After careful consideration of the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have decided not to hold any public activities at Temple Emunah or elsewhere in-person through April 17, and possibly beyond that date. This is in keeping with the announcement by Governor Baker closing many institutions and banning gatherings of over 25 people through that time. We are doing as much as we can via on-line formats, such as zoom meetings, and will post updates as often as we can. To join our zoom meetings, simply go to our calendar and click on the link pasted in the event. For questions, contact Raveetal Celine.
Wondering what Pesah is going to look like this year? Wondering if you're going to brave the narrow aisles of the Butcherie, figuring out what your smaller than usual seder is going to look like this year, or looking at unexpectedly hosting seder for the first time? Join Rabbi Kling Perkins in this two- part series to explore the opportunities available to us this year in this unusual time. The first session will meet via zoom on Thursday, March 26, starting with minyan at 7:30 PM. The second session date is Thursday, April 2, at noon. Join in one or both discussions!
At Temple Emunah we have many experiences throughout Shabbat to help engage all people. We hope you can join us for our different services and programs, such as the Learning Minyan on Saturday mornings and our Niggun Saloon, at 1:00 PM on various dates. These services and experiences are open to all and no RSVP is necessary! For more information, please contact Rabbi Leora Kling Perkins.
Niggun Saloon Via Zoom: Want to get a head start on getting ready for Shabbat? Join Rabbi Kling Perkins to sing your heart out with a group of your fellow Temple Emunah community members on Friday afternoons at 1:00 PM! We'll get ourselves ready for Shabbat, learn some new tunes, and enjoy the chance to connect with each other.
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.
The Adult Ed Committee invites everyone to join them for a year of learning with our rabbis, thanks to the Jewish Theological Seminary's course: The Ethical Life. The complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now, more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day.
Each session includes a short video lecture featuring JTS faculty members and other expert scholars, text study, and guided group discussion led by our rabbis. Join us for this unique opportunity to study the sources of Jewish ethics in their original and learn how we can apply them today. We meet monthly, November through June, and this year we have two tracks: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Lerner and Dessert and Discussion with Rabbi Kling Perkins. See dates and details HERE.
Studies have shown that older people are more skilled in resolving conflicts, and appreciate the dynamics and opportunities involved. Join us Sunday, once a month, noon to 1:30 PM, to discuss the challenges of aging and find creative solutions. Facilitated by Toni Stechler. We meet in the Pious Chapel, upcoming dates are: February 16, March 22, April 19, and May 17, 2020. For more details, see our flyer.. The March date is cancelled.
Join us for monthly discussions over lunch (bring your own dairy lunch) as we learn about Jewish values and tradition through Jewish children’s stories! Using children’s literature to introduce a variety of topics of Jewish interest, we will review books and examine the history of where the stories originate, study Midrash and other folklore that connect to the stories and highlight Biblical references. Discussion will be led by Temple Emunah congregant Rose Myers.
The topic for the March date will be b'reisheet (in the beginning): Creation and Adam and Eve (and Lilith) in the Midrash, folklore and modern retellings and commentaries.
Ivrit la-Kol: Hebrew for All, an adult Hebrew literacy collaborative, is now in its 22nd year of providing and supporting Hebrew literacy in the community. The mission of Ivrit la-Kol is to enable all individuals, regardless of skill level, to acquire, improve or enhance their knowledge and comfort with Hebrew in a supportive and motivating learning environment.
Collaborative members include Temple Emunah and Temple Isaiah. The affiliating synagogue is Beth El Temple Center in Belmont. Ivrit la-Kol offers courses starting with Learning to Read Hebrew and progressing up to Advanced Hebrew. To see our 5780 Brochure, click HERE.
Upcoming dates: Thursday, April 30, 8:00 PM, at someone's home; Sunday, May 31, 9:45 AM, at Temple Emunah; Thursday, June 18, 8:00 PM, at someone's home.
Me’ah Select is a one semester, in-depth exploration of a specific theme, text, personality, or slice of Jewish history, taught by outstanding faculty from Hebrew College. Starting this winter there are two wonderful classes meeting in Lexington - don't miss out on these great opportunities for adult Jewish learning!
Starting on January 30 and meeting on Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon at Temple Emunah is the class From The Secular to the Religious: How Leading Jewish Thinkers Shaped Judaism and Modernism, with Rabbi Leonard Gordon, D.Min. Beginning with Spinoza and concluding with contemporary Jewish feminists, this class will consider how secular and religious Jews shaped modern Judaism and modernism itself. Learn more about this class HERE.
Beginning March 16 (please note the new start date) and meeting on Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30 PM at Temple Isaiah is Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas, with Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. What does it mean to be Jewish? Jewish life hopscotches across four different types of relationships: between the individual and God, between ourselves and others, between us and our world, and between each of us and ourselves. Learn more about this class HERE.
Celebrate "Emunah 60" by the decades! We will be recognizing Temple Emunah members one Shabbat morning a month with a special blessing after an aliyah during services. Your group will be called up to the Torah and a representative will chant the aliyah. Then our Rabbis will offer a blessing for your group. Another representative will share some brief remarks about their “Emunah experience.” Finally, there will be a special "Emunah 60" birthday cake at kiddush to honor your membership decade.
Upcoming Dates are: December 14—Members who joined 10—19 years ago (2000 —2009), January 4—Members who joined 20—29 years ago (1990—1999), February 1—Members who joined 30—39 years ago (1980—1989), March 7—Members who joined 40—49 years ago (1970—1979), and April 18—Members who joined 50—60 years ago (1959—1969)
Also, if you would like to make a donation to the "Emunah 60" fundraising efforts, you can do so with this link.
Back by popular demand! Vinyasa Yoga with Jen Geller will now be offered two times per week - on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM and on Thursdays at 1:30 PM for just $10 / class! Classes will run on an on-going basis. Drop off the kids at Pre-School or come on your lunch break and enjoy an hour of yoga! Vinyasa yoga is a physical form of yoga where postures are combined to create a flow. By combining breath with movement, this flow can build strength, increase flexibility, and can also help calm the body, and bring clarity to the mind. Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic form of yoga but is accessible for all levels of practitioners- beginners, veterans, young and old. Bring a mat and an open mind!
This class meets weekly, unless otherwise noted. Payment goes directly to Jen and cannot be added to your Temple Bill. Please come with cash or a check made out to Jen Geller. FLYER
Every Wednesday morning Rabbis Lerner and Kling Perkins 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. All are welcome to attend. FLYER
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 2019-20 Schedule