You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
TI band, staff, and clergy are masked, distanced, and hard at work preparing for the High Holy Days.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Ki Tavo
Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 60:1-60:22
Candle lighting:
6:54 p.m.
Friday, September 4
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat! Benjamin Hurwitz, Eloise Linas, Ella Geffen, and Olivia Neiman-Nickel will chant Qiddush.

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups
Saturday, September 5
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat

8:00 p.m. Havdalah
We're here to help!
During Qabbalat Shabbat and Torah Study, 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:
Susan Bolton
August 28, 2020
Sister of Leslie Kates (Richard)
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Joshua Handler Segel
August 25, 2020
Son of Alexandra Handler Segel and Edward Saris Segel
Grandson of Arthur Segel and Patti Saris
Maxwell Lewis Raboy
August 30, 2020
Son of Harrison and Jenna Raboy
Grandson of Adam and Amy Raboy
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
  • Sign up for virtual small group sessions during Elul and on the holidays themselves
  • See the full schedule of virtual High Holy Day services
We invite you to explore each pathway and plan your journey at   
Shofar Blast Drive-in
Registration required. Location shared to registrants only.
Sunday, September 13
12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.

This year, Temple Israel is excited to announce our Shofar Blast Drive-in. We will gather together and tune our radios to listen to the Clergy sing and blow the shofar. All participants must remain in their cars for the duration of the event. The Shofar blast will be near the Temple and the final location will be announced the day before the event to registrants only. Space is limited for each time-slot, so please register early. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Irina Preys with any questions. Space is limited for each time-slot, register in advance here.
High Holy Day Prayer Groups
Dig deeper into the High Holy Days and strengthen relationships with other Temple Israel members in interactive, virtual gatherings led by Temple Israel clergy. We ask that you limit your selection to one small group per holiday. If you would like to be added to a wait list for additional groups, please indicate your preferences at the end of the registration form. Please contact Sue Misselbeck with questions. Learn more and register here.
Second Day Rosh Hashanah
Extend the joy and community worship at a second day Rosh Hashanah service. All are invited to join as we pray, study, and celebrate together. The lay-led service will be on Sunday September 20 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Learn more here or contact Carol Rosenstock with questions.
Prayer Book Pick Up
This year, we will be lending copies of Mishkan HaNefesh for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services to Temple Israel members. While you are at the building, we are also offering the opportunity for you and your family to stand before the ark in the Sanctuary. Masks must be worn at all times and all visitors must maintain social distancing while in the building. 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. - 4:00 p.m.
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
Do you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color? We are building a BIPOC Caucus Group to connect with one another and expand conversations about race and racism at Temple Israel. Questions? Want to join the listserve? Email Tatiana Williams-Rodriguez and/or Asst. Director of Social Justice Engagement Tali Puterman.
Join the Movement! Reclaim Our Vote!

Since launching in July Reclaim Our Vote Campaign combating voter suppression in 6 states (Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas). So far, more than 145 congregants have committed to participate in our outreach to voters of color, who are more likely to be targeted for voter suppression, through postcards and telephone calls. Together we have sent over 10,000 postcards!

Please join us in this fight for our democracy by completing this form. To order postcards, please complete this order form. To see a recording of the launch, click here. For more information, contact Kathy WeinmanTali Putermanor Rabbi Dan Slipakoff.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Wednesdays, August 26 – September 16 at 4:00 p.m.

In this special Elul circle, we’ll braid yoga with Torah, engaging in deep and lasting heshbon nefesh—an accounting of our way of being, an honest self-reflection. The physical stretches will be slow and deep, just like the practice of meeting ourselves. This is brave and powerful work. It’s how we can turn ourselves, and the world, right-side up. Register here.
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Join the Riverway Project for our virtual High Holy Days! Registration is open now for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Riverway Confessional services.
Reminders and Reflections: A High Holiday Virtual Art

Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. Join other young adults (20s-30s) in this virtual art workshop exploring the theme of Reflection as we head into the High Holy Days

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Riverway Shabbat, September!

Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an engaging, musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz -- virtually!

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September 1, 2020
By Rabbi Jen Gubitz

August 28, 2020
Temple Israel is listed among the synagogues and Jewish organizations supporting Black Lives Matter.
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.