finally: On what basis can Israel and the Diaspora develop a shared way of looking at the future, rather than clinging to the bifurcated vision that has defined their respective pasts?

LET'S BEGIN by tackling the first of these questions: What are the emerging threats, opportunities, and needs that will occupy our attention and resources for decades to come? The most obvious answer is the existential menace to Israel coming from Arab terror and from Iran. But while that's true, I firmly believe there is another existential threat, too, and it comes not from the outside, but from the inside. In a word, the overriding challenge of the future will be posed by one innocent sounding phrase: identity. The great threat that faces us is mass assimilation, by default, into a homogenized, global culture. In a world in which clerks in New Delhi answer the phone for Alamo Car Rental in San Francisco, in which national borders seem to evaporate in a blur of McDonalds and Twitter messages - in that world, Israel will be Ahavath Torah Congregation

under greater and greater pressure to justify its existence as a Jewish state, and the Jewish people will be under greater pressure to maintain itself as a distinct entity. In such an environment, our future will rise or fall based on our ability to communicate to ourselves, to our children and to the world why the Jewish people must continue to exist as a unit unto itself. If we fail to meet this challenge, we will silently disintegrate from the inside, as surely as if we had been attacked from the outside. How do we confront the identity challenge? I am convinced that one way to do this is to leave behind the old paradigm - the sense that we are isolated communities - and begin to encounter, in each other, our larger nationhood. Somehow, for the last 60 years, it seems that the most obvious of truths managed to escape the consciousness of both Israeli and Diaspora Jewry: We need each other. We need each other materially, but even more than that, we need each other to understand who we really are, as a people. The reason to bother looking across the ocean was not just so that you could help the other community survive, or be grateful that you were not going to disappear like them. It was so that you could engage the other, for real - and in so doing, practice what it means to be part of Klal Yisrael, the Jewish people, writ large. Indeed, growing numbers of Diaspora Jews, thousands and thousands of them, are starting to understand: To experience Israel is to encounter Jewish nationhood in a riveting, visceral, tangible way. Birthright, Masa and other Israel experience trips make powerful impressions on students - and there's a reason for that. It's because a trip to Israel is more than a visit to a foreign country; it is a visit

home. From hearing spoken Hebrew on the streets, to seeing images of apples and honey in print advertising around Rosh Hashana, the hallmarks of Jewishness pervade everyday life in Israel, even everyday secular life. For a student used to experiencing his or her Jewishness primarily through a "prison-like," multi-year stay in afternoon Hebrew school, this is an encounter with one's peoplehood that is at once different, refreshing and real.

ISRAELIS, TOO, are starting to understand the converse: That Jewish life does not begin and end in Israel, that encounters with Diaspora Jewish life, too, can be good for the Israeli soul. I recently met a prominent Israeli businesswoman who in the past had no interest in the life of Diaspora Jewry but today is a leader of the Jewish Agency's partnership programs. She reported to me that her encounter with a Diaspora community had reinvigorated her. It turns out she wasn't just talking about economics. She had discovered a vibrant face of Jewishness that was different than the stereotypes with which she grew up with at home, and she found it enlightening - as well as spiritually refreshing. The bottom line is this: Diaspora Jewry offers Israeli Jewry something of value. When Israelis meet Jews in the Diaspora who have grown up in a gentile society and have chosen, proactively, to remain Jewish anyway, that's inspiring. Moreover, we Jews have a rich past. To have a real sense of Jewish identity, Israelis need to understand the importance of the last 2,000 years of Diaspora Jewish life, learn about it - and incorporate the best of what it has to offer in their own lives. Continued on page 6


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In the post-identity world, Diaspora and Israeli Jewry need one another. Neither of us alone is Klal Yisrael; we, together, are Klal Yisrael. When we engage the other, we encounter something majestic, wondrous, and larger than life. We encounter our own peoplehood.

Rhonda and Barry Novoson, in honor of the naming of granddaughter, Julianna Rose Roslyn Nadler, in hopes for a speedy recovery to sisterin-law, Joan Grossman Bennette Shultz, in honor of Jon Bloom's keeping the Snetsky tradition on Yom Kippur Bennette Shultz, with thanks to the Arkanase brothers for sponsoring the ATC Break Fast Lenore and Harry Chused, with thanks Linda and Leon Rudman, in memory of our beloved fathers, Alfred Lipshires and Nathan Rudman Harold and Shirley Rinnig, with thanks Stacy and Sam Medina, in honor of the naming of our daughter, Julianna Rose Shelly and Alan Zelbow, in honor of the marriage of Paul Greenfield and Barbara Rotman Bennette Shultz, in honor of the marriage of Paul Greenfield and Barbara Rotman

For the last 80 years, the Jewish Agency has been a bridge between Diaspora and Israeli Jewry. Working together we have done historic things. We built a state in the land of our fathers and we brought millions of our brothers to its shores. Now let us take the next great step that destiny demands of us. Let us embrace our shared land of Eretz Yisrael and our shared peoplehood of Am Yisrael so that we can teach our children about the meaning of their Jewishness and make them care passionately about Israel. In so doing, we will maintain the vibrancy of our nationhood for centuries to come. The writer is chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

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Rabbi Henry Gerson Religious School News With the Holidays celebrated and enjoyed, we are now back to our planned, organized and dynamic curriculum. If you are around the school on Sunday mornings, you are going to see two fairly familiar faces whom I would like to introduce in much more detail. We are delighted and thrilled to welcome these teachers as full time faculty. Dr. Yale Zussman, last year’s Yesod teacher, is now teaching our Sunday morning Vav (6th grade) class. Dr. Z (as the kids call him), is a Massachusetts-certified teacher who has earned five degrees from MIT, including a doctorate in Political Science. He spent his junior year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, taking classes with the regular student body. He has taught in both public and private schools and was awarded Teen Ink's Educator of the year Award. Dr. Z has mainly taught mathematics and was instrumental in revising the State's Frameworks for mathematics education. While in high school, he attended the Hebrew College Prozdor and graduated as valedictorian. He is a member of Temple Beth Abraham, where he served as Adult Education chair, and is also their primary Torah Reader. He is very proud to have (so far) completed reading three-quarters of the entire Torah. We know that Dr. Z engaged and enlightened our Yesod students last year and has already begun to positively connect with, engross and absorb our Vav class’ attention. He will be connecting with the Vav class’ parents to apprise them and involve them substantively as they study the Holocaust as well as what it means to be Jewish.

We are very fortunate to have Mr. Alan Greene, a popular substitute teacher from last year, join us to teach the Sunday Zayin class. Mr. Greene is a Human Resources Professional who has worked in management, consulting and coaching at the Mass General Hospital, at the Tufts Health Plan and at the Harvard Community Health Plan. Since Alan plays the guitar, he is a tremendous asset to our music program as we continue to build on the strength of our music curriculum which we began to create last year. Besides being a song leader for years, Alan has been a tutor for B’nai Mitzvot in Boston and in the South Shore Congregations, specifically Temple Israel in Boston, Temple Shalom of Milton, Congregation Shaarey Shalom of Hingham, etc. Because Alan has also taught in the public schools on the South Shore, he is very familiar with their curricula. If you happen to be in the school on Sunday mornings, please, feel free to introduce yourselves to Dr. Z and Alan so that they can connect parents to their students. In the meantime, in all our classes, we are continuing to meet the goals of our curriculum, to plan for class services and are looking forward to celebrating our upcoming holidays together. B’Shalom

Morah Ruti Ruth Greenfield Director of Education

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Kitah Dalet

Kitah Hay

The Dalet Class started off the year full of ruach, enthusiasm and excitement. 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 "Dalet Squares" (a take-off of Tic Tac Toe), with Hebrew words and "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, and they have lots of fun while doing it!

Bruchim Habaim LeKitah Hey! – Welcome to 5th grade.

We are continuing our study of Torah and Bible, 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. 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, Isaac, Abraham, Taylor, Jacob, and Nicole, seem to love every minute of it! I know we are going to have an outstanding year! B'Shalom,

Morah Sosah Leah Susan Bernstein

October was a busy month for all of us. We continued to work on understanding the Jewish holidays with their detailed meaning. We learned about Hachnasat Orchim – welcoming guests – when we were talking about Sukkot. We welcomed a new student, Kalyn, to our class. Everybody did a fantastic job on creating a Sukkah model, making a poster for Simchat Torah and decorating flags. Conversation in Hebrew is the best part of our class. We learn to speak modern Hebrew and that makes us feel closer to Israel. We play games in Hebrew and learn to use more new words as soon as we enter the shul. Our class started a new book, “Jewish Life Cycle”. We talked about our Hebrew names, baby naming and Brit Milah. In November, we are going to talk about the different customs of the wedding ceremony and we will have a chance to learn more about B’nai Mitzvot. We will work on fun projects in our History studies .We also will be busy in preparation for our class service which will take place in January. We hope to see you there. I would like to wish all my students and their families a Happy Thanksgiving! L’hitraot,

Morah Mazal Marina Korenblyum

USY Youth Fund The USY Youth Fund is a scholarship program that is used to help out our USYer's in need. Your generous donations to this fund have allowed several young members of our shul to attend chapter, regional and international USY events. If you have a simcha, birthday, bar or bat mitzvah, remembrance or any other special occasion, please consider a donation to this scholarship fund. You may mail or leave checks (payable to ATC Youth Fund) with Ina in the main office. Acknowledgement cards and confirmation letters will be sent out for all donations. Thank you in advance for your support. Please feel free to contact me by email at

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Kitah Gimel

Kitah Bet

We've been busy reviewing our vowel and letter sounds. Reading Hebrew is like ice skating. Every word should flow. Climbing a Pyramid, The Supermarket, Reading Race, Climb the Ladders and Band Practice are some of the reading review games that we have enjoyed. We noticed, though, that as we read better, the words get longer and the reading games get more challenging. Our Word Wall is full of words we use in class and also "Politeness" words such as: b'vakasha, please, todah, thank you, s'licha, excuse me, labriyut, to your health (when someone sneezes), and l'hitraot, see you later. We're starting to use those words automatically when we speak to each other.

We have been busy learning more letters & vowels along with the sounds they make. We have also been connecting them together to make words, along with learning how to write each one. We are getting better and better at writing our Hebrew names: Channah, Binyamin, Y'rimayah, Rananah, and Mordecai. We welcome two new friends to our classroom, Emma (Rivka) and Kalyn (Kayla). We are glad they have joined us.

Studying about Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel, is so interesting. We also learned that its more formal name is Medinat Yisrael, the State of Israel. First, we learned about the boundaries of Eretz Yisrael. We used the compass directions in Hebrew - tzafon, north, darom, south, mizrach, east, and maarav, west. Our first stopping place in Israel was in the Galil, Northern Israel. We studied about Banias, the source of theYarden, the Jordan River, and watched as the waters traveled down to Yam Kinneret, the Sea of Galillee and way, way down to Yam HaMelech, the Dead Sea. Upper Israel uses so much water for cities and farms that less and less water reaches the Dead Sea. Over the last seventy years, the water level has been lowered fifteen feet and probably more. We'll be visiting a Kibbutz, a cooperative farm, soon. Imagine living in a Children's Home and seeing your parents at meal times, and on the weekends when they didn't have to work. We're going to have to check this out! Tell you more next month! B'Shalom,

Morah Rivka G'veret Gaffin

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We have started our journey to Israel through the eyes of a young American boy. Have you had a chance to see our parrots hanging in our classroom? Stop by and see how colorful they are. (Thanks, Dan, for hanging them). This month we will also be having a family program for the Bet class and their parents, as they will all be starting to create their beautiful "vimples". We are also preparing for our class service in December. B'Shalom,

Morah Yehudit Helayne Magier Adelstein

ATC School Enrichment Fund Thanks to Jonathan Prigot and Mark Kushinsky, for the donation of their time and computer expertise. 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 October 14th will be acknowledged in the December issue.


What is SCRIP??? You’ve seen all those gift cards hanging on the racks at the store when you shop. That is SCRIP !!!!! It is also ATC 's ongoing fund-raiser. This fund-raiser helps with so many aspects of our shul. The money from the scrip program has helped pay for blinds for the Religious School, insurance, and various other programs. Unfortunately, without your help in purchasing these gift cards (scrip), we will not be able to help as often. This is a fundraiser that costs you nothing! Let's take food shopping for example. The typical family spends about $200 monthly on groceries, so the best way to help and support the shul is to purchase GIFT CARDS from our SCRIP program and use them when you shop. You purchase them at face value and ATC gets a donation back from every one you buy.

Oneg/Kiddush/Seudah Shlisheet Sponsors Susan & David Bernstein, and Chuck Schweiger, in honor of the Auf Ruf of their children, Michelle Bernstein and Jason Schweiger Karen & Steven Feinberg, in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Lily 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 14th will be recognized in the December issue.

We have gift cards available for practically every merchant. Call one of our sellers and they will be happy to explain the program and help you to get these cards, or check out the web site: and see all that is available (retailer list, it is alphabetical). All of the scrip-sellers look forward to hearing from you very, very soon. Nessa Wilensky Anne Leppo Rick Smith (Tanglewood) Ellen Greene (also @ YMCA Membership Office x262) Rabbi J & Ina at the synagogue Helayne (Bet Class & Greenbrook/Copperwood)

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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.

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Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! The success of the High Holy Day, Sukkot and Simchat Torah Services can be attributed to the hard work of many people. All of these dedicated people receive a share in the Thank You that they deserve. We have attempted to list them in chronological order: Paul Greenfield and Ken Baker, for exterior work Dan Litwack and David Schulze, for arranging for painting and building clean up. Stan Zoll and helpers, for changing the Torot, Tables and Ark Covering in the Sanctuary and Chapel, and then exchanging them again after the Chagim Stan Zoll, for organizing the exchange of Siddurim for Machzorim and the reverse three different times Lenny Lezberg, Howard Shaevitz and Larry Barbell, for the Honors Committee Maxine Frutkoff, for coordinating the people for bimah duty Elisa Phillips, for coordinating the runners Bob Bornstein, for organizing the ushers Alan Olans, for coordinating the outside ushers Amanda Glickman, Ben Litwack, Shaul Kushinsky, Ethan Powell and Keren Radbil, for blowing shofar so wonderfully. Ruth Greenfield, Stacy Andler and Dale Roseman, for organizing the Children's Services and purchasing the snacks.

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Marla and Matt Potter and the School Committee, for supervising the children's services, babysitting and snacks Kevin Margolius and Rachel Block, for leading children's services Alan and Rochelle Sherman, for labeling and alphabetizing the Minyan Appeal cards Ron and Hinda Gorin, and Howard Andler, for assembling the Yizkor Book Arthur and Russell Arkanase, for sponsoring the Break Fast, and Bob Bornstein, with his magical fingers, and hard working crew for serving and clean-up help Dan Litwack, Dan Cretu, Barry Greene, John Rosenberg and Peter Asnes, for putting up such a big Sukkah Bob Bornstein, for baking such delicious pizzas for Pizza in the Hut, and helping Amy Griffing preparing food for Sushi in the Hut The Religious School students, for making beautiful decorations for the Sukkah Amy Griffing and the USYers, for decorating the Sukkah with such color and pizazz And thank you to Rabbi J, Cantor Finkel and Kevin Margolius, for leading such beautiful High Holy Day services. If we have missed anyone, please accept our apologies.

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

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ATC 90th Anniversary Education Series ATC's 90th Anniversary Education Series continues with the following speakers: November 22, 2009 at 10 AM - "Climate Change: the Facts, the Fallacies, the Science" with Dr. Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, MIT. Dr. Lindzen is known for his work in the dynamics of the middle atmosphere, atmospheric tides and ozone photochemistry. He has published more than 200 books and scientific papers. He was the lead author of Chapter 7, 'Physical Climate Processes and Feedbacks,' of the IPCC Third Assessment Report on climate change. He is one of the world's leading authorities on climate change and has been a critic of some global warming theories and the alleged political pressures on climate scientists. He has published extensively in the field and is widely cited. Minyan will begin at 9 AM, brunch to follow at 9:45 AM. Cost of Brunch is $10.

