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.
Contribute to Dedicate TES's New High Holy Day Prayer Books
This fall, as the Jewish time for repentance, remembrance, and forgiveness arrives, TES will begin to use a brand new machzor, the special prayer book for the high holy days, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinic arm of Reform Judaism. Hundreds of these new books, Mishkan HaNefesh (Sanctuary of the Soul), in a two volume set, are being purchased for our congregation's use. Click HERE to learn more about the books.
Some congregants may prefer to own their own books, to bring with them to services and to keep as a year round reference in their personal or family library. And in Jewish tradition many people find it meaningful to dedicate a prayer book in honor or memory of a loved one. Consequently TES is offering two different opportunities for congregants to contribute to our new prayerful resources. For a donation of $36 per set, you may have a dedication label in honor or in memory of someone, affixed to the inside cover of a 2-volume set that will remain with the congregation. In addition, for a donation of $72 per set, congregants may purchase a 2-volume set similarly labeled for their personal use and have another set of books that remain with the congregation dedicated with similar labels. To make your donation, click HERE to download a form, or call the Temple office to request a form.
We can't think of a better way to start the new Jewish year then with a contribution that so honors or memorializes a special person or people in your life. Please consider this opportunity.
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!
Click HERE to read the recent article about Rabbi Valerie,
published in the Worcester Telegram on November 10.