December 12, 2017/5778
Temple Israel representing at the URJ Biennial
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Chanukah begins tonight! Celebrate together with Temple Israel.
28 Kislev, 5778
Torah portion:
Genesis 41:1 - 44:17

Haftarah portion:
I Kings 3:15 - 4:1
Friday, December 15
(4th Night of Chanukah)

5:00 p.m. Shabbat Mishpachah gathers for dinner

6:00 p.m.  Qabbalat Shabbat Chanukah followed by a TI Community Chanukah Party

7:00 p.m.  Riverway Project's Soul Food Friday (20's & 30's)
Saturday, December 16
(5th Night of Chanukah)

9:00 a.m.  Shabbat Service & Torah Study

10:30 a.m. The Village for Families with Young Children Chanukah Party (Special Thank Goodness It's Shabbat)

5:00 p.m. Chanukah Havdalah with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
gbioSolidarity with the Muslim Community
Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Israel
Join the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization for a teach-in and solidarity event with the Boston Muslim community. We will join together with our Muslim neighbors from the ISBCC and other GBIO leaders for an evening of learning, relationship-building, and solidarity.  Open to everyone. Registration required.

HanukkahCelebrate Chanukah with Temple Israel
Riverway Project Neighborhood Candle Lightings for 20's & 30's
Wednesday, December 13 in Central Square & Brookline
Monday, December 18 in Somerville & Brookline
Tuesday, December 19 in Cambridge & Jamaica Plain 

We are bringing community candle lightings for those in their 20's and 30's to neighborhoods all over the Greater Boston area thanks to six fantastic hosts! Bring your menorah and a sweet treat and celebrate the holiday with both new and familiar faces in your very own neighborhood. Space is limited in each apartment, registration is required. Email Melissa Carp with any questions.
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, TI Band, and the community, followed by TI Community Chanukah Party sponsored by the Membership and Engagement Committee in the Atrium.  Enjoy a music-filled jamboree with new and long-time TI friends, dreidels, latkes, donuts, drinks, and more. Contact  Dekel Luban  for more information. 
The Village for Families with Young Children Chanukah Party
Saturday, December 16, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join the Temple Israel Village for Families with Young Children for a special Thank Goodness It's Shabbat 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.
Event is free with light refreshments; books are available for $18
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. Brought to you by the Spiritual Practice Lab.
50's & 60's Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m
Join others in their 50's and 60's for a Chanukah celebration hosted by Frank Friedman and Sarah Kianovsky. They will be serving up their famous latkes and salad; please bring a small dessert or beverage to share. RSVP to Julie Unger if you plan to attend. Space is limited.
The Miracle of the Chanukah (LED) Lights
You know the story of a one day supply of oil lasting for eight days. Today's equivalent is the LED light bulb that lasts for years. 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.
SpiritualSpiritual Practice Lab
with Sukriti Dabral
Sundays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., 
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.
Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
with Josh Weisman
Sundays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 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.
libraryDr. Arnold L. Segel Library
Last Tuesday Book Group: Notorious RBG
Tuesday, December 26 at 12:00 p.m.
The Last Tuesday Book Group will meet to discuss New York Times bestseller, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For more information, please contact 
Ann Abrams, Librarian. This event is free but an RSVP the Friday before is appreciated.
TILLITILLI Winter Session - Open to All
The Arts: Seeing, Creating, Learning
Mark Rothko: The Artist's Reality
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Coffee at 10:30 a.m., program at 11:00 a.m., brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts

The Drawing Lab: Explore Your Drawing Mind
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Coffee at 10:30 a.m., program at 11:00 a.m., brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Deborah Putnoi, 
Visual Artist, Educator, Researcher

Daily Life in Ancient Greece
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Coffee at 10:30 a.m., program at 11:00 a.m., brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Phoebe Segal,
Mary Burgess Comstock Curator, Greek and Roman Art, Museum of Fine Arts

RSVP to Sue Misselbeck by December 23, 2017.
Life Cycle Events
With each new life the world begins anew! We celebrate the birth of:
Ella Leavy Kernkraut
November 27, 2017 
Ethan & Matt Kernkraut (parents)

May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:

Stephen Goldberg 

December 5, 2017 (17 Kislev, 5778)
Brother of Rochelle Ruthchild (Vicki Gabriner) 

Dr. Robert Fields
December 6, 2017 (18 Kislev, 5778)
Brother-in-law of Jane Lewis (John)
Uncle of Mindy Berman (Dan Solomon)

Ann Weber Rachlin
December 11, 2017 (23 Kislev, 5778)
Mother of Joan Rachlin (Seymour Small)
Grandmother of Kayla and Micah Small
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.
Handel for Chanukah: Cambridge Community Chorus Presents Judas Maccabeus
Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 p.m.
MIT's Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Cambridge Community Chorus and Music Director (and Temple Israel member) Pamela Mindell warmly invite you to Judas Maccabeus. One of Handel's most popular oratorios, Judas Maccabeus tells the story of the second century BCE Maccabean Revolt, in which the heroic Jewish leader of the title led his people to victory over Syrian oppression. Tickets: $25 for general admission; $15 for students and seniors, with pay-as-you-are-able option online and at the door. Buy tickets here.
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