High Holy Days at Beit Sasson

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Message from Our Rabbi

Dear Members of Beit Sasson,
Greetings and blessings!

Baruch Hashem we are starting a new year with confidence, joy and optimism, and look forward to this opportunity to set and fulfill new spiritual and family-oriented goals.
Our Beit Knesset plays a significant role in fulfilling these goals both on the individual and community levels. The daily routines, tefilot and mitzvot inspire individuals and families to come and experience more of the tradition, commitment and flavor that was present in the homes of their parents and grandparents. The origin of the familial connection to Torah values can be found in last week’s Parsha in which we read the pasuk:

וְלִמַּדְתֶּם אֹתָם אֶת בְּנֵיכֶם לְדַבֵּר בָּם בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ בְּבֵיתֶךָ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ בַדֶּרֶךְ וּבְשָׁכְבְּךָ וּבְקוּמֶךָ

Velimadetem otam et-beneychem ledaber bam beshivtecha beveytecha uvelechtecha vaderech uveshochbecha uvekumecha.

Teach your children to speak of them, when you are at home, when traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
This pasuk teaches us about the most important obligation we have in our lives; to teach our children Jewish values and Torah. However, what we pass on to our children cannot just be facts or dry information, but rather it must be a deeply rooted identity that allows for a religious emotional connection and the recognition of the great potential in Jewish values.
As someone who is involved in the two communities of both Maimonides and Beit Sasson, I have the opportunity daily to see the crucial role which both the school and Beit Knesset play in the development of our children. A Jewish day school must be joined with synagogue attendance in order to provide our children with a complete religious foundation, and if one does not send their children to a Jewish day school then the Beit Knesset must play an even greater role as a centralizing religious base for the whole family.
In his letter to the community our dear president, Joseph Yashar mentioned that it is crucial that the synagogue not just be a place of worship. We cannot emphasize this message enough. The role of the Beit Knesset is to be a home of education, religious experiences and community as well. We can accomplish this through bar and bat mitzvah lessons, Shiurim for everyone, chessed, community events, tefilot, Hebrew classes for adults, and by strengthening our connection to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Our Beit Knesset is here to serve any family that seeks to strengthen their Jewish identity.
I would like to welcome each and every one of you to come take part in this great effort to build up our community together. Volunteering in any way you can brings us closer to allowing Beit Sasson to reach its full potential and fulfilling the vision of a vibrant, growing community.

May we all “go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.” (Psalm 84:7)


Warmest wishes,

Shannah Tova

Rabbi Avinoam Durani



Message from President Yashar

Dear Friends,

Rosh Hashanah is upon us and it is my pleasure to be addressing you as the President of Beit Sasson.  In light of High Holy Days, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect upon Beit Sasson’s achievements/challenges in the past year, explore changes to pave a road to a better future, and look ahead to the coming year with prayers for good health, happiness and fulfillment for ourselves, our families, and our community.

Improvements at Beit Sasson in the past year: With tremendous gratitude to Hashem, we were able to vastly improve our presence in the community and leverage it to gain many new members, and host record breaking number of life events for our members.  We expanded our community building efforts by hosting record number of events with guest lecturers.  Additionally, we have had great success in further strengthening our relationship with other synagogues resulting in several joint community events. These continued accomplishments are vital in sustaining Beit Sasson’s rapid growth.

Adding Personal Touch: You have witnessed my advocacy for open management style.  In my opinion the best way to run our beloved shul is to bring all plans and issues to public attention and request everyone’s participation and personal touch to bring our goals to reality. For the past two years this has worked beautifully and B"H" we will continue with the same format in the coming year. 

Looking Ahead: It is important to make Beit Sasson a community center; a place more than a house for prayers. To accomplish this, the goals set for the upcoming year are to expand and improve the kitchen, continue improving the children playroom, expand the children's program, increase and improve community programs both internal and in collaborative programs with our neighboring synagogues, and most importantly Recognize and Meet Our Fiscal Challenges.

Challenges: Beit Sasson has transitioned from hardly a minyan in the basement of another building to a well-established thriving community in just a few years. It is not easy to prepare a budget that reflects both our financial realities and our values.  Membership dues alone are not enough to support our synagogue. We are still recuperating from the tremendous cost of constructing our beautiful social hall. Although we have made significant strides, we still owe a portion of the bill for legal representation.  
I was told that some people get uncomfortable when there are talks about money. B”H” I have found the opposite!! Because everyone realizes that sustaining Beit Sasson is the only way we can be “The Sephardic Congregation of Newton.”  Everyone’s support is needed. We need everyone on the team, you can be a player, you can be a fan. Both are important roles. As an extended family, everyone is expected to get involved and help in whichever way they can.  In the months ahead, we will announce plans on how in addition to fundraising efforts, we can generate income to meet our financial goals. However, this will not be possible without gifts of time and money from our congregants and other friends. In order to help please feel free to contact me, JosephYashar@yahoo.com with suggestions.

5779 High Holy Day Services: On behalf of Beit Sasson executive committee, it is my pleasure to invite you and your family to join us for the High Holy Day Services.  Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday evening September 9th.  Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday evening September 18th.  The complete High Holy Day schedule is enclosed.

In keeping with Sephardic tradition, everyone, member or otherwise is always welcome to worship at Beit Sasson. We highly encourage people to become members and to buy seats for the High Holy Days since space is limited, and purchasing is the only way to guarantee a seat. Please note that we have kept the High Holy Day Seats and Membership dues low to encourage wider participation.   Please see www.sephardic-newton.org to conveniently make seat reservations, and to make payments/donations.

I pray that this year Beit Sasson will take on a more positive meaning in our lives.

I wish you and your family a sincere and heartfelt Shana Tova.



Joseph Yashar

Membership & High Holiday Seats

We have kept our dues low to encourage 100% participation. We would appreciate any help with operation expenses (including the recently hired Rabbi), monthly obligations (utilities, maintenance, Children’s Programs, etc...), and the recent Synagogue Expansion (Handicap ramp, etc...). Thank you.

  • Family Membership $900.00
  • Single membership $450.00
  • Friend of the Minyan $260.00

High Holiday Seat Reservations for Members are:

  • Men's section $101
  • Women's section $101
  • Children (ages 5-21) $40
  • Students $40

High Holiday Seat Reservations for Non-Members are:

  • Men's section $126
  • Women's section $126
  • Children (ages 5-21) $50
  • Students $50

Download forms to see schedulerenew or start your membership - and reserve your High Holy Day seats