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A monthly calendar for the Temple Etz Chaim community July 2016 / 5776

Welcome to a new century at Temple Etz Chaim! We are switching over to Mishkan Hanefesh for our High Holiday prayer book. This is an exciting change for our congregation. It is gender inclusive and modern. Be the first to help us purchase the books that will help keep our worship relevant to our lives. For a $54.00 donation, we will attach a bookplate in both volumes, in honor or in memory of a person or event of your choosing. See our online donation form to memorialize or honor someone in the new books. The deadline to purchase book plates for this year is July 22nd.

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July 4th On The Franklin Commons Thursday, June 30th through Monday, July 4th Each year our Temple has a booth on the Franklin Town commons during the July 4th celebration. This year we will be selling Soft Pretzels, Arnold Palmer’s and raffle tickets for our Lottery Ticket board. This can’t happen WITHOUT YOU! Please go to Sign-upGenius and sign up for a time slot. It’s a great way to support TEC and get our name into the community. Lottery Board Raffle 1 Ticket for $2 3 Tickets for $5 7 Tickets for $10 15 Tickets for $20

Brotherhood Scotch and Cigars Night Saturday, July 16 6:30 pm at the home of Jonathan Sweig How does Scotch whiskey, and cigars around a fire-pit with good tunes and better friends sound?

Take Me Out to The Ball Game! Sunday, August 7 1:00 pm McCoy Stadium Cost: $10 per person The Brotherhood is organizing another family event! Join us as we watch the PawSox take on Buffalo at McCoy Stadium. For tickets, please contact Stewart Lipson. RSVP by July 31st

Then join us at Jonathan house. He will supply the cigars, snacks and a few scotch’s to try, but please feel free to bring your snacks, cigars, scotch, bourbon, rye, tequila or any other beverage of choice. Please RSVP by July 13th to Stewart Lipson or Jon Sweig.

Sisterhood Welcome Brunch Sunday, August 28 11:00 am at the home of Jayme Solomon-Zissu 6 Larkin Lane, Hopedale Please join us for our opening program of the year. Come vote on our new Sisterhood Bylaws and new Sisterhood Board. Pot Luck Brunch will be at the home of Jayme Solomon-Zissu. A sign up list will be sent out soon. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP by August 21st to Melissa Folsom.

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Erev Shabbat Service Schedule Friday, July 1 at 8:00 pm at TEC (Note: later start time) Erev Shabbat Service Friday, July 8 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, July 15 at 6:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service led by Lisa and Anina Lawrence Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service led by Stewart Lipson Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service led by Ellen Keith Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service led by FROGY Friday, August 12 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service led by Richard Shulman Friday, August 19 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, August 26 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service TEC: Temple Etz Chaim, 900 Washington St., Franklin

Amazon Smile Temple Etz Chaim is registered as an AmazonSmile charitable organization. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support TEC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to TEC. It's simple to do. When shopping on Amazon, go to and choose "Temple Etz Chaim" (of Franklin, MA) as your charitable organization. That's it! Whenever you shop, remember to do with a smile.

Temple Cookbook Temple Cookbook... Needs your help! We are creating a cookbook that will be available for purchase for the Winter holiday season next year. To do this, we need your recipes. Imagine helping to build your new favorite cookbook and helping the Temple at the same time. Send your favorite recipes to Jayme Solomon-Zissu.

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How About Leading A Shabbat Service? We are inviting members of the TEC community to lead a Friday night service this July or August 2016 (*see dates below). This is an exciting opportunity for you, an individual member, or team of members, to get your creative juices flowing and tailor a meaningful and moving service with your own personal touches. Hebrew knowledge and an excellent singing voice NOT essential. However, you must be Bar/Bat Mitzvah. An outline and guidance from Rabbi Alpert is available as is the musical assistance of a member of the TEC choir. If interested, please contact RAC. We look forward to hearing from you! Available date: July 8

Donations If you’d like to make a donation in memory or honor of somebody or just to support us, please go to our online form. General Fund In appreciation of Rabbi Alpert for making Nicholas DiLibero’s Bar Mitzvah so personal and meaningful to Nick and his guests by Kyna and Richard Epstein In appreciation for all your help with Nicholas’ Bar Mitzvah by John, Elissa, Nick and Matt DiLibero In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Tara Martin by The Martin Family

In honor of Hana Berman for her kind service as Education Director by Pam Giordano and Michele Brooks In support of the Temple’s fundraising efforts by Sue Cass.

