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On Saturday evening, March 1st, the CBT sanctuary was transformed into a cozy coffee house, complete with coffee, hot cider, and a slew of homemade treats provided by a team of volunteer bakers. The night began with a short Havdalah service led by Cantor Jacqui Breines. Then, the assembled crowd enjoyed performances by three of New England’s premiere Jewish college a cappella groups – Tufts University’s Shir Appeal, Brandeis University’s Manginah and Brown/RISD’s Aleph Beats (pictured). Everyone agreed that the high energy concert was a big success!
Read more: What Does Congregation B'nai Torah Offer me?
by Karen Salemi
Sunday Feb. 9th, the Sisterhood had a dairy potluck dinner at the temple. The food was delicious. I am going to have to get the recipes for the pumpkin soup and the barley salad and I already got the quiche recipe.
The book recommendations included biographies, memoirs, mysteries, easy reading and literary titles, and some with Jewish themes.
We also had a book swap and the leftover books are being donated to the Friends of the Framingham Library and will be sold to raise money for programming at the libraries.
The Brotherhood completed its beer-brewing social event by bottling its creation "Wit Great Power: Brotherhood Belgian Ale." Through teamwork and the use of an assembly line, brotherhood members bottled six cases of a delicious beer.
On Saturday, February 15 the Saturday Morning Torah Study group studied Exodus 5:5–5:23.
The Hebrews, hearing that there is a massive reorg in the making, have taken to standing around the water cooler and talking office politics. Brick making stops and Pharaoh is not happy.
Pharaoh decides that the Hebrews have too much time on their hands and orders them to gather their own straw to make bricks.
Read more: You are Shirkers! Shirkers!
On Sunday, February 9th, the B’nai Torah Brotherhood learned about the heart’s electrical system from Dr. Michael Katcher. Within the romantically titled role of General Contractor of the Heart there are plumbers (who handle blood flow) and electricians (who handle electrical issues.) Mike is an electrician—a specialist in cardiac electrophysiology.n
We learned that most hearts skip a beat once in a while, and that today’s technology includes monitors that watch for skips, pacemakers that can keep electrically compromised hearts beating regularly, and even wearable defibrillators that will shock a heart back into a normal rhythm.
If you have questions about hearts skipping a beat, you can contact Mike at
This past Saturday, the Torah Study group examined Exodus 5:1 which says, “Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, ”Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Let My people go that we may celebrate a festival for Me in the wilderness."
Exodus 3:18 starts with God commanding Moses, “The leaders of Israel will listen to you. Then you must take them to the king of Egypt and say…”
What happened? Why didn’t they obey the instructions in Exodus 3:18 and take the elders?
The great rabbi Rashi explains, “But the elders (whom Moses was told in 3:18 to take with him) slipped away one by one from behind Moses and Aaron, until by the time they reached the palace they had all slipped away–for they were afraid to go.”
This past Saturday the B’nai Torah Brotherhood visited Barleycorn Craft Brewing to whip up a batch of beer. The brothers quickly settled on making a wheat-based beer called a Belgian Wit.
Read more: Brothers in Brewing
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