You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Over two hundred households Stepped Online to celebrate Cantor Einhorn on Saturday.
Happy Passover and We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Chol HaMo-eid Pesach
Exodus 32:12-34:26
Haftarah portion:
Eze 37:1-14, Song of Songs
Chol HaMo-eid Pesach
Candle lighting:
7:01 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8
6:00 p.m. Grand Communal Seder, Night One
Thursday, April 9
6:00 p.m. Grand Communal Seder, Night Two
Friday, April 10
5:00 p.m. Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat!

6:00 p.m.  Gather with us virtually for Qabbalat Shabbat!

7:30 p.m. Riverway (20s & 30s) Shabbat Recharge
Saturday, April 11
9:00 a.m.  Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Saturday morning for Shabbat and Torah Study!

10:00 a.m. Musical Village Seder for Families with Young Children. Join us for a special Musical Village Seder led by our favorite pied piper Wayne Potash and Rabbi Suzie Jacobson. We will sing, dance, and celebrate our festival of freedom from our living room!

8:00 p.m. The Clergy invite you to join them for a virtual Havdalah, bring your own cocktails or mocktails! 
We're here to help!
During Qabbalat Shabbat and Torah Study, we have a team of tech support available to help you access Zoom! Just call our main number, 617-566-3960, and you will be redirected to someone who can help.

Please view our other help resources here:
LIFE CYCLE EVENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
William C. Brooks
March 31, 2020
Brother of Berta Alexrad (Rabbi Albert)
James Goodman
April 3, 2020
Husband of Dorothy (Dottie) Goodman
Father of  Amy Sylvetsky (Barry), Bob Goodman (Jayne Lipman), and Peter Goodman (Deanna Alvarez)
Brother-in-law of David Kaplan
Grandfather of Lindsay, Jody, Julie, Lauren, Adina, Noah, and Mira
Great-Grandfather of Simon and Mia
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 617-966-7951. Amy Sherr, Executive Coordinator to Rabbi Zecher, wants to know and can help you!
Being in quarantine can be isolating, frightening, and lonely. Over the course of the next week, TI leadership will be reaching out. We want to say hello and to make sure everyone is safe and well. TI Cares and our lay leadership is also here to help! Please let us know if you need immediate assistance by contacting Amy Sherr.
VIRTUAL PASSOVER
Grand Communal Seder
April 8 and 9, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live
The Passover Seder is a story of resilience, redemption and adaptation! Gather with us virtually from your own home for our Temple Israel of Boston Grand Communal Seder. With our clergy, we will celebrate the transformative ritual of Passover through questions, singing, and celebrating our redemption from Slavery in Egypt, acknowledging that even in these moments of physical isolation - redemption looks like a community gathering in any way possible to celebrate all that Judaism has to offer. Bring your own matzah!

To prepare for our grand communal Seder, you don’t even have to leave your house! Our goal is to be together while also maintaining our health and safety. If you cannot find these things in your home, paper cut outs of everything will be perfect.
Things to Find Around the House

Pillows: Embroidered, bedazzled, soft or firm
A Seder Plate or any plate will do
Two Candles: Don’t have ‘Shabbat’ candles - grab the vanilla one off your bookshelf
Salt + Water for Dipping: This represents the tears of our ancestors, and now our tears over this moment in time, too

Consider Adding to your Seder Plate:

Purell - For the Plague of Covid-19
Pinecone - For Mass Incarceration
Orange - For LGBTQ+ Inclusion
Olives - For Peace in Israel
DIY Seder Plate

Kiddush: Wine or Juice will do
Zeroa: Shank Bone or Roasted Beet (or a picture of either)
Maror: Bitter Herbs like Horseradish. How about Wasabi? Cilantro is polarizing and will get the point across
Hazeret: Another Form of Bitter Herb like Romaine
Karpas: Parsley, celery, or other greens (or a green crayon, playdough or green M&Ms)
Beitzah: An Egg (Are you Vegan? Use a flower)
Haroset: Chopped Apples, Honey + Cinnamon will do the trick. Here are a few great recipes to consider:
Passover Festival Services
Passover Festival Service preceded by Clergy Matzah Brei Demonstration
Thursday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. Matzah Brei Demonstration, 10:00 a.m. Service
Which of our clergy makes the meanest matzah brei? Join us for a virtual demonstration of their favorite matzah brei recipes, followed by a virtual Passover Festival service. Click here to join.

Village Passover Celebration
Thursday, April 9 at 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Join us for Passover singing and fun with Wayne Potash and Temple Israel Clergy. Join in here.

Musical Village Seder for Families with Young Children
Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a special Musical Village Seder led by our favorite pied piper Wayne Potash and Rabbi Suzie Jacobson. We will sing, dance, and celebrate our festival of freedom from our living room! Join here.

