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


RSVP by February 17th for our Community Erev Shabbat Dinner Click here to RSVP Watch your email for more details!

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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 7:00 pm at the First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut Street Franklin, Massachusetts This program is supported by the Metrowest Jewish Community Committee, a committee of Combined Jewish Philanthropies

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Purim Purim Cocktail Party And Shake-Off!

Purim Carnival Sunday, March 5 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Medway High School Cafeteria 88 Summer St., Medway Games and Face Painting run by FROGY! Food provided by the Education Committee! Buy game tickets and light lunch. FUN FOR ALL AGES!

Saturday, March 4 7:00 pm at the home of Jayme Solomon-Zissu RSVP online at SignUpGenius It’s our Third Annual Cocktail Party and Shake-Off! Come taste a variety of cocktails and vote on your favorite! The winner will take home a special trophy and have bragging rights! Let’s have some fun, food and drinks. Interested in being a participate in the Shake-Off? Contact Margot Rivelis

Shalach Manot Fundraiser TEC Sisterhood is sponsoring the Shalach Manot fundraiser again this year. Shalach Manot "the sending of portions", is a tradition during the Purim celebration. Sending Shalach Manot is a mitzvah derived from the Book of Esther. In addition to ensuring that everyone has enough for the Purim feast, it also serves to increase love and friendship within the Jewish community. Each congregant received an email with your own log in code. If you cannot find that email please contact Margot Rivelis. The deadline for placing orders is Sunday, February 19th at 9:00 pm.

10th Annual Hamentashen Happening Saturday, March 11 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the home of Pam Giordano TEN years ago I had an impromptu Hamentashen party and we rolled, filled, baked and ate! Ten years later we are still making and baking! This year we are helping prepare hamentashen for our Community Purim Spiel co-sponsored with Temple Beth Torah. Let’s wow the crowd! I am asking if you are able, to bring your favorite dough with you, so that we can make more Hamentashen than ever before!! As always, I will provide the starting batches of dough, fillings and the oven. We will all provide more dough and the muscle! 

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Bring a favorite filling. In the past we have made: apricot, pineapple, strawberry, lemon, coconut, almond, blueberry, apple, prune, poppy, cherry, chocolate, rainbow, and any combination of flavors. Bring a rolling pin – I only have 2; and if you have a large round cookie cutter that would be helpful too. Bring an apron so you don’t like getting messy! Please bring a lite bite for lunch if Hamentashen is not your idea of a balanced diet! I will provide drinks and snacks. Bring a smile and a laugh – we all need some of that!

Each year we bake and divide the Hamentashen. You will take some home and we will bring the rest to the Universalist Society where we are having our PurimSpiel this year! I hope you can make it! I’m looking forward to baking with you! Please RSVP to Pam Giordano!

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Saturday Morning Torah Study

Shabbat Shirah

February 4, 11, 18 March 11, 18 8:30 - 9:30 am at the Temple Building Join the Rabbi in a study of Torah. No long-term commitment needed. Texts will be provided. Come for the bagels. Stay for the discussion!

Healthy Eating at Whole Foods Sponsored by TEC Sisterhood

Friday, February 10 7:30 pm at First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut St., Franklin Shabbat Shirah is the Shabbat at which we hear the story of the parting of the Red Sea and the Israelites journey from slavery to freedom. Join us as we celebrate with music, just as Miriam and the Israelites did. This is a special service featuring our choir and musicians. Come and get your song on!

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

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.

Please RSVP using SignUpGenius! 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.

Bring Yourselves! Bring Your Family! Bring Your Friends! Come to our second TEC Kefiyada Museum Expo. NEW: Mini-Workshop for Parents 9:00 - 9:20

 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 others.  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!

Religious School Open House

Can Life End Death? March 1, 8, 15, 29, April 5 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Temple Building In this 5-week course, Rabbi Alpert will not lecture on vampire lore. Instead, he will lead a discussion of Neil Gilman's The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additional copies can be found through the Minuteman Library Network. Don't expect quizzes; expect refreshments. Coming? Contact, so we can put out enough chairs.

