Parashat Vayera
Oct 31 all-day
Blood Drive @ Social Hall
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Please mark your calendar for Congregation B’nai Shalom’s blood drive on Sunday November 1, from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.

The blood drive is held in cooperation with the Worcester Area American Red Cross.

We’re holding this event during school hours in order to make giving blood easy and convenient for parents dropping off or picking up their children. However, it is open to the general public, and we encourage all congregants and their families and friends to participate.

Anyone who is 17 or older, in good health, weighing 110 pounds or more, and has not given blood in the past 56 days may donate. A positive ID is required.

Please make an appointment for giving blood, Although walk-ins are welcome, donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543). Having an appointment will greatly speed up the process for you and other donors.

Heading into the holiday season, the need for blood donations is critical.
CBS’s semi-annual blood drives have been enormously successful. Please join us for this important Mitzvah.

Room Parent Meeting @ Sanctuary
Nov 1 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am

At the meeting Rabbi Eiduson will speak about a change in our focus from what room parents traditionally do (shop, set up programs, fund raise, organize trips), to promoting adult connections within the grades. Specifically, we are hoping that you will agree to plan an informal “get together” during the coming year. These events might happen right after school for a picnic, bowling, sports night, or a Saturday night wine and cheese reception at someone’s home.

Rabbi Eiduson will also speak about using social media to help parents connect to one another. The idea is to develop Temple as a place that holds a central role in the lives of adults, not just our kids. It is about “belonging.” Belonging is about how you feel, about passion and commitment. And belonging is about a relationship with people as much or more than it is about a relationship with a building.

Room parents are invited to join in conversation on Sunday, November 1st at 8:30 am. We will hold the meeting to 30 minutes and you will walk away feeling as if you can really make a difference in the life of our congregation!

Chai Mitzvah Adult Ed @ Community Room
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Chai Mitzvah Adult Ed. Program
Community Room

Being Jewish means you learn and do, all your life. Our tradition teaches us the world stands on learning, spirituality and social involvement.

We point our children’s learning toward that moment when they become full members of our community, when they become Bar or Bat Mitzvah. What about after that? How do you develop, re-define your own adult Jewish lives? How do you re-engage as adults?
You become a Chai Mitzvah!

Chai Mitzvah has five basic components in a nine-month program:
1) Group study, meeting monthly, with a set, text-based curriculum (you can see samples of the topics on the website ( under”Resources”)

2) Personal study – what have you always wanted to learn a little more about? Jewish life, history, major figures, literature, culture?
Design your own independent study.
3) Adopt a ritual/spiritual practice and incorporate it into your life for the duration of the program
4) Social action: commit to helping in the community (either individually, or as a group)
5) Celebrate the achievement! At the end of the 9-month program, Congregation B’nai Shalom will honor your journey. Participants who finish the program will receive a certificate from Chai Mitzvah, and a tree planted in their name, courtesy of JNF’s collaboration with Chai Mitzvah.

Experience a fully integrated, meaningful Jewish life, exploring what’s important to you. Contact Rabbi Eiduson if you wish to learn more!

Religious School @ Congregation B'nai Shalom
Nov 1 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
School and Youth Committee @ Library
Nov 1 @ 9:45 am – 11:15 am
Hebrew School/6th Grade Classes
Nov 3 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Chai School
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Urj Biennial
Nov 4 – Nov 9 all-day
Hebrew School/6th Grade Classes
Nov 4 @ 4:45 pm – 8:00 pm