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Press Release: What Now? Challenges and Opportunities for Peace and Democracy in Israel

Five-some from TI's Religious School Advocates for the Homeless 

Young Lobbyists in Push to Fund Homelessness Law They Helped Pass, State House News Service, March 10, 2015
Young lobbyists fighting for funding to help homeless, WWLP.com, March 10, 2015

Viral Video: TI and the GBIO urge us to "tend and befriend"
Clergy Trying to Lift The Spirits in Boston, The Weather Channel, March 1, 2015
Boston's Interfaith Clergy Send A YouTube Message To Storm-Battered City, Huffington Post, February 26, 2015
YouTube video shows Boston's snow no joke for rabbis, imams and reverends, FoxNews.com, February 23, 2015
Interfaith leaders urge solidarity in snow videoThe Boston Globe, February 21, 2015

Rabbi Friedman addresses the violence in Copenhagen
Boston Jews express ‘sense of anguish’, Boston Herald, February 15, 2015

Rabbi Soffer, Chai in the Hub
CJP Honors ‘Movers and Shakers’, Jewish Journal, January 29, 2015

Mayor Marty Walsh Speaks at TI's Annual Shabbat Tzedek
Walsh urges improved racial ties, Boston Globe, January 17, 2015 

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, of the "influential" Temple Israel, Becomes Head of the RAC
Religious Action Center's new chief eager to hone Reform Judaism's imprint on policy, Standard Examiner, January 8, 2015

New Religious Action Center leader aims to sharpen Reform Judaism’s stamp on policy, The Washington Post, January 7, 2015

TI's Riverway Project offers Torah study in coffee shops 
Out of synagogue, Jewish teachers reach eager but busy students, Boston Globe, January 1, 2015 

Rabbi Zecher Starts a New Tradition at the Museum
MFA Hosts Inaugural Hanukkah Celebration, Boston Magazine, December 18, 2014

The MFA Welcomes Rabbi Zecher for a symbolic menorah lighting
Boston's Museum of Fine Arts offers cultural celebration of Hanukkah, Providence Journal, November 26, 2014 

Rabbi Mehlman delivers something heartening to Soviet women
What’s my name? Thanksgiving, Jewish Journal, November 25, 2014

Mervan Osborne, Associate Head of Beacon Academy, Comments on the Cosby Situation 
For Some Fans, Accusations of Rape Crumble Bill Cosby’s Wholesome Image, New York Times, November 22, 2014

Welcome to Riverway Cafe, where spiritual life is normalized
In Boston, Riverway reaches young Jews outside the synagogue, JTA, August 7, 2014
Boston initiatives reach for young Jews where they are, The Times of Israel, August 13, 2014 

Rabbi Soffer's Words of Peace in Time of Turmoil
Rabbi Soffer's Blog from Israel, The Times of Israel, July 21, 2014

GBIO brings attention to deal between Coakley's office and Partners
Closer look at Partners deal urged, Boston Globe, June 10, 2014

TI Board Member Susan Ebert Chronicles the February 2014 London/Prague Trip
Traveling in Time: One Synagogue's Journey with a Czech Memorial Scroll, ReformJudaism.org, May 22, 2014

Anna Ornstein speaks to TI 7th Graders about fragile historical concepts
Holocaust Lessons About Human MoralityGuardian Liberty Voice, May 13, 2014

Rabbi Soffer Talking Torah on YouTube 
Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Kedoshim with Rabi Matthew Soffer, Jewish Journal, April 25, 2014 

Boston temple members honor the memory of Holocaust victims
The Czech Torah scrolls, The Jewish Voice, April 24, 2014

TI Recognized for Playing Prominent Role in Easing Mosque Fears 
Inclusive spirit reassures Muslims after bombings, Boston Globe, April 17, 2014

Rabbi Friedman and Minister Remember How Communities Came Together
Boston and Kansas Killings Unite Us, CNN.com, April 15, 2014

TI's Family Ed Coordinator Leora Mallach Hosts the Boston Jewish Food Conference 
Conference puts Smita values on the table
The Jewish Advocate, April 11, 2014

