Temple Shir Tikva Annual Report | 2020-2021

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TEMPLE SHIR TIKVA

‫שיר תקוה‬

Annual Report 2020-2021


TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 3 4 5 6 8 11 14 16 18 19 25

Introduction A Message from the Clergy A Message from the President Koach Leadership Circle A COVID Evolution Story: The Temple Shir Tikva Choir Education The Center for Jewish Spirituality Adult Programmatic Highlights Technology Updates Finances Giving Reports Looking to the Future


A Note from the Director of Development. . . Last fall, we shared with you the first ever Temple Shir Tikva Annual Report, featuring development and financial successes of the past year. This year, we are proud to bring you a newly expanded edition of the Annual Report, including programmatic and educational highlights, as well as other advancements which we are excited to report to you. One thing that has remained constant over the past several years is the tremendous generosity of our congregation that has allowed us to, once again, surpass our fundraising goal for the 2020-2021 Annual Fund campaign. This incredible level of Tzedakah demonstrates the strength and dedication of our community. The resilience and innovative spirit that define our congregation continue to shine in the face of both successes and challenges. We are fortunate to know that we can count on the renewed support of our members to sustain our sacred community and spread lovingkindness throughout the congregation. Our Strengthen, Enrich, Support campaign remains thriving today, enabling our Shir Tikva members to strengthen their bonds with Judaism by connecting with others through Jewish education, volunteer opportunities, and engagement in social justice, to enrich their lives with the spiritual joy of Shabbat services and celebration of simchas, and to support our sacred community: Give back to the temple to sustain our core Jewish values and invest in the future of Temple Shir Tikva. To make a donation to the Annual Fund, simply take a picture of the QR code to the left or visit www.shirtikva.org/giving. And of course, a special thank you to the dedicated TST Development Committee: Ginny MacDowell, Development Trustee Harris Rosenheim, Development Co-Chair Jessica Adani Scott Cohen Jayne Lampert Helaine Silverman Carole Osterer Bellman Shanna Gershman Lynn Nathanson We offer our heartfelt gratitude for your support, and our warm wishes for a peaceful and reflective end of 2021.

Amy Schulman, Director of Development

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Dear Temple Shir Tikva Community, “Asu limikdash veshochanti betocham” – Make for Me a sacred space and I will dwell amongst you. This is the instruction given by God to Moses which leads first to the Tabernacle (the Mikdash) in the wilderness, then later to the Temple in Jerusalem, and ultimately to the synagogue communities that we have today. At Temple Shir Tikva we continue to follow this instruction. We have created a sacred space on computer screens – where we have joined together for Shabbat services, celebrated children becoming B. Mitzvah, and we have comforted each other while mourning. Members of all ages have used this opportunity to study together, to partake in a full year of Hineini (our Religious School), and to engage in our adult education program. We have created a sacred space in the parking lot, transforming it into our Sanctuary for Shabbat in the Lot services, Yom Kippur services, drive-in Simchat Torah services, and a whole range of other outdoor programs and activities. We have created a sacred space at Camp Chickami, where hundreds of members gathered to celebrate Rosh Hashanah surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. It was a service like no other, and one that we hope to repeat in the future. We have created a sacred space anew in our Sanctuary and in our classrooms. As soon as guidelines permitted us to gather again in-person indoors, we returned to our Sanctuary for B. Mitzvah celebrations, Shabbat services, funerals, and an array of High Holy Day services. Our ELC has been in person since September 2020, and Hineini and AISH (our teen program) have returned to the building as well, so that our classrooms are once again filled with the sounds of children and teens learning. The pandemic has brought with it many challenges, but throughout them all we have found ways to continue creating sacred spaces for our Temple Shir Tikva community to join together in prayer and song, in study and celebration, in comfort and consolation. We could not have done it without your support. Thank you for remaining steadfast through these unprecedented times, for your flexibility as we updated plans and pivoted when necessary, for volunteering to help when we needed assistance, and for your financial support that allows us to offer our dynamic programming. Thank you for being our partners in building, growing, and strengthening our sacred Temple Shir Tikva community. L’Shalom, Rabbi Danny, Rabbi Jordi, and Cantor Hollis

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Greetings fellow congregants, Just as we have created and maintained sacred spaces, Temple Shir Tikva has also exhibited remarkable resilience during the past two years. Through some of the greatest unanticipated challenges, our sacred community has emerged strong and connected. There are almost too many highlights to mention. Our schools have been a shining light for our children. The Early Learning Center has remained open and in operation throughout the pandemic, providing a place of learning, wonderment, and social engagement for our youngest congregants. And AISH and Hineini are now back in person in our building, providing the opportunity for children and teenagers to reunite for shared experiences. Congratulations to Stephanie Lerner and Alison Weikel for their guidance and innovation. Our clergy and professional staff have been nothing short of brilliant through challenging circumstances. As we all know, planning for this year’s High Holy Days was a moving target, and came off beautifully, regardless of how you chose to celebrate. Tireless work by many people made it happen, with some needed cooperation by the weather, even with a close call on Yom Kippur. Life cycle events such as B. Mitzvahs have gone forward with much joy, evolving with the changing world around us. Special thanks to Mary Beth Rettger who has kept everything organized and on track through endless planning cycles. TST has strengthened our bonds with our neighbors as well as among our members. We have staged notable events and programs in cooperation with the Greater Framingham Community Church, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, the Wayland Interfaith Clergy Association, and other partner organizations. Our community has remained connected via Zoom classes, in-person services, and social events under the canopy. Our commitment to social justice is as strong as ever, as we endeavor to improve the world in which we live. Temple Shir Tikva remains vibrant, with much to look forward to in the coming months and years. We remain steadfast in our pursuit of serving as the center for Jewish living in MetroWest and make Judaism relevant in the 21st century. Your support in so many ways keeps us vital and strong. I greatly appreciate being your President and look forward to wonderful things ahead. B’Shalom, Harry Merkin President

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The Temple Shir Tikva Koach Leadership Circle recognizes the tremendous generosity of our members who contribute $5,000 or more to the Temple on an annual basis.

