Carl and Sharon Minkovitz Coordinate Beatles Tribute Concert on Oct. 13

Carl and Sharon Minkovitz Coordinate Beatles Tribute Concert on Oct. 13

Sharon and Carl Minkovitz (pictured above) are planning a Beatles tribute fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Temple Emmanuel in Chelsea. The Glass Onion, an acoustic Beatles cover band, will be performing many of the Beatles’ songs. Tickets include the show, pizza, and snacks. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased by calling the Temple Emmanuel office at 617-889-1736 or at the door. Proceeds will go toward the restoration of the temple.

Sharon and Carl Minkovitz (pictured above) are planning a Beatles tribute fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Temple Emmanuel in Chelsea. The Glass Onion, an acoustic Beatles cover band, will be performing many of the Beatles’ songs. Tickets include the show, pizza, and snacks. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased by calling the Temple Emmanuel office at 617-889-1736 or at the door. Proceeds will go toward the restoration of the temple.

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Temple Emmanuel, a Renaissance in Chelsea

Temple Emmanuel, a Renaissance in Chelsea

Chelsea was a thriving center of Jewish life during the last century.  Located just four miles northeast of downtown Boston, Chelsea had the densest concentration of Jews outside of New York City.  The Jewish immigrants to Chelsea established about two dozen orthodox synagogues and one conservative temple.  Temple Emmanuel was formed in the 1930s and continues with a dedicated congregation from the local area and across the US.

As a commitment to Temple Emmanuel and Chelsea, the members raised almost $100,000 and just completed an extensive renovation.  The sanctuary was built in the 1840s as a Methodist-Episcopal church with high ceilings and excellent sight lines to the ark.  In the 1950s the sanctuary, which seated almost 500, was often full for the high holidays.  We still attract crowds to our major functions.  A few years ago we mounted a Jews of Chelsea Exhibition that attracted more than 500 visitors.

The re-invigoration of Temple Emmanuel reflects a loyal membership and a dynamic tireless president, Sara Lee Saievetz Callahan.  Sara Lee learned effective leadership from her mother and grandmother, who were very active in the community including the Chelsea Soldiers Home and the Assumption Church.  Rabbi Oksana Chapman has been very creative in preserving some religious aspects of conservative traditions while adapting to embrace a diverse community.  For example, services now include a chorus and musicians; interfaith and same-sex weddings and congregants are celebrated.  The temple renovations include a large social hall and an updated kitchen, which can accommodate up to 135 for both religious and secular functions.

Chelsea is in the midst of a renaissance and is growing with the construction of government, commercial, and residential buildings plus a new transportation hub.  Temple Emmanuel welcomes new residents, those with roots in Chelsea, and anyone seeking a welcoming and warm environment (haimish in Yiddish).  We invite visitors and prospective members at any service or function.

Temple Emmanuel is throwing a party and invites you to celebrate our recent renovations and continued commitment to the renaissance of Chelsea.

Saturday evening

June 16, 2018

7-11 PM

Temple Emanuel

60 Tudor Street in Chelsea

Enjoy our food stations!

Dance and enjoy our entertainment!

View our exhibit: a century of Chelsea cultural life!

Just $100 per person, which includes two tickets for beer and wine. Call 617-889-1736 for more information.

Come see the preservation of Chelsea history.  The Temple Emmanuel building dates from the 1840s as a Methodist-Episcopal church with high ceilings, excellent sight lines, and solid elegant woodwork.

As a commitment to Temple Emmanuel and Chelsea, we raised almost $100,000 and are completing an extensive renovation.  We continue as enthusiastic supporters of our community by investing in the renewal of Chelsea.  Come see our progress and celebrate with us!

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Painting a Picture of Generosity:Temple Emmanuel Honors Barry and Darleen Kirshon for Their Philanthropy

Painting a Picture of Generosity:Temple Emmanuel Honors Barry and Darleen Kirshon for Their Philanthropy

By Cary Shuman

Temple Emmanuel honored Barry Kirshon and his wife, Darleen Kirshon, in a surprise ceremony Sunday morning at the historic house of worship on Cary Avenue.

The Kirshons thought they were there to present flowers to Rabbi Oksana Chapman on a day celebrating the near-completion of an extensive renovation project at the synagogue.

But Barry and Darleen were the true honorees as the congregation bestowed flowers and gifts upon the Kirshons, including the high honor of having a permanent, inscribed plaque placed on the bimah.

During his remarks for the rabbi, Barry noted that as a young boy he attended Hebrew School at Temple Emmanuel under the tutelage of Mr. Maurice Pearlman and took his bar mitzvah lessons there.

“It was a terrific time of my life back in the 1960s and I remember it well,” said Kirshon, owner of Kirshon Paint on Park Street. “It’s just an amazing thing that this temple has been able to survive and so many haven’t. It’s due to people like Sara Lee Callahan and Richard Clayman and others that have led this temple for many years. I’m just honored to be here. We’ve gone through a lot of work to get this place revitalized and there’s a lot work to do still but we’re getting there. It will be a wonderful place to be and enjoy and pray.”

That’s when Rabbi Chapman and Temple President Callahan turned the spotlight on the Kirshons for their continuing generosity and many acts of kindness.

“This temple has many angels who care deeply about the community and are sent to us by God to create and recreate this beautiful space that brings joy to all who enter,” said Chapman. “The two specific angels that we are celebrating today are our own Darleen and baary Kirshon. Your dreams with your hard work became a reality for all of us to celebrate and enjoy.”

State Rep. Dan Ryan presented a congratulatory citation from the Mass. House of Representatives to the Kirshons in recognition of their contributions to Temple Emmanuel.

“We offer our sincerest congratulations to Barry and Darleen Kirshon for their selfless generosity toward the renovation of Temple Emmanuel,” said Ryan. “Your hard work and unwavering dedication is a credit to both Temple Emmanuel and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Callahan then presented a proclamation from City Manager Tom Ambrosino and the City of Chelsea recognizing the Kirshons for  “their volunteer work and extraordinary generosity that has helped Temple Emmanuel continue to thrive as a welcoming place for worship, reflection, and refuge.”

The next tribute to Barry and Darleen Kirshon came in the form of a special plaque inscribed with their names that will forever shine on the wall behind the pulpit. The guests responded with warm applause for Barry and Darleen, a final nod of appreciation to a couple that has meant so much to Temple Emmanuel and the community of Chelsea.

“Thank you very much, Barry and Darleen,” said Callahan before the congregation moved in to the function room for a collation.

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Schedules for High Holidays at Temple Are Listed

Schedules for High Holidays at Temple Are Listed

Rabbi and Cantor Oksana Chapman and the congregation at Temple Emmanuel Chelsea warmly welcome everyone, especially Chelsea’s newest residents, to join them for the upcoming High Holidays season. Temple Emmanuel is a fully active and majestic synagogue located in Cary Square which opened in 1929 and follows the Jewish tradition in a modern and flexible manner, with new books and much active congregant participation.

This Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 PM, all are welcomed to a Selichot Service entitled “Cosmos and Knishes Open House” with mouth watering Knishes and more (All homemade by Temple women). Other unique and special High Holiday events include Tashlich on the Waterfront at Admiral Hill following Rosh Hashanah Services on Thursday, September 24th, “Kol Nidre in Voice and Cello” on Friday October 3rd, and “Sukkot Under the Stars” on Wednesday, October 8th. A complete schedule may be found below:

ROSH HASHANAH

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service – Wednesday Evening, September 23rd, 6:30 PM

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Service – Thursday, September 24th, 9:30 AM.

(Followed by Tashlikh on the Waterfront at Admiral Hill)

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Service – Friday, September 25th, 9:30 AM.

YOM KIPPUR

Kol Nidre VOICE & CELLO Service – Friday October 3rd, 6:30 PM

Yom Kippur Service – Saturday October 4th, 9:30 AM

BREAK-THE-FAST SUPPER Celebration – Saturday Night, October 4th, following Neelah Service at sundown

SUKKOT

“Sukkot Under the Stars” – Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM

For more information:

TEMPLE EMMANUEL CHELSEA

60 Tudor Street – Chelsea, MA 617 889-1736

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Happy Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

We wish the members of the Jewish community in Chelsea a happy and healthy New Year (Rosh Hashanah) as they begin the celebration of the Year 5775 at sundown next Wednesday, leading to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) that begins at sundown on October 3.

Chelsea used to be home to thousands of Jews and there were many synagogues and temples. Young boys and girls attended the Chelsea Hebrew School that was located from Chelsea City Hall.

At Temple Emmanuel, president Sara Lee Callahan has re-energized the congregation with her enthusiasm and hard work, making the temple a welcoming place for new families that have moved to our city. Former Chelsea residents still come to Temple Emmanuel for services and social events.

Former Chelsea resident Herbie Kupersmith has become synonymous with the Walnut Street Synagogue and he has devoted many hours of his time raising funds to keep the synagogue going forward. We commend Mr. Kupersmith for his efforts and his dedication to the shul.

“COME HOME for the HIGH HOLIDAYS”

to majestic TEMPLE EMMANUEL

Rabbi and Cantor Oksana Chapman and the congregation at Temple Emmanuel Chelsea warmly welcome everyone, especially Chelsea’s newest residents, to join them for the upcoming High Holidays season. Temple Emmanuel is a fully active and majestic synagogue located in Cary Square which opened in 1929 and follows the Jewish tradition in a modern and flexible manner, with new books and much active congregant participation.

This Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 PM, all are welcomed to a Selichot Service entitled “Cosmos and Knishes Open House” with mouth watering Knishes and more (All homemade by Temple women). Other unique and special High Holiday events include Tashlich on the Waterfront at Admiral Hill following Rosh Hashanah Services on Thursday, September 24th, “Kol Nidre in Voice and Cello” on Friday October 3rd, and “Sukkot Under the Stars” on Wednesday, October 8th. A complete schedule may be found below:

ROSH HASHANAH

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service – Wednesday Evening, September 23rd, 6:30 PM

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Service – Thursday, September 24th, 9:30 AM.

(Followed by Tashlikh on the Waterfront at Admiral Hill)

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Service – Friday, September 25th, 9:30 AM.

YOM KIPPUR

Kol Nidre VOICE & CELLO Service – Friday October 3rd, 6:30 PM

Yom Kippur Service – Saturday October 4th, 9:30 AM

BREAK-THE-FAST SUPPER Celebration – Saturday Night, October 4th, following Neelah Service at sundown

SUKKOT

“Sukkot Under the Stars” – Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM

For more information:

TEMPLE EMMANUEL CHELSEA

60 Tudor Street – Chelsea, MA 617 889-1736

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