You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Last Friday, we ended Qabbalat Shabbat with a celebratory oneg where congregants and clergy could virtually mix and mingle. We hope you can join us this Friday!
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Chayei Sara
Genesis 23:1-25:18
Haftarah portion:
I Kings 1:1-1:31
Candle lighting:
4:06 p.m.
Friday, November 13
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat. Oliver Aaron Helmling 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 here.

7:30 p.m. Riverway Shabbat, November. Register here.
Saturday, November 14
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
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Carmen Monaco
October 10, 2020
Brother of Fred Monaco (Beth)
Uncle of Meredith Monaco, Jeffrey Monaco, and Lindsay Tateo (James)
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Ella Marley Levy
September 3, 2020
Daughter of Nicole Leavenworth and Brett Levy
Dylan Joseph McCarthy
November 4, 2020
Son of Emily and Kyle McCarthy
Grandson of Ann Bookman and Eric Beuhrens
Zara Bader Swartz-Moskop
October 10, 2020
Daughter of Courtney Swartz and Katherine Moskop
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.
Steinbaum Lecture with Professor Joyce Antler
Ready to Turn the World Upside Down: Radical Feminism and Jewish Identity
Friday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Jewish women were movers and shakers—and originators—of women’s liberation, one of the most significant social movements of the twentieth century. In myriad ways, they transformed the culture and politics of our time, adding their imprint to a long line of Jewish activists. Their courage, struggles, and triumphs deserve a central place in our histories of American Jewish life.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Joyce Antler as the 5781 Carl A. Steinbaum Lecturer. Joyce Antler is the Samuel J. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Emerita at Brandeis University. She is the author of many books, including You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother; The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America; and most recently, Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women’s Liberation Movement.
Powered by Courage
The Powered by Courage series, hosted by Encounter, features Palestinian civil society leaders in conversation with eight Jewish communal leaders who are members of Encounter’s leadership network. Over the past 15 years, they and many other 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.
Drawing on Religious Wisdom for Leadership in Conflict
Monday, November 16 at 1:30 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Sami Awad, Founder & Program Director, Holy Land Trust in conversation with Rabba Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, Founding Rabbi of Zion Community in Jerusalem and Co-Founder of the Israeli Rabbis Beit Midrash & Network
Being Proximate: From a Palestinian Village in the Heart of Gush Etzion
Sunday, November 22 at 12:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Abu Ibrahim, Head of Village Council and Mukhtar, Bayt Zakarya in coversation with Evan Traylor, Rabbinical Student, HUC-JIR.
Being the Light Amidst Darkness: Women’s Leadership as a Way Forward
Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Fadia & Fatima Al Wahsh, Directors, Jubbet al Dhib Women’s Committee in conversation with Danielle Shani, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, BeDo – Generating Change, Differently
Upcoming Learning Opportunities
Nurture your inner life through intellectual discovery, cultural exploration, and personal meaning-making.
Classes starting soon:
Sundays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
3 sessions, starting November 15
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
3 sessions, starting November 30
Friday night shabbat dinner on December 4
3 sessions, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Nov 30 (Monday), Dec 8 (Tusday), Dec 15 (Tuesday)
Upcoming events:
The Catskill Mountains and the Jewish Experience with Phil Brown
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. Register for Zoom link here.

Perhaps no one in our neck of the woods knows more about Catskills and the Jewish experience than Phil Brown, founder of and President of the Catskills Institute. Come reminisce with Phil as he talks lovingly and proudly about the Catskills as a place he enjoyed with his family and later studied in depth; a unique haven where intergenerational Jews during and after the Holocaust gathered year round to share their joys and sorrows through conversation, food, sport, and culture. Phil Brown is also University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences at Northeastern University where he directs the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute and is on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Studies Program.
Riverway Project
Blessings of Gratitude

Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. Wondrously Does/n’t uses ritual creation workshops to address invisible illness in Jewish spaces. We will teach about Nisim B’chol Yom, the daily morning blessings.

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Friendsgiving: Havdalah + Trivia

Saturday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. There's a lot to be grateful for, including our community! Join us in partnership with Yisod and the Vilna Shul for Havdalah and Trivia!

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TIkkun Central
Apply Now: Paid Social Justice Internship for High School Graduates
Are you a high school graduate without a college degree? TI is looking for a Social Justice Intern and we hope you will learn more and apply here. Applications are due Friday 11/13/20.
Tell us your feedback #10Days10Ways. Hundreds in our community and beyond took part in our #10Days10Ways Campaign over the High Holy Days. We hope to hear your feedback, please complete this form.
FJECC Virtual Open House
Virtual Open House
Monday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. Ages 21 months to 5 yeards old. For more information and to register, go here or contact Jenny Gamson, Director of Admissions.  
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.
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.