Congregation Shaarei Tefillah Upcoming Events

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RABBI Benjamin J. Samuels, PhD                                                                              Rebecca Kaplan, PRESIDENT

Congregation Shaarei Tefillah

Parashat Vayieshev, 20 Kislev 5778 - December 8, 2017

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Community Mikvah open for Leil Shabbat Women’s Tevillah

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

Candle Lighting: 3:54 PM



Sun 12/10

8:30 AM Teen Minyan

8:45 AM Halakhah w/Prof. Jay Berkovitz

10:30 AM Transformative Tefillah

6:00 PM CPR (pre- registration required)

7:45 PM Book Club

Mon 12/11

7:15 AM Daf HaShavua TJ

5:15 PM Teen Learning

7:30 PM “What is bothering Rashi?” with Rabbi Avi Rockoff.

7:30 PM Israeli Dancing for Women and Girls contact Judith Aaronson for more info.

Tue 12/12

7:00 PM Tai Chi; 7:30 PM “What Makes Us Human?” with rbs

Wed 12/13

7:00 PM Movement and Balance

8:15 PM Women's Talmud Chaburah

Thu 12/14

9:15 PM Daf Hashavua Bavli

    Chanukah at Shaarei    


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Sunday, Dec. 17, 10 AM-12 PM
Chanukah Carnival for the Whole Family!

Monday, Dec. 18, 7:30-9 PM

Teen Chanukah Party - Light, Food, & Fun!

Learning at Shaarei classes


  • Where Halakhah and Reality Meet: Divine Law in Human Hands with Prof. Jay Berkovitz, Sunday Mornings, 8:45 - 9:45 AM, Bayit
  • Daf HaShavua: Jerusalem Talmud, Masekhet Megillah with Rabbi Samuels, Monday mornings 7:15 AM, Bayit
  • Daf Hashavua After Late Maariv: Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Megillah, Thursday Nights, 9:15-9:45 PM
  • Shabbat Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Samuels.  Hilchot Bishul -- The Laws of Warming and Cooking Food on Shabbat.
  • Shaarei Family Learning, Motzai Shabbat, 6:30 PM
  • Teen Learning with Rabbi Samuels Mondays, 5:15 PM, Bayit For non-day school students.  For more info please contact Rachel Greenblatt at 


  • What Makes us Human?  Artificial Intelligence, Cyborgs, Human-Animal Chimeras, and Personhood in Jewish Thought and Law, with Rabbi Samuels. Tuesday Nights, 7:30-8:45 PM, Bayit 
    Remaining Classes 12.12 and 1.2.18
  • Women’s Talmud Chaburah: Masekhet Megillah, Wednesday Nights, 8:15-9:15 PM, Bayit Remaining class: Dec.13. A chance to dive deep into the daf and look at rishonim, this group-study will engage the text in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, but all levels are welcome.
  • What is Bothering Rashi? Understanding Our Greatest Parshan (Commentator), with Rabbi Avi Rockoff, Monday Nights, 7:30-8:45, Bayit Remaining Sessions: Dec. 11, and 18
  • Transformative Tefillah: an in-depth study of Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin’s approach to Prayer in Nefesh ha-Hayyim, with Rabbi Dr. Meir Sendor of Tal Orot, Tzfat, at Shaarei 7 part series Sunday mornings, 10:30 AM to 12 noon, Dates: Dec 10, Jan. 7 and 14, Feb. 4 and 11, Mar. 4, and Apr. 8.  Series tuition is $140 advance registration and payment required, space limited. (Tuition assistance available for Shaarei members)  Please contact Lucy with any questions.


Rofeh Toy Drive   Shaarei is collecting toys for Rofeh to deliver to Jewish patients at Children's Hospital and the children's units at MGH.  This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a little sunshine in the lives of children facing the holidays on medical wards.  Please bring new, unopened, unwrapped toys and leave them in the big box in the atrium.  The toys will be picked up from Shaarei on Monday, Dec. 11.

SAVE THE DATE! Purim Mailing, Wednesday, December 20th from 7:00 -10:00 PM, Social Hall  Please mark your calendars and join us in preparing the Purim mailing.  The more hands we have, the faster we finish so please come and help.  See you there!  Thanks, Gale and Naomi

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.



1.  January 27, 2018: Shaarei's Annual AIPAC Motzei Shabbat Gathering  This year, Benjamin Marchette, Deputy Regional Director of AIPAC, will update us on US-Israeli relations and developments.  Generously hosted by Naomi and Jesse Fried.

2.  February 11, 2018 to February 18, 2018: Shaarei's Learning Trip to Israel, led by Rabbi Samuels

3.  March 4, 2018 to March 6, 2018: AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC

4.  April 17, 2018 (evening) Yom HaZikaron

5.  April 18, 2018 (evening) Yom HaAtzmaut