Yizkor Memorial Service
Tuesday, April 14 at 6:15 p.m.
A service to remember our loved ones. Click here to join.
Classes & Activities
The Great Passover Bake Off (20s & 30s)
Saturday, April 11, 2:00 p.m.
We’ll gather, discuss our favorite (and least favorite) Passover dishes; talk a bit about the role of food in Jewish practice and how this has evolved over time; consider the ways in which these traditions can inform our own engagement with Judaism and our approach to social justice; and, finally, share our “signature dishes.” Learn more on Facebook here. Click here to join us on Zoom.

Crafting Our Liberation: Reflective Art Making + Havdalah (20s & 30s)
Saturday, April 11, 8:30 p.m.
Join us for this Seder Squad event as we reflect on Passover through art and the religious ceremony of Havdalah, marking the separation between Shabbat and the rest of the week. Learn more on Facebook here. Click here to join us on Zoom.

The Fifth Cup: Haggadah + Happy Hour (30s & 40s)
Monday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate Passover with themed drinks, Jewish texts, and a joyous community!
Create time and space to gather with us for reflection on this holiday of our liberation (with libations)!
Learn more on Facebook here. Click here to join us on Zoom.

The Prince of Egypt Movie Night (20s & 30s)
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
Relive the Passover story with a childhood classic -- The Prince of Egypt! Learn more on Facebook here. Click here to join us on Zoom.
Passover Resources
We've curated a list of resources for you to use for your own Passover Seder! Find information on Haggadot, cooking, technology, Passover for children, supplemental materials, Passover songs sung by Cantor Einhorn and more on our website, here.
JOIN US VIRTUALLY
Small Groups
In these times of uncertainty and isolation, we are lucky for the opportunity to build community. Join us in creating spaces for sharing, reflection, and connection! Please fill out this form to express interest or create your own group. Groups will be lay led and will meet virtually with support from Rabbi Jen Gubitz and Nicole Zador. Questions? Email Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole Zador.
Weekday Minyan
No Weekday Minyan Wednesday or Thursday this week. We will return to regularly scheduled Minyan next week with a special Yizkor service Tuesday evening. Log into Zoom and join us virtually for Weekday Minyan every Monday - Thursday at 6:15 p.m . Carve out time in your day for reflection, singing, and a chance to offer names for healing and remembrance. We will be using Mishkan T'filah for weekdays and will be offering access to the prayerbook through a Zoom screen share. Or, you can purchase your own Kindle edition here .
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
The following classes have been moved online!
Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center
Temple Israel's Librarian,  Ann Abrams , has created a YouTube channel with her reading books for kids. Here's the first one, with a nice TI connection: The author of We're All in the Same Boat (a Noah's ark story), Rabbi Zach Shapiro, grew up at TI! Watch the video here .
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Spiritual Curbside Assistance: Torah for Trying Times
Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (New Time!)

Nosh and Chat: Riverway Lunch Check-ins
 Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. 

The Great Passover Bake Off
Saturday, April 11, 2:00 p.m.
Learn more on Facebook here. Click here to join us on Zoom.
Crafting Our Liberation: Reflective Art Making + Havdalah
Saturday, April 11, 8:30 p.m.
Learn more on Facebook here. Click here to join us on Zoom.

The Fifth Cup: Haggadah + Happy Hour
Monday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Learn more on Facebook here. Click here to join us on Zoom.

The Prince of Egypt Movie Night
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
Learn more on Facebook here. Click here to join us on Zoom.
Religious School & Teens
Our Religious School Program, The Tent, and RYFTI have suspended onsite operations, but have set up many virtual learning opportunities. Information about how to join will be sent directly to those families. See what we're offering:
Village for Families with Young Children
Tot Rock Shabbat
Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Thank Goodness It's Shabbat
Join us on Zoom every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for dancing and singing on a special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy.

Village Parent’s Happy Hour
Sundays and Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Struggling to manage the new normal? Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community!
CELEBRATION OF CANTOR ROY B. EINHORN
We have postponed our Celebration Weekend for Cantor Einhorn to September 11. After 37 years at Temple Israel of Boston, our beloved Cantor Einhorn will complete his distinguished service to our congregation and will retire on June 30, 2020.

FRIENDS ANNUAL FUND
In these unprecedented times of social distancing, Temple Israel is operating in high gear to set up many ways to participate and interact with fellow congregants of all ages for classes and gatherings. A gift to the Temple Israel Friends Annual Fund will allow us to bring Religious School students together for online learning, will enable us to livestream our Qabbalat Shabbat services to all who are seeking connection during this time of isolation, and will continue to enable TI members in Boston and across the world to come together virtually to live Judaism together in new and exciting ways.
TEMPLE ISRAEL'S MAKING NEWS
March 31, 2020
Featuring picture of and quotes from Rabbi Zecher

March 31, 2020
About the importance of connecting during Passover, featuring TI's Grand Communal Seder
FEEDBACK
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.