You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Mazal Tov! Last weekend, Stella Hoffman became a Bat Mitzvah with friends, family, and TI Clergy participating over Zoom.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Candle lighting:
7:17 p.m.
Friday, August 21
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat!

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups
Saturday, August 22
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

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

8:00 p.m. Havdalah
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:
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Don Green           
August 14, 2020
Father of Avi Green (Sarah Almer)
Grandfather of Rachel Almer
Jeffrey Freiberg           
August 15, 2020
Uncle of JoJo Jacobson (Rabbi Suzie)
Great-uncle of Nathan Yitzy and Ruben Jacobson
Lewis Cohen
August 13, 2020
Father of Liza Gates (Andrew) and Benjamin Cohen (Melissa)
Grandfather of Oliver, Isabelle, Sophie, and Jalona
Rochelle Alexander
August 16, 2020
Mother of Robert Alexander (Kathryn) and Steven Alexander (Sandra)
Grandmother of Alyssa, David and Shara
Stephen Antler
August 15, 2020
Husband of Joyce Antler              
Father of Rachel Meagher (Daniel) and Lauren Antler (Carl Martin)
Grandfather of Tillie, Max, and Micah
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
Prayer Book Pick Up

This year, we will be lending copies of Mishkan HaNefesh for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services to Temple Israel members. While you are at the building, we are also offering the opportunity for you and your family to stand before the ark in the Sanctuary. Masks must be worn at all times and all visitors must maintain social distancing while in the building. We ask that you return your prayer books to the building during designated drop-off times: October 5-9, 13-16, & 19-23, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Spiritual Preparation Small Groups - Registration Closes Soon

Only 10 spots remain for the Congregational Read Group of Ibram X. Kendi's "How to be An Antiracist." There is still space in our other small groups including our Spiritual Book Groups reading Rabbi Alan Lew's "This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared." Once a group begins meeting, registration for it is closed. Contact Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole with questions.

What is a Spiritual Prep Small Group? The month leading up to the High Holy Days offers us the opportunity to assess the ways in which we have – or have not – lived up to our ideals over the past year, and to identify ways in which we would like to “return” to our best selves in the year to come. We do this work by looking inward, in conversation with others, and engaging with important issues in our world. High Holy Day Small Groups will gather 10-12 congregants for meaningful conversation, relevant learning, and relational connections.
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 emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email Noa Rosen.
Tikkun Central
Reclaim Our Vote Campaign
Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us to learn more about how to combat voter suppression with the Temple Israel Racial Justice Initiative's Reclaim Our Vote Campaign. Come and listen to Wanda Mosley, Senior Coordinator in Georgia at Black Voters Matter, speak about her efforts to stomp out voter suppression. BVM is a partner in the Reclaim Our Vote Campaign. Stay to watch a film about the life of a remarkable civil rights activist, "John Lewis: Good Trouble," directed by Black filmmaker Dawn Porter.

Please join us in this fight for our democracy by completing this form. To order postcards, complete this order form. To learn more, contact Kathy WeinmanTali Puterman, or Rabbi Dan Slipakoff.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Upcoming class:
Yoga and Torah with the Moon
Wednesdays, August 26 – September 16 at 4:00 p.m.

In this special Elul circle, we’ll braid yoga with Torah, engaging in deep and lasting heshbon nefesh—an accounting of our way of being, an honest self-reflection. The physical stretches will be slow and deep, just like the practice of meeting ourselves. This is brave and powerful work. It’s how we can turn ourselves, and the world, right-side up. Register here.
TI 50s & 60s
An Evening with Cantor Stillman
Wednesday, August 26 from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

The TI 50s and 60s group is hoping that you’ll join us for a year of intellectually stimulating and socially engaging activities! Our new season will be starting on a high note (pun intended) on Wednesday, August 26, with An Evening with Cantor Alicia Stillman. In her short time at Temple Israel, Cantor Stillman has already left her mark on our congregation, enchanting us with the depths of both her spirit and her talent. Learn more about our dynamic new cantor and listen to her sing some of her favorite songs. It’s sure to be a magical evening. Please RSVP to Deb Mandel.
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Riverway Havdalah

Saturday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m. Gather with other members of the Riverway community as we say goodbye to Shabbat and welcome in the new week with blessings, songs, and post-Havdalah schmoozing.

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Shabbat Re-charge w/ Riverway

Friday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. Join the Riverway team for an abbreviated service as we bring Shabbat in together.

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August 11, 2020
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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.