Worship & Study Minyan

52 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

This Week’s Message




25 Elul 5777 (September 16, 2017) 

Please join us for Selichot services on Saturday, September 16 at 1550 Beacon Street in Brookline; our own Norman Janis will be teaching. Please see below for details.

Please consider signing up here to commit to join us for our early minyan on Shabbat–the vibe is relaxed and the company is great! And while you’re at it, please consider signing up to come early on Rosh Hashanah–your presence is extremely important!

Friday evening candle-lighting time: 6:34 pm

Upcoming Events – check out www.worshipandstudy.org for more information.

If you have an event you’d like to propose (and, ideally, spearhead), please let me know and we’ll get it on the calendar.


Saturday, September 16, 6:30 pm – Leil Selichot (see attachment)

  • Penitential Prayers and Learning in Brookline

  • Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Zion, Kehillath Israel, Center Communities of Brookline, and other congregations

  • Early Selichot and Learning with Rabbi Norman Janis at 1550 Beacon Street

    • 6:30 – “The Way to Forgiveness: The 13 Attributes of God” with Rabbi Norman Janis

    • 7:30 – Havdallah and Snacks

    • 8:00 – Selichot

  • Late Selichot and Learning at Temple Beth Zion

    • 9:00 pm – 1:00 am – Learning, Meditation, and Services

Sunday, September 17, 6:00 – One Minyan, One Book

  • Norwegian By Night by Derek B. Miller

  • At the home of Andrea Wilder

  • Bring something to share

Click here for Harvard Hillel’s High Holidays Schedule for 5778

Please note that we will be with the Student Conservative Minyan for Erev Rosh Hashanah and for the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah (at the Sheraton Commander).

Also, for the First Day of Rosh Hashanah and for all of Yom Kippur, we will be at a new location: Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church at 1555 Massachusetts Avenue.

Lunch and Learn Schedule for Fall 2017

Be sure to bring a dish to share!

October 14: Lunch and Learn. B’reishit and the God of Creation: How do we talk about God? – Rabbi Jim Morgan

November 11 Lunch and Learn. Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls – Stephanie Wellen Levine (see her article here)

December 9: Human Rights Shabbat -Speaker To Be Determined

Events To Be Scheduled

  • Tzedakah Selection Meeting / Minyan Meeting

  • Melave Malkah with Rory Michelle Sullivan

Reading from Torah 
Nitzavim-Vayelekh (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30)

W&S Torah reading for year I of the triennial cycle:  Deuteronomy 29:9-30:14)

You are standing [nitzavim] today, all of you, before the LORD your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders and your officers, every man of Israel; your small children, your women, your stranger in the midst of your camp; from the hewer of your wood to the drawer of your water – for you to pass into the covenant of the LORD your God and into its sanctions,  which the LORD your God is sealing with you today…  (Deuteronomy 29:9)

Reading from Prophets

Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9 (the seventh and final Haftarah of Consolation, leading up to the High Holidays)

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall be glad in my God.. (Isaiah 61:10)

Seasonal* reading

Psalm 27

In Thy behalf my heart hath said: ‘Seek ye My face’; Thy face, Eternal One, will I seek. (Psalm 27:8)

Minyan memory

Miriam Kanter, Rebecca Siegel, Stephen Townley, and Lyle Warner celebrated becoming bar/bat-mitzvah at W&S services on Shabbat Nitzavim.



Shabbat Shalom!


* Psalm 27 is traditionally read every morning and evening from the beginning of the month of Elul through the 21st of Tishrei (Hoshanah Rabbah, the final day of Sukkot).