Jewish Community Center

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Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Leviticus 16:1-20:27
Candle Lighting time 7:29 p.m.


It’s no secret I’m a Boston Red Sox fan because I spent the first 25 years of my rabbinical career in Massachusetts.  But I’m not a fanatic like Ben Wrightman. In the movie Fever Pitch, Ben Wrightman is crazy about the Boston Red Sox baseball team. He rarely misses a game during the spring and summer months.


One winter, Ben falls in love with a young woman named Lindsey and wins her heart. Then spring rolls around, and she finds out that he’s a different person during baseball season. He has no time for her unless she goes to the games with him.


When Lindsey ends her relationship with Ben because of his fanaticism, he talks with a young friend, who says, “You love the Sox. But tell me, have they ever loved you back?” Those words cause Ben to analyze his priorities and to give more time to the woman he loves, who loves him back.


We pour our lives into hobbies, pleasures, activities, work—many good things. Yet we feel that there must be more to life than that. Three times the Torah commands us to take into account love in our decision-making. In this week’s Torah portion Aharey Mot-Kedoshim we are told to love our neighbor (19:18) and the stranger.  (19:34) Finally in the book of Deuteronomy we are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart with all your soul and with all her might. (Dt. 6:4)


A religious person might think that loving God should come before loving other human beings in the Torah. Obviously that’s not the case for loving human beings come before loving God. Because this sequence, one Hasidic Master taught that you can’t really love God if you don’t love other human beings especially those who are not like you.


So when it seems that your life is getting out of balance, the question, “Has that hobby or activity or thing ever loved me back?” may help to keep us in check. Loving God and loving people are what really count.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Save the Date!

Three Thursdays in May: Shavuot is more than just cheesecake 


Thursday, May 3rd 1 PM What is Psalm 114 have to do with Shavuot? Everything! We sing Psalm 114 during Hallel and never pay attention to its meaning.


Thursday, May 10th 1 PM and repeated at 7 PM How did the mystics understand Revelation at Mount Sinai? We shall study the classic Kabbalistic work, the Zohar.


Thursday, May 17th 1 PM and repeated at 7 PM Let's read and enjoySholem Aleichem's short storyI you mustn't weep- itsYom-Tev.


Each class will be approximately an hour long come to as many classes as you wish and you may come at either time slot. 



Thursday, May 3rd celebrate Lag B'Omer with a hot dod dinner an see the movie  "The Band's Visit" Dinner is $10.00 pp and the movie is free. Make tyour reservations at the synogogue's office


Shavuot Schedule;

Saturday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. Mincha followed by our Tikun L'al Shavuot. In honor of Israel's 70th birthday we shall study what the Talmud has to say about the love of the land of Israel.  We shall also look at two short stories, Three gifts by I. L. Peretz and the Fable of the Goat  by Shi Agnon, which are based on our Talmud selection. We shall also read some contemporary Zionist thought to see the tensions that we shall learn in the Talmud still reverberate today. No previous Talmud or Hebrew reading knowledge required.  Cheese cake, coffee, and tea will be served.  8:50 p.m.  Ma'ariv and the discussion continues

Sunday, May 20th at 9:00 a.m. The Boker Tov Cafe Opens.  10:00 a.m. Our Outdoor Renewal Shavuot Service, weather permitting.  

Monday, May 21st at  9:00 a.m. the Boker  Tov Cafe Opens. 9:30 a.m. Services Begin with Yizkor around 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 24th - Sisterhood's annual mah-jongg/card party. RSVP $20.00 PP includes lunch.

Sunday, June 3rd - Celebrate Israel Parade: $18.00 includes round trip bus, commemorative T-shirt, a light snack and bottled water. For those who are unable to attend a donation of $18 or more will get you a t-shirt. The deadline is May 1st!

Don't forget about the taxi service Marathon provides-a free wide to and from the synagogue. For more information call the synagogue office.


In the Community

Wednesday May 9th 6 to 8 PM Alley Pond Environmental Center will host a showing of: “An Inconvenient Sequel” and our friend Joe  Varon will serve as the after-movie discussion host along with Bill Neiter of the Climate Reality Project.  Climate change is the ultimate issue of our time and the greatest challenge of the 21st century.  Free Admission/Free Parking



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