You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Our Bar and B'not Mitzvah joined together on Friday to chant Qiddush.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Deuteronomy 29:9-31:20
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 61:10-63:9
Candle lighting:
6:42 p.m.
Friday, September 11
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat Join us on Zoom here.

5:15 p.m. Join as a family for Shabbat Mishpachah and welcome in Shabbat together. Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat! Emily Lutzker will chant Qiddush. Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here.

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups

7:30 p.m. Riverway Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.
Saturday, September 12
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.

S'lichot Small Group Learning
5:30 p.m. Songs of Renewal with Cantor Stillman. Join us on Zoom here.

6:30 p.m. Text Study with our Rabbis: Personal Accounting of our Souls. Join us on Zoom here.

7:30 p.m. Exploring Sephardic High Holy Day Practices with Sarah Gardner. Join us on Zoom here.

8:30 p.m. S'lichot Service (for registrants only, join the waitlist here)

9:30 p.m. S'lichot Zoom Service.
Sunday, September 13
12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Shofar Blast Drive-in. Register here to learn the location.
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:
Barbara Gold Randolph
August 29, 2020
Sister of Arthur Gold
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the marriage of:
Adam Sege and Emily Jan
August 21, 2020
Adam is the son of Karen Victor and Bob Sege
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Maxwell Lewis Raboy
August 30, 2020
Son of Harrison and Jenna Raboy
Grandson of Adam and Amy Raboy
Great-grandson of Debbie Raboy
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"
Zoom links to all High Holy Day services will be emailed to members in good standing on September 10. These Zoom rooms are a place to enjoy the High Holy Days alongside the Temple Israel community and we ask that you do not share the links. Non-members will be able to view all services on our website here. If you are unsure of your membership status, or still need to pay your dues, please contact Shoshanna Goldberg.
S'lichot Preparatory Groups
On the High Holy Days, we have several pathways towards repentance, prayer, and just action. S’lichot is our doorway to this meaningful journey. With Torah, prayer, and community, we begin to pose the eternal questions of our existence as we return to our best selves. Connect with other members as we prepare our minds, bodies, and souls for the High Holy Days. Join on Saturday, September 12 for one, or join for all.

5:30 p.m. Chadeish Yameinu: Songs of Renewal with Cantor Alicia Stillman
Let’s sit together in the reflective moments of S’lichot’s approach and sing, hear, and discuss some of the melodies that ensure you are spiritually and musically prepared for 5781. Join on Zoom here.

6:30 p.m. Cheshbon HaNefesh: a Personal Accounting of our Souls with the Temple Israel Clergy
Spend time with TI clergy as we reflect on the depth and power of the High Holy Day season and get ourselves ready to dig deep. Join on Zoom here.

7:30 p.m. Exploring Sephardic High Holy Day Practices through Food with Culinary Historian Sarah Gardener
Join culinary historian Sarah Gardner as we think up our own yehi ratsones for the new year to come and curate a matching Rosh Hashanah seder plate spread. Join on Zoom here.
Shofar Blast Drive-in
Registration required. Location shared to registrants only.
Sunday, September 13
12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.

This year, Temple Israel is excited to announce our Shofar Blast Drive-in. We will gather together and tune our radios to listen to the Clergy sing and blow the shofar. All participants must remain in their cars for the duration of the event. The Shofar blast will be near the Temple and the final location will be announced the day before the event to registrants only. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Irina Preys with any questions. Space is limited for each time-slot, register in advance here.
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.
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.
Who will you be in 5781? Racism is one of the most powerful social malignancies threatening our world today. Antiracism challenges the social malignancy of racism by reframing the systemic and social 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 way we are in this world, as individuals, and as a community through the practice of cheshbon ha’nefesh, an accounting of our souls.
To participate in #10Days10Ways and to alter your negative practices, biases, and perceptions towards people of colorjoin our Facebook Group or engage on our website - we will begin on Erev Rosh Hashanah. Reach out to Assistant Director of Social Justice Engagement, Tali Puterman with questions.
Though we cannot gather as planned this Friday, September 11, to honor Cantor Einhorn in his retirement, we are planning a "Reunion Concert" in the Fall of 2021 with Cantor Einhorn and Cantor Stillman where we hope to join together in song and celebration.
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
Do you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color? We are building a BIPOC Caucus Group to connect with one another and expand conversations about race and racism at Temple Israel. Questions? Want to join the listserve? Email Tatiana Williams-Rodriguez and/or Asst. Director of Social Justice Engagement Tali Puterman.
Join the Movement! Reclaim Our Vote!

Since launching in July Reclaim Our Vote Campaign combating voter suppression in 6 states (Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas). So far, more than 145 congregants have committed to participate in our outreach to voters of color, who are more likely to be targeted for voter suppression, through postcards and telephone calls. Together we have sent over 10,000 postcards!

Please join us in this fight for our democracy by completing this form. To order postcards, please complete this order form. To see a recording of the launch, click here. 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.
  • Reminders & Reflections: High Holiday Virtual Art. September 10 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more here.
  • Riverway Shabbat, September! September 11 at 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.
  • Riverway Cafe: High Holy Day Edition. September 14 at 7:15 p.m. Learn more here.
  • Tashlich: (th)ROW Away Your Sins. September 20 at 4:00 p.m. Learn more here.
Welcome Back Shabbat Mishpachah
Welcome Back Shabbat Mishpachah
Friday, September 11 at 5:15 p.m.
Join us on Zoom as a family to welcome in Shabbat together as a community. Join here.
September 7, 2020
About Fresh Food Generation.

September 2, 2020
About Rabbi Gubitz's "With This Mask, I Thee Wed" event.
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.