October 30 , 2018/5779
Anat Hoffman speaks at Temple Israel on October 25, 2018
Calendar On the Calendar
25 Heshvan, 5779
Torah portion:
Genesis  23:1−25:18

Haftarah portion:

I Kings 1:1-31
Friday, November 2

Annalysia (Isa) Gonzalez will chant Qiddush

Baby naming for Vienna Savoy Cocuzzo

Riverway Project (20s & 30s) Soul Food Friday (combined with full congregation service)

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Saturday, November 3
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Thank Goodness It's Shabbat!

10:15 a.m. Shabbat Service

Mazel tov! Annalysia (Isa) Gonzalez will become a Bat Mitzvah
Life Cycle Events

We celebrate the birth of:
Jonah Dor Eden
October 3, 2018 
Anne Herzberg Eden & Uri Eden (parents)

Charles Irving Bernard
September 23, 2018 
Emily & John Bernard (parents)
Joseph Alexander Parker
September 16, 2018
Rachel Warner Parker & Joshua Stephen Parker (parents)
Don & Cheri Warner and Kathleen King Parker & Stephen Parker (grandparents)

Eleanor Jane Zelig
September 5, 2018
Jonathan Zelig & Julia Kendall (parents)
Veronica Opal Weinger
August 8, 2018
Sam Weinger and Amanda Wills (parents)

We celebrate the marriage of:
Jamie Gaynes & Bryan Harsnett

We mourn the loss of:
Ruth Aisner
October 24, 2018 (15 Heshvan, 5779)
Mother of Helen Alkon and  Robert Aisner (Pattie)
Grandmother of Jeffrey Alkon, David Aisner, Jonathan Aisner, and Sally Aisner
Great-grandmother of Charlie Aisner, Miles Aisner, Anna Aisner, and Maggie Aisner

We mourn the loss of the 11 lives lost on Saturday in the Pittsburgh massacre:
Joyce Fienberg
Richard Gottfried
Rose Mallinger
Jerry Rabinowitz
David Rosenthal
Cecil Rosenthal
Bernice Simon
Sylvan Simon
Daniel Stein
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger

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.
qsQabbalat Shabbat: A Sabbath of Comfort, Community, and Courage
This Friday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Israel of Boston
With the Jewish community having just suffered the worst attack on American Jews in U.S. history, we now find ourselves in yet another moment of deep grief. This attack, however, will not deter us from the embrace of community, nor frighten us away from our synagogue home. This Shabbat our interfaith partners and civic leaders will join us, in prayer and song, as we do what we do on Shabbat: kindle light.  Their presence will enable our light to shine even brighter, as we come together for a powerful Shabbat of Comfort, Community, and Courage. No bags or backpacks permitted.

From Your Clergy: A Statement on the Massacre in Pittsburgh
"When the ancient Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, there were no words to capture the pain felt in the hearts of the community. They could only give voice to their grief by crying out,  Eicha! -- a Hebrew word that has no translation, an utterance that says, 'How can human beings inflict such destruction upon each other? How can our minds fully grasp these events, and hearts withstand this pain?'  

Again, this morning, as news broke of the massacre at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, we found ourselves crying out, Eicha!"  Read more.
In the News
"Rabbi Elaine Zecher, senior rabbi at Temple Israel of Boston, said she was leading services when she learned about the shooting. 'I can tell you many congregants were in Torah study,' she said. 'There was a real sense of sadness and loss that they felt viscerally.' Zecher said she grew up near Pittsburgh and her mother lives in the city. 'This is a call that we cannot ignore anti-Semitism. We can't ignore hate and we can't foster it because it emerges in ways that are awful,' she said."