Koach means strength in Hebrew, and we appreciate our members whose strength in giving helps support the Temple every year.

Their kindness and commitment help make our goals achievable.

We gratefully acknowledge the members of the Koach Leadership Circle for 2020-2021: Susan and Cary Benjamin Diane and Chester Black Susan and Scott Cohen Ami and William Danoff Stuart Falber Loren and Jeff Feingold Barbara and Jay Gainsboro Nancy Lee Gossels Beth and Larry Greenberg Joanna and Jonathon Jacobson Judith and Steven Kaye Jacquelyn and Adam Loren Virginia and Roy MacDowell

Janet and Edward Polansky Wendy and Michael Price Mary Beth Rettger and Roy Lurie Debra and Richard Romanow Rosalie R. and James H. Shane Andi and Doug Shaw Caryl and Gary Shaw Wendy and Michael Simches Myra and Robert Snyder Trudy and Stephen Sonis Laurene and Scott Sperling Candace and Lee Steingisser


When COVID caused the world to come to a halt in March of 2020, the Temple Shir Tikva Choir, under the leadership of Susan DeSelms and Cantor Hollis, was just beginning its annual musical collaboration with United Parish in Brookline. Instead of simply canceling the performance however, Susan and the choir shifted their rehearsals to Zoom, and created a special video performance of the Leonard Cohen song “Come Healing.” As the group prepared, section leaders from United Parish worked with singers from both choirs in small groups, while still taking the opportunity to teach vocal technique. The dedicated members of the Shir Tikva choir came to the determination that whether the community was worshipping in-person together, or worshipping separately from their homes, the job of the choir remained the keepers of the prayers of the congregation in their voices, minds, and hearts. Singing prayer is a deeply spiritual activity and strengthens both the choir and the community. Individuals within the choir began expressing an interest in group voice lessons, as they had begun with the church group. Fortunately, Susan had a direct connection with a classically trained, worldrenowned opera singer: her sister, Jami Rogers Anderson. Nearly 20 choir members began individual voice lessons over Zoom, paying for those lessons themselves, while others continued participating in the United Parish group voice classes. The level of commitment demonstrated by these singers to perform to their best abilities helped Susan to understand the value they placed on singing with the choir. When the 2020 High Holy Days arrived, the choir put together three videos for use during the virtual worship services. This required that the performers not only learn the music, but also learn how to record themselves while listening to a recording, and then upload and share the recordings, sometimes redoing them over and over again in the process. Even as COVID wore on, the choir continued to practice and create music, recording new Chanukah performances to share with the Shir Tikva community. At the beginning of 2021, the choir began their next online collaboration with their United Parish partners, this time creating three recordings: “Here Comes the Sun,” “The Storm is Passing Over,” and “Yah Ribon.” Once again, all the singers began attending virtual voice classes with their church friends, in addition to individual voice lessons with Jami, totaling several hours per week dedicated to honing their musical craft.

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After that collaboration, the choir members became cabaret singers, learning the fun and wonderfully frivolous songs of the early 1900's Tin Pan Alley. At the outdoor spring performance, each performer sang a solo that they had worked on for months, resulting in a delightfully entertaining show. Their new beloved voice teacher, Jami, even flew in from Tennessee to help with final preparations and see her singers perform in person. The culmination of the choir’s hard work and dedication over the past 18 months was the 2021 High Holy Day worship experience, for which they prepared diligently throughout most of the summer. This time, almost all choir members led a congregational prayer from the bima during the holidays, strengthening their leadership skills while using their blooming voices to help the community sing along. It also provided the singers a chance to dive more deeply into the High Holy Day prayers and melodies as individuals, offering music and meaning to all. The meaningful evolution of the Temple Shir Tikva choir has resulted in a group more spiritually connected than ever before to their voices and to the power of prayer, as it impacts their minds, bodies, and spirits.

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Early Learning Center (ELC) The ELC is home to five classrooms of children (18 months to 5 years old), and the teachers love and respect each child as an individual with thoughts, opinions, and ideas. They nurture each child to be their most authentic selves. As a Reggio-Inspired program, we refer to the classroom environment, both indoors and outdoors, as the third teacher (with parents and teachers as the first and second teachers). Thus, the intentional ways in which the teachers prepare the classroom environment promote relationships, communication, collaboration, and exploration through play. As we planned for the start of the school year, we sought to figure out how to provide a developmentally appropriate, fun, and engaging curriculum, while also maintaining strict COVID guidelines. We brainstormed all of the outdoor spaces our building and adjacent summer campgrounds have to offer, and the myriad ways in which we could use them. The list was long, creative, and full of possibilities, allowing us to create rich and meaningful curriculum for and with the children, while also maintaining health and safety guidelines. The children ventured into our “outdoor classrooms” for everything from art projects to lunch to large architectural work with logs and sticks. They created habitats for animals, and used twigs, leaves and acorns to make “food.” They hunted for tracks and bear caves. They used the natural materials they collected, and the beauty of our outdoor classrooms, to dive deeply into their curiosities and find wonder in their world. The combination of creative teachers, imaginative children, natural materials, and outdoor spaces helped us turn obstacles into opportunities.

