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A monthly calendar for the Temple Etz Chaim community November 2016 / 5777

Please join our Gala Celebration for Temple Etz Chaim and help us honor

Dr. David & Mrs. Susan Hirshfield with Temple Etz Chaim’s

Tree of Life Award

for service to the community Saturday, November 19, 2016 19 Heshvan 5777 The Crystal Room 49 Cedar Street Milford, Massachusetts 6:30 PM Cocktails and Dinner Dancing to follow To register online go to our website at: Gala Ad Book Deadline Extended Tuesday, November 1 Midnight We've extended the deadline for ads for the program book. If you'd like to advertise your business or congratulate David and Susan Hirshfield as they will be receiving the Tree of Life Award at our Gala, please email your ad to Joanne Valenca. Full page ad: $200

Half page ad: $100

Third page business cards ad: $50

Two line greeting: $25

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Clean out your closet and help us raise funds! Items collected help fund:


We are collecting: Clothing

November 13, 2016

Bring your items to our Donation Drive event: Religious school @ Medway High School 88 Summer St., Medway 9:00 - 11:30 am or Temple Building 900 Washington St., Franklin 9:00 am – 1:00 pm For questions, please contact: Nancy Berger

Shoes Accessories Books Linens Household Items* * Small items only. No furniture.

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Restaurant Fundraiser

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Junior FROGY - C’mon, Let’s Bowl! Sunday, November 13 4:00 - 6:00 pm Pinz 110 S. Main St., Milford Cost: $20 per child, includes bowling, shoes and a snack. Parents - please come, stay and play! Junior FROGY is for Temple Etz Chaim 6th, 7th and 8th graders to come together and have fun. Join our 1st event of the year at Pinz. RSVP to our Chair, Pam Giordano at

Saturday Morning Torah Study November 5, 12, 19 December 10, 17 8:30 - 9:30 am at the Temple Building Join the Rabbi and others as we discuss the Torah. Come for the bagels; stay for the learning! Texts provided. Stop by after Hebrew School!!! No coupon required! TEC will receive 15% of their total sales that night!

Annual Franklin Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving Sunday, November 20 7:00 - 8:30 pm Hosted by Temple Etz Chaim at the First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut St., Franklin This year, Temple Etz Chaim is hosting the Annual Franklin Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving. The service will include musical selections by the Interfaith choir, including members of our own TEC Choir. There will also be reflections, readings, and prayers to help us focus on this season of Thanksgiving. Please join us in welcoming our fellow houses of worship. We will also be hosting the Kiddush after the service. Please go to Sign-Up Genius and help make this a special evening.

B’Nei Mitzvah Please join the congregation in worship as our Temple Etz Chaim students are called to the Torah. Saturday, November 5 at 10:00 am at FUSF Joshua Tutin, son of Linda and Michael Tutin Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 am at FUSF Mia Robinson, daughter of Natalie and Gary Robinson

Knitzvah Group Sundays/ Monthly

Check out Temple calendar for next meeting!

4:00 pm at Temple Etz Chaim Hats, scarves, mittens and socks are great shorter projects. Sweaters or afghans or perhaps try some color work or knitted lace. Baby gift items are fun too! And of course Hanukkah gifts are a great option. We have lots of patterns, including a couple of challah covers.

We welcome any interested knitters regardless of skill level. Prior knitting experience not required; we will provide instruction. No RSVP necessary. New knitters need no materials; we have yard and needles to share - all you need to bring is you! For more information contact Sue Cass.

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Special Bat Mitzvah Invitation

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Restaurant Fundraiser

Saturday, December 10 Temple Emunah Lexington Debby Gelber and Avi Pfeffer invite you to share in their joy as their daughter Dina will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah. If you would like to join us please RSVP to

Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner & Gift Swap Sunday, December 18 7:00 pm Alumni Restaurant 391 E. Central St. Franklin Cost: Sisterhood Member - $32.00 New TEC Members - $32.00 Guest - $38.00 (Beverages not included) Not a member? Not a problem… join that night. Click here for the membership form. The tradition continues. Sisters, let's get together for a great meal and good times with friends, old and new. Please bring a gift ($10-$20) for our Yankee Swap. Please RSVP to Margot Rivelis by December 4th.

