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

2nd Night Community Seder Tuesday, April 11 6:00 pm Franklin Federated Church 171 Main Street, Franklin $30 per adult/$15 per child (age 4-10)

Cost after April 2nd $36 per adult/ $18 per child Everyone is invited to attend 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 special for us by Little White Market caterers.

Dinner:  Chopped Liver  Chicken Soup with Matzah Balls  Brisket  Vegetables  Roasted Potatoes  Dessert A vegetarian meal is also available (by special request) For or toinformation RSVP please contact Adrianne Castro Clickmore here information to RSVP. For more please contact Emily Berman.

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Saturday Morning Torah Study April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20, 27 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!

Passover Walk Tuesday, April 11 11:00 am Delcarte Conservation Area Pleasant Street, Franklin The festivals of Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot are called shalosh regalim, usually translated as the “Three Pilgrimage Festivals.” But literally, it just means, the three walking times. In ancient days, our people would walk to Jerusalem in pilgrimages to make sacrifices on these festivals. We don’t do that anymore, but we can learn from them by taking time to walk and think on these days. So, we are having walking days on each of these festivals. Join us for a contemplative walk and study for the first day of Passover, Tuesday, April 11. Weather permitting, we will meet at the main entrance to the Delcarte Conservation Area on Pleasant Street in Franklin, near Flintlock Road.

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Early Childhood Model Passover Seder Sunday, April 2 2:00 - 3:30 pm at Temple Etz Chaim This Seder is geared for toddlers thru second graders AND their siblings! The whole family will enjoy an age-appropriate Seder with songs, a story, and a Seder full of fun! Members and non-members welcome. See details on page 4 of this newsletter. Questions & RSVP to Laura Waldman and Stephanie Ries.

Women’s Passover Seder Saturday, April 15 6:00 pm at Temple Etz Chaim Temple and Sisterhood Members: $25 Guests: $32 Shake your tambourines as we celebrate Miriam’s role in Jewish history as well as our own! 6 SEATS LEFT AT THE TABLE!!! Contact Margot Rivelis if you’re still interested in joining us. Sponsored by Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood

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 Click here for coupon! 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

Sisterhood Night at the Theater Saturday, April 22 6:00 pm Dean College Performing Arts Studio Stage Tickets: $10 RSVP to Melissa Folsom Join us for a different ladies Night Out. We'll meet for dinner and then the play 5 Women Wearing The Same Dress, an off-Broadway tale of a group of bridesmaids sharing memories of friendships with the bride, and maybe a few others. Restaurant still to be decided but the curtain goes up at 7:30. Please note: This theater is not handicap accessible and does have stairs.

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Temple Community Yom HaShoah Service Sunday, April 23 7:00 pm at Temple Building "Thou shall never be a bystander." These are the words of the great Israeli Holocaust scholar Yehuda Bauer. Join us for our solemn and moving Holocaust remembrance service where we will reflect on Professor Bauer's words and its application to the Holocaust and to our times.

Sisterhood BBQ and Annual Meeting Sunday, May 5 12:00 pm at the home of Melissa Folsom Join us as we come together to reflect on our accomplishments, vote on where to donate our fundraising efforts and vote on our new 2017-2018 Sisterhood Board of Directors. Watch for more details. Questions? Contact Melissa Folsom

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Temple Spring Clean-Up Sunday, April 30 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Temple Building It is time for Spring Cleaning at the Temple and everyone is invited. Also this year we are welcoming volunteers from Dean College Jewish Community Club. So please come and show support for their kind offer. It will be time to pick up, rake up and spruce up the Temple grounds from a hard winter of downed tree branches and plowed up parking. Come for an hour or the day. Refreshments will be available - all we need is you and your rakes, shovels, saws and pruners. Also we are asking donations of Ornamental Grasses to line the driveways and walkways. Buy one or divide and dig from your home. Those can be dropped off at the Temple any time this spring.

TEC Annual Meeting Thursday, May 25 7:00 pm at Temple Building All temple members are requested to attend. Come vote on the new Board of Directors and approve the 20162017 budget. Get involved… it’s your Temple!

3rd Annual Temple Gala Update

Be Our Treasurer: It Makes ¢ Do you like to add and subtract? If yes, then you are “equal” to the task at hand! Temple Etz Chaim is currently in need of a Treasurer for the next fiscal year (July 2017). This is a vital role in shaping our community. The position works closely with our very supportive Finance Committee. Please contact the Leadership Development and Nominating Committee at with questions on our Treasurer position or about any other available openings for next years Board of Directors.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 Crystal Room Milford, MA We are very excited as the Temple Gala Committee begins planning for this year’s event! The Crystal Room venue in Milford has been reserved for the event on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Many discussions are taking place to make this year’s gala our best yet. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Joanne Valenҁa, Gala Committee chairperson, at

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


We are collecting: Clothing

May 7, 2017

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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B’Nei Mitzvah B’Nei Mitzvah Shabbat Service 10:00 am First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut St., Franklin Saturday, April 1: Max Cohn becomes a Bar Mitzvah Saturday, April 8: Ilana Cutler becomes a Bat Mitzvah Saturday, May 20: Alexis and Derek Halet becomes B’nei Mitzvah The congregation is invited to worship as our students are called to the Torah as Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Please join the families for Kiddush following the service.

Service Schedule Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Max Cohn Bar Mitzvah Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Ilana Cutler Bat Mitzvah Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Sunday, April 16 at 7:00 pm at TEC Passover Yizkor Service Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 pm at TEC Yom HaShoah Service Friday, April 28 at 7:00 pm at TEC Family Shabbat Service Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service led by FROGY Friday, May 12 at 7:00 pm at TEC Family Shabbat Service Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 am at TEC Tot Shabbat Service Friday, May 19 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Alexis and Derek Halet B’Nei Mitzvah Friday, May 26 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

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Donations General Fund Thank you for your kind donation by Jennifer and Scott Eagerman. 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.

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



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


5/21 Last day of School

Sunday- 9:00-11:00 am

FROGY Shul-In Several weeks ago our very own TEC youth group hosted a shul in, the first event of its kind in about 10 years. For those who don’t know what a shul in is, it’s a sleepover. We had 14 participants, not including staff, and for all who participated it was an equally enjoyable event. We had 2 programs lead by FROGY members and our very own advisor Carl Shulman. The theme of our weekend was “Dreams, Hopes, and Aspirations” during the weekend the activities we took part in helped us to see our own dreams, and to realize what we wish would change for the better. We had a teen lead service Friday night, with the theme of dreams in which we incorporated many quotes about achieving your dreams. Later that evening after the adults had left we played icebreaker games such as “I’m sitting on a chair” and “Haiduken” both energetic and entertaining camp games. After changing into our pajamas, we had song circle and a late-night snack, then some down time to just hang out until lights out. In the morning, we had an amazing breakfast and a morning service, afterwards we took place in our first program lead by Jenna Goodman, Abigail Pfeiffer, and Jessica Giordano, in which we learned about each other’s dreams and tried to help others learn to achieve their own and then we made dream catchers. Then we broke for lunch, which was donated to us by Grumpy’s and Joff’s, and then had another song session. Afterwards we participated in a program lead by our very own advisor Carl Shulman which talked about the way we view real life issues through art and how to express what we believe in and should stand up for. We made paintings of issues we believed in, such as equality. Afterwards we held a Havdalah service and then the participating teens went home. All in all, it was a great event, and everyone really enjoyed it.

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TEC Purim Events

Hamantaschen Happening at the home of Pam Giordano

Academy Class Making Hamantaschen

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TEC Purim Carnival

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TEC Purim Carnival

TEC & TBT Community Purimspiel

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TEC Martini Shake-Off Kathy’s Chocolate Martini 2 chocolate wafer cookies U Bet Chocolate syrup for drizzling inside the glass and the rim Ice 2 oz chocolate milk 1 oz vanilla vodka 1 oz creme de cocoa Directions • Place the chocolate cookies in a plastic baggie and pound with a rolling pin or wooden • • • • • •

mallet until fine crumbs are formed Coat the center of a small plate with chocolate syrup in a circle. Sprinkle the crushed chocolate wafers over the chocolate syrup on the plate Turn a martini glass upside down and dip the rim of the glass in the mixture and spin back and forth, until the rim is coated Drizzle some chocolate syrup inside the glass, forming a swirling design and place the glass in the freezer In a shaker with ice add the chocolate milk, vodka and creme de cocoa. Shake well Remove glass from freezer Strain mixture into glass and serve Jayme’s Key Lime Pie Martini

1 1/2 oz. Key lime liqueur 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilla vodka 1/3 oz. Rose’s lime juice 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 1 1/2 oz. half and half Coat the rim of chilled cocktail glass with lime and dip rim in a mixture of 2 tablespoons crushed graham crackers and 1 tablespoon powdered sugar. Set glass aside. Mix Vodka, Key lime liqueur, Rose's and fresh lime juice, and half and half in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously and pour into the set aside chilled martini cocktail glass. Serve.

Emily’s Caramel Martini 2 parts RumChata 1 part Van Gough caramel vodka of your choice Drizzle caramel sauce in glass. Shake with ice. Pour over. Top with shredded milk chocolate.

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TEC Martini Shake-Off Lee’s Pom Sour Martini Pom Sour Martini Two parts Vodka One part Triple Sec One part Roses Lime 1 1/2 part Pomegranate Juice Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and serve!

Melissa’s Kick Tush Classic Cosmo 1 oz Absolute Vodka 1/2 oz Triple Sec 1/2 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice 1 oz Ocean Spray Light Cranberry Juice Ice Chill martini glasses with ice and cold water. Place all the ingredients listed above in shaker. Shake the heck out of it. Pour into chilled glasses. Garnish with fresh lime slice. Enjoy!

TEC Knitzvah Projects

Blanket by Grace Kooper

CJP: Read On Author Event Wednesday, April 26 7:30 pm Royal Sonesta Hotel 40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard Cambridge, MA Please join CJP’s Jewish Learning and Engagement Commission for a riveting evening with best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer. As the culmination of our first annual Read On program, the author will discuss his most recent novel, Here I Am — a dramatic saga about the unraveling of an American Jewish family. Whether you’ve read it cover to cover or haven’t yet picked it up, this promises to be an exciting and enlightening evening. There is no charge for this event, but pre-registration is recommended.

Hermione the hedgehog by Sue Cass

Socks by Miriam Goodman

Mayyim Hayyim: Soul/Life/Cycle Monday, May 15 Mayyim Hayyim 1860 Washington St. Auburdale, MA We will celebrate as Mayyim Hayyim turns thirteen and comes of age by honoring some of the extraordinary people in our community; Carrie Bornstein and presenting the Nachshon Award to Elisha and Sam Gechter. For more information contact Rachel Eisen.

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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

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. 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 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 781-234-9350 (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.

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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

TEC Times, April 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

TEC Times, April 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA