September 12, 2017/5777
The Tent teens last night at the first day of the fall session
Calendar On the Calendar
25 Elul, 5777
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy  29:9-30:20, 31:1-30

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 61:10−63:9

Friday, September 15
6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat 

Hannah Liwerant will chant Qiddush

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, September 16
9:00 a.m. Early Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat!

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service
Hannah Liwerant Bat Mitzvah

8:15 p.m. S'lichot
hhdHigh Holy Days at Temple Israel
We enter into the Hebrew month of Elul, 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! Each week at Shabbat we will focus on another chapter of our Congregational Read, The Road to Character, to set our intentions.
Enter the Days of Awe with S'lichot
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Begins at 8:15 p.m.
A beautiful and inspiring experience awaits you to usher in the Days of Awe. The evening will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the garden or downstairs depending on the weather as we enjoy one another's company and partake in some refreshments. 

At 9:00 p.m., we will have a brief text study of our Congregational Read, The Road to Character, with each of our rabbis sharing an inspiring, thought provoking passage to help inform our intention as we move closer toward the Days of Awe. 

At 10:00 p.m., a unique opportunity to usher in the High Holy Days will take place. Candles will light up the atrium and their flickering flames will reflect off of the glass ceiling. Harmonious voices will resonate throughout the hall. The Torah scrolls will be brought forward and their velvet coverings will be changed into the white adornment for the holidays. 

Enchanting music, time for reflection, moments of introspection, and the presence of one another will create an inspiring experience.
Ten Days of Awe/Racial Justice Reflections
The process of reflection is built into the Jewish calendar. From Rosh Hashanah, during the ten day period that culminates in Yom Kippur, we are instructed by our tradition to look deeply into ourselves and conduct a cheshbon ha'nefesh, an accounting of our soul, to examine how we may have missed the mark in the past year. This year, we are asking the Temple Israel community to consider focusing on racial inequality as a lens through which we look at our lives.

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
Is this not the fast I have share your bread with the hungry.
(Isaiah 58:6-7, Read on Yom Kippur Morning)

As we fast this Yom Kippur, we will again join hundreds of other Jewish congregations representing all four major movements 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 so they can be distributed to those in need through the Greater Boston Food Bank. Together we will continue the Torah 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, 2017. Meet new folks, visit with those you know, and enjoy breaking the fast with the TI community! 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.

Additionally, please let us know if you would like to volunteer for our TI Break-Fast Clean Up Team! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, 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
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.
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., beginning Sept 12
Cost: $80 for an Eight-Week Session/$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. 
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
September 7, 2017
Water for Life
Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters - Written by TI member Fern Remedi-Brown
August 18, 2017
Ruth at 89
Jewish Advocate - Featuring TI member Ruth Gordon
Life Cycle Events
With every new life, the world begins anew! We celebrate the birth of:
Susannah Florence Pong
August 23, 2017
Daughter of Mallory Bram and Clinton Pong
Zachary Joseph Gregorian
August 22, 2017
Son of Sarah Lipsitt and Oshin Gregorian
Grandson of Brooke and Paul Lipsitt
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Robert Segel
September 6, 2017 (15 Elul, 5777)
Husband of Janice Sherman
Father of Julia Segel and Michael Segel
Cousin of 
Jim Segel (Mimi) and Arthur Segel (Patti Saris)
Rebecca Stone
September 4, 2017 (13 Elul, 5777)
Mother of William Stone (Jeane Ungerleider)
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: $200/session plus a $15 materials fee/session. Space is limited . For more information, please contact Helen Cohen  or Lisa Scott .
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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