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Sunday, February 12 9:45 - 11:30 am at Medway High School 88 Summer St., Medway This Open House is for new families interested in our community. Join us for a fun filled morning as the students hold their Second Museum Expo Take a tour of our school Visit each class’s Museum Project See the students engaged and having fun Enjoy coffee & snacks with Religious School parents Meet the Director of Education and Rabbi

RSVP and let us know you are coming. For any questions call Hana Berman, Director of Education at 508-528-5337 or email Deb Rouslin at

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FROGY Shul-In Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4 This year FROGY is hosting a Shul-in. For those of you who don’t know what a Shul-in is, it literally translates to synagogue, but it’s a sleepover at a temple, and ours is hosting one for several temples in the southern sub-region of NFTY-NE. Our theme for the event is “Dreams, Hopes, and Aspirations” and we’ve created several programs based off of this theme. Teens from FROGY attending the event are expected to show up earlier to help prepare for our guests which will be arriving around 6:00 pm Friday evening, the 3rd of March and leaving Saturday night around 6:30 pm. We will be having Havdalah Saturday night, and our Jr. FROGY members are invited to attend, to get a feel for what NFTY truly is. Jessica Giordano, FROGY MCVP

Eat, Drink & Raise Money! Thursday, March 16 5:00 - 9:00 pm Mandarin Milford 196 East Main St. (across from Stop & Shop) Milford, MA Come for dinner and drinks all while supporting Temple Etz Chaim! Good for dine-in and take-out! No Coupon Necessary! All sales that night will go to Temple Etz Chaim! Mandarin Milford will donate 20% of your check (including all drinks). Be sure to mention to your server you’re from TEC. *20% of your check’s value, excluding tax and tip, will be donated to Temple Etz Chaim.

SAVE THE DATE 2nd Night Community Seder Tuesday, April 11 6:30 pm Franklin Federated Church 171 Main St. Franklin Mark your calendars to join your friends and Temple Etz Chaim family at this interactive, family oriented traditional Seder. The Rabbi will lead our Seder as we read the haggadah, retell stories of our ancestors and enjoy a wonderful meal prepared specially for us by Little White Market caterers. Check back next month for complete details on pricing and menu!

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Confronting Antisemitism Program Tuesday, March 7 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Temple Building We are presenting this program for all teens in our temple community in Grades 8-10. The mission of this program is to increase awareness of antisemitism among Jewish youth, family members and communities; provide opportunities to explore and strengthen Jewish identity; and develop skills to effectively respond to acts of antisemitism in schools and communities. Questions? Contact Hana Berman.

URJ Shabbaton at Temple Beth-El Saturday, March 25 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Temple Beth-El Providence, RI We will be welcomed by the Temple Beth-El congregation for a wonderful Shabbat day of stimulating learning, spiritual worship and music, and exciting networking. Torah Study with Rabbi David Ellenson, Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Gila Hadani Ward, Union for Reform Judaism Director of Lay Resources, who will lead us in workshops that dive deeper into the idea of engagement. Details to follow with more information coming soon!

Show your support for… TEMPLE ETZ CHAIM Stop into Panera Bread Franklin on April 19 and because of your participation 15-20% of qualifying sales will be donated directly to TEMPLE ETZ CHAIM DATE: Wednesday, April 19 TIME: Open to Close PLACE: Panera Bread Franklin 270 Franklin Village Drive Remember to present this flyer when ordering. Electronic images of flyer on a phone or tablet are acceptable. Only valid at date, time and location specified above. Gift cards and other retail purchases are excluded from the event. Dine-in, carry-out (taken inside dining room at the counter) orders qualify. No Rapid Pick Up orders. Schedule your next fundraiser online! Visit Owned and operated by HAMRA enterprises, a Panera Bread franchisee

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Erev Shabbat Service Schedule 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 Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service led by FROGY Friday, March 10 at 7:30 pm at TBT Erev Shabbat Service Friday, March 17 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service and Leaf Dedication Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Honoring Women Friday, March 31 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 TBT: Temple Beth Torah, 2162 Washington St, Holliston

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

Donations General Fund In memory of Lisa Lipson’s Father. by Barbara Karmelin 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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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. Questions? Contact Adrianne.

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



1/31 - 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 2/12

Kefiyada: Museum 3/5 Expo Event

Sunday- 9:00-11:00 am

School followed by 3/26 Purim Celebration


5/21 Last day of School

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TEC Photo Album Hana is placing in the crevices of the Kotel, all the notes written by our students on Israel Day. She also brought the letters written to lone soldiers to the Michael Levin Center for Lone Soldiers. She was told that Thursday was the perfect day to bring them since all the soldiers would be coming to stay for Shabbat. Thank you, students, for allowing me to share these important mitzvot with you!


Providence Bruins

Knitzvah Projects

Tot Shabbat

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Boston Women’s March for Solidarity

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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, February 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

TEC Times, February 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA