Let's bring in the light together!
Chanukah is December 10-18! See all the ways we can celebrate together at www.tisrael.org/light.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat Chanukah:
Torah portion:
Genesis 37:1-40:23
Haftarah portion:
Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Candle lighting:
3:54 p.m.
Friday, December 11
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

5:15 p.m. Chanukah Shabbat Mishpachah. Join as a family as we welcome in Shabbat together. We will play Chanukah Family Feud! Join on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat for a special Shabbat Chanukah. Jacob Hurwitz will chant Qiddush. Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here. Following the service, join us for a virtual Shabbat Oneg celebration.

Post-Qabbalat Shabbat Dinner. Sign up or join us on Zoom here.

7:30 p.m. Riverway Shabbat, December!
Saturday, December 12
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.

10:15 a.m. Jacob Hurwitz becomes Bar Mitzvah

5:00 p.m. Nightly Candle Lighting. Join on Zoom here.

7:00 p.m. Chanukah Sing Along and Havdalah. Join Cantor Alicia Stillman as she leads us in a virtual sing along of all your current and soon to be discovered favorite Chanukah songs. All ages welcome! Join on Zoom here.

Life Cycle Events in our Community
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Thomas Saunders
November 26, 2020
Brother of Sally Roth (Robert)
Leo Weisen
December 1, 2020 
Grandfather of Jesse Feldman (Georgia)
Great-Grandfather of Ari and Allegra
Margi Rosenthal
December 1, 2020
Niece of David and Judith Rosenthal
Jack Puterman
December 4, 2020
Grandfather of Tali Puterman (Jessica)
Josephine Lopez
December 5, 2020
Mother of Russell Lopez (Andrew Sherman)
Carol Kur
December 6, 2020
Wif of Mitch Kur
Mother of Alison Kur, Susan Lees (Matthew), and Dana Snyder (Andy)
Grandmother of Abby, Zachary, Jeremy, Jacob, Joshua, Gabe, Ben and Jonathan
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Eleanor Yvonne Goodman
November 14, 2020
Daughter of Jon and Nicole Goodman
Granddaughter of Alan and Pam Goodman
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.
Chanukah: Light Up the Nights Together!
Register for this Special Chanu-"Cah" Drive-in Event!
“Pahk Yah Cah for Chanu-Cah” at Temple Israel
Sunday, December 13 at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Registration required. Register here.
If you’re not from BAHston, “CAH” is “car.” Join us near Temple Israel for this special occasion, pre-registration will be required. Space is limited, and location will be shared after registration. Special surprise Chanukah gift to share with everyone in their cars. Catch the clergy and the staff for Chanukah music and fun! Rain, sleet, snow, hail, or shine!
Nightly Candle Lighting
December 10-17 at 5:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Nes gadol hayah Zoom; A great miracle happened... on Zoom! All are invited to join us for a nightly virtual candle lighting at 5:00 p.m. Bring your chanukiah to the screen and help us light up the night.
First Night Dreidel Tournament
Thursday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Calling all dreidel spinners! Join us on Zoom for our first night candle lighting, led by Temple Israel clergy, and stick around to compete for the title of 5781 Dreidel Spinning Superstar! All ages welcome.
Chanukah Shabbat Mishpachah
Friday, December 11 at 5:15 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Join on Zoom as a family as we welcome in Shabbat together. We will play Chanukah Family Feud. Don't forget to bring your dreidels, gelt and menorah to celebrate!
Shabbat Chanukah
Friday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Bring your chanukiah to virtual Shabbat services! Amid joyful song and our warm community, we will welcome Shabbat by lighting candles together to fulfill the joyful obligation of Pir'Zoom HaNes, amplifying to one another and beyond - the miracle of Chanukah.
Chanukah Sing Along and Havdalah
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Join Cantor Alicia Stillman as she leads us in a virtual sing along of all your current and soon to be discovered favorite Chanukah songs. All ages welcome! 
Riverway Project Candle Lighting (20s & 30s)
Saturday, December 12 from 4:00 - 6:15 p.m. Register here. 10 spots left!
Want to bring more light into this world? The Riverway Project is gathering in person for a community candle lighting! We’ll be meeting in three 45-minute shifts to celebrate Havdalah and Chanukah, with a maximum of 15 people per shift for safety guidelines.
Kids Zoom Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 13 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Join us on Zoom.
Join The Village for Families with Young Children, FJECC, and the religious school for a Chanukah party on Zoom! We'll have music from Wayne Potash, a magic show from the Magic of Danny Dubin, and special fun with the TI clergy and teachers.   
The Magic of Chanukah with Robert Strong, The Comedy Magician
Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Join us on Zoom for a special 8th night Chanukah Celebration. The Magic of Chanukah promises to be a unique, interactive, and laugh-filled magic show, designed from the ground-up for our virtual world. Appropriate for kids and adults! 
FJECC Announces New Director
Read below an exerpt of the letter from the FJECC Board announcing their new Director. Read the full letter here.

