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
Welcome Message from Rabbi Oberstein
My name is Rabbi Andrew Oberstein and I am so honored and thrilled to be the new Director of the Riverway Project. While I’m new to this role, I am no stranger to Riverway, having served as the Riverway Project Coordinator from 2014-2016.
I was born in Los Angeles and first moved to Boston in 2005 to attend Emerson College where I graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater. After college, I worked around the country as an actor before switching gears to the world of Jewish professional life. While you won’t be able to find me on stage anymore, this passion inspired my rabbinic thesis, “Welcome to Falsettoland: The Intersection of Jewish and Queer Identity in Late 20th Century American Theater.”
In addition to leading Riverway, my work at Temple Israel spans the engagement spectrum, connecting people in all stages of life to each other and to Judaism through our incredible, vibrant congregation. If you’re new to Riverway or Temple Israel and you’re trying to find your place, let’s get coffee. If you’ve been around for a while and you have thoughts about ways we can make this place even better, let’s also get coffee! No matter who you are, let’s get coffee (or matcha, or juice, or ice cream, or just take a stroll) and connect. I want to know who you are, what you’re passionate about, and how Riverway fits into your life.
In the coming years, I truly can’t wait to learn with you, sing with you, pray with you, celebrate with you, and most importantly to really get to know each and every one of you as we work to build a better world together.
"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
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.