You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
First week of TILLI online was a great success!
We Hope to See You This Shabbat to Honor Cantor Einhorn:
Torah portion:
Tazria: Leviticus 12:1-13:59
Metzora: Leviticus 14:1-15:33
Haftarah portion:
II Kings 4:42-5:19
II Kings 7:3-20
Candle lighting:
7:19 p.m.
Friday, April 24
5:00 p.m. Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat!

6:00 p.m.  Gather with us virtually for Qabbalat Shabbat!

7:30 p.m. Riverway (20s & 30s) Shabbat
Saturday, April 25
9:00 a.m.  Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Saturday morning for Shabbat and Torah Study!

8:00 p.m. The Clergy invite you to join them for a virtual Havdalah, bring your own cocktails or mocktails! 
We're here to help!
During Qabbalat Shabbat and Torah Study, we have a team of tech support available to help you access Zoom! Just 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:
Miriam Glasner Schaffel
February 17, 2020
Mother of  Marjorie Schaffel (Peter Belson) and Jane Pace (Jack)
Grandmother of Hannah Belson and Aaron Belson (Ashley Delehunt)
Bernard Seckler                   
April 10, 2020
Evelyn Seckler                   
April 13, 2020
Parents of Stephen Seckler (Jenny Gamson) and Judy Seckler (Peter Nomura)
Grandparents of Gilad, Ari, and Maya
Rhoda Palder
April 15, 2020
Wife of Saul Palder
Mother of Amy Palder (Chris Levine) and Caron Wise (Ed)
Grandmother of Casey and William
Sheldon Levine
April 18, 2020
Father of
Amy Levine (Stewart Silverman), Jodi Levine (Lucy), and Andrew Levine (Lauren)
Grandfather of Bennett, Nina, Emily, and Julia
Berton Fliegel
April 16, 2020
Husband of Susan Fliegel
Father of Janie Howland (Brian), Lisa Fliegel, and Joshua Fliegel              
Father-in-law of Arthur Bocian
Grandfather of Julian, Davis and Russell
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 617-966-7951. Amy Sherr, Executive Coordinator to Rabbi Zecher, wants to know and can help you!
Being in quarantine can be isolating, frightening, and lonely. Over the course of the next week, TI leadership will be reaching out. We want to say hello and to make sure everyone is safe and well. TI Cares and our lay leadership is also here to help! Please let us know if you need immediate assistance by contacting Amy Sherr.
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
Qabbalat Shabbat Honoring Cantor Roy B. Einhorn!
Friday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. 
Join us on  Zoom Facebook Live , or  Stream on the TI Website

We will honor Cantor Einhorn in a lively and spirited virtual Shabbat experience with some mystery guests making cameo appearances! Please join us, hear some fun stories never told before, and experience the joy and delight Cantor Einhorn has brought to his work with the congregation. Services begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and will end a little after 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing your face on the screen!  
Join us on Thursday Evening, April 23 for an online charity poker tournament to help support Temple Israel’s Friends Annual Fund. While we weren't able to gather in person for Stepping Out, you can still buy-in to what is often the most highly sought-after seat at the table. Learn more here .
Although we cannot be at a local Earth Day rally, we still can be together in this challenging time for each of us and for our Earth, too. In honor of Earth Day, we invite you to upload words, poems, photos, or art that reflect your thoughts and feelings about the Earth, your relation to it, and how things may have changed for you since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. We would love to create a time capsule that captures our community’s experience of the natural world and hopes for the future in this unprecedented and, we hope, unique interlude in all of our lives.  Participate here .

