September 5, 2017/5777
Riverway Project Jam Session and bon fire on August 30
Calendar On the Calendar
18 Elul, 5777
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy  26:1-29:8

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 60:1-22
Friday, September 8
5:00 p.m.
 Tot Rock Shabbat 

6:00 p.m.
 Qabbalat Shabbat 

Maxwell Beck Seelig will chant Qiddush

7:00 p.m. Riverway Project (20's & 30's) Soul Food Friday

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, September 9
9:00 a.m. Early Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Maxwell Beck Seelig Bar Mitzvah
hhdHigh Holy Days at Temple Israel
We enter into the Hebrew month of Elul, which leads us into a month of deep introspection and preparation for the High Holy Days. To focus our hearts and minds on this preparation, this month we will pray from a special Shabbat liturgy, Siddur Mishkan Halev. We look forward to this soulful and reflective celebration of Shabbat with you! Each week at Shabbat we will focus on another chapter of our Congregational Read, The Road to Character, to set our intentions.
Enter the Days of Awe with S'lichot
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Begins at 8:15 p.m.
A beautiful and inspiring experience awaits you to usher in the Days of Awe. The evening will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the garden or downstairs depending on the weather as we enjoy one another's company and partake in some refreshments. 

At 9:00 p.m., we will have a brief text study of our Congregational Read, The Road to Character, with each of our rabbis sharing an inspiring, thought provoking passage to help inform our intention as we move closer toward the Days of Awe. 

At 10:00 p.m., a unique opportunity to usher in the High Holy Days will take place. Candles will light up the atrium and their flickering flames will reflect off of the glass ceiling. Harmonious voices will resonate throughout the hall. The Torah scrolls will be brought forward and their velvet coverings will be changed into the white adornment for the holidays. 

Enchanting music, time for reflection, moments of introspection, and the presence of one another will create an inspiring experience.
Food Drive: The Corners Of Our Fields
Is this not the fast I have share your bread with the hungry.
(Isaiah 58:6-7, Read on Yom Kippur Morning)

As we fast this Yom Kippur, we will again join hundreds of other Jewish congregations representing all four major movements in collecting food for the hungry in our community. On the morning of Rosh Hashanah, shopping bags will be distributed. On Yom Kippur morning we ask that you return the bags full of non-perishable foods so they can be distributed to those in need through the Greater Boston Food Bank. Together we will continue the Torah tradition of leaving the produce of the corners of our fields for the poor. Other great ways to be involved in this project are to help collect bags during Yom Kippur morning or to join one of our teams loading the full shopping bags onto the delivery trucks. Please call Priscilla Golding at 617-327-1404 or Louise Freedman at 617-244-3338 to volunteer to load the Food Bank truck on Yom Kippur.
Be a High Holy Day Ambassador!
The Membership and Engagement Committee is seeking High Holy Day Ambassadors to provide a warm, personal welcome to congregants and guests attending Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Temple Israel. If you would like to serve as a High Holy Day Ambassador, or are interested in learning more, please contact Dekel Luban, Director of Membership and Engagement. Read more about the High Holy Days at Temple Israel.
High Holy Day Childcare
During the High Holy Days, childcare will be provided at Temple Israel for children up to age
10. Childcare will be offered through licensed provider, and will be available during
the following hours:
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Rosh Hashanah Daytime: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Erev Yom Kippur: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Yom Kippur Daytime: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration includes a nominal fee. Space is limited, so please register online as early as possible. For more information, contact Dekel Luban.
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. Learn more and register by October 10.
cajlThe Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel
Mindfulness and Movement
with Susan Sachs, LICSW & TI member
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., beginning Sept 12
Cost: $80 for an Eight-Week Session/$12 per Drop-In
Research has shown that stress, tension, and anxiety are lessened by using mindfulness techniques and body awareness. This is a weekly 45-minute class to improve well-being in both mind and body by practicing mindfulness meditation. The class will focus on breathing awareness, meditation techniques, and body relaxation.  Contact Mike Fishbein  to register.
rsTemple Israel Religious School
Register Now for 2017-2018 Religious School & Teen Education
The Education Team is hard at work and getting excited for the new school year. If your family has not yet enrolled, visit the  Member Portal  to complete registration. To navigate to the registration form, click on the Education Enrollment tab. Contact  Brigid Goggin or  Mike Fishbein with any questions.
Sunday Classes for Young Children
This year, the Temple Israel Religious School is offering a choice between two Sunday classes for our young learners,  based on age group . Both classes will meet for two 8-week sessions on Sundays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  (dates below). Classes are open to both members and non-members as a way to ease into the full Religious School experience. To learn more or register, please contact Brigid Goggin . Cost for members is $150 per session per child, or $250 for both sessions.  Cost for non-members is $200 per session per child.
Sunday Pre-K Class - For kids who are one year away from Kindergarten. Hands-on learning with activity centers and group time to learn about holidays, Torah, the synagogue, blessings, and more. Sunday Sandbox - For 3 and 4 year-olds who will not be going into Kindergarten the following year. Play-based learning to explore Jewish values, community, and holidays.
Fall session: October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3, December 10
Winter session: January 21, January 28, February 5, February 11, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25
israelTravel to Israel with TI
Israel is calling you to "Study, Hike, Eat...Repeat!"
Join a 10 day Israel trip of a lifetime and March 1-11, 2018!
Imagine walking through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai or S.Y. Agnon to guide our perspectives. Imagine studying about Isaiah, Jeremiah and Heschel as a prism to Social Justice and a Vision for a Redeemed Society with Israel as the backdrop. Imagine eating culinary delights every day at interesting restaurants and markets. Imagine waking up and getting to do it again the next day.

