Welcome to Temple Israel of Boston, the largest Reform Synagogue in New England!
Music is at the core of worship. It brings people into the community, both as listeners and as participants and it connects us; it elevates our prayers, and can create a meaningful communal religious experience. Through strong relational and educational skills a cantor engages a congregation in creating a community of joyful worship, comfort in times of sadness, and the inspires the energy for innovation.
Carol Targum,Temple Israel Member
Temple Israel's core identity is one of a diverse, urban congregation. Music provides a bridge and entry point that helps bring us together in prayer, spiritual connection, and community. Our Cantor is the maestro who uses the power of music to reaches out, engage our spirits bring us comfort.
David Trietsch,Temple Israel Member
Music is an integral part of worship at Temple Israel. Music is spiritual, a way to communicate feelings and to bring people together. Our cantor is the person who makes music accessible to us, which is why it is so crucial that we find the right person for the job!
Bea Wilderman,Temple Israel Member
Music initially drew me to Temple Israel through the Riverway Project’s energetic Soul Food Friday service. Fast forward over a decade, add a husband and two kids, and music still plays a key role my TI experience. My 4 and 6 year olds love the musical programming and my husband and I love seeing them so engaged in their Jewish experience.
Alison Freedman,Temple Israel Member
If you are looking for a place to try out wildly exciting ideas while deepening connections to Jewish tradition;
if you are excited by the opportunity to work with a supportive team and to grow professionally and personally;
if you love being Jewish and imagining ways to bring meaning and celebration to others’ lives and your own,
if you are intrigued by the many resources and opportunities of living and working in Boston, home to a vibrant Jewish community,
then please consider being part of the Temple Israel family!
Recent Musical Moments at Temple Israel
Karol Musical Weekend with The LeeVees
Erev Purim with Michelle Citrin
Sephardic Qabbalat Shabbat with Dr. Samuel Thomas and members of Asefa
Karol Musical Weekend with Saul Kaye
Karol Musical Weekend with Noah Aronson
Musical Shabbat with Aaron Goldberg & Ali Amr
Chanukah Shabbat with Dan Nichols
Wyner Lecture with The Reciprocity Collaborative and Ilya Vidrin
Cantorial Search Committee
Alison Freedman first came to Temple Israel a decade ago through the Riverway Project. She then taught 7th grade in the religious school for 4 years. Alison served on the Rabbinic Search Committee for our current senior Rabbi. She is currently involved in the Village (Families with Young Children) and is a member of the Board.
Steven Lipsitt is a professional conductor and music educator, who became a bar mitzvah at Temple Israel in 1971, and returned with his wife Mara Krechevsky and children Daria and Caleb in the late 1990s. He joined the volunteer TI Band to see more of his kids, yet while they have decamped, he still sits in with the band. Mara (an educational researcher at Harvard’s Project Zero) sat on the Teen Education Committee, and Steve sat on the Adult Education Committee. Steve has served on faculty search committees at Haverford College and Boston University.
Carol Targum served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years and continues to remain active at on the Center for Adult Jewish Learning Committee, is involved with Rabbi Jacobson on the Spiritual Practice Lab, and co-chairs the Leadership Initiative. Through participation in the Institute of Jewish Spirituality she has gotten to know rabbis and cantors from across the country, which provides a broad perspective of what is happening musically in other congregations.
David Trietsch and his family have been members of TI for over 30 years. He was the founding director of CJP’s synagogue leadership institute and has worked in dozens of congregations in Greater Boston and beyond on issues of change management and leadership transition. In his role as synagogue consultant, David has experienced a wide range of liturgy styles and practices.
Bea Wilderman is a musician with extensive experience in guitar, piano and voice. She served on the boards of Temple Israel, Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center, and American Jewish World Service. She has extensive experience on search committees, including the TI rabbinic search. She has been a member of TI for over 12 years and lives in Brookline with her family.