February 6, 2018/5778
TI 8th graders en route to Ellis Island
Calendar On the Calendar
25 Shevat, 5778
Shabbat Sh'kalim
Torah portion:
Exodus  21:1−24:18

Haftarah portion:
II Kings 12:5-16
Friday, February 9
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m.  Qabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat Mishpachah featuring kindergarten and first grade

Rebecca Eve Goodman will chant Qiddush 

7:00 p.m. Soul Food Friday (20's & 30's)
Saturday, February 10
9:00 a.m.  Shabbat Service & Torah Study

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Rebecca Eve Goodman Bat Mitzvah
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.
Tracing Family Genealogy
with Rachael Cerrotti
Two remaining sessions: Mondays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 2/12, 26
This course will give students the tools to begin exploring their family history and provide a chance to share stories, research methods, and discuss ethical questions regarding documenting personal history.  Read more and register .
Justice: Power, Broad-Based Organizing, and Leadership
A class from the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization-Metro Industrial Areas Foundation 
with Kathleen Patrón and guest GBIO leaders
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays: February 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13
$150 (TI member), $200 (non-member), coffee/tea provided
Content will include simulated exercises and role-play combined with lecture and discussion.
Storytelling, going behind the scenes of GBIO and Metro IAF's biggest successes and challenges, will be woven throughout to bring the concept to life. 
Read more and register .
Cooking & Memory: A Dash of This and a Spoonful of That!
with Susan Ebert and Phyllis Tobin
Sundays 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. 2/11, 3/25
Gather to learn and prepare special recipes from TI members. Share memories, enjoy conversation, and learn a few cooking tips from our star chefs.  Read more and register
  • February 11: Hamentaschen - Susan Ebert
  • March 25: Charoset from around the world - Phyllis Tobin
Mussar: Seeking Everyday Holiness through Practice and Community
with Rabbi Jen Gubitz
Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 2/12, 26; 3/12, 26; 4/9, 30; 5/14
First class begins February 12. Through group learning sessions and personal practice, we will delve into Mussar, Jewish spiritual practice, using methods drawn from the Mussar Institute and Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis.   Read more and register .
Me'ah Select: Jewish Gastronomy in America
with Rabbi Lila Kagedan in coordination with CJP and Hebrew College
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays: February 15; March 8, 15, 29; April 12, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24
$300 (TI member), $400 (non-member), coffee/tea provided
Join us on a culinary tour of the history of Jewish food in America. This class focuses on both the Jewish history of American Jewish food and offer a "hands on' cooking component.  Read more and register .
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.
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.
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.
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.
racialRacial Justice Initiative
Support Black-Owned Businesses
Temple Israel's Economic Justice Working Group promotes purchasing from Black-owned businesses. This project is anchored in our awareness of insidious past and present racial discrimination; and in the evidence that Black-owned businesses are likely to hire Black people, and foster economic improvement for Black families and communities along with myriad other benefits. When we make a meaningful effort to spend dollars in line with our hopes for the world around us, we are participating in the drive for economic justice. Read Temple Israel's full list of recommended businesses.
Temple Israel-Beacon Academy Community Read: The Hate U Give
Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Temple Israel of Boston
Our communities will come together to discuss Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give. According to The New York Times, the book "offers an incisive and engrossing perspective of the life of a black teenage girl" as the protagonist's worlds "converge over questions of police brutality, justice, and activism." Written as a young adult novel, the book provides a window into that experience for adults as well. Sign up here.
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
February 1, 2018
Scientists claim to crack an elusive centuries-old code - and it's Hebrew
The Times of Israel - featuring TI member Lisa Fagin Davis
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:
Rhoda Sapers
February 3, 2017 (18 Shevat, 5778)
Wife of Bill Sapers
Mother of Aviva Sapers (Judith Sydney) and David Sapers and Michael Sapers (Marci)
Grandmother of Ari and Jonah Sapers-Sydney

Charlotte Freedman
January 31, 2017 (15 Shevat, 5778)
Grandmother of Ezra Freedman (Alison)
Great-Grandmother of Zev and Talia
Robert Roy
January 29, 2018 (13 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Randi Roy & Joffrey Roy

Stanley Chaban
January 27, 2017 (11 Shevat, 5778)
Husband of Dolores Chaban
Father of Mamie Marcus (Jerry)
Terry Cohen
January 26, 2018 (10 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Michael Cohen, Susan Cohen, & Alan Cohen
Roy DiCicco
January 26, 2018 (10 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Britany DiCicco
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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