You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Religious School heads "to the beach" for spring break.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Acharei Mot; Leviticus 16:1-18:30
K'doshim; Leviticus 19:1-20:27
Haftarah portion:
Ezekial 22:1-19
Amos 9:7-15
Candle lighting:
7:27 p.m.
Friday, May 1
5:00 p.m. Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat!

6:00 p.m.  Gather with us virtually for Qabbalat Shabbat!

7:30 p.m. Riverway (20s & 30s) Shabbat
Saturday, May 2
9:00 a.m.  Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Saturday morning for Shabbat and Torah Study!

7:30 p.m. Riverway Havdalah and Trivia

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 a team of tech support available to help you access Zoom! Just 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:
Rose Bank                         
April 19, 2020
Great- Aunt of Marli Porth (J.A. Fancuilli)
Great – Great Aunt of Amelie Fancuilli
Sheila Levine
April 21, 2020
Mother of Amy Levine (Stewart Silverman), Jodi Levine (Lucy), and Andrew Levine (Lauren)  
Grandmother of Bennett and Nina, Emily and Julia
David Kerstein             
April 19, 2020 (25 Nisan, 5780) 
Brother of Michael Kerstein (Maureen)
Uncle of Sarah, Matthew, and Benjamin
Husband of Colleen Kerstein
Father of 4
Grandfather of 3
Jacob George Miller
April 24, 2020
Grandfather of Matt Ellis (Victoria)
Alice Sherman
April 23, 2020
Mother of Stephen Sherman (Ann), and Oren Sherman (Richard Miller)
Ann Fried               
April 26, 2020
Mother of Deborah Bates (Joe) and Beth Whitehill (Henry)
Grandmother of Josh and Julie, David Whitehill (Jessica), Simcha Bergman (Ross)
Great-Grandmother of Lana Bergman
Juanita Victor
April 22, 2020
Mother of Leslie Victor Kates (Richard)
Grandmother of Alex Kates (April Ondis) and Stacy Kates-Levy (Matt)
Mother of 4
Grandmother of 21
Great-grandmother of 16
Sherman H. Starr
April 22, 2020
Father of Sandy Starr (Raine Figueroa), Tony Starr (Kathy Chazan Starr), Julie Starr Duker (Jay Duker), and Dinny Starr (Alan Gordon)
Husband of Ellie Starr
Grandfather of Sierra and Emma Starr, and 12 others
Great-Grandfather of 4
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the births of:
Nava & Moriah Schlussel
April 2020
Children of Lizzie Bell and Sam Schlussel
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 617-966-7951. 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
During this global Covid-19 pandemic, all of us have been impacted in unique and challenging ways. Because of systemic racism that is embedded throughout our society, the novel coronavirus strain is  hitting black communities the hardest . Tikkun Central’s Racial Justice Initiative is already committed to promoting purchases from Black-owned businesses and we recognize the unique challenges of safely accessing goods and services in these times. We invite you to explore our virtual  shuk  (marketplace) and align your spending with your values as we support local Black business owners. From contact-less food deliveries/pick-ups to purchasing books and online meditation and exercise classes, find what you need at .
Pursuing Justice in this Pandemic: a focus on immigration
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

During this time of fear and uncertainty, our undocumented neighbors are experiencing heightened health and safety risks. People are protesting life threatening living conditions in ICE Detention and experiencing dangerous shortages of basic needs once released. Join Tikkun Central's Zoom call with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)'s Rachie Lewis and learn more about the work we're doing with the Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN) and how you can help safely from your homes. Tikkun Central is Temple Israel's heart of righteous impact work and we invite you to learn more about what we do and how to get involved. Stay tuned for Zoom link registration, and please be in touch with   Tali Puterman  with any questions.
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 daily emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email Noa.
Poetry & Podcast Small Groups
Poetry Small Group
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m.
Connect with our Temple Israel poets and lovers of poetry.
Sign up for the poetry group here .

