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A monthly calendar for the Temple Etz Chaim community January 2017 / 5777

Tot Shabbat

Saturday Morning Torah Study

Friday, January 6 6:30 - 7:15 pm at the Temple Building Please join us for Tot Shabbat! Through a fun-filled, casual service of songs, stories, and prayers, followed by a mini-oneg, we bring Shabbat to life for children from toddlers through first grade and their families. For more information please contact Laura Waldman and Stephanie Ries.

Sisterhood Movie Night Thursday, January 12 7:00 pm Private Theater at the home of Cindy Heilweil Movie: Philomena Join us for a nosh and movie: popcorn, candy and wine! Please RSVP to Cindy Heilweil. Synopsis: In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena (Judi Dench) became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena's child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States. For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son. When former BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They travel together to America to find Anthony and become unexpectedly close in the process.

Community & New Members Brunch Sunday, January 29 11:00 - 2:00 pm at Temple Etz Chaim Mark your calendar for a Community brunch. Join us for an informal gathering for good food and good company- come at 11:00 or after religious school and before big games. Drop-in for a bagel or stay longer, if you wish. See your temple friends and reconnect in a relaxing setting. Children will enjoy time with their temple friends while parents schmooze. Good times! Please, rsvp to bring a breakfast item-juice, bagels, bagel toppings, breads, an egg dish, vegetable dish, fruit platter or dessert. Delicious coffee will be provided. RSVP to Connie Shulman by 1/26.

January 7, 14, 21, 28 February 4, 11, 18 8:30 - 9:30 am at the Temple Building Join the Rabbi for a discussion of Torah. Texts will be provided. Come for the bagels; stay for the discussion! (I've heard the participants sometimes burst into song.)

JOSTY Shul-In Saturday, January 21 - Sunday, January 22 Temple Ohabei Shalom Brookline, MA Junior FROGY (Grades 6-7-8) are encouraged to attend the NFTY/Josty Shul-In. 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. Lead by Senior Youth Group members and chaperoned. Cost is $55.00 per person. Register online before January 4, 2017. Space is limited!

Restaurant Fundraiser Eat, Drink and Raise Money! Come for dinner and drinks, stay for music all while supporting Temple Etz Chaim! Live Music: Michael Rivelis Mr. Dooley’s Olde Irish Country Pub will donate 20% of your check to Temple Etz Chaim Date: Time: Music: Address:

Sunday, January 29, 2017 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm 303 Shear St., Wrentham

Please present this coupon at the time of payment to have 20% of your check’s value, excluding tax and tip, donated to Temple Etz Chaim. Good for dine-in or take-out orders. Excluding other coupons or incentives.

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Please fill out the order form below and return to Stewart Lipson with checks made payable to the Providence Bruins by December 30th. For more information please contact Stewart Lipson at 508-446-1298 or

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Early Childhood PJ Havdalah Saturday, February 11 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Temple Building Come in your favorite jammies to say goodbye to Shabbat and welcome a new week with friends in a cozy, fun-filled Havdalah! The Rabbi will read a story, and we will make a craft, smell the spices and enjoy a yummy snack together. Members and non-members welcome! For questions and to RSVP, please contact Laura Waldman and Stephanie Ries.

Healthy Eating at Whole Foods Sponsored by TEC Sisterhood Monday, February 13 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Bellingham Whole Foods Market Cafe Having a hard time making healthy choices or looking for more nutritious options? Join Healthy Eating Specialist Dawn Berthelette, for a presentation using plant-based, nutrient dense foods. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to eat well, it just takes a little know-how.

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Museum Expo Sunday, February 12 9:00 - 11:30 am at Medway High School 88 Summer St., Medway

Bring Yourselves! Bring Your Family! Bring Your Friends! Come to our second TEC Kefiyada Museum Expo. NEW: Mini-Workshop for Parents

 Visit each class’s exhibit!  Learn about Israel, Jewish Immigration from 1881-1924.  Experience a Shabbat service in a new way.  Be part of Gemilut Hassadim, a Project of Giving to oth-

ers.  See the work of our Student Calligraphers.  Follow the Scavenger Hunt in the Children’s Museum Guide. Don’t know what all these words mean? Come to our exhibits to find out! And…eat yummy refreshments!

New Year of the Trees Traditionally, a bounty of fruits and vegetables grace the Tu B’Shevat table so we will be focusing on including as many of them as possible in this class, including the seven species mentioned in the Torah. In lieu of a fee for this event, we are collecting donations for JNF - Jewish National Fund in recognition of Tu B’Shevat. Each tree costs $18.00.

