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Congregation Shirat Hayam

The "Song of the Sea" in the Marshfield/Duxbury area of Massachusetts FALL 2006



Note: There will be no parking on Route 139 during High Holiday Services. Please park on a side street

IN THIS ISSUE: High Holiday Schedule Calendar of Events President's Message Rabbi's Message Education News Mazel Tov Welcome New Members

Friday, September 22 - 29 Elul 5766, 7:30 PM: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service Saturday, September 23 - 1 Tishri 5767, 9:30AM: Rosh Hashanah Service Sunday, September 24 - 2 Tishri 5767, 1:00 PM: Rosh Hashanah Family Service Followed by: Tashlich on the Beach Sunday, October 1 - 9 Tishri 5767, 7:00 PM: Kol Nidre Service Monday, Qctober 2 - 10 Tishri 5767, 9:30 AM: Yom Kippur Service 5:30 PM: Yom Kippur Closing Service Break the Fast Potluck Dinner


Sunday, October 1 - 9 Tishri 5767, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Sunday School Friday, October 6- 14 Tishri 5767: Erev Sukkot (no service) Sunday, October 8 - 16 Tishri 5767, 12:30-2:30 PM: Sukkot Party, MUMC Ellis Hall Friday, October 13- 21 Tishri 5767, 6:45-8:00 PM: Simchat Torah Service 8:00-8:30 PM: Oneg - MUMC Ellis Hall Sunday, October 15- 23 Tishri 5767, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Sunday School Sunday, October 22 - 30 Tishri 5767, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Sunday School Tuesday, October 24 - 2 Heshvan 5767, 7:30 PM: CSH/MUMC Interfaith Committee Meeting - MUMC Parlor Sunday, October 29 - 7 Heshvan 5767, 9:00-11:30 AM: Sunday School --Daylight Savings Time Ends-- 11:30 - 12:00 PM: Music Program

Special thanks to Jacob and David Skolnick for cleaning the MUMC street sign and fixing the Shirat Hayam sign as part of Jacob's mitzvah project for his Bar Mitzvah.

2nd Annual Jewish Film Festival Everything Is Illuminated with Elijah Wood Date in October to be announced

President's Message

L'Shana Tovah! Happy New Year! And it is a happy new year for Shirat Hayam. We are very fortunate to welcome our new Rabbi, Rachel Schoenfeld. She's finally all settled into her new home in Brookline and we are all excited to be starting the new year with her. In addition, this year we are also welcoming our new cantorial soloist, Scott Shuster. Guitar in hand, Scott seamlessly co-led, with Rachel, a very heartfelt service during the recent open house. And thanks to the efforts of Laura Neprud, we were able to obtain funds from a Combined Jewish Philanthropies grant the to allow Scott to teach music to the Religious School students and to lead music for some of our Shabbat services. (Stay tuned for "Shabbats with Scott"!). And, this year we are celebrating our 10th year! We have come a long way from our humble beginnings in the old Duxbury Grange. It's important to remember, however, that we are able to celebrate because of the hard work and dedication of so many of our members past and present. My hope is that this synagogue and the community we've created will be around for us to celebrate for many years to come. B'shalom,


Lisa Lefkovitz, President

Rabbi's Message

Shalom!!! On Thursday, I taught my first classes at the Jewish Community Day School in Watertown. On Friday, we had our first service of the new year at Shirat Hayam, complete with our new Cantorial Soloist Scott Shuster, and many old and new faces. On Saturday, I had my first Shabbas guest in my new apartment in Brookline. On Sunday, we had our first Sunday School at Shirat Hayam. And, this is my first time writing for Shirat Hayam's bulletin. Perhaps over the past few weeks, the new events in your life have also been too many to name. Perhaps you sent a child off to a new grade, perhaps you are getting started on a new project at work. Perhaps one day, you woke up and realized that you shouldn't put on shorts ­ that it's a new season. It's a season of newness, and a season of thankfulness for reaching that newness. It's a season of "Shehechianu" blessings. And, it's a season of preparation for the Jewish New Year ­ Rosh Hashannah ­ literally, "The Head of The Year". The Mishna, codified around 200 CE, tells us in Tractate Rosh Hashana 1:1 that there are four Jewish New Years. There's the New Year of kings at the beginning of the Jewish month of Nisan. This is when new rulers were elected. Perhaps we can compare this to elections in modern times, and the new starts we feel politically. The second is the New Year of tithing cattle at the beginning of Elul. This is comparable to the `tax year' of America. The third is Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for trees. The fourth is the one we know as Rosh Hashannah. Today, Rosh Hashannah is with us as a time to gather and reflect on newness and change. Today, we have secular times that mark the all the new years, except for Rosh Hashannah. We have elections to mark the New Year of Kings, the tax year to mark the New Year of tithing, and spring to mark the New Year of Trees. But, there is so much left to mark on Rosh Hashannah, and many customs are traditional to fill this need: 1. We reflect individually on our year. Was it the kind of year that we are proud of? Did we spend our time on those things that are most important to us? How can we move further in the direction of realizing our ideals? 2. We reflect communally on our year. Were there any times that we hurt each other in the past? How can we be better to each other in the coming year? Synagogue services and the ritual of "tashlich" ­ throwing our symbolic misdeeds as breadcrumbs into the water ­ are meant to help us find answers to the above questions. Baruch Ata Adonai Elohenu Melech Haolam, Shehechanu V'keimanu V'hegianu l'zman hazeh. Blessed are You, Ruler of the Universe, who has enabled us to reach this season. Shannah Tovah, Happy New Year,


