These are precarious times both for our bodies and our souls. You are not alone! We hope you will avail yourself of the many virtual opportunities. We will continue to live Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact in new and exciting ways.
Join A Virtual Grand Communal Seder!
Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Passover Seder is a story of resilience, redemption and adaptation! Gather with us virtually from your own home for our Temple Israel of Boston Grant Communal Seder. With our clergy, we will celebrate the transformative ritual of Passover through questions, singing, and celebrating our redemption from Slavery in Egypt, acknowledging that even in these moments of physical isolation – redemption looks like a community gathering in any way possible to celebrate all that Judaism has to offer. We will be sending out a Haggadah and Zoom link in the weeks to come. Bring Your Own Matzah!
Shabbat and Worship
Life Cycle Moments
We want to know. Connect here to tell us. For funeral needs, call Temple Israel 24/7 at 617-566-3960.
Log into Zoom to join us virtually for Weekday Minyan, Monday – Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
We encourage you to join us virtually for Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. Through the generosity of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, we are offering a free online version of Mishkan T’fliah for Shabbat as well as a discount on the e-book.
Having trouble accessing us virtually? We’ve set up a tech hotline, open every Friday from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. for Qabbalat Shabbat. Call us at 617-566-3960. We’re here to help!
Torah Study will be at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday!
Having trouble accessing us virtually? We’ve set up a tech hotline, open every Saturday from 8:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m for Torah Study. Call us at 617-566-3960. We’re here to help!
Havdalah with the Clergy
Words of Comfort
Listen to Rabbi Elaine Zecher’s Shabbat Awakenings, a reflection as we make our way towards Shabbat, entitled Social Distancing. Click below to listen to her words of comfort.
Classes and Gatherings
Center for Adult Jewish Learning
- The TI Yeshiva: Learn to Read Talmud. Every Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
- Introduction to Judaism. Every Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
- iEngage: Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. March 31 – May 19, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- Learn to Read Hebrew. March 31 – April 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Prep for Passover: Charoset Making, 4/5, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The following events and classes have been postponed. More details will be shared when they are available! Please contact Brigid Goggin with any questions.
- Modern Couples, Big Jewish Questions
- Planning a Jewish Wedding: Ketubah Edition
- Feinberg Lecture with Robert Mnookin
- Steinbaum Lecture with Steven Levitsky
- Power, Broad-Based Organizing, and Leadership
Village for Families with Young Children
Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!
Join us on Zoom every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for a special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy. If you are between the ages of 6 days and 6 years and you love to dance, sing, play and pray – this is for you! Join us on Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/7282752816
Village Parent’s Happy Hour
Sundays and Wednesdays 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Struggling to manage the new normal? Exhausted from full days juggling the needs of your little ones and your professional life while stuck at home? Make yourself your favorite cocktail or mocktail and connect with parents who are in the same boat. Though we can’t gather in person, we can find strength in community! Join us on Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/7282752816
Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition
Every Friday, 5:00 p.m. You don’t need to leave your house to celebrate Shabbat with your TI community! We will light candles, say the blessings over juice and challah, sing our favorite Shabbat songs and bring the joy of Shabbat into our homes. Join us on Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/7282752816
The following Village events and classes have been postponed. More details will be shared when they are available! Please contact Tatiana Becker with any questions.
- Baby Sleep Group
The following Village events have been canceled:
- Tot Rock Shabbat Somerville (3/27)
- Village Crawlers (4/5)
- Growing Families Luncheon (4/4)
- Village Seder (4/11)
Riverway Project for 20s & 30s
- Shabbat Bagel Brunch, 3/28/20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Click here to join us on Zoom!
- Spiritual Curbside Assistance: Torah for Trying Times, Mondays starting, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Click here to join us on Zoom!
- Nosh and Chat: Riverway Lunch Check-ins, Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Click here to join us on Zoom!
- Shabbat Recharge with Riverway, Fridays, 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Click here to join us on Zoom!
The following events and classes have been postponed. More details will be shared when they are available! Please contact Sue Misselbeck with any questions.
- 3/25 Study Group Leader Meeting
- 3/26 Movie
Religious School & Teens
Our Religious School Program, The Tent, and RYFTI have suspended onsite operations as of March 12, and will remain in effect until April 3 when it will be reevaluated. We are setting up virtual learning opportunities and information about how to join will be sent directly to those families.
While we will not be gathering together for Stepping Out on April 4, 2020, we hope that you will “step up” in this moment to continue to support Temple Israel. If you have already purchased a ticket to Stepping Out, we ask that you consider donating the full cost of your ticket to the Friends Annual Fund. In addition, we hope you will also contribute any amount you planned to donate during the event to help sustain us during these challenging times. Make a gift here.
Celebration Weekend of Cantor Roy B. Einhorn
We have postponed our Celebration Weekend for Cantor Einhorn to September 11, 2020. After 37 years at Temple Israel of Boston, our beloved Cantor Einhorn will complete his distinguished service to our congregation and will retire on June 30, 2020. Learn more about how we plan to celebrate him!
Daily AA Meetings are now being offered online at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Click here.
We are building a team of people who would like to connect with members of our Temple community who find themselves in isolation at home. Our goal is to help people feel connected and cared for even if they find themselves alone in their homes. We will be communicating with congregants via phone and email only – not making visits or engaging in any other service offerings.
If you are willing to be on our list of people able to make calls and send emails/texts, please send us an email and let us know. Please tell us if you are willing to make phone calls, send emails, send texts or any combination of those- and how many you think you can make in a week.
These are strange and difficult times, but knowing that we are not alone, feeling that we are all connected and part of a caring community can make difficult times more bearable. Thank you for being a part of this community and for considering helping out with this new task.