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

A fun filled evening for the whole family. Costume parade, megillah reading, hamantaschen and a rousing Purim Spiel to the music of the Jersey Boys. Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:00 pm at the First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut Street Franklin, Massachusetts

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Erev Shabbat Service Schedule Friday, January 6 at 6:30 pm at TEC Tot Shabbat Service Friday, January 6 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, January 13 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, January 20 at 7:00 pm at FFC Family Shabbat Service Friday, January 27 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, February 3 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, February 10 at 7:30 pm at FUSF Erev Shabbat Shirah Service Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Friday, February 24 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service TEC: Temple Etz Chaim, 900 Washington St., Franklin FFC: Franklin Federated Church, 171 Main St, Franklin FUSF: First Universalist Society of Franklin, 262 Chestnut St., Franklin

Donations Religious School Fund In appreciation of Dr. and Mrs. David Hirshfield. by the Kallin-Linet Family General Fund Thank you to our “Temple Family” for the Tree of Life Award and wonderful Gala Evening. by Susan and David Hirshfield 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.

Temple Cookbook Temple Cookbook... Needs your help! We are creating a cookbook. 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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Cardboard Recycling Program

TEC has a new recycling program that will earn us $$$. American Paper Recycling is a program that not only helps with our recycling efforts but also earns us money. Drop off your paper/cardboard in the recycling bin outside our temple building. Go online to learn more.

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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Religious School Calendar 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

1/1- No School (Winter Break)


1/3– A/C



1/10 –A/C/PC

1/15-- No School- MLK Day wknd


1/17– A/C



1/24 - A/C



1/31 - A/C



2/7– A/C (7th grade)



2/14– A/C/PC

2/19 – No School (February Break)

2/22– No School (February Break)

2/21 – No School (February Break)

2/26– No School (February Break)


2/28 – A/C



3/7 – A/C

3/12 – No School (Purim Weekend)


3/14 – A/C/PC



3/21 - A/C



3/28– A/C



4/4– A/C/PC


4/12– No School (Passover)

4/11- No School (Passover)

4/16–No School (Passover)

4/19– No School (Spring Break)

4/18 – No School (Spring Break)

4/23– No School ((Spring Break)


4/25 – A/C


5/3 5/10 5/17– Last day of School

5/2 – A/C (7th grade)

5/7 5/14 5/21 – Last day of School

5/9– A/C/PC 5/16– A/C – 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

Kitah Gan Religious School

Grades Pre K-K

Sunday- 9:00-11:00 am

12/18 School followed by 1/22 Hanukkah Celebration 2/12 Kefiyada: 1/8 Museum Expo Event

3/5 3/26

School followed by Purim Celebration

5/7 Mitzvah Day 5/21 Last day of School

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TEC Photo Album

Brotherhood Beer Tasting Night

Six TEC Students Attend L’Taken in Washington DC – December 2016 My bag is packed. I'm ready to go to L’Taken. Looking forward to a long weekend in DC with lots of like-minded leaders, educators and students looking to making a difference in the world. I think I ought to become a professional Chaperone. No this is not a school trip. It is a long weekend with a group of 6 students, 3 Chaperones and our Rabbi from our Temple going to Washington DC to meet up with over 300 Jewish teens, and leaders meeting to make a difference in our nation! It was such an amazing experience. Throughout this weekend of prayer, song, and interactive programming on topics like discrimination and negotiation, our students learned how to prepare and present a position paper. Included in this weekend were visits to the Holocaust museum and Smithsonian Air & Space, and Natural History museums. With programming wrapped up, it was time for our teens to buckle down and write their papers. Working until nearly 11:30 at night, in teams of two the papers had to include 4 things- an introduction, a personal connection, a Jewish connection, and a conclusion with an ask. The topics our teens chose were Gun Violence, Disabilities, and LGBT Discrimination.

Monday morning arrived very quickly and we were off to Capital Hill. The full contingent of 30 Massachusetts students (from four congregations or groups of congregations) headed off first to Senator Markey's office where students from the other synagogues presented their papers. Next we went to Senator Warren's office where Jess and Anina presented along with 2 groups from other Massachusetts temples. After lunch in the basement of the House office building we were off to Congressman Joe Kennedy's office, where only Temple Etz Chaim teens were presenting. We were greeted and sat with Chief of Staff Greg Mecher. At each meeting the staff members began by asking if we had any questions in where to go and what to see, and each time we told them our students had presentations for them (Jenna and Abigail on Gun Violence, Jessica S. and Alyssa on Disabilities, and Jessica G and Anina on LGBT). They seemed pleasantly surprised and each listened respectfully, asked questions or commented based on their offices’ official position. What was most impressive was how prepared and polished our girls were; and how the government reps were respectful in their responses and addressed each group directly, respectfully and honestly. An amazing weekend making a difference in the lives of our participants, empowering them to know that one person can make a difference and Repair the World – do Tikkun Olam.

