July 3 , 2018/5778
Temple Israel contingent at the Rally Against Family Separation on June 30. See the full album.
Calendar On the Calendar
24 Tammuz, 5778
Torah portion:
Numbers 25:10−30:1

Haftarah portion:

Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Friday, July 6
6:00 p.m. "Open Air" Qabbalat Shabbat (check website to confirm)

Saturday, July 7
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study

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

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Life Cycle Events

We mourn the loss of:
Joan Flax Fields
June 25, 2018 (12 Tammuz, 5778)
Sister of Jane Lewis (John)
Aunt of Mindy Berman (Dan Solomon)
Cousin of Dan Romanow (Andrew Zelermyer)
Great-aunt of  Anna, Ellie, and Rachel Solomon
Sally Beckerman
July 1, 2018 (19 Tammuz, 5778)
Mother of Lou Beckerman, Nancy Hartman, Neil Beckerman, and Stephen Beckerman

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.
constructionChanges Coming to Temple Israel and Longwood Avenue
Nessel Way Entrance Renovation
Beginning this week
We are excited about renovating the Temple Israel entrance this summer! Please pardon our appearance during renovations on the Nessel Way entrance. Starting this week through mid-August, there will be signs posted on Nessel Way directing you to the temporary entrance. While the renovation is taking place, the entrance may change from day to day depending on the contractor's scope of work. We will ensure that signage will easily be visible on Nessel Way, directing you to the appropriate entrance. If you have any questions, please contact us at 617-566-3960.
Longwood Avenue Bike Lane Construction
Beginning end of July
Beginning this summer, a half mile of new bike lanes and other safety features will be installed along Longwood Avenue in some areas. Cyclists will have dedicated space to ride their bikes and there will be safer crossings for pedestrians. The improvements will increase visibility of pedestrians and bicyclists by motorists and help reduce conflicts. Please plan your travels to Temple Israel accordingly.
tishaTisha B'Av
Saturday, July 21, 8:00 pm at Temple Sinai
Please join Temple Sinai, Temple Israel, and Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of reflection on Tisha B'Av, the fast day which traditionally commemorates the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire in 586 BCE and by the Romans in 70 CE, the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. Temple Sinai's Rabbi Shoshana Friedman will lead us in song, prayer, and the reading of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations. Enter via the entrance which is down a stairway at the corner of Sewall Avenue and Charles Streets.
crisisImmigrant Crisis: Ways to Respond
Provide Tangible Support to Detainees and Separated Families
  • Temple Emanuel of McAllen, Texas is accepting donations via Paypal or by check sent to Temple Emanuel, 4300 N Chai Street, McAllen, TX 78504. Please note "Refugees" on the check memo line, and they will ensure the money goes towards supporting families facing criminal prosecution on the southern US border.
  • The Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism is providing many ways Reform Jews can take action. This list is continually updating, so be sure to check back regularly.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies has established the CJP Fund to Aid Children and End Separation (FACES). FACES will offer immediate aid through three organizations: Catholic Charities, the Young Center, and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition. These organizations will provide legal assistance, social workers as family reunification specialists to help find the parents of separated children, trauma specialists to support children experiencing extreme distress, and will help families once they are released from detention and await immigration trials. CJP will distribute 100 percent of contributions to these organizations. Read CJP's statement and consider making a donation.
TI Teen Education Registration & Tent Early Bird Discount teen
Through The Tent, the Madrichim Program, and RYFTI, Temple Israel's Teen Education has many wonderful, meaningful things to offer Temple Israel's 8-12th graders. TI Teen Education registration is now open via the TI congregant portal. If you have any trouble related to the portal or form, contact Brigid GogginRead more about TI Teen Ed.
readHigh Holy Days 5779 Congregational Read
Peace of Mind by Joshua Loth Liebman
This year, the book chosen for our High Holy Day congregational read is Peace of Mind, by our former Senior Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman. In 1946, amidst a world still aching and broken by war, Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman published this book in an attempt to provide solace and hope to a community that was struggling to come to terms with the war's new horrors and hatreds. As we read Rabbi Liebman's book today, we not only honor his insightful and compassionate legacy, we also find new meaning and urgency in his words, as we as a society once again find ourselves disturbed by newfound hatreds and institutional violence in the world. We invite you to buy or borrow this book and read it in preparation for the High Holy Day season. You can also find the original version of the book online.
Your Personal Invitation Has Arrived
Membership Renewal is upon us! Personalized membership renewal booklets have gone out to all our members to thank you for being a part of our community and to share information about the year ahead. If you have any questions upon receiving your renewal booklet or you have not yet received it, please contact Dekel Luban, Director of Membership and Engagement. We are grateful for the enthusiastic response.
Honoring Your Loved Ones
Honor the memory of a loved one by dedicating a memorial plaque in his or her memory. The Alice G. Winn Memorial Menorah is located along the rear wall of the Sanctuary, and these memorial plaques are made from glass and hung once a year during the summer. The Harry N. and Estelle S. Gorin Memorial Alcove surrounds one of the entrance doors to the Sanctuary, and these plaques are made from bronze and can be hung all year round. 

Once a plaque is ordered, Temple Israel will perpetually read the name of the deceased during Shabbat services on the anniversary of death. Family members will be notified of this date. All names on plaques are included in the Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance. A contribution of $650 to the Temple Israel Endowment Fund will secure a plaque. Please contact Sue Misselbeck for more information.
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