Remembering Gene Castillo

The memorial service Gene Castillo, longtime member of the Subud Boston, there were a number of pictures of Gene and her family taken over the course of her life. Emmanuel got copies of some of them and sent them for posting. As Emmanuel said in his email, “She was quite a babe, no?”

Subud Boston Kedjiwaan Day, April 26 2015

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Time: 10 o’clock AM
Place: Temple Beth Israel, 25 Harvard Street, Waltham, MA (Directions)


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As you know, the February snows resulted in the cancellation of the Kedjiwaan Day. We have rescheduled the even to April 25th, 10 AM at Temple Beth Israel in Waltham, MA. We hope you will be able to attend! Please use this SignUpGenius web page to let us know if you are coming and also to let us know what food you might bring. This will help us with planning.

LATIHAN & TESTING: Our Kedjiwaan Day is a chance to meet for a day of latihan and testing. The main focus will be on the latihan, our connection to God and our spiritual growth. The direction we will go in our testing is not fixed. As in the past, the helpers discuss and test about the purpose of the day beforehand, but our actual testing will be based on the interests and needs expressed by those who attend. Quiet time will start promptly at 10 AM and the first latihan begins at 10:15.

(If you feel the need for personal testing with helpers, please make arrangements for this with one of the helpers beforehand.)

FOOD: There will be a light, potluck lunch. If you plan to bring food, be aware that there is no kitchen and the circuitry in the temple will not support numerous hot plates, slow cookers, or other heating devices. Also, we will be depending as much as possible on disposable tableware. Also remember that Temple Beth Israel follows Jewish kosher rules about food. To make this simple, we can have dairy products but not meat. You can read the kosher rules on our web site at:

The regular latihan that evening is cancelled.

DIRECTIONS: To get to Temple Beth Israel from the north or the south, follow Rte. I-95/128 to the Rte. 20 Exit (Exit 26) and follow Rte. 20 east into Waltham. Turn right on Harvard Street. The Temple is 2 blocks down on the right. You can find a Google map on our web site.

We hope you can join us!

Cassidy Sterling
Chair, Subud Boston, Inc.

Winter Photos — 2014-15

Ruslan Henderson

Cassidy Sterling

Emmanuel Aronie

Maria Contessa


Amani House Paving Stones

Subud Washington, DC has set a paving stone to comemorate Subud Boston's contibution to the construction of the Amani Center

Subud Washington, DC has set a paving stone to comemorate Subud Boston’s contibution to the construction of the Amani Center

Dear Cassidy and Subud Boston,

As I write thank you notes and tax deduction notes, I am again humbled by the generous gift that Subud Boston gave of $5,000 last February. I am attaching a picture of your engraved brick, still awaiting its final home in our gardens.

The Amani Center is complete and open for business. Come visit soon!

I assume that Subud Boston can’t take tax deductions for gifts, but if you can, let me know to whom and how to write you a formal tax note.

With appreciation,

Barbara Thomas

Photo Contest

just got an idea…brothers and sisters…

I’ve thought about it for about 7 minutes.… I apologize for not really thinking this through…

But, there are so many visual people in our world, in our Subud world,plus, spouses and friends …let’s have a Photo Contestor photo collection…

Come on…some of these autumn shots are stunning…

I’m struck by the beauty of life..amidst the awfulness… Can there be too much beauty? In this crazy world of ours..I don’t think so…

Let’s try to find out…

please, if you feel moved, share a photo..or two…

your brother, Emmanuel

The pictures are arranged in “galleries.” to view them in a larger format, click on a picture, then click on the “Next” or “Previous” link to see other pictures.

Hayden Brown

Genta Dhyatmika

Maria Wallington

Ruslan Henderson

Suzanne Renna

Cassidy Sterling

Jillian Hensley

Wahyu Dhyatmika

Your Kind Gift will do Twice the Good!