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Hineini (Religious School) Hineini means, “I am here” or “Here I am,” and we see it as a statement of presence. Now, more than ever, we know the power of being present – together. The Hineini curriculum is based on middot (character traits) that are deeply Jewish and also relevant to our lives today. Learners and families have the opportunity to explore traits like patience, kindness, courage, humility, and holiness, as lenses through which we view our daily lives and Jewish holidays and stories. Our program includes music, prayer, art, play, STEM, Hebrew, and “Bonim Banim” (“building the children”) – the social-emotional learning component that is the basis for building relationships and community. New to Hineini this year: • Introduction of new middot into our learning, expanding on our program from last year • Pilot Project-Based Learning (PBL) – allowing students more direct voice and choice over their own learning • Expansion of small-group Hebrew learning • Launching chevruta (Jewish practice of partnered learning) to enrich our school community and dive deeper into what it means to learn together Hineni Core Values: Community – We live our lives embedded in a sacred web of relationships that connect us to each other and the Jewish people at large. Belonging – Judaism is our spiritual home, the place where we are deeply welcomed and fully seen in all of our wholeness. Tikkun Olam – We understand our role as partners with God in the work of repairing the brokenness of our world; we are committed to the struggle to create a more just, fair, and sustainable world. Hineini – We show up as fully present to this moment. We are awake to the life within and around us, and stand ready to respond to the calls of our times while listening to the still, small voice within. Curiosity – We are energized and engaged by the endless possibilities of our world and the boundless wisdom of our Torah and tradition. G’milut Chasadim – We practice loving kindness at all times, in our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world that sustains us all. Joy – It is a blessing to be alive and to be a part of this sacred community, and we celebrate those blessings together.

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Junior Youth Programs From working in teams to assemble creative Jewishly-inspired culinary concoctions, to building blanket forts together and then bonding over M&M icebreakers, grades 3-6 students have enjoyed plenty of opportunities to connect and build relationships with one another outside of the classroom. Recent Junior Youth Programs have included: • Sukkot Potluck and Apple Picking • Temple-Wide Treasure Hunt • Field Days • Chopped JEWnior! • Mock Shul-In (all of the fun of a shul-in, minus sleeping over!) • Off-Site Adventures to Launch! Trampoline Park and Acton Bowladrome • Participation in Community Service Days (including JTI Love Our Neighbors Day and JTI/JCRC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service)

TSTeens We believe deeply in the importance of community, of exploration, and of teens behind the wheel of their own experiences. We believe that relationships are the foundation of community, and that investment is at the heart of engagement. To live up to these beliefs, our TSTeen program now includes more opportunities for engagement, growth and learning than ever before. We always seek to engage our teens in what Jewishly compels them – as well as to give them a place, and a people, they can call their second home. Our TSTeen Program offers five distinct programs: • Madrichim – Classroom Leadership Program for Grades 7-12 Students • STIFTY – Synagogue Youth Group for Grades 8-12 Students (Junior STIFTY for Grades 7 and 8) • AISH – Wednesday Evening Teen Learning and Community Program for Grades 7-12 Students • T³ (tCubed): Team Teen Tikkun – Monthly Peer-Led Teen Social Action Initiative for Grades 8-10 Students • Moving Traditions – Monthly Gender Identity Exploration and Community Through A Jewish Lens Program for Grades 8-11 Students

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The Center for Jewish Spirituality During the past year, Temple Shir Tikva successfully transitioned all its core Spirituality offerings to online offerings, leading to continued participation and engagement. The Center for Jewish Spirituality continues to offer Shabbat meditation on Friday nights, embodied practice through weekly Yoga classes, and Singing as a Spiritual Practice. Four va’adim study and practice Mussar, a centuries old Jewish tradition, yet one that still resonates today with many who are on a journey of becoming better versions of themselves. TSTCJS programs have provided spiritual nourishment for the body, mind, and soul. During this challenging period, more members than ever before found comfort, connection, and community through the offerings of the Center for Jewish Spirituality. The practice of Mussar – the Jewish path of spiritual development that leads to awareness, wisdom, and transformation – has been a part of the spiritual curriculum at Temple Shir Tikva for the past six years. Since its inception, more than 100 adult congregants have participated in Mussar classes, moving through the five semesters of course study. The program has expanded, with original teacher, Caryl Shaw, and now Jay Gainsboro, both serving as facilitators, with multiple Mussar classes offered every semester. Through a process of self-discovery and self-transformation, Mussar learning has enabled congregants and friends to improve relationships with family members, business colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. The va’adim (groups that meet to study Mussar) study together for 2½ years and become communities whose members celebrate each other’s joyful milestones and support one another through challenging times.

Mussar: Toddler to Teen Middot Learning The success of the adult Mussar program inspired the Temple to launch Mussar practice for the youngest learners in the ELC up through the teens about to graduate high school. Middot are now present in all the learning offered at Shir Tikva. As Mussar is often called the “soul curriculum,” this social-emotional work of looking inward helps prepare the best version of individuals to build relationships with others and do the work of repairing the world. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year and building in the current year, the K-12 education team began co-creating, with the teachers and learners, classroom experiences using middot or character traits such as chaveirut/friendship, bitachon/trust, and ometz lev/courage. This year, the ELC teachers are also incorporating middah learning in their emergent curricula. Learning middot is a deeply Jewish practice that also relates to the students’ 21st century lives.

