September 19, 2017/5777
First day of the 5777-5778 Religious School year on September 17, 2017
Calendar On the Calendar
L'shana Tova! Rosh Hashanah begins tomorrow night, and Temple Israel wishes you and your family a sweet new year.

3 Tishrei, 5777
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Haftarah portion:
Hosea 14:2-10, Micah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27
Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, September 22
6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat 

Aiden Hirsch will chant Qiddush

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, September 23
9:00 a.m. Early Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service
Aiden Hirsch Bar Mitzvah
Weather notice: We are excited to see everyone for Erev Rosh Hashanah services  tomorrow  evening. Please note that rain or shine we will be holding our community gathering immediately after each service. If needed we will move the celebration inside.
We hope you'll join us!

hhdHigh Holy Days at Temple Israel
Our community is more than a building - it's about people. We are proud to offer ways for the greater community to participate remotely in significant Temple Israel and life cycle events. Our High Holy Days services will be available via the Temple Israel Live Stream
Ten Days of Awe/Racial Justice Reflections
The Racial Justice Initiative at TI has compiled a series of readings, podcasts, art, cartoons, music, and suggestions for experiences and actions designed to frame individual and communal reflection on issues of racial inequality, privilege, discrimination, and injustice. We invite you to add these concerns to the others through which you are looking back over the past year and forward to the year ahead. To participate in this reflective process, please fill out this form. There are processes available for adults and older teenagers, as well as younger teenagers and children.

Food Drive: The Corners Of Our Fields
As we fast this Yom Kippur, we will again join hundreds of other Jewish congregations 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 for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Together we will continue the 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.
2nd Annual Community Potluck Break-Fast
The Membership and Engagement Committee is hosting the 2nd Annual Community Potluck Break-Fast on Saturday, September 30. The buffet meal will take place in the Social Hall following the customary break-fast gathering in the courtyard following the conclusion of Neila (roughly 7:00 - 7:15 p.m.). Everyone is welcome to join the gathering, whether coming from a service or coming straight from home. Those who plan to attend are asked to bring a dish to share. Read more and please RSVP by Friday, September 22.

If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer for our TI Break-Fast Clean Up Team, please contact Sue Misselbeck.
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 Shoshanna Goldberg.
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Sportsmen's Tennis Club, 950 Blue Hill Avenue,
Dorchester. Celebrate Sukkot outside with Temple Israel's TIkkun Central as we
volunteer at the Urban Farming Institute. We'll learn about UFI's mission to
engage urban communities in building a healthier and more locally based food
system while volunteering with community members at the farm. RSVP to Tali Puterman.
7:00 p.m. at Temple Israel. Enter our Sukkah of Justice and Compassion at
Temple Israel where we will be joined by outside partners from the farm and
other faith communities in a festive celebration.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Younger Children's Sukkot Program
10:00 a.m. Festival Service with Study Session
Chol HaMoed
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:00 p.m. Riverway Project Sukkot Harvest Celebration (20's & 30's)

Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
4:15 p.m. Yizkor Service
5:00 p.m. Consecration for new students, programs for children of all ages,
and adult Torah study.
6:00 p.m. Festival service for all in the Sanctuary, followed by dancing with
the Torah on Nessel Way.

Simchat Torah
Thursday, October 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. Younger Children's Program
10:00 a.m. Festival Service with Study Session
TI Cares: Conscious Acts of Kindness
TI Cares, our caring community here at Temple Israel, wishes you a healthy and happy New Year.  We cordially invite you to participate in ONE conscious act of kindness within our congregation in 5778. It's simple: just go to TI Cares to  discover your act of kindness. Let our wonderful co-chairs,  Susan Michaels  or  Gerri Sweder  know what you chose and they will help you get started. Isn't this a great way to begin the year with blessing and sweetness by engaging in acts of kindness?
Rabbi Zecher Honored by Jewish Women's Archive
The Jewish Women's Archive has added a new group of 25 extraordinary rabbis to the "Women Rabbis" collection on their website. We hope you explore the moving stories of these trailblazing women, including our very own Rabbi Elaine Zecher.
We Are an "Immigrant Justice Congregation"
On Tuesday, September 5, our Board of Trustees voted unanimously to declare Temple Israel an "Immigrant Justice Congregation." TI will join URJ congregations across the country to become an "Immigrant Justice Congregation," signifying our intention to protect and defend undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

We are currently exploring a variety of ways for our community to make an impact. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with Temple Israel's educational events and actions as they relate to immigrant justice, please let us know.

Read Rabbi Jonah Pesner's statement on President Trump's decision to end DACA.
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.
TI Welcomes  Ambassador   Shapiro
AIPAC New England: Safeguarding the Alliance - An Ambassador's Story
November 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Appointed by President Barack Obama, Daniel Shapiro served as the United States Ambassador to Israel from July 2011 until the end of the Obama Administration.  Shapiro's time as Ambassador followed a diverse career of over 20 years in senior foreign policy and national security positions in the US government, including as the Senior Director of the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council. Currently, Shapiro is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Tel Aviv University's Institute of National Security Studies.

cajlThe Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel
Registration for all fall courses in CAJL's "The Classroom" is now live. Read through the entire CAJL Fall 5778 Brochure and register now for fall courses Contact Mike Fishbein  for more information.
Mindfulness and Movement
with Susan Sachs, LICSW & TI member
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $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.
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:
Eva Rose Shief Needle
August 30, 2017
Jarrod and Jordana Shief Needle (parents)
Susan Shief (grandmother)
Berel (big sister)

We praise You, O God, who creates joy and gladness, love and kinship, peace and friendship for this beloved wedding couple. We celebrate the marriage of:
Rachel Davidson and Benjamin Tornatore
August 26, 2017  
Rachel is the daughter of
Jerry Davidson and Debra Kocar

May they be blessed with health, courage, and good fortune, and may their love and friendship deepen through the years. We celebrate the engagement of:
Isaac Akiba and Yuki Ogasawars
Isaac is the son of David and Jane Akiba
Molly Davis and Blake MacLeod
Molly is the daughter of Jon and Margot Davis.
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Judith Arond
September 14, 2017 (23 Elul, 5777)
Sister of David Arond
Jerry Gottesman
September 10, 2017 (19 Elul, 5777)
Cousin of Joan Rachlin (Seymour Small) and Amy Richman (Jim Caron)
Judge Herbert Abrams
September 9, 2017 (18 Elul, 5777)
Husband of Joan Miller Abrams
Father of Richard Abrams

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.
LibraryDr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center
Last Tuesday Book Group
September 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
The Library's Book Group meets the last Tuesday of every month, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., to discuss a book with a Jewish theme, or a book without an explicitly Jewish theme, but we try to bring a Jewish sensibility to it! All book lovers are welcome to come (fine to bring friends!) bring a bag lunch, and join the conversation! Coffee, tea, and dessert will be available. On September 26, we will discuss the Congregational Read: The Road to Character by David Brooks. For more information, please contact Ann Abrams, Librarian. There is no fee, but an RSVP the Friday before is appreciated.
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: $220/session plus a $15 materials fee/session. Space is limited . For more information, please contact Helen Cohen  or Lisa Scott .
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