Beth El Briefings
Eruv Tavshilin: Remember to make an Eruv Tavshilin Thursday, April 25th. This year the last day’s of Yom Tov fall on Friday and Saturday. Consequently, it is necessary to execute an "Eruv Tavshilin" on Erev Yom Tov, before candle lighting time. The Eruv Tavshilin is done by setting aside on Erev Yom Tov a baked item (e.g. Matzah) and a boiled item (e.g. gefilte fish) for use on Shabbat. Before setting these items aside on Erev Yom Tov, one should lift the items and recite the bracha and formula found in the siddur (Artscroll pg. 654). Since preparation of food begins before Yom Tov, it is then permissible to prepare food on Yom Tov for Shabbat as a result of the Eruv Tavshilin.
Shmini Shel Pesach: Next Friday evening, April 26th we have scheduled to take on Shabbat and Shmini Shel Pesach early. Mincha will take place at 6:00pm followed by an abridged Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv. This will allow for the evening Shabbat meal to take place at a more reasonable hour, which is of particular benefit to families with small children. The earliest that candle lighting can take place is at 6:12pm and the latest time for candle lighting is before 7:19pm. Members of the family need not all accept Shabbat at the same time. For example if an individual's spouse is in shul accepting Shabbat at an the Maariv, the individual at home need not take on Shabbat at the same time and can continue to be involved in Shabbat preparations until he or she actually accepts Shabbat. As a practical matter, one who participates in both these early mincha and maariv minyanim cannot be the family member who lights the Shabbat candles for the household.
Youth Groups Info for Pesach: There will be no Teen or Youth Minyanim on Pesach. Toddler-2nd grade groups will take place as usual at 10am.
Counting the Omer: Friday evening is the 7th day of counting the Omer. If one forgets to count in the evening, one can count the next day without a Bracha.
Permissible Use of Chometz: Chometz sold through Rabbi Segal may be used after 9:15pm on Saturday, April 27th.
Thank you: To all CSS members who are volunteering their time to protect our Shul this Shabbat.
Upcoming Events: Please see back for a list of upcoming speakers and events at Beth El.
Yom HaShoah: The Yom Hashoah community commemoration will be taking place this year at Young Israel of Brookline. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 1st at 8:15pm featuring Rabbi Joseph Polak, a child survivor and author of “After the Holocaust the Bells Still Ring.” Please see back for more details.
Family Table: Please consider volunteering in the rewarding experience of packing and distributing groceries for those in need on behalf of JFCS Family Table. The scheduled upcoming Sundays are May 19, June 23 and July 28. Please contact Lisa Katz at email@example.com for more information and to schedule.
Annual Dinner and Adbook: We are happy to announce that Jack and Deborah Schuss will be this year’s Annual Dinner honorees. Jack and Debbie have served the shul in multiple capacities for over two decades. Jack, who currently serves as our Chairman of the Board, has served as our President for three years and has served on the shul board for many years prior. Debbie has also served on the shul board for many years and has chaired the shul’s security committee and the shul’s public relations committee. Debbie is an award winning journalist and has published widely on topics important to our community, including about Israel and the Holocaust. Jack and Debbie are both children of Holocaust survivors and are committed to “never again” as an a central mission of our generation. Jack and Debbie are involved in Israel activism. They were both active in the founding of BIAC and Jack served as its president for many years and has served as the chairman of the shul’s political action committee as well. We will now have the opportunity to express our gratitude and respect for Debbie and Jack by placing an ad in our annual ad book by going to http://adbook.bethelnewton.org. This year, the dinner will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2019. Please save the date for this most important event.