November 6 , 2018/5779
Shabbat of Comfort, Community, and Courage on November 2, 2018. See more photos.
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2 Kislev, 5779
Torah portion:
Genesis  25:19−28:9

Haftarah portion:

Malachi 1:1-2:7
Friday, November 9
6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat

Wedding blessing for Genessa Trietsch & Andrew Clemenza

Baby naming for  Joya Turner Marshall

(Watch Live Stream)
Saturday, November 10
9:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study
Life Cycle Events

We mourn the loss of:
Virginia B. Burg
November 4, 2018 (26 Cheshvan, 5779)
Mother of Barbara Burg (Priscilla Golding)

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.
"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 and Rabbi Jen Gubitz, about loss-the bad, the good, the ugly, and even the hilarious. Bring your insights, your experiences, and, of course, your questions.
Bereavement Group at Temple Israel
Monday mornings, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17; final two class dates determined by the group
Have you experienced the loss of a loved one and are looking for a sense of connection and spiritual support as you navigate your grief? Temple Israel is hosting a bereavement loss group facilitated by Barbara Sternfield, M.A. bereavement coordinator for the JF&CS Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Jewish Healing. We welcome all who have experienced the loss of a loved one and who can commit to attending a majority of sessions. This is not a drop-in group; there is an intake process with Rabbi Gubitz to determine if this group is the best fit for your needs. Please email Rabbi Jen Gubitz for questions or to join.
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Media Coverage of Shabbat of Comfort, Community, and Courage

November 3, 2018
 Muslims and Christians Join Jews to Mourn Pittsburgh Shooting Victims and Resist Trump
November 3, 2018
Kindling Light To 'Audacity Of Bigotry': Boston Synagogue Mourns Pittsburgh Victims

November 2, 2018
Campaigns urge Jews and non-Jews to attend Shabbat services in wake of Pittsburgh attack
The Boston Globe
November 2, 2018
Large turnout at Boston synagogue to remember Pittsburgh shooting victims

November 2, 2018
Interfaith Service Held in Boston for Pittsburgh Shooting Victims
November 2, 2018
Massachusetts' top politicians will attend Shabbat services this week

Watch the Facebook Live recording of a Shabbat of Comfort, Community, and Courage.
Temple Israel Reaches Beyond Boston
November 3, 2018
UVA Jewish community holds memorial service for Pittsburgh synagogue victims
CBS19 Charlottesville - featuring TI member Michael Marget
November 1, 2018
'There's a natural allegiance': NAACP to honor Jewish roots at Charleston banquet
The Post and Courier
Registration for the Fall semester of the Center for Adult Jewish Learning is open! Be sure to see the full list of courses, register, and follow CAJL on Facebook!
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
  • 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.
Exploring the Ethics of Touch through Dance
with Ilya Vidrin of Reciprocity Collaborative
Sundays, 10:00-11:30 a.m., January 6, 13, 27; Cost: $75 (members)/$105 (non-members)
This workshop asks an often overlooked question: what can we learn about ethical, social practice from movement? Inspired by movement practices such as the Tango, Swing, and Latin/Ballroom, we will investigate what it means to partner. This workshop will focus on basic weight-shifting patterns to practice leaning, gliding, and supporting each other through movement. Comfortable clothing recommended, no previous dance experience necessary. Register.
Travel to Charleston & Savannah with Dr. Hasia Diner and Rabbi Zecher
May 26 - 31, 2019
Travel with us to the South. Join Professor Hasia Diner and Rabbi Elaine 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 by Thanksgiving.
libraryDr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center
Last Tuesday Book Group
November 27 at 12:00 p.m.
The Last Tuesday  Book   Group  will meet to discuss  Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: the life and times of a war correspondent turned ambassatrix . We're delighted to welcome author Lynda Schuster, via Skype, who will talk about her autobiography. For more information, please contact  Ann Abrams Librarian . This event is free but an RSVP the Friday before is appreciated.
immigrantTIkkun Central
TI Immigrant Support Volunteer Stories: An Evening of Wine, Cheese, and Inspiration
Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m.
While the news can feel overwhelming, small, meaningful acts make a lifetime of difference. Our neighbors are fighting for their right to remain in Boston. Join us for an intimate evening of story-sharing and conversation. Learn about our interfaith partnership, Boston Immigration Justice Action Network. Find out what TI members are doing, how immigrants are organizing to support each other, and how what you can do to help. For more information, contact Alona Weimer.
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. RSVPThe event is for the URJ Communities of Eastern MA, RI, and Southern NH.

Join Rabbi Jonah Pesner on Facebook Live on Wednesday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. to process the results of the election, so we can discuss what happened and what comes next. 
Living Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact.