We are living Judaism together!
Rabbi Elaine Zecher was featured on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend sharing a message of healing and hope after a difficult 2020. Watch here.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Parashat Vayechi
Genesis 47:28-50:26
Haftarah portion:
I Kings 2:1 - 2:12
Candle lighting:
4:03 p.m.
Friday, January 1
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat. Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here. Following the service, join us for a virtual Shabbat Oneg celebration.

Post-Qabbalat Shabbat Dinner. Sign up or join us on Zoom here.
Saturday, January 2
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study. Join us on Zoom here, Facebook Live here. or stream on our website here.

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

Life Cycle Events in our Community
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.
Stay Warm With TI
Stay warm with Temple Israel this winter as we live Judaism together joyfully with purpose and meaning. Throughout January and February, join us for a wide array of classes, programs, and activities to explore, connect, and refresh. See all of our offerings here!
Coming Up Soon:
Morning Meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
Begins January 5, 2021

Begin your day grounded and grateful. Our 45 minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where we will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness, and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. We will awaken our breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded, and energized day.
Sunday, January 10 at 11:30 a.m., Click here to RSVP for the Zoom link

Join us on Zoom as we learn with Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg and explore the complex history of Joseph, left for dead in a pit, sold as a slave, finally viceroy of Egypt. Consulting midrashic sources and other commentaries, traditional and modern, we will attempt to trace the trajectory of his inner life. Psychoanalytic and literary material will aid us in our quest: What happened to the light in Joseph's face? Aviva Zornberg's striking interpretations of the Torah, based on Midrash, literary theory, psychoanalysis and philosophy, have led to the writing of five books and a career as a teacher and speaker of adult Jewish learning around the world. Avivah's most recent book, published by Yale University Press, is Moses: A Human Life (2018). She is currently at work on a commentary on Leviticus, to complement her works on Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers.
“And God Said…” A Poetry Reading & Discussion with Barbara Leff and TI Member Ann Bookman
Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., Zoom link coming soon!

A social anthropologist by training, Ann Bookman, a leading researcher and social policy expert on women’s issues, work-family balance and community engagement, served as the director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies until 2018.

Born and raised in New York, Barbara Leff discovered poetry at the age of 12 and has explored the genre ever since. Co-founder of the Caselli Street Poets, her work has appeared in numerous journals including Faultline, Fourteen Hills and Ibbetson Street.
Save the Date! January 15, 2021
Shabbat Tzedek with Renée Graham
Pre-order your Shabbat Tzedek Dinner!
Enhance your celebration by pre-purchasing your dinner from one of three featured Black-owned businesses; Tawakal, MIDA, and Fresh Food Generation. Pre-order between December 28 - January 10 at 5:00 p.m., for curbside pickup at Temple Israel, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on January 15.

Please help us measure our impact of buying Black & share your feedback with us here!
Fresh Food Generation
1) Go to www.freshfoodgeneration.com, click on the red "Home Deliveries" tab. Create an account.
2) Once your account is created, click New Order. Then, add menu items, to your cart and click
“check-out”. There is no minimum order for pick up.
3) Add your billing information and select “PICK-UP.” Then choose “Temple Israel”.
4) Add discount Code “TempleIsrael” for 10% discount
and click complete order. Submit Payment.
Tawakal Halal Cuisine
2) PASSWORD: TempleIsrael
(No space, Capital T and I).
2) Where it says “pick up for....” select “schedule for later”
and select date Jan 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm. Hit update button
3) Go to “Choose a Menu” and click on arrow to open
drop down menu selections
4) Select “Temple Israel Menu - Jan 15”
5) Select “TI Delivery Instructions” and please read through information on ordering and delivery process
6) Add items to cart. Please write “TempleIsrael” in the
special instructions of the first item added to the cart
7) Once items have been added to cart, please select
“checkout” and follow the checkout process.
Friday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the legacy and values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year we will be joined virtually by Renée Graham, who will lead a discussion with featured local leaders about the challenges that face our community, and how we can enact meaningful change. Renée Graham is an award-winning opinion columnist and associate editor for the Boston Globe. We will also be joined by featured guests: State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, and Organizer Nadav David. More details at www.tisrael.org/tzedek2021.

Saturday, January 16 at 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
We will begin with Torah Study at 9:00 a.m., led by TI clergy, followed by learning opportunities which will advance our congregation’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism. We will reconnect at 8:00 p.m. for Havdalah as we further reflect on the themes of this Shabbat.

Sunday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m.
Join us and our neighbors for virtual services at Bethel AME Church at 11:00 a.m. during their Sunday worship and MLK commemoration. Rabbi Zecher will join Reverend Hammond in a joint sermon. The service will be followed by a sermon discussion with members of the Bethel AME community at 12:00 p.m. Find the livestream information at www.bethelame.org.
Nurture Your Inner Life
Upcoming Classes:
with Sara Gardner
Sundays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
5 sessions: January 10 - February 7

led by TI-GBIO Members
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
3 sessions: Jan 11, Jan 18, Feb 1

with Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meets monthly, starting January 24

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:10 p.m.
4 sessions: December 16 - January 6

An Evening with Marc Maxwell
Tuesday, January 12, 7:30 p.m.
Temple Israel 50s & 60s is very pleased to announce Marc Maxwell, our wonderful President, as our next virtual speaker and discussant. In addition to Marc’s leadership of our community throughout this challenging time, he has a long and interesting career as an architect. Maxwell Architects LLC has a focus on design and renovation of a variety of buildings with a unique expertise on retaining historic aspects of buildings while modernizing them and using Green environmentally sound planning and design. We are excited to learn from Marc about his experience and reflections on architecture. RSVP by email to Deb Mandel.
Helpful Resources
In this unique moment in the history of Temple Israel, we recognize the many different needs that our community members face. 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.
Temple Israel In the News
December 27, 2020 on CBS Sunday Morning
Featuring Rabbi 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 Emma Koblick.
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.