You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
The Sanctuary may not have been full, but we did not celebrate alone: over 7,000 households joined us for our virtual Yom Kippur services and programs!
Chag Sameach! Join us for Sukkot this Shabbat!
Torah portion:
Sukkot I
Leviticus 22:26-23:44
Haftarah portion:
Zechariah 14:1-21
Candle lighting:
6:05 p.m.
Friday, October 2
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat and rejoice in the Sukkah of Justice and Compassion! Asher Baron will chant Qiddush.

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups
Saturday, October 3
9:00 a.m. Sukkot Festival and Shabbat Service followed by a celebratory and engaging study session to honor the Torah. 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.

We're here to help this Sukkot!
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:
Ruth Tamkin
September 21, 2020
Mother of Andrea Tamkin, Roi Tamkin, Laura Tamkin and Jill Tamkin
Adeline Kuchta
September 26, 2020
Mother of Michael Kuchta (Karen Weintraub)
Grandmother of Caroline and Josie
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Simon Carl Leff
September 10, 2020
Son of Daniel Leff and Page Hubben
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.
Rejoice in the Sukkah of Justice and Compassion
Qabbalat Shabbat: Rejoice in the Sukkah of Justice and Compassion
THIS FRIDAY, October 2 at 6:00 p.m. Join us on Zoom here.
On Sukkot we build and we welcome. Join us from your home or your own sukkah, as we celebrate this z'man simchateinu, this time of great joy! The festival holiday of Sukkot reminds us of our communal obligation to face outwards. Come hear stories from leaders across our Tikkun Central teams about their pursuits of Righteous Impact at Temple Israel, and learn how you can get involved!

On Saturday morning, October 3 at 9:00 a.m., we will have a Festival and Shabbat Service followed by a celebratory and engaging study session to honor the Torah! Join us on Zoom here.

On Thursday, October 8 at 6:15 p.m., we will gather with the daily minyan for Sukkot Yizkor services. Join on Zoom here.
Simchat Torah
Celebrate and Experience Simchat Torah Virtually Together
Qabbalat Shabbat: Celebrate, Dance, and Experience Simchat Torah Virtually Together! Friday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
We are unrolling the Torah scrolls! Since we can’t have everyone holding them, we are inviting the scrolls themselves to participate in the Festival and Shabbat service. Join in the celebration virtually as we lay out the Torah scrolls and go back to the source and read the various parts we use in the service straight from them. The cameras will catch it all and you will have a front row seat. Put on your dancing shoes, too. The Shirim Klezmer band will be on hand to lift our spirits and set us in motion (in our own homes)! Best of all, we will welcome our new students into the Religious School, FJECC kindergarteners, and Rashi students as part of the celebration!!
On Saturday morning, October 10 at 9:00 a.m., we will have a Festival and Shabbat Service followed by a celebratory and engaging study session to honor the Torah! Join on Zoom here.
Yizkor Memorial Book
Yizkor Memorial Books are a treasured tradition at Temple Israel. The Memorial Book includes the names of Temple Israel members who have passed away since last Yom Kippur and those who have memorial plaques in the Memorial Alcove or Memorial Menorah. Click here to view the 5781 Yizkor Memorial Book.
Book Return and Food Donation
If you have borrowed a prayer book from Temple Israel, 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. - 5:00 p.m.
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 now until the end of October on-site from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Please feel free to stop by the building to leave a donation.
A Night of Musical Celebration and Welcome
October 23 at 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat

We have already been entranced by her voice on the High Holy Days. Some have shared virtual cocktail gatherings. A number of our students have become Bar or Bat Mitzvah with her. Others have experienced her warmth and comfort in healing conversations. Each Friday night at Qabbalat Shabbat, we have sung along to new and favorite songs and prayers. And yet, we still look forward to a full virtual celebration to welcome and install our new, wonderful, and talented cantor to our congregation.

Qabbalat Shabbat on October 23 will be filled with beautiful music with some surprise guests. Cantor Alicia Stillman's beloved teacher and friend, Dr. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, The Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor Emeritus of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College in New York will deliver the D'var Torah in her honor. The entire congregation is invited to install Cantor Stillman as the culmination of the evening service! Please join us for this historic and momentous occasion in the life of the congregation.  

Following the service we will break up into small virtual Oneg group gatherings to meet Cantor Stillman as she virtually roams from room to room. All you will need to do is stay on after the service on Zoom and we will do the rest. (BYOOF-Bring Your Own Oneg Food!)
"It is with excitement and joy that we celebrate Beacon Academy as it shares the news that it has just purchased its own building in Roslindale to house its remarkable program beginning in the Fall of 2021. In bittersweet news, it has also just been announced that Marsha Feinberg, Beacon Academy founder as well as long time Temple Israel member and past Board member, will be retiring at the end of this school year. After nearly two decades of vision, leadership, and commitment, Marsha is leaving Beacon Academy positioned for a bright future ahead." Read the whole letter here.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning Fall 2020 registration is now open! See the available courses here. Contact Brigid Goggin with any questions.
Sukkot in the Park

October 4 starting at 12:00 p.m. Join Rabbi Gubitz in either the Cambridge Commons or Jamaica Pond for thirty minutes as we celebrate Sukkot in nature and with community.

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Etrog Liqueur Sukkot Mixology

October 5 at 7:00 p.m. Not sure what to do with that etrog after it’s been shaken (and not stirred)? Learn how to make etrog liqueur and cocktails (lemons will do!)

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Riverway Cafe: Building Our Virtual Sukkah

Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. What does it look like to create sacred, temporary space virtually? Join for a fun, introspective evening of text study, reflection, and celebration of the Sukkot holiday.

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Celebrating Queer Torah

Friday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. Join us as we welcome members of the LGBTQIA* community and our allies to celebrate queer Torah alongside our Simchat Torah celebrations. We will gather for a text study and a community dinner.

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Riverway Shabbat, October!

October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an engaging, musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz -- virtually! We will listen to voices from our community as they share stories on the impact of Torah.

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September 24, 2020
Written by Rabbi Jen Gubitz

September 17, 2020
About the Riverway Project's socially distanced tashlich.
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.