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Community Corner - Bart Pachino, Executive Director

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 1:10pm -- Community News

I appreciate the opportunity to use this Community Corner space to update the Valley Beth Shalom community about the general progress of our Building Project, in particular the construction of the Howard and Irene Levine Community Center.

There are exciting developments almost every week now, as the construction of the Levine Center is going very quickly at this stage.  At the same time, it is interesting to realize that it really has taken more than 15 years to reach this point.   In the early 2000’s, then-President (and now Building Fund co-chair) Jeff Levine, architecture committee member Bobbie Weiser Blau, Ben Reznik and many others began working hard with an architectural firm from Boston on Master Plan entitlements and building designs.  I first got involved as a lay person – as the Day School Board’s liaison to the Building Committee -- when our oldest son Alex was in fourth grade; to put things in perspective, he is now 25 years old.

Community Corner - Ilene Berman, Membership VP

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 12:05pm -- Community News

It is not what we don’t do; rather it is what we do! This is how I see Valley Beth Shalom and my volunteer work on behalf of VBS.

For nearly 30 years, I have given of myself to make our community a "better" place; our Schools, our Sisterhood and our Synagogue. I came to VBS as a nursery school parent and immediately became immersed in what would be my home away from home.

Community Corner - David Spiegel, President

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:07pm -- Community News

Why does Valley Beth Shalom exist? Great question. If you ask members this question most will give you a blank stare. No one has asked them this question. What is your answer? To me, Valley Beth Shalom is more than a place to send our children and grandchildren to school to get a strong foundation in Judaism. There are other schools available. It is more than a place of worship. There are other places to worship. VBS is more than a place to meet other Jews. Many wonderful organizations do that. So why should VBS exist?

Grandparent & Me

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 9:02am -- Community News

Grandma and Grandpa, Bubbe and Zayde, Savta and Saba, Mamani and Babayi…whatever we call them, grandparents are special people in our lives. They can connect us to the sacred traditions of our family and of our people. It has been said that one of the most beautiful blessings in Psalms is And may you see children [born] to your children, [and see] peace upon Israel.

Learning Story - Abby Andiman Mars, ECC Director

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 1:55pm -- Community News

Telling stories is part of our Jewish tradition. As a people, we are connected one-to-the-other by our shared experiences and the telling and re-telling of them. Of course there is interpretation, personal bias, and creative license that takes place when story telling, but this is all part of the art. Just ask Talmudic Rabbinic duo Hillel and Shamai who never understand anything in quite the same way and spent a lifetime argue about it!

Passover 2016 @ VBS

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:00am -- Community News

You will find tips on making the seder a more meaningful experience, a fun quiz that you can do at the table to make the seder more joyous, and links to links to Haggadah resources and partnering organizations that try to make the world a better place. 

We hope you enjoy these materials.  Share them with your friends.   Wishing you a happy, healthy, and spirited Pesach.

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