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

Riverway Project

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

 

Rabbi Jen Gubitz

Director of the Riverway Project

617-566-3960

jgubitz@tisrael.org

 

Nikk Modell-Wasserman

Executive Assistant and Riverway Project Coordinator

617-566-3960

nwasserman@tisrael.org

Upcoming Programs

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 will be hosted Fall 2019! Let Rabbi Gubitz know if you would be interested in being a part of the next Modern Couples session.

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.

Riverway Cafe

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 May 14.

Holidays

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.  Our next gathering will be hosting a Shavuot ice cream event on June 9th! Stay tuned for more details.

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

Get Connected!

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.

Small Gatherings

MENtality

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.

Kiddush Club

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!

Cookbook Club

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.

Jam Session

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.

cjp_logo_pmsThis program is supported in part by a Young Adult Multi-Year Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.