Rabbi Rachel Schoenfeld

Please be sure to check our web site frequently for updates, events and just plain informative tidbits!

Education News

Laura Neprud

The first day of Sunday School, for children in third through seventh grades, was Sunday September 10th. It was wonderful to see everyone again. Calendars listing events for the school year were distributed on September 10th. If you need additional copies, they can be downloaded from the Temple web site. We have hired a Cantorial Soloist who plays the guitar. Scott Shuster will be joining us in Sunday School periodically throughout the year. He will also be joining us for several Family Shabbat Services that we've entitled "Rockin' Shabbats with Scott"! Classes will be structured a little bit differently this year. David Skolnick, David Stern, Carole PevenMcCarthy, myself, and the Rabbi will take turns teaching a variety of subjects to each class on a weekly basis, in grades two through seven. Nella Stern will continue to teach the Kindergarten class. Many of the Jewish holidays fall on Saturdays or Sundays this year. As such, in lieu of Sunday School on those weekends, we will be celebrating the holiday. These holidays include: the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Tu B'Shvat, and Purim. Please refer to the school calendar for specific dates and times. As we did last year, we will be calling on parents to volunteer in classrooms either as assistants or to substitute. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help out! Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, comments, or questions I'm looking forward to a fabulous year with the families of Shirat Hayam.


WELCOME to New Members

We give a warm welcome to the new members who recently joined Shirat Hayam

Mazal Tov

Congregation Shirat Hayam congratulates

Dylan Kornberg on his June Bar Mitzvah Brett Sahlberg on his June Bar Mitzvah Jacob Wong on his June Bar Mitzvah Jacob Skolnick on his August Bar Mitzvah

Phil Katz and Linda Duncan of Scituate The Ciocci Family of Duxbury The LeClaire Family of Plymouth

Rachel Schoenfeld, Rabbi Lisa Lefkovitz, President Harry Katz, Vice President Jimmy Morris, Treasurer Ilene Horvitz, Cor. Secretary Ramsey Fountain, Rec. Secretary Allan Kornberg, Past President Members at Large, Adrienne Falconer Jim Goldenberg Lillian Meiselman Jeanne Sebell Nella Stern Karen Wong Education Director Laura Neprud

Congregation Shirat Hayam Mission Statement

Congregation Shirat Hayam is an inclusive, open-minded and friendly congregation offering rich, spiritual, educational, and social opportunities to a diverse Jewish community. We are grounded in and observant of tradition guiding our young and learning from our elders, dedicated to creating and maintaining an open, dynamic, spiritual and participatory membership. Our diverse community welcomes all types of families, and anyone wanting to explore Jewish identity and rituals. We are dedicated to creating a caring and inclusive community, and to enhancing Jewish practice and learning in the lives of our members. We are committed to preserving and passing on our Jewish culture, providing an exciting and meaningful education experience for all ages. We value and encourage education and life-long learning, as being fundamental to Jewish life. Our religious school provides Hebrew language training, religious instruction and holiday celebration, providing complete and engaging Jewish education. We do this so that our children may grow up having been exposed to the full richness of their Jewish religion and culture, and are able to pass their knowledge on to future generations. Our congregation is founded on Reconstructionist based decisionmaking, and has grown due to the creative and spiritual contributions of our members. We encourage everyone to take an active role in some aspect of our congregational life acknowledging that every member's voice is equal and important.

This newsletter will be published periodically. If you have items to include please contact: Congregation Shirat Hayam P. O Box 2727 Duxbury, MA 02331-2727 (781) 582-2700 E-mail: [email protected]


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