July 23, 2019/5779

We had so much fun at last year's ShaBike Shalom (above). Looking forward to this year's!
Calendar On the Calendar
24 Tammuz 5779
Torah portion:
Numbers 25:10-30:1

Haftarah portion:
Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Friday, July 26
5:30 p.m. Meditation on Sanctuary Bima

6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat in the garden, weather permitting
Saturday, July 27
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

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1/30-2/9/2020: Cantor Einhorn's "Victory Tour"
Life Cycle Events

Mazel Tov ! We celebrate the birth of:
Isaac Jonathan Friedman
July 18, 2019
Son of David Friedman and Katie Gensheimer Friedman
Brother of George Friedman

*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.
*If you are saying Qaddish or are in need of a community, our daily Minyan takes place every weekday our building is open at 6:15 p.m.
All-Community Shabbat Dinner
Friday, July 26 immediately following Qabbalat Shabbat services in the Chapel
Join the Membership & Engagement Committee for a community-wide dinner. All are welcome, free of charge, though donations are appreciated. Let us know you're coming!
tishaTisha B'Av
Tisha B'Av with Brookline Reform Congregations
Saturday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel of Boston
Please join Temple Israel, Temple Sinai, and Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of reflection on Tisha B'Av. Temple Israel's Rabbi Dan Slipakoff and Cantor Roy Einhorn will lead us in song, prayer, and the reading of Eichah , the Book of Lamentations. 
Tisha B'Av Lament for the Torment of Migrants and Refuges
Sunday, August 11 at 5:00-6:00 p.m.
US Immigration Courts at JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street, Room 320, Boston, Massachusetts 02203

On Tisha B'Av, the Jewish people lament the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the slaughter of thousands of innocents. Last year at Tisha B'Av, we commemorated the torment of innocent immigrants and refugees. Tragically, we have even more reasons to lament today.

T'ruah, Bend the Arc, J Street and the National Council of Jewish Women are partnering to coordinate Jewish Tisha B'Av observances throughout the country. We lament our modern American catastrophe. This year, we will gather outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service offices, at the JFK Federal Building Plaza, in Boston.

We must demonstrate publicly that the Jewish community will not turn its back on refugees arriving in our country and our immigrant neighbors already here.

ReadPreparing for High Holy Days with Our Congregational Read
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel  
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the leading Jewish theologians and philosophers of the 20th century deeply believed that we live in a world where God is in search of humanity.  To Heschel, doctrine was unimportant compared to religious wonder, gratitude, and acts of kindness, as "God is waiting for us to redeem the world." Born in Poland and a refugee to America during the Holocaust, much of Heschel's work is influenced by the complex spiritual and political milieu of his time. Rather than succumbing to fear or pessimism, Heschel's writings push us all towards a spirituality of hope and call upon us to continue the prophetic tradition of our ancestors. 

This High Holy Day season the Temple Israel community will dive into a collection of his important essays, entitled Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity. This essential collection captures the best of Heschel's thought and speaks directly to the spiritual, political, and moral issues of our day.  We will be using the d'vrei Torah during the Shabbatot of Elul to lift up essential ideas from this book and then we will have the opportunity join together in communal study during Slichot and Yom Kippur afternoon.  All are invited to flip through this book of essays to find what is personally meaningful, or to follow our suggested study guide found HERE .
shabikeShaBike Shalom
Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Newton JCC parking lot
Come ride with us for 22 miles, beginning and ending at the JCC in Newton. We will stop for lunch and discuss the week's Torah portion. Email Martin Rowe to sign up. Martin will provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have about the trip. 
The Spring 2019 semester of the Center for Adult Jewish Learning brochure is now available! Be sure to see the full list of courses, register, and follow CAJL on Facebook!
Pre-Shabbat Meditation with Rabbi Jacobson
Fridays in July, 5:30 - 5:50 p.m. on the Sanctuary Bimah
Join Rabbi Suzie Jacobson on Friday nights in July for a pre-service meditation and chanting circle to help us enter Shabbat with greater focus and peace. No RSVP required. Contact Brigid Goggin with questions.
TrainRepairsGreen Line Repairs
This summer, the D line will be doing repairs that may disrupt weekend transportation. Please check the MBTA website to learn more.

Shuttles will replace service between Riverside and Reservoir:
  • August 10 - 11
  • August 24 - 25
Shuttles will replace service between Newton Highlands and Kenmore:
  • September 14 - 15
  • September 21 - 22
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