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THE VOICE TEMPLE BETH ABRAHAM, 1301 WASHINGTON STREET, CANTON, MA 02021 PUBLISHED BI-MONTHLY HESHVAN / TEVET NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 ISSUE NO. 2

Dan Le venson, Cheryl Hiltz Honor ed on Simc ha or ah Lev Honored Simcha hatt T Tor orah On Simchat Torah, two longtime congregants were honored with the most prestigious awards from Temple Beth Abraham. Dan Levenson was named Hatan B’reishit, and Cheryl Hiltz was named Kallat Torah. Here are their remarks to the congregation. By Dan Levenson Hatan B’Reishit

I am humbled and honored to be named the Hatan Breishit. It comes on the heels of joining the Yad Society last year. I have always felt connected to Judaism but took a long sabbatical from ritual observance. Growing up, my parents were observant, and we attended Shabbat services nearly every weekend and holiday, lit the Shabbat candles, blessed the challah and wine, and ate 

Shabbat dinner together, through the end of high school. My parents took my sisters and me to Israel several times, but I have not been there since I was 13. Like many people, my level of observance was minimal between high school and my early married years. When our children were old enough for religious school, we were ready to renew our affiliation with a temple community and joined Temple Beth Abraham 16 years ago. In high school, I had been a Torah reader. In recent years, I dusted off my Tikun and have read Torah in the Temple a few times a year, including at my children’s B’nai Mitzvot. (continued on page 6)

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The synagogue would like to be informed about all important events and occasions, including births, engagements, weddings, awards, etc., as well as illnesses and deaths. Please notify the office at (781) 828-5250.

By Cheryl Hiltz Kallat Torah

During my tenure as President of TBA, I have had the pleasure of awarding the Kallat Torah to two people that I knew were welldeserving of the honor. But hearing my own name on Rosh Hashanah morning associated with that honor was a surprising event, to say the least. I came to Temple Beth Abraham when my daughter Michelle was in the second grade. She came home one day and said, “I want to go to Hebrew School with Erica Novick.” Who was I to refuse such a request, and off we went. It was quite easy to get involved in temple life; someone asks you to help them with a committee or a project and you just say, “Okay, sure, I can do that.” The next thing you know, you’re a Past President. It’s really just that simple. I grew up being involved, followed in some pretty big footsteps actually. My parents always (continued on page 5)


Rabbi Da vid: F iv eY ear s David: Fiv ive Year ears The news of Gilad Shalit’s release spread on Twitter like wildfire. Gilad Shalit had never even heard of Twitter. Since he was kidnapped, more than 700 million people have joined Facebook, and I have gone through four iterations of the iPhone. I have moved three times, dieted once, beaten cancer once, quit smoking, had another child, signed another contract, made and lost friends. I have buried too many people. So much has happened in five short years. I am writing this, of course, just after Gilad Shalit was released from the terrorists of Hamas to come home to his family in Israel. He has been gone, held in a dark hole, for more than five years. In watching all of this unfold, I have been thinking about all that has happened in five years; all that he has missed and what I may have missed. It is so easy to miss life as it passes us by. We don’t need to be captured by our enemies to have our present stolen from us. All we need to do is close our eyes to the mystery and majesty of the moment. And we do this all too well. Every morning we say a blessing, Praised are You, ADONAI, our God, Ruler of the Universe Who opens the eyes of the blind. This blessing 2

isn’t thanking God for healing physical blindness - it is praising God for allowing us to recognize our own blindness and thanking God for helping us to open our eyes. Abraham Joshua Heschel calls this eye-opening experience, “Radical Amazement.” When we see, in every moment, something amazing — something holy — then we are truly free. Judaism is all about Radical Amazement and marking moments. We say blessings, 100 every day to mark sacred moments; we do mitzvot at every turn to mark sacred moments; we pray, we sing, we light candles, we shake, we eat, we dance — all to mark sacred moments, all to celebrate our radical amazement at the world around us and the flight of time. A lot has happened in five years. A lot has happened in the five or so minutes it has taken you to read these words. What have you missed? What Jewish rituals can you embrace to help you open your eyes — to free your soul? Rabbi David Correction: Kirshner Pearlstein Bereavement Fund The Kirshner Pearlstein Bereavement Fund, described in the September-October The Voice, was started by Leslie Pearlstein, not Lesley Shain.

