You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
We were joined by over 6,000 households for Rosh Hashanah services over Zoom, Facebook, and our website. We hope to see you again this Sunday and Monday for Yom Kippur!
We Hope to See You This Shabbat Shuva, Shabbat of Return:
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52
Candle lighting:
6:17 p.m.
Friday, September 25
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat focused on t'shuva! Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here.

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups
Saturday, September 26
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.

8:00 p.m. #10Days10ways Havdalah. We will draw on a diverse array of Jewish traditions to create a meaningful prayer experience which builds on and inspires our work of antiracismJoin on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here.
Yom Kippur begins Sunday night
Sunday, September 27
4:00 p.m. Village Service for Families with Young Children. Join us here.

6:00 p.m. Family Service*. Learn more here.

7:30 p.m. Full-Community Service*. Together with the Temple Israel clergy team, the entire community is invited for Yom Kippur Eve. Learn more here.

8:00 p.m. Riverway Project Service. Register here.
Monday, September 28
9:00 a.m. Family Service. Join us here.

9:00 a.m. Majestic Service*. Learn more here.

10:00 a.m. Village for Families with Young Children Service. Join us here.

11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service*. Learn more here.

1:00 p.m. Power of Music, Power of Words. What makes our High Holy Day liturgy so powerful? Join us here.

2:00 p.m. Prayer as Poetry, Poetry as Prayer. Deepen your relationships to prayer and dive into poetry. Join us here.

3:00 p.m. Ask the Rabbi. The High Holy Days stir up many questions and our rabbis are here to engage in conversation. Join us here.

4:00 p.m. Community-wide service for the reading of the Torah. Join us here.

4:30 p.m. Majestic Yizkor and Ne'ilah Service*. Learn more here.

4:30 p.m. Contemporary Yizkor & Ne'ilah Service*. Learn more here.

6:00 p.m. Riverway Project Confessional Service. Register here.

7:00 p.m. Zoom Break-Fast. Join us here.
*Members can join all services on Zoom. Check your email for Zoom links or contact Kira Yates.
We're here to help this Yom Kippur!
We have tech support team available to help you access Zoom! Call our main number, 617-566-3960, and you will be redirected to someone who can help. Please view our other help resources here:
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Dorothy Adler
September 1, 2020
Grandmother of Robin Weisman (Scott)
Great-Grandmother of Zachary and Sydney
Selvyn Seidel
September 14, 2020
Husband of Deborah Seidel
Father of Emily Carroll (Robert)
Grandfather of Claire and Charlie
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the marriage of:
Zoe Jick and Michael Fertik
September 15, 2020
Zoe is the daughter of Rose Zoltek-Jick
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.
Temple Israel Membership
In order to be an active participant in 5781 High Holy Day Services, we request that Temple Israel members contribute at least 25% of their annual dues one week prior to the holidays. For questions about membership, please connect with Shoshanna Goldberg.
We invite you to explore our new High Holy Day website, which outlines our three pathways to the High Holy Days:
  • Explore our interactive library of High Holy Day materials
  • See the full schedule of virtual High Holy Day services
We invite you to explore each pathway and plan your journey at   
Virtual "Tickets"
Zoom links to all High Holy Day services have been emailed to members in good standing. These Zoom rooms are a place to enjoy the High Holy Days alongside the Temple Israel community and we ask that you do not share the links. Non-members will be able to view all services on our website here. If you are unsure of your membership status, or still need to pay your dues, please contact Shoshanna Goldberg.
Book Return and Food Donation
If you have borrowed a prayer book from Temple Israel, we ask that you return your prayer books to the building during designated drop-off times: October 5-9, 13-16, & 19-23, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Each year on Yom Kippur, we collect donations for the Greater Boston Food Bank. While we cannot gather together this year, we are continuing to support our Boston community through donations. Temple Israel will be collecting non-perishable food from Monday, September 21 - Friday, September 25 on-site from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Please feel free to stop by the building to leave a donation.
Who will you be in 5781?
Racism is one of the most powerful social malignancies threatening our world today. Antiracism challenges racism by reframing the structures that allow inequality to continue and thrive. Each year during the High Holy Days, Jews of every generation, race, and culture embark on a shared journey of reflection and repentance. During the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we reevaluate the all ways we act in this world through cheshbon ha’nefesh, an accounting of our souls. To participate in #10Days10Ways and to alter your own negative practices, biases, and perceptions towards people of color, join our Facebook Group or engage on our website beginning on Erev Rosh Hashanah. Reach out to Assistant Director of Social Justice Engagement, Tali Puterman with questions.

To learn more about Tikkun Central, and find exciting ways to get involved, please sign up for our weekly newsletter, JustNews, by clicking this link.
The Festival Season Continues
Rejoice in the Sukkah of Justice and Compassion
Friday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m. Join us on Zoom here.
On Sukkot we build and we welcome. Join us from your home or your own sukkah, as we celebrate this z'man simchateinu, this time of great joy! The festival holiday of Sukkot reminds us of our communal obligation to face outwards. Come hear stories from leaders across our Tikkun Central teams about their pursuits of Righteous Impact at Temple Israel, and learn how you can get involved!

On Saturday morning, October 3 at 9:00 a.m., we will have a Festival and Shabbat Service followed by a celebratory and engaging study session to honor the Torah! Join us on Zoom here.

On Thursday, October 8 at 6:15 p.m., we will gather with the daily minyan for Sukkot Yizkor services. Join on Zoom here.
Simchat Torah
Celebrate, Dance, Experience Simchat Torah Virtually Together!
See the Torah Scrolls Unrolled Around the Levi Sanctuary for Simchat Torah!
Friday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
We are unrolling the Torah scrolls! Since we can’t have everyone holding them, we are inviting the scrolls themselves to participate in the Festival and Shabbat service. Join in the celebration virtually as we lay out the Torah scrolls and go back to the source and read the various parts we use in the service straight from them. The cameras will catch it all and you will have a front row seat. Put on your dancing shoes, too. The Shirim Klezmer band will be on hand to lift our spirits and set us in motion (in our own homes)! Best of all, we will welcome our new students into the Religious School and Rashi as part of the celebration!!
On Saturday morning, October 10 at 9:00 a.m., we will have a Festival and Shabbat Service followed by a celebratory and engaging study session to honor the Torah! Join on Zoom here.
Connecting to Temple Israel
Looking to get more involved? Interested in joining a class, attending more services, or checking out some of the amazing virtual programs we have to offer? Join our Google Group to get emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email Noa Rosen.
Tikkun Central
Join the Movement! Reclaim Our Vote!

Since launching, Reclaim Our Vote Campaign has been combating voter suppression in 6 states. Please join us in this fight for our democracy by completing this form. To order postcards, please complete this order form. For more information, contact Kathy WeinmanTali Putermanor Rabbi Dan Slipakoff.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Center for Adult Jewish Learning Fall 2020 registration is now open! See the available courses here. Contact Brigid Goggin with any questions.
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Join the Riverway Project for our virtual High Holy Days! Registration is open for Kol Nidre and Riverway Confessional services.
September 20, 2020
With reflections from Rabbi Elaine Zecher.

September 15, 2020
With quotes from Rabbi Elaine Zecher.
Helpful Resources
In this unique moment in the history of Temple Israel, we recognize the many different needs that our community members face. To that end, 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 Noa Rosen.
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.