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

Shabbat Tzedek & MLK Weekend 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will welcome Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry who will speak on “Nurturing the Beloved Community for the Next Generation.” Our worship will be enhanced by the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Temple Israel Youth Choir, and students from Beacon Academy. This evening will also provide opportunities for all to be a part of Temple Israel’s racial justice work. This service is open to people of all faiths.

About Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry

Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry is the co-founder, President, and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. The Peace Institute is a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma, and loss. Chaplain Chéry and her family founded the Peace Institute in 1994 after her fifteen-year old son Louis D. Brown was murdered in the crossfire of a shootout. With over two decades of experience as a survivor serving families impacted by murder, Chaplain Chéry has developed the best practices in the field of homicide response. Her ultimate goal is to transform society’s response to homicide so that all families are treated with dignity and compassion, regardless of the circumstances.


Chaplain Chéry was chosen as a 2017 Barr Fellow for her effective, visionary, and collaborative leadership and capacity to motivate others, drive change, and produce results. She was also selected as a 2016 Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum in recognition of the Peace Institute’s groundbreaking solutions to social problems. Chaplain Chéry has used her platform as a Social Innovator to launch the Peace Institute’s Training, Technical Assistance, and Consulting department (TTAC). TTAC provides tools, training, evaluation, and consulting services to stakeholders across the country in the survivor-centered, trauma-informed methodology that Chaplain Chéry developed.


Chaplain Chéry has developed groundbreaking publications for families of murder victims and the providers who serve them, including “Always in My Heart: A Workbook for Grieving Children” (2011) and the Survivors Burial and Resource Guide (2013). The Survivors Burial and Resource Guide is the only tool available that offers step-by-step guidance to families of murder victims so that they can lay their loved one to rest with respect and dignity while managing the crisis and chaos after a homicide happens. Chaplain Chéry also founded the Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims Providers Network to share the Peace Institute’s expertise with fellow providers, foster collaboration between providers across Massachusetts, and improve service coordination and delivery to families impacted by murder.


Chaplain Chéry has extensive experience training public health professionals and law enforcement officials to better serve families impacted by murder and interrupt cycles of retaliatory violence. She has trained doctors, social workers, psychologists, street workers, religious leaders, police officers, homicide detectives, and other providers at city and state agencies, hospitals, and community-based organizations. Chaplain Chéry regularly trains fellow providers at National Organization for Victims Assistance. Most recently, Chaplain Chéry trained members of the Miami Police Department Homicide Unit to respond equitably and effectively to homicide. Chaplain Chéry also convened the first ever Homicide Response Briefing in Massachusetts for over 100 law enforcement officials from across the state.


Chaplain Chéry has received countless awards in recognition of her courageous leadership and tireless peacemaking work. Most recently, Chéry was named one of Boston’s 100 most influential leaders of color in 2016 by Collette Phillips Communications, Inc.  She was also given the 2016 Impact Award by Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University. In 2014, Salem State University Awarded Chaplain Chéry the Champion of Peace Award.  She was named Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2011. Chaplain Chéry holds honorary Doctorate Degrees from College of the Holy Cross, Regis College, and Mount Ida College, She has also received The Chancellor’s Medal of Honor from the University of MA. She is a Lady of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest honor bestowed by Pope John Paul II on a lay Catholic. She was ordained as a senior chaplain with the International Fellowship of Chaplain, Inc. in February of 2012.

MLK Weekend Opportunities

Saturday, 1/13, 9:00 a.m.


All are welcome to engage in Saturday morning Torah Study, with a focus on racial justice, led by the Temple Israel clergy.

Sunday, 1/14, 11:00 a.m.


Join our Christian neighbors at Bethel AME Church (40 Walk Hill St, Boston) during their Sunday worship and MLK commemoration services. If you plan to join, let Tali Puterman know.

Monday, 1/15, 10:00 a.m.


Participate in a Day of Service with Boston Cares, along with others in the Temple Israel community. Registration is required and space is limited. Please contact Tali Puterman for registration information. This opportunity is for all ages.