January 8 , 2019/5779
Temple Israel first graders take a photo with Rabbi Zecher for a photo scavenger hunt
Calendar On the Calendar
6 of Sh'vat, 5779
Torah portion:
Haftarah portion:
Jeremiah 46:13 - 46:28
Friday, January 11
6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat

Baby naming for Ari Samuel Shief Needle

7:00 p.m. Soul Food Friday

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Saturday, January 12
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study 
Life Cycle Events
We mourn the loss of:
Barbara Hyatt 
January 1, 2019 (24 Tevet, 5779)
Mother of Joshua Hyatt (Cyndy)
Grandmother of Eve, Noah, and Abraham

Eugene Myers
December 30, 2018 (22 Tevet, 5779) 
Husband of Marjorie Starr Myers 
Brother-in-law of Kelly Starr Schein 

Are you or is someone you know celebrating a wedding? An engagement? A new baby? Do you know someone who is ill or in need of a friendly, supportive call? Please let Rachel Daniels know.
If you are saying kaddish or are in need of a community, our Daily Minyan takes place every weekday our building is open at 6:15 p.m.
Cantorial Transition 2020: Listening Campaign
Preparation for the Cantorial Search
As we prepare to search and interview candidates this coming summer and fall, we want to make sure that our Temple Israel members' thoughts and voices are integral to the process. 
There will be a number of opportunities to reflect and to speak together as a community.  The first opportunities are scheduled for the following dates:

Upcoming opportunities at Temple Israel, no registration required:
  • Sunday, January 13 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Focused on Religious School parents and members of Leadership Council
  • Friday, February 1 following Qabbalat Shabbat for an Oneg conversation
  • Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. Shabbat morning following Torah study
We also have a number of  in-home salons   in February and March.  You can also email us at  ticantorialsearch@tisrael.org .
Mazal Tov! Temple Israel Earns GreenFaith Energy Shield Certification
Temple Israel is the first Reform synagogue in New England to receive the GreenFaith Energy Shield Certification! The Energy Shield is a 1-month program designed for synagogues to take action to reduce their carbon footprint and help their congregants do the same at home. The GreenFaith EnergyShield reflects the values of stewardship that reach back to Genesis and remind us of the importance of partnering with God in the ongoing work of Creation. (Read more.)
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Shabbat Tzedek
Friday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the values and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year, we will welcome Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley as our 2019 Shabbat Tzedek speaker. Pressley is an advocate, policy-maker, activist, and survivor. In 2009, she won election to the Boston City Council, marking the first time a woman of color was elected to the Council in its 100-year history. On November 6, 2018, Pressley was elected to represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in Congress; she is first woman of color to represent Massachusetts in Congress.  See who else is planning to come .

American Sign Language interpretation is available for this event through the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Please contact Nikk Modell-Wasserman for more information.

Childcare is available. Babysitting for 0-3 years old available in room 105 starting at 5:30 p.m., children's programming for 4 years old - 1st grade and 2nd grade and up during the service. Please contact Brigid Goggin for more information. All families are welcome to join us before the service, at 5:00 p.m. for a pizza pre-neg.
MLK Weekend Opportunities
Saturday, January 19, 9:00 a.m. at Temple Israel
All are welcome to engage in Saturday morning Torah Study, with a focus on implicit bias, led by the Temple Israel clergy. 

Sunday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. at Bethel AME Church (40 Walk Hill St., Boston)
Join our Christian neighbors during their Sunday worship and MLK commemoration services. If you plan to join, let Tali Puterman know. 

Monday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. Address and directions shared after registration.
Participate with the Temple Israel community in a Day of Service with Boston Cares.  This opportunity is open to participants of all ages.  Registration is required, and space is limited!  For more information, contact Tali Puterman.
Impact Investing for Everyone
Tuesday, February 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Temple Israel
Whether you have a bank account or you have several investments across asset classes, you can align your money with your values. Please join TIkkun Central's Racial & Economic Justice Initiative third session in a seven-part series on impact investing. In this session, we will welcome a panel of expert investment advisors who will help you identify investment options to invest your capital for impact. This session will provide us with:
  • An overview of various impact investments
  • Access to experienced professionals' perspectives on aligning your investing with your values
  • Opportunities to meet other Temple members and explore impact investing opportunities together
Whether you have attended TI's series on Impact Investing before or this is your first one, we hope to see you there! If you plan to attend please RSVP to Alona Weimer.
The Spring 2019 semester of the Center for Adult Jewish Learning brochure is now available! Be sure to see the full list of courses, register, and follow CAJL on Facebook!
The Ancient Law: A Silent Movie Accompanied by Live Music by Alicia Svigals & Donald Sosin
Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m.
Temple Israel of Boston
Baruch, a rabbi's son, yearns to become an actor so, against his father's wishes, leaves his shtetl for the Vienna stage. But success cannot quell Baruch's guilt and longing for home. A precursor to The Jazz Singer, The Ancient Law is one of the first films to have addressed the subject of assimilation and features visually stunning depictions of shtetl life. This gem of German-Jewish cinema will be shown with live musical accompaniment by the extraordinary violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin (who accompanied The Yellow Ticket in Boston in 2013). This program is a partnership with Jewish Arts Collaborative and the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Buy tickets here.
From Buffalo to Jerusalem: A History of American Zionism and Our Complex Love Affair with the Jewish Homeland
With Rabbi Dan Judson, Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School
Wednesdays, January 30, February 6, and February 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 for members, $105 for non-members
As the American Jewish/Israeli relationship becomes increasingly complex, it's crucial we step back and examine our history. Join us to explore the events and personalities which shaped American Judaism's attitudes towards Israel. We will start by examining attempts to create a kibbutz in Buffalo, New York back in 1825 and move through Louis Brandeis' transformation of American Zionism and onward until we arrive at the most recent debates of divestment. Together we will debate what it has meant-and still means-to be an American Zionist. For more information, contact Mike Fishbein. Registration for TI members is available here. Registration for non-members is available here
tilliTILLI - Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute
TILLI is excited to offer Bridge and Mah Jongg on January 10, 17, and 24  from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sue Misselbeck
libraryDr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center
Last Tuesday Book Group
January 29 at 12:00 p.m.
Join us for the Last Tuesday Book Group. We are delighted that TI member and author Ina Friedman Starobin will be joining us to read from her work, The Other Victims: First-Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Nazis. For more information, please contact  Ann Abrams, Librarian. This event is free but an RSVP the Friday before is appreciated.
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