October 16, 2018/5779
TILLI meets for their first session of the Fall 2018 semester with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller
Calendar On the Calendar
11 Heshvan, 5779
Torah portion:
Genesis  12:1−17:27

Haftarah portion:

Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Friday, October 19
6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat 
(Watch Live Stream)

Riverway Project (20s & 30s) Nice Jewish Queers Shabbat Dinner
Saturday, October 20
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat!
Life Cycle Events
We celebrate the marriage of:
Liz Trafton & Nate Silver
September 22, 2018

Deanna Goldner & Eric Britton
September 22, 2018

Shaina Dennis & Matt Goodwin 
September 29, 2018

Rachel Akiba & Josh Sherman
October 7, 2018

Erica Quigley & Eric Dimico 
October 7, 2018

Jenna O'Neil & Mike Weiss
October 14, 2018
We celebrate the birth of:
Ari Leonidas Lerner
October 1, 2018
David Lerner & Monika Kompodieta (parents)

Are you or is someone you know celebrating a wedding? An engagement? A new baby? Do you know someone who is ill or in need of a friendly, supportive call? Please let Rachel Daniels know.
Anat Hoffman: "If You See Something, Say Something"
with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. at Temple Israel; No Cost
Temple Israel is honored to welcome Anat Hoffman and If You See Something, Say Something: An invitation to speak up when Israel strays away from its own declared vision. Israel's Declaration of Independence ensures social and political rights to all of Israel's inhabitants irrespective of religion, race, or sex; freedom of religion, conscience, language, education, and culture; and a country that will safeguard the holy places of all religions. There are instances where Israel goes off course. What should diaspora Jews do? In this presentation Hoffman will suggest an action guide for the perplexed on how we can support the Israeli movements for justice.

Follow this event on Facebook. No registration required. This program has been made possible by the Smith Family Innovation Fund in Honor of Rabbi Ronne Friedman
Regarding The Supreme Court Confirmation
Revisit the TI clergy statement:
"...Today real listening is no less rare, as countless individuals chosen by our society to lead instead have chosen to dismiss the courageous voices of survivors of sexual violence. This is not a partisan issue; it is not merely about the Kavanaugh confirmation nor a matter of political party affiliation. We are appalled, above all, by the phenomenon of complete and utter disregard of the sacredness of listening - and there is no such thing in Judaism as listening without authentic response." (Read more)
Central Conference of American Rabbis' Response To Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Confirmation:
"We, along with many of you and many in your communities, are devastated by the Senate's vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We share the pain and frustration of many at the Senate's decision, as well as at the deep division and anger this debate has inflamed across our country."   (Read more)
Blog By TI Congregant: "Why I Want You to Vote Yes on 3"
"Ever since my son, at the age of 14, started living as a boy, we have had to decide, at every rest stop, concert, bus station, sporting event, restaurant, school, museum, gym, medical office, swimming pool, movie theater-is it safe?" Read more why Temple Israel congregant, Elizabeth, wants you to vote YES on 3.
Qabbalat Shabbat on Friday, October 26
Shabbat Mishpachah
Families with children of all ages are welcome! The Village, Religious School, and Day School communities are all invited! 

5:00 p.m. Gather in Levi Auditorium for taco-bar pre-neg and pre-Shabbat activities
5:45 p.m. Music, Children's Blessing, and Challah with the Temple Israel Clergy
6:00 p.m. Join the congregation for a special "Studio Shabbat"
Studio Shabbat
with Deb Putnoi and Natalya Bernstein
Qabbalat Shabbat, Friday, October 26, 6:00 p.m. No cost.
Join thousands of art lovers and advocates as we celebrate the 4th annual MassCreative's #ArtsMatterDay. During our Qabbalat Shabbat service, we will each have a chance to try our hand at crafting art and connecting to Judaism and our Jewish journeys in a new, artistic way. All art materials are provided; wear something you don't mind getting messy.
Registration for the Fall semester of the Center for Adult Jewish Learning is now open! Be sure to see the full list of courses, register, and mark in your calendar our Town Hall events such as "Transforming Fear" with Rabbi Ebn Leader, Burstein Scholar-in-Residence Weekend, Studio Shabbat, and more. Follow CAJL on Facebook!
Reb Zalman and the Quest for Spiritual Renewal
with Rabbi Or Rose, Associate Dean of Hebrew College Rabbinical School
Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., October 22, 29, November 5, 19, 26

