July 30, 2019/5779

The TI Library is gearing up for the High Holy Days with the Congregational Read
Calendar On the Calendar
1 Av 5779
Torah portion:
Matot - Mas-ei
Numbers 30:2-36:13

Haftarah portion:
Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4
Friday, August 2
5:30 p.m. Meditation on Sanctuary Bima

6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat in the garden, weather permitting
Saturday, August 3
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat
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1/30-2/9/2020: Cantor Einhorn's "Victory Tour"
Life Cycle Events

May her memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Bethann Greenberg
July 27, 2019 (24 Tammuz 5779)
Wife of Leonard Greenberg
Mother of Amanda and Julia Greenberg
Daughter-in-law to Abby Greenberg

Mazel Tov! We celebrate the wedding of:
Lee Rotenberg and Zachary Tcheyan
Parents:  Bonnie and John Rotenberg
July 27, 2019

*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 Qaddish or are in need of a community, our daily Minyan takes place every weekday our building is open at 6:15 p.m.
Congrats TI Softball Team
Congratulations to the Temple Israel Softball team for their win against Temple Beth Elohim! Looking forward to another great season next year. Trophy will be on display this fall.
tishaTisha B'Av
Tisha B'Av is the fast day which traditionally commemorates the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire in 586 BCE and by the Romans in 70 CE, the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. If you're interested in learning more, please review our library resource guide.
Tisha B'Av with Brookline Reform Congregations
Saturday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel of Boston
Please join Temple Israel, Temple Sinai, and Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of reflection on Tisha B'Av. Temple Israel's Rabbi Dan Slipakoff and Cantor Roy Einhorn will lead us in song, prayer, and the reading from Eichah , the Book of Lamentations. 
Tisha B'Av Lament for the Torment of Migrants and Refuges
Sunday, August 11 at 5:00-6:00 p.m.
US Immigration Courts at JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street, Room 320, Boston, Massachusetts 02203

On Tisha B'Av, the Jewish people lament the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the slaughter of thousands of innocents. Last year at Tisha B'Av, we commemorated the torment of innocent immigrants and refugees. Tragically, we have even more reasons to lament today.

T'ruah, Bend the Arc, J Street and the National Council of Jewish Women are partnering to coordinate Jewish Tisha B'Av observances throughout the country. We lament our modern American catastrophe. This year, we will gather outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service offices, at the JFK Federal Building Plaza, in Boston.

We must demonstrate publicly that the Jewish community will not turn its back on refugees arriving in our country and our immigrant neighbors already here.

read2Preparing for the High Holy Days with Our Congregational Read
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel  
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the leading Jewish theologians and philosophers of the 20th century deeply believed that we live in a world where God is in search of humanity.  To Heschel, doctrine was unimportant compared to religious wonder, gratitude, and acts of kindness, as "God is waiting for us to redeem the world." Born in Poland and a refugee to America during the Holocaust, much of Heschel's work is influenced by the complex spiritual and political milieu of his time. Rather than succumbing to fear or pessimism, Heschel's writings push us all towards a spirituality of hope and call upon us to continue the prophetic tradition of our ancestors. 

This High Holy Day season the Temple Israel community will dive into a collection of his important essays, entitled Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity. This essential collection captures the best of Heschel's thought and speaks directly to the spiritual, political, and moral issues of our day.  We will be using the d'vrei Torah during the Shabbatot of Elul to lift up essential ideas from this book and then we will have the opportunity join together in communal study during Slichot and Yom Kippur afternoon.  All are invited to flip through this book of essays to find what is personally meaningful, or to follow our suggested study guide found HERE .
Pre-Shabbat Meditation with Rabbi Jacobson
Fridays, 5:30 - 5:50 p.m. on the Sanctuary Bimah
Join Rabbi Suzie Jacobson on Friday nights for a pre-service meditation and chanting circle to help us enter Shabbat with greater focus and peace. No RSVP required. Contact Brigid Goggin with questions.
TrainRepairsGreen Line Repairs
This summer, the D line will be doing repairs that may disrupt weekend transportation. Please check the MBTA website to learn more.

Shuttles will replace service between Riverside and Reservoir:
  • August 10 - 11
  • August 24 - 25
Shuttles will replace service between Newton Highlands and Kenmore:
  • September 14 - 15
  • September 21 - 22
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