Camp-Israel Shabbat 2018

Hear the stories! Sing the songs! Feel the magic! Learn what Jewish camp is all about by hearing speeches by our own teens who have attended Jewish overnight camps or gone on Israel trips on Saturday, September 22. If you have even been to a Jewish camp, are thinking about sending your child to camp, or simply love ruah-filled services, this is the Shabbat for you - come celebrate everything about Jewish camping. Questions? Contact Beni Summers.


 

Sukkot Events

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, 5 days after Yom Kippur, which on this year falls on Sunday, September 23 in the evening. We transition from a very solemn day of atonement to one of the most joyous times of year. Sukkot is even referred to as z’man simhateinu – the season of rejoicing. To celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emunah we host a variety of community events for all ages. Please see THIS PAGE of our website for information on each program! If you would like to order a lulav and etrog set, email Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 13; let her know if you would like a Make-Your-Own set for $40 or a Pre-Assembled one for $55.


 

Emunah Rides - Fall Holiday Editions

Emunah Rides is Back! Join Rabbi Lerner and other Emunah Cyclists for a fun, fast ride from his home in Lexington (5 Blossom St) out to Concord and back. The ride is approximately 18-23 Miles; with an average pace of 16-18 mph. Email Lester Blumberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and updates. We will be having a Sukkot Ride on Monday, September 24, 6:45 - 8:15 AM, and a Sh'mini Atzeret Ride on Monday, October 1, 6:45 - 8:15 AM.


 

Sisterhood Supper in the Sukkah

Catch up with old friends, welcome new members, have fun, learn about what’s new this year in Sisterhood and help us get this year off to a great start. The dinner, which is Thursday, September 27, starting at 6:15 with appetizers, will be in both the Sukkah and the Rubinovitz Social Hall. It is free to all paid-up Sisterhood members. Membership dues are $36 for the year. Dues can be added to your Temple Emunah bill, mailed to the Temple (attn. Sisterhood), or paid at the door that evening. Please RSVP to Jane Epstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 23. FLYER


 

 

Simhat Torah 2018

Rejoice in the Torah and honor our Kindergarten students at our evening Simhat Torah celebration on Monday, October 1, 2018. There will be a community dinner sponsored by The Ladle Fund and activities for kids of all ages as we head into Ma'ariv and our Kabbalat Panim ceremony (welcoming our Kindergarten students). The evening will end with lots of dancing with the Torahs (Hakafot), dessert, and fun! Please RSVP for the dinner to Jodie Parmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, September 20. More details, including pricing information, HERE.

Be sure to come back the next morning, Tuesday, October 2, starting at 9:15 AM for more Yom Tov services with Hakafot, dancing, and celebrating as we honor this year's Hatan Torah, Howard Epstein, and Kallat Bereisheet, Barbara Neustadt. Details HERE.

For little ones there is a Tot Simhat Torah service and program with Shelley Rossman on Tuesday morning, October 2, 11:00 AM. Join the Torah parade, k’vell (feel the pride) as our children are called to the Torah for an aliyah (Torah blessing), sing, dance, listen to a holiday story, have a special snack, and more!  Everyone is invited to stay after services for a community Kiddush lunch and time on our playground! This event is free and open to non-Temple or Pre-School families, but please RSVP in advance to the Pre-School office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0708.


 

Defending Transgender Rights

Since 2016, Massachusetts law has protected transgender people from discrimination in public places such as stores, restaurants, medical offices, parks, and restrooms. Now, anti-transgender activists have placed a question on the November 2018 ballot to put this civil rights law to popular vote. A YES vote keeps the law in place. A NO vote repeals the law. 

Come learn more about this issue at a forum, Defending Transgender Rights, on Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 pm at Temple Isaiah, organized by Tzedek Isaiah and co-sponsored with Temple Emunah. Speakers will include: Rabbi Jill Perlman, Associate Rabbi at Temple Isaiah, Mimi Micner, Advocacy and Campaign Specialist at Keshet, and Mason Dunn, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and Co-Chair of the Freedom for all Massachusetts / Yes on 3 Campaign. There will also other speakers who will share personal stories. Click HERE for more details about our event on October 3rd. 


