Dates to Remember
January 16 - Torah Study Group 11:00am
January 18 - Friday Night Service and Dinner 6:30pm
January 19 - Tu B'Shvat Shabbat Services 9:00am
January 21 - Morning Minyan - Martin Luther King Day 7:00am
February 1 - Friday Night Service 6:30pm (no dinner)
February 2 - Children's Services 11:00am
February 6 - Torah Study Group 11:00am
February 13 - Jewish Women's Archive Event 6:00pm
February 15 - Friday Night Service and Dinner with Hankus Netsky 6:30pm
February 20 - TBI Board Meeting 7:30pm
February 24 - Winter Outing To Tower Hill Botanic Gardens 10:00am
February 27 - Talmud Study Group 7:00pm

Friday, January 18 at 6:30 pm
On the menu for January is Marge’s Meatloaf.  Vegetarian options available.


Friday February 15 at 6:30 pm
5th Annual Tish in Memory of Morris Hollender

Hankus Netsky will teach melodies of Morris Hollender z”l at a Tisch at dinner following services as we remember Morris Hollender and his music.
An Eastern European themed meal is planned.
#MeToo and its Jewish Historic Context
When:  Wednesday evening, February 13 – Refreshments 6 pm; Program 6:30 pm
Where:  Temple Beth Israel, Waltham, MA (sponsored by the TBI Social Justice Committee)
Who:  Judith Rosenbaum, PhD, Executive Director of Jewish Women’s Archive
What:  The Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) recently launched Archiving #MeToo, an oral history project with the goal of documenting and preserving the breadth of Jewish voices and experiences during this watershed moment. Join us on Wednesday evening, February 13th, to discuss the implications of #MeToo in the Jewish community, to learn about the movement’s historical context, and to listen and grow together as a community.
How:  Free of charge; pre-registration encouraged at  Pre-register Here  (voluntary donations for TBI’s social justice work are welcome when you arrive)

For more information on JWA, go to .
For more information on Archiving #MeToo, go to .

Join us on Feb. 2nd at 11:00am

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 am to 12 noon. 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.
Join us for Friday Night Services
February 1st
Service begins at 6:30pm for our Friday Night Service Only service.
These services are short and sweet and are not followed by a dinner. Come and share a melody or learn a few new ones.

Future Dates: March 1, April 5
Torah Study Group: Midrash on The Garden of Eden
Wednesday mornings, 11:00am-12:30pm at Temple Beth Israel
January 16, February 6 and March 6
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
January 9, February 27 and March 13
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
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.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, with an indoor garden and special winter garden among its offerings, is located in Central Mass, about 10 miles northeast of Worcester. Catherine Cantrell will lead us in a visit to the facility, followed by eating lunch at a nearby establishment.
We will meet at TBI on Sunday, February 24 at 10 am to carpool;
there is an option of meeting at the premises.
For more information contact Catherine or the Temple Office.