Happening at Temple Beth Israel
We hope that you can join us for these upcoming events.
Join us for Services
Friday Night Service Cancelled for August 4th.
Future Dates to
Mark on your Calendars

October 20
November 3
January 5
August 5 - Diana Korzenik sponsored in memory of her father. 

August 5 - Cantor Ellen Band will be leading P'sukei, Shacharit and Musaf as well as chanting the entire Torah portion.  Congregants will be chanting the haftarah - Nachamu and giving the D'var that week.   
Monday and Thursday we have morning minyan at 7:00am and Saturday Services begin at 9:00am.

If you need to ensure a minyan on a Monday or Thursday, please contact the Temple Office 781-894-5146 at least 2 days in advance so that we can make sure we have 10. 
Shabbat Evening Service and Dinner 
Friday Night August 18th
Services begin at 6:30 pm 
Dinner at 7:30 pm
MENU: Summer Chicken Salad 

Vegetarian option available on request. Please let us know if you have any other dietary requirements when you sign up by contacting the Temple office.

$18 per adult, $40 per family if paid by the Weds. before the dinner
$21 per adult, $45 per family for later reservations
You can register online at  http://tbiwaltham.org or contact the Temple office to sign up.

Future Dates
September 8    October 6     November 17     December 8

Now in its second century, Temple Beth Israel is a caring community where each person truly makes a difference. Whether you’re the 10th at a weekday minyan, or participate in our varied social, educational, religious, cultural, and family programs, we welcome you and your family to Temple Beth Israel for the 2017-2018 year. 

As approved at its annual meeting in August 2016, Temple Beth Israel welcomes non-Jewish members of Jewish households to join the synagogue with their Jewish spouses or partners in a family membership. Privileges of membership are specified in the Temple Beth Israel bylaws. 


We welcome all members to give at a level in which they are comfortable, and ensure the congregation will meet its budgeted expenses.  In assessing recommended 

membership contributions for the coming year, the Board of Directors has elected to keep the sustaining membership model introduced last year. We calculate this sustaining amount by subtracting from our total annual operating budget the amount of income available from sources other than membership and High Holy Day pledges, and then dividing the difference by the expected number of members.   


On Sunday August 20th a day trip has been planned to the Decordova Museum in Lincoln. 

Details will follow 

Join us on Sunday August 27th for our Annual Meeting and Breakfast.

Please RSVP to the
Temple Office 781-894-5146 or office@tbiwaltham.org

We are collecting Jewish Artifacts for a Ugandan
Jewish Community
Do you have an old prayer book(s) that you no longer use? Or candlesticks, menorah, tefillin, or tallit?  We are collecting these items for Judith Mutono's Jewish community in Uganda.

Contact the Temple Office if you have any questions about donations. 
Events in our Community

Two GRALTA Foundation activities:

  1. A summer film series
  2. Walking the Abraham Trail
    (more about that in a future email)

A Three Film Series

2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War and the Occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and the Gaza Strip. We note it with a film series that explores the Occupation and reveals its impacts.

While motives, goals, and approaches may differ, just about everyone--right wingers and left wingers--is now calling loudly for an end to the 50-year occupation of the West Bank. These films will explain why so many view this as an imperative, yet without consensus on how to effect that result . 

We'll show a film every two weeks. If there is significant interest, we can add a fourth film to the schedule.

All films will be shown in Bemis Hall's "cool" basement screening room.

  • As with past events, we'll screen each film twice—first on a weekday evening and then on a Sunday afternoon.
  • We'll serve light refreshments and there will be time for discussion and Q&A.

    The other films in the series:

    Sunday, August 6, 2 PM

    Open Bethlehem
    , Leila Sansour's moving documentary about her home town
    Wednesday, August 16, 7:30 PM
    Sunday, August 20, 2 PM

    Based on your feedback, we'll select either:
    The Law in These PartsRa'anan Alexandrowicz's award-winning Israeli documentary that uses interviews and historical footage to chronicle how Israel created the military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
    Five Broken Cameras
    the Oscar-nominated documentary compiled from video shot in the West Bank village by resident Emad Burnat and co-directed by Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi. In addition to its theatrical release, this film was featured on the PBS Series Point of View (POV) in 2013.

    We invite you to join us and hope that you will!