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"TILLI doesn’t offer the same courses over and over, so a lot of instructors have spent a lot of time developing new courses. We do because the students teach us as much as we teach them. It’s life-long learning for everyone involved."
Mike Sandman,TILLI Study Group Leader
"TILLI study group leaders are my peers. They are careful to qualify their topics by providing credible documentation and authentic research. Intelligent people of our generation grew up knowing that a legitimate fact is supported by unassailable proof and concrete evidence to be true."
Bob Martin,TILLI Study Group Leader
"What does it mean to have a voice in an institution? What does it mean to be engaged in intellectual life semester after semester. What does it man to feel that you are part of a community? This is TILLI. We have changed the stereotypical image of aging and have a renewed sense of who we are and what can be accomplished at any age in the context of life-long learning. TILLI provides a canvas to satisfy our thirst for knowledge, meaning making and connections. And that is what TILLI of Temple Israel has accomplished. Now that’s something to celebrate."
Rhoada Wald,TILLI Core Committee
"After a career in an area in which I had no training or credentials, TILLI has given me a chance to realize what I alway thought would be my destiny: teaching the humanities."
Peggy Morrison,TILLI Study Group Leader
"This taught me to be an active member of the Jewish community, and provided me with value sources for social justice work."
"Our tight-knit teen community coupled with our Jewish values and traditions, which transcend one historical moment or problem, gives u the strength to make a difference."
"The teachers are top notch and have all been able to teach in a way that has allowed each of our children to grow and reach their ultimate potential."
"Our multi-cultural and interfaith family have found a sense of belonging, a strong cultural identity, and a spiritual home here."
"We teach our students about present day Israeli culture and geography through hands-on, relevant instruction."
Kayla Nicholson,2nd Grade Teacher
"I enjoy the sense of community when we sing in t'fillah. It makes everyone feel united."
"When I was confused about what to do for a project, my classmates helped me understand how everything worked."
"We have attended the Blue Service as a family for the past several years. It is a perfect experience for young children and families. The liturgy is designed for kids using a “home grown” siddur specifically for families and the music and fun keeps everyone engaged. We usually sit together as a family but often our kids find friends from religious school to sit with. It is a very interactive service that gets everyone involved: from passing the Torah through the entire congregation to the Rabbis and Cantor getting input from parents or kids during the “sermon”. The sermon time itself has never felt like a traditional sermon. It is always appropriate for kids but the themes and message always hit home for families. We have enjoyed the Blue Service as a way to share the High Holidays together as a family."
Jen Weber & Laurence Bailen,Blue Service Reflection
"TI is blessed with learned and inspirational clergy. We had the good fortune at last year's Yom Kippur Orange service to hear Rabbi Zecher ask "what are we willing to be wounded for in the name of repairing the world?" Fresh back from a march from Selma to D.C. for voters' rights and racial justice, Rabbi Zecher transfixed us with the significance of symbols and both the relevance and responsibility of being "chosen." It was the first time we found out the distinction between gumption and chutzpah, the latter being the "willingness to show moral grandeur and spiritual audacity, even rightful indignation for the sake of justice and kindness." Repairing this world and country seem more urgent that ever. We know Rabbi Zecher's perspective and wisdom will help pave the way."
Susan Edgman-Levitan & Richard Levitan,Orange Service Reflection
"This was the instruction as we entered for the afternoon service: on the small red index card on our seat write down a transgression and then place it beside the Torah scroll, laid open in a symbol of vulnerability. Lining up to lay these offerings of human frailty on the altar felt unexpectedly--breathtakingly--powerful. Likewise, the power of standing for Neilah, chairs pushed back, closing the spaces between us so we could feel each others’ physical presence and our spiritual place within this community. This is what I appreciate most about the purple service, the creative ways in which the clergy rethinks each aspect of the service to uncover new meaning and the brave willingness of the participants to open themselves to it. Does it always work for me? No. But, maybe it works for the person next to me. And maybe the next word, the next song, the next newly-interpreted action will touch me in a way this service never has before. There is comfort in repetition--of the seasonal melodies, of liturgy so familiar I can recite it with the prayer book closed. But changing up our expectations offers a new entry point and the possibility of finding new meaning."
Ellen Steinbaum,Purple Service Reflection
“Jeremy Burton is a gift to all of those in the Greater Boston area and beyond who have a passionate commitment to Judaism and Social Justice. For him, the two are inextricably linked.”
Rabbi Ronne Friedman,Senior Rabbi
Emily Carroll and Nicole Monahan,Temple Israel Member
"This is the coolest library ever!"
"The library is my happy, quiet place!"
Liz Stillman,Temple Israel member
"I love being in the library and getting my work done!"
Jeanie,Religious School Parent
"I look forward to doing the jigsaw puzzle every week - it's my therapy!"
Barbara Forster,Temple Israel Member
"The library is my favorite place to be in Temple Israel."
