August 16, 2017/5777
Time to Unite: Interfaith Gathering in Our Sanctuary
Dear Temple Israel Community,

This week our hearts are torn, as we each try to make sense of this spate of hateful acts, from the terrorism in Charlottesville to the desecration of the New England Holocaust Memorial. The Psalmist reminds us, k'rov Adonai l'nishbrei lev, "God draws near to the broken-hearted" (34:18). In a relational community such as ours, we internalize this teaching by drawing near to one another. Our clergy have received many questions and comments, by phone, email, and social media, all asking: what can we do?

In this week's ChaiLights, we focus our attention on the most proactive, life-affirming communal responses. In the coming days, Greater Boston will gather in a variety of ways. Based on our conversations with faith and civic leaders, including the Mayor and the Boston Commissioner of Police, we believe that it is critical for anyone planning on engaging in a counter-protest to receive thorough training beforehand. These hate groups aim to incite violence - and public conflict may rally their base and further advance their heartless agenda.  
As Martin Luther King Jr. preached, "darkness does not put out darkness; only light can do that." We will fully devote ourselves to our community's mission of shining the light of righteousness wherever we go. In this spirit, this Friday at 5:00 p.m., we, along with our partners across the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, will host an Interfaith Gathering of Unity, Love, and Strength, here at Temple Israel of Boston. Whatever else you choose to do this weekend, we hope you will make this a high priority. We will hear inspiring words from faith leaders across Greater Boston, as we stand together against all forms of hatred, to affirm the power of love and righteousness. Then, at 6:00 p.m., we will welcome Shabbat together by inviting our interfaith community to join us for "A Sabbath of Love and Light," a worship experience open to all, devoted to the values of justice and compassion.

This is the time for us to be together with all who wish to counter messages of hatred by kindling the light of compassion and dignity for all. We invite you to extend this Shabbat invitation to your friends - across any faith community. Temple Israel is home to all whose hearts are open and yearning for a better, more loving world.

The Clergy of Temple Israel of Boston

An Interfaith Gathering of Unity, Love, and Strength
Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Temple Israel of Boston

Following this gathering, at 6:00 p.m., we will host "A Sabbath of Love and Light," a Shabbat worship experience open to all, devoted to the values of justice and compassion.
Calendar On the Calendar
27 Av, 5777
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy  11:26-16:17

Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 54:11-55:5
Friday, August 18
5:00 p.m.
 An Interfaith Gathering of Unity, Love, and Strength

6:00 p.m.Qabbalat Shabbat

Baby naming for Reva Jeannette Weber and Hannah Louise Weber

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, August 19
9:00 a.m. Early Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study

charlottesvilleResponse to Charlottesville Protests
"Let's call it what it is. This is not about free speech or assembly. It is not about airing grievances. This is about hatred, disgusting and reprehensible. There is no moral subjectivism here. We, as Temple Israel clergy and our extended community, thoroughly reject such heinous behavior and regard what has happened on the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia and in Bloomington, Minnesota as domestic terrorism."

Read the full statement from the Temple Israel clergy.
Life Cycle Events
With every new life the world begins anew! We celebrate the birth of:
Nathaniel Joseph Danford
July 7, 2017
Son of Sarah Burg and Andrew Danford
Brother of Benjamin
Reva Jeannette and Hannah Louise Weber
August 2, 2017
Daughters of Kristen and Harlan Weber

May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Maxine Elmont
August 13, 2017 (21 Av, 5777)
Mother-in-law of Linda Schwabe
Col. Robert Golosov
August 12, 2017 (20 Av, 5777)
Father of Wayne Golosov
Companion of Rhoda Pinta
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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