You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Fresh Food Generation sends out 200 freshly cooked care packages made in Temple Israel's kitchen to the Greater Boston Community.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Numbers 8:1-12:16
Haftarah portion:
Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Candle lighting:
8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 5
5:00 p.m. Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat!

6:00 p.m.  Gather virtually for a Shabbat Service of Mourning and Healing.

7:15 p.m . Shabbat Dinner Groups

7:30 p.m. Riverway (20s & 30s) Shabbat Recharge
Saturday, June 6
9:00 a.m.  Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Shabbat and Torah Study!

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat

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:

We are dedicating this Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. to Mourning and Healing for so many lives lost through the virus of Covid-19 and the virus of racism, bigotry, and hatred. There is great pain in the hearts and souls of so many. This service is one step along the way for our congregation's involvement with racial justice and work with the greater community. Read more from the clergy here .
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Iris Bebe Soble Levy
May 26, 2020
Grandmother of Rachel Wexler (Michael)
Great-Grandmother of Eli, Sonia, and Gabriel
Luisa Zauli
May 30, 2020
Mother of Dani Agin and Max Agin
Wife of Warren Agin
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Silas Bevans Shulman
June 1, 2020
Son of Harrison and Emma Shulman
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
Please join us on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m. for a roundtable discussion among entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Temple Israel community. Join us via Zoom . To RSVP, email Shoshanna Goldberg , Director of Development.
Thanks to a generous member of our congregation, every gift to the Friends Annual Fund that we receive between now and June 15 will be matched, up to $25,000. If you have not yet made a gift to the Friends Annual Fund, we hope that you will join us in supporting Temple Israel and the sacred work that we do with a gift of $36, $180, $360, or any amount that is meaningful to you and your family. Your support will allow us to innovate today and rise to meet the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow. Now is the time to double your impact.
A letter from Fresh Food Generation to the Temple Israel Community:

Beginning April 20th, we have been temporarily operating out of a new location – the kitchen of Temple Israel. Our relationship with the temple goes back several years, and we have been proud to call Temple Israel a great customer and friend. We have served every age group and cohort imaginable at the temple and have had the privilege to be part of numerous community celebrations including on Shabbat and on other holidays including Sukkot. In a word, we already really feel like family. Read the full letter here .
Welcome to our rabbinic intern, Andrew Oberstein, who will be with us throughout the summer and monthly through the year. Andrew is thrilled to return to Temple Israel, where he previously served as Coordinator for Social Justice and Young A dult Engagement. Andrew will be involved in many areas in our community and we are sure you will relish the chance to experience his scholarship, warmth, and many talents. Learn more about Andrew  here .
Virtual Annual Gathering of the Congregation
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 past year, recognize our accomplishments as a community, elect and welcome new leadership, and celebrate our cantorial transition. We look forward to your online participation! Read more or join in here.
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 more emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email Noa.
Shabbat Dinner Groups
Shabbat Dinner Groups
Fridays, June 5 & 19 at 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!
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:
Bad-Ass Jewish Men, aka Parodies Found  
Thursdays, June 4 & 11 at 11:00 a.m

Hosted by Librarian, Ann Abrams. The hilarious and subversive humor of Mickey Katz, Allan Sherman, and Randy Rainbow. Join Ann for virtual laughter and learning here . Contact Sue Misselbeck for more information.
Library Book Group Presents: Roger Gottlieb
Tuesday, June 16 at 12:00 p.m.

The Library’s Book Group is delighted to host Temple member and author, Roger Gottlieb. Roger will  give a presentation about his new novel,  The Sacrifice Zone, and   will discuss the main theme of the book: How can we live gracefully and lovingly when there is so much pain, injustice and just plain folly in the world? Click  here  for info about Roger's book, and to purchase a copy. RSVP to  Ann Abrams  by Friday, June 12.  
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:
  • 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.
TI June Camp: Come Have Fun with Us This Summer! 
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.
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.