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The newsletter of Temple Etz Chaim of Franklin, MA

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  • PJ Havdalah Service Saturday, January 24 6:00 pm at Temple Building Celebrate Havdalah with Temple Etz Chaim. Families with Young Children will enjoy a child-

    friendly Havdalah service, craft and snack in their PJs! Shabbat and Havdalah Services are geared for our Families with Young Children ages birth-kindergarten and siblings.

    History of Israel Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Temple Building Course Cost: Free In 1948, just three years after the Holocaust had ended, a seeming miracle happened: a Jewish state was proclaimed in Palestine and given the name of Israel. Over the next 66 years, that state has weathered wars and uprisings, has grown from a

    tiny nation to a military and technological giant, and has tried to determine what sort of country it wants to be.

    Come learn about The Land and The Modern State of Isra-el with Rabbi Alpert.

    If you are interested, please contact either Rabbi Alpert at [email protected] or (508) 528-5337, or Melissa Folsom, Adult Education Chair, at [email protected]

    Womens Self Defense Class Sunday, January 18 12:30 pm Americas Best Defense 1000 Chestnut Street, Franklin $5.00 per person

    This Sisterhood event is open to all Sisters and their daugh-ters, age 13 years +. RSVP by January 11th to Jill Simms at [email protected]

    Brotherhood 5th Annual Bowling Night

    Monday, January 26 7:10 pm PINZ Entertainment in Milford Please join the Brotherhood as we come together

    as a community and enjoy a little bonding with our fellow congregants. All men over 21 years old who are Temple members or considering joining are invited. The cost is $10 per person for 1 hour of bowling and it does not include shoe rentals, food or beverages. Please RSVP by January 20th to Stewart Lipson to reserve your spot at [email protected]

    Shabbat Shira Jr. Choir Sunday evenings 7:00 pm at Temple Building Attention High School Juniors and Seniors

    and Beyond: TEC Choir invites you to join! If you can sing, please join us to be part of Shabbat Shira! Interested? Contact Ellen Keith at [email protected]

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    TEC Times A monthly calendar for the

    Temple Etz Chaim community

    Martini Shake-Off Do you have a favorite martini or cocktail you like to impress your friends with? During our Purim Cocktail Party, Satur-day, February 28th at 6:30 pm, we are having a Martini Shake-Off. Come

    shake your favorite cocktail and let the guests vote on their favorite, one fit for a king. There will be a trophy for the winner and fun for all! Interested in participating? Contact Margot Rivelis at [email protected]

    Zumba January 12, 26, February 2, 9, 25, March 2 7:30 pm at Temple Building $40 for members $50 for non-members

    Party yourself into shape. No dance experience required, just be ready to have some fun! Sign up with Dawn at [email protected]

  • Sisterhood Mosaic Mezuzah Making Monday, February 9 7:00 - 9:30 pm Cheryl Cohen Mosaics 360 Woodland St., Holliston Cost: $20-$25 per person RSVP now! Space is limited

    Join us as we each create our own mosaic mezuzah. RSVP to Jill Simms at [email protected]

    Early Childhood Movie & Snack Sunday, February 1 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Temple Building Bring your pillow, sleep-ing bag, favorite stuffed

    toy and do not forget to dress up as a pirate, fairy or even a Pirate Fairy! Children will enjoy a snack & the movie, Tink-er Bell and the Pirate Fairy before we enjoy the big game!. Joining us? Email [email protected]

    Purim Cocktail Party and Martini Shake-Off

    Saturday, February 28 6:30 pm at the home of Jayme Solomon-Zissu 6 Larkin Lane, Hopedale

    Its time for our Adult Purim cocktail party and new this year a Martini Shake-Off! This competition will be fit for a king! Come taste a variety of cocktails and vote on your favorite! The winner will take home a special trophy. Lets have some fun, food and drinks. We can have fun

    celebrating the defeat of Haman in a fun and social way.

    Interested in being a participant in the Shake-Off? Contact Margot Rivelis at [email protected] Coming to the party? RSVP online at SignUp Genius

    Brotherhood Poker Night Monday, February 23 7:00 pm Place: TBD Gentlemen, it is time once again to go "all in". Please let me know if you are interested in joinng the

    Brotherhood Texas Hold'em Poker event. This is a non-competitive, FUN night where beginners and seasoned players can enjoy a night out. The cost is an initial $10 buy in and another $5 midway thru the night if you need the extra chips.

    Please RSVP by February 20 or contact Stewart Lipson or John Samolyk at [email protected]

    Shabbat Shira Friday, January 30 7:30 pm First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin Shabbat Shira is the Shabbat at which we hear the story of the parting of the Red Sea and the

    Israelites journey from slavery to freedom.

    Join us as we celebrate with music, just as Miriam and the Israelites did. This is a special service featuring our choir and musicians. Come and get your song on!

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    Donations General Fund In loving memory of Lorna and Alvin Halpern by The Hirshfield Family.

    Thank you to Holy Cannoli Bakery of Worcester for donating a tray of baked goods for our Erev Shabbat/Hanukkah celebration.

    If youd like to make a donation in memory or honor of somebody or just to support us, please go to

    Sisterhood Sushi Night Thursday, January 29 7:00 pm Whole Foods Market Bellingham

    Cost: $20 per person Join us for our annual sushi making class. Women and daughters, 14 years and older are invited to join us. Space is limited! RSVP and payment in advance is needed. RSVP to Jill Simms at [email protected]

  • Morning Torah Study

    Saturday, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Saturday, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 8:30 am at the Temple Building

    Join the Rabbi for our weekly text study. No Hebrew needed. Well study text in English. Come when you can or come every Saturday. The door is open to open your mind!

    Shabbat Schedule Friday, January 2 at 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service Friday, January 9 at 7:00 pm Family Shabbat Service Friday, January 16 at 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service Friday, January 23 at 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service Friday, January 30 at 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Shira Service at FUSF Temple Etz Chaim: 900 Washington Street, Franklin FUSF (First Universalist Society of Franklin): 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin

    Tiny Tots Playgroup Monday, January 5, 12, 19, 26 Monday, February 2, 9, 16, 23 10:00 - 11:30 am at the Temple Building

    Tiny tots is designed to help families with children birth through pre-school make Jewish connections. Our gatherings are casual, our con-nections become strong. For more information, please contact Melissa Chartoff at [email protected]

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    Ongoing Events

    Our Temple Etz Chaim Hanukkah Celebrations Photo Album

    Staying Connected and Informed

    Message from Rabbi Alpert

    Message from the President Grace Kooper

    Message from our Director of Education Hana Berman

    Temple Etz Chaim Facebook Temple Etz Chaim Sisterhood Facebook

    Temple Etz Chaim LinkedIn

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    Our Temple Etz Chaim Hanukkah Celebrations Photo Album