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.

 "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

Seder Squad 2020

Applications are OPEN until March 5! Apply today!

Do you want to lead your own Passover Seder? The Riverway Project wants to help leaders access the materials and knowledge needed to serve in the community. Continuing the success of 2019, the Seder Squad program teaches the art of hosting Seders, creating ritual objects, and crafting personal Haggadot. Click here to see last years Seders!

In addition to the Passover seders, there are other events designed to prepare you for the big event. It’s a meaningful and reflective way to celebrate the holiday. 


Purim Against Humanity Pre-Game!

March 9, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. (Followed by Purim Against Humanity Card Megillah Reading from 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.)

Join the Riverway Project for a Purim Pre-Game! Bring a friend (and a costume), and leave decorum at the door!
After the Pre-Game there will be our annual megillah reading, done through our “Purim Against Humanity” Card Game.

Experience Purim like never before!

"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





Rabbi Jen Gubitz

Director, Riverway Project


Nicole Zador

Coordinator, Riverway Project

Upcoming Ways to Gather

Riverway Shabbat

Riverway Shabbat is a monthly Qabbalat Shabbat service held at Temple Israel. Shabbat 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 and wonderful musicians.

Future Riverway Shabbat dates: Feb. 7, March 13, April 17, May 8. All are welcome. Register here!

Modern Couples

Modern Couples is an enriching opportunity for committed couples in their 20s and 30s. We discuss relevant issues and explore planning for the future. Open to interfaith, Jewish, and same-sex couples who plan to create a Jewish home.

Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m; March 15, March 22, March 29, and Shabbat dinner on March 27.

Shabbat, Cambridge Edition

Riverway Shabbat, Cambridge Edition, is an opportunity to connect in a more intimate setting for an evening of music, reflection, prayer, and connections, followed by Shabbat dinner and drinks. The evening brings people together for a progressive Shabbat experience. Our next date is Friday, January 31. Sign-up 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, teach, food&drink – you just bring yourself and friends! This is a perfect change 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.


Join Riverway and others in their 20s and 30s for Tu Bishvat and Passover. Seders abound in this holiday season. Register for our community Tu Bishvat celebration and learn to lead a Passover Seder with Seder Squad 2020!

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!

Get Connected!

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.

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