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

Stay Warm with TI

Stay warm with Temple Israel this winter as we live Judaism together joyfully with purpose and meaning. Throughout January and February, join us for a wide array of classes, programs, and activities to explore, connect, and refresh.

Upcoming Programs:

Morning Meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
Starts January 5, 2021.  Click here to join on Zoom

Begin your day grounded and grateful. Our 45 minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where we will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness, and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. We will awaken our breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded, and energized day.

Riverway Shabbat, January! For 20s & 30s
Friday, January 8; 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Register here.

Join us for an engaging and musical Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz. We invite you to participate over zoom, offering names for healing and kaddish, and know that you are surrounded by community this Shabbat even if from a physical distance. 

Baking and Breaking Bread Across the Diaspora: A Virtual Cooking Class
Sundays, January 10 – February 7, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Register here.

Let’s break some bread! Join Sara Gardner, culinary historian and all-around lover of bread, for this adventure across the diaspora through baking. We’ll be exploring the diverse culinary traditions that comprise the global Jewish diaspora as we hone our technical baking skills.

Each week, we’ll meet on Zoom to learn about a different baked good and the corresponding baking technique that makes it so delicious! From phyllo-wrapped to bulemas to versatile safouf to airy babka, we’ll travel to Jewish communities all over the globe, kneading and sampling along the way. Come ready to dig in and get flour-y. All are welcome – join one class, or all 5!

Politics After Voting: Organizing People for Change, Led by TI-GBIO Members
Mondays, January 11 – 25, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Register and get the Zoom link here.

Besides voting for our representatives, how else can we influence decision makers on the issues that impact our lives? Learn from the experience of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), a broad-based organization where TI and over 40 other congregations representing more than 50,000 people come together powerfully across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and neighborhood lines for the public good. We will demystify the political structures that affect our lives and discuss how, by organizing, GBIO pushes on that system to make real change.

Shabbat Tzedek and MLK Weekend with Renée Graham
Friday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice to celebrate the legacy and values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year we will be joined virtually by Renée Graham, who will lead a discussion with featured local leaders about the challenges that face our community, and how we can enact meaningful change. Renée Graham is an award-winning opinion columnist and associate editor for the Boston Globe.

We will also be joined by featured guests: State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, and Organizer Nadav David.
Enhance your celebration by pre-purchasing your dinner from one of three featured Black-owned businesses; Tawakal, MIDA, and Fresh Food Generation. See more details here, ordering opens December 28.

Musical Sunset Havdallah Series: Singalong Songfest for Peace, Justice, and Freedom

Saturday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.

Celebrating Shabbat Tzedek with our clergy and community, we continue carrying the musical banner for tzedek–righteousness–raising our voices together in story and song in the pursuit of peace, justice, and freedom for all. Join Cantor Alicia Stillman for a musical evening that will close with Havdallah at 8:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Riverway Project Shabbat Recharge for 20s & 30s
Friday, January 22, 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here.

Join the Riverway team for an abbreviated Shabbat service every Friday evening as we bring Shabbat in together. We will light candles, offer a blessing over the wine and challah, sing blessings for healing, and hear a kavannah (intention) from a member of our community. 

Prayers of Our People: Exploring the Siddur with Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein

Sunday mornings, once a month: Jan 24, Feb 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register and get the Zoom link here.

The siddur is more than just a collection of prayers. It is a written record of the Jewish people, providing insight into the spiritual lives of our ancestors and guidance for developing our own personal relationship with God. Join Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein as we deconstruct the siddur — its history, its structure, and the ways we can use it to imbue our lives with purpose and meaning. All are welcome and no prior knowledge required!

“And God Said…” A Poetry Reading & Discussion with Barbara Leff and TI Member Ann Bookman
Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Click here to RSVP and get the Zoom link.

Born and raised in New York, Barbara Leff discovered poetry at the age of 12 and has explored the genre ever since. Co-founder of the Caselli Street Poets, her work has appeared in numerous journals including Faultline, Fourteen Hills and Ibbetson Street. Her first book, And God Said . . . , was published in 2011 by Broadstone Books and she has presented it to Torah study and bible study groups throughout the United States and parts of Canada. Her second book, Luck, which appeared in 2019 explores various narrative forms including ones she invented. She is at work on a third book, a collection of her lifetime work. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Arlene Singer, and their brood of four-legged furry ones.

Ann Bookman’s poetry has been published in The Larcom Review, Chronogram: A Journal of Arts, Culture and Spirit, The Virtual Wall, an online creative writing site run in memory of the veterans of the Vietnam War, among others. Point of Attachment, her first chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. A social anthropologist by training, Ann Bookman, a leading researcher and social policy expert on women’s issues, work-family balance and community engagement, served as the director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies until 2018.She’s now an affiliated faculty member of the McCormack Graduate School. And, she is a long-time member of Temple Israel!

Shabbat Shirah: Shabbat tribute to Debbie Friedman

January 29, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

On the 10th yahrzeit of her death, on Shabbat Shirah – the Shabbat of song, we look back together on the musical and spiritual contributions Debbie Friedman has made to modern Jewish worship. Sing with us from home for this unique Qabbalat Shabbat experience filled with her most loved compositions that has brought joy to Jewish worship for over four decades. To join on Zoom, CLICK HERE.

Left on Pearl: Film Screening & Discussion with Executive Producer and TI Member Rochelle Ruthchild
Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m.

