October 17, 2017/5778
New student Consecration on Simchat Torah
Calendar On the Calendar
1 Cheshvan, 5778
Torah portion:
Genesis  6:9−11:32

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Friday, October 20
6:00 p.m.
 Qabbalat Shabbat

Sari Frankl and Alexander Arthur Avram will chant Qiddush

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, October 21
9:00 a.m.  Shabbat Morning Service

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

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Alexander Arthur Avram Bar Mitzvah
URJRegister for URJ Biennial in Boston
Join 5,000 Reform leaders at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial 2017 in Boston this December 6-10. With the theme of "Re-imagining Jewish Life" everyone in our congregation is invited to join hundreds of people from across North America to learn, pray, share ideas, network, celebrate, and make decisions about the future of Reform Jewish life. 

Pray with thousands of Reform Jews! URJ is welcoming all local congregations to the combined Friday night service and song session, free of cost, but  registration is required here.

Please read and consider these proposed resolutions that will be presented and voted on at the 2017 URJ Biennial in Boston this December.

For more information, 
read here or contact Dekel Luban, Director of Membership and Engagement.
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.
Adult B'nei Mitzvah
Led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz
Advance Registration Required.
Sundays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., beginning with Orientation on Oct 22. See schedule below.
Cost: $650 for 18 month program. Scholarships and payment plans available upon request.
Throughout this 18 month ABM cycle, students will participate in modules focused on Jewish theology, liturgy, Torah, History, Israel, and Torah/Shabbat service preparation. Our learning will culminate in a joyful communal B'nei Mitzvah celebration on a Shabbat morning in April 2019. The Adult B'nei Mitzvah Program is open to members of Temple Israel who identify as Jewish or are in process towards an upcoming conversion. Those who became bar/bat mitzvah at age 13 are welcome to participate as well. Register.

Year One (5778) Schedule: Orientation - October 22, 2017
Module 1: God
November 5, 19; December 3, 2017

Module 2: Liturgy
January 28; February 4, 11, 2018
Module 3: Torah
April 29, May 6, 20, 2018
Hebrew Bootcamp
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or Thursday, March 22 & 29, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Making Prayer Meaningful: Finding New Inspiration in Our Siddur (Half-Day Spirituality Retreat)
With Rabbi Ebn Leader
Sunday, October 22nd, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $50 (lunch included)
In this workshop we will explore the relation between liturgy and prayer, between prayer experiences and prayer practice, and experiment with using liturgy to facilitate prayer.  Register.
Studio Shabbat: a Special Temple Israel Qabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, October 27th, from 6:00 to approximately 7:30 p.m.
We will join with thousands of art lovers and advocates across the state in celebration of art on the 4th annual Mass Creative #ArtsMatterDay. A diverse array of artists will explore Jewish journeys through the arts at local synagogues and organizations. Our Qabbalat Shabbat service will explore visual art as a spiritual mode.
An Inquiry into American Jewish Film
Me'ah Select Course with Aaron Tillman
Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.; new start date: 11/7 (still 10 sessions)
Course Fee: $300 Members/$400 Non-members
Financial aid available from Hebrew College
In this course, we will view and discuss films about the Jewish and Jewish American experience, focusing on the 20th and 21st centuries.   Register .
American Jewish Religious Thought: Mordecai Kaplan & Abraham Joshua Heschel
with Rabbi Or Rose
Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11
Course Fee: $180 for Members/$240 for Non-Members; dinner provided
Please join us as we explore the writings and lives of two of the most influential Jewish thinkers in American Jewish history: Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983) and Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972). We will analyze the ways in which Kaplan and Heschel intrepreted earlier Jewish sources in light of their life experiences and of historical events.
Judaism and Islam in the Black American Experience
with Kendra Yarbor, Doctoral Student (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Nov 2, 9, 16, 30
Course Fee: $120 for Members/$160 for Non-Members
Coffee/tea and snacks provided.
This course will explore these developments within Black America as represented in the lives of the Commandment Keepers (Black Jews) of Harlem and the Nation of Islam (Black Muslims) of Detroit.
TI Welcomes Ambassador Shapiro
AIPAC New England: Safeguarding the Alliance - An Ambassador's Story
November 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Read more and register here at no cost.
bursteinBurstein Scholars-in-Residence Weekend: The Environmental Crisis: Our Spiritual Responsibility
Friday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m.: Qabbalat Shabbat, 
Saturday, November 18
: Day of Learning and Action
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., featuring an Environmental Torah Study, Plenary Sessions, and workshop offerings, concluding with havdallah.
Sunday. November 19: Environmental Art Gallery

Read full description.
Jewish Women's Archive Webinar Hosted by TI's Tali Puterman
November 8 at 1:00 p.m.
The Jewish Women's Archive will be welcoming Temple Israel's Tali Puterman, winner of the 2017 Natalia Twersky Educator Award, to present themes and teaching methods from her winning lesson, "Henrietta Szold: Learning from the Past to Shape Our Future." By exploring ideas of power, resistance, identity, and storytelling, Tali will engage participants in a discussion about making the classroom a space where otherness is embraced, and where students see themselves as leaders, and as agents of change. While this program has been designed with an educator audience in mind, anyone who is interested is encouraged to participate. Learn more and register here.
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
October 14, 2017
Brookline Holocaust survivor to perform children's opera he sang in concentration camp
The Boston Globe
Life Cycle Events
With each new life the world begins anew! We celebrate the birth of:
Eva Rose Shief Needle
August 30, 2017
Jarrod and Jordana Shief Needle (parents)
Susan Shief (grandmother)
Berel (big brother)
May her memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Sylvia Abrams
October 12, 2017 (22 Tishri, 5778)
Mother of Elaine Abrams
Harold Cooper
October 7, 2017 (17 Tishri, 5778)
Grandfather of Sara Berkson (Doug)
Great-grandfather of Noah and Eva
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.
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