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.

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!

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
Parashat Chayei Sara
Nov 7 all-day
Hebrew School/6th Grade Classes
Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Spiritual Journey Group @ Sanctuary
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Rabbi Gurevitz for this monthly reflective discussion group. Each month we look at a character trait, using Alan Morinis’ book, ‘Everyday Holiness’ as our guide in contemporary Mussar Study. New participants always welcome. Purchasing your own copy of the book is highly recommended.

Social Action Committee Meeting @ Community Room
Nov 11 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
Nov 12 all-day