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

High Holy Days - New Year, New Approach No Charge for High Holy Days at Temple Etz Chaim This new year will come with a new approach to High Holy Day attendance at Temple Etz Chaim. In the past, as many Temples did, we charged for tickets to worship with us in the Days of Awe. The custom was so widespread that it engendered a wickedly funny parody on the television series Curb Your Enthusiasm; you can see it on YouTube if you are so inclined. However, recently temples have decided that the old model of buying tickets for services no longer reflects where we are as Jews, as generations ago synagogues decided to stop selling honors at the High Holy Days. This year, we are trying an experiment to see if their insight will work for us. We are changing the name of the documents to “invitations,” and we are not only providing them to Temple members; we are making them available free of charge to anyone who asks (and they must ask, or at least have family members ask for them). Some might object, “I pay to be a member so that I can get tickets for High Holy Days.” Respectfully, I disagree. You pay to be a member so that we can have a synagogue and a vibrant Jewish life in the Franklin area. The job of a synagogue is to be, in the words of Isaiah, “a house of prayer for all people,” including those who aren’t members. Of course, it costs money to run a synagogue, and dues can’t cover all the costs. Tickets used to make up some of the Temple’s revenue. Just because we offer the invitations for free does not mean that we don’t need that revenue to provide all the things this Temple makes available. So, if you are going to request additional invitations, please consider giving a gift to the Temple. You won’t be spending money on buying a product (the ticket) for yourself; instead, you will be investing in making a Jewish community thrive. Please go to our website for more information or email the office to request invitations.

TEC Community Wide Rosh Hashanah Greeting Project Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood is proud to present, once again, our TEC Community-Wide Rosh Hashanah Greeting Project. Here's how it works: You can participate in sending a thoughtful greeting card, a small jar of local honey from Franklin Honey, and a bag of dried apple snacks to anyone on our TEC membership list and NEW THIS YEAR to your friends and family outside our Temple community. Last year TEC Sisterhood donated over $5000 to Temple Etz Chaim thanks to our Rosh Hashanah and Purim greeting program. *** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY Wednesday, August 30th, 11:00 PM *** Everyone in the TEC community has received an email with their personalized code, similar to a password, for accessing the website. Should you have any questions please contact Margot Rivelis. On behalf of the TEC Sisterhood, we thank you for your support of this fundraiser.

High Holy Days Schedule 5778 Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:30 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service @ FFC Thursday, September 21, 2017 Rosh Hashanah 9:00 a.m. Children’s Service @ FFC 10:15 a.m. Morning Service @ FFC 4:00 p.m. Tashlich @ Choate Park, Medway Friday, September 22, 2017 10:00 a.m. 2nd day Rosh Hashanah Service @ TEC

Yom Kippur Friday, September 29, 2017 7:30 p.m. Kol Nidre @ FFC Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. Children’s Service @ FFC 10:15 a.m. Morning Service @ FFC 1:00 p.m. Afternoon Study Session 2:45 p.m. Musical Interlude @ FFC 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Service, Yizkor Service, and Ne’ilah (Concluding Service) @ FFC approx. 6:30 p.m. Havdalah and Break Fast @FFC Services are held at the Franklin Federated Church (FFC), 171 Main St., except for the 2nd day Rosh Hashanah service, which is held at Temple Etz Chaim (TEC), 900 Washington St., and Tashlich on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, which is held at Choate Park in Medway. High Holy Day invitations are mailed to all adult Temple members in good standing and should be presented at all services being held at FFC other than the Children’s Services. If you are not a member of Temple Etz Chaim, please join us for services: •If you are a member in good standing of another congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), please request an invitation by having your Temple office notify Temple Etz Chaim. •If you are a college student or in active military service, please show a valid student or military ID to the usher. •If you are a prospective member of Temple Etz Chaim, please consider a trial membership that we call “Tishrei Connection.” You will be considered a member of the Temple for the month of Tishrei, including services for the High Holy Days, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. A Tishrei Connection membership is available for $54 per adult. •All others, including family and friends of Temple members as well as those who are unaffiliated, can receive a complimentary invitation to services by notifying the Temple office. A contribution to assist the Temple in offering these services and other activities would be greatly appreciated but is not required. For more information and to request an invitation, please contact the Temple office: 508-528-5337 or email

