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

Religious School Registration

Religious School is Hiring For The Fall

School Registration Is Underway for the 2017-2018 School Year. Registration forms are posted on our members only section of our website at For more information contact Hana Berman, Director of Education. Deposits are as follows: June 1 - July 15: Deposit $400 per child July 16 - August 15: Deposit $450 per child Late Registration after August 15: Deposit $450 plus $50 late fee per child There is no registration the week before School starts.

Do You Have Special Talents? Do you have special talents you can share with our students? Seeking Adults with special talents to lead mini-sessions at the religious school or with our teens. Is there a way we can blend your talent with a Jewish connection? Possibilities: Music - SciFi - Art - Sports Technology - Politics - Cooking - Israel - Crafts Plants - Animals - Environment, Science Hana can help you turn your interest into a teachable unit! Please contact Hana Berman, Director of Education.

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.

We are in need of the following for the coming school year: •

Learning Center Coordinator for 2.5 hours most Sundays from 9-11:30 am when religious school is in session. Recommended qualifications available upon request. Hebrew Language co-teacher to work with Hana for a combined 4th/5th grade class or 6th grade class Wednesdays 4-5:30 Art teacher for approximately 14 Sundays during the school year 9:30-11:30

Contact Hana Berman, Director of Education

Saturday Morning Torah Study June 3, 10, 17 8:30 - 9:30 am at the Temple Building Join the Rabbi in a study of Torah. No longterm commitment needed. Texts will be provided. Come for the bagels. Stay for the discussion!

Tot Shabbat Friday, June 9 6:30 - 7:15 pm at Temple Etz Chaim Join us in coming together to introduce our little ones to the warmth and joy of the Shabbat experience! Through a fun-filled, tot-friendly service of songs, stories, and prayers, followed by a mini-Oneg, we bring Shabbat to life for children from toddlers through 1st grade and their families. Early Childhood. Members and non-members welcome! For more information contact Laura Waldman or Stephanie Ries.

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How About Leading A Shabbat Service We are inviting members of the TEC community to lead a Friday night service this summer (*see dates below). This is an exciting opportunity for you, an individual member, or team of members, to get your creative juices flowing and tailor a meaningful and moving service with your own personal touches. Hebrew knowledge and an excellent singing voice NOT essential. However, you must be Bar/Bat Mitzvah. An outline and guidance from Rabbi Alpert is available as is the musical assistance of a member of the TEC choir. If interested, please respond to RAC. We look forward to hearing from you! Available dates: June 30th July 14,21 August 4,11,18 Contact Emily Berman

B’Nei Mitzvah B’Nei Mitzvah Shabbat Service 10:00 am First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut St., Franklin 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.

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Service Schedule 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

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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Donations General Fund In honor of the B’Nei Mitzvah of Alexis and Derek Halet By the Venooker Family Torah Fund - Tree of Life Leaf Mazel Tov on becoming B’nei Mitzvah! Joshua Tutin, Mia Robinson, Max Cohn, Ilana Cutler, Alexis Halet, Derek Halet, Jacob Crisileo, Zachary Simms and Gavin Todtenkopf By Their Families. 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.

End of the Year FROGY BBQ

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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.

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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TEC Photo Album

Buja Family Celebrating the Conversion of Jim Buja

Sisterhood End-Of-The-Year Annual Meeting/Luncheon

Savers Fundraiser

Kitah Aleph-Bet Tzadekah Collection

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TEC Challah Bake FUNdraiser

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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, June 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

TEC Times, June 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA