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

The Friends Annual Fund

In these unprecedented times of social distancing, Temple Israel is operating in high gear to set up many ways to participate and interact with fellow congregants of all ages for classes and gatherings. A gift to the Temple Israel Friends Annual Fund will allow us to bring Religious School students together for online learning, will enable us to livestream our Qabbalat Shabbat services to all who are seeking connection during this time of isolation, and will continue to enable TI members in Boston and across the world to come together virtually to live Judaism together in new and exciting ways.

It is through challenging moments like these that we learn about ourselves and our community. This is an opportunity for us to build and strengthen relationships with one another and ensure that every member of our community feels welcome and cared for. It is through your generosity that we are able to continue offering our educational and spiritual programs and introduce new ways to enhance congregational life here at Temple Israel.

Your support of the Friends Annual Fund has made a difference in the lives of our congregants and to the greater community, and will be more impactful than ever as we navigate this new landscape.

If you wish to make a gift to support congregants in need during this current health crisis, please consider a donation to the Clergy Discretionary Fund.

In addition, the following organizations are offering direct assistance for Coronavirus Relief:

Other Organizations

CJP Corona Virus Emergency Fund:

Established to extend greater support to numerous Jewish social service agencies providing critical services during this time. 100% of the money raised will help community members who are facing hardship as a result of this pandemic.

CJP Warmline (a resource for those facing financial hardship):

Programs and resources include:

  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Help accessing food, utilities, and home fuel assistance
  • Career counseling and job search support
  • Public benefits navigation

Jewish Family & Children’s Services:

Through an integrated portfolio of more than 40 programs, JF&CS focuses on meeting the needs of new parents and their children, older adults and family caregivers, children and adults with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse.

Tree Of Life

giving levels

The Friends Annual Fund makes up 9 percent of Temple Israel’s operating budget. The money raised through the Friends Annual Fund supports the work we do here at Temple Israel and allows us to respond to the needs of the community in a timely manner. Together, we can sustain and strengthen our community and ensure that every person is welcomed here. Please consider a gift, in any amount to the Friends Annual Fund today.

Help us get to 100% participation by making a gift at the following giving levels:

Sustaining Membership Giving Levels

  • $20,000+  Wisdom
  • $15,000    Understanding
  • $10,000    Strength
  • $5,000      Kindness
  • $3,600      Inspiration
  • $1,800      Vision
  • $1,000      Connection
  • Up to $999   Friends​

What your gift supports

  • $3,600
    • Sponsors one monthly Soul Food Friday Qabbalat Shabbat and Dinner for 300 young adults
    • Funds our annual MLK Shabbat program
    • Underwrites one year of Tot Rock Shabbat with the Riverway Band
  • $1,800
    • Buys 5 new iPads for our religious school classrooms
    • Sends five students to Washington DC for the RAC’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar
    • Allows Temple Israel to offer a membership dues abatement to two families
  • $1,000
    • Funds one semester-long Tent course for our teens
    • Supports training for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students
    • Funds one issue of Insight
  • $500
    • Pays for 10 hours of professional development for a teacher
    • Funds an enhanced Oneg Shabbat
    • Sponsors one semester of TILLI morning study group
  • $250
    • Pays for 5 hours of a one-to-one aide for a special needs student
    • Allows one teen to participate in a clergy weekend
    • Supports one student for the semester long Pre-K Sunday school program
  • $100
    • Provides live streaming of one of our Shabbat services for those who are homebound or not able to attend in person
    • Prepares two teens to lobby at Beacon hill
    • Funds the interfaith journey dinner
  • $36
    • Supports the weekly welcome before Qabbalat Shabbat
    • Provides supplies for one session of TI Cares soup making

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Shoshanna Goldberg

Director of Development


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