High Holy Days Babysitting - 5778 The Early Childhood Committee will once again arrange babysitting for our congregation during the High Holy Days services. Babysitting will be provided during adult services on Rosh Hashanah morning Thursday, September 21,2017 and Yom Kippur morning Saturday, September 30, 2017. We will be able to accommodate children ages 2 through 10. As in past years, we will be following these guidelines to create a safe and creative atmosphere for our children: ● Each child will need to be registered in advance. Children who are not pre-registered will not be able to attend babysitting. ● Babysitting will be available for children from 2 years to 10 years of age. ● Older children will not be accepted or allowed to help. ● A fee of $14 for the first child and $12 for every subsequent child will be charged for each day of babysitting. Your fees are used to offset the cost of food, arts & crafts supplies and to pay the babysitters. ● Please do not bring any food into babysitting (to safeguard those with food allergies). ● Please tell the babysitters where you are sitting in the sanctuary (in case of emergency). ● Babysitters are not responsible for changing diapers, so you will be notified when a change is needed. Please register by sending the form below, along with your payment, to the Temple marked “Attention Babysitting” or by going to our website and registering online.

The registration deadline is: Friday, August 25

Babysitting Registration Form Name 1) 2) 3) 4) Total Payment Parent/s name Email address


Days Babysitting Needed □Rosh Hashanah □Yom Kippur □Rosh Hashanah □Yom Kippur □Rosh Hashanah □Yom Kippur □Rosh Hashanah □Yom Kippur

Amount $14 $28 $12 $24 $12 $24 $12 $24 $

Check # OR Credit Card # Expiration Date Security Code Signature To register online go to

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Brotherhood Cigar and Beer Event Saturday, August 12 3:00 pm at the home of Jonathan Sweig 107 Pine Ridge Dr., Franklin Gentlemen, you are invited to come and enjoy some hops (or mash) and cigars with your TEC Brothers on August 12th at Jonathan Sweig's house. Please feel free to bring your favorite craft or micro-brews to enjoy, sample or to share. Weather permitting, we will sit outside and enjoy some cigars while listening to good music and better banter between friends. Please RSVP by August 8th. Any questions, please contact Jonathan or Stewart.

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game! Sunday, August 27 1:00 pm McCoy Stadium $10 per person The Brotherhood is organizing another family event! Join us as we watch the PawSox take on Buffalo at McCoy Stadium. For tickets, please contact Robert Seide. RSVP by August 20th.

Sisterhood Welcome Brunch Sunday, August 27 11:00 am at the home of Jayme Solomon-Zissu 6 Larkin Lane, Hopedale Please join us for our opening program of the year. Go to Sign-Up Genius to RSVP by August 20th.

S’lichot Service and Movie Saturday, September 16 8:00 - 11:00 pm* Temple Building Join the Rabbi as we watch and then discuss “Denial” the 2016 movie that dramatizes the 2000 libel case brought by a British holocaust denier, David Irving (played by Timothy Spall) against an American academic, Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz). Unfortunately, “under British law….Prof Lipstadt and her co-defendant were not able to rely solely on truth as a defense.” The movie asks how best to combat liars if truth is off the table. Contact Rosie Buja. *The time may change; the movie itself run 1 hour 50 minutes

A Learner’s Guide to The High Holy Days Sunday, September 17 9:45 - 11:15 am Medway High School 88 Summer St., Medway No time to read "The Guide for the Perplexed"? Join the Rabbi as he guides us through the basics of practice for the High Holy Days. Got questions? There will be answers! This is the first of many such programs, each coming before a major holiday. Contact Rosie Buja.

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Religious School Registration School Registration Is Underway for the 2017-2018 School Year. Registration forms are posted on our members only section of our website. Deposits are as follows: 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. For more information contact Hana Berman, Director of Education.

Haverim Program We are embarking on a new program to meet the needs of today’s teenagers. Called Haverim (Friends), to capture the idea of getting together around a mutual interest, this program will involve 4 modules of 3 sessions each, each module focusing on a different topic. This year our plan is to present the following topics: the Media, Body and Soul, SciTech and The Jewish Palate (Cooking) or Music. Modules will be taught by specialists in each area as much as possible. A student can join the yearlong program and be a Haverim “fellow”, in which case they can participate in a beginning and end of year get together, as well as some holiday gatherings. But they do not need to join the whole program to participate! They are welcome to come to a particular module of interest! Meet-up times will be on scheduled Tuesdays throughout the year from 6:30-8:30. For more information and the cost of participation, please contact Hana Berman.