Left of Pearl is a documentary about a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women’s liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by women demanding a Women’s Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes, triumphs, conflicts and tensions of Second Wave feminism. Join us for a virtual screening of the film, followed by a conversation with Executive Producer and Temple Israel member Rochelle Ruthchild.

Mixtape Midrash with Rabbi Dan Slipakoff
Mondays, February 1-22, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Register and get the Zoom link here.

Sharing your favorite music is like sharing a piece of your soul. The right song has the power to capture a moment in time, whether it is a party anthem or singing the blues. Likewise, our Jewish tradition is no stranger to using music to elevate any experience and evoke passion and spirituality. Join Rabbi Slipakoff through an exploration of eclectic themes and music genres as we harmonize Jewish teachings with the world of popular music – deeping our appreciation for both in the process. We will examine the weekly parsha, create playlists that respond to a moment, and generally have ourselves a funky good time. And yes, we take requests.

Heroes, Villains, And The Jewish Side To Every Story: A Conversation With Author Larry Tye
Friday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, a biography of Senator Joe McCarthy, was released on July 7, 2020 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His other recent books include Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon and Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero. Tye is currently writing, for Houghton Mifflin, a book entitled The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Satchmo Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America.

From 1986 to 2001, Tye was an award-winning reporter at The Boston Globe, where his primary beat was medicine. He also served as the Globe’s environmental reporter, roving national writer, investigative reporter, and sports writer. In addition to his writing, Tye runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps the media do a better job reporting on critical issues like public health, mental health, and high-tech medicine.

“Eat Something”: A Conversation with Cookbook Author Rachel Levin and TI Member Ali Freedman
Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Rachel Levin is a Boston-raised, San Francisco–based journalist who has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, and Eater, where she was the first San Francisco restaurant critic. She writes a column for the San Francisco Chronicle about restaurant regulars and is the author of EAT SOMETHING: A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews (Chronicle Books, 2020)—which Eater called “hilarious”,Forbes named a Top 10 Cookbook of 2020, and Taste magazine described as  “Where No Jewish Cookbook Has Gone Before.”

Join us on Zoom to hear Rachel Levin talk about Jews and food with her best summer camp friend (and Temple Israel member) Ali Freedman.

Riverway Shabbat, February! For 20s & 30s
Friday, February 12; 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Register here.

Join us for an engaging and musical Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz. We invite you to participate over zoom, offering names for healing and kaddish, and know that you are surrounded by community this Shabbat even if from a physical distance. 

Musical Sunset Havdallah Series: Israeli Music

Friday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. Join on Zoom here. 

Join Cantor Alicia Stillman for a musical way to say goodbye to Shabbat together. Sing along to some of our most beloved Israeli songs of the last century. Together we will explore the history, lives, and influences of these Israeli musical ancestors that have given us such a sense of solidarity world-wide through the music they’ve shared with us. No Experience Necessary – all are welcome!

Rachel Korazim: Connections to the Land of Israel
Sunday, February 14 at 11:30 a.m.
Click here to register and get the Zoom link

The core Zionist narrative of Israel presents an unbroken unwavering connection between the people of Israel and its land. Yet individuals have felt at times, doubts, pain and critique as they were articulating their particular attachment to it. We shall look at works by Yitzhak Shalev, Rachel, Nathan Alterman, Yehuda Amichai, Ephraim Kishon, Balfour Hakak and Amos Oz.

Rachel Korazim engages audiences worldwide through innovative presentations built around the stories, poems and songs of Israel’s best writers.  Her thought-provoking talks open a window onto Israeli society, inviting listeners to engage with the country and its history in new ways. Rachel is a graduate of Haifa University with a PhD in Jewish education. Until 2008, Rachel was the Academic Director of Distance learning programs at The Jewish Agency for Israel, Department of Education.

Qabbalat Shabbat with Galeet Dardashti 
Friday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Vocalist, scholar, composer, and cantor Galeet Dardashti, is the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. She has earned a reputation as a trail-blazing performer and advocate of Middle Eastern Jewish music as founder/leader of the internationally renowned all-female musical group Divahn, which released its new album, Shalhevet, in 2020.  

Since studying with her father, Hazzan Farid Dardashti, she has accumulated over twenty years of professional cantorial experience with Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and experimental communities; currently she is Cantor & Musician in Residence at Jewish Community Project in Manhattan. As a scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and her writings  examine Mizrahi cultural politics and Israeli music/media. Dardashti has held postdoctoral fellowships at NYU and Rutgers and most recently was Assistant Professor at JTS in Manhattan. She is an Affiliated Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center in 2020/21.

Past Programs:

Avivah Zornberg: The Pit and the Rope: Joseph and Judah
Sunday, January 10 at 11:30 a.m.

Join us on Zoom as we learn with Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg and explore the complex history of Joseph, left for dead in a pit, sold as a slave, finally viceroy of Egypt. Consulting midrashic sources and other commentaries, traditional and modern, we will attempt to trace the trajectory of his inner life. Psychoanalytic and literary material will aid us in our quest: What happened to the light in Joseph’s face?

Aviva Zornberg’s striking interpretations of the Torah, based on Midrash, literary theory, psychoanalysis and philosophy, have led to the writing of five books and a career as a teacher and speaker of adult Jewish learning around the world. Avivah’s most recent book, published by Yale University Press, is Moses: A Human Life (2018). She is currently at work on a commentary on Leviticus, to complement her works on Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers.