You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Last weekend, students gathered for the 7th Grade Kallah to enjoy funs and socially distanced fall activities!
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Genesis 25:19-28:9
Haftarah portion:
Malachi 1:1-2:7
Candle lighting:
4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat with the Steinbaum Lecture with Professor Joyce Antler: Ready to Turn the World Upside Down: Radical Feminism and Jewish Identity. Tony Sillman will chant Qiddush. Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here. Following the service, join us for a virtual Shabbat Oneg celebration.

Post-Qabbalat Shabbat Dinner. Sign up or join us on Zoom here.
Saturday, November 21
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study. 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.

Life Cycle Events in our Community
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Gordon Gilray
November 13, 2020
Father of Becky Gilray            
Grandfather of Brigid Goggin (Tyler Kirsch)
Saul Stolper
November 14, 2020
Father of David Stolper (Jamie), Edward Stolper (Lauren), Michael Stolper (Jane), and Elisabeth Zygadlo
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.
Turn the World Upside Down with Dr. Joyce Antler
Ready to Turn the World Upside Down: Radical Feminism and Jewish Identity
5781 Steinbaum Lecture
This Qabbalat Shabbat, November 20 at 6:00 p.m.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Joyce Antler as the 5781 Carl A. Steinbaum Lecturer. Joyce Antler is the Samuel J. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Emerita at Brandeis University. She is the author of many books, including You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother; The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America; and most recently, Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Jewish women were movers and shakers—and originators—of women’s liberation, one of the most significant social movements of the twentieth century. In myriad ways, they transformed the culture and politics of our time, adding their imprint to a long line of Jewish activists. Their courage, struggles, and triumphs deserve a central place in our histories of American Jewish life.
Giving Tuesday
This year, Temple Israel will participate in #GivingTuesday, a day of global giving to celebrate and sustain the communities and causes that matter most. We hope that you and your family feel inspired to make a meaningful contribution to Temple Israel in honor of #GivingTuesday as we embody our mission of living Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact year-round. Please help us get to 100% participation by making a gift on December 1, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. For more information, contact Shoshanna Goldberg, Director of Development, at, or 617-566-3960.    
December Small Groups
Join the Temple Israel community for our December small groups!

The Warmth of Memory, Wed., December 2, 9, 16, 23, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., with Marcy Bienen
Centered around four questions, we will delve into memories of family, food, neighborhoods, and events that shaped and altered perspectives. Through these conversations, we will get to know each other's stories, and be reacquainted with our own.

Exploring Your Ancestry, Wed., December 2, 9, 16, 23, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., with Barbara Burg
Through personal reflection and research tips, explore the fabric of your ancestry and family story in conversation with other congregants.

Short Stories Group, Thurs., December 3, 10, 17, *24, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m., with Sarah Minden
Each week we will read and discuss a short story from a different author. We'll focus on a variety of authors and Jewish themes. Any recommendations are welcome! *Optional session.

Poetry Group, Tues., 2 p.m., with TI congregants
Join this on-going group to discuss and read poetry. We welcome participants to bring their favorite poems to share. We are hoping to foster the Temple Israel caring community and nourish our souls.

Groups will be capped at 12 people. Register here! Reach out to Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole with questions.
Return to "We" with Author Robert Putnam
5781 Burstein Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series
Qabbalat Shabbat, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.

This year, our Burstein Scholar in Residence weekend is being extended to a multi-month lecture series, bringing important and meaningful conversation to our community through the work and ideas of prominent scholars.

Join us on Friday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. for the first lecture of our series, featuring Robert D. Putnam, co-author of The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Againwhich analyzes a remarkable confluence of trends that brought us from an individualistic “I” society to a more communitarian “We” society and then back again, and explores how we can learn from that experience to become a stronger, more unified nation.
An Evening with Desmond Meade
Conversation with Desmond Meade - President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Link coming soon.

