It may not feel this way yet, but Spring is here! And that means that the Interfaith Garden is ready to start up, something I’m sure you have been waiting for. I now have the schedule for spring, showing the dates that have been assigned to Temple Emunah. So take time out from your preparations for Passover, check which dates you are available and let me know.
“Wine gladdens the human heart,” as proclaimed in the Psalms. Wine plays an important role in the Jewish practice and has been a key crop in the land of Israel since antiquity. We will partake of this joy in a lively evening of tasting and learning.
Many of the lyrics for our prayers were composed by Sephardim. For example, Dror Yikra is attributed to Dunash ben Labrat (915-970) in Cordoba Spain. Other examples are in the Kabbalat Shabbat Service, such as Lecha Dodi and Yedid Nefesh. Have you enjoyed singing Sephardic melodies at our Services? Listen to this familiar rendition of the latter.
“Cinco de Mayo” — the 5th of May holiday in Mexico — has become associated with Latin Culture. To celebrate this holiday, we will have a Theme Night at Minyan on Wednesday, April 25 at which you will learn several melodies in the Sephardic Tradition — a tradition associated with Jews whose backgrounds were from the Iberian Peninsula. These melodies will be used at the Minyan Katan Shabbat Service on May 5, 2018.
Come join us for our first Sunday Breakfast Series on Sunday, April 29, 10:00 AM in the Rubinovitz Social Hall. This breakfast will focus on Entrepreneurs. Come hear from a panel speakers in our own community about how they got started in their business, how they decided to become entrepreneurs, what advice they’d give to others who are thinking of starting their own business and more! If you have ever thought of becoming an entrepreneur and would like to network with other people who may have the same questions, concerns that you have, this is the event for you!
It is never too early to start practicing yoga! Child-friendly yoga poses, songs, breathing exercises and calming techniques are incorporated into this 60-minute yoga class for children between the ages of 1 to 4. Children are natural yogis; they have a blast exploring their new moves while building a strong body, breath awareness, cooperative skills, and self-confidence. This class will meet for 6 sessions on Mondays at 10:00 AM, April 30, May 7, 14, and June 4, 11, and 18, with certified yoga instructor Janine Duffy. Kids must come with a care-giver and payment is made directly to the teacher. Namaste, kids!
Temple Emunah and The Israeli School of Lexington invite you to our community Lag Ba’Omer BBQ dinner, Bonfire, and Celebration on Thursday, May 3, starting at 5:00 PM!
Included in the fun will be:
Cost for the event is $10/adult, $5/kid (4-12 years old, free for 0-3 years). Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer by April 25, 2018.
Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, May 5 for Shabbat services with special guest speaker Amir Grinstein. Grinstein is Associate Professor of Marketing at Northeastern University and VU Amsterdam. He holds BA, MBA and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and he was a post-doctorate fellow at Harvard Business School. Professor Grinstein’s research and teaching interests are focused on two core issues: (1) the interface between marketing and society/public policy, especially various social and environmental contexts such as the enhancement of “green”, healthy or other socially-desirable behaviors and the effectiveness of de-marketing; and (2) marketing strategy, including the study of strategic orientations and international marketing topics such as country branding.
Following his passion for Israel and its innovative culture, Professor Grinstein has been engaged in multiple initiatives in the last few years. First, he has developed a program in which Northeastern students travel to Israel and together with Ben-Gurion University students consult local startups. Second, together with other volunteers in the Boston area he has organized the Israel Inspired Hope Makers events – a form of local TED-like talks of inspiring speakers related to Israel. Finally, he is part of the leadership team of 50 50 Startups, an accelerator and an impact fund in the making that aims to be the first to create, mentor and invest in equally owned Israeli-Palestinian technology startups.
Also on this date is a special Minyan Katan service in the Wolk Family Chapel where they will be singing prayers and songs with Sephardic melodies in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Special Mexican food at Kiddush as well!
The Wisdom Project: Discover wisdom and strength you didn't realize you had! Please join Toni Stechler on Sunday afternoons as they lead us in a discussion on promoting personal wisdom within our community at Temple Emunah. Next sessions are April 15th and May 13th at noon in the Pious Chapel. FLYER
Join Rabbi Lerner and Barbara Neustadt for a weekly morning meditation group on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 - 9:20 AM or for our NEW Minhah Meditation Group which meets monthly on Thursday afternoons, 4:00 - 4:50 PM, on the following dates in 2018: January 18, February 15, March 22, April 26, and May 10. Come to either or BOTH! Meditation experience is not required!
The Billy Dalwin Pre-School is a vibrant, warm and welcoming place for children ages two to five years old to learn and have fun. Daily curriculum provides an innovative and hands-on approach to learning that blends engaging Judaic and secular classroom activities tailored to the interests, abilities and needs of our students. Come see what we're about!
Upcoming Open House dates for the year are: February 6, March 6, April 10, and May 8 (all Tuesday mornings, 8:15 - 9:30 AM).
This course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 – following the 1917 Balfour Declaration – as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. The course engages participants in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics and theology as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation, and moral red lines.
This year we will be running TWO parallel tracks of iEngage – one during the daytime with Rabbi Lerner (Lunch and Learn at noon), and one in the evening with Rabbi Fel (Dessert and Discussion at 8:00 PM). Click HERE for more details and registration information.
The Temple Emunah Talmud Study Group, led by Dr. I Ely Stillman invites you to join our ongoing study of Tractate Berakhot on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM in the Temple Library. All who are interested are welcome to join; knowledge of Hebrew is not required, since Dr. Stillman translates all Hebrew source materials during the study group sessions. Dr. Stillman teaches Talmud and rabbinic thought throughout the Boston area; his approach reflects the multi-faceted potential of Torah study, exploring fundamental principals and esoteric concepts within a historical context. He is on staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, where he practices surgical and renal pathology. To learn more and to see our 2017-18 calendar, click HERE.