You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
We welcomed in the New Year with a Shofar Blast Drive-in last Sunday.
We wish you a sweet and safe New Year!
L'Shanah Tovah U'Metukah!
Torah portion:
Genesis 18:16-28
Haftarah portion:
I Samuel 1: 8-18
Candle lighting:
6:30 p.m.
Friday, September 18
5:00 p.m. Village Service for Families with Young Children.

6:00 p.m. Family Service*.

6:00 p.m. Zoom Early Dinner.

7:30 p.m. Full-Community Service*. We invite the entire Temple Israel community to enter the High Holy Day season together. Learn more here.

8:00 p.m. Riverway Project Service. Register here.

8:45 p.m. Zoom Late Dinner.
Saturday, September 19
9:00 a.m. Village Service for Families with Young Children. Join us here.

9:00 a.m. Family Service.

9:00 a.m. Majestic Service*.

11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service*. Learn more here.

1:00-2:00 p.m. Tashlich. The Temple Israel clergy will be present at the Muddy River, to greet you from a distance. Learn more here.

2:00-5:00 p.m. Virtual Prayer Groups. Registration required, sign up here.
Sunday, September 20
9:00 a.m. Lay-led Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service.

4:00 p.m. Riverway (20s & 30s) Tashlich: (th)ROW Away Your Sins. Learn more here.
*Members can join all services on Zoom. Check your email for Zoom links or contact Kira Yates.
We're here to help this Rosh Hashanah!
We have tech support team available to help you access virtual worship opportunities. 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:
Richard Smith
September 9, 2020
Father of Amy Berylson (John), Debra Knez, and Robert Smith (Dana)
Brother of Nancy Lurie Marks
Grandfather of Jennifer Block (Jonathan), Elizabeth Katz (Robert), James Berylson,
Jessica and Andrew Knez, Madeleine Ryan and Jackson Smith
Great-grandfather of Benjamin, Zachary and Alexander Block, Thomas, Sara and William Katz
Robert Schafer
September 4
Brother-in-law of Sandy and Don Perrin
Uncle of Scott Perrin (Amanda)
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.
Temple Israel Membership
In order to be an active participant in 5781 High Holy Day Services, we request that Temple Israel members contribute at least 25% of their annual dues one week prior to the holidays. For questions about membership, please connect with Shoshanna Goldberg.
We invite you to explore our new High Holy Day website, which outlines our three pathways to the High Holy Days:
  • Explore our interactive library of High Holy Day materials
  • See the full schedule of virtual High Holy Day services
We invite you to explore each pathway and plan your journey at   
Virtual "Tickets"
All Temple Israel community members will have the enhanced opportunity to have a front row and interactive seat on Zoom. The Zoom links for S'lichot, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur services are listed below. Please do not share these member-only links, as we are limiting those who can participate in gallery view and engage with the chat function to those within our community. We will also be streaming the same services, open to the public in real time, on our website without these additional features, here.  
Food Donations
Each year on Yom Kippur, we collect donations for the Greater Boston Food Bank. While we cannot gather together this year, we are continuing to support our Boston community through donations. Temple Israel will be collecting non-perishable food from Monday, September 21 - Friday, September 25 on-site from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Please feel free to stop by the building to leave a donation.
High Holy Day Prayer Groups
Dig deeper into the High Holy Days and strengthen relationships with other Temple Israel members in interactive, virtual gatherings led by Temple Israel clergy. We ask that you limit your selection to one small group per holiday. If you would like to be added to a wait list for additional groups, please indicate your preferences at the end of the registration form. Please contact Sue Misselbeck with questions. Learn more and register here.
Tzedakah Row
Each year we select several organizations for a communal tzedakah project. This year, we have chosen the following organizations to support:

Fresh Food Generation - Fresh Food Generation’s mission is to “disrupt food disparities by creating a common food experience.” Click here to support Fresh Food Generation.
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute - The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute has served Boston as “a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.” Click here to support the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.
Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) - A leader in Boston’s discussions on racial equality and economic justice, their mission is to “advance the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations that serve the Black community and Black residents of Massachusetts.” Click here to support BECMA.
Second Day Rosh Hashanah
Extend the joy and community worship at a second day Rosh Hashanah service. All are invited to join as we pray, study, and celebrate together. The lay-led service will be on Sunday September 20 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Learn more here or contact Carol Rosenstock with questions. Sign in ten minutes before the service.
Who will you be in 5781?
Racism is one of the most powerful social malignancies threatening our world today. Antiracism challenges racism by reframing the structures that allow inequality to continue and thrive. Each year during the High Holy Days, Jews of every generation, race, and culture embark on a shared journey of reflection and repentance. During the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we reevaluate the all ways we act in this world through cheshbon ha’nefesh, an accounting of our souls. To participate in #10Days10Ways and to alter your own negative practices, biases, and perceptions towards people of color, join our Facebook Group or engage on our website beginning on Erev Rosh Hashanah. Reach out to Assistant Director of Social Justice Engagement, Tali Puterman with questions.

#10Days10Ways Havdalah - Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for our weekly celebration, as we share how the symbols of Havdalah inspire new ways to think about our world as it is, and the healing work needed to create the world as it can be.

To learn more about Tikkun Central, and find exciting ways to get involved, please sign up for our weekly newsletter, JustNews, by clicking this link.
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 emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email Noa Rosen.
Tikkun Central
Join the Movement! Reclaim Our Vote!

Since launching, Reclaim Our Vote Campaign has been combating voter suppression in 6 states. Please join us in this fight for our democracy by completing this form. To order postcards, please complete this order form. For more information, contact Kathy WeinmanTali Putermanor Rabbi Dan Slipakoff.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Center for Adult Jewish Learning Fall 2020 registration is now open! See the available courses here. Contact Brigid Goggin with any questions.
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Join the Riverway Project for our virtual High Holy Days! Registration is open now for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Riverway Confessional services.
  • Tashlich: (th)ROW Away Your Sins. Sunday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. Learn more here.
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
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.