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Just as they did last year, the Women of TBA gathered together to support local organizations at their Night of Giving Back. They began the evening with wine, cheese and lots of socializing. After about a half hour, they moved into the social hall to hear presentations from More Than Words, JFCS's Center for Early Relational Support, Hope and Comfort and Home Again. After the presentations they assembled gift baskets for these organizations. What a treasure trove of items they donated! Many people were overwhelmed at the generosity of our congregants. It was a wonderful evening not to be forgotten soon.
On Sunday, October 15, members of TBA Brotherhood met up in the kitchen to cook dinner for The Second Step. They made tortilla casserole, salad and mini cheesecakes for dessert. Many thanks to the following cooks: Jeremy Goldfarb, Jonah Goldfarb, Mark Ingerman, Josh Baumer, Adam Decter, Zack Decter, Max Dietch, Josh Dietch, Jacob Dietch, Steve Aronson, Neal Appel, Bruce Blakely, Randall Miller-Licon, Matthew Miller-Licon, Jeremy Miller-Licon, Harold Licon and Mark Rosen. The food looks absolutely delicious and The Second Step is always very appreciative of TBA's meals. Great job guys! Thank you to Mark Rosen for taking the photos.
Today we say goodbye for now to our new friends from Haifa. For the past week they’ve become part of our community, part of our families, in our 6th year of the Boston Haifa Connection. The second half of their visit to us included the opportunity for our guests to explore Boston while TBA students were in school. They created long lasting memories including an incredible visit to Newbridge, a tour of Harvard, celebrating in the Sukkah for SImchat Torah, and of course taking a ride on the Duck Boats. This morning the teens from the Alliance School in Haifa are visiting TBA’s Early Learning Center and planting the seeds in the youngest members of our community to have a love for and connection to not only Israel, but to Israeli people. As the Boston portion of our connection concludes, we are excited to continue our learning together in the coming months and be reunited in Israel in February. These 28 teens began as individuals last week and have come together as one community. As w...
As our teens wrapped up a weekend of getting to know each other and learning together, they reflected on Monday night about why we participate in this connection with the Alliance High School. Some of their responses included:
It’s a way to connect with other Jews and understand that we are part of a larger Jewish community.
We can learn so much more by experiencing and being together and seeing things first hand.
Hearing from people with different experiences and different ideas is important.
Seeing Israel through the eyes of an Israeli is meaningful beyond just seeing the place.
Because its fun getting to know each other and hanging out!
From apple picking to learning about social action to walking through Boston to celebrating Shabbat, the time our 13 TBA teens and 15 Alliance teens has built bridges between our two communities in immeasurable ways. As we move into the second part of their stay, our Israeli guests will experience Jewish Boston, learn abo...
What a wonderful start to our connection between Temple Beth Avodah and Alliance High School! Tonight we greeted our Israeli guests with a Shabbat dinner and service with the congregation. The participants have begun connecting and are excited to spend the week learning, growing, and having fun together. Check back on our blog throughout this week for reflections on our time together in Boston. Shabbat Shalom!