 

Jewish Genealogy Journey

In this workshop Joel Alpert will cover the basics of where to research information for your Jewish genealogy and how to store it for future generations. The evening will be interactive, so bring your family names and towns from which they came in Europe. Feel free to bring your own computer, but it is not required. We will explore how to use JewishGen.org.

Joel is a long-time member of Temple Emunah and has been working on his genealogy for nearly 30 years. He has coordinated the translation of the Memorial Books of two of his ancestral shtetls and has created the Yizkor-Books-In-Print project, which as published 75 titles. He is a Technical Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he has worked for over 35 years. This event is sponsored by the Temple Emunah Sisterhood. FLYER


 

Fragments of a Lost World - Breakfast and Speaker

The Temple Emunah Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and The Adult Education Committee invite everyone to a community breakfast on Sunday, October 14, 9:45 AM to hear speaker Leora Tec give her talk "Why I am Moved to Bring People to Poland to Teach about Jewish Life." Leora first went to Poland in 2005 when her mother, Holocaust survivor and scholar Nechama Tec invited her daughter to accompany her on a book tour. Leora was astonished by the warm welcome they received and by the remembrance work being done in Poland by non-Jews. As she returned again and again Leora knew that she had to bring others there to see how lovingly the fragments of the Jewish people's lives were being taken care of. 

At this community breakfast we welcome you to listen as Leora shares the story of her journeys to Poland, a land many think of as a place filled with haunted memories, but a place where she has discovered, and works to sho others is a place filled with hope for humanity. The fee for this event is $8 for Sisterhood and Brotherhood members, and $10 for everyone else. FLYER HERE.


 

I Remember When...Writing Your Life Story

We all have stories, whether big stories of careers and life-altering events or little stories of favorite friends and special moments. If you've ever thought about writing those stories down, this class with Jenny Brown is your opportunity. We'll use writing prompts, read examples of memoir, and discuss good memoir writing techniques, as you creat a story of your life in this six-week class. No writing experience necessary and all writing will be done in class. You only need paper and pen (or laptop) and your memories. Everyone has a story. Now is the time to tell yours. Class will meet on Mondays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM on the following dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 19, 26, 2018. Class fee is $18 and space is limited so RSVP soon! Click HERE for our flyer with more details.


 

Selected Short Stories of Agnon, LIJS Class

Shmuel Yosef Agnon, who was born in Buczacz, Austrio-Hungary (now Ukraine) in 1888 received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966 for his Hebrew fiction. Agnon moved to Palestine as a young man and died in 1970. His stories narrate the vanished Jewish life of the old country, as well as tales of life in 20th century Israel. His language has resonances of Biblical and Rabbinic texts. A complex person, Agnon was torn between two worlds, and his stories often have a hidden and sometimes subversive subtext. 

This LIJS class will meet on Wednesday evenings, 7:45 - 9:30 PM, October 17 through November 14 at Temple Emunah. Light Kosher refreshments will be served. Over the course of these 5 evenings, we will read and discuss eight of Agnon's short stories in English translation. The discussions will be lead by David Link and Michael Bohnen and participants will be asked to read one or two short stories and one article prior to each session. All the stories (except one) are in A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories. The articles (and one extra story) will be available via Dropbox. Cost of the class is $75. More details and registration information can be found HERE.


 

Emunah Connect Breakfast

Join Emunah Connect for our next Breakfast Speaker Series on Sunday, October 21, 9:45 AM. Have you ever thought that you might be a valuable resource for a networking group in our community, to support members and their families who may have business and/or career related questions? Imagine being able to connect with a Temple Emunah member who has extensive experience in fields you want to know more about. Join us for our next event to discuss building this great community resource and to hear our speakers. More details coming soon!


 

2018 Keeper of the Flame

The Temple Emunah Brotherhood and the New England Region Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs request the honor of your company and offer you the opportunity to record a tribute as we recognize Hal Miller-Jacobs, together with a group of exceptional men from across our Region, as our 5779 Keeper of the Flame on Sunday, October 28.  This event will take place at Temple Emanuel in Newton, with wine and hors d'oeuvres at 4:00 PM, awards at 5:00 PM, followed by dessert reception. The cost is $36 / adult, $20 / child. Please register on-line HERE. Click HERE for a paper copy of the registration form.


 

 

The Wisdom Project

The Wisdom Project: Discover wisdom and strength you didn't realize you had! Please join Toni Stechler on Sunday afternoons once a month for a discussion on promoting personal wisdom within our community at Temple Emunah. We meet in the Pious Chapel; upcoming dates HERE


 

Interfaith Garden 2018 Schedule

The Interfaith Garden is now in its 9th year of growing and distributing food via the Lexington Food Pantry. All of the work, including planting, weeding, and harvesting, is done under the direction of our expert head gardener, so no gardening knowledge is necessary, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty! 

Our next date is September 4, 2018. As always, our assigned times are all on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. The garden is at 5 Harrington Rd. Parking is available next door at First Parish Church in their back lot. For questions or to sign up, contact Larry Marin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Flyer with Upcoming dates.


 

Meditation at Temple Emunah

Mindfulness meditation groups are a wonderful way of connecting with others to share and deepen your meditation practice. We have guided meditations with themes such as the joys, difficulties, and insights experienced in meditation practice. We also explore the multitude of ways to bring mindfulness into our relationships, work, and daily lives, and into our Jewish practices. 

At Temple Emunah we have three on-going meditation groups, and you are welcome to try them all - no experience necessary! We meet weekly on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 - 9:20 AM, monthly on Thursday afternoons, 4:00 - 4:50 PM, and monthly on Shabbat mornings, 9:30 - 10:15 AM. For questions about any of these sessions contact Barbara Neustadt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To see our schedule for the 2018-19 year, click HERE.


 

Wednesday Morning Breakfast & Learning

Every Wednesday morning Rabbis Lerner and Fel teach about the Halakhah (Jewish legal) and spiritual aspects of prayer over a light breakfast. Join us each week for minyan at 7:00 AM followed by breakfast and learning at 7:30 AM. This event is free of charge. Please join us! FLYER


 

ME'AH Select with Dr. Jacob Meskin

Most of us learn the history of Jews and Judaism in the modern period from scholarly history texts and original documents. Such learning provides an invaluable view of the big picture, but also leaves out the lived dimension of the events and developments.  In this ME'AH Select class, The Modern Jewish Experience Through the Lens of Short Stories with Dr. Jacob Meskin, we will use short stories to explore the experiences of Jews facing modernity's exciting opportunities and often agonizing trials. The class is 10 sessions long and begins October 18, 2018. We will meet at Temple Emunah on Thursdays, 9:30 AM - Noon. See more details HERE. THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ON A WAITING LIST, EMAIL LINNA AT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Me'ah Select with Rabbi Leonard Gordon

From Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, to Joseph, Moses, Miriam, King David, and the Queen of Sheba, biblical figures loom large in classic stories of Christians and Muslim. Do these shared stories connect us, divide us, or both? In this class - Shared Stories: The Afterlife of Biblical Heroes and Heroines in the New Testament and Quran, we will offer a basic introduction to Christianity and Islam as we read these fascinating stories. We will also address several larger issues, such as the nature of the Bible as a literary work of art and the shifting political and religious roles of prophet, judge, priest, and king over Books of Samuel. This class will meet at Temple Isaiah on Mondays, 9:30 AM - Noon, starting February 11, 2019. Please register through chaverweb.net or email Rabbi Amy Hertz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, click HERE.


 

Talmud Study Group

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. Click HERE for our 2018-19 Schedule