NO SERVICES Until January 7 2017

Winter weather (Dec 17) and winter break (Dec 24, Dec 31) bring cancellation of Shabbat morning services.  We look forward to your being a part of our Shabbat morning minyan / worship community beginning afresh in January 2017 on Saturday morning the 7th at our synagogue, 36 Winthrop Street, Taunton.

You may park on the street or use the parking lot across the street at Winthrop Street Baptist Church.  The porch light (front door vs. side door down the driveway) will tell you where we’re worshiping – upstairs or down.  Our calendar entry will provide information.  We call the downstairs “the vestry”.

Shabbat shalom, have a wonderful Hanukkah and may 2017 be a good year for you (of course we’re part way through 5677 at this point – but who’s counting?!?)

Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath

100 Voices: A Journey Home – Film Evening @ Helfand’s


7:00 PM Tuesday December 20, 2016

100 Voices: A Journey Home is a compelling and moving musical documentary that uniquely tells the history of Jewish culture in Poland. It highlights the current resurgence of Jewish culture through the personal reflections and musical selections of a group of cantors and acclaimed composer Charles Fox (“Killing Me Softly”, “I Got A Name”, and many more) who made an important historical mission to the birthplace of cantorial music. The documentary will give generations the opportunity to learn about and re-embrace the Jewish culture that produced one of the most artistic and educated societies that once flourished in Europe. Above all, the film celebrates the resilience and the power of Jewish life, while telling the story of two peoples who shared intertwined cultures.

Please call the office on Monday or Tuesday (Dec 19 or 20) to get the Helfand’s number for your RSVP.

Dec 22 – Hanukkah Menorah Lighting – Taunton Green

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting on Taunton Green

Thursday December 22—Gather at 3:30 PM—Lighting at 4:00 PM

Followed by Hanukkah School Party at Synagogue Vestry at 4:10 PM

We’ll learn, sing songs, enjoy latkes, play games, complete a Hanukkah mitzvah project and enjoy one another’s company as we close out our 2016 school year ahead of winter break. We’ll send everyone off to wherever their winter break takes them.  What about you? Where will you be off to? Maybe a “stay-cation”. Celebrate!!!

P.S.  Yes, we know it’s a couple of evenings early, but we didn’t want to ask the town officials and Department of Public Works workers to come out on Christmas Eve, so it made sense to gather on our regular school afternoon to make the most of our celebration.


We Celebrate Yom HaAtzma’ut / יום העצמאות

Israel’s 68th Day of Independence is today, May 12, 2016. Even though Yom HaAtzma’ut will be over tonight at sundown, we’ll be celebrating on Sunday morning at religious school, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., May 15th.

Nancy Marin will involve our students in Israeli dancing. Jessica Yarman will conclude her year-long Shabbat Rishona morning “Passport to Israel” learning program and Stacey Gay, likewise, with “Let’s Discover Israel”.

Parents are welcome to join us.  Our seventh graders – now deep into B’nai Mitzvah season – are no longer officially in school on Sunday mornings, but they are welcome to join us.

In addition, why not enjoy all or parts of the video below.  Even if your Hebrew is limited to non-existent, this just-uploaded, live-streaming video of the President of Israel’s nationally broadcast ceremony celebrating Israel’s 68th Independence Day will give you a flavor of Israeli national life. Towards the end, of course, will be the singing of the Israeli national anthem – HaTikvah – The Hope.

Yom HaAtzma’ut Sameach / Happy Independence Day / חג העצמאות שמח

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.







Google Calendar

Good evening for the second time!!

Be sure to select Calendar | Google Calendar.  You’ll be able to grab items from it for your own electronic calendars should you be so inclined.

It’s only up-to-date through the end of September.  Ah – you can see where then next input chores are coming from!!

Thanks and good night, Rabbi Heath

Our New Website

Good evening – Here’s the scoop:

  1. We’re hanging on to for awhile until some of the techie issues can sorted through on a thoughtful basis
  2. The core address for our new site is  While this isn’t the actual site name, it will get you to the right place.  Eventually it will become the only name.  If you’re curious and want the actual site name, look i the http:// line above and you’ll find it.
  3. The email address that you see plastered over the entire site – – is set up so that all emails are forwarded to me.  I’m one of those people who’s gotten used to checking e-mail on her BlackBerry, which means I don’t have to be in front of my computer to receive e-mails.  I’m trained like so many around the world to notice the flashing red light and check for e-mails and/or text messages.  This is a short-term solution. A longer term solution will evolve over time. I don’t want to be in the business of forwarding e-mails to people all the time, but we don’t currently receive much traffic on our existing website, so are not expecting it to be a problem.  Actually, we’d like to have the problem of too much web traffic for me to handle!!
  4. There are a few sections that still need content/information and they should have it by the end of the day August 26, 2012.  These are mainly in the Learn category (religious school, teens and Boker Tov programs) and in the Us category.
  5. While changes are easily made using the online software, it still takes time.  You’ll find a website feedback link on the left sidebar.  If you would please, use that rather than sending me an e-mail, it will help me respond.
  6. Mike Peckman is still our webmaster.  Using means that he no longer is the only one who can manage the content – a relief to him!  He can reserve his time for the technical underpinnings of the website. A win all around.

Finally – Kathy Novick’s dedication to preparing a comprehensive Sisterhood New Year’s Bulletin on behalf of Sisterhood and the entire congregation meant that there was a significant amount of content that she prepared and that I submitted which was readily available for use as content on our new website.  On behalf of all of us, thanks, Kathy!

Thanks – and have a wonderful week, Rabbi Heath