Students: if you need a letter excusing you from school during the Jewish holidays, please print THIS Letter from our rabbis.
All are welcome to participate in our community walk from Temple Emunah to Potter Pond on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, September 21, in order to perform Taslikh (casting away our sins into a body of water). We will leave the shul at 4:45 PM, and our service (with light refreshments) will begin at 5:30 PM. We will return for Minhah, text study, and Ma'ariv at the shul at 6:45 PM. More details here.
Have you ever thought that you might be a valuable resource for a business networking group in our community to support members and their families who may have business and/or career related questions? Imagine being able to support or connect with a Temple Emunah member who has extensive experience, or is interested, in areas you are interested in. Interested in starting your own business? Interested in changing jobs and/or careers? Interested in helping your child and/or grandchild get connected to people who have experience in areas they are interested in? Imagine connecting yourself and/or family members to mentors in our community!
One of the most painful of all Jewish prayers is "Eleh Ezkereh,” which translates to “These We Remember." It is often referred to as The Martyrology, and it is a passage we read on Yom Kippur afternoon. It describes in graphic detail the torture and death of ten great Rabbis by the Roman Empire, two thousand years ago. This year we are once again having our own special Meditative Martyrology Service on Yom Kippur, Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 PM. The theme of this service is “untangling the knots in our souls.”
We have all experienced loss and grief in our lives and the inevitable knots that arise in our souls. Yehudah HaLevi wrote eloquently about grief in his poem that is read on Yom Kippur; “tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch.” We will gather as a community to reflect on the spiritual meaning of grief as we listen to readings and participate in a 10 minute reflection. The reflection will be based on Yehudah HaLevi’s moving poem. FLYER.
Stop by and say hello to the Family Ed Committee at the Sukkah Market in the Upper Lobby when you pick up your pre-ordered lulav and etrog sets on Sunday, October 1, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This year, in addition to sukkot decorations, we have a limited supply of Lulav bags for $10 each! FLYER
All young families are invited to join Rabbi Fel on Thursday, October 5, 11:00 AM for a special Tot service celebrating Sukkot! There will be stories, songs, prayers, and fun! This service will meet for an hour, and all families are welcome to participate in the Progressive Sukkot Lunch, beginning at noon in the Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah. FLYER here.
David Lerner, Sharon Levin, Talya, Ari, and Matan invite all temple families to their Sukkah on Saturday, October 7, 3:00 - 5:00 PM for a Shabbat-Sukkot afternoon schmooze! Join your temple friends for an informal afternoon of snacks, schmoozing, and games in the Rabbi's sukkah. This event is FREE and open to all, but please RSVP to Ellen Weene by October 2, 2017. FLYER.
All families with young children are invited on Saturday, October 7, 5:00 - 7:00 PM to a special Sukkot celebration at the home of Rabbi David Lerner, Sharon Levin, Talya, Ari, and Matan! Dinner will be provided, along with games, crafts, shmoozing, and fun for all! Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer by Monday, October 2, 2017. This program is FREE and open to both Members and non-Members of Temple Emunah, however space is limited, so priority will be given to the first 40 families who RSVP! More details HERE.
Come join us as we rejoice in the Torah, honor our Kindergarten students, and our honor this year's Hatan Torah, Hal Miller-Jacobs, and Kallat Bereisheet, Judith Himber. There’s something for everyone! We will start our celebration on Thursday, October 12 at 9:15 AM with Yom Tov Services (including Yizkor). Be sure to come back that evening for dinner (sponsored by The Ladle Fund), a teen lounge, Kabbalat Panim, spirited singing and Hakafot (dancing with the Torah), and treats, including caramel apples! See our schedule and details for the evening HERE.
The fun isn't over on Thursday night! Join us once again on Friday morning, October 13, starting with services at 9:15 AM where we will have more dancing, we will honor our Hatan Torah and Kallat Bereisheet, and we will come together for a community Kiddush lunch at 12:45 PM. More information HERE. There is also a special program for families with young children led by Billy Dalwin Pre-School director Shelley Rossman starting at 11:00 AM. All are welcome to come to this morning of services, dancing, and merriment!
Join us this fall for ME'AH Classic in Lexington! Embark on a fascinating 2-year journey through the narrative of the Jewish people from ancient to present times. Explore the Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval, and Modern periods of Jewish history. The class meets on Monday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, starting October 16, 2017. The fall semester will meet at Temple Isaiah in Lexington and will be taught by Rabbi Benjamin Samuels of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton. For more details, see their FLYER.
This course introduces students to certain critical moments in the history of the modern state of Israel through short stories. The stories range from the earliest days of the pioneers to the 21st century. Written by men and women, Ashkenazim and Sefardim/Mizrachim, Jews and Arabs, secularists and traditionalists, these stories open up for us uniquely visceral and imaginative windows on many of the compelling events that have shaped the history of Israel. The class will meet on Thursday mornings, 9:30 - 12:15 PM at Temple Emunah, starting October 19, 2017. See our flyer for more details.
The Lexington Interfaith Garden is now in its 8th 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 needed, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty! We work on Tuesday afternoons, 4:30-6:00 PM, in conjunction with another faith community. We hope you can participate this year with us! Click HERE to see our FALL 2017 schedule. Upcoming dates: September 5, 19, and October 3, 17, 2017.
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.
Are you interested in Jewish Meditation? Do you want to explore the world of Kabbalah and Hasidic thought? Join Barbara Neustadt for a Jewish Spirituality Group! Combining study of Jewish texts with experiences such as meditation, we will discover mystical Jewish spiritual practices. Our 2017 dates are still TBD. Flyer with more details HERE.
Join Rabbi Lerner and Barbara Neustadt for a weekly morning meditation group. We meet on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 - 9:20 AM (check the Temple Emunah calendar for cancellations). Meditation experience is not required!