Temple Services Schedule: SHABBAT & HOLIDAY SERVICESShabbat Minyanaires
Okay, it sounds like a great name – what is it?
Quite simply, the Shabbat Minyanaires is a group of people who help us
maintain a minyan each Shabbat morning.
Unfortunately, as our congregation ages, it’s been more and more difficult
to guarantee a minyan each Shabbat morning. I’ve been standing up at our
congregation meetings twice a year and reporting that we’ve been managing
to make a minyan each Shabbat (and perhaps once or twice a year missing
a minyan), but that it’s getting tougher. As a congregation, though, we need
to make a commitment to make this minyan. It’s important for the people
who need to attend (e.g., if one is saying kaddish). If someone doesn’t feel
comfortable that they know there’s a minyan, there’s a danger that he/she
will go elsewhere, further endangering the minyan.
For this reason, the Ritual Committee has found it necessary to take an
additional step to help ensure the minyan. We’ve recruited a list of our
non-regular attendees who can commit to attending a Shabbat morning
minyan at least once every (approx.) eight weeks. Each individual who
commits is put on a rotational list, and by the time this HaKol comes out,
the list will be published. If someone cannot make his/her assigned date,
he/she should be arranging a swap with someone else on the list.
The people on this list are our “Shabbat Minyanaires.”
We need a few more people to add to our rotation. If you have not yet
been called, but would be willing to be part of this group, please contact
Ken Turkewitz (508-660-1460, Turkewitz@alum.mit.edu).
Thank you to all of our Shabbat Minyanaires.
Two men are being interviewed for a survey about Jewish prayer practices.
They are both regular synagogue attendees. In response to the question,
“Why do you come to services?, Sam answered: “I come to talk to God.”
and Herb responded, “I come to talk to Sam.
We look forward to your joining us for services, camaraderie and community connection.
Each week during Shabbat services, it is our custom to
recite a Mi Sheberach prayer for all those who are ill
in our community. If you know of someone for whom you
would like to have their name included, please call
Carole S. at the office (781-762-8670),
e-mail the rabbi at Ravamg@gmail.com or the cantor at
JGrossman@hanover.com. Please provide the person’s
Hebrew name, including the mother’s name, but if not
known, there is no problem with saying the name in English. Also, please either indicate for how many
weeks you would like to have the person’s name
included or please let us know when they have
hopefully recovered so that we can remove their name
from the list.
SHABBAT & HOLIDAY SERVICE
Friday, August 7
Light and goodness are not beyond our grasp. We should not defer or postpone
joy and blessing. We need only to begin to choose life. A spiritual life, a calm life,
a life immersed in love is within our grasp. Reach. All things are connected. The
world of the spirit speaks to you in a hundred voices. Listen with the heart-beat of
your soul. Life is an adventure toward beauty. The grandest of journeys begins
with a single step. May God bless you on your way.
Make the body a throne for the mind,
The mind a throne for the spirit,
The spirit a throne for the soul.
Then the soul too becomes a throne
For the light of the Presence
That rests upon it.
The light spreads forth around you
And you, at the center of that light,
Tremble in your joy.
—Adapted from Your Word Is Fire, edited by Arthur Green and Barry Holtz