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April 7, 2008

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In This Issue

New Design for ShalomBoston.com Coming Soon!

This Week's Calendar Highlights

Passover Resources

Subscription Specials for The Jewish Advocate

More Passover Seders Open to the Community - Reserve Now!

Hebrew SeniorLife's Passover Mitzvah Program

Seder Menu & Passover Recipes

Join Our Mailing List

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times & Weekly Parasha

Quick Links


New Design for ShalomBoston.com!


In approximately a week, when you visit ShalomBoston.com you will experience our newly designed site, offering a sleek contemporary look, expanded functionality, and improved ease of use.


For example, our Calendar will allow for different views and printing of information on individual events, our Synagogues & Congregations Directory will be searchable by region, and our Recipe File will become a directory, searchable by type of dish, holiday, and more.


We have built into the new design many of the features that you, our users, have requested, and we will continue to expand the regular content and special features in the months ahead.


We encourage you to explore the new ShalomBoston.com when it goes live next week and to send us your feedback.  The countdown is on!


Calendar Highlights for the Coming Week


Special Interest Seders and Passover events are listed below in bold print.



Film: The National Center for Jewish Film's 11th Annual Film Festival, through April 13

Film: Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, through April 17

Exhibit: The works of artist Judith Wolf, at the National Yiddish Book Center, through April 27 (Amherst)

Exhibit: "Tree of Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire," at The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, through June 8 (Chestnut Hill)

Exhibit: "A Thousand and One Inventions," art by Lynne Avadenka at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, through May 21 (Waltham)

Permanent Exhibit: "The Boston Jewish Experience: Reconnect to the Tapestry," at The Boston Center for Jewish Heritage (Boston)

Tuesday, April 8:

* Tuesday Evening of Israeli Nostalgia - book discussion & coffee, in Hebrew (Brookline)

* Seniors: L'Chaim Group Meeting, with a deli lunch & bingo (Newton)

Wednesday, April 9:

* "What Can the Stories of Holocaust Survivors and Liberating Soldiers Teach Us?" with local journalist, author and poet Susie Davidson (Chestnut Hill)

* Angelic Magic and the Attraction of Kabbalah" (Malden)

* Children ages 3-5: Passover story, songs, & craft (Brookline)

* Creative Community Model Seder for Teens and Adults with Disabilities and their Friends (Needham)

* Film about Darfur: The Devil Came on Horseback (Newton)

* Film: Mixed Blessings (Newton)

* Temple Emanuel Networking Group Meeting (Newton)

Thursday, April 10:

* PALS Passover with Kidstock Creative Theatre (Newton)

* Schechter Reads presents Dr. Robert Brooks on "Fostering Family Closeness and Respect" (Newton)

* "What Might the Story of Roxbury and Dorchester Mean Today?" (Boston)

* Israel @ 60: Israeli Art, Architecture and Design (Cambridge)

* "The Haggadah: Telling as Transformation" (Jamaica Plain)

* Author Talk: Amy Dockser Marcus, "Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict" (Waltham)

* College Students & Young Adults: "The Tribe: Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration," with DJ & band, food & drink (Boston)

Friday, April 11:

* Keshet: Shabbat Dinner (Jamaica Plain)

* Tot Shabbat Service (Wayland)

* Families with young children: Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner (West Roxbury)

* Havurah on the Hill - Kabbalat Shabbat at the Vilna Shul, with a guest speaker on his family's roots in Egypt and their expulsion (Boston)

Saturday, April 12:

* Minyan MeYouChad: A Shabbat morning service for individuals with special needs and their families (Brookline)

* Mosaic: A Non-Taxing Urban Mystery Tour - an urban walking adventure

* Passover Community Seder Celebrating Freedom for All People, in the Humanist Tradition (Sharon)

* Mosaic: Dinner and Swing Dancing (Newton & Watertown)

* Singles 40+: Dine Around (Burlington)

* Concert: The Music of Tapper and Bridges (Wakefield)

Sunday, April 13:

* Model Matzah Bakery (Sudbury)

* Preschoolers: Passover Fun (Framingham)

* Preschoolers: K'tonton Program (Brookline)

* Blood Drive (West Roxbury)

* Reflections on Freedom - A Meditation Retreat (Westwood)

*Children: Passover Activities (Milton)

*North Shore JCC Trip to the Big Apple Circus (Boston)

*A Celebration of the Actions of Chiune Sugihara in Rescuing over 2000 European Jews in 1940 (Chestnut Hill)

* Film: "The Future of Our Food" (Concord)

* "The Book of Ruth and the Love of the Land," with author and poet Alicia Ostriker (Waltham)

* South Shore Interfaith Seder (Hingham)

* Film: "The Champagne Spy" (Waltham)

* American Jewish Committee's Annual Diplomats' Seder (Boston)

* Film: "Noodle" (Waltham)

*The Black Jew Dialogues, a multi-media show with theatre, sketch-comedy, improv, video, & spoken word (Salem)

Monday, April 14:

* "Gender, Peace, and Human Rights," with Nobel laureates Dr. Shirin Ebadi an Professor Jody Williams (Waltham)


For details of these events and more, go to the Community Calendar.


Passover Resources - Everything You Need! 



Our Passover resources are now prominently featured on our home page.  Included are links to the following:



Passover web sites of all types

Downloadable Passover Haggadot and Haggadot Supplements

Passover Crafts


Rabbinical Council of New England Passover List for 2008

Seder Menu and Passover Recipes

Community Passover Seders

Local holiday events


Go to directly to individual pages above, or see all that we have to offer in the Passover box on our home page.


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Passover Seders Open to the Community - Reserve Your Place Now!


ShalomBoston.com's list of Passover Seders Open to the Community has grown even more!  There are now 40 seders listed, including those held on the first and second nights of Passover as well as special interest seders held on other nights throughout the month.  And the list is still growing!


Ritual seders held on the the first and second nights currently include Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Chabad, Humanistic, and Unaffiliated seders, taking place in Andover, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Canton, Chestnut Hill, Franklin, Holliston, Jamaica Plain, Martha's Vineyard, Newton, Northampton, Peabody, Wakefield, Wellesley, Westwood, and Winthrop.


Special Interest and Model Seders still to come include:

> Creative Community Model Seder for Teens and Adults with Disabilities & their Friends (April 9 in Needham)

> South Shore Interfaith Seder (April 13 in Hingham)

> American Jewish Committee's Diplomats' Seder (April 13 in Boston)

> Interfaith Seder (April 16 in Essex)

> Seder of Hope for all People Touched by AIDS (May 4 in Providence, RI)


If you are looking to participate in a community seder, please check our list now, as deadlines are looming and, in many cases, space is limited.  Don't miss out!


Volunteer Opportunity: Hebrew SeniorLife's Passover Mitzvah Program


Last call for volunteers for Hebrew SeniorLife's Passover Mitzvah Program!  Hebrew SeniorLife provides meals and celebration kits to 750 isolated seniors in our community, but they need you!  Please volunteer this Sunday, April 13th to attend a short orientation at 9:30 a.m. at Hebrew SeniorLife and then help with deliveries to the recipients.  Volunteers are also needed to assemble the packages starting at 8:00 a.m. that morning.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Shani Traum, Mitzvah Program Coordinator, TODAY, at 617-363-8769 or traum@hrca.harvard.edu.  Also check our Volunteer Opportunity of the Month box on our home page.


Seder Menu & Passover Recipes on our Food Page


See our Food Page now for dozens of recipes for the Seder and a whole week of meals and entertaining:


> Traditional Ashkenazi Seder Menu, with all the recipes


> Four types of Charoset, including two traditional recipes, Jeff Nathan's Mango-Date Charoset, and a very special sephardic Venetian Charoset from Kristine Winber.


> More entrees for the Seder, including brisket, chicken, turkey, and fish recipes


> Appetizers, Soups, Salads, & Sides


> Desserts to die for!


> Weekday dishes, including Granola, Avocado and Egg Salad, Cheese Kugel, Eggplant Rollups, Herb Blintzes, Hungarian Potatoes, Pizza, and Spinach & Cheese Manicotti!


> A link to a Sephardic-Style Vegetarian Seder, with menu and recipes


> A link to a Diabetic Seder, with menu and recipes


You can access all of the above on our Food Page now.  And check our new web site beginning next week for new recipes, including the winner of our annual Passover recipe contest!


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Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for the Boston Area & the Weekly Parasha

Shabbat Candles

Candle Lighting Time for Friday, April 11:

7:04 pm


Torah portion of the week:  Metzora


Shabbat ends on Saturday, April 12:

8:06 pm


For Eruv information, Torah commentaries, and holiday dates for the coming year, GO TO THE SHALOMBOSTON.COM RELIGION PAGE.


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