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

Weekly Virtual Lunch with the Library

with Temple Israel Librarian Ann Abrams
Every Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
No cost

Every Tuesday, grab your lunch and log on to Zoom to join Temple Israel Librarian Ann Abrams to chat about whatever book you’re reading, tv shows/films you’re watching, or art or musical piece that has lifted your spirits.  Some weeks we’ll also have guest speakers from the TI community, TBD.

On the last Tuesday of each month, we will shift our focus to a more traditional book group to feature and discuss one specific book all together. See details for the upcoming Last Tuesday Book Discussion below.

For more information and to get the Zoom link, contact Ann Abrams at

Celebrate Pride with Jewish Queer Authors

For the month of June, we welcome two Jewish Queer authors for lively book discussions. All book-lovers are welcome to come, bring lunch, and join the conversation. Email Ann Abrams at with questions.

Amy Hoffman: Love One Another or Die
Tuesday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET

In April 2020, Amy Hoffman wrote the essay, Love One Another or Die. During the AIDS crisis, different contingents of the LGBTQ movement set aside their differences to prioritize mutual care. What can we learn from this strategy today? Amy will talk about why she wrote this essay, and she and Ann Abrams will lead a discussion about it and its relevance now. If you’d like to come, please read Amy’s essay and RSVP here to receive the Zoom link. Contact Ann Abrams with questions.

Rachel Sharona Lewis: From Rabbi Small to Rabbi Vivian, A Queer Mystery Novel with Roots
Tuesday, June 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Rachel (Rachie) Sharona Lewis is an accidental mystery writer in the Boston area. By day, she organizes faith communities around local social justice efforts. Rachie will talk about her first novel, The Rabbi who Prayed with Fire, her writing process, and inspiration from Harry Kemelman’s classic bestsellers. Rachie will also talk about how her community organizing work informed the writing of this novel.

If you’d like to come, please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link. Contact Ann Abrams with questions.