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Six TEC Students Attend L’Taken in Washington DC – December 2016

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Tree of Life Recipient: David and Susan Hirshfield Speech given by David Hirshfield: Several months ago I decided to go to the Temple’s annual meeting. Shamefully I hadn’t been in some time but for some reason this year I was curious as to how we were doing. I was extremely pleased to find out that after many years of budgeting that resulted in a negative bottom line, this year’s budget produced a surplus. No easy feat! So many memories of leading the Temple through similar times in the past came flooding back to me. Remembering that the line items on the spreadsheet weren’t all the result of number crunching wizardry, but represented a human cost as well. Early board members remember thinking: We’re not a Fortune 500 company, we’re a benevolent organization, how can we even make a single money decision that negatively affects another? At that very point a certain memory came back in my mind. 1992 was my first year on the board as a director. At that time, Board meetings were held monthly on Monday nights in the Shulman’s living room. The burning topic of this particular month was raising the Temple dues from their current $36 per year to the exorbitant sum of $100. Until long after midnight, we agonized over this issue. After all we needed the money to grow and thrive, but what would the congregation think? Would they think it’s too much? Would they leave Etz Chaim for less expensive alternatives or choose not to affiliate at all? We played out every worst case scenario you could imagine. Of course we did end up raising the dues. And much to our surprise, after the congregation voted it in at the annual meeting, many told us how happy they were that we did this and how they felt it would help further the cause. Almost a “what took you so long”? perspective. We indeed learned our lesson. But that being said, we certainly hope the board doesn’t plan on tripling Temple dues again anytime soon! So therein lies the answer to the question of how a benevolent organization is able to make seemingly negative budgetary decisions. We don’t make decisions for our own individual good, we make them for the greater good. And that my friends is the true definition of a Temple community! One that in our case, has indeed stood the test of time. Susan and I owe an eternal debt of gratitude for so many with whom we have worked in religious school and Temple governance. And to the many friendships that have enriched our lives for the past 25 years. We especially want to thank Connie and Richard Shulman for their guidance and support of us during our early temple years. I want to thank all who served with me on the boards and committees for your care, skill, judgement and wisdom that was so vital to our temple’s growth. Susan would like to thank all the wonderful parent volunteers and teachers with whom she had the privilege of working. The time was well spent teaching our children Jewish traditions and beliefs. A thank you to all our past Rabbis and especially to current Rabbi Tom Alpert. Thank you to all the temple leaders over the past 25 years for steering us through difficult times and especially to our current leadership for coming up with that surplus. For that one I’ll have to quote something our kids would say: “way to go, guys”! And of course, a special thank you to the Gala committee for this beautiful evening. And finally, my special thank you to our co-honoree, my wife Susan for her love and support these past 34 years It’s been said that “the past is a nice place to visit but you don’t want to live there”. Tonight we have had a nice visit. But our eyes remain firmly fixed on the Temple’s bright future. It is a tree of life to those who hold it fast. Friends hold fast the tree of life and hold fast the temple that bears its name. Thank you. Temple Etz Chaim  Beit Knesset: House of Assembly  Beit Tefilah: House of Prayer  Beit Midrash: House of Study Thank you Ryan for the time and effort you put into our Tempe Etz Chaim video. To learn more about Rewatchable please visit their website.

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Temple Etz Chaim Gala Photo Album

We are pleased to announce that the professional photos taken at our Temple Etz Chaim Gala this year are available to view! Please click here to view the photo gallery. Thank you once again to Mattie Simas for donating her time and expertise to this successful event!

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Ideal Big Brother is energetic and mature (someone in his 30s-50s would be a good fit for Mark), living in proximity to Franklin/Holliston and open to being matched to a non-Jewish child.

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) is a skilled nursing facility and licensed hospital that provides long-term care in Boston and Dedham. The Volunteer Services Department at Dedham as well as Boston is always looking for adults and students interested in giving a little of their time to our residents. If you are interested, please contact us at 781-2349350 (Dedham) or 617-363-8421 (Boston). You can also visit our website, and go to the Volunteer tab to learn more about our volunteer requirements and some of our volunteer opportunities.

Do you or does someone you know have a few hours a month to make a huge difference in the life of another person? Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS) is in need of volunteers! JBBBS has 35 children in need of a mentor and 52 adults with disabilities on the waiting list. For more information, contact JBBBS Community Organizer, Lily Siegel:; 617-558-6549.

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

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

TEC Times, January 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

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