August 29, 2017/5777
Rabbi Soffer and the T'ruah Rabbinic Call for Human Rights in Berkeley, California
Calendar On the Calendar
11 Elul, 5777
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy  21:10-25:19

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 54:1-10
Friday, September 1
6:00 p.m.
 Qabbalat Shabbat 

Robert Theodore Rexrode Goldman will chant Qiddush

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, September 2
9:00 a.m. Early Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Robert Theodore Rexrode Goldman Bar Mitzvah
Help During this Time of Storm-Tossed Seas of Despair in Texas
We join with all those suffering and reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.  We have been in touch with colleagues who are still in the midst of responding to the urgency of this catastrophe. We will learn in the coming days and weeks of their more specific needs. The Union for Reform Judaism and Combined Jewish Philanthropies have funds set up.  We encourage you to offer support:
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 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.
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.
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.
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
With every new life, the world begins anew! We celebrate the birth of:
Brooke Morgan Leeds
August 13, 2017
Daughter of Matt and Erin Leeds

May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Lawrence Marcus
August 23, 2017 (1 Elul, 5777)
Father of 
Alan Marcus, Stuart Marcus, and Fern Marcus Karas
John Stayman
August 8 2017 (17 Av, 5777)  
Son of June Stayman
Brother of Suzy Stayman

Judith Rothenberg
August 23, 2017 (1 Elul, 5777)
Sister-in-law of Judy Rothenberg

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.
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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