May 21 , 2019/5779

Our Religious School students celebrate a fantastic year of learning
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20 Iyyar, 5779
Torah portion:
Leviticus  25:1-26:2

Haftarah portion:
Jeremiah 32:6-27
Friday, May 24
6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, May 25
9:00 a.m.: Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study
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6/9:   Shavuot
Life Cycle Events

May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Lillin Rees
May 10, 2019 (5 Iyar, 5779)
Stepmother of Michael Rees (Susan)
Grandmother of Adam and Jonathan
Winifred D. Williams
April 18, 2019 (13 Nisan, 5779)
Mother of Gail Williams (Jean-Pierre Monneray)
Grandmother of Henri and Albert Monneray

*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.
Friends Annual Fund: Double Your Impact
A generous donor has offered to match the next $25,000 in donations to the Friends Annual Fund t
o help us reach our goal !  T he support of the Friends Annual Fund provides the essential resources needed to sustain our extraordinary educational opportunities, our innovative and timely social justice initiatives, and our extensive and inclusive spiritual experiences.  We are truly grateful to our members who have already made gifts of support, and offer our thanks.
sofferFarewell to Rabbi Soffer
Friday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m.; 5:00 taco pre-neg for Religious School and the Village
Join us for a special opportunity to celebrate Rabbi Soffer and wish him and his family farewell as they prepare to leave Temple Israel and begin their new journey in Durham, North Carolina. There will be a taco pre-neg for Religious School and Day School families and for the Village for Families with Young Children to make cards for Rabbi Soffer. Read more.
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 Wolf of Baghdad"
Thursday, June 6 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
See a preview of a new audio-visual work by English musician and cartoonist Carol Isaacs, who has drawn a graphic memoir based on her Iraqi-Jewish family's memories of their lost homeland. The presentation will be accompanied by a soundtrack of Judeo-Arabic music, both secular and sacred. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Boston resident Yitzhak Bakal, who grew up in Baghdad. Contact Brigid Goggin for more information.
Last Tuesday Book Group: Stations of the Scale
Tuesday, May 28 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Please join us for a discussion as we
 welcome Temple Israel member, photographer, and author, Andrea Rosenthal, to talk about her book, Stations of the Scale: a photographic Memoir About Food and SufferingThis event is free but an RSVP to Ann Abrams, Librarian, the Friday before is appreciated.
Shofar Blowing Workshop
Tuesday, June 18 in the evening
Cantor Einhorn will hold a shofar blowers workshop in June in preparation for the High Holy Days. Who should sign up? Anyone who has an interest in learning how to blow the shofar. If you are currently playing a brass instrument or have in the past, you have a step up in the training process. RSVP to Sue Misselbeck .
Sunday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Shavuot is the festive celebration of our awesome, life-giving Torah. Putting a brand-new spin on an ancient tradition, this year we will dive into the Torah's "greatest hits" with our clergy, who will each bring an inspirational teaching. After learning together, we will enjoy a Shavuot brunch together. Let us know you will be joining us!
Shavuot Library Resource List
Need some resources for Shavuot? Check out this list, compiled by Library volunteer, Briana Porter.
annualgatheringAnnual Gathering of the Congregation
Thursday, June 13; Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Be part of this communal opportunity to reflect on the past year, recognize our accomplishments, show appreciation for those who have served as leaders in the congregation, welcome new leaders, and look forward to what's to come in the next year! We will also have an opportunity to say goodbye to Rabbi Matt Soffer, welcome to Rabbi Dan Slipakoff, receive an update on the 2020 cantorial search, and vote on important changes to the Temple Israel bylaws. Read more.
newsRemembering Your Loved Ones
Service of Commemoration and Celebration
Sunday, June 2, rain or shine
Walking tour and service begins at 10:30 a.m.
Temple Israel Cemetery, 492 North Avenue in Wakefield
Those we remember in our personal and communal families will be honored at the annual Service of Commemoration and Celebration at the Temple Israel Cemetery in Wakefield. The memorial service will be preceded by a brief, optional walking tour highlighting people and stories from Temple Israel's history.
Memorial Plaques
Honor the memory of a loved one by dedicating a memorial plaque in his or her memory. The Alice G. Winn Memorial Menorah is located along the rear wall of the Sanctuary, and these memorial plaques are made from glass and hung once a year during the summer. The Harry N. and Estelle S. Gorin Memorial Alcove surrounds one of the entrance doors to the Sanctuary, and these plaques are made from bronze and can be hung all year round.

Once a plaque is ordered, Temple Israel will perpetually read the name of the deceased during Shabbat services on the anniversary of death. Family members will be notified of this date. All names on plaques are included in the Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance. A contribution of $650 to the Temple Israel Endowment Fund will secure a plaque. Please contact Sue Misselbeck for more information.
cantorCantorial Transition 2020
The One! The Only! Cantor Einhorn's "Victory Tour" to Greece and Israel
January 30 - February 9, 2020;  Online registration now open , or call 888-811-2812 x 1
Registration for Cantor Roy Einhorn's "Victory Tour" to Greece and Israel is now open! Join Cantor Einhorn and his wife Cantor Jodi Sufrin, Rabbi Elaine Zecher, and Ellen Rovner and Michael Zimman, trip chairs, as we experience the seamless connection between ancient and new. View more trip details .
Did you become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with Cantor Einhorn at Temple Israel? 
Cantor Einhorn will be retiring in 2020. We need your help to tell stories for his celebration. If you or a family member was a Bar/Bat Mitzvah between August 1983-2019, send a scanned photo of you and the cantor with the date and a short paragraph remembering the day. Send scanned photos to Sue Misselbeck or drop off at the Reception desk attention of Sue.
shabbatAll-Community Shabbat Dinner
Friday, May 24 following Qabbalat Shabbat services
Join the Membership & Engagement Committee for a community-wide dinner. All are welcome, free of charge, though donations are appreciated. Let us know you're coming!
gbioGreater Boston Interfaith Organization
Housing, Race, and Equity in Newton
Thursday, May 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Temple Israel
Join members of GBIO congregations who live in Newton to explore the relationship between housing, equity, and race in the past, present and future of our backyard. No previous GBIO or housing experience required! RSVP online or email Fran Godine.
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