August 22, 2017/5777
Interfaith Gathering of Unity, Love, and Strength at Temple Israel on Friday, August 18,2017
Calendar On the Calendar
4 Elul, 5777
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy  16:18-21:9

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Friday, August 25
6:00 p.m.
 "Open Air" Qabbalat Shabbat (outdoors weather permitting - check our website to confirm)

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, August 26
9:00 a.m. Early Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study

We enter into the Hebrew month of Elul, tonight August 22, which leads us into a month of deep introspection and preparation for the High Holy Days. To focus our hearts and minds on this preparation, this month we will pray from a special Shabbat liturgy, Siddur Mishkan Halev. We look forward to this soulful and reflective celebration of Shabbat with you!
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Continuing Our Work
On Friday night, 1,700 people packed our sanctuary and auditorium - because they had no choice.  Thousands more joined us via live stream - because they had no choice.

The very word "mitzvah" itself implies that we do our blessed deeds not out of choice, but out of faithful obligation. Just days before, when our clergy met with other faith leaders to discuss how to respond to the emergence of organized white supremacists rallying in Boston, we knew what we had to do... ( Read the full letter from Rabbi Zecher, Rabbi Soffer, and President Gary Pforzheimer)
Media Coverage from Friday's Gathering
August 20, 2017
In Boston, concerned Jews gather in prayer and protest against bigotry
Times of Israel
August 19, 2017
"What unites us is always stronger than what divides us"
Boston Globe
August 19, 2017
Interfaith service stands in solidarity against bigotry
Boston Herald
August 18, 2017
Lawmakers, religious leaders attend interfaith vigil in Boston
7News WHDH Boston
August 19, 2017
Greater Boston Residents Attend Gathering Calling For Unity On Eve Of Protests On The Common
August 18, 2017
Interfaith Vigil Held Ahead of Boston 'Free Speech' Rally
NBC Boston
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.
mazelMazel Tov!
Rabbi Soffer's Essay Published
Mazel tov to Rabbi Matthew Soffer, whose essay on Genesis and global warming is included in the new book, Seven Days, Many Voices: Insights into the Biblical Story of Creation!
TI's Tali Puterman Wins Twersky Award
Mazal tov to Temple Israel's Social Justice Educator and Community Organizer, Tali Puterman, for winning the  Jewish Women's Archive's 2017 Twersky Award!
hhdHigh Holy Days at Temple Israel
Be a High Holy Day 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.
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.
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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
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.
Living Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact.