July 10 , 2018/5778
Construction on the Nessel Way entrance has begun! Read more about the project.
Calendar On the Calendar
2 Av, 5778
Torah portion:
Matot - Mas-ei
Numbers 30:2-36:13

Haftarah portion:

Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4
Friday, July 13
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m. "Open Air" Qabbalat Shabbat (check website to confirm)

7:00 p.m. Riverway Project Soul Food Friday (20s & 30s)

Saturday, July 14
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Life Cycle Events

We mourn the loss of:
Ruth Einhorn Plaks
July 7, 2018 (24 Tammuz, 5778)
Mother of Alan Einhorn (Suzanne Salamon)

Sara K. Barr
June 21, 2018 (8 Tammuz, 5778)
Aunt of Barbara Burg (Priscilla Golding)
Neil Sherman
July 7, 2018 (24 Tammuz, 5778)
Father of Andrew Sherman (Russell Lopez), Robert Sherman (Robin), and Nancy LaBorwit
Husband of Bonnie Sherman

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.
tishaTisha B'Av
Tisha B'Av the fast day which traditionally commemorates the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire in 586 BCE and by the Romans in 70 CE, the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people.
Tisha B'Av with Brookline Reform Congregations
Saturday, July 21, 8:00 pm at Temple Sinai
Please join Temple Sinai, Temple Israel, and Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of reflection on Tisha B'Av. Temple Sinai's Rabbi Shoshana Friedman will lead us in song, prayer, and the reading of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations. Enter via the entrance which is down a stairway at the corner of Sewall Avenue and Charles Streets.
Tisha B'Av at ICE - Historic Catastrophe, Modern Catastrophe
Sunday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
10 New England Executive Park Ste 1, Burlington, MA 01803

On the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, when we fast in remembrance of destruction and exile, we come together at the ICE office in Burlington to mourn the brokenness of our American immigration system. Community members are invited to this public lament in the closing hours of Tisha B'Av, as we share stories, sing laments, and offer both support to those most impacted and call for a new vision of healing and justice. Read more.
constructionChanges Coming to Temple Israel and Longwood Avenue
Nessel Way Entrance Renovation
We are excited about renovating the Temple Israel entrance this summer! Please pardon our appearance during renovations on the Nessel Way entrance. Starting this week through mid-August, there will be signs posted on Nessel Way directing you to the temporary entrance. While the renovation is taking place, the entrance may change from day to day depending on the contractor's scope of work. We will ensure that signage will easily be visible on Nessel Way, directing you to the appropriate entrance. If you have any questions, please contact us at 617-566-3960.
Longwood Avenue Bike Lane Construction
Beginning end of July
Beginning this summer, a half mile of new bike lanes and other safety features will be installed along Longwood Avenue in some areas. Cyclists will have dedicated space to ride their bikes and there will be safer crossings for pedestrians. The improvements will increase visibility of pedestrians and bicyclists by motorists and help reduce conflicts. Please plan your travels to Temple Israel accordingly. Read more.
readHigh Holy Days 5779 Congregational Read
Peace of Mind by Joshua Loth Liebman
This year, the book chosen for our High Holy Day congregational read is Peace of Mind, by our former Senior Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman. In 1946, amidst a world still aching and broken by war, Rabbi Joshua Loth Liebman published this book in an attempt to provide solace and hope to a community that was struggling to come to terms with the war's new horrors and hatreds. As we read Rabbi Liebman's book today, we not only honor his insightful and compassionate legacy, we also find new meaning and urgency in his words, as we as a society once again find ourselves disturbed by newfound hatreds and institutional violence in the world. We invite you to buy or borrow this book and read it in preparation for the High Holy Day season. You can also find the original version of the book online.
crisisImmigrant Crisis: Ways to Respond
Provide Tangible Support to Detainees and Separated Families
  • Temple Emanuel of McAllen, Texas is accepting donations via Paypal or by check sent to Temple Emanuel, 4300 N Chai Street, McAllen, TX 78504. Please note "Refugees" on the check memo line, and they will ensure the money goes towards supporting families facing criminal prosecution on the southern US border.
  • The Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism is providing many ways Reform Jews can take action. This list is continually updating, so be sure to check back regularly.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies has established the CJP Fund to Aid Children and End Separation (FACES). FACES will offer immediate aid through three organizations: Catholic Charities, the Young Center, and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition. These organizations will provide legal assistance, social workers as family reunification specialists to help find the parents of separated children, trauma specialists to support children experiencing extreme distress, and will help families once they are released from detention and await immigration trials. CJP will distribute 100 percent of contributions to these organizations. Read CJP's statement and consider making a donation.
TI Teen Education Registration teen
Through The Tent, the Madrichim Program, and RYFTI, Temple Israel's Teen Education has many wonderful, meaningful things to offer Temple Israel's 8-12th graders. TI Teen Education registration is now open via the TI congregant portal. If you have any trouble related to the portal or form, contact Brigid GogginRead more about TI Teen Ed.
Your Personal Invitation Has Arrived
Membership Renewal is upon us! Personalized membership renewal booklets have gone out to all our members to thank you for being a part of our community and to share information about the year ahead. If you have any questions upon receiving your renewal booklet or you have not yet received it, please contact Dekel Luban, Director of Membership and Engagement. We are grateful for the enthusiastic response.
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