Popcorn Fundraiser

Looking for new gift ideas for the holidays? Want a kosher treat that is sure to delight your taste buds? Order gift bags of delicious Waltham Popcorn & support the Billy Dalwin Pre-School Scholarship Fund! We’ll be offering 3 flavors and 3 size bags. Each bag will be wrapped in silver ribbon and is good for four months, making this the perfect gift any time of year!

All orders are due by Friday, November 17 2017. Pick up will be on December 3rd, 4th, and 5th at the pre-school. See more details on the order form. Questions? Contact Judi Ross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also place your order On-Line!


Shishi Israeli - Shabbat at Shul

Everyone is invited to join us for a unique and joyous family Shabbat dinner with an Israeli vibe on Friday, November 17! Enjoy a musical Kabbalat Shabbat and Shishi (Shabbat) dinner with great food, great company and fun activities for all ages. This event is an initiative of the Jewish-American and Israeli-American communities to create a shared Shabbat experience.

We will start with snacks and schmoozing at 5:15 PM, followed by a rousing Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Beni Summers. During Ma'ariv, young families are invited to hear stories and sing songs with our Rabbi, and then we all come back together for Shabbat rituals and dinner! This event is only $12 / Adult and $6 / Child (age 4-12), free for 0-3 year olds, and a family cap of $36. Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 10, and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. Flyer with more details HERE!


Cliff's Notes: An Excursion into Our Bible & Rabbinic Judaism

The weekly sedra, the Haftarah, upcoming holidays, the Hebrew Bible, and the breadth of our inherited tradition all are fair game - as are your questions! Rabbi Cliff Librach will have a topic for each Saturday evening session of this new Adult Ed program, but will always begin by soliciting your queries. Nothing is out of bounds! Come explore, and leave enriched, enlightened, and energized. We will meet every Shabbat in November and December (except December 16) during Minhah/Ma'ariv - please check the calendar for exact times.  Contact Linna Ettinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. See our November and December topics HERE.


EmunahFEST - Community Celebration

This festive event calls the entire Temple Emunah family together on Sunday, November 19, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM to celebrate the strength of our community and the success of our Campaign for a Stronger and Sustainable Emunah. In addition to a special dedication ceremony, we will have a shul-cooked hot lunch of smoked brisket & pastrami (as well as vegetarian delights!), bouncy houses, a photo booth, a photo scavenger hunt, and other activities to encourage new friendships. Please join us! This event is FREE and open to everyone in our community, but please RSVP in advance to Ellen Weene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.FLYER HERE.


The Science of Torah - Classes at Brookhaven

Join Rabbis Fel and Lerner as they discuss how modern science further informs our understanding of the Torah and how scholars have dealt with tensions between the Hebrew Bible and our understanding of the world. Topics will include Jewish views pertaining to dinosaurs, the origins of the world, an in depth analysis of the Garden of Eden, the global Flood, and evolution. The class will meet at Brookhaven (1010 Waltham Street), Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM on November 21, 28, and December 5, and 12, 2017

ALSO: On Tuesday, December 19th, we'll be visiting the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge as a follow-up to these discussions! We will begin at Temple Emunah at 8:30 AM for a Meditation Session, then leave at 9:30 AM. We will go through the museum together, then go out for lunch (purchased on your own). Our plan is to arrive back at Temple Emunah around 2:00 PM. You do not need to attend the Brookhaven lectures to join us! Please RSVP for this trip in advance to Rabbi Fel: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER.


Lexington Interfaith Thanksgiving Event

Please join us on Tuesday, November 21, 7:30 PM as we usher in the Thanksgiving holiday season, enjoy the cooperation that is possible among faith communities, give thanks for our friendship, and celebrate the freedom we have to worship openly and share our traditions in peace. This is a wonderful yearly event when many faith communities of Lexington come together in peace and friendship. This year, the service will be hosted in Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Rd, Lexington. FLYER.


