November 28, 2017/5778
Riverway Project's Shabbat in the 'bridge
Calendar On the Calendar
14 Kislev, 5778
Torah portion:
Genesis  32:4−36:43

Haftarah portion:
Hosea 11:7-12:12
Friday, December 1
6:00 p.m.  Qabbalat Shabbat with Yad b'Yad speakers

Nathan Seth Wilderman will chant Qiddush

Baby naming for Leila Kwo Miller, daughter of  Peter Miller and Elizabeth Kwo

Baby naming for Violeta Grassler Seligman, daughter of Felipe Benaduce Seligman and Helena Gressler da Rocha Paiva

50th anniversary wedding blessing for Barbara and William Trilling
Saturday, December 2
9:00 a.m.  Shabbat Morning Service

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat!

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Nathan Seth Wilderman Bar Mitzvah 

*Note: Due to URJ Biennial, on Friday, December 8, 2017, Qabbalat Shabbat services will be shortened to 45 minutes and will end promptly at 6:45 p.m.
givingtuesday#GivingTuesday: Now's Your Chance to Support the Friends Annual Fund
The Friends Annual Fund provides the essential resources needed to sustain our extraordinary educational opportunities, our innovative and timely social justice initiatives, and our extensive and inclusive spiritual experiences. Temple Israel is more than just a place; it is a community of people who are dedicated to living Judaism together by making meaningful, lifelong connections. Your support will ensure that we can continue to inspire all who gather here as we forge our path ahead to meet the ever changing needs in our world today. 

Please consider making a donation to the Friends Annual Fund today, on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving and support the community that has made a difference in your life. For more information on the Friends Annual Fund please contact Julie Gal-Or, Director of Development. 
It's a Baby!
He was born at 1:12 a.m. today, November 28. Mazel Tov to Rabbi Suzie and JoJo Jacobson!
Rabbi Zecher Featured in Boston Magazine
December 2017
Talk of the Temple
Boston Magazine - featuring Rabbi Elaine Zecher

"When I came to Temple Israel in 1990 as the first female rabbi, it
felt like people were wondering what took me so long. Many of the women of this congregation had been very active in the feminist movement in the '60s and '70s. So 1990 was a long time from then, and women had come so far. The glass ceiling was broken. But what about the stained-glass ceiling?"
HanukkahCelebrate Chanukah with Temple Israel
Shabbat Chanukah
Friday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the festival of lights and  Shabbat together with wonderful holiday songs with the Youth choir, the community, and delicious treats of donuts and latkes. 
TI Community Chanukah Party
Friday, December 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for the 4th Annual TI Community Chanukah Party, sponsored by the Membership & Engagement Committee. Enjoy a music-filled jamboree with new and long-time TI friends, dreidels, latkes, donuts, drinks, and more. Contact Dekel Luban for more information.
Chanukah Party and Launch of the Village
Saturday December 16, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join the Temple Israel Village for Families with Young Children as we celebrate Chanukah! We will enjoy a special Chanukah concert with Wayne Potash, games, crafts,   and   a contest to see who makes the best applesauce to accompany our latkes . If you are interested in competing, please sign-up with  Shoshanna Goldberg This event is open to members and non-member families with children aged 0-6. Older siblings and grandparents are welcome. The suggested donation is $18/family.  Register .
Chanukah Havdalah
with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, Master Teacher of Jewish Meditation and Spirituality
December 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
$20, includes book and light refreshments
Join us as we celebrate Chanukah havdalah with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, a beloved teacher of Jewish meditation, mindfulness, and spirituality. Together we will learn how to engage in a mindfulness meditation practice and celebrate Chanukah and havdalah. Register.
The Miracle of the Chanukah (LED) Lights
How many Temple Israel members does it take to change [the world with] a light bulb? Now that Daylight Savings Time has ended and we're turning our lights on earlier in the evening, please join the Temple Israel Green Team in making sure that your home has only-or mostly-LED bulbs. LEDs save, on average, 7/8 of electricity as compared with standard bulbs...the equivalent of a year round Chanukah miracle! Read more, or contact Joan Rachlin with any questions.
cajlThe Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel
Registration for all fall courses in CAJL's "The Classroom" is now live. Read through the entire CAJL Fall 5778 Brochure and register now for fall courses Contact Mike Fishbein  for more information.
Nathan Englander: Reading and Conversation with Jewish Arts Collaborative
November 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel; 
Pulitzer prize finalist, best-selling short story writer, and New Yorker writer,  Nathan Englander discusses his new novel,  Dinner at the Center of the Earth - the story of Prisoner Z. Dessert reception and book signing to follow. Tickets are $28 each (includes book copy). Read more If you'd like to purchase a copy of the book in advance of the author event, please contact  Ann Abrams , Librarian. This book will also be your ticket to the event.
Roots: An Exploration of Jewish Ideas and Rituals
with Rabbi Jen Gubitz
Sunday, December 3 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Each session will focus on a Hebrew root word, exploring the diversity of ways it shows up in Jewish prayer, holiday celebrations, and Jewish thought. In this class, you will gain basic Hebrew reading skills and vocabulary, study themes of our most essential prayers, and enjoy engaging conversations about Jewish ideas. No prior Hebrew experience or Jewish knowledge necessary. Read the full description and register.
Spiritual Practice Lab
Chanukah Havdalah with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Read more above.
with Sukriti Dabral
Sundays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., 
12/3, 12/17, 1/21, 2/4, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/29, 5/13
Join us for an all-levels yoga class that weaves together vinyasa flow, breathing, and meditation. These classes will be thoughtful and slow-moving, with a balance between physical challenge and mental clarity. Read more and register.
Lay Led Torah Study
with Jen Weber and Lisa Gross
Sunday, December 10, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join Temple Israel members, Jen Weber and Lisa Gross for coffee, snacks, and a relaxed and interesting look at the stories the kids are learning. Read more.
Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
with Josh Weisman
Sundays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., 12/10, 1/7, 1/28, 2/11, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 5/6, 5/20
Alongside our core practice of meditation we will also explore the Jewish contemplative practices of niggun (wordless melody) and Shabbat, among others. Those accustomed to meditating on the floor are invited to bring their own cushions. Read more and register.
Israel Trip
It is not too late to find out more about the Israel trip taking place in March 2018. We are having a gathering at a congregant's home on December 3. Please contact Rachel Daniels for more information.
Life Cycle Events
May his memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Jimmy Rose
November 24, 2017(6 Kislev, 5778)
Son of Diane Rose
If you would like to send extend wishes of congratulations or condolences, please send them to  Rachel Daniels, Executive Coordinator to Rabbi Zecher, who will pass along your message. Are you or is someone you know celebrating a wedding? An engagement? A new baby? Do you know someone who is ill or in need of a friendly, supportive call? Please tell Rachel to let our clergy know.
Madlik: Illuminating the World
Saturday, December 2 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre

Admission $36 | Students $18
The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College invites you to a joyful evening of study, story, and song to celebrate its impact in Greater Boston and beyond. RSVP.
Living Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact.