Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Shabbat & Holidays

Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat every Friday at 6:00 p.m. Torah study begins at 9:00 a.m. every Saturday with a short service followed by a lively and robust discussion for about an hour, and concludes with saying Kaddish.

Celebrate the High Holy Days with Temple Israel

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Our worship services are inviting, fulfilling, comforting, joyous, and filled with music. We come from many places; our memories span the globe and many religious streams. We are creating Jewish experiences that embrace our heritage as they acknowledge the spiritual hunger and search for God in contemporary society. Come pray with us. Add to the sound of our voices. Together, we make a joyful noise.

At Temple Israel, we follow the tradition of Reform Judaism, observing all festivals. Our Shabbat & Holidays services are open to innovation and strike a harmonious chord with tradition. We hope our services reflect the joy that Judaism can bring to one’s life, and at the same time be an opportunity for self-reflection and reaching out to the community.

Shabbat & Holidays


Qabbalat Shabbat

Join us every Friday at 6:00 p.m. to welcome Shabbat with music, prayer, and study.

Riverway Shabbat

Join us for this monthly Qabbalat Shabbat Service for people in their 20’s and 30’s. This is a highly musical and engaging service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz and wonderful musicians. A free oneg of Jewish soul food follows the service. This is a great introduction to the Riverway community.

Torah Study

Join us on Saturday mornings for an hour of robust Rabbi-led text study. Torah study is preceded by a half hour prayer minyan and followed by a warm community kiddish. Please join us. No experience is necessary.

Shabbat Mishpachah

Shabbat Mishpachah (Family Shabbat) is a Shabbat experience for Religious School families in grades K-4 including a festive Shabbat community dinner.

Tot Rock Shabbat

Tot Rock Shabbat is for kids 5 and under and held the second Friday of every month. The Riverway Band will lead us through a musical Shabbat service and dinner.

Daily Minyan

Do you need a place to restore your mind, body and soul at the end of the day? Our weekday minyan is lay-led, Monday through Thursday, from 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.*  

All are welcome. No RSVP needed. You can come every day, you can come once in awhile—whatever works for you.  

Here’s what minyan participants have said about their experiences:

“The daily minyan has provided a warm and supportive environment for me to say kaddish for my father. I appreciate the opportunity to share a few minutes at the end of the day for prayer and thoughtful reflection.”

“I found the minyan incredibly helpful over time when I lost my parents.  Attending regularly marked the passage of time, and helped me realize that I was dealing with my grief, and it also helped me feel that I was honoring my parents. I also found the community support offered by regular attendees comforting. I would recommend this to anyone who has been bereaved.”

*The only times the minyan does not meet is when, because of a holiday, the building closes early, or during the High Holy Days and festivals. When in doubt, please call Temple Israel at 617-566-3960 or email  

Thank Goodness It's Shabbat (TGIS)

Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat (TGIS) is a special service on the first and third Saturday of the month for kids between 6 days and 6 years and includes dancing, singing, playing and praying. TGIS is supported by the Marilyn and Mike Grossman Caring Community Fund at Temple Israel.

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