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Last Saturday's Sukkot Festival and Shabbat Service from Rabbi Jacobson's beautiful sukkah.
Chag Sameach! Join us for Simchat Torah this Shabbat!
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy 33:1-33:26
Haftarah portion:
Joshua 1:1-1:18
Candle lighting:
5:53 p.m.
Thursday, October 8
6:15 p.m. Daily Minyan and Sukkot Yizkor services. Join on Zoom here.
Friday, October 9
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat Join us on Zoom here.

5:00 p.m. Simchat Torah "Journey through the Torah" with Roberta. A children's program for all TI students to celebrate Simchat Torah. Join on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat and celebrate, dance, and experience Simchat Torah virtually together! Emerson and Addison Hirsch will chant Qiddush. Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here.

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups

7:30 p.m. Riverway Shabbat
Saturday, October 10
9:00 a.m. Festival and Shabbat Service followed by a celebratory and engaging study session to honor the Torah. 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.

We're here to help this Simchat Torah!
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Simchat Torah
Celebrate and Experience Simchat Torah Virtually Together
Qabbalat Shabbat: Celebrate, Dance, and Experience Simchat Torah Virtually Together! 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, FJECC kindergarteners, and Rashi students 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.
Yizkor Service
Join us this Thursday, October 8 at 6:15 p.m. for Daily Minyan and Sukkot Yizkor services. Join on Zoom here.
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Michael Golinski
September 17, 2020
Uncle of Kathleen Collins
David Pradell
September 27, 2020
Father of Brenna Pradell-Boyd 
Grandfather of Zachary
Gayle Edelstein
October 4, 2020
Sister of Elyse Lakin (Scott) and Martin Edelstein
Aunt of Stefanie Lakin
Daughter of Irene Edelstein
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.
A Night of Musical Celebration and Welcome
October 23 at 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat

We have already been entranced by her voice on the High Holy Days. Some have shared virtual cocktail gatherings. A number of our students have become Bar or Bat Mitzvah with her. Others have experienced her warmth and comfort in healing conversations. Each Friday night at Qabbalat Shabbat, we have sung along to new and favorite songs and prayers. And yet, we still look forward to a full virtual celebration to welcome and install our new, wonderful, and talented cantor to our congregation.

Qabbalat Shabbat on October 23 will be filled with beautiful music with some surprise guests. Cantor Alicia Stillman's beloved teacher and friend, Dr. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, The Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor Emeritus of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College in New York will deliver the D'var Torah in her honor. The entire congregation is invited to install Cantor Stillman as the culmination of the evening service! Please join us for this historic and momentous occasion in the life of the congregation.  

Following the service we will break up into small virtual Oneg group gatherings to meet Cantor Stillman as she virtually roams from room to room. All you will need to do is stay on after the service on Zoom and we will do the rest. (BYOOF-Bring Your Own Oneg Food!)
Please join us in support of the Friends Annual Fund with a meaningful gift this year. Your annual gift is crucial to guaranteeing that our membership is accessible to all, and in keeping our doors (virtual or otherwise) open, no matter what. Your generosity will allow us to continue to inspire all who gather with us, whether in-person or online, and secure our place as the center of Jewish life in Boston and beyond. If you have any questions about the Friends Annual Fund, or to make a contribution, please contact our Director of Development, Shoshanna Goldberg.
Book Return & 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. Temple Israel will also be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Greater Boston Food Bank during this time as well. Please feel free to stop by the building to leave a donation.
Yizkor Memorial Book
Yizkor Memorial Books are a treasured tradition at Temple Israel. The Memorial Book includes the names of Temple Israel members who have passed away since last Yom Kippur and those who have memorial plaques in the Memorial Alcove or Memorial Menorah. Click here to view the 5781 Yizkor Memorial Book.
Upcoming Classes:

with Rabbi Or Rose. Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. starting October 7. Join us as we explore the ancient Book Psalms—a collection of inspiring, gritty, hopeful, and bitter prayer-poems—on these canonical texts.

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Led by Artist Educator Natalya Bernstein. Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. starting October 13. The power of art shines through sharing. In doing so, we will develop creative confidence, receive new insights, and experiment with creative risk taking!

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with Sara Gardner. Sundays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. starting October 18. We’ll be exploring the diverse culinary traditions that comprise the global Jewish diaspora as we hone our technical baking skills.

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Library Book Group
Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00 p.m.
All book-lovers are welcome to come, bring lunch, and join the conversation! On October 27, we will discuss the novel, Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo. Discussion led by Library Committee member, Rosalie Bookston. RSVP to Ann Abrams.
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
How many movies and series have you watched during the Pandemic? Have you ever wondered how they are crafted in order to draw you into the story? Our speaker series continues with feature film editor Phyllis Housen, whose career has spanned three decades. Phyllis has recently edited Clemency, Winner - Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2019 ( available on Amazon Prime) and 2 episodes of Little Fires Everywhere, Emmy nominated for 2020 Best Limited Series ( available on Hulu). Phyllis has worked alongside many acclaimed directors, including Quentin Tarantino and Billy Bob Thornton. Hear about the art of cutting and have the opportunity to ask questions about some of your favorite scenes. RSVP to Deb Mandel.
Riverway Cafe: Building Our Virtual Sukkah

Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. What does it look like to create sacred, temporary space virtually? Join for a fun, introspective evening of text study, reflection, and celebration of the Sukkot holiday.

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Celebrating Queer Torah

Friday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. Join us as we welcome members of the LGBTQIA* community and our allies to celebrate queer Torah alongside our Simchat Torah celebrations. We will gather for a text study and a community dinner.

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Riverway Shabbat, October - Simchat Torah Edition

October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an engaging, musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz -- virtually! We will listen to voices from our community as they share stories on the impact of Torah.

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October 1, 2020
Includes quote from TI member, Marc Draisen
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.