October 10, 2017/5778
Religious School Sukkot Celebration
Calendar On the Calendar
24 Tishrei, 5778
Torah portion:
Genesis  1:1−6:8

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 42:5-43:10
Chol HaMoed
Tuesday, October 10
6:00 p.m. Riverway Project Sukkot Harvest Celebration (20's & 30's)

(See below)
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
4:15 p.m. Yizkor Service
5:00 p.m. Consecration  and adult Torah study.
6:00 p.m. Festival service

(See below)

Simchat Torah
Thursday, October 12
10:00 a.m. Younger Children's Program
10:00 a.m. Festival Service with Study Session

(See below)
Friday, October 13
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m.
 Qabbalat Shabbat

Matthew Jordan Hirsch will chant Qiddush

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

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, October 14
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Matthew Jordan Hirsch Bar Mitzvah
simchatSimchat Torah at Temple Israel
Chol HaMoed
Tuesday, October 10
6:00 p.m.  Riverway Project Sukkot Harvest Celebration (20's & 30's)
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
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
10:00 a.m. Younger Children's Program
10:00 a.m. Festival Service with Study Session
Immigrant Justice Teach-In & Prayer Vigil
Sunday, October 15, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston
Join us for an educational program in which we will learn more about how we can activate as a community to make a positive impact for undocumented immigrant communities in Greater Boston. We invite you to join us afterwards for a prayer vigil at an ICE Detention Center.

Sunday, October 15, 2-3 p.m.
South Bay Correctional Facility, 20 Bradston St., Boston
Please join fellow Temple Israel congregants, a group of Boston-area congregations, and the Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) for a multi-faith prayer vigil in solidarity with our siblings detained at the ICE Detention Center at the South Bay Correctional Facility. This is a moment of heightened turmoil and fear for immigrant communities across Massachusetts. Join us in the power of prayer as we come together to make a public statement that people of faith stand up for the rights of undocumented people. Parking is very limited at this location, driving is not recommended. RSVP here.
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.
Adult B'nei Mitzvah
Led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz
Advance Registration Required by October 10, 2017.
Sundays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., beginning with Orientation on Oct 22. See schedule below.
Cost: $650 for 18 month program. Scholarships and payment plans available upon request.
Throughout this 18 month ABM cycle, students will participate in modules focused on Jewish theology, liturgy, Torah, History, Israel, and Torah/Shabbat service preparation. Our learning will culminate in a joyful communal B'nei Mitzvah celebration on a Shabbat morning in April 2019. The Adult B'nei Mitzvah Program is open to members of Temple Israel who identify as Jewish or are in process towards an upcoming conversion. Those who became bar/bat mitzvah at age 13 are welcome to participate as well. Register.

Year One (5778) Schedule: Orientation - October 22, 2017
Module 1: God
November 5, 19; December 3, 2017

Module 2: Liturgy
January 28; February 4, 11, 2018
Module 3: Torah
April 29, May 6, 20, 2018
Hebrew Bootcamp
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or Thursday, March 22 & 29, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Making Prayer Meaningful: Finding New Inspiration in Our Siddur (Half-Day Spirituality Retreat)
With Rabbi Ebn Leader
Sunday, October 22nd, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $50 (lunch included)
In this workshop we will explore the relation between liturgy and prayer, between prayer experiences and prayer practice, and experiment with using liturgy to facilitate prayer.  Register.
An Inquiry into American Jewish Film
Me'ah Select Course with Aaron Tillman
Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.; new start date: 11/7 (still 10 sessions)
Course Fee: $300 Members/$400 Non-members
Financial aid available from Hebrew College
In this course, we will view and discuss films about the Jewish and Jewish American experience, focusing on the 20th and 21st centuries.   Register .
Roots: An Exploration of Jewish Ideas and Rituals
with Rabbi Jen Gubitz
Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.; e ight sessions: 10/15, 11/12, 12/3, 1/7, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/6
No cost
Join us to explore the roots of Jewish learning! Each session will focus on a Hebrew root word, exploring the diversity of ways it shows up in Jewish prayer, holiday celebrations, and Jewish thought. In this class, ou will gain basic Hebrew reading skills and vocabulary, study themes of our most essential prayers, and enjoy engaging conversations about Jewish ideas. This class is for all learners - no prior Hebrew experience or Jewish knowledge necessary. Read the full description and register.
Exploring Medieval Midrash
With Rabbi Bernard Mehlman, Senior Scholar of Temple Israel of Boston
Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.;  Three Sessions: 10/16, 23, 30
Course Fee: $90 Members/$120 Non-members
Join Rabbi Mehlman in an exploration of this special genre of midrash. Register.
Life Cycle Events
With each new life the world begins anew! We celebrate the birth of:
Alexandria June Samuels
September 14, 2017
Daughter of Charles Samuels and Beth Richard
Granddaughter of Linda Samuels
Niece of Marilyn Samuels Sommers
May her memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Judith Weintraub
October 3, 2017 (13 Tishri, 5778)
Mother of Robert Weintraub and Ellen Weintraub
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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