The Riverway Project creates 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
Description:Join us for an engaging, musical, upbeat Qabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz — virtually! We invite you to participate over zoom, offering names for healing and kaddish, and know that you are surrounded by community this Shabbat even if from a physical distance.
Want to bring more light into this world? The Riverway Project is gathering in person for a community candle lighting! We’ll be meeting in three 45-minute shifts to celebrate Havdalah and Chanukah, with a maximum of 15 people per shift to ensure all proper guidelines are maintained. Save your spot here!
"I fell in love with Riverway because of the music. I was familiar with the prayers, but the guitar, drums, and different melodies help connect to my soul in a way the words couldn't do alone. On top of Shabbat, there are so many other ways to get involved—interfaith work, cooking classes, text studies. I've met new people while connecting to the things I've always loved about Judaism—the food, stories, prayers, and impulse toward justice."
Dan Marion,Riverway Project Participant
Upcoming Ways to Gather
Join the Riverway team at 7:30 p.m. for an abbreviated Shabbat service. We will light candles, offer a blessing over the wine and challah, sing blessings for healing, and hear a kavannah (intention) from a member of our community.
Join us for havdalah as we say goodbye to Shabbat and welcome in the new week! Stay tuned for more dates!
Riverway Cafe is an informal way to connect with Jewish texts through discussions, meditations, and reflection.
Nice Jewish Queers
As a new opportunity and gathering space, Nice Jewish Queers is a LGBTQ+, Jewish, and 20s & 30s space. We have community Shabbat dinners, a Trans/Queer Healing Havdalah, and are looking forward to bringing you more events soon!
Our community leaders are vital. If you’re interested in leadership, we would love to hear from you! We have opportunities to lead small groups or join the Riverway Leadership Board.
If you’re interested in formalizing you connection to Temple Israel with membership please check out our membership information.