Member ship Membership A Big welcome to our newest members: Jason, Heather, Alyssa & Halen Cole; Jason, Valerie, Ella, Alexandra and Serena Frank; Ted, Lisa and Kaitlyn Frank; and Steven, Andrea, James, and Grace Woolner. Now that our 7th Annual Membership BBQ is behind us and everyone had a great time, I would like to thank the following volunteers: My first Thank You goes to my Co-Chair, Ruthy Gomolka for making our delicious salads and always pulling our menus together. My next thanks go to our Brotherhood members, Alan Goldberg, Rick Gomolka and Sol Sandperl, who always make the best hamburgers and hotdogs, and to my husband, Neil for shopping and shlepping with me. Special thanks go to Phyllis and Keith Moore for donating our centerpieces. Thank you also to Phyllis Moore, Dena Kaufman, Sy Schlossberg and Judy Steinberg for manning our Membership Table and welcoming our guests. Special thanks to Rabbi David for his music and pictures and to Melissa Rudman, who is always wonderful in making sure that everyone is full and happy. Last but certainly not least, thank you to our newest temple employee, Rob Lopes, who makes sure that we all have a place to sit, eat, and mingle. Mark your calendar for our next event: New Member Dinner, Friday, December 9h at our synagogue. Phyllis Lerner Membership Co-Chair


Pr esident epor or the F st Quar ter President esident’’s Messa Messag Re portt ffor Fir irst Quarter ge: R ir There must be something intrinsically important about quarters. Basketball games are divided into quarters, football games have four quarters, corporations are insane about their quarterly reports, even chickens are divided into quarters. Here’s my quarterly report: My first quarter just ended with the score: TBA 7, Visitors 0. We had a couple of fumbles and one interception, but we survived. The coach and his assistants were somewhat caught off guard by the defense, but in the end adjusted with a new game plan and were able to push forward. Sometimes we were not able to get our plays in on time, and sometimes we rushed them. There were times the visiting team seemed to know our game plan, but we were able to come out ahead due to a last minute scoring drive by the HHST (High Holiday’s Special Team.) Thanks to Dena and her seating committee, we were able to fill the stadium. Norm, Elliot, Leslie and Cheryl made sure that everyone got to the huddle on time, Bobby and Rick got our defense and crowd management team in place in a timely manner. Melissa and her Junior League coaches kept our future replacements busy, while Neil and his team of Wacky Weeders kept the stadium looking beautiful. Meanwhile our quarterback, Reb David, had to overcome some unexpected challenges from

some of our replacement players. Many times he had to call plays at the line-of-scrimmage but still managed to get us into scoring position for Lisa Winner and the Musaf Daveners to score untouched on the final play of the quarter. Whew! Our winning streak remains unscathed going into the 2nd quarter. Friends, I (we) had an interesting three months. I learned a lot. I hope my actions did not offend anyone. If that happened, I apologize, it was not intentional. I felt as though I had

just been thrown into the lake and told, “Swim.” Maybe I’m a masochist, but I actually enjoyed learning how to swim. Sure there were and are some problems, but it is truly enjoyable solving problems with the help of friends. As we enter the second quarter, with the team still learning a new playbook, we will continue to improve as long as people do not get discouraged, and we all learn to pull in the same direction. So join our team and get on our active roster. My family and I join in wishing the entire congregation a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. Michael Shain President

Rober bcoc k, 94, a Man of V alor obertt Ba Babcoc bcock, Valor It is with great sadness that we share with you that Joanne Howard’s father, Robert Babcock, passed away this summer at the age of 94. Mr. Babcock was the “Shabbat helper” in the early 1930’s at our synagogue when it was located on Washington Street behind the Shell Station. Joanne told us that “Hymie the chicken farmer” from TBA convinced Robert to go to college. The elders took Robert “under their wings” when his father had died. He was considered a very righteous man. During World War II, Mr. Babcock showed honor and respect for the burial of Jewish

soldiers at sea by reciting the 23rd Psalm. The Lustbader/ Babcock library at TBA was dedicated in honor of Jane and Robert Babcock as well as Carl and Ingrid Lustbader in November, 2010. Next bulletin is JanuaryFebruary. Deadline is December 1. Email articles and photos to sherry@alpertpublicrelations.com.

