You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Riverway Leadership Team participates in a virtual group hug.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Leviticus 21:1-24:23
Haftarah portion:
Ezekiel 44:15-31
Candle lighting:
7:34 p.m.
Friday, May 8
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 with Elana Arian, contemporary Jewish singer

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

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat (for families with young children)
Join us on Zoom every Saturday for dancing and singing on a special live service

8:00 p.m. Join the clergy 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:
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Albert Natale
April 28, 2020
Great-Great Uncle of J.A. Fanciullo (Marli Porth)
Great-Great-Great Uncle of Amelie
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the marriage of:
Greg Katz and Abbie Niebuhr
May 3, 2020
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. 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.
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
This Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Elana Arian is one of the leading voices in contemporary Jewish music. A composer, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist, she will inspire us during Qabbalat Shabbat with her soulful songwriting and spirit.

Join us on Facebook live , streaming on our website, or find the Zoom link here .

In 1985, Dr. Elizabeth Wyner Mark and Justin L. Wyner endowed a lecture series in honor of their father, Rudolph Wyner. The lectures series celebrates Wyner’s love of Jewish art and folkways. The series was later renamed the Rudolph H. and Sara G. Wyner Lecture Series after their mother’s death.
24 hours of virtual learning, beginning Thursday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m.
On Shavuot we go big. We celebrate the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai by learning together, often in what is called a  Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a yearly Torah all-nighter. This year, join us as we go bigger as dozens of teachers, artists, and facilitators lead us in study, prayer, art making, music and more over a full 24 hours in the zoomosphere. Join us for an hour or two, or brew a pot of coffee and stay up for a full day of learning, connection, and celebration.

Are you interested in leading a learning session? Click  here to fill out our teacher volunteer form, or email Brigid Goggin to learn more.
Pursuing Justice in this Pandemic: a focus on immigration
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

During this time of fear and uncertainty, our undocumented neighbors are experiencing heightened health and safety risks. People are protesting life threatening living conditions in ICE Detention and experiencing dangerous shortages of basic needs once released. Join Tikkun Central's Zoom call with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)'s Rachie Lewis and learn more about the work we're doing with the Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN) and how you can help safely from your homes. Tikkun Central is Temple Israel's heart of righteous impact work and we invite you to learn more about what we do and how to get involved. Register here and please be in touch with   Tali Puterman  with any questions.
Shop our Shuk of Black-Owned Businesses

During this global Covid-19 pandemic, all of us have been impacted in unique and challenging ways. Because of systemic racism that is embedded throughout our society, the novel coronavirus strain is  hitting black communities the hardest . Tikkun Central’s Racial Justice Initiative is already committed to promoting purchases from Black-owned businesses and we recognize the unique challenges of safely accessing goods and services in these times. We invite you to explore our virtual  shuk  (marketplace) and align your spending with your values as we support local Black business owners. From contact-less food deliveries/pick-ups to purchasing books and online meditation and exercise classes, find what you need at .
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 daily emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email Noa.
With This Mask, I Thee Wed
With This Mask, I Thee Wed
Sunday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz
This gathering will bring together couples who were scheduled to get married during the global pandemic. Come together to learn about Jewish rituals to intentionally mark this moment, to acknowledge the disappointment, and to plan for your future celebration. We welcome all couples, including interfaith & LGBTQ+ partners! Register here . Join us on Zoom here .
Poetry & Podcast Small Groups
Poetry Small Group
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m.
Connect with our Temple Israel poets and lovers of poetry.
Sign up for the poetry group here .

Podcast Small Group
Tuesday, May 19, 3:00 p.m.
Just like a book group, but with a podcast instead!
Sign up for the podcast group here. Join us on zoom.
Questions? Email Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole Zador.
On May 19, we will discuss an episode from the Union for Reform Judaism's Podcast, Wholly Jewish. In this episode, we'll meet army veteran Bryant Heinzelman, who shares powerful and impactful moments of his journey as a Jewish man as he travels the world, and how every step along the way has shaped and strengthened his identity. Listen here in advance of gathering!
Weekday Minyan
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 . Weekday Minyan can also be streamed on our website here .
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Learn with us online!
Weekly classes (new students welcome):
New classes starting soon:
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Small Groups
Connect with the Riverway community by joining a Small Group, including Book Club, Celebrate the New Month, Couples, Interfaith Couples, and Singles.  Sign up here .

Chaverai: Words with Friends
While the ancient rabbis were not quarantining, they did understand loneliness and so they created chevruta, the practice of studying with a friend. Fill out this form to join us as we adapt this ancient practice to our contemporary times. We will match you with another member of the community for you to check in with, and provide a range of Jewish and non-Jewish sources for you to think through together.
Upcoming Events:

Religious School & Teens
  • Meditation with Roberta, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Singing with Fallon, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tefila with Cantor Einhorn, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Ages 3 through 1st Grade Weekday Activity, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:20 p.m.
  • Songs with Cantor Einhorn, Sundays at 10:40 a.m.
  • Community Time, Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
Temple Israel’s Green Team launched The Postcard Project in February to give our community a chance to honor Cantor Einhorn. The postcards will be hung in the Atrium for the Cantor’s Celebration in September, and then included in a Memory Box. In this new landscape, it is no longer feasible to get physical postcards to—and back from—interested congregants by mid-August, so we have moved it online! You can fill out a postcard here .
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.
April 29, 2020
Includes message from Rabbi Elaine Zecher
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.