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CTeen Trip to Level 99

 

So last night, CTEEN Sudbury, had a blast at Level 99, doing all kinds of challenges, having fun, kicking off the new Jewish month of Adar with an awesome and joyful event, and of course a little extra Jewish fun.

A special thank you to Dushez Kosher Catering who now work with Level 99 and were able to provide the food for the event, which we enjoyed in the Party Room!

Thank you to all of the amazing teens who came from far and near for another great CTeen event!!

Looking forward to a whole bunch more events over the next few weeks!

You can see lots more great pictures of this event over here.

Sixty Days of Joy

Sixty Days of Joy

Today and tomorrow we begin sixty days of happiness!

What am I talking about?

Well, the Jewish Calendar has one month, Adar, which is known as the most joyous month on the calendar, mostly because of what happened in the story of Purim and what that message represents. Our sages famously stated, "When Adar enters, we increase in Joy", and indeed that is what we always do every year.

However this year, instead of thirty days of Adar, we will have sixty days, and that is because this year is a Jewish leap year, so the joyous month of Adar, is played twice.

Yes, the month of the year that represents joy and all of its blessings, is the month that we will now double up on and make sure that these next sixty… Read More »

Mazal Tov Meir & Risa!

 

On behalf of the Chabad Center of Sudbury, we extend a big Mazal Tov to Risa Freeman of Sudbury (and now Hallandale) on her engagement to Meir Schmukler of NY. May they merit to build a beautiful Jewish home together!!

Mazal Tov to Shmuel & Kayla Freeman on this exciting Simcha!!!

Moving Forward when Surrounded by Pain

On some days the new out of Israel can make you numb with pain.....

When twenty one young soldiers who were dads, sons and siblings, were killed in in Gaza in one day, what else could one even think about....

Each life was another world cut short, leaving so many loved ones grieving behind...

The Dreyfus Blood Libel charges are being repeated all over again, except for this time, it is the Hague at the World Court....

Sometimes it feels how is this going to end, we are being impacted and attacked on every front...

Thousands of years ago, the Jewish people faced a terrible dilemma as they escaped Egypt only to be ambushed and trapped several days later, with nowhere to run and hide. The roaring ocean was to their backs, the mighty Egypt… Read More »

Yakir & David & Seeing Despite the Darkness

 

Yakir & David were two study partners at a Yeshiva in Gush Etzion, who were reservists in the IDF, who were killed together in combat last week.

In a Podcast Lecture I was listening to, the speaker shared how he studied each day with Yakir Dexter's father, and had himself sat with Yakir for several hours just days before, to understand the dynamics of the moral and Halachic dynamics and challenges that the soldiers are coming across during this difficult battle.

The speaker described the unusual close relationship that these two friends had with each other, and the beauty of their personalities, morality and their faith.

He described how Yakir Hexter had three verses and quotes hanging over his bed which he would us… Read More »

The Irony of Accusing Israel of Genocide

So South Africa which has one of the highest murder and corruption rates in the world, and which includes almost 30,000 murdered victims just in the last twelve months, is the claimant against Israel, accusing it of Genocide. 

Indeed the age old tactic of diverting your own problems with hatred against Jews....

As far as the actual accusation is concerned, Richard Kemp the former NATO commander in Afghanistan and so many others have said, there is no country in the world who fights as humanely as Israel, and who puts in so much effort and risk to avoid harming civilians, even when dealing with such an evil and despicable situation.

Every innocent life lost is a tragedy, but Israel has been left with no choice but to get ri… Read More »

In Loving Memory of Adi Baharav Rabinowitz who was killed on Oct 7th

Adi Baharav Rabinowitz was someone who would literally drop everything, in order to save a life. He did it more than once, even when it meant putting himself in mortal danger, as saving and preserving lives was one of the core values that he lived by.

I was fortunate to have met Adi several years ago, and since that time, Adi became a close friend, and someone I respected, admired and took advice from.

Adi’s parents lived here in Massachusetts for many years, and it was during his visits to his parents, and his family here who are also good friends, including Oz and his wife Ann and his daughter Hila and her husband Naor, that I got to spend time with Adi. Over those visits, we spent time chatting and c… Read More »

What is your name?

 

What is your name?

Not necessarily your legal name, but your Hebrew name.

Does it matter and is it even important to have a Hebrew name, after all my legal name is good enough, why make things more confusing?

Yet the truth is, names matter, and Hebrew names certainly matter.

As a people, we are referred to with different names, sometimes we are called the children of Israel, referencing the fact that we are descendants of Jacob, who had his name changed to Israel, and sometimes we are referred to as Yehudim, Jews, or Yidden in Yiddish, which all come from the name Judah, one of the most powerful tribes, and the one who ended up ruling over the Kingdom of Judea, which included Jerusalem and its environs, and was led by … Read More »

Never Forget & Never Stop Being a Beacon of Light

Yesterday I visited a business whose services I use from time to time, which I hadn't visited in at least three months. When I entered their first words were "how are you and your family doing during these challenging times and how are your loved ones and friends in Israel all doing"?

I started talking to them and we ended up speaking for less than five minutes, and then I looked at all three of these people, two women and one man of different backgrounds, and they all had tears in their eyes and they were all crying as I was speaking and telling them what had been happening. They then said, "we are of a different faith than you, but know that we are praying for Israel and the Jewish people and we stand with y… Read More »

IN LOVING MEMORY OF RENA FINDER Z"L

Rena 1.jpgToday we escorted our dear friend, Rena Finder, on her final journey at her funeral at Temple Beth Shalom in Framingham.

Rena was a dear friend who was someone we admired and respected, and we will miss her and her genuine smile and friendliness, and the special person that she was.
Rena was one of the youngest survivors of Schindler's List and for the last few decades she would lecture extensively about her experiences in the Holocaust to school children, college kids and so many others, through the Facing History Project with which she had such a significant role.
Rena was prompted to take on this role, when she started hearing about Holocaust Denial, and made it part of her life mission, in addition to raising and loving her… Read More »

New Course "Advice for Life"

 

Join us for our new course "Advice for Life": The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Guidance for Leading a More Purposeful LifeMuch has been written about the impact of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schnersohn, on the global Jewish community, and indeed on the wider public. National Education Day in America is dedicated in honor of the Rebbe's work on behalf of education and the Rebbe would meet with political leaders, laymen and so many others from across a huge spectrum of the population.

In the new course "Advice for Life", we will be exploring the Rebbe's approach and guidance to life, which impacted so many and has helped influence the journey of Judaism in the 21st Century.

In this course, we will explore … Read More »

Thank you to over 200 Donors we are at 92% of our Celebrating Chai Fundraiser / Help us to the Finish Line!

 

Thanks to over 200 Donors, we managed to raise 92% of our Goal in the Celebrating Chai Fundraiser. We are tremendously grateful to each and every one of you and all of the beautiful heartwarming notes and messages that come along with each donation. It takes a community and we are grateful for the tremendous support which everyone provides to help us work together to build a stronger Jewish future for the Sudbury area.

A huge thank you to our principle matchers Richard & Gabrielle Henken for their tremendous generosity and support in making this fundraiser a success.

A big thank you to Charles & Jill Katz for their support as matchers for this project and their assistance throughout the year!

Please help us get to th… Read More »

Crying, Tears & Israel & Joseph

 

How often do you cry?

Did you shed tears since Oct 7th?

How many tears I have only seen and heard over the last few months....  and not all of the tears were the tears of others....

Painful situations, cause us grief and bring emotions that can overwhelm us, and we cry in pain and in grief. Sometimes, it is the opposite and it is joy that causes us to cry as we shed tears of joy from an uplifting and powerful moment.

I remember when we told our four oldest children that they were going to have a new sibling, and some of them cried tears of joy, as their faces filled with joy, yet their eyes welled up with tears, as they celebrated that special moment.

Indeed in the line of my work, I see and hear tears and t… Read More »

Chanukah Report & Photos 2023

 

A NACHAS & JOYFUL CHANUKAH REPORT
CHANUKAH PHOTOS
CHANUKAH AROUND GREATER SUDBURY

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who joined us over Chanukah for the multitude of programs, events and services.

Seeing hundreds of people at the Sudbury Town Center, the dozens in Marlborough Ciy Center, the seniors singing and laughing, the teens celebrating with joy and pride, and tons of children celebrating this holiday with so much joy and smiles, was truly uplifting, inspiring and greatly needed during this challenging time.

At a time when antisemitism is up a… Read More »

What an Awesome Start to Chanukah 2023

 

Thank you to the hundreds of people from across the community who joined us this evening for the Community Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration!

It was truly heartwarming, inspiring and encouraging to see so many of you on a cold and frigid night, but with a determination and passion to shine and enjoy the light of Chanukah!

Thank you to the Town of Sudbury leadership, including the Town Manager, the members of the Select Board, State Rep Carmine Gentile, and Chief Nix for your words and messages.

We live in a great town and community, with wonderful leadership who have a true sense of care and understanding.

Seeing and hearing from so many people who weren't from the Jewish community, who told us that they… Read More »

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