The Riverway Project create spaces where adults in their 20s and 30s can form meaningful relationships with one another and to Judaism with Temple Israel of Boston, primarily through worship and learning. Because of this, we offer ways to connect at all levels of engagement from big shabbat dinners with hundreds of young adults to living room lay-led gatherings. Come and join us for learning, community, and engagement opportunities; our door is open. New to Boston, new to this community, or just want to connect? Let us know!
"Riverway is a welcoming space that I can go to see familiar faces, always be fed, and hear the melodies and prayers I grew up with in my synagogue in New Jersey and in NFTY."
Sharon Bort,Riverway Project Participant
"Riverway is about finding new meaning from old memories—tunes and prayers I grew up with, sung in new ways with new people in new spaces. Its potential as a creative, generative space in Boston continues to enrich and surprise me."
Ben Poor,Riverway Project Participant
Seder Squad 2019
Seder Squad is an opportunity to host your own Passover Seder with educational and financial support. Always wanted to host a Harry Potter seder or create a Jewish ritual for your friends, neighbors or even strangers? You bring the Seder; we help you make it happen. All are welcome to apply, even if you’ve never been to a seder before!
You get (in support):
- To lead your very own Seder
- Resources and coaching for leading, hosting and cooking
- Funding and support from the Riverway Project AND OneTable
- Learning opportunities to: design your own Hagaddah with Hebrew College’s ESER program, make your own Seder plate with Tova Speter’s MEM project, a chance to make charoset from around the world, and more
- Support and community from the Squad
Training sessions are included as a part of the Seder Squad 2019 experience. To receive full support and funding, attendance at the Intro Training Session and 3/4ths of the events are required. Can’t do the squad, but still want to learn? We welcome you to join us for any of the sessions.
Soul Food Friday
Soul Food Friday is a monthly Qabbalat Shabbat Service held at Temple Israel. Soul Food begins at 7:00 p.m., usually on the second Friday of each month. This is a highly musical and engaging service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz, our Riverway Educator, and wonderful musicians.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Shabbat Schmooze (wine and cheese)
7:30 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat Service, with Dinner to Follow
This is a great intro to the Riverway community and a good place to meet other cool people looking to “do Jewish” in Boston.
Modern Couples, Big Jewish Questions
Modern Couples, Big Jewish Questions is an enriching, informative, and social opportunity for engaged, partnered, and married couples in their 20s and 30s. We discuss issues relevant to couples in committed partnerships and explores the fundamentals of building a Jewish home and planning for your life together. Through the experience, couples also meet and build relationships with others in the same stage of life. The group meets 4 times – 3 classroom sessions and 1 Shabbat dinner. Modern Couples is open to interfaith, Jewish, and same-sex couples from the community who plan to create a Jewish home.
Next session, Mondays March 11, 18, 25 at 6:30-8:30pm at the Central Square Workbar
shabbat in the 'bridge
shabbat in the ‘bridge, an innovation started in June 2017, is a Riverway Project Shabbat experience for the burgeoning Riverway Project community who live on the Red Line. With about 65 pre-registered attendees, we connect in a more intimate setting for an evening of music, reflection, prayer, and connection, followed by Shabbat dinner and drinks. The evening brings together people in Cambridge/Somerville and beyond for a progressive Shabbat experience. Next shabbat in the ‘bridge is May 31, 2019. Let us know if you’re interested in more opportunities across the River.
Each month we’ll be commandeering cozy coffee shops in neighborhoods around Boston. We’ll bring the text and the teacher as well as the free food and drink – you just bring yourself and friends! This is a perfect chance to study Judaism through its texts in a relaxed setting, hear different perspectives, and get to know others. You know more than you think! No prior Jewish study experience is necessary. Our next Riverway Cafe is March 16th!
Nice Jewish Queers
“At the end of the day, a Jewish community should always be a place where everyone can bring their self to the table – which is why spaces like this are so critical.” – Caroline Dorn, Nice Jewish Queers Leader
As a new opportunity and gathering space, Nice Jewish Queers is a LGBTQ+, Jewish, and 20s & 30s space. We’ve had community Shabbat dinners, drawing up to 70 people, a Trans/ Queer Healing Havdallah, and are looking forward to bringing you more events soon.
“Being in that space was more comforting than I’d expected. Having that immediate level of familiarity with everyone around me, that shared reality, I think I needed that. I know I’m not alone in my queerness and not alone in my Judaism.” – Nice Jewish Queers Participant
We can’t have amazing events without the amazing Riverway community from first timers to our leaders. If you’re interested in leadership, we would love to hear from you! We have opportunities for all to lead small group gatherings or be a part of the Riverway Leadership Board (term switches over in June). Any of our leaders would be happy to meet with you to connect you to the Riverway community.
If you’re interested in formalizing your connection to Temple Israel with membership based on your engagement in the Riverway Project, please check out our membership information.
We will examine stories about our Patriarchs, and how their journey’s might affect our own. Through this lens, we will focus on what it means to be a man in the 21st century. Come wide open with your whole self. Jewish men of all identities welcome. Snacks and beverages will be served. This event is a partnership between the Riverway Project and Moishe House Cambridge.
With notes of joyfulness, relaxation, and wisdom, Kiddush Club is an informal gathering within the Riverway Project for people in their 20s and 30s connected to Judaism who are interested in learning about wine. Join us to sample different wines, learn about the beverage from local experts, and meet new people in the process. Stay tuned for our next Kiddush Club gathering!
As Julia Child said, “people who love to eat are always the best people.” Join others who love to eat, cook, or just want to try new things at Cookbook Club. Each meeting there will be a different cookbook, and you’ll pick a recipe to cook from home and bring with you to share. Spreadsheet for your cookbook-club contribution will be emailed after you register.
Calling all musicians! Looking to jam with other music lovers? Come shmooze, have dinner, dust off your instrument or vocal cords, and make some music! Any instrument, any genre welcomed and encouraged. All musical ability welcome! Anyone is welcome to join in a jam session, either to play an instrument, any level, sing, or just hang out and enjoy the music.