Ink/Toner Cartridge Recycling Don’t throw away those empty ink and toner cartridges. Drop them off in the bin at temple or at religious school and let us recycle them. We earn $ for each recycled cartridge.

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Early Childhood Summertime Meet-Ups SAVE THE DATES All these events are geared for all families with young children! Thursday, June 30th: JFN Playground Meet-up 10:00-11:30am Norfolk Community Playground, Rockwood Rd, Norfolk Snacks & Drinks provided Saturday, July 2nd: Franklin 4th of July Celebration 12:00-4:00pm 12:00-1:00pm- Children's Parade 1:00-2:00pm- Vics & Sticks 2:00-3:00pm- Flipo the Clown 3:00-4:00pm- Elsa & Anna Amusements & Food Booths! Franklin Town Commons Bring a blanket & picnic (or buy food at the food booths) let’s eat lunch together! Wednesday, July 6th: JFN & TEC South Meet-Up Summer Series 5:30-8:00pm 5:30pm- Picnic 6:00pm- Trevor the Games 7:00pm- Wayne Potash music Bellingham Town Commons Bring a blanket & and picnic dinner- we can eat together! Tuesday, July 12th: JFN & TEC South Meet-Up Summer Series 5:30pm- 7:30pm 5:30pm- Picnic 6:30pm- Ben Rudnick & Friends Goodwill Park, Holliston Bring a blanket & picnic dinner- we can eat together! Wednesday, July 13th: JFN & TEC South Meet-Up Summer Series 5:30-7:30pm 5:30pm- Picnic 6:30pm- Henry the Juggler Bandstand, Millis Bring a blanket & and picnic dinner- we can eat together! Sunday, July 17th: JFN Playground Meet-up 10:00-11:30am Cushing Park Dudley Rd., Framingham Snacks & Drinks provided For more information contact Dawn Doucette-Kaplan

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Early Childhood Summertime Meet-Ups SAVE THE DATES All these events are geared for all families with young children! Tuesday, July 19th: JFN & TEC South Meet-Up Summer Series 5:30-7:00pm 5:30pm- Picnic 6:00pm- Inside Alastair Moock Norfolk Town Hill Bring a blanket & and picnic dinner- we can eat together! Thursday, July 21st: JFN & TEC South Meet-Up Summer Series 5:30-7:30pm 5:30pm- Picnic 6:30pm- Electric Youth Norfolk Town Hill Bring a blanket & and picnic dinner- we can eat together! Thursday, July 28th: JFN Playground Meet-up 10:00-11:30pm Choate Park Main St. Medway Snacks & Drinks provided Wednesday, August 3rd: PJ Library Ice Cream Social 5:30-7:30pm Sweet Spot Frozen Yogurt 855 Worcester St., Framingham Let's get together and cool off with some sweet treats! Thursday, August 4th: JFN & TEC South Meet-Up Summer Series 5:30-7:00pm 5:30pm- Picnic 6:00pm- Stacey Peasley Band Medfield Gazebo (next to library) Bring a blanket & and picnic dinner- we can eat together! Friday, August 5th: JFN Shabbat in the Park 5:30pm-7:00pm Village Green Edgell Rd & Vernon St., Framingham Bring a blanket & and picnic dinner- we can eat and bring in Shabbat together! Monday, August 8th: JFN Playground Meet-up 10:00-11:30am EMC Park Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton Snacks & Drinks provided For more information contact Dawn Doucette-Kaplan

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Meet our 2016-2017 Board of Directors President: Adam Cutler Adam Cutler grew up in Worcester, attended New England College and now works as an account manager at Athena Health. He is an enthusiastic runner, competing most recently in the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disney Land. Adam lives in Franklin and has one daughter, Ilana. He has been an active member of Temple Etz Chaim for 10 years, serving on the Board since 2009. He has steadily followed a leadership track as he starts the second year of his presidency after a successful year for the Temple Etz Chaim community. Adam continues to bring to his role a keen interest in hearing ideas which will foster community growth.

1st Vice President: Andrew Rubenstein Andrew Rubenstein, new to the role of First VP, grew up in Chelmsford and attended the University of Vermont and Suffolk Law School. He currently practices real estate law in Framingham. In his free time, Andrew is interested in scouting. He and his wife, Lynne, and their children, David and Craig, live in Franklin. They have been members of the temple for two years. In addition to his other duties, Andrew has volunteered to chair the Relocation Committee, whose responsibility will be to find a new permanent home for the congregation. Andrew looks forward to his continued involvement on the Board, feeling that his legal background will allow him to provide practical solutions to many issues.

2nd Vice President: Stacy Bushey Stacy Bushey grew up in Bloomfield, CT, attended Colby College and is employed as an Executive Assistant at McKinsey & Company in Boston. In her free time, Stacy enjoys kayaking, photography, going to the beach, reading and walking. She lives in Milford with her husband, Michael, and their children, Mathew and Audrey. The Busheys have been Temple members for 12 years, during which time Stacy has been a member of the Leadership Development and Nominating Committee (and now will be chair), the Youth Commission, and has been an aide in the Religious School Learning Center. With this election she will have served on the Board for 8 years, both as a Director and as Executive Secretary. A frequent attendee at Shabbat services, Stacy is surely best known for the brownies she bakes for the oneg.

Treasurer: Michael Levine Michael Levine grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where he attended the progressive Shaari Zedek Synagogue. He went to Bernard Baruch College (CUNY) and is employed as Director of Financial Business Systems at Fresenius Medical Care in Waltham. Michael’s hobbies include sports and music. He and his wife Kathy live in Franklin and have two young adult daughters, Marisa and Kari. They have been members of the TEC community for more than 20 years, during which time Michael previously served on the Board and as Treasurer from 2002 – 2005. He has a commitment to the solvency of the congregation, for which he is well known among former and current Board members. He is also well known for his (misguided) enthusiasm for a certain New York baseball team.

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Executive Secretary: Margot Rivelis Margot Rivelis grew up in Andover, attended Lasell Junior College and is employed as a preschool teacher at the Goddard School in Bellingham. She is also the owner of The Printed Page, an invitation design company, and is well known in the congregation for her creative B’nei Mitzvah invitations. As the wife of Michael (an accountant by day and musician by night), Margot wisely lists “music” as a favorite activity. Margot, Michael and their children, Melissa and Sam, live in Franklin. They have been members of the temple for 17 years, during which time Margot has participated on virtually every standing committee, has served as Director, 2nd VP and Co-president of the Board and continues to teach in the religious school. Her ability to engage members in committee participation is well known!

Clerk: Howard Heilweil Howard Heilweil grew up in Niantic, CT, attended Eastern State Connecticut University and is employed by Crum and Foster Insurance. In his free time, he is interested in sports and fitness. Howard, his wife, Cindy, and children, Sarah and Adam, live in Bellingham and have been TEC members for approximately 6 years. During that time, Howard has participated on the Board as a Director, Clerk, 2nd VP and 1st VP. He has also been active in Brotherhood and has co-chaired the TEC July 4th booth committee.

Director: Wendy Bierman Wendy Bierman grew up in West Orange, NJ and attended Hofstra University in NY. She and her husband, Andy, have recently relocated to Milford and are happy to know that the Borrs, Busheys and Rich family also live in their new town. The Biermans have two grown children, Rachel and Bryan. The family have been TEC members for 18 ½ years. Wendy is probably best known as the former Director of Education at TEC, a position she held for a number of years and in which she developed close relationships with many of the Temple families. She also served as the FROGY advisor. Wendy is currently the Chair of the Youth Commission and is a member of the Nominating Committee. She includes reading, entertaining and traveling among her hobbies.

Director: Jim Buja Jim Buja, new to the Board, lives in Medway with his wife, Rosie. They have three adult children. Jim grew up in Dracut and attended Lowell Technological Institute (now UMass Lowell). He is employed by EMC as a software engineer. He lists gardening, birding and astronomy among his hobbies. Jim and Rosie have been members of the congregation for 2 years. In addition to joining the Board as a director, Jim is currently chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. In this latter role, his motto is “if you need me, I’ll be there!”

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Director: Matthew Rice Matthew (Matt) Rice grew up in Rockville, MD and attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. He moved to the Boston area in 1983. Matt works for IBM as an Infrastructure Architect/ Consultant, focusing on resiliency planning and data center relocation. He, his wife Kelly and son Ethan live in Medway. In his free time, Matt enjoys being with his family and their dog; he includes biking, running, golf and watching movies as hobbies. The family have been TEC members for 15 years. Although this is Matt’s first position on the Board, he feels that many of the long-standing congregants will know him through his son, Ethan, who went through religious school and became a Bar Mitzvah. Matt also attends Shabbat services monthly.

Director: Lee Rich Lee Rich grew up in Spring Valley, NY, attended Rensselear Polytechnical Institute in Troy, NY, and Boston Architectural College. He is employed as an architectural project manager at Drummey Rosane Anderson Architects in Waltham. Lee includes guitar playing, singing and dancing among his hobbies. In fact, he and his guitar can often be found on the bimah on Friday evenings, as he helps the Rabbi lead the congregation in worship. Lee lives in Milford with his twins, Hannah and Joel, and is a neighbor of the Busheys. He has been a member of the temple for 5 ½ years, during which time he served on the Building Committee. He is also a member of the adult choir.

Director: Jill Simms Jill Simms grew up in White Meadow Lake, NJ and, later, in south Florida. She attended Emory University and Florida Atlantic University for graduate work. Jill is currently employed as “mom” to two very active children. When she has the time, she lists gardening, knitting and scrap-booking, reading and cooking among her favorite activities. Jill and her husband, Tony, live in Franklin with Jesse and Zach. They became temple members in 2009. Since joining, Jill has variously co-managed SPA, served on the Ed Committee, taught grade 6 in the Religious School, served as both Sisterhood VP and President and is now stepping down after a very successful term as Fundraising Chair. On a personal level, Jill feels that the TEC community is very important to her family.

Director: Lori Beth Towne Lori Beth Towne grew up in Rhode Island, attended Syracuse University and completed her graduate education at George Mason University. Lori Beth is currently a business manager in the gift card department at TJX Companies. She has one son, David. Lori Beth and her husband, Jerry Sawyer, live in Franklin, near the Shulmans and Lipsons. She has been a very involved member of the temple for 18 years, serving on the Board previously as 2nd VP, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer. Additionally, she has been a member of the Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Sisterhood, and Fundraising Committee, served as co-chair of SPA and managed the Scrip fundraising program for a number of years. Despite her many TEC activities, Lori Beth herself notes that she is probably best known for her height (or lack thereof)!

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Religious School Registration School registration forms are on our Website or send Hana Berman your Gmail account and you can do the registration online. Deposits are as follows: Now - July 15: Deposit $400 per child July 16 - August 15: Deposit $450 per child Late Registration after August 15: Deposit $450 plus $50 late fee per child

There is no registration the week before School starts.

Wanted: Teachers for Religious School We are in need of a few teachers for next school year.

Sisterhood High Tea at the Proctor Mansion Inn in Wrentham

Religious School Wish List

Sunday: PreK-K Wednesday: Co-Teacher for grade 4-6

Please consider making a donation to help support our religious school. These are a few things we need. Contact Hana Berman with any donations.

If you are able to help, contact Hana Berman.

Contact Us Temple Etz Chaim 900 Washington Street, Franklin, MA, 02038 508-528-5337 Send us a message Rabbi Thomas Alpert Hana Berman, Director of Education Audrey Venooker, Bookkeeper Adrianne Castro, Office Administrator

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Glue Sticks Washable Markers Plain color pocket folders Construction paper Black and white composition notebooks Black calligraphy markers (contact Hana for size)

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TEC Times, July 2016  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

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