You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Intro to Judaism participants blessing each other and the Shabbat candles.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Genesis 32:4-36:43
Haftarah portion:
Obadiah 1:1 - 1:21
Candle lighting:
3:54 p.m.
Friday, December 4
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat with special guest, author Robert Putnam. Jonas Wilderman 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, December 5
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.

10:15 a.m. Jonas Wilderman becomes Bar Mitzvah

Life Cycle Events in our Community
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Stephen Cutler
November 24, 2020 (8 Kislev, 5781)
Husband of Alice Cutler
Father of John Cutler (Rebecca), Ellen Cutler (David Levy), Nancy Berube (Mark)
Grandfather of Henry, Molly, Benjamin, Erin, Thomas, Corrina, and Zeke
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Frankie Bea Pinker
October 30, 2020
Daughter of Hannah Klempner and Scott Pinker
Granddaughter of Ellie Svenson and Mark Klempner. 
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.
This Shabbat:
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.

Join us this Friday 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.
Consider Temple Israel for 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 today, December 1. For more information, contact Shoshanna Goldberg, Director of Development, at, or 617-566-3960.    
The Fight Against Voter Suppression Continues
Conversation with Desmond Meade - President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Register here.

Join Temple Israel, the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and the Jewish Community Relations Council in conversation with Desmond Meade as we continue to fight voter suppression.

Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to become the President of the Florida Restoration Rights Coalition and Chair of Floridians For A Fair Democracy. He is a graduate of Florida International University, a Ford Global Fellow and author of the acclaimed book, “Let My People Go: My Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens.” Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2019, Meade led the FRRC to an historic victory in 2018 with the successful passage of Amendment 4. At the time, Temple Israel made phone calls for Florida's Amendment 4 campaign, a grassroots citizen’s initiative that restored voting rights to  over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions. He presently leads efforts to empower and civically engage communities across Florida to reshape criminal justice policies at the local, state and national level.
Be Part of a December Small Group!
Join Temple Israel's December small groups! Register here! Reach out to Rabbi Gubitz or Nicole with questions.

The Warmth of Memory, Wed., Dec. 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. We will get to know each other's stories, and reacquaint with our own.

Short Stories Group, Thurs., Dec. 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., 2:00 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. Register here!
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 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
Adaptive Leadership: A View From Ramallah
Thursday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
Sam Bahour, Palestinian-American Businessman in conversation with Marty Linsky, Longtime Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Member
Chanukah: Light Up the Nights Together!
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!
Nightly Candle Lighting
December 10-17 at 5:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
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. Join on Zoom here.
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.
Chanukah Shabbat Mishpachah
Friday, December 11 at 5:15 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
Join on Zoom as a family as we welcome in Shabbat together. We will play the "Chanukah Awesome" game. Don't forget to bring your dreidels, gelt and menorah to celebrate!
Shabbat Chanukah
Friday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.
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 on Zoom here.
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. Register here.
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 for safety guidelines.
Kids Zoom Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 13 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Join us on Zoom.
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 on Zoom here.
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! 
Nurture Your Inner Life
led by TI-GBIO Members
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
4 sessions, January 11 – 25
with Rabbi Elaine Zecher
Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Monthly, November – June
Community Events
Antiracism and Economic Empowerment
Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.. Register here.

Antiracism and Economic Empowerment: Jewish Perspectives on Being an Ally Led by Andy Tarsy with Special Guests Robin Washington, Deborah Frieze, and Tali Puterman.
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 Emma Koblick.
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.