Cost: $125 (members)/$175 (non-members)
Explore the life and work of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924-2015), founder of the Jewish Renewal movement and a pioneer in North American interreligious dialogue. Read moreRegister.
Becoming Jewish
with Rabbi Jen Gubitz and Rabbinic Intern Jessica Lowenthal 
Thursdays, November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (before
Introduction to Judaism). No cost.
Join us for lively conversation on major themes that emerge in the conversion
process. Register.
"Modern Loss," in Conversation with Rebecca Soffer
with Rebecca Soffer
Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. No cost.
Join Modern Loss co-founder (and co-author of the new book Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.Rebecca Soffer for an evening of community and no-holds-barred conversation about loss-the bad, the good, the ugly, and even the hilarious. Bring your insights, your experiences, and, of course, your questions. Read more.
fycThe Village for Families with Young Children
Bursting with Joy! Birthing Class
with Certified Nurse-Midwife Sarah Kleinman and Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., October 16, 23, 30, November 13
$180 (members)/$225 (non-members). Includes dinner, materials, & validated parking.
Certified Nurse-Midwife, Sarah Kleinman, will cover the birthing process and guide you through birthing practice, while Rabbi Suzie Jacobson will discuss Jewish rituals around birthing, including naming ceremonies and the bris. Open to members and non-members; we welcome interfaith, LGBTQ, and single parents by choice! Please wear comfy clothing. Contact Shoshanna Goldberg for more information.
LGBTQ & Village Families Celebrate Shabbat
Friday, November 2 at Temple Israel of Boston
5:00 p.m  Pre-neg Dinner 
6:00 p.m. TI Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m.

Join the Temple Israel LGBTQ community as we host our first ever joint Family Shabbat Program with Keshet and the Village for Families with Young Children. We will gather in Slater Lounge at 5:00 p.m. for a family friendly Shabbat pre-neg dinner, and a chance to mix and mingle and meet other LGBTQ families in the Boston Jewish community. Those who'd like can join the Qabbalat Shabbat service with the greater Temple Israel community at 6:00 p.m. Contact Shoshanna Goldberg for more information.
gbioGBIO Pre-Election Action
Monday, October 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury MA 
Make a difference! Come and be counted with over 1,000 people from all walks of life in Metro Boston as we work with politicians on healthcare cost containment, criminal justice reform and immigration policies that keep families together. Pre-registration required. Contact Dru Greenwood for more information or to register. Read more.

Read Michael Rubinstein's blog post  about why he is passionate about the upcoming Action For Such a Time as This.
Community Events
The Urgency of Now: Strengthening Your Congregation Through the Pursuit of Justice, with Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Friday, November 2, d uring 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat at Temple Israel of Boston
Join Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center and Senior Vice President for the Union for Reform Judaism, for a session on how congregations can bring justice closer to the center of congregational life. This session will also offer participants an opportunity to reflect on their congregation's social justice priorities and think about how justice work can strengthen their community through leadership development and building skills that will allow our community to take action on issues that our community most deeply cares about. Since Rabbi Pesner will be speaking shortly after the mid-term elections, he will offer some analysis and lay out opportunities going forward. 

The event is for the URJ Communities of Eastern MA, RI, and Southern NH.
newsTemple Israel's Making Headlines
October 9, 2018
A Prayer for Assaulted Bodies and Souls
JewishBoston - written by Rabbi Jen Gubitz
beaconBeacon Academy
13th Annual Symposium
Friday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Temple Israel
Beacon Academy invites you to join educators and champions of equity for their 13th Annual Symposium on Race and Class in Education. This year's Symposium will focus on the transformative impact of one-on-one relationships between students and the adults in their lives. Space is limited - please sign up to guarantee your spot! For additional information, please contact Nicole Baker.
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