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A monthly calendar for the Temple Etz Chaim community October 2017 / 5778

Temple Etz Chaim Gala Celebration


Here are some of our auction items: • 5-Day Vacation at Kezar Lake, Maine • Autographed Patriots’ Football • Patriots’ Tickets • Membership to The Adirondack Club Go online for more information or to RSVP • Membership to Boost Fitness • Car Care Combo Package • Downtown Franklin Gift Cards • Hand-Carved Bowl • Israel Photos on Canvas • Pet Lover’s Special • Restaurant Gift Board • Electric Guitar • Tree of Life Custom Burned Wood Plaque • Wine Tasting for 12 • Beauty Gift Cards and Products • And More...

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Help Wanted: Community Supper Sunday, October 1 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm First Unitarian Universalist Church 23 Pine St., Milford Like to cook? For 40-50 people? I am working with Temple Beth Torah to provide Community Suppers on the first Sunday of the month. There is a crew in place, but back-up people would be appreciated. Not just a cook, but the servers also. I volunteered myself, no one else. For more information contact Rosie Buja.

Tot Shabbat in the Sukkah Saturday, October 7 10:00 am at Temple Etz Chaim Please join us for a Tot Shabbat service at Temple Etz Chaim in the Sukkah. For more information contact Kim Roberts-Shultheis.

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Pizza in the Hut Wednesday, October 4 6:00 pm at Temple Building Please join us as we celebrate Sukkot with a pizza, pasta (vegetarian approved) and salad dinner. RSVP by September 29th to Emily Berman.

Torah Study Saturday, October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4, 11, 18, 25 8:30 - 9:30 am at Temple Etz Chaim And it begins again! Join the Rabbi in a study of Torah. No long-term commitment or knowledge of Hebrew is needed. Texts will be provided. Come for the bagels (and coffee); stay for the discussion!

Mini Photo Shoot Sunday, October 8 (Rain Date October 22) Fairmount Fruit Farm 887 Lincoln Street, Franklin PET PHOTOS TOO! Morning and afternoon sessions available by going to Sign-Up Genius To learn more about Sarah Montani go to her website at www.sarahmontaniphoto

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Consecration Service Wednesday, October 11 7:00 pm at the Franklin Federated Church 171 Main St., Franklin Join us when we welcome our youngest students and their families to the TEC Religious School at Consecration which is part of our Simchat Torah celebration. The excitement that young children bring to their participation will make this a special time for all of us.

A Nosh of Jewish Genealogy Thursday, October 26 7:30 pm at the Franklin Public Library * How do we fill in the holes of our family trees? Join Judy Izenberg, board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Boston as she shares her experiences of researching her family for 10 years, showing us the types of information she found, how she found it, and what she is still seeking. This program is presented in conjunction with the Franklin Library Genealogy Club.

* Wherever it is depending on construction: 25 Kenwood Circle (temporary) or 118 Main Street (original).

Temple Fall Cleanup Sunday, October 29 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Temple Building This Temple-wide event will allow everyone to help spruce up the Temple grounds again after a major cleanup by many volunteers last spring. This season there are many small tasks such as raking, moving brush, tree trimming, or plant a few bulbs for spring. Come along for an hour or whatever you can -- all done before Patriots game time. Students in need of community service hours are most welcome. Bring a rake, shovel, tarp, power tools or just yourself. Rain date is November 5th. Questions? Contact Jim Buja.

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Mayyim Hayyim Sisterhood Mikvah Tour Sunday, October 22 2:00 - 3:30 pm at Mayyim Hayyim 1838 Washington St. Auburndale, MA Join the Etz Chaim Sisterhood for an interactive, discussion-based program at Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikvah and Education Center, a unique Jewish organization that has offered a pluralistic mikvah and center for Jewish learning for over 13 years. We will explore mikvah’s biblical roots and enjoy a hands-on tour of Mayyim Hayyim. Participants learn about what happens at an immersion and the many reasons -ancient and contemporary -- that bring people to the mikvah. No prior knowledge about mikvah or Judaism necessary. Please RSVP to Melissa Folsom.

Community Shabbat Dinner To Welcome New Members Friday, October 27 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Temple Building Please join us for a Community Potluck Shabbat Dinner. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to come together, reconnect, make some new friends and share in a meal. We especially want to welcome our new families and invite prospective families to join in this special event. Please go to Sign-Up Genius to bring some food to share.

Monday Night Football Monday, October 30 7:30 pm at Pinz 110 South Main St., Milford Are you ready for some football? Okay, how about just getting together with some friends, having some beers & pizza while watching a football game. If either is a yes, please join us to watch the Denver Broncos & the Kansas Chiefs. RSVP to Stewart Lipson.

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Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Food Collection

An Evening with Dr. Rachel Korazim

Now through October 29 Take part in our community effort to provide Thanksgiving meals for those in need. TEC has been asked to provide 200 bottles of juice for the Franklin Interfaith Food Pantry. Bring family size bottle of apple juice, cranberry juice or fruit punch to the Temple building or religious school. Questions? Contact Melissa Folsom

Thursday, November 2 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Franklin Federated Church 171 Main St., Franklin Renowned scholar and educator Rachel Korazim will lead us as we examine the reflection of biblical motifs in modern Israeli poetry. The main themes will be the Akeda (The Binding of Isaac), Joseph, and other biblical figures and events that inspire modern writers as lenses of contemporary dilemmas. For more information contact Rosie Buja.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 19 7:00 pm at the Franklin United Methodist Church 82 W. Central St., Franklin Annual service of thanksgiving held by the Franklin houses of worship that are part of the Franklin Interfaith Council: First Universalist Society of Franklin, Franklin Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Franklin Federated Church, Franklin United Methodist Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Parish, and Temple Etz Chaim. This is a warm and wonderful way to share in our community.

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


We are collecting: Clothing

November 5, 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.

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

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Shabbat Service Schedule Friday, October 6 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, October 7 10:00 am at TEC

Tot Shabbat in the Sukkah

Friday, October 13 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service and Camp Reunion

Friday, October 20 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, October 21 Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Ryan Martin 10:00 am at Renaissance Hotel Friday, October 27 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Friday, November 3 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Friday, November 10 7:30 pm at TEC

Erev Shabbat Service

Friday, November 17 7:00 pm at FFC

Family Shabbat Service led by 1st & 2nd Grade

Friday, November 24 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 Renaissance Hotel: 28 Patriot Place, Foxborough

B’Nei Mitzvah B’Nei Mitzvah Shabbat Service 10:00 am 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. Saturday, October 21 at Renaissance Hotel:

Ryan Martin becomes a Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, December 2 at FUSF:

Alex Heather becomes a Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, December 16 at FUSF:

Joshua Winiker becomes a Bar Mitzvah

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

Haverim Program

Grades 3-6

Grades 8-12

Wednesday- 4:00–5:30 pm

Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm

9/12 – Welcome to a new experience and

9/10 – First Day of School

9/13- First Day of School


9/20 - No School- Rosh Hashanah




10/4 - No School- Sukkot

Body and Soul

10/8-No School- Columbus Day wknd

10/11- No School- Simchat Torah












Media- one date subject to change





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

Special Opening Day Program

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 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)

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

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Meet our Staff 2017-2018 Rabbi Tom Alpert Rabbi Tom Alpert has served as the congregation’s rabbi for five years. In his own words: “As the rabbi of this wonderful community, I seek to strengthen the connection of all who are part of the temple community to each other, the temple, the larger Reform community, the larger Jewish community and God. It’s a great job.” Rabbi Alpert grew up in Galveston Texas. He attended Yale University for his undergraduate degree followed by Harvard Law School. After practicing law for a period of time, he returned to school, attending the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion where he was subsequently ordained as a rabbi. Rabbi Alpert lives in Franklin with his wife, Eileen Hagerty. The couple have three grown children – David, Katherine and Andrew. The Rabbi acknowledges being a huge Boston sports fan but admits to having a particular love for the Red Sox!

Director of Education: Hana Berman Hana Berman is beginning her fourth year heading the Religious School. It is her responsibility to oversee all religious school programming, including the high school learning program. She believes her most significant function as Ed Director is to encourage the students to be excited about being Jewish! Hana grew up in Worcester, graduated from Rhode Island College and received her MJEd from Hebrew College. She lives in Sharon with her husband Peter. They have three sons. Among her enthusiasms she includes Israeli folk dancing and kayaking. She also loves traveling to Israel.

Temple Bookkeeper: Audrey Venooker Audrey Venooker has filled this position for ten years, adeptly collecting money, paying bills, balancing the checkbooks, keeping the financial records and reporting regularly to the Treasurer and Finance Committee. She considers accuracy and patience the most important characteristics of her role. Audrey grew up in Malden and received her BBA in accounting from UMass Amherst. She lives in Franklin with her husband Ron. The Venookers have two grown sons, Andrew and Matthew and a daughter-in-law, Samantha (Andrew’s wife).

Office Administrator: Adrianne Castro Adrianne Castro has just started her twelfth year in this position. As office administrator, she provides support for the Rabbi and the Board of Directors, performing all administrative functions that are not finance-related. From answering the phone, to ordering the supplies, to fielding questions from both within and outside the congregation, to coordinating temple-wide mailings, to monitoring the calendar – to anything else that is needed to keep things running smoothly – Adrianne is the force behind the scenes. Adrianne was born in Massachusetts but grew up mainly in Hobbs, New Mexico; she graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She lives in Franklin with her husband Joe and son Bobby, a Franklin High School junior. Among her many interests, Adrianne includes studying Italian, in anticipation of a planned move to Italy in about three years.

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TEC Photo Album

FROGY enjoying their opening program of the year

Kitah Aleph Bet with their Hebrew Karate Plaques

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Kitah Dalet-Hey building their own Tabernacles after reading Exodus from the Tanakh

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)



(Includes Membership Dues)



(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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Amazon Smile

General Fund In memory of Albert Ani, father of Alan Ani by Jo and Mike Campbell In memory of Albert Ani, father of Alan Ani by Susan and David Hirshfield In memory of my father, Harold Oppenheim by Sam Oppenheim Donation by Jonathan Sweig of chimney cap for the temple building If you’d like to make a donation in memory or honor of somebody or just to support us, please contact us.

Stay Connected Temple Etz Chaim Website Temple Etz Chaim Facebook Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood Facebook Temple Etz Chaim LinkedIn

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.

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.

Contact Us Temple Etz Chaim 900 Washington Street, Franklin, MA, 02038 508-528-5337

Rabbi Thomas Alpert: Adam Cutler, President: Hana Berman, Director of Education: Audrey Venooker, Bookkeeper: Adrianne Castro, Office Administrator: Brotherhood: Communications & Publicity: Early Childhood: Membership: Sisterhood: Synagogue Life: TEC Facebook: TEC Times/TEC Tidbits: Webmaster:

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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.

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.

TEC Times, October 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

TEC Times, October 2017  

The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA