February 13 , 2018/5778
TI teens at the Religious Action Center in DC
Calendar On the Calendar
2 Adar, 5778
Torah portion:
Exodus  25:1−27:19

Haftarah portion:
I Kings 5:26-6:13
Friday, February 16
6:00 p.m.  Qabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, February 17
9:00 a.m.  Shabbat Service & Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat
Wednesday, February 28

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. A family Purim celebration with crafts, face painting, pizza, and a costume contest with prizes!
  • For kindergartners and younger: Join us for a puppet show with special mystery guests!
  • For first graders and older: It's the time of year for us to retell the story of Purim, while honoring the age-old tradition of being utterly ridiculous...and witness the clergy as their true and absurd selves. We will also read, and misread, the Megillah.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A 21+ Event: Purim Against Humanity
Join the full Temple Israel clergy for a reading of the whole Megillah, irreverently read through the lens of our annual "Purim Against Humanity" card game. Bring your favorite libation and dessert to enhance the celebration! Bring your friends and leave your dignity at the door.
  • 7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Pizza, PreGame, & Nosh
  • 7:15 - 9:00 p.m. Card Game Megillah Reading Madness
CAJLCenter for Adult Jewish Learning
Hundreds have joined us for thoughtful and engaging classes and learning opportunities at the Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel. We invite you to join us as we continue our legacy as a place committed to deep Jewish scholarship, a community that is unafraid to ask the difficult questions and think about Judaism in new and exciting ways.
In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel
Book reading and discussion with Avraham Burg and Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Sponsored by Nation Books and the New Israel Fund
Tuesday, February 27;  
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. program, 
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. book signing
Burg explores the misplaced hopes of religious fundamentalism through the lens of his conservative upbringing, explains the cultural dominance of Israel's military while relating his own experiences as a paratrooper officer, and probes the country's democratic aspirations informed by his tenure in the Knesset.  In Days to Come offers a deeply personal and unique reflection on Israel's history, Zionism, and Jewish identity in the modern world. Read more.
The Carl Steinbaum Class in Jewish History
Jewish Women's Activism: Past, Present, Future, with Judith Rosenbaum
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Mondays: March 5, 19, 26
$90 (TI member), $120 (non-member), dinner provided
Jewish women have been at the forefront of social movements throughout American history. Who were these bold leaders, what drove their commitment to social justice, and how have
their contributions shaped our world? What can we learn from them as we face the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century? Join us as we encounter the women on whose shoulders we stand. Register.
Introduction to Judaism 
Begins March 6 (16 sessions)   
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $275/individual or $375/couple. Generous scholarships available.
Do you want to learn more about  Judaism? Introduction  to  Judaism  is a meaningful way to engage in Jewish learning and community building.  Learn about Jewish holidays, beliefs, life-cycle ceremonies and more, with Temple Israel's clergy and staff from Reform Jewish Outreach Boston.  For interfaith couples and curious individuals.  Interfaith couples are encouraged to take this class together. Learn more. C ontact Joyce Schwartz to  register
Modern Couples, Big Jewish Questions
Beginning March 11 at 12:30 p.m.  
Modern Couples, Big Jewish Questions is an enriching, informative and social opportunity for engaged, partnered and married couples in their 20's and 30's. The class is open to interfaith, Jewish and same-sex couples from the community who plan to create a Jewish home.  Register . For more information, contact  Melissa
Nominate an Emerging Leader
Do you know someone who would be a great addition to our Board of Trustees or Leadership Council? We are interested in identifying "emerging leaders" in our community - people who are either actively involved at Temple Israel or people who we hope will become more involved. Submit a nomination.
villageThe Village for Families with Young Children
Bursting with Joy Birthing Class
Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20; from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This class is appropriate for first time parents or as a refresher course for second (or third!)  time parents, also perfect as a supplemental course if you have taken or plan to take another birthing class.  Co-taught by Certified Nurse-Midwife Sarah Kleinman and Rabbi Matt Soffer. The whole series costs $180/couple for members and $225 for non-members; and includes dinner and materials.  Please contact  Shoshanna Goldberg  for more information.
libraryDr. Arnold L. Segel Library
"How Awesome Is This Place" Exhibit 4
We are excited that "rotation four" of our exhibit, "Mah Norah Ha-Makom -Ha-zeh!" or "How Awesome is this Place!" is now on display in the Wyner Museum. The title comes from the Biblical passage in Genesis when the patriarch, Jacob, awakes from his dream of a ladder ascending to heaven. He recognizes the sacred nature of that location and says, "Mah Norah Ha-Makom Ha-zeh!" With this statement, we want to lift up how amazing and wonderful Temple Israel is for all of us. We hope you'll stop by to learn from and be moved by the stories of fellow congregants.
Last Tuesday Book Group: The Muralist
Tuesday, February 27 at 12:00 p.m.
The Last Tuesday Book Group will meet to discuss The Muralist, by B.A. Shapiro. 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
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.
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
February 12, 2018
Reflecting on LGBTQIA Shabbat
February 7, 2018
High School Seniors Talk Mikveh
Mayyim Hayyim - featuring TI teens
Life Cycle Events
With each new life, the world begins anew! We celebrate the birth of:
Zachary Arnold Dildine
January 8, 2018
Son of Drs. Elise Bender and David Dildine
Great-grandson of Anita Bender
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Dr. Edward Sleeper
February 11, 2018 (26 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Thomas Sleeper, James Sleeper, and Leslie Olanoff (Andy)

Eleanor Chasdi
February 7, 2018 (22 Shevat, 5778)
Mother of 
Richard Chasdi and David Chasdi

Dr. Edward Siegel
February 5, 2018 (20 Shevat, 5778)
Husband of Susan Siegel
Father of Adam Siegel (Rebecca)
Grandfather of Benjamin and George
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.
beaconBeacon Academy
Motown Night
Thursday, February 15
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Temple Israel of Boston
Early bird tickets are $35; $40 at the door
Beacon Academy's Motown Night is an evening celebration that brings hundreds of people together for a night of live music, soul food, dancing, silent auction items, and more!  Last year Motown Night convened 300 people of all ages, from every walk of life and faith. Together this diverse group danced and rejoiced and raised over $25,000 for Beacon's Class of 2017.   Buy tickets .
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