You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Join us this Friday as we officially welcome Cantor Alicia Stillman into our congregation!
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Genesis 6:9-11:32
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Candle lighting:
5:31 p.m.
Friday, October 23
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat Join us on Zoom here.

5:15 p.m. Shabbat Mishpachah. Join on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat, a night of musical celebration and welcome for the Installation of Cantor Alicia Stillman! Followed by a virtual Oneg. Hallie Schneider will chant Qiddush. Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here.

7:45 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups
Saturday, October 24
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study. Join us on Zoom here, Facebook Live here. or stream on our website here.

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

Life Cycle Events in our Community
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Kenneth Shapiro
October 12, 2020
Son of Freema Shapiro
Brother of Susan Shapiro Magdanz and Ronald Shapiro
Father of Sasha Shapiro
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Rose Lynaugh Kroll
October 18, 2020
Daughter of Nicole and Seth Kroll
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the marriage of:
Max Sagan-Gutherz and Mirele Mann
October 18, 2020
Allison Klion and Travis Lurato
Allison is the granddaughter of Anita Bender
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.
Cantor Stillman's Installation
A Night of Musical Celebration and Welcome
THIS FRIDAY October 23 at 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat

We have already been entranced by her voice on the High Holy Days. Some have shared virtual cocktail gatherings. A number of our students have become Bar or Bat Mitzvah with her. Others have experienced her warmth and comfort in healing conversations. Each Friday night at Qabbalat Shabbat, we have sung along to new and favorite songs and prayers. And yet, we still look forward to a full virtual celebration to welcome and install our new, wonderful, and talented cantor to our congregation.

Qabbalat Shabbat on October 23 will be filled with beautiful music with some surprise guests. Cantor Alicia Stillman's beloved teacher and friend, Dr. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, The Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor Emeritus of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College in New York will deliver the D'var Torah in her honor. The entire congregation is invited to install Cantor Stillman as the culmination of the evening service! Please join us for this historic and momentous occasion in the life of the congregation.  

Following the service we will break up into small virtual Oneg group gatherings to meet Cantor Stillman as she virtually roams from room to room. All you will need to do is stay on after the service on Zoom and we will do the rest. (BYOOF-Bring Your Own Oneg Food!)
TIkkun Central
This Election Season has galvanized the “Reclaim Our Vote” campaign at Temple Israel where over 200 TI members are involved in fighting voter suppression. We urge all TI members to join this effort by phone banking during these last critical weeks before November 3rd. There is strength in numbers: Our vote is our voice! Watch Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook to learn more.

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook
Early voting has started and voter suppression never stopped. In Florida, a federal judge ruled that former felons have to pay fees and fines before exercising their right to vote under Amendment 4 which only recently secured that right. In South Carolina, a new Supreme Court decision requiring absentee voters to have another person sign their ballot before they can vote is jeopardizing the voting rights of many citizens in that state.
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Friends Annual Fund
Please join us in support of the Friends Annual Fund with a meaningful gift this year. Your annual gift is crucial to guaranteeing that our membership is accessible to all, and in keeping our doors (virtual or otherwise) open, no matter what. Your generosity will allow us to continue to inspire all who gather with us, whether in-person or online, and secure our place as the center of Jewish life in Boston and beyond. If you have any questions about the Friends Annual Fund, or to make a contribution, please contact our Director of Development, Shoshanna Goldberg.
High Holy Day Prayer Book Return
Almost half of our borrowed prayer books have been returned! Help us reach 100% return rate by bringing your borrowed prayer books back to Temple Israel.

We ask that you return your prayer books to the building during designated drop-off times: October 20-23, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Temple Israel will also be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Greater Boston Food Bank during this time as well.
Upcoming Classes
Classes starting soon:
with Breath Lab
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:45 p.m.
4 sessions, Starting Oct 21
with Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
4 Sessions, Starting Oct 29
with Tour Guide Dani Rotstein
Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
3 Sessions, Starting Nov 4
with Kavod
Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
5 Sessions, Starting Nov 9
Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center
Library Book Group
Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00 p.m.
All book-lovers are welcome to come, bring lunch, and join the conversation! On October 27, we will discuss the novel, Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo. Discussion led by Library Committee member, Rosalie Bookston. RSVP to Ann Abrams.
Contact-less Curbside Pick Up from TI Library
Missing the Temple Israel library? Bring it home with you! We are offering contact-less pick up from the building. Visit our website here to learn what books, DVDs, and CDs we have in-stock. You can review the reservation and pick up process here or email Ann Abrams for more information.
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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.