Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

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"My TI community is the source of my closest friendships."

Mike Fishbein,
Assistant Director of Education – Engagement

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Thank you for your interest in Temple Israel. We are a warm and thriving community, devoted to the Jewish ideals of Torah, worship, and acts of loving-kindness. Whether your interest is study, worship, Jewish culture, early childhood education, or social contact with other Jews, you will find a diverse array of opportunities to explore at Temple Israel.

We especially encourage you to come to our Qabbalat Shabbat (welcome to Shabbat) Service, which is our main weekly congregational service. It takes place at 6:00 p.m. every Friday and lasts until about 7:15 p.m. Your entire family is welcome to join us as we celebrate Shabbat with song and prayer.

We look forward to seeing you at Temple Israel!

Frequently Asked Questions

“We don’t have a car, and I love how convenient it is to get to, especially with a toddler in tow!” – Hillary Golden, TI Member

Temple Israel is a historic, urban synagogue that’s easily accessible via public transportation, car, or walking. We’re nestled between Riverway Parkway and Longwood Avenue, only steps from the Longwood Medical Center. Please come and visit us and experience our community first-hand!

Temple Israel is proud to be accessible to all. Large print siddurim, assistive listening devices and page magnifiers are readily available. Our entire building and grounds are wheelchair accessible. We can provide sign language interpreters upon request and subject to availability.

“Being able to park in the garage next to the Temple for Shabbat services is very convenient, an added bonus is the validated parking.” – Natalie, TI Member

For worship services and Temple-sponsored events, parking will be validated for the 375 Longwood Avenue parking garage, which is just outside our building. We are not able to validate for parents, visitors and events for the FJECC Preschool and Beacon Academy, vendors, employees, or funerals.

We are located two blocks from the Longwood Station along the Green Line’s Riverside (D) route. We are also only two blocks from several bus routes that stop near Beth Israel/Deaconness Hospital. The #39 bus that travels from Copley Square to Forest Hills Station stops at Mass College of Art on the corner of Longwood Ave. and Huntington Ave., which is less than a mile from Temple Israel. We are also about 4/5 of a mile from Coolidge Corner.

For our prayer services, we use Mishkan T’filah: A Reform Siddur compiled by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Along with the keva text (the collection of traditional prayers and texts), it also includes theologically diverse materials to expand on themes of social justice, feminism, Zionism, etc.

We are lucky to have a clergy team of four rabbis and one cantor. They often come together and lead services as a group, but can also be found leading individually at Riverway Services, Tot Shabbat, and Shabbat Mishpacha.

All of our services are led in English, with the frequent inclusion of Hebrew prayers and songs. Most Hebrew used is accompanied by transliteration so that those who cannot read Hebrew may participate, and English translations are included. It is perfectly acceptable to read only the parts of the service with which you feel comfortable or to just sit and listen. If you need help finding the place in the prayer book, simply ask someone nearby.

As it is said in Isaiah 60:11, “May your gates be open always.” At Temple Israel, we welcome all into our community.

Many people come to Qabbalat Shabbat directly from work or school, and are dressed accordingly. You should come to Temple Israel in what you feel comfortable in. We only ask that it is respectful in terms of coverage. We have kippot and prayer shawls available if you would like to wear one.

We have a large number of interfaith couples and families who are part of the Temple Israel community, and we are always seeking out opportunities to be a welcoming and inclusive space. All events and services are open to you. If you are interested in learning more about Judaism individually or as a family, we host several classes with Reform Jewish Outreach Boston.

Temple Israel members may purchase extra tickets for family members at a cost of $118 for each extra ticket. We offer non-members tickets for $180 each. This is a wonderful opportunity for any of your friends who are looking to try Temple Israel for the High Holy Days and to get to know the Temple Israel family. If they join during the year, their membership dues will be credited with the total price of the tickets. This is only applicable to those who have never been Temple Israel members in the past and is only good for one year.

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