You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Sing along to Oseh Shalom as we welcome Cantor Stillman!
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Matot - Mas-ei
Numbers 30:2-36:13
Haftarah portion:
Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4
Candle lighting:
8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 17
5:00 p.m. Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat!

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat!

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups
Saturday, July 18
9:00 a.m. Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Shabbat and Torah Study!

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

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 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:
Randy Guggenheimer Jr.
July 2, 2020
Grandfather of Laura Guggenheimer (Aaron Deutsch)
Pasquale D. (Pat) Cipolla
June 4, 2020
Father of Ami Cipolla (Steven Samuels)
Jane Klein           
July 4, 2020
Sister-in-law of Thelma Klein and Charles Deutsch
Esther S. Rosen
July 7, 2020
Grandmother of Andy Rosen (Emily Kline) 
Great Grandmother of Dale and Greta
Mazal Tov ! We celebrate the birth of:
Chloe Irene Gordon
July 7, 2020
Daughter of Elliott and Heidi Gordon
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
How to be an Anti-Racist 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 classes:

with Uri Feinberg. Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. starting July 21. Join us this summer as we explore 72 years of Israeli history through a lens of transition.

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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 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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Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Temple Israel is partnering with Breath Lab, a Jewish home for movement, to offer a weekly hour of active but beginner-friendly yoga.

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Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Riverway Havdalah

Saturday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. Gather with other members of the Riverway community as we say goodbye to Shabbat and welcome in the new week with blessings, songs, and post-Havdalah schmoozing.

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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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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.
Reclaim Our Vote

On July 2, over 120 Temple Israel members gathered by Zoom to launch the Temple Israel Racial Justice Initiative’s  Reclaim Our Vote Campaign combating voter suppression in 6 states (Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas). So far, more than 100 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. 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 Puterman, or  Rabbi Dan Slipakoff .
GBIO In-District Meetings

Low income communities of color are faced with a triple threat in this moment of pandemic, economic decline, and the continuation of police brutality. In this critical time, GBIO has launched a campaign to put pressure on the House of Representatives to pass legislation for racial justice. GBIO is organizing a series of virtual meetings with our state representative to demand state legislature act on changing policing and healthcare. We hope to see you there The full list of bills we are currently endorsing can be found  here. Sign up here to receive information about the scheduled date and time for a virtual group meeting with your legislator. Contact Laura GuggenheimerAnne Licciardello, or Dru Greenwood for more information.
Who Stole the Torah? A Temple Israel Whodunnit

During the Coronavirus lockdown, Dan Deutsch went to check on the Torah scrolls and found one missing! Please help us figure out who stole the Torah so it can get returned in time for Tali’s adult bat mitzvah. There are many potential suspects and everyone seems to have a motive. We need your help to solve this mystery.

How to play? Each week, participants will receive materials relevant to the investigation via email. Participants will sort through these clues and use them to solve the crime. This game is fun for the whole family! Learn more on Facebook here.
A way to remember a loved one is to dedicate a memorial plaque in his or her memory. Once a plaque is ordered, Temple Israel will perpetually read the name of the deceased during Shabbat services on Friday evening and Saturday morning of the anniversary of death. A contribution of $650 to the Temple Israel Endowment Fund will secure a plaque in either the Alcove or on the Menorah. For further information, please contact Sue Misselbeck.
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.