Pre-School Open Houses

Children and parents are invited to visit The Billy Dalwin Pre-School, meet our Director, Shelley Rossman, and our teachers, and have fun in the classrooms on Tuesday morning, November 28 and Wednesday, January 17, 8:15 - 9:30 AM. Siblings are welcome to join us! RSVPs are appreciated but walk-ins are welcome. Please RSVP to Shelley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 781/861-0708.

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!


Lexington Institute of Jewish Studies 2017-18

Founded over 20 years ago, the LIJS is the fruit of a longstanding collaboration between the Adult Education Committee of Temples Emunah and Isaiah. The LIJS provides classes in Jewish history, the Bible, sacred Jewish text and Judaic culture and is open to the entire community, regardless of affiliation. This year, we have three different classes running, and we hope you can join us for all of them!

Our upcoming class is with David Bernat, PhD, and will be on Wednesday nights, November 8, 15, 29, and December 13, 7:45 - 9:30 PM at Temple Isaiah. His topic is "In the Footsteps of our Ancestors: An Archaeological Journey." Fee is $60 for all 4 sessions.

The final class for this year is with our own Jonathan Krasner on Wednesdays, March 7, 14, and 21, 7:45 - 9:30 PM at Temple Emunah. His topic is "The Dreams of American Jews in Film." The fee for his three classes is $45. For more details and to register for the classes, see our FLYER..


Phyllis Klein Thrope Memorial Programs

Following Phyllis Klein Thrope's death in 1986 at the age of 33, her family established the Phyllis Klein Thrope Memorial Fund to honor her memory. The Fund's purpose is to build bridges and promote better understanding between the Jewish community and its neighbors. It seeks to achieve these goals by sponsoring programs that bring together people from throughout the community to examine issues and concerns shared by all. All Phyllis Klein Thrope Memorial Programs are free and open to the public. You are encouraged to invite your neighbors and friends! 

This year, we will be doing a series of talks throughout the Fall. Our next one is on November 30, 8:00 - 9:30 PM, when Dr. Kathryn Papp will present "Can We Stop Alzheimer's?" A NOVA Program. Finally, on December 21, 8:00 - 9:30 PM, Dr. Seth Gale and Hope Schwartz will present "Pathways to Prevention: Maximizing Brain-Healthy Behavior to Protect from Cognitive Decline."

For more information, see our FLYER and contact Linna Ettinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Hanukkah Simhat Tot STEAM Program at JCDS!

This year we are teaming up with JCDS (the Jewish Community Day School) to provide a special Hanukkah STEAM event for families! STEM is based on the idea of educating kids in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. With STEAM, you also get the added benefit of arts activities as well! At JCDS, their educators integrate engineering, robotics, and design thinking with Jewish education in authentic, innovative ways. JCDS is located at 57 Stanley Ave in Watertown.

This event will be on Sunday, December 10, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, and is geared towards families with children ages 3-12 years old (both older and younger siblings welcome to join as well!). There will be a maker space with Parts and Crafts, family coding with Scratch Jr., lots of crafts, Hebrew Story Hour, and tons of fun! This event is FREE and open to all. See our FLYER.


A Celebration of the History and Culture of Arab Jews

Join us on Sunday, December 10, starting at 7:15 PM (Evening Services will begin at 7:00 PM) as we welcome Sharona Mizrachi, who will be telling her story of persecution and ultimate escape from Iran in 1984. Sharona works with a local artist, Wendy Fine, who has depicted Sharona’s story through visual art and documentary film; her artwork will be on display at this event. Light refreshments will be served and the Consul General will give an introductory speech. We will end with a musical performance. This event is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel and the Temple Emunah Israel Committee.


Emunah Connect Meeting

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 connect with a Temple Emunah member who has extensive experience in fields you want to know more about.

