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

TEC Community-Wide Rosh Hashanah Honey Greeting Project Last year TEC Sisterhood raised $5,500 between the Rosh Hashanah and Purim Greeting Project and we donated 100% of it back to the Temple. Sending Rosh Hashanah greetings is a heartfelt way to emphasize the Jewish unity that lies at the core of the high holidays and a way to create meaningful connections within our own TEC community. All Temple members should have received an email with your own personal code. When you login you can choose to send a Rosh Hashanah greeting along with a small jar of local honey to as few or as many members of our congregation. Each greeting costs $6.00. For every 5 greetings, you get the next one free. If you’d like, you can send one to each family in the congregation for $180. That’s a savings of $390. After we close this fundraiser, each family will receive one jar of honey and a greeting card listing all the families that chose to send you a greeting. ***ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 5PM***

This fundraiser is run by Sisterhood. If you can’t find your email with your personal password or have any questions, please contact Margot Rivelis.

TEC Gala Celebration and Tree of Life Awards Saturday, November 19 6:30 - 10:30 pm The Crystal Room Milford, MA

SAVE THE DATE to be part of our Second Gala Celebration and Tree of Life Awards presentation. We will present our Tree of Life Awards honoring outstanding individuals in the community. The Gala will take place at The Crystal Room in Milford starting at 6:30 P.M. Dinner and dancing will be part of this fun evening. Registration will be open soon. Gala Celebration Silent Auction We are asking our members if they have a high-value item they can donate to the Gala Committee for the silent auction that will take place that evening. We are looking for interesting and unique items that may include, but are not limited to, tickets to professional sporting events, time-share vacation destinations, other vacation homes, works of art, etc. We will be placing a minimum bid on each item to ensure maximum return for Temple Etz Chaim on your donation. Please contact Joanne Valenca by September 30th if you have an item you would like to donate. We will need to have a description of the item, a photo if applicable, and your assessment of the approximate value of your donation. We appreciate your time and generosity!

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High Holy Days Schedule 5777 Rosh Hashanah Sunday, October 2

7:30 pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Franklin Federated Church

Monday, October 3

9:00 am 10:15 am 4:00 pm

Children’s Service Morning Service Tashlich

Franklin Federated Church Franklin Federated Church Choate Park, Medway

Tuesday, October 4

10:00 am

2nd day Rosh Hashanah Service

Temple Etz Chaim

Yom Kippur Tuesday, October 11

7:30 pm

Kol Nidre

Franklin Federated Church

9:00 am 10:15 am 1:00 pm 2:45 pm 3:00 pm

Children’s Service Morning Service Afternoon Study Session Musical Interlude Afternoon Service Yizkor Service Ne’ilah (Concluding Service) Havdalah and Break Fast

Franklin Federated Church Franklin Federated Church Franklin Federated Church Franklin Federated Church Franklin Federated Church

Wednesday, October 12

Approx. 6:30 pm

Franklin Federated Church

Franklin Federated Church: 171 Main St., Franklin Temple Etz Chaim: 900 Washington St., Franklin High Holy Day tickets are mailed to all adult Temple members in good standing, and will be required for all services. If you are not a member of Temple Etz Chaim, please join us according to the following criteria:  If you are a member in good standing of another URJ-affiliated congregation, please request tickets by having your Temple office send a letter to Temple Etz Chaim.  If you are a college student or in active military service, admittance is complimentary when you show a valid student or military ID to the usher.  There is no cost to attend the children’s services.  If you are an extended family member of a Temple Etz Chaim member, tickets for the High Holy Days are available for $50 per adult. Each ticket admits one adult to all services. TEC members should use the Extended Family High Holy Day Ticket Request Form to request tickets.  If you are a prospective member of Temple Etz Chaim, please join us for Tishrei Connection, a special invitation to join our community for all of the services and activities in the month of Tishrei. Tishrei Connection must be purchased in advance for $54 per adult.  If you are not a member of Temple Etz Chaim, and do not fit any of the other categories, please join us through the “Community Ticket” program. “Community Tickets” must be purchased in advance for $250 per adult.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Temple office: 508-528-5337

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Getting To Know The New High Holy Day Prayer Book Thursday, September 1 7:30 - 9:00 pm at the Temple Building For the first time in our Temple history, we are going to use a different prayer book for the High Holy Days. Join Rabbi Alpert as we learn about the new offerings that you will find in Mishkan Hanefesh. This session will help prepare you to make the most out of your Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Community Pot Luck Dinner and Shabbat Services Friday, September 23 Dinner: 6:00 pm Service: 7:30 pm Please, join us for a Community Pot Luck Dinner and Services. Enjoy this community event to connect with friends. RSVP to and sign-up to help set-up and cook. We need everyone's participation. Good times!

S’lichot Service* and Movie Saturday, September 24 8:00 – 11:00 pm Temple Building This is our annual Slichot service preparing for the High Holy Days. Join the Rabbi and Adult Ed as we watch then discuss the movie Footnote. This award-winning and Oscar-nominated film (Best Foreign Language Film 2011) tells the story of a father and son, both Talmudic scholars. One is beloved and respected; the other is unpopular and ignored. What happens when one receives the honor the other has so desperately sought? What is the cost of forgiveness? Join us to find out! Please rsvp to Rosie Buja. *We will use the new High Holy Days prayer book! Sneak a peek!

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Eat, Drink & Raise Money! Sunday, September 18 Dinner: 4:00 - 9:00 pm Music: 700 - 9:00 pm Alumni Restaurant, 391 E. Central St., Franklin Come for dinner, stay for music and drinks all while supporting Temple Etz Chaim. Good for dine-in and take-out! 50/50 Raffle! Live Music: Michael Rivelis Shopping: ESBE Jewelry Alumni will donate 10% of your check (including all drinks) to Temple Etz Chaim. Please present coupon at the time of payment to have 10% of your check’s value, excluding tax and tip donated to TEC. Go online to print coupon! or page 7 of this newsletter

ESBE Jewelry Fundraiser Joanie of ESBE Jewelry will be selling her jewelry at our Alumni fundraiser again this year. She has offered this as a month long fundraiser.  

Go to and click Shop to view the virtual catalog When you checkout, add Stylist ID #246104 and Promo Code Temple Etz Chaim

It’s that simple! Joanie will donate a percent of all the sales from the whole month of September. You can also see her in person at our Alumni Restaurant Fundraiser on September 18th!

Fairmount Fruit Farm Fundraiser Fairmount Fruit Farm


Sunday, September 25 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 887 Lincoln St., Franklin Apple picking and farm stand shopping! Shop with us and Fairmount Fruit Farm will donate a percent of your purchase to Temple Etz Chaim.

Apple Picking, free range eggs, fruits and vegetables, local honey, jams, jellies, homemade baked goods, Dom's steak tips and much more! Print coupons and share with your friends Go online to print coupons or page 7 of this newsletter.

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Pizza in the Hut Sukkot Dinner and Service Sunday, October 16 Dinner: 6:00 pm Sukkah Decorating: 6:45 pm Service: 7:00 pm Please join us as we celebrate Sukkot with a pizza, pasta (vegan approved) and salad dinner. RSVP by October 14th to Emily Berman.

On the Chocolate Trail Saturday, October 29 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Temple Building Think of stereotypical Jewish food, and what comes to mind? Bagels and lox? Sure! Kugel? Of course! Matzah? Naturally! Chocolate? What?! Join Rabbi Deborah Prinz as she “draws from her world travels and research on the trail of chocolate to enchant chocolate lovers” (and you know who you are). Listen “as she unwraps stories of the trade, retail and manufacture of chocolate since it was first introduced to Europeans.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Let Rosie Buja know if you plan to come.

B’Nei Mitzvah Please join the congregation in worship as our Temple Etz Chaim students are called to the Torah.

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Saturday Morning Torah Study Saturday, October 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19 8:30 - 9:30 am at the Temple Building Join the Rabbi and others to parse the meaning of Torah passages. No Hebrew needed. Text provided. Come for the bagels. Stay for the discussion!

Savers Donation Drive Sunday, November 13 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Our spring Savers collection was very successful! We will again be collecting clothing, electrical items, housewares, toys, sports equipment, knick knacks, etc. These are a source of income for nonprofit organizations. We will be paid for every pound of items collected. Watch for the flyers soon for more details.

Erev Shabbat Service Schedule Friday, September 2 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, September 9 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Sophie Redwine Bat Mitzvah

Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 am at FUSF Sophie Redwine, daughter of Julie and John Redwine

Friday, September 16 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 am at FUSF Benjamin Fine, son of Barbara and William Fine

Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Fine

Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 am at FUSF Gabriella Borr, daughter of Sherene and Steven Borr

Friday, September 23 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service honoring New Members and Welcoming Back Campers Friday, September 30 at 6:30 pm at TEC Tot Shabbat Service Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service TEC: Temple Etz Chaim, 900 Washington St., Franklin FUSF: First Universalist Society of Franklin, 262 Chestnut St., Franklin

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REMINDER for students in Grades 2-6: Don’t forget to finish your summer Hebrew packets! An email was sent to all families in these grades; just email Hana if you can’t locate yours. We can’t wait to see your child on Sept 11th! ———————————————————————————————————————SCHOOL YEAR STARTING DATES Sunday, September 11: Pre-K through 7th Grade Book Pick-up will once again be on the 1st day of Religious School ………………………………………………… Tuesday, September 13: Academy/Confirmation/Post-Confirmation Wednesday, September 14: 3rd through 6th Grade Hebrew ———————————————————————————————————————Religious School on Sundays and Wednesdays is held at Medway High School, 88 Summer St, Medway ———————————————————————————————————————New School Parent Orientation Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Temple Building FOR PARENTS OF INCOMING STUDENTS Find out about the format for the first day of religious school! Learn the important facts about our school; where we meet, your child’s teacher, the school’s pick-up and dismissal process, and a host of other pertinent details to assist you and your child. Please RSVP to let Hana Berman know you are able to attend or call the office at 508-528-5337. ———————————————————————————————————————Welcome to our 1st day of Religious School! Schedule for: Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:00-9:30 am Opening Assembly: Children, Parents, Teachers and Aides – Auditorium 9:30-9:40 am Parents of students in grades 4-7 remain in the auditorium for a short presentation 9:30-10:00 am Book Pick Up for parents of students in grades preK-3 9:40-10:10 am Book Pick Up for parents of students in grades 4-7 Parents of students in grades preK-3 meet in the auditorium for a short presentation 9:30-11:00 am Kitah Gan (PreK-K) 9:30-11:30 am Grades 1-7th grade will be in their classrooms Pick-up for Kitah Gan is at 11:00 Pick-up for Grades 1-7 is at 11:30 ———————————————————————————————————————Consecration “Invite” to Congregation Sunday, October 23 7:00 pm at Franklin Federated Church, 171 Main Street, Franklin Join us when we welcome our youngest students and their families to the Temple Etz Chaim Religious School at Consecration which is part of our Simchat Torah celebration. Each student will receive a mini-Torah that often becomes a cherished heirloom. Ask some members of our Education Committee who still have their the torahs they received as children.

Religious School Calendar 2016-2017/5777 School is open every date listed, unless otherwise noted. Religious School

Hebrew School

Grades 1-7 Sunday- 9:00–11:30 am

Grades 3-6

Academy (A); Confirmation (C); Post Confirmation (PC) - Grades 8-12

Wednesday- 4:00–5:30 pm

Tuesday- 6:30-8:30 pm

9/11 – First Day of School

9/14- First Day of School

9/13- First Day of A/C






9/27– A/C Trip to Maayim Hayyim

10/2- No School- Erev Rosh Hashanah


10/4- No School- Rosh Hashanah

10/9-No School- Columbus Day wknd

10/12- No School- Yom Kippur

10/11 – No School- Yom Kippur



10/18– A/C/PC



10/25– A/C



11/8 – No School- Election Day



11/15– A/C/PC



11/22- No School-Thanksgiving


11/23-No School-Thanksgiving

11/29 – A/C

11/27- No School-Thanksgiving


12/6 – A/C (7th grade)



12/13 – A/C/PC



12/20 - A/C



12/27 – No School (Winter Break)

12/25- No School (Winter Break)

12/28– No School (Winter Break)

1/3– A/C

1/1- No School (Winter Break)


