September 26, 2017/5778
Erev Rosh Hashanah Services on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
Calendar On the Calendar
10 Tishrei, 5777
Torah portion:
Holidays  Deuteronomy 29:9-14, 30:11-20 (Morning) and Leviticus 19:1-4, 9-18, 32-37 (Afternoon)

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 58:1-14;
Jonah 1:1-4:11 and Micah 7:18-20
Friday, September 29

Kol Nidre

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Saturday, September 30

Yom Kippur

A Call for Disaster Relief Support
Our hearts go out to all those who are suffering from the effects of the recent hurricanes and earthquake. Many of our congregants have expressed concern over how we might directly help those in need. As many know, our beloved custodians, Abner and Juan Marin, have immediate family members who have experienced great loss. Like their fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, they are without power, water, and even now, a home. Abner and Juan are grateful beyond words for the loving outreach many have offered. We are organizing two ways to offer support their families directly and to the larger population:
  1. If you would like to directly support the Marin family , you can write a check to the Clergy Discretionary Fund. We will be holding the contributions on their behalf until the rebuilding effort gets underway and supplies become available, as Abner and Juan have requested.
  2. If you would prefer to make a contribution to general relief funds, please consider donating to UNIDOS , a disaster relief fund established by the Hispanic Federation and various U.S. civic leaders, which meets hurricane and earthquake-related needs and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico. 100% of donations to UNIDOS go to help children, friends, and families recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and other recent disasters. On the drop down menu on their website, you will be able to select "Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief," or if you wish for your donation to support relief for another disaster you will have that option.  
Amid these Days of Awe, we pray for strength, courage, and healing for all of those who are suffering. May the year 5778 be one of boundless compassion and hope.

The Clergy of Temple Israel of Boston
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 Dekel Luban.
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:00 p.m. 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.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Sportsmen's Tennis Club, 950 Blue Hill Avenue,
Dorchester. On Wednesday morning, 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.

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
Do One Conscious Act of Kindness
TI Cares, our caring community here at Temple Israel,  cordially invites 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?
"Do Not Forget Me": Terezin Music Foundation Gala
October 15
3:00 p.m. Reception; 4:00 p.m. Concert
Boston Symphony Hall
This year's Terezin Music Foundation's gala concert at Boston's Symphony Hall will focus solely on music from Terezin. One highlight will be the singing of the finale of the children's opera, Brundibar, by Ela Weissberger (who performed as the cat in the original production in Terezin) and Temple Israel member, Michael Gruenbaum, both whom will sing in the original Czech language accompanied by the well known Boston Children's Chorus. A Benefactor's dinner and Award Ceremony will follow. Purchase tickets here. For more information, call 857-222-8263.
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. For more information, contact Dekel Luban, Director of Membership and Engagement.
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 60-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.
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.

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. 
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
September 22, 2017
'Swonder women
Jewish Advocate - Featuring TI member Cindy Rowe
September 19, 2017
High Holy Days alert: Be prepared to look out the windows
Jewish Journal - coauthored by Rabbi Soffer
Life Cycle Events
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Marianne Schwartz
September 20, 2017 (29 Elul, 5777)
Mother of Ruthanne Fuller (Joseph)

Madelyn Schreider
September 18, 2017 (27 Elul, 5777)
Mother of Wendy Bronstein (Jay)
Roger Solem
August 28, 2017 (6 Elul, 5777)
Father of Eric Solem (Jennifer)
Grandfather of Lucas, Sydney & Zachary

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.
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