people attend any given Soul Food Friday
people attend Riverway High Holiday services
Named after our location, the Riverway Project is a bold, exciting initiative that connects adults in their 20’s and 30’s to each other, to Judaism, and to Temple Israel. We invite you to participate in activities that create community, revitalize Jewish ritual, and explore Judaism through innovative learning.
“It’s the perfect place for me to explore and enhance my Jewish identity, alongside some amazing Jewish young adults. It’s a key piece of why I came to Boston, and truly, why I have chosen to stay in Boston.”
Julia Rickey,Riverway Participant, TI Member
“Riverway has helped me to reconnect with my Judaism on my own terms.”
Jordy Hertzberg,Riverway Participant, TI Member
Riverway Project Events
Soul Food Friday is a monthly Qabbalat Shabbat Service held here at Temple Israel. Soul Food begins at 7:00 p.m., usually on the second Friday of each month. This is a highly musical and engaging service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz and wonderful musicians. A free oneg of Jewish soul food follows the service.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Shabbat Schmooze (wine and cheese)
7:30 p.m. Service
8:30 p.m. Shabbat Oneg
This is a great intro to the Riverway community and a good place to meet other cool people looking to “do Jewish” in Boston!
Each month we’ll be commandeering cozy coffee shops in neighborhoods around Boston. We’ll bring the text and the teacher as well as the free food and drink – you just bring yourself and friends! This is a perfect chance to study Judaism through its texts in a relaxed setting, hear different perspectives, and get to know others. You know more than you think! No prior Jewish study experience is necessary.
Celebrate Shabbat and study with your neighbors in intimate settings hosted by Riverway participants. These small, home-based gatherings occur monthly and include a Qabbalat Shabbat Services followed by a potluck dinner!
Each year we plan special events to celebrate the holidays, such as Sukkot Harvest Festival, Purim celebrations, and our free Open-Door Ticketless High Holy Day Services.