High Holiday Greetings for FROGY Alumni Current FROGY members would like to send High Holiday greetings to alumni who are away at college, or who have simply moved away. We would like to compile a list of these alumni and their current addresses. Please share them with us as soon as you can. Please email addresses to Caren Pfeffer by September 10th.

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Orientation for Parents New to our School Tuesday, September 5 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Temple Building 900 Washington St., Franklin FOR PARENTS OF INCOMING STUDENTS Find out about the format for the first day of religious school! Learn the important facts about our school; where we meet, your child’s teacher, the school’s pick-up and dismissal process, and a host of other pertinent details to assist you and your child. Please RSVP by emailing Hana or calling 508-528-5337 and let her know you are able to attend.

School Year Starting Dates Sunday, September 10: Pre-K through 7th Grade Tuesday, September 12: Haverim, Confirmation Wednesday, September 13: 3rd through 6th Grade Hebrew

Book Pick-up will once again be on the 1st day of Religious School. TEC Religious School on Sundays and Wednesdays are held at Medway High School, 88 Summer St, Medway. Haverim, Confirmation program is held at TEC building, 900 Washington St., Franklin.

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.

Religious School Calendar 2017-2018/5778 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 Wednesday- 4:00–5:30 pm

9/10 – First Day of School

9/13- First Day of School


9/20 - No School- Rosh Hashanah




10/4 - No School- Sukkot

10/8-No School- Columbus Day wknd

10/11- No School- Simchat Torah












11/22- No School-Thanksgiving

11/26- No School-Thanksgiving




12/10- No School- URJ Biennial




12/24- No School (Winter Break)

12/27– No School (Winter Break)

12/31- No School (Winter Break)




1/14-- No School- MLK Day wknd










2/18 – No School (February Break)

2/21– No School (February Break)

2/25– No School (February Break)

2/28 No School (Purim)









4/1 - No School (Passover)

4/4 - No School (Passover)



4/15 – No School ((Spring Break)

4/18 – No School (Spring Break)

4/22 – No School ((Spring Break)



5/2 5/9 - Last day of School

5/6 5/11 - Last day of School Friday night service

Please join us to honor our Confirmation Students Saturday May 19, 2018 Shavuot and Confirmation @ 7:00pm at Temple Etz Chaim

Haverim Program Grades 8-12 2017-8/ 5778 Learning Tuesday- 6:30-8:30 pm

9/12 – Welcome to a new experience and Special Opening Day Program Body and Soul 10/10 10/17 10/24 Media- one date subject to change 11/14 11/28 12/5 12/19 Hanukkah Celebration for Haverim “Fellows” SciTech 1/16 1/23 1/30 The Jewish Palate or Music 3/6 3/13 3/20 3/27 Passover Experience for Haverim “Fellows” Mitzvah Day Project and Last Day Celebration Sunday 4/29

Please join us to honor our Confirmation Students Saturday May 19, 2018 Shavuot and Confirmation @ 7:00pm at Temple Etz Chaim

Notes: 12 sessions in all, 16 for Haverim “Fellows”, students enrolled in the yearlong program The flow of the evening would be something like this unless we work with the presenter for something different: ½ hour Jewish connection to the topic, one hour program, 15 minute Schmooze (snack)

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Meet our 2017-2018 Board of Directors President: Adam Cutler Adam Cutler grew up in Worcester, attended New England College and now works as an account manager at Athena Health. He is an enthusiastic runner and has completed the San Francisco Half Marathon in February and The Beach and Back Half Marathon in June. Adam lives in Franklin and has one daughter, Ilana. He has been an active member of Temple Etz Chaim for 11 years, serving on the Board since 2009. He is starting the third and final year of his presidency. Adam continues to bring to his role a keen interest in hearing ideas which will foster community growth.

1st Vice President: Andrew Rubenstein Andrew Rubenstein grew up in Chelmsford and attended the University of Vermont and Suffolk Law School. He currently practices real estate law in Framingham. In his free time, Andrew is interested in scouting as well as several other community organizations. He and his wife, Lynne, and their children, David and Craig, live in Franklin. They have been members of the temple for 3 years. In addition to his other duties, Andrew has volunteered to chair the Relocation Committee, whose responsibility will be to find a new permanent home for the congregation. Andrew looks forward to his continued involvement on the Board, feeling that his legal background will allow him to provide practical solutions to many issues.