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December 3, 2009: An Evening with Wafa Sultan, time to be announced. Dr. Wafa Sultan is a Syrian born psychiatrist, naturalized US citizen, and a witness in the battle between modernity and barbarism. Ever since 9/11, Dr. Sultan has participated actively in Middle East political debates, with Arabic essays that circulated widely, and television appearances on Al Jazeera and CNN. On February 21, 2006, she took part in Al Jazeera's weekly 45-minute discussion program The Opposite Direction. She spoke from Los Angeles, arguing with host Faisal al-Qassem and with Ibrahim Al-Khouli about Samuel P. Huntington's Clash of Civilizations theory. A six minute composite video of her remarks was subtitled and widely circulated by MEMRI on blogs and through e-mail; The New York Times estimated that it has been seen at least one million times. In this video she criticized Muslims for treating non-Muslims differently, and for not recognizing the accomplishments of Jewish and other members of non-Muslim society while using their wealth and technology. Time Magazine calls Dr. Sultan one of the top 100 most influential people in the world today for her talent, power, and moral courage in transforming the world. Time stated that "Sultan's influence flows from her willingness to express openly critical views on Islamic extremism that are widely shared but rarely aired by other Muslims." She manifests a unique view on Islam and the issues inherent in its interaction with the world. Sultan’s book, A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Radical Islam was released on October 13, 2009. Admission will be $15 per person and is payable at the door. Recording and photographing of this event will be strictly prohibited.

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

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

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!

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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.


Sisterhood On October 26th we held our annual PaidUp Supper and it was lovely! Gary Nankin treated us to a wonderful dinner (aided and abetted by our sisterhood team) and we thank him for taking the time to create the menu and cook it all up for us! Additionally, we were treated to the talents of Berklee College of Music students, violinist, Ada Pasternak, and pianist, Amanda Callahan. The social hall came alive with their lovely music! Judaica Shop displayed its new wares that evening, and members had a great time shopping. Paid-Up was a wonderful night, as usual! Our fall Rummage Sale takes place on November 8th. This event is always a good one for us. Please keep the sale in mind when cleaning your closets/drawers/shelves for the new season and help us raise a bit of money. This time we will include books and jewelry!! As always, drop off will be the night before and early that morning. Sue Korch and Vicki Lemkin, this year's fundraising co-chairs, are running the sale. If you can help out at all, please contact me at the address below and I will forward your name to them. On December 14th we will be kicking up our heels with Israeli Dancing and a Yankee Swap, this time joined by Temple Adath Sharon Sisterhood! Last year's dancing event was so much fun and such a success that we decided to do it again, this time adding the swap in for a bit of holiday fun. Hillery Bauman, who did such a great job last year, is event chair. We are into our new year of Darkness To Light child sexual abuse prevention workshops. Please join us for a Darkness To Light workshop if you haven't already taken one. The complete workshop schedule may be viewed at ATC members need not pay to attend (though donations are always welcome) and nonmembers pay $15. Please pass along the workshop info to anyone you believe might be interested. Time for a new wardrobe? use ATC scrip ...

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Amy Snetsky, Sue Korch and Vicki Lemkin will be taking charge of this year's big fundraiser: a community children's concert. Please mark your calendars for the afternoon of Sunday, March 14, 2010. We will soon announce the feature performer. Come help support Sisterhood and our shul, and if you are able, join the committee to help make this a truly memorable event. On January 11th, we will sponsor a Movie Minyan. "My Favorite Year," a comedy that is poignantly based on Mel Brooks' early days as a writer in TV for Sid Caesar, will be shown. The film stars Peter O'Toole, Joe Bologna, Mark Linn-Baker; it's just a funny, great flick! Also, hold January 22nd for Sisterhood Shabbat and January 31st for our Mah Jongg tournament. Don't forget to shop the Judaica Shop! Sandy and Lynne returned from the annual gift show with beautiful items for everyone and all occasions. Help support sisterhood and ATC by shopping right here. Hanukkah is just around the corner and the Judaica Shop can provide you with wonderful, unique gifts for the special folks in your life, especially if you have a milestone event upcoming. Don't forget about Torah Fund cards! Every card purchase supports the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY and bolsters the conservative movement. They are lovely and Anne Leppo, who works tirelessly at this, is happy to help you with whatever you need. If you haven't yet joined sisterhood, please do. Support your synagogue and our efforts. Bring your unique talents and vision to the table and help us create bright new programming that will appeal to a wide range of folks. See you soon,