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Cong tion Congrregational Educa Education This past Sukkot was really quite magical at Temple Beth Abraham both for the Religious school families and our other families. Not only were Sukkot being built all around but so were new relationships. We had five amazing sukkot built by each grade this year. With teamwork from both the adults and children each Sukkah was something for everyone to be proud of. These fun-filled days of building, decorating, and hopping could not have happened without the Mayer, Carson, Davis, Wolf, and Reich families for being outstanding hosts. Also many thanks to George Chism, Andrew Langmead, Rabbi David, Ami Kollangi and Rob Lopes for being our on-site building supervisors. The Religious School families were not the only ones able to connect during Sukkot. The second seating during the Shabbat in the Sukkah (social hall) because of rain had a wonderful turnout. This was a great evening for old friends to catch up and even for a few new friendships to be formed. Saturday night in the Sukkah was “Pizza in the Hut” for the B’nai Mitzvah families. It was great to see people reconnect over dinner after meeting a few weeks ago during Shabbaton. 4

So now that we are on a roll, building new relationships, we can’t wait until next Sukkot to have this much fun. I am thinking a “Chanukah Happening”. Anyone interested in helping to plan or host please let me know at famed@templebethabraham.org.

More information will be out soon. If you missed the fun of Sukkot don’t miss out on Chanukah and if you had fun during Sukkot you know this will be great! B’Shalom, Melissa Rudman Congregational Educator

Pr esident emar ks on Simc or ah President esident’’s R Remar emark Simcha hatt T Tor orah ha Hatan B’reishit The Hatan B’reishit Award is given to a member of our community who has shown great spiritual growth during the past year. This growth can come in the form of increased ritual observance, energetic participation in Temple life and/or a general increase in Jewish learning. This year’s winner is Daniel Levenson. I first met Dan as an occasional Shabbat goer several years ago, but two years ago began playing flute with the Musaf Daveners. He added a dimension that is quite unique. I really enjoy listening to him play. Since then he has been a Shabbat regular and can be counted on for making a miniyan. He attends adult ed programs and has added immeasurably to our TBA family. Now, I don’t know Daniel personally very well, so I went to my own private gamatria consultant and a very interesting thing occurred. Daniel Levenson or Dovid ben Levi has a numerical value of 40,640.375 which when combined with his date of birth and today’s date tells a very interesting story. This magical number refers to “One, who blows

a gentle breeze and wears a big kippah.” I thought this was truly amazing and remarkably true. Daniel, thank you for your kind smile, joyous participation and warm menchkeit handshake. Kallat Torah Our winner of the Kallat Torah Award is Cheryl Hiltz. This award is given to a person who has devoted themselves to the TBA community for an extended period of time. I, like most of us, have seen Cheryl around the shul, quietly and busily doing many jobs. It has only been recently that I have really grown to appreciate all that she has done of these past many years. Cheryl has occupied virtually every position in this synagogue from Function Coordinator to President, from finance to floor worker on the High Holidays and B’nai Mitzvot. However, Cheryl has one problem. She does not know how to say no. They say when you want something done ask a busy person. Well, Cheryl is that busy person. As a matter of fact, there (continued on page 5)


Social Action in Action Canton Food Pantry The Canton Food Pantry Drive during Rosh Hashanah was a success. The coat closet was overflowing with grocery bags. You generously donated almost 100 bags of non-perishable food and toiletries. Thank you to our Temple Beth Abraham community. Family Table Thank you for continuing to support TBA’s ongoing commitment to Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Family Table. Our goal is to collect 25 cans of kosher soup and 25 cans of vegetables each month. Drivers needed for Family Table Temple Beth Abraham has made a commitment to Family Table to help drive and deliver food on Sunday, December 11. We need about eight drivers. You go to Waltham, compile food for a designated client and then deliver the food to them. This is a very rewarding experience, especially with children. They are always looking for drivers, for any month. (continued on page 7)

Pr esident President esident’’s Remar ks emark (continued from page 4) was the only time Cheryl has said no to me, and that was because she was already doing three other things. Her warm smile and keen advice is constantly sought after. There is no one I know who is more worthy of this award.

Cheryl Hiltz Honor ed as K alla or ah Honored Kalla allatt T Tor orah (continued from page 1) volunteered their time, whether it was at Ahavath Torah where I grew up or the Knights of Phythias, they were always involved and active, being on committees, holding offices, etc., just made it seem like the right thing to do. I believe in the “pay it forward” method. Someone does something for you and you do something for someone else, although it doesn’t always come in the same form. There was a time when I needed people to step in and help me, and they did with no expectation. I like to think I’ve repaid some of those kindnesses. I was president of my BBG chapter and on the Regional Board as well. Someone took me under their wing and encouraged me to participate and I did. I’ve always had great memories of my time in B’nai Brith, so when I was asked to be involved with TBA’s youth it only seemed like the natural thing to do. I felt that I could help our program be memorable for our youth so that it would be an instrumental part of their lives, leaving them with great memories of being a Jewish youth. I took over the chairmanship and ended up staying in that position for quite some time working to keep the kids involved in the youth group and temple life. I tried to take a break after 12 years, but someone, Judy Sokolove, asked me if I would consider the office of Vice President. There was that answer again, “Okay, sure, I can do that,” and we all know where that led. Along the way I’ve helped out