Join us for an evening with Desmond Meade (Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2019), as he shares his work of restoring voting rights to citizens with past felony convictions and re-engaging communities around criminal justice policies. More details to follow!
Powered by Courage: A Conversation Series
The Powered by Courage series, hosted by Encounter, features Palestinian civil society leaders in conversation with eight Jewish communal leaders. Palestinian civil society leaders have courageously hosted thousands of Jewish participants in Encounter’s leadership programs. This series offers the opportunity for Jewish leaders to bravely host them and their stories in return, and to continue expanding our conceptual lenses on the conflict. Together we can deepen our commitment to courageous conversation and leadership in service of our Jewish values and future.
Being Proximate: From a Palestinian Village in the Heart of Gush Etzion
Sunday, November 22 at 12:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Abu Ibrahim, Head of Village Council and Mukhtar, Bayt Zakarya in coversation with Evan Traylor, Rabbinical Student, HUC-JIR.
Being the Light Amidst Darkness: Women’s Leadership as a Way Forward
Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Fadia & Fatima Al Wahsh, Directors, Jubbet al Dhib Women’s Committee in conversation with Danielle Shani, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, BeDo – Generating Change, Differently
Teaching Amidst Enduring Conflict: Literature & Poetry as Gateways.
Wednesday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Lama Abuarqoub, English Teacher, Dar Essalaam Girls High School in conversation with Tikvah Weiner, Head of School, The Idea School & Institute
FJECC Virtual Open House
Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel – Virtual Open House
Monday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m.
FJECC is actively enrolling for the 2021-2022 School Year for students who are 1 year 9 months to 5 years old by September 1, 2021. Come learn more about our philosophy and hear how our school is continuing to provide incredible in-person learning! To register, visit the The Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel or contact
Chanukah: Light Up the Nights Together!
Nightly Candle Lighting
December 10-17 at 5:00 p.m.
Nes gadol hayah Zoom; A great miracle happened... on Zoom! All are invited to join us for a nightly virtual candle lighting at 5:00 p.m. Bring your chanukiah to the screen and help us light up the night.
First Night Dreidel Tournament
Thursday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m.
Calling all dreidel spinners! Join us on Zoom for our first night candle lighting, led by Temple Israel clergy, and stick around to compete for the title of 5781 Dreidel Spinning Superstar! All ages welcome.
Shabbat Chanukah
Friday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. 
Bring your chanukiah to virtual Shabbat services! Amid joyful song and our warm community, we will welcome Shabbat by lighting candles together to fulfill the joyful obligation of Pir'Zoom HaNes, amplifying to one another and beyond - the miracle of Chanukah.
Chanukah Sing Along and Havdalah
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Cantor Alicia Stillman as she leads us in a virtual sing along of all your current and soon to be discovered favorite Chanukah songs. All ages welcome! 
Riverway Project Candle Lighting (20s & 30s)
Saturday, December 12 from 4:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Want to bring more light into this world? The Riverway Project is gathering in person for a community candle lighting! We’ll be meeting in three 45-minute shifts to celebrate Havdalah and Chanukah, with a maximum of 15 people per shift to ensure all proper guidelines are maintained.
Kids Zoom Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 13 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Join The Village for Families with Young Children, FJECC, and the religious school for a Chanukah party on Zoom! We'll have music from Wayne Potash, a magic show from the Magic of Danny Dubin, and special fun with the TI clergy and teachers.   
The Magic of Chanukah with Robert Strong, The Comedy Magician
Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Zoom for a special 8th night Chanukah Celebration. The Magic of Chanukah promises to be a unique, interactive, and laugh-filled magic show, designed from the ground-up for our virtual world. Appropriate for kids and adults! 
Register for this Special Chanu-"Cah" Drive-in Event!
“Pahk Yah Cah for Chanu-Cah” at Temple Israel
Sunday, December 13 at 12:00 p.m. Registration required. Register here.
If you’re not from BAHston, “CAH” is “car.” Join us near Temple Israel for this special occasion, pre-registration will be required. Space is limited, and location will be shared after registration. Special surprise Chanukah gift to share with everyone in their cars. Catch the clergy and the staff for Chanukah music and fun! Rain, sleet, snow, hail, or shine!
Nuture Your Inner Life
Nurture your inner life through intellectual discovery, cultural exploration, and personal meaning-making.
Join us this weekend:
Post-Havdalah Meditation and Intention Setting
November 21, and December 19 after Havdalah
Join us at 8:00 p.m. for Havdalah, then stick around as we begin our new week together with mindfulness meditation. Led by Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein, we will also have an opportunity to express gratitude and set positive intentions for the coming week. No registration necessary. Join us on Zoom here.
Making Prayer Meaningful: A 3-Part Workshop
November 22, and December 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Have you ever struggled with prayer or wondered why we do it at all? Join Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein for an exploration of the role of prayer in our contemporary lives. Together, we will learn tools for making prayer more meaningful and for cultivating your own personal prayer practice. Learn more and register here.
Classes starting soon:
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
3 sessions, starting Nov 30
Friday night shabbat dinner on December 4
3 sessions, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Nov 30 (Monday), Dec 8 (Tuesday), Dec 15 (Tuesday)
Riverway Project
Friendsgiving: Havdalah + Trivia

Saturday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. There's a lot to be grateful for, including our community! Join us in partnership with Yisod and the Vilna Shul for Havdalah and Trivia!

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Riverway Shabbat, December!

Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an engaging, musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz -- virtually! We invite you to participate over zoom.

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FJECC Virtual Open House
Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel – Virtual Open House
Monday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m.
FJECC is actively enrolling for the 2021-2022 School Year for students who are 1 year 9 months to 5 years old by September 1, 2021. Come learn more about our philosophy and hear how our school is continuing to provide incredible in-person learning! To register, visit the The Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel or contact
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
November 13, 2020
About Rabbi Gubitz's wedding.
Helpful Resources
In this unique moment in the history of Temple Israel, we recognize the many different needs that our community members face. 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.