2nd Vice President: Stacy Bushey Stacy Bushey grew up in Bloomfield, CT, attended Colby College and is employed as an Executive Assistant at McKinsey & Company in Boston. She lives in Milford with her husband, Michael. Their son, Mathew, is living and working in Ogunquit, ME, and their daughter, Audrey, will be attending Clark University this Fall. The Busheys have been members of the temple community for 13 years. This year Stacy will again serve as Second Vice President. It is her ninth year on the Board, serving previously as Director and as Executive Secretary. In addition, she is chair of the Leadership Development and Nominating Committee, a member of the Youth Commission and has been an aide in the Religious School for the past 10 years. In her free time, Stacy enjoys kayaking, photography, going to the beach, reading and walking. A frequent attendee at Shabbat services, Stacy is surely best known for the brownies she bakes for the oneg.

Treasurer: Carl Citron Carl Citron is new to the role of Treasurer, but has previously served as board member and both First VP and Second VP from 2002 to 2009. Carl grew up in McKeesport, PA and attended Bowling Green State University in OH. He has been in the restaurant and contract food service industry for 40 years. He and his wife, Diane live in Medway. Their son, Jacob, lives in San Antonio, TX, and their daughter, Kasey, lives in Somerville, MA. Both children attended TEC religious school, completing their studies through Confirmation. The Citrons have been members of the temple for 19 years, during which time Carl has participated in numerous roles, including, 3rd grade religious school teacher for 5 years, Chair of the original buildings and grounds committee, Chair of the first New Building and member of the search committees for two of the community’s rabbis as well as cantorial soloist. He also initiated the community’s first website. In food-related matters, Carl spearheaded the 4th of July booth for 6 years, supported the Hanukkah party with latkes and the Purim carnival with pizza and hot dogs for many years, and hosted numerous congregational socials with Diane at their home. Many temple members think of Carl as the “Food Guy”. In his free time, Carl is interested in cooking, golfing, and attending sporting events.

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Executive Secretary: Margot Rivelis Margot Rivelis grew up in Andover, attended Lasell Junior College and is employed as a preschool teacher at the Goddard School in Bellingham. She is also the owner of The Printed Page, an invitation design company, and is well known in the congregation for her creative B’nei Mitzvah invitations. As the wife of Michael (an accountant by day and musician by night), Margot wisely lists “music” as a favorite activity. Margot and Michael live in Franklin. Their son, Sam is entering his second year at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and their daughter, Melissa, lives in Brockport, NY. They have been members of the temple for 18 years, during which time Margot has participated on virtually every standing committee, has served as Director, 2nd VP and Co-president of the Board and continues to teach in the religious school. Her ability to engage members in committee participation is well known!

Clerk: Jim Buja Jim Buja, now in his second year on the Board, lives in Medway with his wife, Rosie. They have three adult children. Jim grew up in Dracut and attended Lowell Technological Institute (now UMass Lowell). He is now happily retired from EMC/Dell, where he was employed as a software engineer. He lists gardening, birding and astronomy among his lifelong hobbies. Jim has been a member of the congregation since 2014. In addition to joining the Board as a director, Jim is currently chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. In this latter role, his motto is “if you break it, I will come . . . and fix it!”

Director: Wendy Bierman Wendy Bierman grew up in West Orange, NJ and attended Hofstra University in NY. She and her husband, Andy, have recently relocated to Milford and are happy to know that the Borrs, Busheys and Rich family also live in their new town. The Biermans children include daughter Rachel, son Bryan and daughter-in-law Emily. The family have been TEC members for 19 ½ years. Wendy is probably best known as the former Director of Education at TEC, a position she held for a number of years and in which she developed close relationships with many of the temple families. She also served as the FROGY advisor. Wendy has recently resigned her position as the Chair of the Youth Commission but remains a member of the Nominating Committee. She includes reading, entertaining and traveling among her hobbies.

Director: Jamie Sharrow Jamie Sharrow, the daughter of members Andy and Cindy Brown, grew up in Franklin, where she was a very young member of the temple community. She has now been a congregant for more than 25 years. Jamie graduated from Plymouth State/Western Governors University and is currently employed as a teacher at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School. She, her husband, Pahl, and their menagerie live in Bellingham. Jamie is the Director of Programming for the Sisterhood and looking forward to her first year as a member of the Board. She lists soccer, tennis, hiking, kayaking and baking among her hobbies - and loves talking about her cats and dogs!

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Director: Jonathan Sweig Jonathan Sweig grew up in Winthrop, MA and attended Northeastern University. He and his wife, Elisa, live in Franklin near Sue and Colin Cass. The Sweigs have been temple members for 22 years. They have two daughters, Jenna, age 25, and Samantha, age 22. Both girls were active participants in the TEC Religious School. Jonathan has previously served as a Director on the Board and participated as a member of one of the rabbinic search committees. Elisa was, for many years, the Religious School art teacher. Jonathan has recently started a BioPharma IT consulting business. Among his hobbies, Jonathan includes long walks on the beach and collecting Presidential memorabilia. He believes temple members will best remember him for his wry sense of humor and his mop of gray hair!

Director: Lori Beth Towne Lori Beth Towne grew up in Rhode Island, attended Syracuse University and completed her graduate education at George Mason University. Lori Beth is currently a business manager in the gift card department at TJX Companies. She has one son, David. Lori Beth and her husband, Jerry Sawyer, live in Franklin, near the Shulmans and Lipsons. She has been a very involved member of the temple for 19 years, serving on the Board previously as 2nd VP, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer. Additionally, she has been a member of the Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Sisterhood, and Fundraising Committee, served as co-chair of SPA and managed the Scrip fundraising program for a number of years. Despite her many TEC activities, Lori Beth herself notes that she is probably best known for her height (or lack thereof)!

2017-2018 Ex-Officio Sisterhood President: Melissa Folsom Melissa Folsom grew up in Lynn, Mass. and attended Hillel Academy (a Conservative Jewish Day school in Swampscott) from kindergarten through ninth grade. Melissa graduated Clark University in Worcester and has been employed as a substance abuse counselor in Foxboro for the past 11years. (She was previously the co-owner with her husband, Owen, of the Meldiva Coffee House, a favorite gathering place for many of our congregants.) Melissa lists swimming and giraffes as favorite things. Growing up, Melissa was an active participant in USY and first met member Ellen (Miller) Keith when she stayed at her house for her first "convention" while in junior high. Melissa, Owen, Emma and Jacob moved to Wrentham in 2015, after 18 years in Franklin. The Folsoms joined the temple when the children were just toddlers, began involvement with TEC very first "Mommy and Me" group in 1998. Since then both have taken great pleasure watching Emma and Jake become Bat and Bar Mitzvah, then Confirmands as well. Over the years, Melissa has served on several committees, served as Director on the TEC board and taught both Hebrew and Religious School grades 4-6. Melissa has also lead services on occasion when the Rabbi has been away. Melissa is currently in her second year as Sisterhood president- for the second time.

FROGY President: Anina Lawrence Anina Lawrence, the youngest member of the Board, lives in Mendon with her parents, Locke and Lisa, and her brother, Jakob. Anina attends the Nipmuc Regional High School, where she participates in the honors chorus, the acapella group and the drama club. She has been a member of the congregation since kindergarten. In addition to being an active youth group participant, she assists in the temple Religious School, working with first and second graders. She also helps Jen Antebi with the music program. Anina plans to study singing and hopes to become a chorus teacher someday. To judge from her contributions at services, she seems to be well on her way toward that goal!

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FROGY Led Service: Accepting Change Friday, August 4 Erev Shabbat Service Led By FROGY Join our temple's senior youth group for an Erev Shabbat service. The theme is accepting change, so we will have an accepting "change" jar at temple from August 2nd to August 8th. Please bring some spare change if you can!

Shabbat Service Schedule Friday, August 4 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service led by FROGY

Friday, August 11 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Friday, August 18 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Friday, August 25 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Friday, September 1 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Friday, September 8 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, September 9 10:00 am at FUSF

Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Gavin Todtenkopt

Friday, September 15 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, September 16 8:00 pm at TEC

S’lichot Service

High Holy Day Services

See schedule on page 2

TEC: Temple Etz Chaim, 900 Washington St., Franklin

FUSF: First Universalist Society of Franklin, 262 Chestnut St., Franklin

B’Nei Mitzvah B’Nei Mitzvah Shabbat Service 10:00 am at FUSF 262 Chestnut St., Franklin Saturday, September 9: Gavin Todtenkopt becomes a 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. FUSF: First Universalist Society of Franklin, 262 Chestnut St., Franklin

Let’s Join 5,000 Reform Leaders at the URJ Biennial 2017 in Boston!