You don't need to imagine. You just need to sign up for this magical adventure in Israel!  Check out the tour details here. Led by Rabbi Elaine Zecher and Chairs Marc Maxwell, Carol Michael, and Mitchell Shames. We are excited to share Israel together. Read the FAQ sheet. Please contact Rachel Daniels for more information. 
Life Cycle Events
With every new life, the world begins anew! We celebrate the birth of:
Zachary Joseph Gregorian
August 22, 2017
Son of Sarah Lipsitt and Oshin Gregorian
Grandson of Brooke and Paul Lipsitt

May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Rae Oxenhorn
September 4, 2017 (13 Elul, 5777)
Mother of Phyllis Tobin (Robert) and Joan Forman

Anna Kitt Minden
September 1, 2017 (10 Elul, 5777)
Mother of Sarah Minden (Stephen Wright)
Dr. Sanford (Sandy) Solomon
September 1, 2017 (10 Elul, 5777)
Father of Dan Solomon (Mindy Berman)
Grandfather of Anna, Elie, and Rachel

Arthur Lee
August 25, 2017 (3 Elul, 5777)
Father of David Lee (Stacey)
Betsy Hokana Short
September 1, 2017 (10 Elul, 5777)
Mother of Mike Short (Beth Frankl)
Grandmother of Zeke and Sari Frankl

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.
Temple Israel's Google Group
Join Temple Israel's Google Group! is Temple Israel's email group where we discuss Jewish issues, community issues, share recipes, recommend contractors, and a host of other topics. To join, just send an email with your name to We will send a welcome message that explains how to use the group.
Can you be the 10th ?
There is a need within the Temple Israel community to make a daily Minyan of 10 adults. Please consider being a part of this mitzvah and join us any weekday Monday through Thursday at 6:15 p.m. If you can occasionally be a part of this mitzvah, or would like more information, please email, or call the front desk at 617-566-3960 and leave a message. 
fjeccFrances Jacobson Early Childhood Center
Me & My Parent: 1-2 Year Old Program
Tuesdays from 9:30-10:45 am
Fall Session: Tuesday, October 3, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; and December 5, 12
Grab your parent and come to Temple Israel for a special 10-week program. Mindy Elins, will lead us as we play, listen to stories, make arts and crafts, sing, dance, and use lots of instruments to learn  Hebrew and English  songs. A snack is included because we are going to need it! Mindy promises our parents will have a great time in this interactive environment and will be able to sing and dance right along with us. Cost: $200/session plus a $15 materials fee/session. Space is limited . For more information, please contact Helen Cohen  or Lisa Scott .
tilliTemple Israel Lifelong Learning Initiative (TILLI)
Fall 2017 Registration
TILLI's Fall 2017 Registration is now open! See the brochure and register for classes For more information, email  Sue Misselbeck  or call at 617-566-3960.
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