You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Over the past few weeks, GBIO met with some of their local representative at in-district meetings where they discussed a bill that addresses all of GBIO's concerns for anti-racism POST training, certification and accountability and banning chokeholds, and begins to address indemnity issues.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 54:11-55:5
Candle lighting:
7:28 p.m.
Friday, August 14
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat! Stella Hoffman will chant Qiddush.

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups

7:30 p.m. Riverway Shabbat
Saturday, August 15
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

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

8:00 p.m. Havdalah
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:
Robert Weil                
July 26, 2020
Father of Sam Weil (Sarah Kalish)
Roslyn Kleinerman
August 5, 2020
Grandmother of Mallory Bram (Clinton Pong)
Great-grandmother of Teddy and Susannah Pong
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Henry Solomon Frankford
July 28, 2020
Son of Shira DeCovnick and Saul Frankford
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the marriage of:
Roberta Bergstein and Ayla Axeloons
August 9, 2020
Anna Licht and Phil Tomezko 
August 9, 2020
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
Prayer Book Pickup and Time Before the Ark
This year, we will be lending copies of Mishkan HaNefesh for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services to Temple Israel members. Book pickup will be available three days a week beginning in mid-August. While you are at the building, we are also offering the opportunity for you and your family to stand before the ark in the Sanctuary. Masks must be worn at all times and all visitors must maintain social distancing while in the building.

If you plan on bringing a donation for the Greater Boston Food Bank with you, please have your donations in a bag in the trunk of your car and a staff member will remove them for you. We ask that you return your prayer books to the building during designated drop-off times: October 5-9, 13-16, & 19-23, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The month leading up to the High Holy Days offers us the opportunity to assess the ways in which we have – or have not – lived up to our ideals over the past year, and to identify ways in which we would like to “return” to our best selves in the year to come. We do this work by looking inward, in conversation with others, and engaging with important issues in our world.  

High Holy Day Small Groups will gather 10-12 congregants who commit to attending four sessions of meaningful conversation, relevant learning and relational connections. Groups are lay led and open to all members of the Temple Israel community. Participants are asked to join with cameras on so you can be visible to your group. Please contact Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole Zador with questions. 

Groups include: Congregational Read – How to be an AntiRacist, Spiritual Book Group – This is Real, Poetry Group, The Holy Day Spice Cooking Experience, Elul Podcast Group, Spiritual Fitness Group, and Shabbat Dinner Conversation Groups. Be sure to sign up for our BIPOC Congregational Read group!
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
Reclaim Our Vote Campaign
Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us to learn more about how to combat voter suppression with the Temple Israel Racial Justice Initiative's Reclaim Our Vote Campaign.

Come and listen to Wanda Mosley, Senior Coordinator in Georgia at Black Voters Matter, speak about her efforts to stomp out voter suppression in every place it rears its evil intent. BVM is a partner in the Reclaim Our Vote Campaign. If you wish, stay to watch a film about the life of a remarkable civil rights activist, "John Lewis: Good Trouble," directed by Black film maker Dawn Porter and produced by Magnolia Pictures, an independent film company that uplifts social justice stories.

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 Puterman, or Rabbi Dan Slipakoff.
Celebrating Recent GBIO Victories:

At least 72 TI members took part in IDMs, and 10 TI members took leadership roles in 5 In-District Meetings, giving crucial support to raising our issues with our legislators and holding them accountable. The power of the In-District Meetings helped push the envelope on the issues of police reform and healthcare. 

The House passed a bill that addresses all of GBIO's concerns for anti-racism POST training, certification and accountability and banning chokeholds, and begins to address indemnity issues. See this GBIO IDM Fact Sheet July 2020 for more information.

The Putting Patients First Act has also passed in the House and is headed to conference. GBIO also helped bring 17 of 38 co-sponsors on board for a prescription drug cost containment measure - a great place to build from for further efforts. 

To learn more and connect with GBIO, please contact Laura GuggenheimerAnne Licciardelloor Dru Greenwood.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Weekly classes:

with Uri Feinberg. Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. Join us this summer as we explore 72 years of Israeli history through a lens of transition.

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with Suzie Jacobson. Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud. No prior experience required. New students welcome at any point during the year.

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with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson. Fridays at 2:00 p.m. Join us as we dive into Aristotelian philosophy and theology via Moses Maimonides’ 12th century Guide for the Perplexed. No experience necessary, bring your curiosity and love of Jewish thought.

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Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Riverway Shabbat, August! Join us virtually!

Friday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an engaging, musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz -- virtually!

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Summer with TILLI
Spend your summer (virtually) with Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute (TILLI). TILLI is having peer-led classes as well as monthly book club.
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.