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

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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Saturday, May 13th - 5:00 - 8:00 pm TEC 900 Washington Street, Franklin, MA $10 for Adults, $8 for Children

*Light refreshments will be served courtesy of TEC Sisterhood Prize for best apron! PLEASE RSVP TO: Any questions? Email Pam Giordano Challah FUNdraising Chair or Kathy Levine FUNdraising Chair

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Saturday Morning Torah Study May 6, 13, 20, 27 June 3 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!

Sisterhood BBQ and Annual Meeting Sunday, May 7 1:00 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. RSVP online at Sign Up Genius. Questions? Contact Melissa Folsom

B’Nei Mitzvah B’Nei Mitzvah Shabbat Service 10:00 am First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut St., Franklin Saturday, May 20: Alexis and Derek Halet becomes B’nei Mitzvah Saturday, June 3: Jacob Crisileo becomes Bar Mitzvah Saturday, June 10: Zachary Simms becomes Bar 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.

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!

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Religious School Open House Sunday, May 7 9:45 - 11:30 am Medway High School 88 Summer St., Medway This Open House is for new families interested in our community. Take a tour of our School! See the students engaged and having fun! Enjoy coffee and bagels with TEC 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 or Jenn Eagerman.

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.

Teacher Appreciation and Ice Cream Social Sunday, May 21 10:00 - 11:00 am at Medway High School 88 Summer St., Medway

Parents, please join us to say thank you to our teachers who volunteer their time and talents for our children. May 21 will be our last day of school, with class from 9-10, followed by a short program with presentations by the students to the teachers and an ice cream social in celebration. Let our teachers know you care!

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Service Schedule Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service led by FROGY - Social Justice 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 Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 pm at TEC Erev Shavuot and Confirmation Service Tuesday, May 30 at 9:30 pm at TEC Tikkun Leill Shavuot and Yizkor Friday, June 2 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Jacob Crisileo Bar Mitzvah Friday, June 9 at 6:30 pm at TEC Tot Shabbat Service Friday, June 9 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Saturday, June 10 at 10:00 am at FUSF Shabbat Service and Zachary Simms Bar Mitzvah Friday, June 16 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service and Board Installation Friday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at TEC Erev Shabbat Service Honoring Seniors & Camp Sendoff Friday, June 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

Broadway Bible Saturday, June 17 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Temple Building Join Rabbi Deborah Zecher as she presents this musical program that combines beloved show tunes with familiar Biblical and midrashic tales. Torah from a completely different perspective! For more information contact Rosie Buja.

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Erev Shavuot

Confirmation Service

Tuesday, May 30 7:00 pm at Temple Building Join us as our 10th grader Confirmation students have a chance to lead services and be called to the Torah. This is an uplifting service that marks the anniversary of the giving of the 10 commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mt. Sinai and celebrates the end of the grain harvest in Israel. As the Jewish people made a covenant with God on this day, so too, our young adults reaffirm their commitment to their Jewish heritage. Please join us for this special service and to honor the Confirmation students. As a community we send a hearty mazel tov to the following confirmation students: Jim DaCosta, Jessica Giordano, Anina Lawrence, Brenna Rioux.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Tuesday, May 30 (6 Sivan) Following Shavuot/Confirmation Service Approx. 9:30 - 11:00 pm at Temple Building

Join us for our second Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Tikkun Leil Shavuot is a tradition of studying texts until dawn on the night of Shavuot. We won’t go that far, but we will have a chance to deepen our Jewish knowledge and understanding with interactive learning for an hour and a half. Please join us, and enjoy some dairy treats in honor of the Holiday.

3rd Annual Temple Gala Update 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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Cardboard Recycling Program

General Fund In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Ilana Cutler by The Venooker Family In memory of Annabel Krepow, Aunt of Stewart Lipson by The Lipson Family Mazel Tov on Ilana Cutler’s Bat Mitzvah Love Sandi and Mark Cutler 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

5/7 5/14 5/21 – Last day of School

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

Wednesday- 4:00–5:30 pm

5/3 5/10 5/17– Last day of School

Tuesday- 6:30-8:30 pm

5/2 – A/C (7th grade) 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


5/21 Last day of School

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TEC Photo Album

Kitah Aleph/Bet (1st and 2nd grade) TEC Scavenger Hunt and Torah Viewing

Community Supper Volunteering

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TEC Photo Album

Tot Passover Model Seder

Women’s Community Seder

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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, May 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

TEC Times, May 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA