December 25 , 2018/5779

The Tent and Israeli partners at Tzippori National Park exploring ancient ruins of a biblical town.
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21 of Tevet, 5779
Torah portion:
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13; 29:22 - 29:23
Friday, December 28
6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat

Baby naming of Jonah Dor Eden son of Anne Herzberg Eden & Uri Eden

Baby naming of Joseph Alexander Parker, son of Rachel Warner Parker & Joshua Stephen Parker

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, December 29
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study 
Life Cycle Events
We mourn the loss of:
Saul Bauman
December 16, 2018 (8 Tevet, 5779)
Husband of Cynthia Bauman

Marla Mehlman
December 19, 2018 (11 Tevet, 5779)
Wife of Jonathan Mehlman
Mother of Sarah, Jillian, and Aliza Mehlman
Daughter-in-law of Rabbi Bernard Mehlman
We celebrate the birth of:
Susannah Blair Vance
October 27, 2018 
Jane Levy Vance & Derek Vance (parents)

Asher Hyde Guren 
December 3, 2018
Kate Lewandowski & Adam Guren (parents)

Raphael Erley-Hodgkin
December 16, 2018
Laura Mieka Erley & Samuel Gold Hodgkin (parents)  

Are you or is someone you know celebrating a wedding? An engagement? A new baby? Do you know someone who is ill or in need of a friendly, supportive call? Please let Rachel Daniels know.
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Shabbat Tzedek
Friday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the values and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year, we will welcome Congresswoman-Elect Ayanna Pressley as our 2019 Shabbat Tzedek speaker. Pressley is an advocate, policy-maker, activist, and survivor. In 2009, she won election to the Boston City Council, marking the first time a woman of color was elected to the Council in its 100-year history. On November 6, 2018, Pressley was elected to represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in Congress; she is first woman of color to represent Massachusetts in Congress. See who else is planning to come.
MLK Weekend Opportunities
REFLECT.
Saturday, January 19, 9:00 a.m. at Temple Israel
All are welcome to engage in Saturday morning Torah Study, with a focus on implicit bias, led by the Temple Israel clergy. 

RELATE.
Sunday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. at Bethel AME Church (40 Walk Hill St., Boston)
Join our Christian neighbors during their Sunday worship and MLK commemoration services. If you plan to join, let Tali Puterman know. 

REFORM.
Monday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. Address and directions shared after registration.
Participate with the Temple Israel community in a Day of Service with Boston Cares.  This opportunity is open to participants of all ages.  Registration is required, and space is limited!  For more information, contact Tali Puterman.
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Registration for the Fall semester of the Center for Adult Jewish Learning is open! Be sure to see the full list of courses, register, and follow CAJL on Facebook!
Exploring the Ethics of Touch through Dance
with Ilya Vidrin of Reciprocity Collaborative
Sundays, 10:00-11:30 a.m., January 6, 13, 27
Cost: $75 (members) or $105 (non-members)
What can we learn about ethical, social practice from movement? Inspired by movement practices such as the Tango, Swing, and Latin/Ballroom, we will investigate what it means to partner.  Ilya Vidrin grew up at Temple Israel. He is a recipient of the Erasmus Fellowship, Bok Fellowship, Live Arts Boston Grant, and Byron Fellowship, and has been an artist-in-residence at AREA, Jacob's Pillow, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Museum of Fine Arts.  This workshop will focus on basic weight-shifting patterns to practice leaning, gliding, and supporting each other through movement. Comfortable clothing recommended, no previous dance experience necessary. Register .

The Art of Connection, Featuring Ilya Vidrin, Vibeke Toft, and Charlotte Jorgensen
The Art of Connection, Featuring Ilya Vidrin, Vibeke Toft, and Charlotte Jorgensen

The Ancient Law: A Silent Movie Accompanied by Live Music by Alicia Svigals & Donald Sosin
Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m.
Temple Israel of Boston
Baruch, a rabbi's son, yearns to become an actor so, against his father's wishes, leaves his shtetl for the Vienna stage. But success cannot quell Baruch's guilt and longing for home. A precursor to The Jazz Singer, The Ancient Law is one of the first films to have addressed the subject of assimilation and features visually stunning depictions of shtetl life. This gem of German-Jewish cinema will be shown with live musical accompaniment by the extraordinary violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin (who accompanied The Yellow Ticket in Boston in 2013). This program is a partnership with Jewish Arts Collaborative and the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Buy tickets here.
From Buffalo to Jerusalem: A History of American Zionism and Our Complex Love Affair with the Jewish Homeland
With Rabbi Dan Judson, Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School
Wednesdays, January 30, February 6, and February 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 for members, $105 for non-members
As the American Jewish/Israeli relationship becomes increasingly complex, it's crucial we step back and examine our history. Join us to explore the events and personalities which shaped American Judaism's attitudes towards Israel. We will start by examining attempts to create a kibbutz in Buffalo, New York back in 1825 and move through Louis Brandeis' transformation of American Zionism and onward until we arrive at the most recent debates of divestment. Together we will debate what it has meant-and still means-to be an American Zionist. For more information or to register, contact Mike Fishbein
TILLI - Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute
TILLI is excited to offer Bridge and Mah Jongg on January 3, 10, 17, and 24  from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sue Misselbeck
Cantorial Transition
Shalom Cantor Einhorn: Celebratory Year 5780
This past Spring, we wrote you to let you know that our beloved Cantor will retire June 30, 2020. Though it makes us sad, we also know that there is much to celebrate. Now that his retirement is 18 months away, we have a lot of celebrating and honoring to plan and experience. We will be celebrating Cantor Einhorn in 2020! 

If you would like to be involved in planning, please view all of the opportunities here and email us at shalomcantor@tisrael.org
Preparation for the Cantorial Search
As we prepare to search and interview candidates this coming summer and fall, we want to make sure that our Temple Israel members' thoughts and voices are integral to the process. 
There will be a number of opportunities to reflect and to speak together as a community.

Please review the schedule of opportunities here, and let us know your interested by  emailing  ticantorialsearch@tisrael.org .
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
Education Week
December 21, 2018

"It's OK. if the kids aren't there yet," said Jess Jarvis, a preschool teacher at Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel, in Boston. She was one of the teachers who piloted the curriculum. "A lot of preschools can be very product oriented, where kids want to do something, finish it, and take it home," Jarvis said in an interview. "The engineering challenges help them see the process doesn't have to end there. They could put a 'save' sign on it, think about it, and go back and revise or improve it some more. It's such a good lesson for them to take away and there hasn't really been anything that allows them to do that. They can't really do that in the block area [at school] because they have to clean up."
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