You are not alone!
We are still living Judaism together.
Welcome to Cantor Alicia Stillman!
We Hope to See You This Shabbat:
Torah portion:
Numbers 25:10-30:1
Haftarah portion:
Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Candle lighting:
8:04 p.m.
Friday, July 10
5:00 p.m. Families with Young Children are invited to a virtual Tot Rock Shabbat!

6:00 p.m. Join us for Cantor Alicia Stillman's first Qabbalat Shabbat!

7:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Groups

7:30 p.m. Riverway Shabbat (20s & 30s)
Saturday, July 11
9:00 a.m. Join the Temple Israel community virtually for Shabbat and Torah Study!

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

8:00 p.m. Join the clergy for a virtual Havdalah, bring your own cocktails or mocktails!
We're here to help!
During Qabbalat Shabbat and Torah Study, we have tech support team available to help you access Zoom! Call our main number, 617-566-3960, and you will be redirected to someone who can help.

Please view our other help resources here:
Mazal Tov! We celebrate the birth of:
Theodore Henry Pong
July 5, 2020
Son of Mallory Bram and Clinton Pong.
Brother of Susanna Pong
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.
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
Cantor Stillman's First Qabbalat Shabbat
Friday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us Friday for Cantor Stillman's first official Qabbalat Shabbat! We hope to 'see' you there to welcome her to Boston and to the Temple Israel community. Let us know if you're coming!
Who Stole the Torah? A Temple Israel Whodunnit

During the Coronavirus lockdown, Dan Deutsch went to check on the Torah scrolls and found one missing! Please help us figure out who stole the Torah so it can get returned in time for Tali’s adult bat mitzvah. There are many potential suspects and everyone seems to have a motive. We need your help to solve this mystery.

How to play? Each week, participants will receive materials relevant to the investigation via email. Participants will sort through these clues and use them to solve the crime. This game is fun for the whole family! Learn more on Facebook here.
A way to remember a loved one is to dedicate a memorial plaque in his or her memory. Once a plaque is ordered, Temple Israel will perpetually read the name of the deceased during Shabbat services on Friday evening and Saturday morning of the anniversary of death. A contribution of $650 to the Temple Israel Endowment Fund will secure a plaque in either the Alcove or on the Menorah. For further information, please contact Sue Misselbeck .
Connecting to Temple Israel
Looking to get more involved? Interested in joining a class, attending more services, or checking out some of the amazing virtual programs we have to offer? Join our Google Group to get more emails about all of the virtual opportunities happening at TI! To join, email Noa Rosen.
Weekday Minyan & Shabbat Dinner Groups
Weekday Minyan

Join us virtually for Weekday Minyan every Monday - Thursday at 6:15 p.m. Carve out time in your day for reflection, singing, and a chance to offer names for healing and remembrance.

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Shabbat Dinner Groups

Fridays at 7:15 p.m. Gather in small groups of 8-12 people (on Zoom) for Shabbat dinner, thoughtful conversation, and connection! BYO dinner.

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Summer with TILLI
Spend your summer (virtually) with Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute (TILLI). TILLI is having peer-led classes as well as monthly book club.
Thursday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Led by Meri Cayem and Bob McCorkle

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane. In Rules for Visiting a prickly 40-year-old gardener uses a windfall to go on a journey of self-discovery while visiting four old friends. Both the protagonist and the reader will explore the importance of connection and friendship while illuminating the reality and myth of our memories. Though the book is humorous, the author takes a thoughtful look at friendships over time.
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
Upcoming classes:

with Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein. Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m starting July 14. Explore traditional and modern Jewish sources in an accessible setting. Join us and discuss the ways Judaism can resonate in our daily lives.

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with Uri Feinberg. Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. starting July 21. Join us this summer as we explore 72 years of Israeli history through a lens of transition.

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Weekly classes:

with Suzie Jacobson. Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. Debate with the rabbis and consider new perspectives on aspects of Jewish law with the Babylonian Talmud. No prior experience required. New students welcome at any point during the year.

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with Andrew Oberstein. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Spirituality is what gives our lives a sense of meaning. Judaism provides us with a unique set of spiritual tools, a framework to help us better understand ourselves and the world around us.

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with Rabbi Suzie Jacobson. Fridays at 2:00 p.m. Join us as we dive into Aristotelian philosophy and theology via Moses Maimonides’ 12th century Guide for the Perplexed. No experience necessary, bring your curiosity and love of Jewish thought.

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Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Temple Israel is partnering with Breath Lab, a Jewish home for movement, to offer a weekly hour of active but beginner-friendly yoga.

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Riverway Project (20s & 30s)
Riverway Shabbat, July! Join us virtually!

Friday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. Join us for a Shabbat service of song, prayer, and community!

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Riverway Cafe: Moses' Wilderness Survival Skills

Tuesday, July 14 at 7:15 p.m. Together we'll consider how to sit with the unknown and wander aimlessly...even if we aren't leaving our homes.

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Podcast Small Group

Tuesday, July 14 at 3:00 p.m. We'll be gathering to discuss "Hotel Corona," an episode from the podcast Rought Translation. It follows the Dan Hotel in Jerusalem, which was leased by the government to house recovering COVID-19 patients.

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Riverway Havdalah

Saturday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. Gather with other members of the Riverway community as we say goodbye to Shabbat and welcome in the new week with blessings, songs, and post-Havdalah schmoozing.

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Tuesday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m. Want to meet new people and connect with the Riverway community? In our second virtual speed-meet event, we'll facilitate small group and one-on-one discussions to help you make new friends.

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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.