Rabbi Zecher, Cantor Einhorn, and Boston locals share the Passover tradition
Seder recalls universal immigrant experience, The Pilot, March 28, 2014

TI's Shabbat of Remembrance and Empowerment makes international news
Armenian Genocide to be commemorated at Boston's Temple Israel, Public Radio of Armenia, March 26, 2014

Beacon Academy Students interviewed at State House ceremony honoring freed MA slave
In Boston, Message Of One Of The Little Rock Nine Resonates, WBUR.com, February 27, 2014

TI's Riverway Project cited for dealing with US Jewish community in transition
Rabbi creates ‘playlist’ for changing ‘tunes’ related to synagogue life, The Jewish Advocate, February 7, 2014

TI's Annual MLK Shabbat Tzedek makes headlines
Leaders of many faiths gather at Temple Israel
, Boston Globe, January 18, 2014


Oldies but Goodies...


Meet Rabbi Elaine Zecher, an inspirational liturgical star
Boston rabbi helps congregants rewrite their Judaism,
The Times of Israel, December 6, 2013

Woman who converted to Judaism at TI gave local musuem a $2.5 million gift
Benefactor gives MFA a solid base in Judaica,
Boston Globe, November 25, 2013

TI Birthday Wishes Group's Party at Dimock Shelter featured on WCVB
Local group makes birthday wishes come true,
WCVB, November 12, 2013

Rabbi Friedman conveys Jewish attitudes regarding end-of-life care
Wisdom from Our Faith Traditions,
Mortal Matters (Boston.com), October 14, 2013

Temple Israels hosts an 'emotional session' on health care
No easy answers for containing health care costs,
Boston Globe, September 22, 2013

WBUR's coverage of the Health Care session, including audio version
'People's Hearing' Puts Health Care Execs In The Hot Seat Over Costs,
WBUR, September 18, 2013

TI Garden in the News
Synagogues 'Produce' for Charity,
Jewish Advocate, June 7, 2013

TI Member Karen Frostig and the Vienna Project
Scholar's research spawns international remembrance effort, Jewish Advocate, May 3, 2013

Temple Israel Helps the Community Heal in the Aftermath of the Boston Bombings:

See Rabbi Friedman at the April 18 Interfaith Service

Rabbis Friedman and Morrison support local mosques
Boston Muslims gather, saddened and shaken,
Boston Globe, April 27, 2013

Rabbi Friedman at the Interfaith Service for victims of the Boston bombings
Spreading light in the darkest hour, Jewish Advocate, April 26 2013

Rabbi Friedman offers comfort to mourners
Boston's 'week of terror' evokes Israel for Jews,
The Times of Israel, April, 22, 2013

TI Opens Its Doors to Trinity Church
Boston, one week later, USA Today, April 22, 2013

At Boston interfaith service, Jewish ideas invoked in memory of marathon victims, Haaretz, April 22, 2013

Boston mourns..., Toledo Blade, April 22, 2013

Boston faithful come together for prayer, worship, Fremont Tribune, April 22, 2013

Boston marks week from Marathon bombs with silence, minbcnews.com, April 22, 2013

Rabbis Friedman and Soffer comment on the Boston attacks
Boston Interfaith Service Includes Prayers From Obama, And Catholic, Muslim, Jewish Clergy,
Huffington Post, April 18, 2013


TI Youth Buildling a Library
Doing Mitzvah Projects Right, Tablet,
March 13, 2013

Rabbi Matt Soffer is a change-maker in the Reform Movement
50 Faces of Justice, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, February 12, 2013

Rabbi Zecher's Update on the new Reform machzor
Old Prayer Books Looking for Homes, The Jewish Press, February 11, 2013

TI's "Israel and Us" program makes front-page news
Synagogue devotes 3 years to reengage on Israel, Boston Globe, January 7, 2013

TI mourns for Sandy Hook victims
Grief over Conn. rampage reverberates through Mass.,
Boston Globe, December 16, 2012

Rabbi Friedman speaks in favor of a controversial initiative
Religious leaders respond to Question 2,
Boston Globe, November 5, 2012