on special committees, worked on the By-Laws, volunteered at the Road Race and helped in the kitchen for holiday dinners or special Kiddushes. I like coming in and cooking for a lot of people. I bring my recipe for kugel and tell them it’s a special recipe. Why? Because I make it with love. It’s a nice way to give something back and bond with other temple family members, kibbitzing in the kitchen as families tend to do. I guess ultimately I’m a little selfish. I volunteer my time not just to be helpful; I like to do it and it makes me feel good inside. As Function Coordinator I enjoy speaking with the families about their child’s upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. I like being here when they take pictures a couple of days before, making sure the tallit is even on both sides or the collars are tucked in, or no one’s hair is standing on end. I like making sure that the accommodator is doing okay. I really just like being in charge. I will continue to try to pay it forward, to encourage others to have the same feelings of belonging to this place as I do. To make them feel that they can come cook in this kitchen and kibbitz, because it’s home. I feel right at home even sitting in the last row, even if it’s by myself, any given day, because this is where I belong. To my family — thanks for sharing me with this family. To my friends — thanks for your support. To my TBA family — thanks for the honor, but the honor is mine to be a part of such a loving and welcoming community. 5


Dan Le venson Honor ed as Ha tan B’ Lev Honored Hatan B’rreishit (continued from page 1) Music is a big part of my life and has the power to magnify the spirituality of a moment for me. Hearing Rabbi David’s guitar in temple moves me, because he is such a gifted musician. I am happy to add the sound of my flute to the beautiful voices of the Musaf Daveners and the amazing music that flows from Lisa Winner, and have accompanied Lisa, Rabbi David, and occasional others in making music on Shabbat Unplugged. Over the years, I have been an occasional but not regular participant in Shabbat and holiday services. That changed after my father passed away in December. Since then, I have been trying to attend services on most Saturday mornings to say Kaddish. Up to that time, I had assumed that there was a big group of congregants in regular attendance and that my presence would not be noticed. I would just be another face in the crowd. What I learned is that the regular Saturday group is smaller than I thought and that on any given day, everyone may be needed to fill an honor. That leads to a sense of duty to the community, knowing that one’s absence can put everyone else in the group to work. On days when the congregation is small, there is something special about being part of this group where everyone present is participating and helping to meet our obligations. Yet, when the congregation is larger, it is nice to reconnect with people. I have also gained an ever deepening appreciation for the people who coordinate and 6

manage our services throughout the year, including: the invaluable and ever present Dena Kaufman, our regular torah and haftarah readers along with a large pool of available talent, featuring amazing readers such as Yale Zussman, Sam Evans, Amy Litwack, and the Torah Trope Troupe; other people whom we rely on include the ones who surround the podium during the Torah service, and Rabbi David. I will get further involved with the ritual aspects of the temple this year as a minyan captain. But spirituality is not just about observing religious ritual. It is also about understanding it, and learning to draw on ages of wisdom within the religion to help navigate this life that can be beautiful and wonderful but also challenging and difficult. There have been many occasions that have tested me and influenced my thoughts about the nature of God, humanity’s relationship with God, and the issues of faith and spirituality. Three of my grandparents were gone by the time I was very young. One of them was my mother’s father. His ancestors originally arrived in Palestine from the Ukraine around 1780. He was educated in a French school run by the Alliance Israelite Francaise and in the country’s first college of agriculture, Mikve Yisrael in Holon. He was well versed in Talmud and spoke Hebrew, Arabic, French, German and English. Ironically, he emigrated to France in 1927, after he and his brothers concluded that there was no future for Jews in Palestine,

following a wave of violence against Jewish communities. Consequently, he was available to the Nazis during World War II, and spent time in Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Mathausen, and Gross-Rosen. He survived, because the farming skills that he had learned in Palestine were useful to the Nazis. After the War, he was an atheist. He died at the age of 61, having had his zest for life crushed by his experiences in the camps. My mother was seven years old and living in Paris when the War started. She survived by living in hiding with various friends and neighbors and with members of the Resistance, often apart from her mother and always without her father. She lived for a while on a farm in the countryside, where the hosts abused the children in their care, some physically and some psychologically. Those experiences ended her childhood by the time the War was over. She was fortunate to have reunited with her father after he was liberated, but he was not the same person. Yet, she has always been religiously observant and active in her Jewish community, which is currently in Washington, D.C. My wife Janice had an older brother, Merrill, who was a funny and wonderful guy, a great brother and son, and the father of two young children. He died of cancer when he was 34 years old, and never met my children. Shortly after Merrill’s illness was discovered, Janice’s mother was diagnosed with leukemia. She died after a seven-year battle. Janice’s (continued on page 7)


