Rabbi Norbert Weinberg


The Adams Street Shul

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P.O. Box 600371
Newton, MA 02460

 


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Purim Torah

Prepare yourself for Purim with our educational and inspirational videos:

Purim Torah Thoughts on Beer

 

 Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe and Rabbi Norberr Weinberg

Introduction to the Laws of Purim

 

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

Purim: Seeing Behind the Masks

 

Rabbi David Maayan

Revelation and the Dark Cloud -- Haman and the Serpent

 

Rabbi David Maayan

Megillat Esther and the Dimensions of Concealment

 

Rabbi David Maayan

The History, Laws, and Customs of Purim

 

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg
 
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Not Too Late to Support the Shul in a Tasteful Way!

Twenty-five people paticipated in our second annual Pre-Purim Melavah Malkah and Beer-Tasting Contest.  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;  and to to John Negrotti of Silver Lake Liquors for his guidance in selecting and procuring the beers and his related donation of beverages for l'chayims, and his assistance with poster production;  and to Robin Walker, Daniel Broniatowski, and Rabbi Weinberg for guidance in significantly improving the event's market positioning statement. 

Of course we also thank Rabbi Norbert Weinberg for his welcoming remarks and Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe for his extensive presentation.  You can watch these on our YouTube channel or our new Pre-Purim Melavah Malkah article in the Event Scrapbooks section our website.

Any of the beers presented at the tasting 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 Pre-Purim Beer-Tasting Order Form.  Print it, fill it out, and give it to event organizer Jordan Lee Wagner, or directly to John Negrotti around the corner at Silver Lake Liquors. 

 

 
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Happy Purim!

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 .

 
 
 
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Congregational Purim Seudah, March 5th

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 and schmoozing.  By about 5:15 PM, all be together downstairs for the seudah.

The suggested donation is $10 per person, children under five are free, and with a $60 family maximum.  Prepay or pay at the door, but...

...Reservations are absolutely necessary.  The Deadline is noon on Monday March 2nd.  Respond by email or phone to Robin Walker (617-347-6249).  (To become a sponsor of the event, please contact Benyomin Fleischmann.)

 
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Matanot L'evyonim Program

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 do on Purim day.

ChesesAryeh-200x150 02The Shul will collect funds for this purpose at our megillah reading on Saturday evening, February 23. Please bring your check payable to Yad Chessed with you on Purim night, or drop it off in advance at the synagogue office, or click to make a Matanot L'evyonim Donation online right now.

We will tally the collection and inform Yad Chessed of the amount the next morning, so that all of the funds can be distributed on Purim day itself.  The need is critical, and each of us can help!

Here are details about the Purim mitzvah of Matanot L'evyonim and about how our Communitywide Matanot Levyonim Program works:

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