Riverway Project and High-Tech High Holy Days
On Yom Kippur, atonement via Twitter,
Boston Globe, September 22, 2012

Rabbi Matt Soffer says that caring for the poor is a Jewish obligation
Rabbi On The 47 Percent: Giving To Needy Is A Jewish Obligation, Huffington Post, September 19, 2012

Rabbi Zecher on the art of aging
Elul 22: Don't Stop,
Let my people sing, September 9, 2012

Rabbi Zecher Answers 'Ask A Rabbi'
I've converted to Judaism. Now what?,
Jewish Boston, May 29, 2012

Rabbi Matthew Soffer wins the Real Top Rabbi contest!
And the Rabbi is..., MyJewishLearning.com, May 8, 2012

TI Engaging young Jews, wherever they may be
Elvis in the Holy Land; Passover in style; more,
New Voices, March 30
Synagogues must reach out to 'the uninspired,' JTA, March 20

Cantor Einhorn and Rabbi Zecher at "The Nation of Immigrants Community Seder"
Community Seder celebrates diversity,
Boston Pilot Catholic News, March 16

Rabbi Zecher leads community ceremony
Seder celebrates diversity, immigrants' proud traditions,
Boston Globe, March 11, 2012

Rabbi Jonah Pesner's invocation for the State of the Commonwealth address
Rabbis give invocations for state and city addresses,
Jewish Advocate, January 27, 2012

TI's Riverway Project Makes Front-Page News

Singles pick friends over family on holidays, Boston Globe, December 26, 2011

TI's Engaging Response to Israel's Reality
Measuring the Distance Between Us The Jewish Daily Forward, December 25, 2011

Rabbi Zecher Discusses Emerging Technologies in Our Community
iPad App, "iT'filah," Provides Interactive and Portable Friday Night Prayer Experience,
MarketWatch.com (Wall Street Journal), December 7

TI's Newsworthy Congregational Conversation on Israel
Synagogue urges members to confront Israel differences,
Jewish Advocate, December 2

TI's Becoming American Jews Examines Becoming Self-Consciously Jewish-in-America
Arguing Judaism, Negotiating Jewish Identity,
Journal of American Ethnic History, Fall 2011

TI and Gift of Life Bone Marrow Drive
On Yom Kippur, chance to save lives,
Boston Globe, October 8, 2011

Rabbi Zecher's Reform Machzor tested in South Florida
New Jewish prayer book makes its debut at Rosh Hashana services,
Miami Herald, October 3, 2011

Rabbi Zecher comments on fellow MA Clergy member's title
Second rabba in U.S. - the start of a new trend?,
JWeekly.com, August 18, 2011

TI's Congregation-Wide Gardening Effort
Salad Meets Scripture,
Jewish Advocate, July 29, 2011

TI's Connection to Revamping Rabbi
A Child of the Reform Movement,
Jewish Advocate, July 29, 2011

FJECC's Helen Cohen Details a Meaningful Component of the School's Curriculum
The Importance of Teaching Values to Young Children,
JewishBoston.com, June 17, 2011

Rabbi Friedman's Collaborator on Rabbinic Vision Iniative Named to Top Post
URJ Names Rick Jacobs to Take Helm of Movement, Jewish Daily Forward, March 22, 2011

Rabbis Friedman and Pesner Discuss Leadership in Judaism
Who Are Boston's Jewish leaders?, Boston Globe, February 18, 2011

TI is Home to the Debbie Friedman Tribute Concert
The Community Sings for Debbie,
Jewish Advocate, February 4, 2011

Helen Cohen Makes the Case for the Boston-Haifa Connection
The Importance of Educational Partnerships,
JewishBoston.com, January 31, 2011

Temple Israel Honors Singer-Songwriter
Tribute to Debbie Friedman, Canton TAB, January 17, 2011

Rabbi Zecher attends Martha Coakley ceremony
Attorney General to be sworn for second term at Perkins School,
Watertown TAB, January 17, 2011

