Congregation Shaarei Tefillah Upcoming Events

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RABBI Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD                                                                   Rebecca Kaplan, PRESIDENT

Parshat Toldot 1 Kislev 5779 - November 9, 2018

Shabbat Candle Lighting before: 4:10 PM

Please check the ERUV hotline at (781) 446-9797

Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah 

Yoetzet Halakhah Sarah Cheses (339) 364-2848 or via email at


Tuesday, November 13

7:00 - 8:00 PM Tai Chi in Social Hall with Danny Wyschogrod. Weekly with exceptions of Jewish and secular holidays. 


Book Club, Tuesday Nov 20, 7:30 PM  Will discuss “Eternal Life” by Dara Horn and will meet at a members home.  Contact for more information.

Save the date for our 2nd Community Dinner!  On Friday night, December 7, we will have a fun and festive davening and dinner with games galore for all ages: Bubbie’s Latke Bingo; Dod Dovid’s Dreidel Spin Off; Hanukkah Headbands Macabee Monopoly, Chanukiah Connect Four x 2 makes 8 nights of fun; Chashmonaim Codenames, and more! Sign up and details to follow later this week!

Scholars in Residence for December

December 8, Shabbat Chanukah, Michal Ohana PhD, Research Fellow at the Jewish Studies Center at Harvard University, will speak on Lighting an Electric Menorah in Morocco.

December 15, Rabbi Shlomo Dov Rosen, Rabbi of Yakar Synagogue in Jerusalem

December 22, Rabbi Michael Broyde, professor of law and the academic director of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University


Kristallnacht Commemoration at Maimonides School, Saturday, Nov. 10th, at 7:30 PM, featuring Michael Ross, former Boston City Councilor, who will present the documentary film Etched in Glass, about his father Stephan, who founded the New England Holocaust Memorial.

Israeli Dancing 7:30 PM Monday, November 12 Israeli Dancing for Women and Girls. New Location - will be held at Beit Sasson: Sephardic Congregation-Newton, 556 Ward St, Newton Centre: Contact Judith Aaronson,

Ma’ayan: Saturday, November 17 at 8 pm Join Ma'ayan this November for a great learning opportunity.  at a private home in Newton with Dr. Malka Simkovich: It’s all Greek to Me: Rabbinic Attitudes Towards Scriptural Sanctity and Biblical Translation.  This class is open to men and women.

Rofeh Dinner Honoring Sheila Mondshein z”l On Sunday evening, November 18, the Rofeh Annual Dinner will honor our dear member, Sheila Mondshein z”l, for her life’s work in community building and fair housing. The event will take place at the Waltham Westin Hotel: reception at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. A formal invitation will be mailed shortly.

Ma’ayan: Nov. 19 & 26 Get ready for Chanukah with Blima Maged Two Monday evenings “Mai Chanukah?”: The Little Known Origins of a Well Known Holiday. This class is open to women only.  Visit for more information about this and our upcoming programming.

Tuesday, November 27th, 8:00 pm  All women are invited to join our Yoetzet Halacha, Sarah Cheses, for a shiur on "A Jewish Approach to Intimacy." In this text-based discussion, we will explore what Judaism teaches us about how to have a healthy, fulfilling, intimate relationship with our spouses. Tuesday, November 27th, 8:00 pm at the home of Claudia Grossman, 1016 Centre St, Newton.  If you have any questions that you would like addressed in the shiur, please submit them anonymously by clicking on this link

For more information, please email

Time to Register: LimmudBoston Sunday December 2nd at Temple Reyim. A day full of Jewish fun and learning. Schedule is live at  LimmudBoston 2018. Start planning what sessions you will attend.

New England Yoetzet Halacha Initiative (NEYHI) of Ma'ayan Yoetzet Halacha Sarah Cheses is available for consultation on questions regarding Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish law relating to married life) and its intersection with women's health. She can be reached via phone or text at (339) 364-2848 or via email at The best hours to contact Sarah are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 8PM to 10PM. For more information and to stay connected, please visit and sign up for the mailing list.