You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Last Shabbat some of the Clergy socially distanced for Qabbalat Shabbat in our garden. Hope you can join us this week (virtually!)
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 1:1-27
Candle lighting:
7:54 p.m.
Friday, July 24
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat! Wedding blessing for Rabbi Gubitz and Matan BenYishay. Bat Mitzvah Hannah Ellis Goodman will chant Qiddush.

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups

7:30 p.m. Riverway Shabbat Re-charge
Saturday, July 25
 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.

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May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Estelle R. Klemer
July 18, 2020
Mother of Lisa Robinson Schoeller (Richard) and Carol Robinson Sacerdote (George)
Grandmother of Melissa and Jonathan Schoelle, David (Dorothy), and Michael (Mirinda Gillespie) Sacerdote
Great-grandmother of Nathan, Daniel, and Lyra
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.
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
Qabbalat Shabbat
Friday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Hooray! Rabbi Jen Gubitz and Matan BenYishay are getting married.
Come help us bless them at Qabbalat Shabbat this Friday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. They have decided to enter their Zuppah (Zoom + Chuppah) as bride and groom in the coming days. Join us as we wish them well. (Please bring your own candy to throw sweetness at the computer.)
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. Gather in community to enter the new year with deepened commitment to antiracism.

In partnership with TIkkun Central’s Racial Justice Initiative, congregants are invited to gather in lay-led small groups to prepare for the High Holy Days to discuss, reflect, and act on the concepts in Kendi's book, with an option for caucus spaces if desired. We encourage participants to purchase books from the Frugal Bookstore in Nubian Square, a local black-owned bookstore. Get the book now and stay tuned for High Holy Day Prep Small Group registration in the coming weeks. For more info, please reach out to Rabbi Gubitz.
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.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Upcoming events:
Chasing Social Justice: Book Event with Laurie Sherman

Join us on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. for an interactive online event with Temple Israel member Laurie Sherman, who has published her first book titled: CHASING SOCIAL JUSTICE: How Do We Advance the Work that Matters Most?

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Weekly classes:

with Uri Feinberg. Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. Join us this summer as we explore 72 years of Israeli history through a lens of transition.

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with Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein. Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Explore traditional and modern Jewish sources in an accessible setting. Join us and discuss the ways Judaism can resonate in our daily lives.

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with Suzie Jacobson. Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud. No prior experience required. New students welcome at any point during the year.

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with Andrew Oberstein. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Spirituality is what gives our lives a sense of meaning. Judaism provides us with a unique set of spiritual tools, a framework to help us better understand ourselves and the world around us.

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with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson. Fridays at 2:00 p.m. Join us as we dive into Aristotelian philosophy and theology via Moses Maimonides’ 12th century Guide for the Perplexed. No experience necessary, bring your curiosity and love of Jewish thought.

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Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Podcast Small Group

Tuesday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. We'll be gathering to discuss "Mad Mensch," an episode from the podcast Unorthodox. Matthew Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men" joins the hosts to talk about why everyone seems to be binge-watching "Mad Men".

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Tuesday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m. Want to meet new people and connect with the Riverway community? In our second virtual speed-meet event, we'll facilitate small group and one-on-one discussions to help you make new friends.

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Riverway Shabbat, August! Join us virtually!

Friday, August 14 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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Weekday Minyan & Shabbat Dinner Groups
Weekday Minyan

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.

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Shabbat Dinner Groups

Fridays at 7:15 p.m. Gather in small groups of 8-12 people (on Zoom) for Shabbat dinner, thoughtful conversation, and connection! BYO dinner.

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Summer with TILLI
Spend your summer (virtually) with Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute (TILLI). TILLI is having peer-led classes as well as monthly book club.
Important Information for Voting in the MA Primary

As part of our commitment to protect democracy, we're excited about the passage of a bill approved by the MA legislature on July 7. This important legislation gives all eligible voters the opportunity to vote early in the primary and general election, allows residents to vote-by-mail, and expands absentee ballot access. State and federal primary elections will be on the ballot on September 1st.  See JCRC's website for information about how you can vote. 
GBIO In-District Meetings

With the legislative session nearing its end and public outrage high over racial injustice laid bare by the murder of George Floyd and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on communities of color, NOW is the time to press the Mass House of Representatives for substantive change. Our Greater Boston Interfaith Organization will hold 6 in-district Zoom meetings tonight with 12 representatives. Issues will include police reform, healthcare reform, safe decarceration, and an extension of the pause on evictions. See this GBIO IDM Fact Sheet July 2020 for more information . Contact Dru Greenwood for last minute sign-on information.To be sure police reform makes it over the line in the House in time for a joint Senate/House bill to get to the Governor for signature by July 31, there will be a Call to Action, again to reps and House leadership, in the next 2 days. To get the script and add your voice, Laura GuggenheimerAnne Licciardello, or Dru Greenwood for more information.
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.