International Child Development

International Child Development

Subud Portland &
Subud Enterprise Services
are offering a joint

NOW through August 31

They will match any donations made to
Susila Dharma USA
up to a total of $15,000!

through August 31,2014

and participate in creating the core of the SDUSA granting money for 2015, supporting 25 educational, community development and family and child assistance programs funded annually by SDUSA.

Center for Cultural Development, India

Center for Cultural Development, India

#1 Make check or money order to ‘SDUSA’

#2 Add
SP/SES MF to Memo Line

#3 Mail to
Rifka Several
SDUSA Admin Asst
50616 Hwy 245
Badger, CA 93603

Or donate on line at
Subud Portland/SES Matching Fund will double the dollars!

The Water Project, Indonesia

The Water Project, Indonesia

Thank You! Your contribution to SDUSA is granted worldwide for

  • Child Development & Education
  • Community Health & Wellbeing
  • Community Development & Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Protecting the Environment

Thank You Subud Portland and Subud Enterprise Services
for your generous matching fund!

Susila Dharma USA • 4216 Howard Rd. • Beltsville, MD 20705 • 301-595-0626 |

Al Aronie Springs back

Emmanuel’s cousin and our friend, Al Aronie has been suffering from severe colitis and a couple of weeks ago he underwent surgery to have his entire colon removed. According to Emmanuel, he is doing amazingly well and is already back into the swing of things.

All of our thoughts go out to Al at this time as well as our heartfelt thanks for the hospitality he and his family have extended to us over the years for the annual Pond Party that Emmanuel has held at the house Al’s parents owned on White Pond in Concord. Al has now purchased that house from his brothers and so we will see him again this summer on July 19th as the Pond Party continues.

We are sending Al a Get Well card from Subud Boston.

Cleaning Day!

cleanPlease join us for an afternoon of refreshing spring cleaning at the Temple Beth Israel. Bring your vacuum cleaners, buckets, mops, and other cleaning supplies and lets have some fun! We’ll start at 4 p.m. with latihan, do some cleaning and then go out for dinner. We will also rent a carpet cleaner so there will be no latihan at 7 due to wet carpets. Please sign up below and let us know which cleaning supplies you can bring.

Don’t bring food, we plan to go out for dinner afterward.

Proposed Subud East Coast bylaws

This is a copy of the notice regarding the proposed SEC bylaws that was sent out by Manuella Martinaitis, Acting Chair of Subud East Coast at the end of March 2014

A special meeting of Subud East Coast is hereby called on Sunday, May 25th, 2014 at the Subud East Coast Congress which is being held in conjunction with the Subud USA national congress in Pittsburgh at the Robert Morris University. The purpose of this meeting is to ratify our New East Coast by-laws as well as to test and dertermine new officers for the Dewan

Respectfully Manuela Matinaitis
Acting Chair, Subud East Coast

Read the draft of the proposed SEC bylaws.

The part of the proposed bylaws that is particularly relevent to local groups, such as Subud Boston, is Article III, which defines local centers. Since Subud Boston is already incorporated, we have to determine how this definition will effect us and our relationship to the region.

Bring Project Leaders to World Congess in Puebla

Susila Dharma USA (SD-USA) has responded to an appeal made by Susila Dharma International (SDIA) to donate $3000 to help cover travel expenses for some of the founders and leaders of Susila Dharma projects in less developed countries who cannot afford to attend the Subud World Congress in Puebla, Mexico. 

These project founders and leaders have a unique contribution to make at the World Congress and Several of them can barely meet the costs of daily living, let alone pay travel expenses to Mexico. SD-USA is appealing to Subud members who are moved to help these inspired leaders share their humanitarian projects with us at Puebla.

You can contribute online at or write a check made out to SD-USA and earmarked, SD Project Leader Travel Fund 
and mail it to:

Rifka Several — SD-USA Administrative Assistant

50616 Highway 245

Badger, CA 93603

Only funds earmarked for this Travel Fund will be passed on to SDIA.Thank you for helping SD project leaders!