Sukkot Simhat Tot 2019

All families with young children are invited to our special Sukkot program with the Solomon Schechter Day School on Sunday, October 13, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. There will be crafts, songs, snacks, and fun! Weather permitting we will have time to shake a lulav in the Sukkah. This program is free of charge and open to non-Temple members. More details HERE.


Progressive Sukkot Lunch 2019

Join Temple Emunah for Sukkot services on Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15 at 9:15 AM. On Monday, following services, all are invited for kiddush in the Garber Sukkah and a delicious catered lunch in Rubinovitz Social Hall. Following lunch, everyone is welcome to walk to the sukkah at Rabbi Leora Kling Perkins and Matt Goldstone's home for a palate cleanser of Sukkot Sorbet, fruit salad, and special drinks, and then continue for schmoozing and dessert at Rabbi David Lerner and Sharon Levin's sukkah. This event is free and sponsored by The Ladle Fund, but please RSVP to Jodie Parmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER


Poetry and Perseverance: How Studying English Promotes Shared Society for Israel's North

The University of Haifa’s position as a leader in English education in Israel provides a means of social mobility, empowerment, and economic independence for minorities. On Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 PM (minyan at 7:30 PM), Dr. Jennifer Lewin , faculty member at  the University of Haifa, will explore how teaching literature empowers future leaders both within the region and beyond. Haifa students become master teachers bringing the university’s values into their classrooms and workplaces. This passion for education strengthens Arab-Israeli coexistence and encourages the survival of democracy in Israel. Sponsored by the Temple Emunah Israel Committee; there is no cost to attend this presentation. Please RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.See our flyer for more details.


Pop-Up Sukkah Sighting

Bring your lunch or pick up a treat and join the Temple Emunah rabbis and staff for Sukkot in the center of Lexington on Thursday, October 17 at noon! Join your friends for outdoor fun at the Lexington Depot! This event is free to attend and no RSVP is necessary. It is cancelled if there is rain.


Sisterhood Supper in the Sukkah 2019

The Temple Emunah Sisterhood invites all women to join them for their Paid Up Supper in the Sukkah on Thursday, October 17, starting at 6:15 PM with appetizers! We will be serving soup, appetizers, dessert, and wine. Please RSVP to Joelle Gunther at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Enjoy an informal evening with food, friends, and fun! FLYER


Sukkot Open House for Families with Young Children

All families with young children are invited on Saturday, October 19, 5:00 - 7:30 PM to a special Sukkot celebration at the home of Rabbi David Lerner and Sharon Levin! Dinner will be provided, along with games, crafts, shmoozing, and fun for all! This program is FREE and open to both Members and non-Members of Temple Emunah, however space is limited, so please RSVP soon to Sharon Levin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER


Simhat Torah Evening Celebration 5780

Rejoice in the Torah and honor our Kindergarten students at this year's Simhat Torah evening celebration on Monday, October 21, starting with minhah at 5:45 PM and a community dinner at 6:00 PM. There will be activities for kids of all ages, including a Teen Ice Cream Social as we head into Ma'ariv and Kabbalat Panim (welcoming our Kindergarten students). The evening will end with lots of dancing with the Torahs (Hakafot), dessert, and fun! Please note that the dinner is subsidized by The Ladle Fund. 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, October 17. More details HERE.


Simhat Torah Morning Celebration 5780

Be sure to come back to Temple Emunah on Tuesday, October 22, for our Simhat Torah morning Yom Tov services, starting at 9:15 AM with Hakafot, dancing, and celebrating as we honor this year's Hatan Torah and Kallat Bereisheet, Leon Gunther and Joelle Gunther. More details HERE.


Tot Simhat Torah Celebration with Shelley

Share the merriment of our Simhat Torah celebration with other young families! 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 as Shelley Rossman, our Billy Dalwin Pre-School Director, leads us in an interactive holiday experience fun for all on Tuesday, October 22, 11:00 AM! This event is free and open to all. Families are also welcome to stay for our community Kiddush lunch and to play on our playground after services. Please RSVP to Shelley, but walk-ins are welcome. More details HERE.



