April 3 , 2018/5778
Matzah Brei Wars 5778. View the full photo album.
Calendar On the Calendar
22 Nisan, 5778
Torah portion:
Sh'mini I
Leviticus 9:1-10:11

Haftarah portion:
II Samuel 6:1-23
Friday, April 6
Passover Day 7
(Offices closed. Temple Israel will be open for services)

10:00 a.m. Pesach 7th Day Service, Children's Program (ages 0-5), and Yizkor

6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat and Feinberg Lecture with Etai Freedman and MEET
Saturday, April 7
Passover Day 8
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat!
feinbergFeinberg Lecture with Etai Freedman and MEET
Friday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Any Israeli or Palestinian teenager whose formative years followed 1995, does not know what it's like to possess legitimate hope for peace. Amidst such a reality, in which the word collaboration often has a negative connotation, MEET, The Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, brings together Israeli and Palestinian bright young leaders to create positive social and political change through technology and entrepreneurship. Read more.
passoverPassover at Temple Israel
And the Award Goes to...
Mazel Tov, Rabbi Suzie Jacobson for winning this year's Matzah Brei Cook Off!
Pesach Yizkor Memorial Observance
Thursday, April 5 at 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
We gather on the eve of the 7th night of Passover to remember our loved ones in prayer and song. Please join us in Slater Lounge to gather with others in memory. 
10th Annual Women's Seder
Thursday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m., $18
Through ritual, song, and conversation we will retell the story of Passover over a potluck Seder meal. Rabbis Zecher, Jacobson, and Gubitz will lead the Seder. Please 
register and let us know what dish you will bring to the Seder. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Daniels.
hashoahYom HaShoah
Honoring Yom HaShoah - Music and Story with Avi Wisnia
Monday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m.
All are welcome

Through story and song, Avi Wisnia recounts his travels with his grandfather and the profound journey of tracing his grandfather's footsteps from child singing prodigy to Auschwitz survivor to American soldier. Read more.
Yom HaShoah Service and Remembrance
Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Slater Lounge
Gather with us to commemorate Yom Hashoah with prayer, song, and poetry as we honor the memory of all those who perished in the Holocaust.
Qabbalat Shabbat with Consul General Yehuda Yaakov
Friday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat with special guest speaker, Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Israel. Yehuda Yaakov has been the Consul General of Israel to New England since February 2014. He has focused largely on strengthening values-driven partnerships between Israel and New England in the areas of business, academia, and social justice. He is also involved in regionally-based coexistence projects.
CAJLCenter for Adult Jewish Learning
Hundreds have joined us for thoughtful and engaging classes and learning opportunities at the Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel. We invite you to join us as we continue our legacy as a place committed to deep Jewish scholarship, a community that is unafraid to ask the difficult questions and think about Judaism in new and exciting ways.
Musical Migration: Klezmer in America with Sherry Mayrent
Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Three Sessions: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7
Course Fee: $90 for Members/$120 for Non-members
Through listening to lots of recordings, this class will look at what klezmer, the traditional instrumental music of Eastern European Jews, was like in the old country; what happened to it when the musicians migrated to America in the early 1900s and how the music has continued to evolve through the Big Band era, the dawn of the LP and into the 21st century. Read the full description and register.
Imagining Paradise with Rabbi Ronne Friedman
Begins April 24; Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Four Sessions: 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15
Course Fee: $120 for Members/$160 for Non-members
From the very beginning of Hebrew literacy, Jewish writers have created myths and stories of paradise as a desired destination, a blissful place of perfection and sometimes a figment filled with an ironic admixture of hope and despair, faith and doubt. How have these tales created by the Biblical authors, rabbis of the Midrash, Mystics, Philosophers and Modern writers framed and formed the Jewish psyche from antiquity to modernity? Contact Sue Misselbeck for more information.
gbioGreater Boston Interfaith Organization
"For Such a Time as This" Community Conversations
 Alongside other GBIO congregations, Temple Israel is launching a series of community conversations "For Such a Time as This" from now through mid-May. We will hear from all parts of the temple what deeply concerns us so that together we build power to make a difference, both here at TI and in the wider community. The connections we make and the stories we share will build up current initiatives particular to TI, give focus and energy to continuing work on housing, healthcare and criminal justice reform with our GBIO partners, and, equally important, identify leaders and emergent issues.

If you would like to include your voice in this conversation, please contact Dru Greenwood or Michael Rubenstein, Community Conversation Coordinators
Blog by Dru Greenwood
"What to do? I've marched and signed petitions, and will surely do so again though to what end is unclear. I hope not to have to fight or flee. It appears to me that the best way forward in "just such a time as this" lies in reweaving the ground of community and practicing the art of democracy in all its messiness." Read Dru Greenwood's blog about the upcoming GBIO community conversations.
tilliTemple Israel Lifelong Learning Initiative
Temple Israel Celebrates TILLI's 10th Anniversary
Friday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat when we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Initiative). TILLI's mission is to provide opportunities for members to participate in peer-led study groups covering a broad range of topics from a Jewish perspective, enjoying cultural events, and developing community and social relationships. A festive Oneg will follow the service. For more information, contact Sue Misselbeck.
libraryDr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center
Last Tuesday Book Group - Poetry Edition!
Tuesday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m.
In honor of National Poetry Month, we are delighted that Temple Israel poets Ellen Steinbaum, Wendy Drexler, and others will be joining us to read from their work. We encourage you to please bring a poem that you like (or have written) and we will read and discuss it. For more information, please contact Ann Abrams, Librarian. This event is free but an RSVP the Friday before is appreciated.
csaAnnual Community Shared Agriculture Program
Temple Israel is excited for our third annual Community Shared Agriculture program! We are partnering with ReVision Urban Farm for 18 weeks of fresh vegetables that can be picked up right at Temple Israel this summer. Purchasing a CSA share with ReVision is a partnership with and investment in the Dorchester community. Your membership not only provides you and your family with heirloom vegetables, it also supports their programs. Learn more and sign up. Contact Traci Laichter for more information.
fjeccFrances Jacobson Early Childhood Center
Helen's Corner Blog
Sunny then snowy...we can't keep up! Check out the latest blog from Helen Cohen, Director of the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center (FJECC), who shares ideas for using our #OutdoorClassroom in all seasons!
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
March 29, 2018
JewishBoston - by TI member Andy Tarsy
March 29, 2018
Passover #TorahForTheResistance: No Longer Averting My Eyes
#TorahForTheResistance blog by TI educator Tyler Dratch
March 27, 2018
A Teenage Activist Reflects on March For Our Lives
March 27, 2018
Grindr Shabbat: "So, Did Anything Crazy Happen?"
JewishBoston - featuring the Riverway Project
Life Cycle Events
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Milton "Mickey" Gussow
Grandfather of Nicole Vengrove Soffer (Rabbi Matt Soffer)
Great-grandfather of Caleb and Carmel
Frances (Fay) Canter
March 25, 2018 (10 Nisan, 5778)
Mother of Arthur Canter (Gary Brissette), Phyllis Brown (Leonard), and Ilene Levin (Ron Poffick)
If you would like to send extend wishes of congratulations or condolences, please send them to  Rachel Daniels, Executive Coordinator to Rabbi Zecher, who will pass along your message. 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 tell Rachel to let our clergy know.
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