We hope that you can join us for these upcoming events.
Snow Cancellation Policy
For weekday minyan, if Waltham schools are cancelled or delayed opening due to inclement weather, morning minyan is cancelled automatically. 
Decisions for cancelling Friday night or Shabbat morning services will be made by 2 pm on Friday in the event of bad weather. Check the Temple website at tbiwaltham.org or call the Temple Office at 781-894-5146 if you’re not sure to listen to an updated recorded message. If in doubt, stay safe, stay warm, and stay home.
Community Conversation
Sunday, January 14th at 10:00am
On Sunday, January 14, at 10 am at TBI we will gather for a community conversation about how we might create a sanctuary that reflects the kind of congregation we would like to be. What ideas can you bring to the conversation table? 

  Please join us.
Join us on Friday, January 19th for our monthly Shabbat Service and Dinner.
Menu: Marge's Meatloaf Dinner
Vegetarian option will be available upon request

Sign up on the Temple Website by clicking here.
Join Us the First Friday of the Month
Mark your Calendars
Come together to welcome Shabbat, to sing, to pray and to hear a story or a brief D'var Torah
February 2 and March 2
Children's Service Resume on January 20th at 11:00am
Led by Aki Yonekawa, our monthly children's service includes singing, storytelling and movement and provides an opportunity to meet other families in the greater Waltham area. Children join the main service for Adon Olam, and the congregation then enjoys kiddush, challah and a light lunch. The program is geared for children ages 2-7 but all ages are welcome. 
TBI services and events are open to the community and membership is not required to participate. 
Temple Beth Israel provides babysitting every Shabbat from 10-12.  We have a large, carpeted playroom downstairs with a variety of books, toys and games and sufficient space for both quiet and active play. Children are also joyfully welcome in the main service and often move between the playroom and services.
For more information about children's programming, please contact the TBI office at (781) 894-5146.
Future Dates:
February 3
February 28 - Purim
March 17
Monday and Thursday we have morning minyan at 7:00am and Saturday Services begin at 9:00am.

If you need to ensure a minyan on a Monday or Thursday, please contact the Temple Office 781-894-5146 at least 2 days in advance so that we can make sure we have 10. 
  • As we have for the past two years, Temple Beth Israel will host an Interfaith Tu Bishvat Seder and Vegetarian Potluck Dinner for our Waltham neighbors, inspired by the first trees in the Garden of Eden, when all humanity was one in the persons of Adam and Eve. Join us on Sunday, January 28, at 4:30 pm. 

  • Chinese Cooking - Sunday March 11th time to be announced
  • Shabbat Services and Dinner with Brandeis Hillel on the Brandeis Campus
Friday March 16 Services @ 6, Dinner @ 7:30.  
This service and dinner replaces the monthly Shabbat service and dinner at Temple Beth Israel. Cost for dinner $15.25 per person. You must sign up and pay for dinner on the Brandeis -Sodexo website.   https://m-brandeis.sodexomyway.com/shop/p/5956 .
If you can not sign up online, send in payment by March 14 to the Temple Office and we will place your reservation for you, Please join us as we get to know students at the Brandeis Conservative Minyan. 
Join our Drive to Help Our Neighbors This Winter
The Social Justice Committee at TBI is running a winter-long clothing, outerwear and toiletries drive to benefit our neighboring organization, the Community Day Center.
Please bring to Temple Beth Israel:
  • Lightly used or new winter clothing (mostly men's)
  • Lightly used or new outerwear (boots, coats, jackets, gloves, hats and socks--mostly men's)
  • Lightly used or new sleeping bags and backpacks
  • Individual toiletry/hygiene kits in ziplock bags--preferred contents include a disposable razor, travel size shaving cream, hand warmers, toothbrush and toothpaste, face cloths, and travel size items such as shampoos, body wash, conditioners, and especially deodorant. (Those items many people collect from hotels are perfect!)
We will collect these items and transfer them to the Community Day Center all winter, because their clients have an  urgent need  throughout the season.

What is the Community Day Center?
It's the only drop-in day shelter for the homeless in Metrowest, and it is our neighbor...on Felton Street in Waltham. Which means that many of the homeless population they serve also are our neighbors, albeit too often invisible to us. The Center opens its doors on weekdays from 12:30 to 4:30 so adults in need can have a safe place during the daytime hours to get the help and resources they need. They can eat, take a nap, participate in programs, pick up their mail, get clothing and hygiene items when available, use computers, watch TV, see a nurse and get a referral to medical services, and meet with a case manager or case worker.

What's Next?
In early spring, we will schedule a tour of the Center for all who are interested from the TBI community. In this way, we can see where our contributions are at work, meet some of the people benefiting, and think about how else we might partner going forward.

Dina Wolfman Baker