December Bulletin 2014

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2 Kislev/Tevet ● December 2014 MESSAGES FROM OUR LEADERSHIP CLERGY MESSAGE As we New Englanders approach the winter solstice and days become shorter and colder, we have many opportunities to bring light and warmth into our lives. On Friday, December 19, we will celebrate Chanukah or Hannukkah, however you spell it! Following our Shabbat service and a community dinner, we will enjoy the sweet voices of our children and the LeeVees, a rock ‘n roll group with marvelous talent and a great sense of humor. Working back to the 15 th of December, for all of you who love to perform, we will hold auditions for our very first TBE Adult Musical. Many of you have expressed interest and we’re hoping to gather together a significant cast for a performance of a musical (not yet named) on Saturday, March 7. Rehearsals will begin on January 5 and will take place on Sunday afternoons and Monday and Thursday evenings. As part of a Young Israeli Artists Project at TBE, we have invited Israeli students to perform with us at Shabbat services throughout the year. On Friday, December 12, Noah Aronson will be with us once again, joined by several gifted Berklee students. We are blessed, in this community, to be exposed to a wide array of musical styles. It is no surprise that the great 20 th century theologian, Abraham Joshua Heschel, described the power of music saying: “The only language that seems to be compatible with the wonder and mystery of being is the language of music.” There are countless stories that speak to the need to express ourselves in music and its power to touch our souls. One particularly inspiring story took place in 1940. A young French composer named Olivier Messiaen was captured by the Germans and imprisoned in a concentration camp. He was lucky enough to find a prison guard who gave him paper and a place to compose. There were three other musicians in the camp, a clarinetist, cellist and violinist. Messiaen wrote a quartet for the musicians. It was performed in January 1941 for four thousand prisoners and guards in the prison camp. Today, it’s a very famous piece. Another story of remarkable courage and thirst for culture took place in the “model” Concentration camp of Terezin. In a place where people lived without basic respect and might simply have focused on survival, music was essential to their lives, an unquenchable expression of the human spirit and a way of saying that life still has meaning. (Continued on page 20) Cantor Sufrin JOIN US IN WELCOMING OUR NEW TIKKUN OLAM FELLOW We are excited to introduce Sandy Aronson , who joins our team as Tikkun Olam (social action) Fellow. Sandy will work to support our community’s social justice efforts. We are proud to engage a variety of congregants — from our youngest learners to our empty nesters — in a wide range of dynamic programs, service, campaigns, and collections to better our community and our world. We are grateful for the energy and additional support that Sandy will offer as we strive to deepen our engagement and connection within our community and beyond. Sandy will support our existing Tikkun Olam teams, identify new leaders, integrate tikkun olam more deeply into the life of our community, coordinate volunteer projects, engage our youth, connect you with others who share your passions, and support you to actualize the ways you’d like to make a difference! TBE is known for raising up new talented Jewish professionals. We hope you will introduce yourself to Sandy and share your tikkun olam interests and ideas with him. As you’ll see from his note below, he’s looking forward to meeting you! Rabbi Saphire Neil Silverston, VP of Tikkun Olam Hi. I’m Sandy. I was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. I spent many childhood summers at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia and later returned there to be a counselor. My strong Jewish upbringing has inspired me to find considerable value and personal fulfillment through acts of Tikkun Olam, and has led me to be a lover of Israel, traveling there with family, NFTY and the March of the Living. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a major in Iberian and Latin American Studies and a minor in Jewish Studies. Through my studies, I volunteered for several service organizations throughout Central and South America. At Vanderbilt, I was actively involved in Jewish life, serving as the student Vice President of Religious Life for my campus Hillel. In my spare time, I enjoy practicing Spanish and Portuguese, watching sports and movies, playing tennis, hiking, and traveling the world. I look forward to meeting you! Sandy Aronson

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