The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

Weinberg RabbiIt is hard to believe that by this time next week, I will already be scheduled to be back in Newton!  Last Shabbat, four generations of my family were sitting around the table in my rented apartment.  It was a wonderful beginning of a Shabbat in Jerusalem.  The following morning, Judy and I went to the Great Synagogue for services.  The others went to shuls of their choice.  The average Israeli likes quick services.

WeinbergRabbi-150x200Dear Congregants and Friends,

I think all will agree that last Shabbat was one which will stand out in our memories for a long time.  I refer to the morning service, accompanied by the inspirational renditions of the South African choir.  The evening program was a huge success with an extremely large congregation.  It featured the sounding of the Shofar, Torah procession, beautiful music, and a spectacular collation. 

It now becomes our responsibility, more than ever, to live up to all the declared intentions – in every detail – as our synagogue enters its second century.
WeinbergRabbi_200x194Dear Congregants and Friends,

Although hard to believe, three quarters of my visit is about over. Every day seems to add new inspiration and excitement.  I spent last Shabbat in Alon Shvut, where Nomi, my granddaughter, lives with her family. Alon Shvut is smaller than Efrat, but I was astonished at the huge building which is the main synagogue and its beauty.

On Friday night, we sat toward the back. Because of its huge size and noise in the lobby, it was hard to hear the cantor, so on Shabbat morning, we sat much further to the front. One of the people who received an aliya was an elderly man who had just moved to Israel. The rabbi made a special mi shebayrach for him and the whole congregation sang , “ … and the children shall return to their home.” I was assured that you can get that mi  shebayrach, too!

Did you ever get TWO Aliyot on ONE Monday morning? I did and here is how it happened. 

Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer, Rabbi Shia Zuber, Rabbi David Maayan, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe -- at a Melavah Malkah at the Adams Street Shul, November 17, 2012.On Saturday night, November 17, 2012, Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer,  Rabbi Shia Zuber, and Rabbi David Maayan shared educational and inspirational stories and jokes.  For those who couldn't be there, we are happy to provide the video below.

The Melavah Malkah began with a thirty-five minute reception, featuring live music, food, and socializing.  The video below includes only seventeen minutes of the music, because after that the crowd had grown to the point that the sounds of socializing obscured the music in the video.

Next up on the video is the event's hostess, Nechama Cheses, who welcomes everyone and introduces the Shul's special guest presenters:  Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer, Rabbi Shia Zuber, and Rabbi David Maayan.  The three rabbis then spoke in that order, for about fifteen minutes each.

We hope you enjoy the video.  Donations to support our educational programs and their availability on the Internet are always welcome.



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