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Weekly Announcements:

Pre Yom Tov Message from Rabbi Segal and Communal Yizkor Zoom Service: Today at 5:00 PM, Rabbi Segal will deliver a Pre Yom Tov Message followed by a communal Yizkor service. All are invited to participate even if one is not reciting Yizkor. We will recite the communal Yizkor Tefilot before the individual ones so that those who are not reciting a personal Yizkor can remain on the Zoom and participate in the communal memorial prayers and have the option to leave the Zoom before the personal Yizkor prayers are recited. If one participates in the Yizkor service today, it is optional to recite it again on the second day of Shavuot before Mussaf. On Shavuot our Yizkor donations go to the Youth Fund. To make a pledge in memory or in honor of someone, go to https://yizkordonate.bethelnewton.org. The link to sign into the zoom meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82643546889?pwd=Ulk0aFJEcWJYQlNoWmV5NlhHdnM1UT09 .

Staying Together While Being Apart: Due to the current situation we find ourselves in, we will not be able to hold our traditional annual dinner which includes our adbook campaign, one of our major fundraisers. However, we do plan on hosting a virtual event in June to celebrate our connection as a community, and as a prelude to that event, we are launching our annual ad book campaign. Instead of honoring a particular individual or couple, we are honoring our community as a whole. We encourage you to place messages in the ad book expressing gratitude to anyone who you feel has been helpful to you during this time, and/or, a message of gratitude for being part of our wonderful shul community.  Please go to the following link: http://adbook.bethelnewton.org and please see next page for more information.

Semichat Chaver: The Semichat Chaver program will take place this coming Tuesday at 8:00pm. A link to the zoom session will be sent out by email. For more information please contact Rabbi Segal at rabbisegal@gmail.com.

Semichat Chaver Family Challenge: The Semichat Chaver Program, whose regular program has been popular throughout the county and at Beth El, is presenting a Shavuot challenge for the whole family. Register at http://Bit.ly/SCPchallenge, learn the material with your family over Shavuot (please note that the topic will be of particular interest to Maimonides High School students who will be covering this topic next year in Talmud), and join the interactive zoom and kahoot worldwide competition. Learning is designed for all ages and separate competitions will be held for adults and kids. Prizes include $500 cash. Please see flier on page 3.

JF&CS Family Table: Congregation Beth El’s Family Table program continues to partner with JF&CS in providing critically needed food and Jewish holiday items to more than 500 households per month. Of course, we are no longer accepting canned or boxed goods. Please consider making a monetary contribution to Family Table by sending a check to the shul made out to “JF&CS Family Table” or by emailing congbethel@rcn.com to make a pledge. Additionally, JF&CS is in dire need of volunteers to help with their monthly distributions. They have structured the day of packing such that it adheres to social distancing guidelines. Their next distribution is in Waltham on Sunday, June 7th and they need volunteers on-site and to pack and deliver groceries. Please contact Lisa Katz at lkatz@jfcsboston.org or familytable@jfcsboston.org. You may also click here to sign up. Thank you to Beth El coordinator, Cheryl Levin, for coordinating these efforts.

Donation Cards: Would you like to acknowledge someone’s good deed, honor a birthday or special occasion or send condolences and at the same time benefit Beth El? You can! E-mail the Shul office and we will acknowledge your donation with a beautiful card. Donations can be made to the various Shul funds: Chesed, Youth, General, etc. For more information, e-mail congbethel@rcn.com.

Amazon Smile: If you're shopping on Amazon, go to Amazonsmile.com and select Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel as your charity or click here https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2387209. When you make a purchase, the shul will get a percentage of the purchase price.

Shavuot Schedule and Guide: Please see next pages for a Shavuot schedule and ritual guide for this unique year.