In the tradition of Hanukkah, join us for a week long re-dedication and celebration of our renovated sanctuary space.
Dates to Remember
December 1 - Shabbat Services
December 2 - Concert
December 4 - City Hall Menorah Lighting
December 7 - Friday Night Service and Dinner
December 8 - Shabbat Services in honor of everyone that helped with our Renovation and Kids Shabbat
Yiddish Radio Lives!
A Musical Tribute to Ben Gailing at 120.

Join us for a concert on Sunday December 2nd at 1:00pm


City Hall Hanukkah Candle Lighting
Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30pm

Join us on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall when we will be joined by Mayor Jeanette McCarthy to light the Hanukkah Candles.
 
Shabbat Kiddush Sponsors
December 8 - · in honor of Vadim Maystrovsky’s Birthday, in honor of everyone that helped with our renovation, catered by Sylvia Hobbs
 
The cost to provide our Kiddush lunch for our usual attendance of 30 to 40 people is about $150. To ensure that we can continue providing Shabbat lunches into the future, we ask those who attend Shabbat services regularly to sponsor a Shabbat lunch once or twice during the year.
Children's Services
Join us on December 8 for Children’s Services
 
Led by Aki Yonekawa, our monthly children's service includes singing, storytelling and movement and provides an opportunity to meet other families in the greater Waltham area. Children join the main service for Adon Olam, and the congregation then enjoys kiddush, challah and a light lunch. The program is geared for children ages 2-7 but all ages are welcome.
 
TBI services and events are open to the community and membership is not required to participate.
 
Temple Beth Israel provides babysitting every Shabbat from 10-12. We have a large, carpeted playroom downstairs with a variety of books, toys and games and sufficient space for both quiet and active play. Children are also joyfully welcome in the main service and often move between the playroom and services.
 
For more information about children's programming, please contact the TBI office at (781) 894-5146. 
Torah Study Group: Midrash on The Garden of Eden
 
Wednesday mornings, 11:00am-12:30pm at Temple Beth Israel
December 12, & January 16
With the help of Wilfred Shuchat’s book, The Garden of Eden & the Struggle to Be Human According to the Midrash Rabbah , we will explore and investigate the Biblical text, practice our own rabbinic close reading skills, and explore rabbinic homilies on chapter 2 of the Book of Genesis ( Bereishit ). All are welcome, Jew and non-Jew, veterans of midrash and beginners alike.
 
Talmud Study Group: The Most Significant Talmudic Discussions
 
Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm at Temple Beth Israel
December 19, January 9
Beginning in Fall 2008, Professor Jon A. Levisohn of Brandeis University collected 25 responses to the question, “What are the Talmudic sugyot (topics or discussions) that every Jew ought to know, the most famous or significant Talmudic discussions?” The sugyot were chosen “for their theological and ideological significance, their contemporary practical significance, or their centrality in discussions among commentators. Or in some cases, perhaps their idiosyncrasy.” In this long-term learning project, I hope to learn every one of the 67 sugyot in the list. Let’s take the journey together. We’ll learn slowly and deliberately, taking one discussion at a time. There’s no rush. All texts will be provided in the original language (Hebrew and/or Aramaic) and in English translation. All are welcome. No prior familiarity with Talmud required.
 
Hashmi’ini Jewish Singing Circle
 
Shabbat afternoons, 1:30-2:30pm at Temple Beth Israel
December 15, January 12
Hashmi’ini means “let me hear” from the verse in Song of Songs, Hashmi’ini et qolekh, “let me hear your voice.” Inspired by Joey Weisenberg's book Building Singing Communities , this group offers an hour of singing wordless tunes while sitting in a circle. In each session, we learn to sing and then explore one song or niggun (wordless Jewish melody), singing it approximately ten times and in as many different ways.   All are welcome: seasoned musicians, musicophobes who were scarred long ago by snooty music teachers, and everyone in between. The Singing Circle emphasizes learning, participation, and musical community over “the right notes.” Meetings will occur on the Shabbat afternoons listed above.
 
Outside Events
you may be interested in.
Temple Shir Tikvah of Winchester invites you to a free filming of the film My Dear Children, and discussion with one of the producers and a member of our congregation who appears in the film. This film is about a family caught up in the pogroms of eastern Europe of 100 years ago, and how their descendants research what happened. This will occur at the temple on Sunday December 16 at 7 PM. We ask you to RSVP if you plan to come, by calling the office at 781-729-1263. A link to the event is below.

We look foward to seeing you.
Join the Yiddish Book Centers Book Club.

Each member of the Book Club will:
  • receive four English-language books--selected by Yiddish Book Center staff--at a significant discount ($78 for all four books, including shipping within the USA), starting in February 2019
  • receive regular e-mails with book reviews, essays, author profiles, and audio and video recordings to enrich your reading experience and connect you to other Book Club members
  • be invited to join a private, members-only Facebook group, where you will take part in in-depth, real-time discussions of the readings with other Book Club members and Center staff, as well as participate in occasional online video conferences
For more information,  visit the Book Club webpage  and  sign up here . The deadline for registration is December 16, 2018, but why wait? You can also buy gift memberships as Hanukkah presents for your book-loving friends and family-there's no better way to share your commitment to Yiddish literature. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions at 
bookclub@yiddishbookcenter.org  or 413-256-4900, ext. 131.
 
The National Havurah Committee, a network of havurot, individuals and communities, has held an annual week-long  Summer Institute  as well as weekend regional retreats for many decades. 
 
This-year’s New England retreat will be held at Camp Ramah, in Palmer, MA. Music, Learning, and Spiritual Growth set the tone. A vibrant, musical Kabbalat Shabbat service starts the weekend. Friday evening continues with dinner, singing, and course sessions. On Saturday and Sunday, interact in a range of classes, take time for spirited prayer, walk in the woods or at the lake, learn and sing new songs, stretch your body and your mind. There will also be a supervised program for children. Camp Ramah is about 75 minutes from Boston, MA or Hartford, CT; 90 minutes from Albany, NY, or Providence RI, and convenient to New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont locations. Accommodations are simple, uncrowded, comfortable, and fully winterized. Single rooms and "hotel-style" rooms are also available. Meals are kosher, with vegetarian options.  For full details, go to: