Wednesday, April 11, 2018

INTRODUCING RICH AND LORNA NEWMAN by Marylyn Shultz & Richard Newman

Rich is originally from Wayland, MA, and Lorna is from New Lebanon, NY. They now reside in Hingham with their daughter Grace and son Andrew.
Rich has been working for sixteen years in sales at Iron Mountain. Lorna worked for many years at Institute for Healthcare Improvement, planning educational conferences and company events. She is currently an at home Mom, and an active volunteer at the South Shore Art Center. Grace enjoys soccer, tennis and basketball. Andrew loves baseball, and would like to play hockey. Both kids love art, biking and soaking up the sun at the beach.  Grace is enrolled in the religious school’s second grade and Andrew is in the Pre-K program. 
Rich is a lifelong Boston sports fan and has converted Lorna to the point where she now yells at the TV with the same enthusiasm.  Rich also plays golf whenever he has a chance, and Lorna loves yoga.  They both have varied musical tastes, from Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen, all the way to Pavarotti. The family really enjoys the beach, sailing, kayaking, and time spent with friends.  Family board games are an all season happening.
Rich and Lorna both volunteer in Hingham activities, Rich as a Hingham Gals basketball coach for Grace’s team, and Lorna at the SSAC (South Shore Art Center), the Hingham Women’s Club, as well as various school activities for the kids.
They heard about Sha’aray Shalom by researching temples on the South Shore before moving from Newton. Having a Jewish community for their children is important to the Rich and Lorna. They are very happy to be new members of the Temple and look forward to becoming more active in the CSS Community.  A hearty welcome to the Newman family!

Monday, March 19, 2018


Adam grew up in Hingham, Keri in Revere, and they now reside in Norwell with their son Benjamin.  They recently moved back to Massachusetts, after being away for over four years.  During that time, Adam spent three months in Singapore on a special work project.  He is the Vice President of Sales for Scientific Intake, a medical company based in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Keri is, in her own words, “strictly a stay-at-home mom” keeping tabs on Ben, who will turn 6 in March, and is currently enrolled in the kindergarten class at CSS.  Mom proudly states that Ben is smart, funny, loving, easygoing, and loves sports and all things superheroes.

Adam and Keri travel frequently, Maui being one of their favorite destinations.  While they love visiting all of the Caribbean, they look forward to expanding their travels, in a few years, with Greece, Italy, Spain and Israel on their bucket list.  Both of them enjoy playing tennis and golf, love that Ben has showed an interest, and look forward to playing with him as well.  Adam really likes to cook and loves to prepare amazing meals for family and friends.  He would like to own a deli one day; hopefully it would be local!

Adam’s mom and dad, Joel and Christine, have been long-time members of Sha’aray Shalom. Adam grew up in our congregation, becoming a Bar Mitzvah during Rabbi Stephen Karol’s tenure, and in later years Rabbi Joseph and Cantor Weiss officiated at Keri’s conversion, their wedding and Benjamin’s baby naming.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MLK Ending Hunger Meal Packaging Event organized by the HHRLA by Renee Rudolph

Renee & David Rudolph on their experiences at the MLK Ending Hunger Meal Packaging Event organized by the HHRLA (Hingham Hull Religious Leaders Assoc.) at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hingham. Also attending were Jessica Badiner. Ally and Marty Hall, Naomi and Julia Preble, Rene Katersky,  Rabbi Shira Joseph and others.

We signed up thinking it was a helpful way to remember  an amazing man.

We were so impressed with the HHRLA who ran the event ran like clockwork. We worked at a table with 10 other kind folks, 12 to a table, weighing,  measuring and packaging, labeling and packing sealing bags of pasta and seasonings, 36 packets to a box. Having heard how many the food packaged that day...20,000 in Hull, Randolph and Brockton would be fed, we would happily have stayed longer. However at exactly one hour after we arrived the next team was waiting at our table to follow exactly what we had done.

Monday, February 5, 2018

URJ Biennial in Retrospect, by Jennifer Ellett

Twice this year I have stood surrounded by my people. Once secular, at GenCon (largest tabletop gaming convention in North America), and once spiritual, at the URJ Biennial in Boston this past December. There is an indescribable joy in being surrounded by those who understand you and whose stories are like your own. We all experience it on a small scale at services and temple events. It is something else when it is at a convention hall full of people. It is easy to forget, living in the Northeast, how few we are. We should embrace the opportunities we have to congregate.

To say I am glad that Adrian and I went would be an understatement. The week at Biennial was full
of learning, spiritual growth, and the opportunity to make new friends. I spoke with Jews from California to South Africa. Adrian made a new friend from NJ. There were classes on all aspects synagogue life, and many worship opportunities. It is the latter that were my favorites. The weekday services, though very early, were
well attended and spiritually uplifting. Though the Friday service, with its 6,000 attendees, was an experience, my heart belongs to the smaller services. It amazed me to see the variety of ways that Reform Jews worship. I even saw both men and women wearing tefillin. It reminded me what differentiates us from the other Jewish movements, and what makes the Reform movement so exceptional and welcoming.

The classes varied widely and covered all aspects of synagogue life. They ranged from diversity and inclusivity to finances. If anything, there were too many good options to choose from. That's not to say all were perfect.  I went to seminars that inspired and ones that I could have slept through. This happens at all large conventions where you have a variety and depth of speakers.  What is important to me is that that I left most of them with something useful or a new insight.

I don’t know that I’ll go to the biennial in Chicago, but I would not miss another opportunity to attend a biennial so close to home.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Super Sunday

As we prepare to support the Patriots by gorging ourselves this Sunday, it's easy to forget how many people go hungry each day.  Fortunately, you can help your neighbors with one simple move: before you come to temple, visit your cupboard first, bring a can, box, or bag of nonperishable food with you, and put it in the food bin just inside the temple's doors.  Volunteers will deliver donations to local food pantries. And they'll do so every week.

You may not be able to block, tackle, or run an effective slant route. But you can eradicate hunger.  Please do what you can.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

ENCORE! An Evening of New and Classic Broadway Tunes by Cantor Steven Weiss

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Have you ever wondered what Cantors enjoy singing when they are not on the bimah?

Many of us dream of singing on Broadway…..whether is it Jean Valjean or Les Miserables, or donning the mask and playing the Phantom, Broadway music has always been an important element of my career.

Add to that the enjoyment of welcoming fantastically talented friends and colleagues to join in song and you have the makings of an amazing evening of music.

Please join us on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm for ENCORE!  An evening of new and classic Broadway music.  I will be joined by my good friends Cantor Nancy Kassel, Cantor Judy Seplowin and Cantor Vladimir Lapin for an evening of Broadway tunes.  We will once again be joined by Steven Hemingway on the piano.

Wine and desserts will be available as well as a silent auction, with all proceeds to benefit Congregation Sha’aray Shalom.

It promises to be an amazing evening of music…..please join us!!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Song Worth Singing – The 2018 Cantors’ Concert, by Jennifer Ellett

Another year, another Cantors’ concert! On Saturday, January 20, we had the joy of hearing

Cantors Steven Weiss, Judy Seplowin (Temple Beth El of Providence, RI), Nancy Kassel (Temple Beth Tikvah of Roswell, GA), and Vladimir Lapin (Temple Beth El of Great Neck, NY) sing accompanied on the piano by the ever-appreciated Steven Hemingway.

The evening began with a walk on the red carpet complete with a chance at a paparazzi photo. The social hall had been converted into an awards-themed cabaret in red, black, and gold. Fairy lights and white roses decorated the tables, adding an ethereal beauty to the room when the lights were turned down.

Once all were seated and quiet, never an easy task with a room full of people enjoying each other’s company, we were treated to the comic stylings of our congregation’s president, Scott Garland, who was dressed to the nines for the evening and introduced the event. Cantor Weiss and his fellow cantors then performed a range of Broadway music. There were songs from Rent to Spamalot to Ragtime. It was heartwarming to watch the audience stand for their rendition of God Bless America.

It was a lovely evening of music and socializing.

INTRODUCING RICH AND LORNA NEWMAN by Marylyn Shultz & Richard Newman

Rich is originally from Wayland, MA, and Lorna is from New Lebanon, NY. They now reside in Hingham with their daughter Grace and son Andrew...