August 8, 2017/5777
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Calendar On the Calendar
20 Av, 5777, 5777
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy  7:12-11:25

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 49:14-51:3
Friday, August 11
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m.
 "Open Air" Qabbalat Shabbat (outdoors weather permitting - check our website to confirm)

Wedding blessing for Joanna Sandman and Anuj Khetarpal

7:00 p.m. Riverway Project (20's & 30's) Soul Food Friday

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, August 12
9:00 a.m. Early Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study

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 let our clergy know by emailing Rachel Daniels, Executive Coordinator for Rabbi Zecher.
Rabbi Zecher Honored by CJP
Please join us in congratulating our Senior Rabbi, Elaine Zecher, who has been selected by Combined Jewish Philanthropies as an inspirational leader of 2017 and will be receiving the Circle of Excellence Rabbinic Award on September 6!

We wish an additional Mazal Tov to TI member Gilbert Winn, who will receive the Superstar Award!

staffStaff Announcements
We welcome Rachel Daniels , who joined our staff last week as  Executive Coordinator for Rabbi Elaine Zecher. Rachel  earned her  B.A. from the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University Bloomington. She will be working with and supporting Rabbi Zecher in various programs and endeavors. Please share life cycle events with Rachel here, and please introduce yourself when you are next at Temple Israel.
Temple Israel welcomes  Dekel  Luban to our staff as Director of Membership & Engagement Dekel  hails from the midwest and has been in the Greater Boston Area for the 5 years. She previously worked in Quality Assurance at Boston University and is an alumnus of Boston University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently completing a Master's degree in ethnomusicology at Tufts University. She is excited to join the team at Temple Israel!  Connect with Dekel .
Melissa Carp, who for the past year has been with Temple Israel as Executive Coordinator for Rabbi Zecher, will now be taking on the role of Executive Coordinator for Rabbis Gubitz and Soffer and Riverway Project Coordinator.  Melissa earned  her B.A. in Religious Studies and Education from Bates College. She has worked at the ADL, Hebrew Senior Life, and was the President of Bates  College Hillel. Connect with Melissa.
Be a High Holy Days Ambassador!
The Membership and Engagement Committee is seeking High Holy Day Ambassadors to provide a warm, personal welcome to congregants and guests attending Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Temple Israel. We are seeking both seasoned Ambassadors, as well as those who would be joining us for the first time this year. If you would like to serve as a High Holy Day Ambassador, or are interested in learning more, please contact Dekel Luban, Director of Membership and Engagement. Read more about the High Holy Days at Temple Israel.
rsTemple Israel Religious School
Register Now for 2017-2018 Religious School & Teen Education
The Education Team is hard at work and getting excited for the new school year. If your family has not yet enrolled, visit the  Member Portal  to complete registration. To navigate to the registration form, click on the Education Enrollment tab. Contact   Brigid Goggin or   Mike Fishbein with any questions.
Sunday Classes for Young Children
This year, the Temple Israel Religious School is offering a choice between two Sunday classes for our young learners,  based on age group . Both classes will meet for two 8-week sessions on Sundays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  (dates below). Classes are open to both members and non-members as a way to ease into the full Religious School experience. To learn more or register, please contact Brigid Goggin . Cost for members is $150 per session per child, or $250 for both sessions.  Cost for non-members is $200 per session per child.
Sunday Pre-K Class - For kids who are one year away from Kindergarten. Hands-on learning with activity centers and group time to learn about holidays, Torah, the synagogue, blessings, and more. Sunday Sandbox - For 3 and 4 year-olds who will not be going into Kindergarten the following year. Play-based learning to explore Jewish values, community, and holidays.
Fall session: October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3, December 10
Winter session: January 21, January 28, February 5, February 11, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25
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. Questions? Please contact Rachel Daniels
Life Cycle Events
We celebrate the birth of:
Esme Josephine Fishman
June 27, 2017
Daughter of Peter Fishman and Ariel Nierenberg
Granddaughter of Glenda and Robert Fishman

Declan Michael Bender
August 1, 2017
Son of Alexander and Adrienne Bender
Great-grandson of Anita Bender

We mourn the loss of:
Alvin Yerkes
August 1, 2017 (9 Av, 5777)
Father of Susan Preminger

Dr. Eugene Rothenberg
July 29, 2017 (7 Av, 5777)
Brother-in-law of Judy Rothenberg
Clara Mark
August 4, 2017 ( 13 Av, 5777)
Great-aunt of Rabbi Suzie Jacobson (Jojo)

We celebrate the engagement of:
William Awad, IV & Katie Boynton
William is the son of Suzy Yesley, and the grandson of Marlene and Mark (z'l) Yesley

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.
Can you be the 10th ?
There is a need within the Temple Israel community to make a daily Minyan of 10 adults. Please consider being a part of this mitzvah and join us any weekday Monday through Thursday at 6:15 p.m. If you can occasionally be a part of this mitzvah, or would like more information, please email, or call the front desk at 617-566-3960 and leave a message. 
tilliTemple Israel Lifelong Learning Initiative (TILLI)
Fall 2017 Registration
TILLI's Fall 2017 Registration is now open! See the brochure and register for classes For more information, email  Sue Misselbeck  or call at 617-566-3960.
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