You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Last Friday, the Temple Israel community and special guests including, Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, officially welcomed Cantor Alicia Stillman during her installation ceremony.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Lech Lecha
Genesis 12:1-17:27
Haftarah portion:
Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Candle lighting:
5:21 p.m.
Friday, October 30
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat with special guest speaker and TI congregant Steven Levitsky to give a talk titled "The State of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections". Join on Zoom here, Facebook Live here, or stream on our website here.

7:30 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups
Saturday, October 31
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:
Allan Kline
October 23, 2020
Husband of Nan Kline
Father of David Kline (Amy) and Rick Kline (Karen)
Grandfather of Noah and Annie, Casey and Brady
Brother of Linda Anderson (Walt)
Edgar Wolman
October 20, 2020
Father of Sandra Levine (Sam), Anita Johnson (Mark), and Seema Furman (Samy)
Grandfather of Natanya, Jacob & Ada, Talia, Robert, Einav, Ayelet and Gilad
Israel Chester
October 23, 2020
Grandfather of Eric Demicco (Erica Quigley, Daniel and Amy Demicco
Father of Diane Chester-Demicco (James) and Michael Chester (Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester)
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.
Qabbalat Shabbat
Qabbalat Shabbat wtih Steven Levitsky
"The State of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections"
Friday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Gather with us virtually for Qabbalat Shabbat, Fridays at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to join this service full of prayer, meditation, and music! This Friday, we welcome special guest speaker and TI congregant Steven Levitsky to give a talk titled "The State of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections." Click here to learn more. Read October 23 New York Times article End Minority Rule.
Moving Forward Post-Election
Moving Forward with Hope and Connection: A Post-Election Conversation Series

In the beginning, God spoke and the world came into being. Since then, the power of our words, how we use them, what we say to one another and how they can bring us together despite and because of our diverse perspectives allow us to listen and understand one another. Between November 2 and November 9, our clergy will offer opportunities to use our sacred texts to inspire and inform our conversations with one another. We hope these sessions will help each of us individually and as a community deal with the momentous changes that surround us.
Community-Wide Event: We Gather 
Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m.
We gather for a non-partisan, post-election ritual towards healing and renewal. With prayer, poetry and communal connection, we will reflect on our hopes for unity in the weeks and months ahead.
Living and Learning with Disagreement, with Rabbi Gubitz
Monday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Our ancient rabbis did not shy away from disagreement - they embraced differences of opinion, finding strength in pluralism and building a rich tradition upon foundations of meaningful debate. How can we learn from our spiritual ancestors and put their principles into practice?
Healing the Self, Healing the Body Politic, with Rabbi Slipakoff
Thursday, Nov. 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Now is a time to pause - as we move into a post Election world, a world ravaged by a global pandemic, we take a moment in community to heal and gather strength. 
Praying for A Better World: Spiritual Practice as a Path to Shalom - Peace and Wholeness, with Rabbi Zecher
Saturday Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Judaism’s rich spiritual traditions provide us with important tools for the path ahead. Come enter into a conversation about how our spiritual practice may provide us with solace and inspiration. 
Reconciling with the Perceived Other, with Rabbi Jacobson
Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
In a country divided by political affiliation, it may feel that the gulf between communities is widening. Now more than ever our shared future lies in our ability to engage the “other” and imagine a world reconciled. Engage with us as we discuss issues around reconciliation and bridging gaps of difference. 
Moving into Our Shared Future with Strength and Hope, with Cantor Stillman
Monday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m.
The Jewish community is no stranger to difficult historic moments. Join us as we learn from our spiritual ancestors, gathering strength and building hope for our post 2020 election world. 
TIkkun Central
This Election Season has galvanized the “Reclaim Our Vote” campaign at Temple Israel where over 200 TI members are involved in fighting voter suppression. We urge all TI members to join this effort by phone banking during these last critical weeks before November 3rd. There is strength in numbers: Our vote is our voice! Watch Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook to learn more.

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook
Early voting has started and voter suppression never stopped. In Florida, a federal judge ruled that former felons have to pay fees and fines before exercising their right to vote under Amendment 4 which only recently secured that right. In South Carolina, a new Supreme Court decision requiring absentee voters to have another person sign their ballot before they can vote is jeopardizing the voting rights of many citizens in that state.
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How Awesome is This Place!
We've added more congregant stories to our "How Awesome Is This Place!" virtual exhibit! Check out some of our amazing member's stories here.
Upcoming Classes
Classes starting soon:
with Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
4 Sessions, Starting Oct 29
with Tour Guide Dani Rotstein
Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
3 Sessions, Starting Nov 4
with Rabbi Elaine Zecher
Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Meets monthly, starting November 5
with Kavod
Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
5 Sessions, Starting Nov 9
with Rabbinic Student Jamie Stolper
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
6 session, starting Nov 9
Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center
Contact-less Curbside Pick Up from TI Library
Missing the Temple Israel library? Bring it home with you! We are offering contact-less pick up from the building. Visit our website here to learn what books, DVDs, and CDs we have in-stock. You can review the reservation and pick up process here or email Ann Abrams for more information.
Temple Israel's Making Headlines
October 23, 2020
Co-authored by TI member Professor Steven Levitsky

October 22, 2020
With quotes from TI member, Ben Linas
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.