You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Supporting our doctors, nurses, and all essential workers in Longwood Medical Area.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Numbers 4:21-7:89
Haftarah portion:
Judges 13:2-25
Candle lighting:
7:55 p.m.
Friday, May 29
5:00 p.m. Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat!

6:00 p.m.  Gather with us virtually for Qabbalat Shabbat

7:30 p.m. Riverway (20s & 30s) Shabbat Recharge
Saturday, May 30
9:00 a.m.  Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Saturday morning for Shabbat and Torah Study!

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat (for families with young children)
Join us on Zoom every Saturday for dancing and singing on a special live service

8:00 p.m. Join the clergy for a virtual Havdalah, bring your own Shakespearean cocktails or mocktails! 
We're here to help!
During Qabbalat Shabbat and Torah Study, we have tech support team available to help you access Zoom! Call our main number, 617-566-3960, and you will be redirected to someone who can help.

Please view our other help resources here:
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Oscar Ezra
May 16, 2020
Son of Adam Goodman and Jo Schaalman
Grandson of Alan and Pam Goodman
Let us know:
Are you or is someone you know celebrating a wedding, engagement, or new baby? Is someone in our community in need of pastoral support? For funeral needs, call Temple Israel 24/7 at 617-566-3960. Amy Sherr, Executive Coordinator to Rabbi Zecher, wants to know and can help you!
Being in quarantine can be isolating, frightening, and lonely. If you or anyone you know are sick with COVID-19, please let Amy Sherr know so we can reach out. We are here for you! Please let us know if you need immediate assistance by contacting Amy Sherr.
Helpful Resources:
In this unique moment in the history of Temple Israel, we recognize the many different needs that our community members face. To that end, we have gathered the below list of resources in an effort to ensure that you, our beloved congregation, are able to access the support you need in these difficult times
Tikkun Zoom Shavuot
25 hours of virtual learning, beginning Thursday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. Join us as we go big as dozens of teachers, artists, and facilitators lead us in study, prayer, art making, music and more over a full 25 hours in the zoomosphere.
At Temple Israel we treasure the experience of Confirmation as an integral part of our Shavuot experience. Every year we celebrate our students at the culmination of their 10th grade year through joining together in learning and prayer. 

Join us this year as we celebrate Confirmation during Qabbalat Shabbat, enabling our whole community to be present to honor our Confirmands and their families at this wonderful moment of their Jewish journey.

Our 5780 Confirmands:
Sylvia Cevallos, Jeremy Cohen, Kate Cutler, Oliver Hecht, Micah Rysman, Charlie Silverman
Thanks to a generous member of our congregation, every gift to the Friends Annual Fund that we receive between now and June 15 will be matched, up to $25,000. If you have not yet made a gift to the Friends Annual Fund, we hope that you will join us in supporting Temple Israel and the sacred work that we do with a gift of $36, $180, $360, or any amount that is meaningful to you and your family. Your support will allow us to innovate today and rise to meet the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow. Now is the time to double your impact.
Clergy Havdalah,
Shakespearean Cocktails, & Mocktails!

Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. In these days where night and day blend, let's be intentional about marking time with the gifts of Jewish wisdom and ritual. Gather with our clergy for fun with Rabbi Jacobson and Lisa Davis as they make cocktails from TI member, Michelle Ephraim’s wonderful book , Shakespeare Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas. Bring your own beverage of choice! 
Virtual Annual Gathering of the Congregation

Join us for our virtual Annual Gathering on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. While we cannot gather in-person this year, we hope you will join us virtually to reflect on the year, elect new leadership, and celebrate our cantorial transition.

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Shabbat Dinner Groups

Fridays, June 5 & 19 at 7:15 p.m.
Gather in small groups of 8-12 people (on Zoom) for Shabbat dinner, thoughtful conversation, and connection! BYO dinner. Sign up to join a group here. We will send you a Zoom link for your group in advance!
We look forward to welcoming student rabbi Andrew Oberstein as our rabbinic intern starting next week! Andrew is thrilled to return to Temple Israel, where he previously served as Coordinator for Social Justice and Young Adult Engagement. Andrew will be involved in many areas in our community and we are sure you will relish the chance to experience his many scholarship, warmth, and many talents. Learn more about Andrew  here .
Connecting to Temple Israel
Looking to get more involved? Interested in joining a class, attending more services, or checking out some of the amazing virtual programs we have to offer? Join our Google Group to get more emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email Noa.
Shabbat Dinner, Poetry & Podcast Small Groups
Poetry Small Group
Every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Connect with our Temple Israel poets and lovers of poetry. Sign up here . Join on Zoom !
Podcast Small Group - Jewish Deli Edition
Tuesday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Check out this episode from  The Kibbitz Podcast, Nosh (part 2) about the history of Jewish Deli . Sign up! Join us on zoom.
For more information or with questions, please reach out to Nicole Zador or Rabbi Gubitz.
Weekday Minyan
Log into Zoom and join us virtually for Weekday Minyan every Monday - Thursday at 6:15 p.m . Carve out time in your day for reflection, singing, and a chance to offer names for healing and remembrance. We will be using Mishkan T'filah for weekdays and will be offering access to the prayerbook through a Zoom screen share. Or, you can purchase your own Kindle edition here . Weekday Minyan can also be streamed on our website here .
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Learn with us online!
Weekly classes (new students welcome):
Upcoming classes:
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Small Groups
Connect with the Riverway community by joining a Small Group, including Book Club, Celebrate the New Month, Couples, Interfaith Couples, and Singles.  Sign up here .

Chaverai: Words with Friends
We will match you with another member of the community for you to check in with, and provide a range of Jewish and non-Jewish sources for you to think through together.
Fill out this form to join us as we adapt this ancient practice to our contemporary times.
Upcoming Events:
  • "Resistance" Watch Party. Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. Based on the inspiring true story, Resistance follows the revolutionary tale of a selfless act that would forever change countless lives Learn more on Facebook. Join us on Zoom
  • Riverway Book Club. Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. We'll be discussing the book Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) by Sarah Hurwitz (Michelle Obama's speechwriter). Learn more on Facebook. Join us on Zoom.
TI June Camp: Come Have Fun with Us This Summer! 
The Education program will continue with virtual programming in June and July! We will begin on Tuesday, June 2, and will run every Tuesday and Thursday in June. We'll have a morning meeting at 9:00 a.m., community time at 3:30 p.m., and one-off electives for the students to participate in from 4:00-5:00 p.m.. Please indicate interest here a nd email Roberta Bergstein with any questions.
In these unprecedented times, Temple Israel is operating in high gear to set up many ways to participate and interact with fellow congregants of all ages for classes and gatherings. A gift to the Temple Israel Friends Annual Fund will allow us to bring Religious School students together for online learning, will enable us to livestream our Qabbalat Shabbat services to all who are seeking connection during this time of isolation, and will continue to enable TI members in Boston and across the world to come together virtually to live Judaism together in new and exciting ways.
May 25, 2020
Includes information about TI's 25 hour Tikkun Zoom Shavuot
Share with us!
Are you participating in our virtual opportunities? This is part of our communal story! Send photos of you and your family at participating from home, and let us know where you're participating from! All photos and stories can be sent to Noa Rosen.
How are we doing? As we move into a temporary virtual community, we want to make sure we are meeting your needs for community connection. Please email your communications feedback to Emma Koblick, Director of Communications.