You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Last Shabbat, Cantor Stillman welcomed the start of Elul with a blast of the shofar. How are you preparing for the High Holy Days? Did you see our shofar-distancing video?
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Ki Teitzei
Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 54:1-54:10
Candle lighting:
7:06 p.m.
Friday, August 28
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat! Benjamin Speicher will chant Qiddush.

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups

7:30 p.m. Riverway Shabbat Recharge
Saturday, August 29
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

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

10:15 a.m. Mazal Tov! Benjamin Speicher becomes a Bar Mitzvah.

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:
Hilda Appelblatt
August 20, 2020 (30 Av, 5780)
Mother of Linda Barnes (Richard)
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.
Temple Israel Membership
In order to be an active participant in 5781 High Holy Day Services, we request that Temple Israel members contribute at least 25% of their annual dues one week prior to the holidays. For questions about membership, please connect with Shoshanna Goldberg.
We invite you to explore our new High Holy Day website, which outlines our three pathways to the High Holy Days:
  • Explore our interactive library of High Holy Day materials
  • Sign up for virtual small group sessions during Elul and on the holidays themselves
  • See the full schedule of virtual High Holy Day services
We invite you to explore each pathway and plan your journey at   
With battery-lit candles, music, and repentant meditation, we dress our Torah in white, ritually preparing it and ourselves for our season of holiness. We will be practicing social distancing and masks are required. Location provided upon registration. Space is limited, Zoom options are available. Register for the service here!
High Holy Day Prayer Groups
Dig deeper into the High Holy Days and strengthen relationships with other Temple Israel members in interactive, virtual gatherings led by Temple Israel clergy. We ask that you limit your selection to one small group per holiday. If you would like to be added to a wait list for additional groups, please indicate your preferences at the end of the registration form. Please contact Sue Misselbeck with questions. Learn more and register here.
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.
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
Do you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color? We are building a BIPOC Caucus Group to connect with one another and expand conversations about race and racism at Temple Israel. Questions? Want to join the listserve? Email Tatiana Williams-Rodriguez and/or Asst. Director of Social Justice Engagement Tali Puterman.
Join the Movement! Reclaim Our Vote!

Since launching in July Reclaim Our Vote Campaign combating voter suppression in 6 states (Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas). So far, more than 145 congregants have committed to participate in our outreach to voters of color, who are more likely to be targeted for voter suppression, through postcards and telephone calls. Together we have sent over 10,000 postcards!

Please join us in this fight for our democracy by completing this form. To order postcards, please complete this order form. To see a recording of the launch, click here. For more information, contact Kathy WeinmanTali Putermanor Rabbi Dan Slipakoff.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
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. Join us here.
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Join the Riverway Project for our virtual High Holy Days! Registration is open now for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Riverway Confessional services.
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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Reminders and Reflections: A High Holiday Virtual Art

Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. Join other young adults (20s-30s) in this virtual art workshop exploring the theme of Reflection as we head into the High Holy Days

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Riverway Shabbat, September!

Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an engaging, musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz -- virtually!

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August 18, 2020
Written by Nicole Zador, Riverway Project Coordinator

August 14, 2020
About Rabbi Jen Gubitz's wedding
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
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.