• FJC Hosts Benefit Concert for the Southern Poverty Law Center on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

    Posted ‍‍כה אדר ב' ה תשעז - March 23, 2017 By in Latest News, Social Action, Special Event With | Comments Off splc_logo_472

    Benefit Concert for the Southern Poverty Law Center

    Featuring Brother’s Rye and Three-Legged Dog

    Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

    Speen Hall, Coffeehouse-style with refreshments (please let us know if you can contribute)

    Open to the public, welcoming to all, proudly held at FJC

    Suggested donation: $10 / donations accepted for refreshments

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a leading American legal advocacy non-profit organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. It is especially noted for its legal victories against and tracking of white supremacist groups, hate groups, and other extremist organizations SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, the SPLC has won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten. Its lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation. Learn more and how to get involved at

    Three-Legged Dog is familiar to many of you as the two-guitar, three-voice trio that performs in a number of genres including folk, rock and American-roots. Consisting of Wendy Nelson, Pamela Rothstein, and Elias Lieberman, with the frequent addition of “fourth leg” Tony Scalisi on percussion, Three-Legged Dog performs exclusively for charitable causes.

    Appearing for the first time at FJC is Brother’s Rye, a Woods Hole based Americana band that channels the spirit of old time jug band music icon, Jim Kweskin, takes a page from hard driving outlaw country legend Hank Williams, and adds just a dash, of the King… of Bluegrass, and Jimmy Martin. The Brother’s Rye have dedicated their musical lives to making sure no one single person leaves the show without smiling, even if it’s just for a little bit. Deftly alternating between originals penned by singer-songwriter Benjamin Lee Paterson and a wide selection of covers, Brother’s Rye offers up a fine blend of “outlaw jug band music” for discerning audiences. Check them out at CD Baby and iTunes, and at  their website at

  • New Signs Supporting Transgender Jews

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    Falmouth Jewish Congregation joins Jewish institutions nationwide in honoring and supporting transgender Jews through a recently-introduced sign effort organized by Keshet.  Look for these new signs at FJC and check out the Keshet website for more information about their campaign to support transgender Jews.


  • Faith Communities Joining in Prayer for Transgender Justice

    Posted ‍‍כב אדר ב' ה תשעז - March 20, 2017 By in Latest News With | Comments Off download

    MARCH 24-26, 2017

    The Supreme Court decided not to hear Gavin Grimm’s case this month, but faith communities are not waiting for the Court to take action. The current environment of intolerance toward transgender people, implicitly condoned by the top levels of government, is having direct impacts on transgender communities. Transgender women of color are paying for it with their lives. Transgender students are being denied access to basic facilities. All while state legislators across the country are filing harmful anti-transgender bills.

    People of faith will not be silent. On March 24-26, faith communities across the country–including Falmouth Jewish Congregation–will join together to pray for transgender justice. Our prayers will be part of our Shabbat service on Friday evening, 3/24, at 7:30 PM.


  • “The Jewish Voice in American Song” – An Exploration of Jewish Involvement in American Theater in Word and Song, featuring Stuart Hecht, John Murelle, and William Merrill (Sunday, April 2)

    Posted ‍‍יד אדר ב' ה תשעז - March 12, 2017 By in Latest News, Special Event With | Comments Off johnmurelle

    All are Invited to this Musical Program and Book Signing at FJC

    Featuring Stuart Hecht of Boston College, author of Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation and the American Musical, Baritone John Murelle, and PianistWilliam Merrill

    Copies of Transposing Broadway  will be available for purchase and signing, thanks to Eight Cousins Bookstore

    Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 P.M., followed by a reception and book signing

    Open to the public

    Cost: $10 for FJC members / $15 for all others

    Tickets available in advance or at the door. To reserve a ticket in advance, send a check to Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road, E. Falmouth, MA 02536.

    Consider spending a night out with friends, starting with the performance at FJC and  followed by dinner.

    Including songs composed or written by: George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Lorenz Hart, and others

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation opens its doors to the public for this special afternoon of entertainment and learning. Join theater scholar Stuart Hecht, baritone John Murelle, and pianist William Merrill for a lively afternoon performance that is informative and entertaining, thought-provoking, and often beautiful. Through a lively back-and-forth of narrative and song, they will explore the colorful and extensive involvement of Jews in the world of American song and theater, especially Broadway. We’ll hear about the many ways Jews contributed to American song, including instances where seemingly “American” standards were actually written by Jews and songs from musicals and from Tin Pan Alley. There will be examples of how Jewish elements can be found within so-called “American songs.” And if we are seeing how Jews contributed to Americana and how America contributed to what Jews wrote about, we will also look at some songs that reflect issues of assimilation, either directly or indirectly, some serious, some funny.

    Stuart Hecht, author and scholar, is Associate Professor of Theater at Boston College and the long-standing Editor-in-Chief of New England Theatre Journal.  He served as an advisory board member for, and also appeared as an interviewee in, the Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary, “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy,” which grew directly out of his research and writing.

    Cape-based baritone John Murelle is a versatile singer with a wide range of musical interests, including art song, opera and oratorio, Broadway and popular songs. He holds Vocal Performance degrees from the University of Michigan and the Boston Conservatory, and a Diploma from the Boston University Opera Institute. John Murelle’s keen interest in song literature has earned him accolades as a concert singer. He has been a soloist with the Cape Cod Chorale, Falmouth Chorale, Woods Hole Cantata Consort, Chatham Chorale, and Pilgrim Pops.

    William Merrill has established himself as one of Boston’s most sought-after and distinguished collaborative pianists and vocal coaches. Opera News has described his playing as “wonderfully subtle,” and The Boston Globe has praised his accompaniments as “supportive, elegant, and apparently effortless.



  • Community Passover Seder (April 11, 2017) and Resources for Guests (suggested websites and books)

    Posted ‍‍כח טבת ה תשעז - January 26, 2017 By in Latest News, Lifelong Learning, Special Event, Uncategorized With | Comments Off Matzah

    Reservations are now closed, but everyone can access the attached document “Resources for Guests” with listings of suggested websites and books. Scroll down to click on the link.


    Join us for our second Community Passover Seder at Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. Discover why this night is truly different from other nights. A Seder is more than a meal. It is a retelling of Jewish history through song, story, music and food drawing from both tradition and innovation. You need only bring your enthusiasm, your sense of community spirit, and a hearty appetite for great food, a wonderful Seder and the camaraderie of your fellow attendees.

    Participation is by advance reservations only and seating is limited. To ensure that we accommodate as many celebrants as possible, please return your reservation form with a check payable to Falmouth Jewish Congregation no later than March 31. Experience has shown that this is a popular event. We encourage you to return your form and payment early.

    (Prices include 3% for MAZON: “A Jewish Response to Hunger.” Since 1985, MAZON, with the support of the Jewish community, has granted over $50 million to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.)

    Click here for a downloadable Passover Resources document: Community Seder 2017 Resources for Guests

    Click here for a downloadable registration form:   Seder Insert 2017

    Click here for a downloadable FAQ about the Passover seder:  Passover-2017-FAQ

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