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Together with TI

You are not alone! #TogetherWithTI

We will continue to live Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact in new and exciting ways.

All are welcome to participate virtually!

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.

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What We're Hearing

“At the heart of Temple Israel is the search for true connection: to ourselves, to others, and to something bigger than ourselves. Now, more than ever, Temple Israel holds us in its heart. I am so grateful to “see” and hear our clergy, our teachers, our fellow members virtually and be uplifted together through creativity, optimism, energy and compassion.”

Carol Michael,
Temple Israel Member
"Never have I been so proud to be part of a community. You guys are all amazing. First, the Sunday school portion of it was so age-appropriate. To see almost 200 families dial in and then scroll through the images. What a fabulous way to stay connected in this crazy time."
Sara & Doug Berkson,
Religious School Family

Shop Our Shuk of Black-Owned Businesses!

During this global Covid-19 pandemic, all of us have been impacted in unique and challenging ways. Because of systemic racism that is embedded throughout our society, the novel coronavirus strain is hitting black communities the hardest. Tikkun Central’s Racial Justice Initiative is already committed to promoting purchases from Black-owned businesses and we recognize the unique challenges of safely accessing goods and services in these times. We invite you to explore our virtual shuk (marketplace) and align your spending with your values as we support local Black business owners. From contactless food deliveries/pick-ups to purchasing books and online meditation and exercise classes, find what you need a www.tisrael.org/shuk!

Partnership with Fresh Food Generation

A letter from Fresh Food Generation to the Temple Israel Community:

As many of you know, Fresh Food Generation serves the entire Greater Boston Area and are intentional about finding opportunities to make affordable, healthy food more readily available in low-income neighborhoods.

For the past two months, we have been participating in citywide efforts to address the need for emergency food relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both on our own and as part of a common effort facilitated by our partners and friends at CommonWealth Kitchen in Dorchester. We have been making meals and offering packaged bundles of grocery and produce items to vulnerable families throughout the Greater Boston area.

Beginning April 20th, we have been temporarily operating out of a new location – the kitchen of Temple Israel. Our relationship with the temple goes back several years, and we have been proud to call Temple Israel a great customer and friend. We have served every age group and cohort imaginable at the temple and have had the privilege to be part of numerous community celebrations including on Shabbat and on other holidays including Sukkot. In a word, we already really feel like family.

Read the full letter here.

Recognizing Our Members Who Are Essential Workers

Joel Solomon

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  • On May 28, 2020
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This content is copied from an original post on McLeanHospital.org. On March 30, McLean’s Joel Solomon, MD, and his 1,200 crewmates on the USNS Comfort docked in New York Harbor. The Comfort, a U.S. Navy hospital, came to New York City to provide urgent care and support to the tens of thousands in the region affected by the […]
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Frank Friedman

  • Posted by Guest Author
  • On May 28, 2020
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For Passover, as the effects of this pandemic were really hitting home, I wrote a d’var Torah for Parashat T’zav that I shared with members of the Board of Trustees at TI. One piece of the d’var that still resonates with me is “He shall then take off his vestments, and put on other vestments, and […]
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Andy Lesser Gonzalez

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  • On May 28, 2020
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March 20, 2020 was the last day that my childcare business, Panda’s Playcare was open as we know it. The governor made the wise decision that group childcare should be closed for the foreseeable future. So what now? Thoughts were swirling around my head, like how can I afford to pay my staff? How would […]
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Rachael Falk, PsyD

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  • On May 13, 2020
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I had only been a licensed clinical psychologist for 10 months before the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the US. As a specialist in geropsychology­- the application of knowledge and the provision of psychological services to older adults- I had been prepared for the types of losses that one can expect in this population. […]
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Center for Adult Jewish Learning

Center for Adult Jewish Learning

The Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel of Boston is a hub for intellectual discovery, cultural exploration, and personal meaning-making for the Greater Boston Area with a diverse offering. Whether you are learning about Judaism for the first time, embarking on a new stage in your Jewish life, or a life-long learner looking to connect with local scholars, there is something for you. All of our classes are now virtual! Click here to learn more, or contact Brigid Goggin with questions.

TILLI: Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute

Temple Israel's Lifelong Learning Institute (TILLI)

Temple Israel’s Lifelong Learning Institute (TILLI) provides opportunities for Temple Israel members and others to engage in peer-led, intellectually stimulating study groups covering a broad range of topics, to enjoy cultural events together, and to develop social relationships and a community. We are now offering virtual classes! For more information, email Tilli@tisrael.org

  • Poetry Small Group, Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. Join us on Zoom
  • Shabbat Dinner Group, Friday, June 5 & 19, 7:15 p.m. Sign up here!

Riverway Project for 20s & 30s

Riverway Project

The Riverway Project create 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. Connect with us virtually! Learn more here.

Education Program

Education Program

The Education program will continue with virtual programming in June and July! We will begin on Tuesday, June 2, and will run every Tuesday and Thursday in June. We’ll have a morning meeting at 9:00 a.m., community time at 3:30 p.m., and one-off electives for the students to participate in from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Please indicate interest here and email Roberta Bergstein with any questions.

Village for Families with Young Children

Village for Families with Young Children

The Village for Families with Young Children is a collaborative effort between Temple Israel, the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center (FJECC) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) to engage families with kids ages 0-5 in the Boston area in Jewish life through Jewish holiday celebrations, parenting groups, story times, and weekly drop-in meetups. Temple Israel membership is not required to attend any of our Village programs. LGBTQ, interfaith, adopting and single parents are welcome! Click here to see our virtual calendar. 

FJECC Preschool

FJECC Preschool

See how the FJECC Preschool is approaching remote learning, here!

TI Cares

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.

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