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
Join the Riverway team for an abbreviated Shabbat service on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. as we bring Shabbat in together. 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 on either Zoom or Facebook Live.
On Tuesday, November 17, join the Riverway Project and Wondrously Does/n’t for Blessings of Gratitude! Wondrously Does/n’t uses ritual creation workshops to address invisible illness in Jewish spaces. Emily and Rachael will teach about Nisim B’chol Yom, the daily morning blessings, and guide participants through a creative reimagining of these blessings based on each individual’s personal experience living with invisible illness (physical, mental, neurological). Let us know you’re coming 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
Riverway Shabbat Re-Charge
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. Our next upcoming date is October 30!
Stay tuned for more information on Riverway Chanukah events!
Blessings of Gratitude
Wondrously Does/n’t uses ritual creation workshops to address invisible illness in Jewish spaces. We will learn about the daily morning blessings, and guide participants through a creative reimagining of these blessings based on each individual’s personal experience living with invisible illness (physical, mental, neurological).
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.