Susan Komisar Hausman


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Tikun Olam/Social Action Corner Hope you had a Joyous New Year!! Project Isaiah, Ahavath Torah Congregation’s annual food drive for the Stoughton Food Pantry was extremely successful!! The upstairs coat closet was packed with the numerous bags of non-perishable food items that synagogue members collected. The food was delivered to the Stoughton Food Pantry early in October. Thank you so much for your abounding generosity!! Many thanks to Marla and Adam Potter, Dan and Ben Litwack, Daniel Armany, and Jacob Casey for their work on Project Isaiah! Each Bar/Bat Mitzvah student is required to do 13 Mitzvahs. The Social Action Committee has a wonderful list of ideas. Give us a call! The Social Action Committee will be collecting men and women’s professional clothing at the Sisterhood Rummage Sale on November 8, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Needed items for women are suits, dresses, skirts, blouses hand bags, and for men are suits, dress shirts, dress shoes and ties. Items are needed for job interviewing. Must be in excellent condition, cleaned and on hangers. Thank you to all who have been donating items the last few months to Jewish Family Table. Because of your efforts, we have had an unprecedented run of months, where we have had to do very little to make up the difference to reach our quota of 30 units each of pasta and raisins. This is so important, especially now, because Jewish Family Table is

servicing nearly 50% more families than it did a year ago at this time; every little bit you can help is greatly appreciated. We hope you will continue to help, by bringing pasta and raisins to the shul on non-Shabbat and non-Chag days and placing them in the JFT donation bin, which has been returned to the lobby next to the tallit rack.

2009-2010 Family Table Distribution Schedule November 15, 2009 December 13, 2009 January 10, 2010 February 7, 2010

March 14, 2010 April 11, 2010 May 16, 2010 June 13, 2010

Donations of scrip, which we can use to make up any shortfalls, are also greatly appreciated. And finally, we still need volunteers to drive our monthly donations to Waltham. If you can bring our donation to JFT, contact Jon Bloom ( or Amy Snetsky ( or call 508-230-8688. Sincerely,

Janet Weinstein Social Action Committee Chairperson

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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.

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ATC Sisterhood Judaica Shop Sandy and Lynne returned from the New York Gift Show with their folder full of orders for exciting new Judaica, Holiday items and Israeli jewelry. A new option being added to the Judaica shop is an invitation ordering program. The customer will receive a 20% discount on their order. For more information or to look through the sample book, contact Sandy to make an appointment. The Judaica Shop reopened with regular Sunday hours when Religious School reconvened in September. Hours on Sundays (when school is in session) are 9:30 AM to Noon. Keep watching for the new arrivals, as they are purchased as quickly as we put them on display! For more information call Sandy Stogel (781-341-2916), Lynne Rosenbloom (617-694-7917) or Jan Hackel (508238-6842).

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.

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

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November Yahrzeit Calendar November 1 Samuel Dressler Enid Seidel

November 8 Rose Feldman Dr. Arnold Lehrman

November 2 Iris Sonia Katz Cohen Abraham Dores Celia Goldstein Harry Opper Jacob Asa Stuart

November 9 Barnett Interest Michael H. Kamin

November 3 Lena Brezner Elaine Shear November 4 David H. Miller Ruth Robinson November 5 Philip Cantor Leonard Connors Rose Stogel Mary Tutun November 6 Abram Chandler Ester Vulakh November 7 Stan Cohen Betty Egel

November 10 Martha Gosian-Davis Irving M. Levine November 11 Mildred Reed Sally Rubin Rose Wallace

November 16 Gussie Fradine

November 23 Irving Carter Michele Ross

November 17 Annette Feldman

November 24 Anita Wolfson

November 18 Eva Burison Joseph Holop Melvin W. Roberts Rebecca Robbins Victor Rosenstein Dr. Harold Schneiderman Jeffrey Westerman

November 12 Abraham Feldman

November 19 Tedd Cohen Nesi Schach Gertrude Siegel

November 13 Myer Goldberg Beatrice Mogul

November 20 Samuel Goralnick Ida Rostoff

November 14 Arthur Gabel Benjamin Manevich Sam Winer

November 21 Frances Bromfield Sarah L. Kisner Lena Kramer

November 15 Edith Franklin

November 22 Stanley Herman

November 25 Ada Kramer Anita Lichenstein November 26 Harriet Freshman Rose J. Rutfield November 28 Max Brown Jack Grossman Ralph Kabler Harriet Katz Nathan Perlmutter November 29 Judy Bradley Reuben Godes November 30 Sol Abrams Lena Fruit Clara Lipsky Edward Marcus Kenneth Norris Samuel Saperstein

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

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Board of Directors Meeting:Wednesday,November 11, 2009, 7:30 PM December Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday, November 11th

ATC Bulletin November 2009  

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