Gift Wrapping Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble The holiday season will be here before we know it! Once again, Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood will have a table at Barnes and Noble in Bellingham. We are looking for volunteers to help sit at the table and gift wrap for Barnes and Noble shoppers. You don’t have to be a sisterhood members to sign up… you just need to know how to wrap. Men and women welcome! Please take a moment and look over the available time slots to see if you are available to help us out. Go to Sign up Genius to sign up for a wrapping slot.

Monday, December 12 Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill 205 Hartford Ave., Bellingham Monday night football? Get take-out at Uno’s and help TEC. Present this certificate at the time of payment and have up to 20% of your check’s value donated to us! Good for dine in and take out!

Temple Etz Chaim Cemetery Temple Etz Chaim has cemetery plots reserved for members and their families at Beit Olam East Cemetery in Wayland. If you would like to purchase a cemetery plot, please contact the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts at (617)244-6509. Visit us at

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Religious School News Kitah Gan School Calendar 2016-2017/5777 Kitah Gan Religious School

9/11 9/18 10/16 11/6 11/20 12/18 1/8 1/22 2/12 3/5 3/26 4/9 5/7 5/21

Grades Pre K-K Sunday- 9:00-11:00 am First Day of School

Back To School Israel Day School followed by Hanukkah Celebration Kefiyada: Museum Expo Event School followed by Purim Celebration Mitzvah Day Last day of School

Israel Day Sunday, November 6 9:00 - 11:30 am Medway High School 88 Summer St., Medway Join us as we learn Israeli dances, get our hands dirty at an archaeological dig, eat Israeli food, play Israel games and more! Fun for the whole family!

Brownie Mix Collection for Families in Need The Academy and Confirmation class of Temple Etz Chaim's religious school is asking for your help. We are collecting brownie mix for the Interfaith Council's Thanksgiving Day collection for families in need. We are asking each family to donate 2 boxes of brownie mix. Boxes for the collection can be found at the temple building and the lobby at religious school. We will be collecting up until November 2nd. Thank you for assisting our teens in this effort. Fondly, Cindy Heilweil Academy and Conformation Teacher

It’s Latke Time! Cost: $10 per dozen Deadline: December 8 Pickup date: December 18 Hanukkah is coming and it is almost latke time! Would you love to take some latkes home to enjoy with your family during Hanukkah? Now is your chance! We are taking orders of Hanukkah latkes, made by TriCounty Regional Vocational Technical High School, to be picked up at Religious School Sunday, December 18th. Reheat and enjoyed in your home at your convenience! Latkes will be made, frozen, and packaged by the DOZEN to be taken home and reheated. Order today be emailing Jenn Eagerman.

Youth Group News What is Jr. FROGY? Glad you asked! It's a great opportunity for the children to get to know each other beyond the school setting and build relationships that they can carry forward into FROGY and elsewhere. Junior FROGY is open to Temple members who are in 6th - 8th grade and there is no fee to join. The only cost is that of each activity and lunch or snacks. Who do I reach out to with questions? Junior FROGY is Chaired by Pam Giordano, under the guidance of the Temple Etz Chaim Youth Commission. You can reach us at, or you can call Pam directly – 508-813-4990. What other events will we have? Save the date for JOSTY Shul-In. Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, January 22 at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA. We will travel into Boston for an overnight, activities, interactive fun and hanging out with Junior Youth Groupers from Temples all around Massachusetts, Rhode Island and beyond. More to come!!!

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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TEC Sukkot Celebrations

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TEC Photo Album

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Erev Shabbat Service Schedule Friday, November 4 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Saturday, November 5 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Joshua Tutin Bar Mitzvah Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Mia Robinson Bat Mitzvah Friday, November 18 at 6:30 pm at TEC Tot Shabbat Service Friday, November 18 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service

Community Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 25 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, December 9 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service & Honoring L’Taken Students Friday, December 16 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Saturday, December 17 at 6:00 pm at TEC Early Childhood Hanukkah Potluck Dinner and Havdalah Service Friday, December 23 at 7:00 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, December 30 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service and Menorah Lighting TEC: Temple Etz Chaim, 900 Washington St., Franklin FUSF: First Universalist Society of Franklin, 262 Chestnut St.

TEC Academy's visit to Mayyim Hayyim Mikveh

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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.

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Stay Connected Temple Etz Chaim Website Temple Etz Chaim Facebook Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood Facebook

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.

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.

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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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TEC Times, November 2016  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

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