We can still take time to celebrate the earth and recommit to its protection. There’s so much to see, hear, and learn. Local national  and  international   celebrations will take place from April 22-24.
Connecting to Temple Israel
Looking to get more involved? Interested in joining a class, attending more services, or checking out some of the amazing virtual programs we have to offer? Join our Google Group to get daily emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email your interest here.
Small Groups
We have two Temple Israel wide Small Groups in-formation. Connect with our Temple Israel poets and lovers of poetry on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. Or gather with our Podcast group (think book club but aural) to discuss interesting podcasts with fellow listeners. Sign up for poetry group here . Sign up for the podcast group here . Questions? Email Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole Zador.
Weekday Minyan
Log into Zoom and join us virtually for Weekday Minyan every Monday - Thursday at 6:15 p.m . Carve out time in your day for reflection, singing, and a chance to offer names for healing and remembrance. We will be using Mishkan T'filah for weekdays and will be offering access to the prayerbook through a Zoom screen share. Or, you can purchase your own Kindle edition here .
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Learn with us online!
Weekly classes (new students welcome):
New classes starting soon:
Temple Israel Poets: Last Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m.
The library's book group is delighted to welcome Temple Israel poets read from their work, to celebrate National Poetry Month! As of this date, these are the poets joining us:  Ann Bookman, Cheryl Ebenstein, Ellen Steinbaum, Em Mueller, Judy Herman, and Wendy Wexler . Hosted by Librarian, Ann Abrams . Join on Zoom here .
Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Small Groups
Connect with the Riverway community by joining a Small Group! Come to connect with others, share your story, and explore new ideas. We are starting five Riverway specific groups:  Book Club, Rosh Chodesh Group, Couples Group, Interfaith Couples Group, and Singles Group.  Carve out time in your day to breathe, connect, and reflect! Fill out the form to let us know you’re interested! Sign up here .
Religious School & Teens
Next week is what would have been some schools' April Vacation. While we know some of you may still be joining online classes and zoom school, we'd love for you to join us on (a virtual) vacation and have some fun with us!

Sunday, April 19: Regular Virtual Religious School Schedule
Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24- Daily Destinations and Dress-up Themes
  • 8:30 a.m. Morning Meditation
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. Join Rabbi Jacobson, Rabbi Zecher, Roberta, and the Education staff for a virtual journey to our daily destinations
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.:
  • 2nd-7th: Mini Chugim (electives)
  • Ages 3 through 1st Grade Weekday Vacation Activity with Maxine
Sunday, April 26: Regular Virtual Religious School Schedule
Village for Families with Young Children
Trivia with the Village
Sunday, April 26, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us this Sunday evening from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with your favorite cocktail to play a fun game of trivia. Partner up with another Village family and bring your endless knowledge of fun facts! See you then. RSVP to  Tatiana.

Tot Rock Shabbat
Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Thank Goodness It's Shabbat
Join us on Zoom every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for dancing and singing on a special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy.

Village Parent’s Happy Hour
Sundays, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Struggling to manage the new normal? Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community!
Temple Israel’s Green Team launched The Postcard Project in February to give our community a chance to perform two mitzvot:

1. The postcards, designed by artist and congregant Deb Putnoi, provide a place where we can let Cantor Einhorn know how much his gifts of music, kindness, and love have meant.

2. There’s also room to list three things you will do, in Cantor Einhorn’s honor, to help heal the planet. Cantor Einhorn is a lifelong environmentalist and the combination of good wishes for him and good deeds for the earth will mean a lot as he begins his retirement.

The postcards will be hung in the Atrium for the Cantor’s Celebration in September, and then included in a Memory Box. In this new landscape, it is no longer feasible to get physical postcards to—and back from—interested congregants by mid-August, so we have moved it online! You can fill out a postcard here .
It is a Mitzvah to chant from the Torah on Shabbat and on the Holidays. Chanting Torah requires the ability to read Hebrew as well as the musical skill set to accurately learn the musical contours of each verse. If this is of interest to you, please contact Sue Misselbeck . We cannot promise a portion to anyone who expresses interest but we can promise to offer instruction to help you acquire this skill.
In these unprecedented times of social distancing, Temple Israel is operating in high gear to set up many ways to participate and interact with fellow congregants of all ages for classes and gatherings. A gift to the Temple Israel Friends Annual Fund will allow us to bring Religious School students together for online learning, will enable us to livestream our Qabbalat Shabbat services to all who are seeking connection during this time of isolation, and will continue to enable TI members in Boston and across the world to come together virtually to live Judaism together in new and exciting ways.
April 15, 2020
Boston 25 News - featuring quotes and appearance from Rabbi Elaine Zecher

April 15, 2020
Business Insider - about TI's Grand Communal Seder and includes interview with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
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.