• Beit Sefer Raises Tzedakah for Three Great Non-Profits

    Posted ‍‍ג אלול ה תשעו - September 6, 2016 By in Latest News, Religious School With | Comments Off Bicycling

    Tzedakah Recipient Organizations – Mitzvot through Bicycling: Cyclekids and the Israel Ride (supporting both Hazon and the Arava institute)

    Beit Sefer has two terrific Tzedakah causes and three recipient organizations! We’ll learn more about these organizations and efforts throughout the year and raise Tzedakah through weekly giving and special events such as Tuesday Sinai Sundaes, our annual Tzedakah Fundraiser Dinner, Tzedakah Day, and more. Follow the links below to learn more about



    Cambridge-based CYCLE Kids is committed to strengthening the emotional and physical health of children by giving them the skills to lead active and healthy lifestyles, using the fun and practical skill of riding a bike. FJC’s Beit Sefer will be raising Tzedakah to support the purchase of curriculum books for students in nearby Fall River, MA, which has adopted the Cyclekids program.


    The Israel Ride, raising funds for HAZON and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel:

    The Israel Ride, five glorious days of bicycle riding with a route from Jerusalem to Eilat, is a fundraising event benefiting two innovative organizations –The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon. We offer incentives to those who raise above their fundraising minimum. We also provide a series of fundraising tools to all participants, including a personalized donor website (the participant center) and information about both organizations.

    The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region’s environmental challenges. Through its activities, the Arava Institute encourages, fosters, and supports the advancement of environmental cooperation between Israel and its neighbors. Learn more

    Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and healthier and more sustainable world for all. Through a series of retreats, food educational programs, and a growing network of like-minded organizations, Hazon provides transformative experiences and innovated educational programming within the Jewish community.

  • FJC Co-Sponsors a Benefit Concert Providing Relief for Victims of Louisiana Flooding, Sunday, Sept. 11, 4-6pm at Waquoit Congregational Church

    Posted ‍‍ל אב ה תשעו - September 3, 2016 By in Latest News, Social Action With | Comments Off louisiana

    The Waquoit Congregational Church and the Falmouth Jewish Congregation have teamed up to host a concert Sunday, Sept. 11, 4-6 p.m. at the Waquoit Church to benefit the Louisiana flood victims.  The band Ok Cajun featuring Amy and Jon Larkin, and Max Cohen will provide music; Cajun food will be available for sale. All proceeds from donations and food sales will benefit flood victims.

    Both congregations have members who are Louisiana natives and whose families and friends have been impacted by the flooding.

    The Waquoit Congregational Church is located 15 Parsons Lane and Rt. 28 in E. Falmouth. The event is free and is suitable for all ages. A free-will donation will be taken during the event. For information contact the Waquoit Church at (508) 548-5269.

    The Falmouth Enterprise ran an article on Friday, September 2 about Rich and Tee Marvin and how their family has been impacted by the floods.


  • The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape – Photographs of New Americans by Mark Chester

    Posted ‍‍כח אב ה תשעו - September 1, 2016 By in Latest News, Special Event With | Comments Off Mark Chester Bay State

    The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape

    Photographs of New Americans by Mark Chester

    Opening Reception and Artist Talk on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 P.M.

    Exhibit runs through October 31

    Orders for Mark’s companion book will be taken

    Portraits of more than 300 naturalized U.S. citizens of the Commonwealth benefitting The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).

    Mark Chester says his interest in undertaking the project to find and photograph two people – a man and a woman – from each of the countries that have naturalized citizens living in Massachusetts emerged from his response to the 2010 census showing Massachusetts residents’ wide range of country of origin. By working with community groups and attending citizenship ceremonies, Chester tracked down and approached naturalized citizens to appear in his portrait exhibit and book. The result is a captivating collection of portraits, each of which tells a unique story of immigration and naturalization.

    All are invited to view this exhibit, but encouraged to attend the opening reception, at which Mark will discuss his Bay State project and answer your questions. Light refreshments will be served. .

    Mark was Director of Photography and staff photographer at ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), in New York City. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), and San Francisco museums, among others. National museum and gallery exhibitions of his work, solo and group, include OK Harris and SoHo Photo (NYC); Camera Obscura (CO); the San Francisco Airport, and other venues. Chester is a Copley Artist member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston.

    His photographs also accompany his own travel articles as published by the L.A. TimesBoston GlobeSt. Louis Post DispatchChicago TribuneSan Francisco ChronicleWashington Post, and Christian Science Monitor among other newspapers and special interest magazines.

    Visit Mark’s website and the web pages devoted to this project at:



  • All-Gender Restrooms and Signage from “My Door Sign” at FJC’s Beit Sefer

    Posted ‍‍יב אב ה תשעו - August 16, 2016 By in Latest News, Religious School With | Comments Off Bathroom Sign

    This spring, FJC introduced new signage to its two restrooms in the Beit Sefer wing. In keeping with changes in society at large and with the Reform Movement’s affirmation of transgender rights at its December 2015 Biennial, we installed “all-gender restroom” signs in these single-use restrooms. Children gathered for a brief installation ceremony in which we explained, in child-friendly words inspired by Jewish teachings, that FJC and Judaism believes that all people, not matter their color, shape, gender, religion, and other distinguishing traits, are created in God’s images and are deserving of respect.

    We extend our thanks to the company MyDoorSign, which provided the signs for free to FJC as part of its outreach to non-profits who make this signage change. Read about the company’s efforts and inspiration at the website. The icon that is used comes from  The Good Men Project and Sam Killermann at Its Pronounced Metrosexual. His site offers resources to “advance social equity…that help people to be better people.”Learn more at:

  • FJC Beit Sefer Learns About Immigration through the “Traveling Suitcase” from the National Museum of American Jewish History

    Posted ‍‍כט שבט ה תשעו - February 8, 2016 By in Latest News, Religious School With | Comments Off National Museum of American Jewish History

    This January, FJC Beit Sefer students in grades 5 & 6 had a chance to time travel in their study of the American Jewish experience. Through a special program called “The Traveling Suitcase,” created by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, students delved into the life of an American Jewish immigrant, Eva Baen. In a virtual lesson via Skype with Charlie Hersh, a Museum educator, they examined artifacts in the suitcase that provided insight into the Eva Baen’s life. With objects ranged from travel documents, family photographs, and school documents to a muffin tin and American flag (with only 48 stars), the lesson explored the importance of everyday objects in learning about the past. The Traveling Suitcase program introduces some of the main concepts pertaining to the immigration of people of Jewish heritage from Eastern Europe and Russia and introduces students to the practice of examining and analyzing primary source historical artifacts and documents. Through this fun and educational experience, students had a unique opportunity to experience how historians and museum staff use artifacts to complete research and tell stories through exhibitions.



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