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During Teacher Orientation week, the ELC teachers learned about the September middah, achrayut/responsibility through a text study. After this learning, one teaching team decided to frame their “class rules” as Classroom Responsibilities to set the tone for talking about achrayut as both a Jewish value and a way to create community. In the Religious School, in addition to supporting the teachers with texts, teaching ideas and materials about each middah, each month students receive a “Hineini@Home” sheet (specially created by Middot Mentors, Caryl Shaw and Beth Greenberg) that helps families extend the learning at home. To reinforce the middah of chaveirut/friendship and build on it with learning about bitachon/trust, teachers created obstacle courses in the outdoor spaces for “buddy walks” where one student was blindfolded, and a partner talked them through the course. The activity was fun and the debrief conversation about trust was rich, discussing how to build trust, and what makes it easy or difficult to trust someone. Two of the AISH (7-12 learning program) classes are using sacred text and middot as lenses for interpretation through art and also to look at characters and plots of the Harry Potter stories and to find meaningful takeaways for their lives. Last year, to commemorate the conclusion of a year of online learning, an in-person event was held celebrating the students’ accomplishments and the middot they had incorporated into their daily lives. Students, teachers, and madrichim all received nine custom-made bracelets featuring each of the middot they had learned: Loving Kindness, Order, Humility, Patience, Courage, Gratitude, Holiness, Enthusiasm, and Respect.

Mussar: One Family’s Inter-Generational Impact Fayanne Riegelhaupt knows firsthand the value and significance of Mussar practice in her family. She has been studying Mussar at Shir Tikva since it was first taught, learning alongside Caryl Shaw as students together. Even once Fayanne’s va’ad completed the entire Mussar curriculum, they continued to meet and study together, every month for several years. The members now take turns facilitating the sessions themselves.

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Last year, when her granddaughters, Taylor and Jocelyn, began learning a middah a month at the Religious School, Fayanne was delighted to be able to share her longtime spiritual practice with her family. The two students were thrilled when they earned nine special rubber bracelets showcasing the middot they had studied. The two young learners were interested in studying Mussar right away, Fayanne notes. “It was presented in a way that they were immediately enthusiastic about learning. Alison and the staff do such an incredible job.” The family now incorporates values from their Mussar practice into everyday life. When Taylor, 9, went to Crane Lake Camp last year, for her first time at overnight camp, she wore her “Courage” bracelet to camp. There she continued her Mussar studies and earned even more bracelets while at camp. Even during more challenging moments, the family still uses the Mussar framework to discuss issues. Salvanut, or patience, remains a work in progress for Jocelyn, who is eight, while Taylor acknowledged right away when she was rude to her sister and apologized. However, the two grandchildren will even recognize an opportunity for their grandmother to practice her middot, pointing out during a frustrating moment, “What don’t you know, Grandma?” demonstrating that there are teachable moments all around, no matter the age or generation.

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Adult B. Mitzvah Among the unexpected opportunities that have presented themselves during the pandemic has been our Adult B. Mitzvah Class that started on Zoom in January 2021. Our group of 16 students in their 40s-70s has been coming together with Rabbi Jordi, Rabbi Danny, Cantor Hollis, Rabbi Blumberg, and our Hebrew teacher, Tikva Eigen, in preparation for a group B. Mitzvah service that is scheduled to take place this coming Shavuot, on June 5, 2022. This group of dedicated learners represents a range of experiences, beliefs, and background within our community: Some grew up within the Jewish community but never had the chance to celebrate their growth and learning, while others came to Judaism as adults and are getting to claim their place at the Torah even more fully through this experience. Some longed for this opportunity for years, while others were prompted by the experiences of their children or grandchildren, or because they were stirred by a Jewish alarm clock going off inside. Through engaging in learning and self-exploration about Jewish text, tradition, history, belief, and more, this group has become a small community within our larger TST community, with expected and unexpected blessings along the way.

Mental Health Initiative Our Mental Health Initiative (MHI) began three and a half years ago, and our need for this important group has only been underscored by the times in which we live. With its emphasis on the understanding that our TST community is made up of individuals and families each on our own life journey through times of strength and of challenge, the group is rooted in the statement: The TST Mental Health Initiative’s mission is to ensure that Temple Shir Tikva is a warm, friendly, welcoming and supportive community for congregants, their families, visitors and others whose lives have been touched and affected by psychiatric, psychological, substance use issues, and/or emotional difficulties. Because “real life is complicated.” Through the MHI’s leadership, we have heard from speakers telling their own life stories; learned from experts on substance abuse, ADHD, and eating disorders; spoken with each other around dinner tables, on Zoom calls, and in support groups; and studied with teachers of Jewish wisdom about how awareness of mental health challenges has been part of our people’s fabric from the earliest days. We are honored to be a community in which we strive to combat mental illnesses’ stigma and to support each other through times of turbulence, with care, love, and hope.

Adult Community Engagement (ACE) At Temple Shir Tikva we value community. The Adult Community Engagement (ACE) Committee is focused on developing programming that spans many areas of interests. The goal is to offer enough variety that everyone in our community will find something that is of interest to

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them, while providing the opportunity to connect with others in our community. Some of the activities that ACE has planned in the past include progressive dinners, brisket bake-offs, comedy nights, hikes, performances, museum trips, cooking, and golf outings. ACE is continuously coming up with new programs and is always open to new ideas.

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At the onset of the pandemic, the Temple’s Audio-Visual needs were driven initially by the transition of all services to a fully remote format. With the clergy leading services from their respective homes, the Zoom experience needed to improve. We were awarded a technology grant from CJP in the early days of the pandemic, with which we purchased higher quality cameras and microphones to use at home. As we began to shift over to hybrid services and events, it was clear that we needed equipment that would allow us to set up anywhere on the TST property – inside and outside – to reach all our members. This prompted us to purchase wireless microphones to use outside, audio interfaces to allow us to live-stream from anywhere and even broadcast over FM radio for our in-car parking lot services. This equipment was used for outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat and B. Mitzvah services, outdoor ELC programs, parking lot Freedom Dance jams, choir concerts, and many other events. Then, just as we were starting to return to holding services indoors, a critical piece of the sanctuary PA system failed, with a two-month lead time for replacement. Fortunately, we were able to use most of the new equipment we had purchased for outdoor use as a temporary PA system for the sanctuary. We expected the 5782/2021 High Holy Days services to be “easier” than last year to deliver – where everything was pre-recorded – but the task of holding indoor, outdoor, and simultaneously live-streamed services proved to be an immense challenge. Relocating the camera in the sanctuary for better viewing angles, setting up the choir in the lobby, and assembling a complete, duplicate AV setup for the Camp Chickami services took a tremendous amount of planning, equipment organization, logistics, and backup plans (which were in fact needed, as overnight rain forced us to relocate the Yom Kippur B’Yachad service to the parking lot!). Across all the services, and across all our streaming platforms (the TST website, Facebook, and YouTube Live), we had over 1,000 unique devices connected, with those devices making around 10,000 distinct views! We are in the current stages of updating technology in the Beit Midrash (and other meeting rooms) for Adult Education classes. This will allow for the most interactive experience for in-person attendees, and for those who choose to participate remotely.

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Additionally, anyone attending a service in the sanctuary might notice a small camera in front of the Bimah. Rabbi Danny’s goal is to have the streamed view as “personal” as possible – not a remote camera angle from the corner of the sanctuary. A “visual Tefilah” display is planned for the sanctuary, and other creative uses for technology are already being discussed.

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Other Fees & Income 3%

School Fees 7%

Early Learning Center (ELC) 14%

FY20-21 Revenue $2,384,706

Fundraising 32%

Dues 44%

Administration 20.5%

FY20-21 Expenses

Clergy and Worship 35.5%

$2,363,938 Building 12%

ELC 19%

Education 13%


Stars Kochavim

Sparks of Life Nizotzot

$100,000 and above

$3,600—$4,999

William and Ami Danoff Larry and Beth Greenberg Steven and Judith Kaye

Peter and Jill Abend Jason and Sandy Honeyman Brian and Wendy Levey Barry and Karen Miller Michael Sperling and Rachel Berkey

Sustaining the World Lamed Vavnik $36,000—$53,999

Jonathon and Joanna Jacobson Mary Beth Rettger and Roy Lurie Scott and Laurene Sperling Light of Life Or haChayim $18,000—$35,999

Chester and Diane Black Adam and Jacquelyn Loren Richard and Debra Romanow Stephen and Trudy Sonis Tree of Life Etz Chayim $10,000—$17,999

Jeff and Loren Feingold Jay and Barbara Gainsboro James H. and Rosalie R. Shane Song of Hope Shir Tikva $5,000—$9,999

Susan and Scott Cohen Stuart Falber Nancy Lee Gossels Roy and Virginia MacDowell Edward and Janet Polansky Michael and Wendy Price Douglas and Andi Shaw Gary and Caryl Shaw Michael and Wendy Simches Robert and Myra Snyder

Eternal Light Ner Tamid $1,800—$3,599

Cary and Susan Benjamin Philip Benjamin and Melinda Milberg Gary Bishop and Toby Serkin Brett and Jeremi Carswell Allan and Rebecca Chasen Martin and Amanda Glynn Maurice and Dena Hamilburg Marc and Diane Homer Morris and Maschia Kaplan Herbert and Karen Kavet Mark and Joan Lappin Jeff Maimon Nan Morgart Lynn Nathanson and Theodor Rozsa Evelyn and John Neumeyer Bruce and Joyce Pastor Edward Perlman and Betsy Huntley Jim and Doreen Rao Paul and Annette Roberts Zachary Sadek and Rebecca Sommers Daniel Schneider and Julie Kniznik Ira and Linda Shoolman Arnold and Rena Soslow Candace and Lee Steingisser Bruce and Deborah Tofias Mark and Elizabeth Volk Joan Warshaw

Repair the World Tikkun Olam $1,000—$1,799

Neil Aresty and Estie Rappaport Robert and Carole Bellman Rabbi Danny Burkeman and Micol Zimmerman Burkeman Marcus and Jane Cohn Douglas and Mona Dolgov Michael and Leslie Gaffin Lawrence and Holly Glick Robert Koster Jeff and Laraine Levy Matthew and Karen Levy Amy and Stephen Manchester Richard and Barbara Melvoin Matthew and Sandra Meyerson Michael and Rochelle Nemrow Marilyn Newman Alan and Cathy Regensburger Jessica Rubinstein Larry and Jane Salk Jonathan and Rachel Sieber David and Emily Singer Joshua and Nancy Solomon LeeAnn Yolin House of Study Beit Midrash $540—$999

Jayson and Irma Brodie Sema Faigen Bernard and Phyllis Feingold Richard Friedman and Nancy Goldstone Rachel and Joshua Heckler Martin and Ellen Herbordt Jenny Kaplan Richard and Shetal Kaye David and Jacqueline Krendel Jeffrey and Kelly Lappin David and Nancy Poorvu


Marcia Rosenberg John and Fran Rosenheim Stuart and Maxine Rosenthal Eric and Elizabeth Shienbrood Michael and Jennifer Weiner House of Assembly Beit Knesset $180—$539

Michael Abrahams Justin and Jacqueline Adelson Rabbi Jordana and Seth Battis Joan Feinberg Berns Joan Blair and Donald Schuler Ellen Blocker Rabbi Herman and Paula Blumberg Alan Boyer Michael and Rachel Bratt Kenneth and Cheryl Chernack Garry and Heidi Darack Allan Dines and Heidi Tissenbaum Tevyah and Karen Dines Michael and Christina Donowitz Robert Foster and Karen Adelman Foster David Friend and Susan Ruskin Friend Michael and Anne Gottlieb Jeffrey and Lisa Greenberg Steven and Sylvia Greene Stephen and Linda Greyser Fred Hopengarten and Betty Herr Steven and Edie Hotchkiss Nancy Illman Charles and Jill Katz Richard Kaye and Leslie Jacobson Kaye Herb Kimiatek Max and Beverly Klau Bryan and Jillian Kohl Marc and Jayne Lampert Pam and Jonah Laufer David Lustig and Joanne Yorks Harry and Deborah Merkin Harvey and Amy Michaels Daniel Miller Michael and Alexandra Mirman Roger and Jennifer Mitty Barry and Lauren Morgan Nicholas and Amy O’Donnell

David and Elaine Polansky Robert and Debra Polansky Marilyn Porter and Gerald Friedler Diane Ray Judith Riegelhaupt Sander and Lauren Rikleen Harris Rosenheim Richard and Nancy Rossman Sara Salomon William and Barbara Savel Andrei and Liliane Schor Joel and Nancy Schulman Jack and Diane Schuster Joan Shulman Martin and Carol Shulman Scott and Erica Silverman Justin and Tamar Steinman Jodi Swartz Richard and Alayne Tresch Kenneth and Cynthia Wagner Alison Weikel and Robert F. Weikel, Jr. Edward and Betty Weisberger Marc Weiss Jeffrey West and Amy Davis West Larry and Melinda Whitman Jonathan Zarkower and Rhonda Sheller Commandment Mitzvah $5—$180

Jorge Alzate and Marisol Tabares Timothy Armour and Wendy Kaplan Jay and Carol Atlas Alison Axelrod Mark and Rachel Baglin Julie Berger Bruno Berszoner and Jennifer Cobe Theodore and Phyllis Bially Rick and Beverly Blatz Wendy Born Bentsion and Irina Boverman Betty Brudnick Gail Butcher Carol Carroll Kenton and Jodi Chase Adam and Beth Cohen David and Alicia Cohen

David Cohen and Rhonda Magier-Cohen Peggi Cohen Michael and Jeri Cooper Joel Copaken and Valerie Gold Jonathan Ellman and Beth-Anne Halpert Joshua Epstein and Shana Kaplan Bayla Falber Nancy Falkof Roberta Feiler Lawrence and Beverly Feinberg Bruce and Cary Forman Warren and Deborah Forman Velma Frank Joan Friedman Gary and Amy Gilbert Deborah and James Gollin William and Joanne Goodman Harold and Joan Goralnick Chris and Julie Gordon Emily and Mark Gordon Neil and Joyce Gordon Sylvia Ruth Gutmann Jerome and Susan Haber Greg and Joanna Hartunian Michael and Renee Henrich Cliff and Marilyn Hirsch Peter and Joan Hoffman Barbara Holtz Jonathan and Jane Horne Scott and Laura Hyman Gregg Jacobs and Jody Skiest Steven Jacobs Joan and Michael Kalafatas Harvey and Gale Karofsky Marc and Susan Karofsky Kenneth and Elaine Kaye Wayne and Judy Keseberg Carey and Laurie Kimmelstiel Benjamin and Gloria Kuris Paul and Patty Kussell Jean Lange Matthew and Karen Langweber Randi Lapidus Arlene Lieberman Diana Levinson Pearl Libenson Scott Machanic and Linda Zaccagini


Jeffrey Merritt and Irene Gruenfeld Barbara Mines Barbara Moloney Doreen Murray Seth and Amy Nable Victor Nussbaum and Karen Margolis Regina Oldak Patrick O’Neil Brian and Sarah Phair John and Sally Ralen Jodi Raphael and Gabe Miller Fayanne Riegelhaupt Peter and Lisa Roblin Michael and Averie Rosemark Franklin Rosen and Karen Zeff Rosen Carl Rosenblatt and Randi Sterrn Leslie Rosenblatt Joel Rosenthal

Ernie Rub and Stacy Zeder Shirley Rubinstein Fred and Diane Russcol Edward and Harriet Safran William and Abrielle Salloway Betty Salzberg Robin Schreier and Steven Scari Amy and Seth Schulman Michael Schwartz and Sheryl Greenberg Lois Seltzer Bruce Shackleton and Elizabeth Fineberg Lior and Joyce Sharon Jordan and Brenda Shatsoff Kenneth and Beverly Sheiffer Robert and Stacey Shulman Daniel and Cindi Slater Jonathan and Megan Smith Arnold and Charmian Sperling

Alexandra Statland and Reynold Knopf Wendy Sternburg Joseph and Diane Stone Benjamin Supnik and Lori Newman Michael and Ellen Suvalle Zachary and Natasha Tofias Richard and Diane Tutin Michael Wadness and Cindy Shore Wadness Sherry Weinstein Joel and Alison Weinstock Rachel and William Welt Kenneth and Laura Wernick Lyn Whinston-Perry Michael Whitman Abraham and Ana Wons Maryann Wyner Dianne Zeskind


Bruce Shackleton and Elizabeth Fineberg Lior and Joyce Sharon Jordan and Brenda Shatsoff

Adopt-a-Family Fund

Phyllis and Joe Chartor Cliff and Barbara Frish Judy Whitman Adult and Family Education Fund

Mimi Brown Marcus and Jane Cohn Bernard and Phyllis Feingold Larry and Beth Greenberg Debra Jaff Mark and Joan Lappin Andrew Leavitt Amy and Stephen Manchester Harvey and Amy Michaels Jeffrey and Karen Miller Michael and Alexandra Mirman Michelle Pisa Douglas and Andi Shaw Steven and Michelle Wolf Dianne Zeskind Blumberg Camp Fund

Anonymous Rabbi Herman and Paula Blumberg Edward Kleiman Better Lehman Barry and Karen Miller Donald and Edith Milrod Victor Nussbaum and Karen Margolis Edward and Janet Polansky Joan Shulman Kenneth and Laura Wernick LeeAnn Yolin Sonia Zighelboim

Building and Furnishings Fund

Adam Dehner and Danielle Friedman Lawrence and Beverly Feinberg James New Mary Beth Rettger and Roy Lurie Richard and Nancy Rossman Cantor Hollis’ Discretionary Fund

Dan Andelman Mark and Rachel Baglin Cary and Susan Benjamin Philip Benjamin and Melinda Milberg Robert Berwick and Marilyn Matz Bentsion and Irina Boverman Claudia Braunstein Jayson and Irma Brodie Susan Busch Allan and Rebecca Chasen Lavinia Coco Jay and Barbara Gainsboro Brian and Jody Gladstein Carson and Deborah Goddard Tania Gray Morris and Maschia Kaplan Jeffrey and Jill Karp Richard and Shetal Kaye Robert Koster David and Jacqueline Krendel Michele Levine Roy and Virginia MacDowell Michael and Alexandra Mirman Leah Nussbaum Victor Nussbaum and Karen Margolis Bruce and Joy Pastor Jay and Gail Pearlstein Marcia Rosenberg Michael and Jodi Rubin

Gary and Caryl Shaw Joan Shulman Daniel and Cindi Slater Edward Smith Robert and Myra Snyder Adam and Elizabeth Stavisky Josef and Dana Volman Edward and Betty Weisberger Kenneth and Laura Wernick Jeffrey West and Amy Davis West Complimentary Membership Program Fund

Chester and Diane Black David Passer Fund

Brian and Jody Gladstein Marc Maxwell Stephen and Trudy Sonis Education Enrichment Fund

Jonathan and Rachel Sieber Michael and Jennifer Weiner Endowment Fund

Jonathan and Rachel Sieber Kesher Fund

Jay and Carol Atlas Bentsion and Irina Boverman Mandi Kunen Michael and Alexandra Mirman Jonathan and Rachel Sieber Nancy Tharler and David Glassberg Lyn Whinston-Perry Jonathan Zarkower and Rhonda Sheller


Library Fund

Elizabeth David Mary Beth Rettger and Roy Lurie Jodi Swartz Laura Williams Mortgage Fund

Amy Margolis Cathy Shuman and Ted Trivers Music Fund

Annemarie Altman Harold Bell Susan Bell Cary and Susan Benjamin Philip Benjamin and Melinda Milberg Tracy Berns Bruno Berszoner and Jennifer Cobe Joan Blair and Donald Schuler Ellen Blocker Bentsion and Irina Boverman Carolyn Chaharyn Susan and Scott Cohen John and Marilyn Darack Madeline and Richard Deth Peter Edwards Lawrence and Beverly Feinberg Joan Friedman Arlene Ellis Fuchs Jay and Barbara Gainsboro Joan Gibson Gary and Amy Gilbert Martin and Amanda Glynn Chris and Julie Gordon Neil and Joyce Gordon Linda Gotthelf Martin Gredinger Larry and Beth Greenberg David and Sandra Hesketh Matthew Hillebrenner Herbert and Karen Kavet Richard and Shetal Kaye Wayne and Judy Keseberg Alan and Sharon Kivnik

Barry and Robin Kostin James Kuhn Steven and Pamela Lesser John and Theresa Levinson Paul R. Lewish Selma Liebnick Christopher Lindstrom and Abbey Haber David Lustig and Joanne Yorks Amy and Stephen Manchester Harvey and Amy Michaels James Michaud Jeffrey and Karen Miller Michael and Alexandra Mirman Harold and Janet Naideau Evelyn and John Neumeyer Marilyn Newman Bruce and Joyce Pastor David and Elaine Polansky Edward and Janet Polansky Steve Richmond and Julie Weinstein Fayanne Riegelhaupt Sander and Lauren Rikleen Carl Rosenblatt and Randi Sterrn Leslie Rosenblatt Jessica Rubinstein Joel and Nancy Schulman Bruce Shackleton and Elizabeth Fineberg Douglas and Andi Shaw Jerry Sherman Ira and Linda Shoolman Jonathan and Rachel Sieber Daniel and Cindi Slater Stephen and Trudy Sonis Toni and Laurence Spitzer Candace and Lee Steingisser Jodi Swartz David and Elsie Werber Richard Wojdyla LeeAnn Yolin Jonathan Zarkower and Rhonda Sheller Dianne Zeskind Pastor Fund

Patti and Mark Abrams Debra Ankeles and Robert Freedman Cary and Susan Benjamin

Joan Feinberg Berns Steven Field Jonathan and Rachel Sieber Stephen and Trudy Sonis Candace and Lee Steingisser Preschool Fund

Rachel D’Amour Marc and Ellen Levy Dan and Suzanne Rabinovitz Benjamin and Dana Roth Steven and Andrea Schoenfeld Stephen and Trudy Sonis Drew and Rachel Stocker Zachary and Natasha Tofias Kevin and Lauren Watters Michael and Jennifer Weiner Rabbi Danny’s Discretionary Fund

Dan Andelman Cary and Susan Benjamin Philip Benjamin and Melinda Milberg Ellen Blocker Jayson and Irma Brodie Linda Brooks Allan and Rebecca Chasen Susan and Scott Cohen John and Marilyn Darack Bruce and Cary Forman Jay and Barbara Gainsboro Marcia Gitlitz Carson and Deborah Goddard Nancy Gossels Michael and Anne Gottlieb Steven and Sylvia Greene Hathaway Funeral Service Barbara Holtz Charles and Judith Huizenga Joshua and Felicia Hyman Steven Jacobs Susan Karon Bradley and Allison Kates Robert Koster David and Jacqueline Krendel Michele Levine


Jeff and Gregory Levine Lawrence and Lynn Menovich Michael and Alexandra Mirman Leah Nussbaum Victor Nussbaum and Karen Margolis David and Nancy Poorvu Marilyn Porter and Gerald Friedler John and Sally Ralen William Reich Paul and Annette Roberts Richard and Debra Romanow Marcia Rosenberg Leslie Rosenblatt Richard and Nancy Rossman Michael and Jodi Rubin Bob and Joan Rubinstein Larry and Jane Salk Sara Salomon Lior and Joyce Sharon Jordan and Brenda Shatsoff Douglas and Andi Shaw Gary and Caryl Shaw Felice Shore Martin and Carol Shulman The Smookler Family Robert and Myra Snyder Scott and Laurene Sperling Stanetsky Chapels Janet Turow Kenneth and Cynthia Wagner Garry and Bette Weiner Michael and Jennifer Weiner Sherry Weinstein Edward and Betty Weisberger Jeffrey West and Amy Davis West LeeAnn Yolin Rabbi Jordi’s Discretionary Fund

Dan Andelman Rabbi Jordana and Seth Battis Cary and Susan Benjamin Philip Benjamin and Melinda Milberg Peter and Miriam Borden Bentsion and Irina Boverman Jayson and Irma Brodie

Carol Carroll Allan and Rebecca Chasen Jay and Barbara Gainsboro Brian and Jody Gladstein Carson and Deborah Goddard Robert Koster David and Jacqueline Krendel Steven and Sharon Machel Michael and Alexandra Mirman Leah Nussbaum Victor Nussbaum and Karen Margolis Bruce and Joyce Pastor Peter and Lisa Roblin Marcia Rosenberg Michael and Jodi Rubin Jordan and Brenda Shatsoff Gary and Caryl Shaw Amy Shemin Jerry Sherman Joan Shulman Robert and Myra Snyder Nancy Tharler and David Glassberg Edward and Betty Weisberger Jeffrey West and Amy Davis West LeeAnn Yolin Sonia Zighelboim Ritual and Prayerbook Fund

Barbara Holtz Monica and Stephen Neuman Lucien and Marge Teig Jeffrey and Elaine Winer Social Action Fund

Cary and Susan Benjamin Samuel and Marie Ellias Jay and Barbara Gainsboro Gary and Amy Gilbert Barry and Robin Kostin Denise Lauer Valerie and Arnie Lowenstein Ronni Michaelson Beverly and Lew Regelman Lynn Nathanson and Theodor Rozsa Joel and Nancy Schulman Bruce Shackleton and Elizabeth Fineberg

Douglas and Andi Shaw Robert and Myra Snyder Candace and Lee Steingisser LeeAnn Yolin Spirituality Fund

Anonymous (2) Cary and Susan Benjamin Douglas and Mona Dolgov Jay and Barbara Gainsboro Larry and Beth Greenberg Frank and Janice Malkin Frank Mauldin Barry and Karen Miller Richard and Debra Romanow Carl Rosenblatt and Randi Sterrn Jessica Rubinstein Ellen Sard Robin Schreier and Steven Scari Bruce Shackleton and Elizabeth Fineberg Douglas and Andi Saw Jonathan and Rachel Sieber Michael and Wendy Simches Scott and Laurene Sperling Candace and Lee Steingisser Wendy Sternburg Ruth Weisenborn Jeffrey West and Amy Davis West Lyn Whinston-Perry LeeAnn Yolin Youth Fund

Nicole Kaplan Mark and Audrey Robinson Lauri and Steven Wishner Yuval and Jill Zukerman


We hope that this Annual Report has provided a valuable glimpse into all the exciting programs, services, and initiatives happening at Temple Shir Tikva. We are tremendously proud of the strength and vitality of our community, and of our congregation’s dedication to fostering a welcoming and engaging environment. Even as 2021 is beginning to wrap up, we at Shir Tikva are already eagerly anticipating the arrival of 2022. We have much on the horizon to which we are looking forward. Here are just some of the upcoming highlights of the year ahead: In-person joint Seder with the Greater Framingham Community Church Return of teen travel programs Adult B. Mitzvah Celebration Return of Shared Shabbat with our friends at the Islamic Center of Boston Multiple grants to enhance ELC security and improve facility lighting Once again, we offer thanks for the continued support of our sacred community. In the practice of Mussar – as described earlier in this report – the middah (trait) of Gratitude is known as Hakarat Ha-Tov, which translates to “recognizing the good.” By expressing our gratitude for the generosity of our members, we recognize the good manifested in countless ways in our community, through acts of generosity and chesed (lovingkindness), through volunteering, through teaching, through the giving of tzedakah. We are truly grateful to our congregation for all the good deeds and contributions bestowed upon Shir Tikva. Kol Tuv,

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