FOCUS ON GROWTH: Temple Beth Am in Framingham is one of a dozen Reform congregations in North America chosen to develop new strategies to attract and engage young families as members.
Selected by the Union for Reform Judaism, the networking group of congregational staff and lay leadership will work together formally for 18 months to evaluate existing congregational efforts, experiment in their own communities, and receive peer support and guidance. The results of the initiative will be shared with outside congregations and with the Reform movement at large.
“Making Temple Beth Am the center of the social and spiritual life for young families is vital to the future of our synagogue and the future of Reform Judaism in MetroWest,” said Cantor Jodi Schechtman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am.
CELEBRATING SHIRLEY, TAKE TWO: Postponed by last weekend’s winter storm, the public celebration honoring blues singer Shirley Lewis is taking place Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. at American Legion Post 440, 295 California St. in Newton’s Nonantum section.
Lewis, 75, who lives the city’s Waban neighborhood, has battled cervical cancer since 2004. She plans to perform with her band at the celebration, which will also feature a number of special guests.
The event will have a suggested donation of $20, collected at the door.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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