Rebecca White,Temple Israel Member
"Being here in the TI library is so conducive to getting a lot accomplished in a peaceful, inspiring environment. The librarian, Ann, is a tremendous resource and created this environment. The tea corner is very attractive, too!"
Fern Remedi-Brown,Temple Israel Member
"My partner and I live in Mannheim, Germany, and the next Reform congregation is in Frankfurt, some fifty miles away. We've been watching Temple Israel's online Qabbalat Shabbat services for approximately one year now, and although we are on the other side of the Atlantic, we always felt welcomed."
Friedhelm Glauner,Temple Israel Member
"From its beginning in 1854 as a traditional German shul to its current status as the largest Reform Synagogue in New England, Temple Israel has been an important force in Boston and American Jewish life. The congregation's ongoing efforts to adapt to changes in American society while preserving balance - between tradition and innovation, between acculturation and distinctiveness - exemplify the transformations in religious worship practices, education, and social justice that mark modern American Reform Judaism."
Becoming American Jews,Brandeis University Press
“In-depth discussions, excellent, well-prepared teachers.”
"The only way the study group could have been better would be just to continue it."
Our continuous presence in the City of Boston for over 160 years distinguishes us as one of Boston’s iconic religious institutions. Throughout our history, which began before the American Civil War, we have sought to respond, in each era, to the question, how do we demonstrate our connection to, lead and serve the myriad communities to which we are attached? We first entered the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now, the Union for Reform Judaism) in 1894. For the past 88 years, we have had a presence on this corner of the Riverway and Longwood Avenue, in Roxbury; from this vantage point, we have built enduring relationships within the circles of Civic, Interfaith, Jewish and Reform Jewish organizational life. From this perch, we have united with others to actively express ourselves as rodfei tzedek, pursuers of justice, ohavei tzion, lovers of the people Israel, gomlei hesed, agents of lovingkindness, limudei Torah, students of Torah, and yirei Adonai, those who revere the Eternal. The connecting link between our congregation and the communities with which we affiliate are a reminder, in the words of an early Israeli folksong (Rad Halaila) “ki darkeinu ein lah sof, for our path has no end, ki od nimshechet hashalshelet, for the chain still continues.” We are engaged with and inspired by the partners that we have chosen.
Rabbi Ronne Friedman,Rabbi Emeritus
“It is important to have an opportunity to remember and honor our loved ones who are no longer with us, and to celebrate friends and relatives special occasions. Because it supports Temple Israel our tribute gifts are that much more significant to us.”
Harriet and Richard Steinberg,Temple Israel Members
"The French film series was thought-provoking and entertaining. It's fun getting to know new people, and reacquainting ourselves with old friends.”
Sarah Friedman,477 Participant
“Now that my kids have finished in the TI religious school the 477 programs have been a chance to socialize with the other parents I used to see every Sunday.”
Frank Friedman,477 Participant
“This year was a great learning experience for me, and I appreciate what I’ve learned. I’ll miss the classroom I taught in. I’m glad I was in this program!”
8th Grader,5774 Madrichim Program
"We all love the Temple Israel library. Thank you for making it such a warm and welcoming place."
Nicole,FJECC and Religious School parent
"I feel like I'm in this friendly universe..."
Judy,A TILLI Leader
"I sing the praises of the library and its wide range of books. Ann Abrams graciously helps us find the references we are seeking and runs a wonderful book group, filling us in on the authors' backgrounds, and when available shows us slides relating to the subject and to the author. Her questions are well thought out."
Book Group Participant,2015
"The Madrichim Program gives teens the ability to grow as teachers, while also helping the Religious School students to learn.”
9th Grader,5774 Madrichim Program
Being able to park in the garage next to the Temple for Shabbat services is very convenient, an added bonus is the validated parking.”
We don’t have a car, and I love how convenient it is to get to, especially with a toddler in tow!
"My TI community is the source of my closest friendships."
Mike Fishbein,Assistant Director of Education – Engagement
"It's kind of like a Boston family, especially on holidays when we can't be with our biological families."
Liza Mazo,TI Member
"We are a community deeply invested in social justice."
"It's not just our son whose life experience has been enriched by Temple Israel, but we are parents lead a richer and fuller life participating at the preschool."
M. Remba,FJECC Parent
“I can honestly say that the FJECC is one of the strongest programs I have witnessed in terms of teacher quality, curriculum development, and sense of community for both children and parents alike."
J. Plutzky,Parent of an FJECC graduate
"This is a loving and warm environment that caters to the young, inquisitive mind."
L. Grobstein,FJECC Parent
“Riverway has helped me to reconnect with my Judaism on my own terms.”
Jordy Hertzberg,Riverway Participant, TI Member
“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
Temple Israel's Ohel Tzedek continues to be the model by which synagogues across North America (and even in Israel!) measure success in their desire to engage their membership in meaningful action for social justice. TI's success in partnering across lines of race, class and faith in working for the common good is the pride of the Reform Movement.
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner,Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
My story, and the story of every member of our community, together sews the fabric of what make Temple Israel vital and significant.