October 27, 2018

Boston police increase patrols around synagogues
Boston Globe - with a quote from Rabbi Elaine Zecher
October 28, 2018
A Kaddish for Pittsburgh
JewishBoston - written by Rabbi Jen Gubitz
Registration for the Fall semester of the Center for Adult Jewish Learning is now open! Be sure to see the full list of courses, register, and follow CAJL on Facebook!
Becoming Jewish
with Rabbi Jen Gubitz and Rabbinic Intern Jessica Lowenthal 
Thursdays, November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (before
Introduction to Judaism). No cost.
Join us for lively conversation on major themes that emerge in the conversion
process. Register.
"Modern Loss," in Conversation with Rebecca Soffer
with Rebecca Soffer
Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. No cost.
Join Modern Loss co-founder (and co-author of the new book Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.Rebecca Soffer for an evening of community and no-holds-barred conversation, moderated by Rabbi Suzie Jacobson, about loss-the bad, the good, the ugly, and even the hilarious. Bring your insights, your experiences, and, of course, your questions. Read more.
Spiritual Activism: A Shabbaton Retreat
with Rabbi David Jaffe and the Temple Israel Clergy
Friday, November 16, at  6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. at The Endicott House; cost: $250
Come on this special Shabbat retreat to explore how social justice, Jewish spirituality, and inner development can be one integrated path and practice. We will learn, eat, talk, sing, meditate, pray, and play together as we build our community of social change leaders. This retreat is designed for those engaged in social justice activity or leadership. The retreat will be led by Rabbi David Jaffe, founder of The Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project and author of the National Jewish Book Award Winner Changing the World From the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change.  Register.
Burstein Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Jonathan Weisman
After tweeting an excerpt from an editorial about the rise of fascist tendencies in the US, Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor of The New York Times and author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, found himself the target of the "alt-right." He received a tidal wave of online hate, which forced him to face the startling state of American antisemitism. Read more.

Friday, November 30, at 6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat
Join us for our Qabbalat Shabbat service, featuring a presentation by Jonathan Weisman.  A festive oneg to follow.

Saturday, December 1
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Join us as we learn from the research and personal experiences Jonathan Weisman shares in (((Semitism))).

4:00 p.m. Havdalah, Wine & Cheese

Join us for a panel conversation with ADL Boston Executive Director Robert Trestan and ADL National Chair Esta Epstein and moderated by Rabbi Elaine Zecher, as we consider our community's recent and current responses to today's antisemitism and the steps we can take going forward.
Travel to Charleston & Savannah with Rabbi Zecher
May 26 - 31, 2019
Join Rabbi Zecher for "Jews of the American South: Charleston and Savannah," a study tour with Professor Hasia Diner, Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. Professor Diner's most recent book, We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945 - 1962 won the National Jewish Book Award and the American Jewish Historical Society's Saul Viener Prize. See full trip details and register.
fycThe Village for Families with Young Children
LGBTQ & Village Families Celebrate Shabbat
Friday, November 2 at Temple Israel of Boston
5:00 p.m  Pre-neg Dinner 
6:00 p.m. TI Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m.

Join the Temple Israel LGBTQ community as we host our first ever joint Family Shabbat Program with Keshet and the Village for Families with Young Children. We will gather in Slater Lounge at 5:00 p.m. for a family friendly Shabbat pre-neg dinner, and a chance to mix and mingle and meet other LGBTQ families in the Boston Jewish community. Those who'd like can join the Qabbalat Shabbat service with the greater Temple Israel community at 6:00 p.m. Contact Shoshanna Goldberg for more information.
Community Events
The Urgency of Now: Strengthening Your Congregation Through the Pursuit of Justice, with Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Thursday, November 15, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  at Temple Israel of Boston
Join Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center and Senior Vice President for the Union for Reform Judaism, for a session on how congregations can bring justice closer to the center of congregational life. This session will also offer participants an opportunity to reflect on their congregation's social justice priorities and think about how justice work can strengthen their community through leadership development and building skills that will allow our community to take action on issues that our community most deeply cares about. Since Rabbi Pesner will be speaking shortly after the mid-term elections, he will offer some analysis and lay out opportunities going forward. RSVP.

The event is for the URJ Communities of Eastern MA, RI, and Southern NH.
Living Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact.