You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Religious School students discuss the importance of justice during Qabbalat Shabbat services
As we shared with you last week in our letter to the congregation we want to make sure you are aware of how we are proceeding:

"As Massachusetts begins to phase in changes regarding quarantine, we want to remain vigilant about safety and virus containment. In consultation with health and medical experts, we plan for now to stay online with our programming and Shabbat services. We have very limited staff in the building who are maintaining operations, but the doors still remain closed."
Read the entire letter here.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Numbers 1:1-4:20
Haftarah portion:
Hosea 2:1-22
Candle lighting:
7:48 p.m.
Friday, May 22
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 Recharge
Saturday, May 23
9:00 a.m.  Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Saturday morning for Shabbat and Torah Study!

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat (for families with young children)
Join us on Zoom every Saturday for dancing and singing on a special live service

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 tech support team available to help you access Zoom! 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:
Harold Bishins              
May 15, 2020
Grandfather of Andrew Bishins (Sarah)
Great-grandfather of Iris and Sam
Paul Kateman
May 15, 2020
Brother-in-law of David Bailen (Helene)
Uncle of Laurence Bailen (Jennifer Weber)
Great-uncle of Daniel, Molly and Lily
Stephen Klein
May 15, 2020 (21 Iyar, 5780)
Father of Amy Michaels (Harvey), John Klein, Richard Klein (Leslie)
Grandfather of Laura, Andrew, Tyler, Julianna, Matthew, and Christian
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Casey Bruce Macleod
May 11, 2020
Daughter of Molly and Blake Macleod
Granddaughter of Jon and Margot Davis
Penelope Sophia Alba
May 14, 2020
Daughter of George Alba and Lucy Schulson
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.
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
Tikkun Zoom Shavuot

25 hours of virtual learning, beginning Thursday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. Join us as we go big as dozens of teachers, artists, and facilitators lead us in study, prayer, art making, music and more over a full 25 hours in the zoomosphere.

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Virtual Annual Gathering of the Congregation

Join us for our virtual Annual Gathering on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. While we cannot gather in-person this year, we hope you will join us virtually to reflect on the year, elect new leadership, and celebrate our cantorial transition.

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Shop our Shuk of Black-Owned Businesses

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.

Find what you need at .
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.
Shabbat Dinner, Poetry & Podcast Small Groups
Shabbat Dinner Groups
Friday, June 5 & 19, 7:15 p.m.

Gather in small groups of 8-12 people (on zoom) for Shabbat dinner, thoughtful conversation and connection! BYO Dinner. Sign up to join a group here. We will send you a zoom link for your group in advance!
Poetry Small Group
Every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Connect with our Temple Israel poets and lovers of poetry. Sign up here . Join on Zoom !
Podcast Small Group - Jewish Deli Edition
Tuesday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Check out this episode from  The Kibbitz Podcast, Nosh (part 2) about the history of Jewish Deli . Sign up! Join us on zoom.
For more information or with questions, please reach out to Nicole Zador or Rabbi Gubitz.
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):
Upcoming classes:
Library’s Book Group
Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m.
We will be welcoming TI member, Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, who will be giving a presentation about her wonderful new novel,  Nine. Jeanne will talk about her book, its themes and her writing journey. RSVP to Ann Abrams , or just come! Join the book group here .
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 .

Chaverai: Words with Friends
We will match you with another member of the community for you to check in with, and provide a range of Jewish and non-Jewish sources for you to think through together.
Fill out this form to join us as we adapt this ancient practice to our contemporary times.
Upcoming Events:

  • Celebrate the New Hebrew Month, Sivan! Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more. Register. Join on Zoom.
  • Riverway Book Club. Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. We'll be discussing the book Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) by Sarah Hurwitz (Michelle Obama's speechwriter). Learn more on Facebook. Join us on Zoom.
Education Program
The Education program will continue with virtual programming in June and July! We will begin on Tuesday, June 2, and will run every Tuesday and Thursday in June. We'll have a morning meeting at 9:00 a.m., community time at 3:30 p.m., and one-off electives for the students to participate in from 4:00-5:00 p.m.. Please indicate interest here a nd email Roberta Bergstein with any questions.
In these unprecedented times, 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.