Sabbath of Peace Memorial Gathering in Memory of Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters Murdered at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Congregation Agudath Achim in Taunton, MA, serving Taunton and surrounding communities, cordially invites you to join us on Saturday morning, November 3, 2018, at 12:00 noon for a Sabbath of Peace Memorial Gathering in Memory of Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters Murdered at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday.  All who come in peace are welcome.

We will meet at our synagogue, located at 36 Winthrop Street (Route 44) in Taunton, just west of Taunton Green.  Parking is available on the street, across the street on the Winthrop Street Baptist Church lot which they graciously share with us on an ongoing basis, and at our Jewish Community House at 133 High Street.  There is also City of Taunton public parking on lots in various downtown locations.

The first part of our gathering will be a traditional Jewish service (in both Hebrew and English) as conducted in a “House of Mourning”.  Following this service, selected religious and civic leaders will have an opportunity to offer brief statements of condolence, peace and hope. We plan to keep the entire occasion to under an hour.

At the conclusion there will be time set aside for photographs, but not during the service and remarks themselves.

Please note that our 105-year old synagogue building is not yet handicapped accessible.  There are about half a dozen stairs into the building through the front doors. These front doors and the interior doors to the sanctuary on the main floor are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs, but that person would need to be carried into the building and would have no access to the restrooms, which are located downstairs. We also have a balcony, upstairs, overlooking the main sanctuary. We apologize in advance for this bar to anyone’s participation.

It is our custom for men to wear a head covering/yarmulke/kippah, though not an absolute requirement.  These are available when you enter the synagogue.  Our worship service attire preference is “business casual” at a minimum. We do, however, count on your own good judgment and aim to welcome everyone.

We will be posting this notice on our website www.jewishtaunton.com and on our Facebook page, A Family of Friends at Congregation Agudath Achim in Taunton and distributing to organizations and news outlets. Please feel free to share this information as you see fit.

Shalom, Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath

 

Alef Beats on Oct 27 – Featuring “There Must Be Another Way” – JArts Boston Arts Matter Shabbat

Join us at the synagogue on Saturday morning, October 27, 2018, at 9:00 AM for services and then stay for the Alef Beats a cappella performance from 10:45 to 11:30 AM.  We’ll end with a festive Kiddush/social time in the vestry/lower level.  All are welcome.  Of course, it’s Shabbat, there is no charge.  We’re part of Greater Boston JArts Arts Matter Shabbat programming.  More here.

Coming from Brown/RISD Hillel, the Alef Beats perform for us every couple of years and it’s always great to have their musical presence and energy enliven our community.  Learn more about them by clicking here.  Their repertoire contains some contemporary Israeli songs in Hebrew, a Yiddish classic or two and some recent American offerings.

One featured song for this visit by the Alef Beats is “There Must Be Another Way” which was the Israeli entry to the 2009 Eurovision music contest with Israeli musical artists Noa (Jewish) and Mira Awad (Muslim).  The lyrics are in Hebrew, Arabic and English (English translation below the video).

 

 

The lyrics “speak” for themselves:

There Must Be Another Way

There must be another
Must be another way

Your eyes, sister
Say all that my heart desires
So far, we’ve gone
A long way, a very difficult way, hand in hand

And the tears fall, pour in vain
A pain with no name
We wait
Only for the next day to come

There must be another way
There must be another way

Your eyes say
A day will come and all fear will disappear
In your eyes a determination
That there is a possibility
To carry on the way
As long as it may take

For there is no single address for sorrow
I call out to the plains
To the stubborn heavens

There must be another way
There must be another way
There must be another
Must be another way

We will go a long way
A very difficult way
Together to the light
Your eyes say
All fear will disappear

And when I cry, I cry for both of us
My pain has no name
And when I cry, I cry
To the merciless sky and say
There must be another way

And the tears fall, pour in vain
A pain with no name
We wait
Only for the day to come

There must be another way
There must be another way
There must be another
Must be another way

Shabbat Morning Services – October 2018

  • Shabbat October 6, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM—Shabbat Rishona                                               
  • 27 Tishrei 5779 Parashat Bereishit
  • Adult Study: Body Ethics—Jewish Views on Vegetarianism
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering/setting up/getting ready
    • 9:15 AM – Children/students in the vestry for learning
    • 9:15 AM – Adults/teens in the sanctuary for prayer/worship/davening/Torah service (abbreviated)
    • 10:10 AM – Adults and children switch locations (vestry vs. sanctuary) so that that at 10:15 AM we change spaces so that  . . . .
    • 10:15 AM – Children/students in the sanctuary with Rabbi Heath for a kid-friendly Shabbat service. Parents only need to stay if their child can’t stay alone
    • 10:15 AM – Adults learning together in the vestry using handout/resource material on Body Ethics: Jewish Views on Vegetarianism.
    • 11:00 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

Shabbat October 13, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM                                                               

  • 4 Cheshvan 5779   Parashat Noah
  • Adult Study: Praying with Our Feet—Clean Water
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Adult learning
    • 10:00 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 11:10 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

Shabbat October 20, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM — Book Discussion at 11:30 AM               

  • 11 Cheshvan 5779   Parashat Lekh Lekha
  • Adult Study: Heritage, Civilization and the Jews: The Power of the Word (500 BCE—200 CE) (view video in advance)
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Adult learning
    • 10:00 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 11:10 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry
    • 11:30 AM—Book discussion after Kiddush—The Weight of Ink – Led by A.Kearnan

Shabbat October 27, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM—JArts Shabbat—Alef Beats – A Cappella from Brown/RISD Hillel

  • 18 Cheshvan 5779 Parashat Vayera
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 10:45 AM – Alef Beats a Cappella group from Brown/RISD Hillel
    • 11:30 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

 

Shanah Tovah for 5777

All of us at Congregation Agudath Achim and The Jewish Community House in Taunton, Massachusetts wish you a Shanah Tovah – a Good Year – 5777.  May it be a year of blessing and peace for you and for your loved ones – family and friends – and, indeed, for the entire world.

With peace – shalom – Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath

B’nai Mitzvah “Season”

Bar Mitzvah Drawing ImageWelcome to our spring Shabbat mornings where almost every Shabbat from now until June 18th includes a special celebration for one of our seven B’nai Mitzvah students.

Emily F. did a great job with her Acharei Mot Torah portion on May 7th.  Max is next with Kedoshim. Then comes Adin with Emor and the twin Jeremy and Marisa with Behar.  Taking a week off the first Shabbat of June, we then find Emily B. with Bemidbar and Jane closing us out with Naso.

Remember, please, that these mornings are not “private” services, that you do not have to have received an invitation in order to attend.  Invitations that families send do, indeed, announce the service, but they also include information about family parties, which are, of course, private affairs. Shabbat services, themselves, and the Kiddush reception following, are open to all.

Do join us on Shabbat morning when we’re especially festive and, definitely, doing our very best . . . . and, come celebrate these life milestone events with our wonderful students and their families.

Shalom – Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath

Almost 5775 – Musical Greetings

EEEEEEK!! It’s almost here – 5775. Another year. Another chance to start again. Another season to celebrate with friends and family.

Enjoy these musical preparations.

 

 

The Jewish – Arab Peace Song

JEWISH MUSIC ROCKS – this Shabbat morning we explored the idea of what makes music Jewish music. Our opening theme included contemporary music that expresses desires for peace and a better world.  Visit Jewish Music Rocks for the start of the discussion on our site and then follow along the blog for additional musical entries from this Shabbat and subsequent mornings throughout 5775.  A schedule for this exploration may be found in the description of our Shabbat Morning Services.

In this song, Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian singers and musicians joined together to perform the Hebrew-Arabic song “Heveinu Shalom Aleinu” (We Brought Peace Upon Us) – “Ma Ana Ajmal Min Salam” (There is Nothing More Beautiful Than Peace). Sung in both Hebrew and Arabic, this Middle Eastern, Sepharadic-style, jazzy and inspiring song rocks with hope. The video include lyrics in English. Transliterations of the Hebrew and Arabic lyrics follows.

PERFORMERS (in order of appearance):
Israeli Jews:
Leah Shabat
Shlomo Gronich
Zehavah Ben
Eli Luzon

Palestinians:
Sahmir Shukri
Nivine Jaabri
Elias Julianos
Lubna Salame

TRANSLITERATION OF SONG
(Hebrew)
yesh beneynu hiburim
she’horeynu lo halmu
yesh beneynu diburim
she’ad koh lo nishme’u.

anahnu kan bishvil koolam
anahnu gesher ve’soolam
bishvil mi she’holem
bishvil mi she’halam.

ve’od be’hayeynu
ve’od be’yameynu
nashir be’koleynu:

HEVENU SHALOM ALEINU…

(Arabic)
idak lou yib’a idi
imanak wil’ahlam
minamar dinya jdidi
danya mahbi wa’salam

wilama ‘niya titsafa
kool inas biyib’ku nas
minsir eylet hub
eyli tishrab min kas.

min kas i’salam
min kas i’salam
kas i’salam:

MA ANA AJMAL MIN SALAM…

(Hebrew)
ken, horeynu kvar akhlu
boser ad etmol shilshom
akh shineynu titpal’u
lo tikhena od hayom.

(Arabic)
sawiyeh minwahed al’kaloob
sawiyeh minawer al’kool
ma awlad i’salam
ma awlad al-ahlam

(Arabic and Hebrew)
min kas i’salam ve’od be’hayeynu
min kas i’salam ve’od be’yameynu
kas i’salam nashir be’koleynu

Hevenu Shalom Aleinu…
Ma Ana Ajmal Min Salam…

From the Pacific Free Press article here.