The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

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Rabbi Eliezer Bercuson teaches Talmud and Jewish Thought in the Middle and Upper Schools of Maimonides School in Brookline.  Prior to moving to the Boston area last summer, he and his wife, Ilana, were the directors of the Orthodox Union's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Princeton University where he led an Orthodox congregation of over 100 students, faculty and local residents, developed educational programming for Princeton students, and provided pastoral and halachic guidance to a diverse Jewish community.

Rabbi Bercuson holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Classics from Carleton University in his wintry hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Rabbi Bercuson spent time in Israel where he studied with and received semicha from Rabbi Shiomo Riskin in Efrat.  He went on to study at and receive semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, where he also earned an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy.  As a rabbinic student, he interned at Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT and Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, IL.  Rabbi Bercuson has served as chaplain in the Department of Pastoral Care, St. Luke's Hospital, New York, NY and received certification in Clinical Pastoral Education, Level I.  He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a chaplain candidate, graduating basic officer training school and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in November, 2013.

Ilana Bercuson, a proud native of New Jersey, graduated from the University of Maryland and holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Hunter College, CUNY.  The Bercusons' two small children, Dov and Batya, share in their father's loves of ice hockey and distance running, but remain rather perplexed by his affinities for folk music and the French language.

Friday, January 19, 2018
3 Shevat 5778

Nachas Notes

Happy birthday to Jane Rosen! (December 31st)
Happy birthday to Mattan Yedidya Lakein, on January 8th.
Happy Birthday, Bert Grand!
Happy birthday to Yishai Ashkenazi!
Happy Birthday to Mark Stepner (January 16th)!
Happy Anniversary to Yishai and Livia Ashkenazi! (Jan. 19)
Happy Birthday to Sarah Freyda Steingart-Rubnich! (Jan. 27th and 12 Shevat)
Happy Birthday to Levi Yitzchak, son of Rabbi and Mrs. Yale and Rivkie Spalter, grandson of Rabbi and Mrs. Shlomo and Chanie Yaffe! (February 5th and Tu B'Shevat)
Happy Birthday to Shalva Tagayl Sloane, on February 5th.
Happy birthdays to Dina Rebecca (Dina Rivkah) Wagner and Silvia Malkah (Malkah Sima) Wagner, on February 5th and Shevat 29.
Happy Anniversary to Carol and Bernard Wagner! (February 7)

Refuah List

Devorah bas Leah

Shop Amazon and Support the Shul

We are very pleased that the Adams Street Shul is a non-profit associate of  This means that any purchase you make from Amazon, initiated from the the Shul's website or email link, results in a percentage of that purchase being donated to our organization.  Bookstoolstoyselectronics,  anything!

Whenever you are planning to buy something from, please start that transaction from this link, or from our website.  

Here is our direct link to Amazon. This process is easy for your convenience, and, at the same time, allows you to support the important works of the Adams Street Shul.


We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to raise funds for the Shul!  Thank you so much for your support.

Donate to the Shul Without it Costing You a Cent

When you shop at The Butcherie in Brookline, remember to ask for your receipt to be stamped. When you bring your stamped receipts to the shul, we turn them in, and The Butcherie donates to the Shul.

Bring your Butcherie receipts to the Shul and drop them in the pouch on the office door.  The Butcherie will donate 3% of your credit card purchases, and 5% of your cash or check purchases, to the Shul. It adds up!

Chesed Notes

Would you like to be included on a list of people willing to prepare or deliver meals to Adams Street families in need of chesed at the time of a birth, death, or illness? 

If you would like to be contacted in these circumstances, please send your name, phone number and e-mail address along with any specific instructions (e.g., "I am happy to deliver meals, but I don't have any time during the week to cook.") to the following members of the Chesed Committee:

  • Shiva meals: Ilana Medvedovsky ()
  • Births: Anna Steingart ()
  • Serious Illness: Nechama Fleischmann ()

We would like to keep names on file so that we will be able to contact you to ask if you are available to help when a situation arises.

Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, January 19, is at 4:26 pm.    Shabbat concludes at 5:27 pm on Saturday, January 20.  

Torah Portion

This Saturday is Shabbat Bo.  
(The Torah Reading is Shemot 10:1-13:16;   and the Haftarah is Jeremiah 46:13-28.)

Upcoming Educational Events

Thank Our Eruv Sponsors

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Thank Our Kiddush Sponsors

Sat, December 2

Sat, December 9

Sat, December 16

Sat, December 23

Sat, December 30

Sat, January 6

Sat, January 13

Thank Our Mincha Layners

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Chesed Committee Contacts

  • Shiva meals: Elena Medvedovsky ()
  • Births: Anna Steingart ()
  • Serious Illness: Nechama Fleischmann ()

If You Feed Them, They Will Come

Bert Grand at the Shul Centennial Red Sox OutingWe hope you have enjoyed the pleasant socializing each week after Shabbat morning services. Have you ever wondered how the shul manages to provide the kiddush even on weeks when it has not been sponsored? 

The Grand Family Kiddush Fund sponsors the kiddush whenever no one else has.  Even if you cannot sponsor a kiddush on your own, small donations in any amount are always welcome.  Simply designate that your donation is for The Grand Family Kiddush Fund. 

It's a nice way to honor someone, celebrate a simcha, or memorialize a loved one.  You can donate online now.