Dan Le venson Lev (continued from page 6) father died two months later. I proudly wear his kipah. He had a large head, and so my kipah stays on top of my head. My younger sister Pearl died suddenly at the age of 42 from a misdiagnosed bacterial infection. That occurred a week before her oldest child’s Bar Mitzvah. My older sister Naomi has survived two bouts with cancer and one bout with her ex-husband in a nasty divorce. Most recently, I watched my father decline slowly with Parkinson’s disease, move into a nursing home, and then slip into dementia before he passed away. The fact that I was able to get to his bedside for his last day and a half can be attributed to divine intervention. I did not know he was dying, yet I had an overwhelming feeling that he needed me and took an overnight train in order to visit him. But life has brought its share of joys. Janice came into my life, along with her extended family, who have always treated me as one of their own. Marissa and Zachary expanded our horizons into the richness of raising children and seeing them grow into wonderful young adults. We live a comfortable life in Canton. We have enjoyed many family celebrations of various sorts throughout the years and also friendships, some of them born in this temple. My spiritual journey continues, supported by this temple community, and I thank you for recognizing me with this special honor.

Good and W elf ar e Welf elfar are Congratulations: Cheryl Hiltz for being named Kallat Torah Dan Levenson for being named Hatan Bereshit Adrienne and Jerry Fleishman on the birth of their grandson, Silas Philip Adrienne and Jerry Fleishman on the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Fleishman to Ariel Mathiowitz Phyllis and Cliff Seresky on the engagement of their grandson, Brant Duber to Peri Gutstein Jane Moscow and Richard Shmishkiss on the birth of their granddaughter, Isabella Cohen

Cheryl and Doug Okun on the engagement of their daughter, Miriam, to Dan Tevet Sharon and Richard Sagotsky on the birth of their grandson, Benjamin Lucas Sagotsky Elaine and Paul Paisner on the birth of their ninth grandchild, Sasha Jordan Paisner

Condolences: Marilyn Sandperl on the loss of her father, Marcel Finder Barry Horowitz on the loss of his father, Rubin Horowitz Peter Lurie on the loss of his grandmother, Shirley Lurie Jon Snyderman on the loss of his grandfather, Paul Snyderman

Social Action in Action (continued from page 5) Please contact me at 781-8280531 or shalom1947@aol.com. Turkey Tzedakah Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Family Table, is looking for extra help in order to provide their clients with a kosher turkey for Thanksgiving. Your gift of $25.00 will cover the cost of one kosher turkey. Donate on line to www.jfcsboston.org/ donate or please send your check (payable to JF&CS) JF&CS Family Table 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Be sure to indicate “Turkey

Tzedakah” when you make your gift. Chanukah Toy Drive Providing gift cards for toys allows the clients of Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JF&CS) the dignity of choosing their child’s gift themselves. Your gift of $25 or more will help bring joy to a child during the holidays. To be assigned specific children, please contact the Toy (continued from page 8) 7


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From the Libr ary Library

(continued from page 7) Drive coordinator at toydrive@jfcsboston.org or781-647-JFCS(5327) no later than Monday, Dec 5th. You can also make a donation at www.jfcsboston.org/donate, and they will be happy to purchase the gift cards for you. Or, you may send checks (payable to JF&CS) to the JF&CS Toy Drive, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451 Be sure to indicate “Toy Drive” when you make your gift. Thank you in advance for your generosity and help in making the

