You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Last Friday, Professor Steven Levitsky spoke on America Democracy and the upcoming election. We continue this discussion with Moving Forward: A Post-Election Conversation Series.
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Vayera
Genesis 18:1-22:24
Haftarah portion:
II Kings 4:1-4:37
Candle lighting:
4:13 p.m.
Friday, November 6
5:00 p.m. Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.

6:00 p.m. Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat. Henry Paul Davidson 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.
Saturday, November 7
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.

7:00 p.m. Praying for A Better World: Spiritual Practice as a Path to Shalom - Peace and Wholeness, with Rabbi Zecher. Join us on Zoom here.

Life Cycle Events in our Community
May their memory be a blessing. We mourn the loss of:
Millard Kay
November 1, 2020
Father of Jonathan Kay (Linda), Ronna Niederman (Michael), and Terry Kay Bargar (Richard)
Grandfather of Joshua Kay (Brooke), Rachel Kay (Franklin Ross), Alex Niederman (Sarah), Eric Niederman (Andrea), Emily Bargar (Stephen Patrias), and Jillian Bargar (Sam Donovan)
Great-grandfather of Leah, Chloe and Bette
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Micah Richard Porter
October 29, 2020
Son of Briana and Dr. Sam Porter
Grandson of Dr. Stephen G Porter & Dr. Pamela Parkinson Kellogg
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.
Moving Forward with Hope and Connection
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.
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. 
Upcoming Learning Opportunities
Nurture your inner life through intellectual discovery, cultural exploration, and personal meaning-making
Classes starting soon:
with Certified Nurse-Midwife Sarah Kleinman and Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Sundays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
3 sessions, starting Nov 8
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 Nov 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
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.
Riverway Project
Blessings of Gratitude

Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. Wondrously Does/n’t uses ritual creation workshops to address invisible illness in Jewish spaces. We will teach about Nisim B’chol Yom, the daily morning blessings.

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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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TIkkun Central
Tell us your feedback #10Days10Ways. Hundreds in our community and beyond took part in our #10Days10Ways Campaign over the High Holy Days. We hope to hear your feedback, please complete this form.
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
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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.