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
Join us for Our Ticketless Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre Services
Join Riverway for the High Holy Days. Join hundreds of others in their 20s & 30s for this important moment in the Jewish Year for intention, prayer and community.
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.
Sundays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, and Shabbat dinner on 11/1
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 January 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, teacher, food, & 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 September 21.
Each year we plan special events to celebrate the holidays, such as Sukkot Harvest Festival, Chanukah celebrations, and our free Open-Door Ticketless High Holy Day Services.
Join Riverway and others in their 20’s and 30’s for the 5780 High Holy Day season as we enter this important moment in the Jewish year. Registration for Riverway services is required but open to all. Following Erev Rosh Hashanah Services, we host a Jew Year’s Eve celebration with oneg-style light dinner. Eat, drink, meet people, and celebrate the new year.
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.