We are shining bright together!
We had so much fun at the "Pahk Yah Cah for Chanu-CAH" Drive-In Candle Lighting! See the full album.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Genesis 41:1-44:17
Haftarah portion:
I Kings 3:15 - 4:1
Candle lighting:
3:55 p.m.
Friday, December 18
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat. Yelizaveta Anika Carlson and Julian A. Carlson will chant Qiddush. 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.

6:30 p.m. Riverway Project's Ladino Hanuká Shabbat with OneTable. Learn more and RSVP.
Saturday, December 19
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.

10:15 a.m. Yelizaveta Anika Carlson and Julian A. Carlson becomes B'nei Mitzvah

8:00 p.m. Havdalah Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here. Stay with us after havdalah for meditation and intention setting with Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein
Life Cycle Events in our Community
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.
Chanukah: Light Up the Nights Together!
Nightly Candle Lighting
December 10-17 at 5:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Nes gadol hayah Zoom; A great miracle happened... on Zoom! All are invited to join us for a nightly virtual candle lighting at 5:00 p.m. Bring your chanukiah to the screen and help us light up the night.
The Magic of Chanukah with Robert Strong, The Comedy Magician
Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Join us on Zoom for a special 8th night Chanukah Celebration. The Magic of Chanukah promises to be a unique, interactive, and laugh-filled magic show, designed from the ground-up for our virtual world. Appropriate for kids and adults! 
Donate Before the Year Ends to TI!
As 2020 draws to a close, we ask that you reflect on how the Temple Israel community came together in innovative and meaningful ways despite the challenges that this year presented. As you consider your calendar year-end charitable giving, we wanted to highlight that there are several 2020 tax benefits, made possible by the CARES Act legislation. You may find that this is an especially good time to make a gift to TI. As always, all tax decisions should be made in consideration of your personal situation and in consultation with your tax advisors. Please see https://nertamid.tisrael.org/cares-act for more details. 
Nurture Your Inner Life
This Weekend:
Post-Havdalah Meditation and Intention Setting
December 19 after Havdalah
Join us at 8:00 p.m. for Havdalah, then stick around as we begin our new week together with mindfulness meditation. Led by Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein, we will also have an opportunity to express gratitude and set positive intentions for the coming week. No registration necessary. Join us on Zoom here.
Making Prayer Meaningful: Part 3 of A 3-Part Workshop
December 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Have you ever struggled with prayer or wondered why we do it at all? Join Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein for an exploration of the role of prayer in our contemporary lives. Together, we will learn tools for making prayer more meaningful and for cultivating your own personal prayer practice. Learn more and register here.
Upcoming Classes:
led by TI-GBIO Members
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
4 sessions, January 11 – 25
with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Meets weekly
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:10 p.m.
December 16 - January 6
with Sara Gardner
Sundays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
January 10 - February 7
Last Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, December 29 at 12:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.

Librarian, Ann Abrams, will lead a discussion about one of her favorite books: I’ll Take It, a novel by Paul Rudnick. All book lovers are welcome to come, bring lunch, and join the conversation. We can share virtual desserts! For more information, please contact Ann Abrams.
Save the Date! January 15, 2021
Shabbat Tzedek with Renée Graham
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. We will REFLECT on the current state of our world and our roles within it. We will RELATE to one another through the power of storytelling and our shared vision of righteous impact. We will discover ways to REFORM our own actions to serve the greater good of Greater Boston.

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.

Enhance your celebration by pre-ordering your dinner from a featured Black-owned business! Learn more here. To be emailed with more information, contact Nicole Zador.

At 5:15 p.m., students age 3 through 7th grade are invited to join in a special educational program with our religious school staff celebrating our commitment to justice. For more info please contact Roberta Axeloons. Teens from Temple Israel and The Tent at TI are welcome to join us on Zoom for a special pre-service program. For more info please contact Fallon Rubin.

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.
Riverway Project

Ladino Hanuká Shabbat

Friday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m.
OneTable and Riverway Project have come together with artist, writer, singer, and Jewish educator Sarah Aroeste to present a Ladino night of celebration at the end of Hanuká and the beginning of Shabbat! 

Virtual Singing Experience

Love to sing in the shower, but miss harmonizing other voices? Then sign up for Riverway's Virtual Singing Experience to join our virtual choir: tinyurl.com/VirtualSinging The application will be open until January!

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Powered by Courage: A Conversation Series
The Powered by Courage series, hosted by Encounter, features Palestinian civil society leaders in conversation with eight Jewish communal leaders. Palestinian civil society leaders have courageously hosted thousands of Jewish participants in Encounter’s leadership programs. This series offers the opportunity for Jewish leaders to bravely host them and their stories in return, and to continue expanding our conceptual lenses on the conflict. Together we can deepen our commitment to courageous conversation and leadership in service of our Jewish values and future.

Adaptive Leadership: A View From Ramallah
Thursday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Sam Bahour, Palestinian-American Businessman in conversation with Marty Linsky, Longtime Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Member

Fighting for Peace: Nonviolent Leadership as a Way of Life
Tuesday, December 22 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Sulaiman Khatib, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Combatants for Peace in conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, Senior Rabbi, IKAR
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
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.