Podcast Small Group
Tuesdays, May 5 and May 19, 3:00 p.m.
Just like a book group, but with a podcast instead!
Sign up for the podcast group here. Join us on zoom.
Questions? Email Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole Zador.
On May 5, we will discuss "Sarah Hurwitz: From the White House to the Torah," a podcast from the Jewish Women's Archive: Can We Talk? series. In this episode, our host, Nahanni Rous, talks with Hurwitz about speechwriting, the women of the Bible, silent meditation, and Sarah's new book, Here All Along.

Listen here in advance of gathering!
On May 19, we will discuss an episode from the Union for Reform Judaism's Podcast, Wholly Jewish. In this episode, we'll meet army veteran Bryant Heinzelman, who shares powerful and impactful moments of his journey as a Jewish man as he travels the world, and how every step along the way has shaped and strengthened his identity.

Listen here in advance of gathering!
Weekday Minyan
Log into Zoom and 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. We will be using Mishkan T'filah for weekdays and will be offering access to the prayerbook through a Zoom screen share. Or, you can purchase your own Kindle edition here . Weekday Minyan can also be streamed on our website here .
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Learn with us online!
Weekly classes (new students welcome):
New classes starting soon:
24 hours of virtual learning, beginning Thursday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m.
On Shavuot we go big. We celebrate the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai by learning together, often in what is called a  Tikkun Leil Shavuot,  a yearly Torah all-nighter. This year, join us as we go bigger as dozens of teachers, artists, and facilitators lead us in study, prayer, art making, music and more over a full 24 hours in the zoomosphere. Join us for an hour or two, or brew a pot of coffee and stay up for a full day of learning, connection, and celebration. 

Are you interested in leading a learning session? Click  here  to fill out our teacher volunteer form, or email Brigid Goggin to learn more.
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Small Groups
Connect with the Riverway community by joining a Small Group, including Book Club, Celebrate the New Month, Couples, Interfaith Couples, and Singles.  Sign up here .

Upcoming Events:

Religious School & Teens
  • Meditation with Roberta, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Singing with Fallon, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tefila with Cantor Einhorn, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Ages 3 through 1st Grade Weekday Activity, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:20 p.m.
  • Songs with Cantor Einhorn, Sundays at 10:40 a.m.
  • Community Time, Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
Village for Families with Young Children
Trivia with the Village
Sunday, May 3, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us this Sunday evening from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with your favorite cocktail to play a fun game of trivia. Partner up with another Village family and bring your endless knowledge of fun facts! See you then. RSVP to  Tatiana.

Tot Rock Shabbat
Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Thank Goodness It's Shabbat
Join us on Zoom every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for dancing and singing on a special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy.

Village Parent’s Happy Hour
Sundays, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Struggling to manage the new normal? Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community!
Temple Israel’s Green Team launched The Postcard Project in February to give our community a chance to perform two mitzvot:

1. The postcards, designed by artist and congregant Deb Putnoi, provide a place where we can let Cantor Einhorn know how much his gifts of music, kindness, and love have meant.

2. There’s also room to list three things you will do, in Cantor Einhorn’s honor, to help heal the planet. Cantor Einhorn is a lifelong environmentalist and the combination of good wishes for him and good deeds for the earth will mean a lot as he begins his retirement.

The postcards will be hung in the Atrium for the Cantor’s Celebration in September, and then included in a Memory Box. In this new landscape, it is no longer feasible to get physical postcards to—and back from—interested congregants by mid-August, so we have moved it online! You can fill out a postcard here .
It is a Mitzvah to chant from the Torah on Shabbat and on the Holidays. Chanting Torah requires the ability to read Hebrew as well as the musical skill set to accurately learn the musical contours of each verse. If this is of interest to you, please contact Sue Misselbeck . We cannot promise a portion to anyone who expresses interest but we can promise to offer instruction to help you acquire this skill.
In these unprecedented times of social distancing, Temple Israel is operating in high gear to set up many ways to participate and interact with fellow congregants of all ages for classes and gatherings. A gift to the Temple Israel Friends Annual Fund will allow us to bring Religious School students together for online learning, will enable us to livestream our Qabbalat Shabbat services to all who are seeking connection during this time of isolation, and will continue to enable TI members in Boston and across the world to come together virtually to live Judaism together in new and exciting ways.
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.