Leadership Development, Networking, Jewish Learning, and How-Tos to Strengthen Our Congregation Will Be Center Stage With the theme of "Reimagining Jewish Life," our congregation will join with hundreds of others from across North America at the URJ Biennial 2017 from December 6-10 in Boston, MA. And you need to be a part of it! What is the Biennial? The URJ Biennial is the largest Jewish gathering in North America. The Biennial will bring together 5,000 Reform leaders, including lay leaders, professionals, clergy, and youth leaders representing 1.5 million North American Reform Jews. Together, we’ll learn, pray, share ideas, network, celebrate, and make decisions about the future of Reform Jewish life. We’ll return to Temple Etz Chaim armed with new resources and ideas, as well as with the enthusiasm and know-how to put them to use to strengthen and enrich our spiritual home. Who should attend? Those who should plan to be with us in Boston include clergy, board members, and lay leaders at all levels, as well as synagogue professionals, youth group leaders, and anyone else interested in learning, praying, and hearing inspiring speakers. What happens at Biennial? Networking, learning, and sharing with other congregational leaders Plenaries and breakout sessions featuring renowned speakers Important discussions and debates about today’s critical issues and the direction of Reform Judaism World-class Jewish music and entertainment Inspiring worship Amazing shopping in the Biennial Exhibit Hall ...and so much more! What’s in it for our congregation? Programming tailored to us: Sessions cover a wide range of topics, offering how-tos and hands-on learning for all facets of congregational life – from membership and outreach to leadership development, from social justice to social media, and everything in between. Five intensive “tracks”: These tracks will focus on the core congregational priorities of Strengthening Congregations, Tikkun Olam (social action), Audacious Hospitality, Youth Engagement, and Transforming Texts. We can customize our Biennial experience based on our specific needs. Leadership development: Biennial is a great, cost-effective way to gain knowledge, skills, and leadership training, and to network with our peers from other congregations. Many synagogues use the Biennial as the perfect opportunity for a leadership/board retreat. Strengthening our relationships: The shared experience of Biennial offers a rare opportunity to strengthen our bonds with each other as members of one temple family. A Jewish pick-me-up: We’ll return home spiritually refreshed, more deeply connected to our Reform Movement, and full of new and creative ideas to try in our congregation. How do we sign up? You can find lots of information and register right now at If we register by October 10, we’ll get the best pricing. The larger our delegation, the greater our benefits and discounts - so let's save the dates now and start making our plans. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in attending the Biennial or have any questions. Let’s send a strong delegation to Boston this December, and we will return even stronger! L’shalom, Rabbi Tom Alpert

SISTERHOOD 2017-2018 Annual Sisterhood Membership Form Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood extends you a warm welcome and invites you to join our vibrant community of women this year. Please complete the information below and return this form with your payment to Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood. LEVELS OF SUPPORT 


(Includes Membership Dues)



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(Non-Temple Member)



(Temple Member)



(70 Years Old and Up)



(NEW: First 2 Year’s Temple Members)


Name: Home Phone:



Email: Mail payment to: Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood 900 Washington Street Franklin, MA 02038 If you have any questions, please contact our Sisterhood President Melissa Folsom at

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TEC Photo Album

To Learn is to Live July 4th on the Franklin Commons

Children aren’t the only ones who go back to school; adults do too. But the Adult Ed Committee offers programs with no tests or work sheets. We hope you will enjoy the myriad offerings, not just Torah Study (gotta love bagels and discussion). Keep an eye out for A Learner’s Guide to various holidays, hints on how we as Jews can trace our genealogy, our annual S’lichot service and movie, an evening with visiting scholar Dr. Rachel Korazim, book discussions, and...

Donations Youth Fund In honor of the graduating seniors by the Cawley Family

Confirmation 2017

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.

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.

Building Fund Mazel Tov to Nikki Kermish & Alan Ani on the marriage of their daughter Eileen by Susan & David Hirshfield Mazel Tov to Cindy & Andy Brown on the marriage of their daughter Marley by Susan & 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.

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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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 , 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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TEC Times, August 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

TEC Times, August 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA