Category Archives: Learning

Yom HaZikaron /יום הזכרון

The day before Yom HaAtzma’ut – Israeli Independence Day – is Yom HaZikaron – Israeli Remembrance Day. The Knesset (parliament) in Israel officially designated this as “Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism.”

In 2016, Yom HaZikaron begins at sunset on Tuesday May 10th.

Appropriate observances include relevant readings during services and study of Israel’s history and the sacrifices made by so many. One might light a Yahrzeit candle, recite El Maleh Rahamim and also, with a Minyan, Mourner’s Kaddish.

The highlighted terms above include links to www.myjewishlearning.com – a great site for information about all facets of Jewish life, religion, peoplehood, history and Israel.

Here from 2015 is a poignant, personal teaching about Yom HaZikaron.

Sidonia’s Thread – Book Discussion May 17th

Sidonia's Thread Book Cover

It’s not too late to catch up with our latest congregational book discussion selection – SIDONIA’S THREAD by Hannah Perlstein Marcus.  Click here for the author’s blog.

We’re meeting at Carol G’s on Tuesday evening May 17th at 7:00 PM.  Message me if you need to know how to RSVP.

Here’s background information from Amazon:

Did you and your parent ever keep a secret that lasted a lifetime? When Hanna Perlstein and her mother, Sidonia, come to Springfield, Massachusetts from a displaced persons camp after World War II, they know no one in America. With no other family, except each other, they build a world that revolves around Sidonia’s extraordinary talent with a needle and thread to create beautiful garments while Hanna serves as her dutiful model. As Sidonia becomes well-known in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut for her remarkable sewing talent, she continues to keep her inner secrets about her past hidden not only from her daughter but from everyone else. Determined to craft a life of pride, self-reliance and perseverance, Sidonia teaches her daughter to “stand up straight” in fashion and in life. Sidonia’s Thread uses sewing metaphors to tell the tale of these two women as though stitched together like a handmade garment. Why did Sidonia keep these significant life secrets, and why was Hanna so afraid to ask about them? When Sidonia moves to elderly housing, Hanna steals some of her old letters and photographs hoping to find clues to her paternity, her mother’s reclusive behavior, and her heritage. Combined with a trip to her mother’s Hungarian homeland and a phone conversation with her father, Hanna’s surprising discoveries inspire a revised view of her life with her mother, replacing her conflicting emotions toward her mother with true reverence.

Additional information and reviews may be found at the following sites:

A Coats & Clark blog.

A Story Circle book review.

Author interview and background from the MASS Live blog. Notes that Sidonia’s Thread was named the Best Non-Fiction Kindle Book for 2014.

Population: Annual Survey Israel Bureau of Statistics

Just the Facts Ma’am

The Israeli Bureau of Statistics published its annual population survey just before Rosh Hashanah last week. Read all about it here.  Why?

To acquire perspective and to remain informed. News from Israel comes at us “fast and furious” especially when tensions in the area rise. Basic facts can come in handy.

May we see peace in Israel and around the world in our own day – and soon.

May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

L’shanah tovah t’kateivu v’tichateimu

לשנה טובה תכתבו ותכתמו

Adon Olam – Variations

Jewish Music Rocks kept us learning and enjoying music on Shabbat morning September 6th.  The first Shabbat of the month in October is Yom Kippur, so Jewish Music Rocks returns on the first Shabbat in November – November 1st..  Until then, here are more contemporary versions of Adon Olam for you to enjoy.  Check the previous post for the words in Hebrew, English and transliteration.

 

 

 

 

Surprise – A dance along with a new melody.  Quite a bit of contemporary Israeli music is choreographed for a more physical interpretation and experience of the music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Our Guest at Religious School This September

Religious School Begins Sept 4th – Visiting Families Welcome – Read More !!

Congregation Agudath Achim and The Jewish Community House of Taunton, MA invite children being reared Jewishly and their parents to attend our September Hebrew school classes at 133 High Street, Taunton: Thursdays Sept 4, 11, and 18 at 4:00 to 5:30 PM and/or Sundays Sept 14, 21 and 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Come to one or come to all – try us out !!

In order for our teachers to know you’re coming and for us to assign a host family to greet you, please contact Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath in advance at jewishtaunton@gmail.com or by phone 781-956-8673.  Small class sizes, credentialed teachers, laptop language learning lab, teen Hebrew buddies, and host family assigned to each visiting family help make the Hebrew school at Congregation Agudath Achim in Taunton so much different from “your father’s Hebrew school.”

Come explore the difference. Interfaith families welcome. There is no charge for these September get-acquainted classes. Attendance after September requires formal enrollment, tuition and synagogue membership. We work hard to make your participation affordable.