"We are delighted and honored to announce that the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center Board of Directors has unanimously selected Amy Bolotin as the school's next Director, effective July 1, 2021. Amy is currently Director of the Jewish Community Center’s Early Learning Center in Brookline/Brighton, and also serves as Director of Teaching and Learning for the JCC’s Greater Boston Early Learning Department. Before becoming the director at the Brookline/Brighton location, Amy was the Assistant Director at the Newton JCC Early Learning Center. Prior to that she had extensive experience in classrooms, including as an assistant teacher at FJECC!"
Year-End Giving to Temple Israel
As 2020 draws to a close, we ask that you reflect on how the Temple Israel community came together in innovative and meaningful ways despite the challenges that this year presented. As you consider your calendar year-end charitable giving, we wanted to highlight that there are several 2020 tax benefits, made possible by the CARES Act legislation. You may find that this is an especially good time to make a gift to TI. As always, all tax decisions should be made in consideration of your personal situation and in consultation with your tax advisors. Please see https://nertamid.tisrael.org/cares-act for more details. 
Nurture Your Inner Life
led by TI-GBIO Members
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
4 sessions, January 11 – 25
with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Meets weekly
Last Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, December 29 at 12:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.

Librarian, Ann Abrams, will lead a discussion about one of her favorite books: I’ll Take It, a novel by Paul Rudnick. All book lovers are welcome to come, bring lunch, and join the conversation. We can share virtual desserts! For more information, please contact Ann Abrams.
Riverway Project
Riverway Shabbat, December!

Friday, December 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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Chanukah Candle Lighting IRL

Saturday, December 12 at 4:00 p.m. Want to bring more light into this world? The Riverway Project is gathering in person and socially distanced community candle lighting!

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Riverway Cafe: Chanukah Edition

Tuesday, December 15 at 5:45 p.m. Join the Riverway community as we celebrate the Festival of Lights with a look at the story of Judith! Bring your favorite beverage as we learn about the heroine of Chanukah.

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Powered by Courage: A Conversation Series
The Powered by Courage series, hosted by Encounter, features Palestinian civil society leaders in conversation with eight Jewish communal leaders. Palestinian civil society leaders have courageously hosted thousands of Jewish participants in Encounter’s leadership programs. This series offers the opportunity for Jewish leaders to bravely host them and their stories in return, and to continue expanding our conceptual lenses on the conflict. Together we can deepen our commitment to courageous conversation and leadership in service of our Jewish values and future.

Teaching Amidst Enduring Conflict: Literature & Poetry as Gateways.
Wednesday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Lama Abuarqoub, English Teacher, Dar Essalaam Girls High School in conversation with Tikvah Weiner, Head of School, The Idea School & Institute

Adaptive Leadership: A View From Ramallah
Thursday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Sam Bahour, Palestinian-American Businessman in conversation with Marty Linsky, Longtime Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Member

Fighting for Peace: Nonviolent Leadership as a Way of Life
Tuesday, December 22 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Sulaiman Khatib, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Combatants for Peace in conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, Senior Rabbi, IKAR
Helpful Resources
In this unique moment in the history of Temple Israel, we recognize the many different needs that our community members face. 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 Emma Koblick.
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.