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 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019 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. This year, we welcome Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. This service is open to people of all faiths.

About Congresswoman-Elect Ayanna Pressley

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is an advocate, policy-maker, activist, and survivor. Raised in Chicago as the only child of an activist mother who instilled in her the value of civic participation, Pressley understands the role that government can play in helping to lift up our communities. After leaving Boston University to help support her mother, she worked for 14 years as a senior aide to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and later Senator John Kerry. In 2009, she won the election to the Boston City Council, marking the first time a woman of color was elected to the Council in its 100-year history. On the Council, Pressley has worked in partnership with residents, advocates, and other elected leaders to address the challenges facing our communities. She led the establishment of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities; championed the introduction of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum in Boston Public Schools; convened the first “listening-only” hearing in the Council’s history, focused on gun violence and trauma; and successfully pushed for the creation of new liquor licenses that spurred economic development in previously underserved communities, among much other work. On November 6, 2018, Pressley was elected to represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in Congress; she is first woman of color to represent Massachusetts in Congress.


All families are welcome to join us before the service, at 5:00 p.m. for a pizza pre-neg! During the service, we will have children’s programming for ages 4 years old – 1st grade as well as 2nd grade and older. We will offer babysitting for ages 0-3 years old  in room 105 starting at 5:30 p.m. Please contact Roberta Bergstein for more information.

American Sign Language Interpretation

American Sign Language interpretation is available for this event. Please contact Nikk Modell-Wasserman for more information.

Unable to attend in person?

Our community is more than a building – it’s about people. We are proud to offer ways for the greater community to participate remotely in significant Temple Israel and life cycle events. This program will be available via the Sanctuary Live Stream and through Facebook Live beginning at 6:00 p.m. on January 18.

MLK Weekend Opportunities

Saturday, 1/19, 9:00 a.m.


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

Sunday, 1/20, 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. Timing TBD due to impending storm. See for details. If you plan to join, let Tali Puterman know.

Monday, 1/21, 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. This opportunity is for all ages. Please contact Tali Puterman for registration information. This opportunity is for all ages.