Rabbi Zecher's Interpretation of Chanukah
Present Sense: Rabbis on Chanukah, Jewish Advocate, November 19, 2010

TI Hosts Conference on All Things Jewish
Limmud Boston Is Coming To Temple Israel, Boston Globe, October 28, 2010

Temple Israel and Becoming American Jews in the News
Jewish Traveler: Boston, Hadassah Magazine, October/November 2010

TI Helps Mobilize People to Call Legislators, End Bullying
Battling the Bullies: ADL Hears from the Front Lines, Jewish Advocate, October 22, 2010

GBIO Asks the Candidates: Yes or No?
Interfaith Group Puts Governor Hopefuls to Test, Jewish Advocate, October 22, 2010

Temple Israel Hosts All Four Mass. Gubernatorial Candidates
Candidates Asked to Address State's Toughest Social Woes, Boston Globe, October 18, 2010

Rabbi Zecher Urges Mass. Residents to Vote 'No' on Question 2
Clergy Join to Fight Housing Law, Boston Globe, October 13, 2010

Temple Israel's Sukkot Go Above and Beyond
From the Bible to the Back Yard, Jewish Advocate, October 1, 2010

Spotlight on the "Green" Temple Israel Tomorrow Project
Renovating with the Environment in Mind,

MASCO eUpdate, October 2010 TI Featured in New Book As Visionary, Extraordinary Synagogue
Sacred Strategies, The Alban Institute

Rabbi Joshua Loth Leibman's Facebook Page (yes, really!) for His Book, Peace of Mind
Passion for Peace of Mind

Riverway Project Serves As Model for Other Reform Congregations

Action: How to Draw in Generation Y, Reform Judaism Magazine, Fall 2010

Woman Converted by Rabbi Gittelsohn Decades Ago Bequeaths Fortune to MFA for Judaica Curatorship
MFA Gifts Roll In, Boston Globe, July 28, 2010

Temple Israel's Connection to Chelsea Clinton's Wedding
Wedding Maestro, Boston Globe, July 28, 2010

Rabbi Kolin Tells the Story of Temple Israel's "Vote No on One' Campaign"
Where the Sanctuary and the Public Square Meet, Excerpt from CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Summer, 2010.  Used by permission of CCAR Press. Copyright 2010 by Central Conference of American Rabbis.  All rights reserved. 

Rabbi Kolin Named One of America's Influential Women Rabbis
The Sisterhood 50, The Jewish Daily Forward, July 21, 2010

Rabbi Zecher Prays with Boston Clergy for Peace on City Streets
Boston Globe,
June 17, 2010

'Jews' Reviewed
New England Quarterly,
June 2010

Rabbi Friedman and Rabbi Zecher Campaign for US Recognition of Armenian Genocide
The Armenian Mirror-Spectator,
May 31, 2010

Emily's Table: "Recipes of Love"
Reform Judaism,
Summer 2010

Rabbi Kolin Honored As "Woman of Valor"
Organizer As Superhero, from the Jewish Advocate  May 7, 2010
Community News Feature, JewishBoston.com  April 29, 2010

GBIO's Anti-Usury Campaign Goes Viral!
GBIO's Anti-Usury Campaign April 22, 2010

"Silenced Voices" A Candle-lighting and Memorial Concert for Yom HaShoah
CW56 online article April 11, 2010

Drawing Prayer
Deb Putnoi & The Drawing Lab Jewish Advocate, April 2, 2010

Emily's Table
Cookbook Commemorates Emily Mehlman,
Boston Globe, March 24, 2010

Born to Kvetch, with a little help from TI
Jewish Studies: Difference Between Hebrew and Yiddish, Considerations, March 16, 2010

Becoming American Jews:  Reviews from Boston and Beyond
Temple history: more than a Boston saga
, Jewish Advocate January 22, 2010
National Jewish Post & Opinion, page 15, 1/13/10
Jewish Advocate, 1/22/09
American Jewish Archives Journal


City Blocks
Metro Newspaper, 12/15/09

Newsweek Lists TI As One of America's 25 Most Vibrant Congregations
Newsweek  April 4, 2009




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