1/10 –A/C/PC



1/17– A/C

1/15-- No School- MLK Day wknd


1/24 - A/C



1/31 - A/C



2/7– A/C (7th grade)



2/14– A/C/PC



2/21 – No School (February Break)

2/19 – No School (February Break)

2/22– No School (February Break)

2/28 – A/C

2/26– No School (February Break)


3/7 – A/C



3/14 – A/C/PC



3/21 - A/C



3/28– A/C



4/4– A/C/PC



4/11- No School (Passover)


4/12– No School (Passover)

4/18 – No School (Spring Break)

4/16–No School (Passover)

4/19– No School (Spring Break)

4/25 – A/C

4/23– No School ((Spring Break)


5/2 – A/C (7th grade)


5/3 5/10 5/17– Last day of School

5/9– A/C/PC 5/16– A/C – Last day of School

5/7 5/14 5/21 – Last day of School

Please join us to honor our Confirmation Students Tuesday May 30, 2017 Shavuot and Confirmation @ 7:00pm at Franklin Federated Church

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Kitah Gan School Calendar 2016-2017/5777

September 2016 / 5776

Restaurant Fundraiser Coupons

Kitah Gan Religious School Grades Pre K-K Sunday- 9:00-11:00 am

9/11 - First Day of School 9/18 10/16 11/6 - Israel Day 11/20 12/18 - School followed by Hanukkah Celebration 1/8 1/22 2/12 - Kefiyada: Museum Expo Event 3/5 - School followed by Purim Celebration 3/26 4/9 5/7 - Mitzvah Day 5/21 - Last day of School

APPLE PICKING FUNDRAISER Pick a bag of apples! For each bag purchased Fairmount Farm will donate $5 to Temple Etz Chaim Sunday, September 25, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fairmount Fruit Farm 887 Lincoln St. Franklin, MA Please present coupon at time of payment to have $5 per bag donated to Temple Etz Chaim. This coupon cannot be combined with any other coupon (including Farm Stand coupon).

SHOP AT THE FARM STAND Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 887 Lincoln St., Franklin  Fresh free range eggs  Assortment of fruits and vegetables  Local Honey and honey products  Frozen home baked pies  Jams, jellies, preserves and more  Homemade baked goods  Meats by Dom’s Meats  and much more! Please present coupon at time of payment to have 20% of your purchase, excluding tax, donated to Temple Etz Chaim. This coupon cannot be combined with any other coupon (including Apple Picking coupon).

Make sure to enter Fairmount Farm’s 3rd annual Fall Photo Contest on Facebook for a chance to WIN 1 of 3 great prizes! Like their Facebook page for more details.

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Update from Knitzvah Though vacations took people away from the area during the summer, some members of our group met infrequently, using the time to finish up many projects. Here are samples of a few of these.

Grace’s hat fits Dave perfectly!

Cindy’s bear is ready for hugging!

With vacations behind us, we will continue to meet approximately every two-three weeks, on Sundays, at the temple building. The dates will be posted on the temple calendar. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a really cold winter so knitted hats, scarves, mittens and socks will be in great demand. For long-term projects, this is a great time to begin that sweater you always wanted to make, the off-to-college blanket for your high school senior or Hanukkah gifts for all the family. We have lots of patterns! As always, we welcome any interested knitters regardless of skill level. Prior knitting experience is not required; we will provide instruction. No RSVP is necessary. New knitters need no materials; we have yarn and needles to share – all you need to bring is you! Contact Sue Cass for questions

Sharon’s desk runner adds flair to her apartment!

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Photos from July 4th

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 Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Rocha by Hana Berman

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.

Carl, Owen and Melissa

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.

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.

Andy, Scott and Emily

Raffle Winner

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PawSox Family Fun Day 2016

Contact Us Temple Etz Chaim 900 Washington Street, Franklin, MA, 02038 508-528-5337 Send us a message

September 2016 / 5776

JFS Programs

Stay Connected Temple Etz Chaim Website

Rabbi Thomas Alpert

Temple Etz Chaim Facebook

Hana Berman, Director of Education

Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood Facebook

Audrey Venooker, Bookkeeper Adrianne Castro, Office Administrator

Temple Etz Chaim LinkedIn

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