You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Over 700 households joined for Wednesday's and Thursday's Grand Communal Seders.
We are so grateful to the many individuals in our Temple Israel Community who are serving on the front lines of Covid-19. Thank you to all who are medical personnel and healthcare workers, essential workers, and educators who are working tirelessly to sustain our community. We offer you our gratitude and our prayers for health and healing.

Mi Shebeirach
We pray now, Mi Shebeirach, to the Source of blessing 
Repair the rent garments of our souls;
Stitch the ripped fabrics of our society;
Bandage the holes in our hearts;
Cure our sicknesses, treat our ailments, lighten the burden of our treatments, 
Give us strength, offer us relief, release us from suffering
Heal my dad, guard my mom, soothe my sister, love my brother, 
support my loved one, revive my friend, 
Nurture all who live in the in-between, notice all who are unseen, 
Renew our courage, restore our breaches, rescue our wholeness
Root us all in the ever sturdy Tree of Life…

Mi Shebeirach Nishmoteinu - 
May the one who blesses all of our souls, 
bring us healing, 
and bless us with love, understanding, wholeness and peace.
- Rabbi Jen Gubitz
Happy Passover and We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Haftarah portion:
II Samuel 6:1-7:17
Candle lighting:
7:11 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15
10:00 a.m. Passover Festival Service
10:00-10:30 a.m. End of Passover Village Celebration
Friday, April 17
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
Saturday, April 18
9:00 a.m.  Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Saturday morning for Shabbat and Torah Study!

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

Please view our other help resources here:
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Louise Grossi                   
April 6, 2020 
Mother of John Fanciullo (Linda) and Robert Fanciullo (Gale)
Sister of Blondino Grossi and Edna Grossi – sister-in-law
Grandmother of J.A. Fanciullo (Marli Porth), Robin Araujo (Brian), Pamela Cosco (Albert), Robert Fanciullo (Christine)
Great-Grandmother of Amelie, Avery, Ethan and Dario
Eileen Gitlin           
April 7, 2020
Aunt of Ellen Sigman (Howard Marget)
Great Aunt of Michael and Emily Marget
Saul Brightman          
April 8, 2020
Brother-in-Law of Louise Brightman
Rhoda Brand
April 8, 2020
Mother of Steven Brand (Rhona), Leonard Brand (Beverly), Carl Brand (Valerie, Sheara Seigal (Jeff)
Grandmother of Elyssa and Rebecca Brand, Corey, Matthew, Adam, Kara and Jared
Great-Grandmother of Olivia, Nathan, Sasha, and Noa
Gladys Sklar
April 8, 2020
Grandmother of Todd Finard (Andrea)
Great-Grandmother of Jacob, Murray, and Benjamin
George Berry
Husband of Ellin Reisner
Mazel Tov!  We celebrate the birth of:
Theodore Santana Goldstein
Born Tuesday, April 7
Parents: Adam and Gaby Goldstein
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 617-966-7951. Amy Sherr, Executive Coordinator to Rabbi Zecher, wants to know and can help you!
Being in quarantine can be isolating, frightening, and lonely. Over the course of the next week, TI leadership will be reaching out. We want to say hello and to make sure everyone is safe and well. TI Cares and our lay leadership is also here to help! Please let us know if you need immediate assistance by contacting Amy Sherr.
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
Passover Festival Services
Passover Festival Service
Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a virtual Passover Festival service.   Click here to join.

End of Passover Village Celebration
Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m.
It's the end of Passover! Come sing, dance and play with us as we celebrate the end of Passover and beginning of the Spring. Join us on Zoom here .
TIkkun Central
This Passover we have been hit by a modern plague. Our lives have all been impacted in different, yet challenging ways. If you're able, please join us in choosing one, a few, or all of these actions which help support the most vulnerable among us. Whether it's protecting our planet by purchasing meat substitutes or joining the TI Cares Kindness Army, there are many ways that you can give back during social distancing.  View our Seder Plate of Action here.
Join us on Thursday Evening, April 23 for an online charity poker tournament to help support Temple Israel’s Friends Annual Fund. While we weren't able to gather in person for Stepping Out, you can still buy-in to what is often the most highly sought-after seat at the table. Learn more here .
JCRC Virtual Yom HaShoah Remembrance and Reflection
Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. JCRC Virtual Yom HaShoah Remembrance and Reflection
Join in here .

Temple Israel Yom HaShoah Commemoration Service
Monday, April 20 at 6:15 p.m.
Join on Zoom 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 daily emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email your interest here.
Small Groups
We have two Temple Israel wide Small Groups in-formation. Connect with our Temple Israel poets and lovers of poetry on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. Or gather with our Podcast group (think book club but aural) to discuss interesting podcasts with fellow listeners. Sign up for poetry group here . Sign up for the podcast group here . Questions? Email Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole Zador.
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 .
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
The following classes have been moved online!
Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center
Temple Israel's Librarian,  Ann Abrams , has created a YouTube channel with her reading books for kids. Here's the first one, with a nice TI connection: The author of We're All in the Same Boat (a Noah's ark story), Rabbi Zach Shapiro, grew up at TI! Watch the video here .
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Relive the Passover story with a childhood classic -- The Prince of Egypt! Email Nicole Zador for more information.

Riverway Shabbat
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for an engaging, musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz -- virtually! Learn more on Facebook here . Join us on Zoom here. Join us on Facebook Live here.

Small Groups Interest Form
Connect with the Riverway community by joining a Small Group! Come to connect with others, share your story, and explore new ideas. We are starting five Riverway specific groups:  Book Club, Rosh Chodesh Group, Couples Group, Interfaith Couples Group, and Singles Group.  Carve out time in your day to breathe, connect, and reflect! Fill out the form to let us know you’re interested! Sign up here .
Religious School & Teens
Our Religious School Program, The Tent, and RYFTI have suspended onsite operations, but have set up many virtual learning opportunities. Information about how to join will be sent directly to those families. See what we're offering:
Village for Families with Young Children
Tot Rock Shabbat
Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Thank Goodness It's Shabbat
Join us on Zoom every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for dancing and singing on a special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy.

Village Parent’s Happy Hour
Sundays and Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Struggling to manage the new normal? Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community!

End of Passover Village Celebration
Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m.
It's the end of Passover! Come sing, dance and play with us as we celebrate the end of Passover and beginning of the Spring. Join us on Zoom here .
It is a Mitzvah to chant from the Torah on Shabbat and on the Holidays. Chanting Torah requires the ability to read Hebrew as well as the musical skill set to accurately learn the musical contours of each verse. If this is of interest to you, please contact Sue Misselbeck . We cannot promise a portion to anyone who expresses interest but we can promise to offer instruction to help you acquire this skill.
We have postponed our Celebration Weekend for Cantor Einhorn to September 11. After 37 years at Temple Israel of Boston, our beloved Cantor Einhorn will complete his distinguished service to our congregation and will retire on June 30, 2020.

In these unprecedented times of social distancing, 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.
Last week, GBIO submitted a letter to Governor Baker about the importance of affordable accessible healthcare, mortgage deferral and rent assistance, and improving the criminal justice system.

Written by Rabbi Jen Gubitz

April 7, 2020
By Tent teacher, Emilia Diamant, about her experiencing teaching over Zoom.

April 7, 2020
Quotes Rabbi Zecher on the bittersweetness of this year's Passover and the importance of remaining hopeful during dark times.
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.