November 14, 2017/5778
RYFTI Fall 5778 Kallah this past weekend
Calendar On the Calendar
29 Cheshvan, 5778
Torah portion:
Genesis  25:19−28:9

Haftarah portion:
Malachi 1:1-2:7
Friday, November 17
6:00 p.m.  Burstein Scholars-in-Residence Weekend Qabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, November 18
Scholars-in-Residence Day of Action
9:00 a.m.  Shabbat Morning Service

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

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

*Note: Due to URJ Biennial, on Friday, December 8, 2017, Qabbalat Shabbat services will be shortened to 45 minutes and will end promptly at 6:45 p.m.
bursteinBurstein Scholars-in-Residence Weekend: The Environmental Crisis: Our Spiritual Responsibility
Friday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m.: Qabbalat Shabbat with Peter Fox-Penner
Saturday, November 18: Day of Learning and Action with  Mitchell Thomashow and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. , featuring an Environmental Torah Study, Plenary Sessions, and workshop offerings, concluding with havdallah.
Sunday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m.: Environmental Art Gallery

Registration is especially important for those using childcare Friday evening or Saturday afternoon, and is appreciated from everyone. Please register here.

Staffing Announcement: Dalia Williams
We would like to welcome Dalia Williams to our team as our new Junior Accountant! Dalia is a native of the South End of Boston and graduated Thomas College with a B.S in Accounting. She enjoys playing tennis and traveling. You can reach her here.
Mitzvah Lights with the Green Team
How many Temple Israel members does it take to change [the world with] a light bulb? Now that Daylight Savings Time has ended and we're turning our lights on earlier in the evening, please join the Temple Israel Green Team in making sure that your home has only-or mostly-LED bulbs. LEDs save, on average, 7/8 of electricity as compared with standard bulbs...the equivalent of a year round Hanukkah miracle! Read more, or contact Joan Rachlin with any questions.
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.
spotlightSpotlight on Israel: Processing Your Relationship With Israel
Brought to you by TI Gatherings and the Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Sundays, November 19 and December 3 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In the coming weeks, we are creating a small group to explore our relationship to Israel and its modern complexities. Led by Eli Cohn-Postell from the JCRC, mark your calendar for two small group conversations and gather to discuss and process the following events: AIPAC ambassador Dan Shapiro; an Israeli stage performance "The Hearing;" a Book Talk from Nathan Englander, and a talk by the Yad'b'Yad Hand in Hand School during Shabbat services on December 1. See section below for more information Please plan to attend at least 3 of the 4 community events plus the 2 small group gatherings. For more questions, please email Rabbi Gubitz. Read more and register.
"The Hearing" in collaboration with Israeli Stage
Monday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket Cost: $15 per person
This is the true story of Adam Verete who - after opening a dialogue about enlistment for the Israeli Defense Forces in a public high school in Israel - was not only forced to resign, but was publicly threatened and humiliated. Full description and registration.
Bursting with Joy Birthing Class
Tuesday, November 28, December 5 & 12, at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m
This class is appropriate for first time parents or as a refresher course for second (or third!) time parents, also perfect as a supplemental course if you have taken or plan to take another birthing class. Co-taught by Certified Nurse-Midwife Sarah Kleinman and Rabbi Matt Soffer
Please contact  Shoshanna Goldberg for more information and to register.
Nathan Englander: Reading and Conversation with JARTS
November 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel; 
Pulitzer prize finalist, best-selling short story writer, and New Yorker writer,  Nathan Englander discusses his new novel,  Dinner at the Center of the Earth - the story of Prisoner Z. Dessert reception and book signing to follow. Tickets are $28 each (includes book copy). Read more .

If you'd like to purchase a copy of the book in advance of the author event, please contact  Ann Abrams , Librarian. This book will also be your ticket to the event.
Temple Israel Library
Last Tuesday Book Group: Nathan Englander
November 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
All book lovers are welcome to come, bring a bag lunch, and join the conversation. Coffee, tea, and dessert will be available. On November 28, we will discuss the Dinner at the Center of the Earth, by Nathan Englander. For more information, please contact Ann Abrams, Librarian. There is no fee, but an RSVP the Friday before is appreciated.
Spiritual Practice Lab
Module 1: Poetry as Prayer, Prayer as Poetry
Taught by Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Sunday, November 19, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Join us this year as we explore the weekday Amidah, a foundation of Jewish liturgy, through different spiritual forms and modalities. Join us this fall for our first module, and stay tuned for additional modules such as chanting, meditation, art, and mussar this Winter and Spring. Contact Mike Fishbein for more information.
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
November 13, 2017
Massachusetts House will consider over 200 amendments to criminal justice bill - featuring Rabbi Elaine Zecher
Life Cycle Events
May they be blessed with health, courage, and good fortune, and may their love and friendship deepen through the years. We celebrate the engagement of:
Rachel Akiba and Josh Sherman
November 5, 2017
Rachel is the daughter of Jane and David Akiba
May his memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
James Nohelty
October 27, 2017 (7 Cheshvan, 5778)
Step-father of Shari Noe (Christopher)
Grandfather of Benjamin and Jacob
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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