It is wonderful to see our library being used. A reminder that if you want to know if we own a book, visit the TBA website, click on library and follow the directions to Librarything.com. When you visit our library, instructions for checking out material and its return are displayed on the wall. Our newest books include: The Autobiography of G-d, The Invisible Bridge, Clara’s War, The Blood Lie, Righteous Men, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and The Seamstress. These books are in the Chapel. Many people have worked very hard to put our library back together. Please be considerate when you visit. Any books you have browsed may be put in the return box. Papers from meetings, leftovers from refreshments, and items you have used should be removed or replaced in their original spot. Please remember to sign out your books and return them in a timely manner. Most of all, enjoy this beautiful space. For more information, contact me at hhl1000@comcast.net or (781) 821-1202. Harriet Lavine

upcoming holidays special for our neighbors in need. JF&CS is incredibly grateful on behalf of their clients in making their holidays brighter. Lesley Shain, Chair Social Action

Afghans ffor or V eter Veter eterans ans squares, they should be made on a size 8 needle. Cast on 34 stitches. Knit for 64 rows. These squares can be given to Judy Malin. She makes beautiful afghans from them. Thank you all again for your continued help. Harriet Lavine

Book Gr oup Group I had a wonderful response to the making of afghans and “scarfs” for the hospitalized veterans. Thank you. I know our work is appreciated. I will be bringing our donations the first week of December. Please leave your items at the temple office. If that is not convenient, contact me at (781) 821-1202. Our afghans should be around 38 x 42. The scarves about 14” x 38”. If you want to make afghan 8

Our next book group is Monday, November 21 at Temple Beth Abraham, hosted by Janis Monat. We will be discussing Nemesis by Philip Roth. On Monday, December 19 we will meet at the home of Sherry Alpert to discuss In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. On Monday, January 19, the book is Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst, hosted by Susan Lipsitt at Temple Beth Abraham.

A free seder plate is available for the asking. Call Sherry Alpert, (781) 828-9415, or sherry@alpertpublicrelations.com.


Giv e of Y our self: Mak e a Dif ence with a Special Gift Give Your ourself: Make Difffer erence Over the past six years, I have asked you to support Special gifts. Your response has been generous and thoughtful. I know that there are many ways that each of you contributes to the Temple. Your contributions given to the Temple, be they financial contributions to existing fund, gifts-in-kind, or time given to support Temple goals and programs are appreciated. In the past year and looking forward to the next year, we hope to achieve several important goals, including but not limited to: Upgrading the Temple’s security system Installing a new speaker system Events board signage with lights for the front of the Temple

Upgrading the Memorial Garden and entrance to the Sukkah Curtains for the Ark Multimedia Library Fund Upcoming Events flat screen display and bulletin board for the Lobby Many other ongoing important needs of the Temple are included in the enclosed brochure. It includes opportunities for one time or ongoing contributions to recognize that special friend or family member experiencing a life cycle event such as a birthday, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, birth of a child or grandchild, marriage or loss of a family member. Continued support and contributions to the Kirshner/Pearlstein Berevement

No velist Chuc k Hog an a A No v. 13 Nov Chuck Hogan att TB TBA Nov Novelist Chuck Hogan, whose bestselling novel Prince of Thieves was the basis for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award nominated film The Town, will speak at the TBA Brotherhood Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 13. Breakfast begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by Hogan’s talk.

Cost is $5 per person. Hogan, who grew up in Canton, won the 2005 Hammett Prize for Prince of Thieves, which Stephen King called one of the ten best novels of the year. He has published six other novels. The public is invited to the breakfast and to hear Hogan. Books will be available.

Fund, Hebrew School scholarships, Youth Fund and other existing funds are appreciated. Please note the opportunity to contribute to the Endowed Future Fund, which was started in 1999 to provide for special needs of the Temple in the future. It provides opportunity for considering a bequest or recognizing Temple Beth Abraham in a will. Please consider the needs of the Temple. If you would like to discuss any item on the list or your desire to contribute to the Future Fund, please contact me at (781) 828-8358 or e-mail me at pmoore4967@aol.com. Thank you again for your past contributions and for considering future ones. Phyllis Moore, Chair Special Gifts

Member ship Membership Dir ectory Directory Our new Membership Directory is nearly finished. Look for it in your mailbox in November. Thanks you to all our advertisers for supporting Temple Beth Abraham in this major new fundraising effort. Larry Finklestone, Fundraising Chair 9


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Temple Beth Abraham 1301 Washington Street Canton, MA 02021 (781) 828-5250 www.templebethabraham.org theoffice@templebethabraham.org

Temple Beth Abraham Staff Spiritual Leader...............Rabbi David Paskin Congregational Educator......Melissa Rudman President.................................Michael Shain Office Manager......................Judy Steinberg The Voice Editor......................Sherry Alpert

TBA Bulletin, November/December 2011  

The official bulletin of Tempe Bet Abraham in Canton, MA.

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