"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
Riverway Project Events
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.
We have launched registration so that we can ensure the best welcoming experience possible and make sure we have enough food for all. When you arrive, we will have a name-tag printed for you. Whether you are a long time participant or new to Boston, thanks for your understanding and patience as we implement this new way of getting to know our community! Pre-register here to let us know you’re coming.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Shabbat Schmooze (wine and cheese)
7:30 p.m. Service
8:30 p.m. Shabbat Oneg
This is a great intro to the Riverway community and a good place to meet other cool people looking to “do Jewish” in Boston”
shabbat in the ‘bridge, an innovation started in June 2017, is designed to offer 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 is meant to bring together people in Cambridge/Somerville and beyond for a progressive Shabbat experience.
Neighborhood Shabbat dinners are a great way to meet others in the Riverway Project community in an intimate setting in the convenience of one’s own neighborhood. This past January, we held three simultaneous Neighborhood Shabbat dinners in the South End, Cambridge, and West End – engaging over 50 people!
Queer Jewish Folks Shabbat is the newest Shabbat innovation for the Riverway Project. This gathering is open to all young adults who identify as queer or on the LGBTQIA+ Spectrum. This inclusive gathering came to fruition after Riverway Project lay-leader Caroline Dorn sent Rabbi Gubitz an email, expressing her desire for a Queer Shabbat Dinner in the Riverway Project setting. According to Caroline, “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.” The gathering ended up drawing over 70 people. As one participant noted the next day, “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.”
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.
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.
Each year we plan special events to celebrate the holidays, such as Sukkot Harvest Festival, Purim celebrations, and our free Open-Door Ticketless High Holy Day Services.