Cecelia Norfolk Maccabe Parks passed away on November 7, 2019. Mrs. Parks gave her time, talent, and energy to many projects in Bedford and volunteered regularly at Adelynrood, the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross retreat center in Byfield, Massachusetts.
Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass,” when Nazi thugs destroyed Jewish shops and synagogues across Germany in 1938, will be commemorated on Saturday evening, November 9th at 5 pm on the steps of First Parish on the Bedford Town Common.
ByFirst Parish in Bedford Environmental Justice Committee |
In October, First Parish in Bedford Opted Up to 100% renewable energy through the Community Choice Aggregation program of electricity through the Town of Bedford. Many thanks to Bob Dorer for his work in gathering the data and presenting the information to the Parish Board on behalf of First Parish in Bedford’s Environmental Justice Committee. Thanks also to the Parish Board for considering this option. This is an important step for First Parish in reducing the harmful carbon emissions in our environment.
On behalf of our group, the Bedford Friends Supporting Students In Need, I would like to thank you all for the generosity and support to our September 22 fall semester packing. Many of you also donated time and effort to volunteer on the day of packing with your high school-aged children.
By the end of the day, our group had prepared 200 bags for the universities and community colleges that had signed up to receive the bags. We would not be able to fill all the bags without the donations we received from you and your organization. Business owners like Callahan Karate Studio in Bedford and Sevak Abrahamian DDS Dental Group in Wilmington have been our long-time supporters with a donation like the tote bags and the dental toiletries. All the individuals like you had also made a significant contribution to our donation drive to complete all the items in the bags.
We appreciate your spirit of giving to make this worthwhile project possible. Our goal is to support the homeless and foster care students who may not have families supporting them through their educational journey. One of the items in the bag, the cheer card (written by our long-time volunteer, the Fisette family) in the bag, is to let them know that we care, and we hope they will succeed in higher education and breaking the cycle of poverty with motivation quote.
You all have been one of the cheerleaders from Bedford, and again we thank you all for your kind giving.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Bedford Friends Supporting Students In Need
Andrea, Beth, Cindy, Mary Ellen and Shirley (founding members)
The Bedford Public Schools district invites you to participate in the first phase of a strategic planning process that aims to identify the competencies, knowledge, and dispositions that all BPS students should have by the time that they graduate.
G’mar Hatima Tova: Yom Kippur begins at Sunset on October 8, 2019, and ends at Nightfall on October 9, 2019
Barbara Ostfeld became Judaism’s first ordained female Cantor in 1975 after a course of study at Hebrew Union College’s School of Sacred Music. A long-time friend of Senior Minister John Gibbons, Cantor Ostfeld spoke about Yom Kippur at First Parish, Unitarian Universalist on September 15, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Elul, just in time for Jews to begin preparations for the High Holidays.
Here we are in early fall with a big mile marker coming up for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins on Sunday evening, September 29. The 5780th loop through the Jewish calendar has been completed as Jews around the world prepare to reflect on the good and the bad from the past year.
The Thirty-Seventh Annual Bedford Powwow, a Native American cultural event, is being held on the grounds of the Bedford VA Hospital, at 200 Spring Rd., Bedford MA. Everyone is invited, and admission is free to this family-oriented event. It’s called a Powwow, which is a word that has come to mean ‘a gathering of the people.’
September is a busy month for college students to move in campuses and to start their 2019-20 school years. It is also Bedford’s 5th year to collect school supplies donation for the care bags distributed to welcome homeless and foster care students who would be attending nine universities and community colleges across Massachusetts.
Barbara Ostfeld, who, in the ‘70s, became the first ordained woman cantor in Jewish history is coming to Bedford Sunday morning, September 15. She will speak at 10 am in the historic sanctuary at First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, on Bedford Common.
“We now have rock star cantors as far as social justice, liturgy, and all kinds of ways. There has been a sea change in the past generation and a half,” Ostfeld said. She served for almost 30 years as a cantor, eventually rising to the position heading placement of cantors. Now there are more women cantors than men.