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With the return of Daylight Saving Time comes the return of our late Shabbat Mincha services and Seudah Shelishit (Third Meal), followed by Maariv and Havdalah.  This week's Shabbat Mincha is at 6:15 PM.

By the way, this week's Third Meal is not yet sponsored.  Click here to sponsor our first Third Meal of 2015.

WagnerJordan 100x100Thank you to the following volunteers for making The Second Annual PrePurim Melavah Malkah and Beer-Tasting Contest so successful: 

Many thanks to Sarah Wagner and Nechama Fleishmann for a gruelling amount of work in the kitchen and serving; 

and to Dr. Howard Bleich for pre-event shopping and delivery; 

and to Evie Notis and Noam Cohen who arrived early and made lovely hors d'ouvres;

and to Talia Holtzman, Zevvy Goldish, and Noam Steinman who stepped into the breach by setting up the room; 



ChesesOrlySivan 00With great joy we share the news of the birth of a baby girl to Sarah and Rabbi Noah Cheses, daughter-in-law and son of Areyh and Nechama Cheses.  

Orly Sivan Cheses was born on the Shabbat before Purim in Toronto, Canada, weighing in at 8lbs 2oz., and got her name on Purim itself. 

Cheses, Orly SivanBaruch Hashem, mother and daughter are well;  and big sister Adina Malka and big brother Netanel Moshe are thrilled.  Adina is happy to have a little doll, and Natan keeps on pointing and saying, "baby!"

Mazal Tov as


by Professor Livia Bitton-Jackson
BlankSharonaAndFamilyLast December Yonathan Blank [grandson of our Rabbi Norbert Weinberg], a young yeshiva student from Efrat, appeared on the Israeli live television program, Rising Star.The show is an interactive singing competition, where aspiring artists perform before a panel of six judges and a studio audience.  The show is broadcast live to the viewing public who are able to vote for their favorite performances via a designated application during the song.  The winner of


hamentashen2This year, over forty-five people from The Adams Street Shul and Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe's Newton branch of The Institute for Jewish Knowledge joined together for the Purim Day seudah on Thursday, March 5 at the Adams Street Shul. 

Our thanks to Rabbi Yaffe and Robin Walker for coordinating the event, to Chanie Yaffe for cooking the delicious meal, and to Benyomin Fleischmann for shopping for food and drinks and helping with set up. 

A special thank you goes to our anonymous donor who underwrote the


crop Musee European de la Biere beer advertising posters 023 4Any of the beers presented at the recent Pre-Purim Melavah Malkah and Beer-Tasting Contest can still be ordered at the special event pricing. 

You can specify "delivery now" or "delivery after Passover".  In addition, Silver Lake Liquors will make a donation to the shul equal to 10% of your order. 

Click to view or print the Beer Descriptions.  And click to view or print the Order Form.  Fill out the order form and give it to event organizer Jordan Lee Wagner


purim-grooger-hamantaschenYoung and old, be here in costume this Wednesday night for the megillah-reading, and then stay for break-the-fast refreshments, special goodie bags for the children, festive music, and a costume parade with prizes for the kids. 

Parents wishing to get involved to add additional fun activities can contact Beri and Nechama at .


YaffeShlomo03Plan to be with Rabbis Norbert Weinberg and Shlomo Yaffe for a Melavah Malkah on the Saturday Night before Purim, a unique event, entitled "The Kabbalah of Beer", that will combine Torah Learning with beer-tasting.  In fact, a diverse array of the the finest kosher, exotic craft beers. 

WeinbergRabbi 200x194There will be food-pairings and learning to go with each beer sample.  Match the unlabeled samples to the bottles they came from to win prizes.  

Reservations are required.  Click here to make a reservation (or to



Yad_Chesed_Logo160Every year at Purim, The Adams Street Shul joins with fifty-five Boston-area congregations, day schools, and college Hillels to aid needy people through Yad Chessed, a unique charity that provides a safety net for individuals and families in severe economic distress. 

Last year, Yad Chessed distributed $92,925 in food assistance through its community-wide Purim program, which builds on the ancient Jewish practice of giving matanot l'evyonim ("gifts to the poor"), as the Book of Esther enjoins us to


seudahOne of the most pleasant mitzvahs in our calendar is coming together to enjoy a festive meal on Purim. 

This year's Purim Seudah, on Thursday March 5th,  is a combined project of the Adams Street Shul and IJK-Newton, the local branch of the Institute for Judaic Knowledge.

The event begins with mincha at 4:30 PM.  At 4:45 PM there will be a third Megillah Reading by Rabbi Yaffe upstairs for anyone who missed the earlier readings, while guests downstairs in the Elmer Lippin Social Hall enjoy salads


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