The Five Megillot - Me'ah Select Class

Five unusual biblical books - Ruth, Esther, The Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes - have a unique role in Jewish life: each provides a liturgy for a festival in the cycle of the year. Beyond that, each of these books is delightfully idiosyncratic compared to the rest of the Bible. Discover what makes these books so special and learn about them in context of Israel's experience in the ancient Near East! Class meets at Temple Isaiah on Monday evenings, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, November 4th through January 27th. For more information, see our FLYER or be in touch with Sara Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Ethical Life - Adult Learning Class

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.


Literacy and Learning

November is Jewish Book Month! This tradition began in 1925 when Fanny Goldstein, a Boston librarian, decided to set up a display of Judaic books at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library for one week and call it “Jewish Book Week.” The idea quickly caught on, and in 1943 it was extended to a month. Temple Emunah will be celebrating Jewish Book Month by hosting an event at the Burlington Barnes and Noble on Veteran’s Day—November 11, 10:00 AM—11:30 AM, open to all!

Local author Josh Funk will be joining us at 10:30 AM to read and sign his books, and we will have a series of literacy games and activities. This event also has a mitzvah component and is a fundraiser for Temple Emunah. There will be a book drive for the holidays for a local school, and a percentage of everything you purchase will support the Temple Emunah Religious School! See our flyer for more details.


Public Health - Theme Night at Minyan

Did you know Paul Revere created the Board of Health to prevent infectious diseases? Please join Emunah Connect for Public Health Theme Night at Minyan on Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 PM. Wendy Heiger-Bernays, chair of the Lexington Board of Health, will answer questions about public health issues affecting us all – opioids, anti-vaxxing, EEE, CBD, marijuana shops, vaping, the resurgence of measles, and other issues. Please join us if you are a public health professional or interested in public health issues. Our goal is to get people of similar interests together and exchange ideas, thoughts, information, etc. See our flyer for more details.


Master Your Metabolism

All are welcome to attend Master Your Metabolism with Courtney Little, CN, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 , 8:00-9:30 PM, a Phyllis Klein Thrope Memorial Program at Temple Emunah. This seminar will expose the myths and truths regarding health & nutrition. You will leave this seminar feeling more empowered and educated on how to properly fuel your body and Master Your Metabolism. This seminar is open to the public and free of charge! See our FLYER for more details.



The Wisdom Project

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 solutionsFacilitated by Toni Stechler. We meet in the Pious Chapel, upcoming dates are: October 20, November 10, December 8, 2019 and January 12, February 2, March 22, April 19, and May 17, 2020. For more details, see our flyer.


Ivrit LaKol (Hebrew for All) 5780

Ivrit la-Kol: Hebrew for All, an adult Hebrew literacy collaborative, will begin 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. Fall 2019 classes start the week of October 27, unless otherwise noted. 


Vinyasa Yoga Twice Weekly

Back by popular demand! Vinyasa Yoga with Jen Geller will now be offered two times per week - on Mondays at 9:30 AM and on Tuesdays at 4:00—5:00 PM for just $10 / class! Classes will run on an on-going basis. Drop off the kids at Pre-School or Religious School 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


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 2019-20 year, click HERE.


Wednesday Morning Breakfast & Learning

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


Perek Yomi Study Group

All are invited to join Temple Emunah’s Perek Yomi study group, which meets on a regular basis to read and discuss the Bible. This group meets the first Thursday of the month at 8:00 PM in the Temple Emunah Library. The original perek yomi (daily chapter) concept, promoted by the Conservative movement, was to read one chapter a day, eventually covering the entire
Hebrew Bible. Our group has modified this approach since 30 chapters is too much to discuss in one meeting. It is instead proceeding at a more leisurely pace of about 12 chapters per month. To find out what chapters we are currently reading, contact Larry Marin at (781) 861-7855 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER


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 2019-20 Schedule