Please note: The TES Office will be closed on Wednesday, May 27 beginning at noon and all day on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 due to moving. We will re-open on Monday, June 1 in our new location.
Please join us on Sunday, May 24 at 10:30 AM for our Shavuot/Confirmation Service at the
Salisbury Street Campus
The following students will be confirmed:
Matthew Finkelstein, son of Lewis Finkelstein & Rebecca Finkelstein
Aaron Pins, son of George & Rebecca Pins
Michael Steigman, son of Daniel & Deborah Steigman
Julia Witmyer, daughter of Joy Alexander & Skip Witmyer
A Shabbat Devoted to Learning About and Taking Care of the Natural World
May 29-31, 2015
Salisbury Street Campus
As our society has become more urbanized, it has become more difficult for us to experience our connection to the natural world and creation. As far back as the Talmud, Judaism has devoted texts to the responsibility of humans to acknowledge the natural world - prayers when tasting a food, seeing a mountain, smelling a flower, or hearing thunder. Other texts deal with how we should interact with nature - rules about how to plant trees, when to leave fields fallow, and how to preserve animal species. There are also Talmudic and later discussions about "bal tashchit," or the injunction to not waste. The ancient rabbis expanded this principle to include codes about cleaning up hazardous waste and air pollution. Yes, even over a thousand years ago Jews understood that not only was it important to appreciate the beauty of the natural world, but it was incumbent upon them to deal with it in a just and responsible manner through concrete actions. We bring the EcoShabbat weekend to TES in that long tradition of our sages. Please plan to join us for part of or the entire weekend.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, MAY 29
7:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat, plus guest speaker, Allison Dunn, Professor of Physical and Earth Science, Worcester State University; Climate Change and Biodiversity Change
SATURDAY, MAY 30
10:30 AM - Eco-Shabbat services for congregants of all ages. On the patio with a walking option.
12:00 PM - Eco-luncheon featuring locally sourced and sustainably-grown foods. Both chicken and vegetarian options available. Donation requested. Preregistration required. To register, please click on the link below.
1:00 PM - Arts Judaica Series: Making Your Own Terrarium with Renee Malowitz. Pre-registration required. $5 per terrarium to cover materials. To register, please click on the link below.
SUNDAY, MAY 31
1:00 PM - Put on your hiking shoes and explore an urban nature trail with a naturalist. Details to follow.
Please click here to register.
EcoShabbat hosted by the Worship, Social Action, and Life Long Learning Committees
Click below to see the video from Torah Trek 2015!
A festive Kiddush will follow.CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS UPDATE
TO DISCUSS RENOVATIONS TO THE SALISBURY STREET SANCTUARY/SOCIAL HALL
On March 15, 2015, the Temple’s architects presented the Feasibility Study that was completed in November 2013. Please find below the Presentation Slides and Video from this meeting. You will also find the Survey Results and Facility Planning Survey Statistical Results.
Feasibility Study Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnO9x3dFT2I
Click HERE to view the Survey Results
Click HERE to view the Congregational Facility Planning Survey Statistical Results
Click HERE to read the recent article about Rabbi Valerie,
published in the Worcester Telegram on November 10.