Interested in starting your own business? Looking into a new job or career? Want to help your child or grandchild connect to people who have experience in areas in which they are interested? Imagine connecting yourself or your family members to mentors in our own community!  Please join Dan Pion, Pete Fordham, and Risa Bressler to discuss the next steps to build this great community resource on Monday, December 11, starting with Evening Minyan at 7:30 PM.


Hanukkah Dinner, Celebration, and Mitzvah Project

Everyone is invited to join us for a Community Hanukkah dinner and celebration on Wednesday, December 13, starting at 5:30 PM for the second night of Hanukkah! In addition to a delicious meal with latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), there will be songs, games, crafts, and fun! RSVP to Jodie Parmer by December 6th. More details HERE.

This year the Family Ed Committee is also sponsoring a hands-on mitzvah project as part of this event. We have pre-ordered 20 duffel bags and supplies through the organization Together We Rise, which provides a nice bag full of items for foster kids who are abruptly taken from their homes, often with nothing but a trash bag with just a few meager items.  Every day 1,200 kids enter foster care in the United States, and through creating these bags, with cards and drawings for them as well, we can make this transition a bit easier for them. We need Temple Emunah families to help put these bags together at our Hanukkah event, as well as create cards and notes for both the foster kids and for American soldiers who are currently serving overseas. Celebrate with us and experience the joy of giving back to others during our own moments of joy! 


Hanukkah Story Hour at Burlington Barnes and Noble

Join both Rabbis and Temple staff on Thursday, December 14, 7:00-8:00 PM for a Hanukkah Story and Sing-Along at the Barnes and Noble in Burlington! We will tell stories, sing songs, and play dreidel in honor of Hanukkah! We will also light an electric Hanukkiyah together and share book suggestions. Shop ANYTIME that day and mention you are from Temple Emunah—we will receive a percentage of your purchase! (Including purchases at their café!)

Can't make it that day? Don't worry! We are organizing an on-line book fair with Barnes and Noble from Thursday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 19! Shop on-line at Barnes and Noble during those dates and purchase anything you want! When on the Payment Page, scroll to the bottom and check “Check this box if this is a bookfair order” then add in this voucher number: 12079976

But wait, there's more! The Family Ed Committee is adding a mitzvah component to our Barnes and Noble event as well. If you purchase a toy, gift, or children’s book, we will collect it and bring it to a local Homeless Shelter that houses children, so they can have new holiday gifts. Shopping at Barnes and Noble becomes a double-mitzvah, as the gift will go to a child in need, and the purchase will support Temple Emunah. We will also accept gift donations made on-line if they are brought in to the office and we will make sure they get into the hands of children in shelters by the end of December.


KERUV Shabbat with Rabbi Rachel M. Isaacs

We are thrilled to announce that this year's KERUV guest is Rabbi Rachel M. Isaacs, the founding Director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life and the Dorothy "Bibby" Levine Alfond Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College. She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011 as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, after starting rabbinical school at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Isaacs graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College in 2005, and also studied at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Upon ordination, Isaacs assumed spiritual leadership of Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville, Maine, while teaching Hebrew and advising Hillel at Colby College. Isaacs has served on the Rabbinical School Advisory Committee of the Jewish Theological Seminary since 2011. Isaacs was named one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis by the Jewish Daily Forward in 2014, and was chosen to deliver the final White House Hanukkah benediction of the Obama Administration in 2016.

Rabbi Isaacs will be with us on Friday, December 15 through Saturday, December 16 and she will discuss her path to serving a small-town Jewish community as well as her adventures as a Maine rabbi. she will also speak about the Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College, which has been invigorating Jewish life throughout Maine through Hillel-synagogue partnerships. Friday will include a community Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Isaacs, and on Saturday she will give the d'var Torah as well as do a post-kiddush talk at 1:00 PM. More details coming soon! 


JBBBS Brunch Honoring Havery Lowell

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters is hosting a Brunch to Honor Harvey Lowell on Sunday, December 17, 9:30 AM - Noon in the State Room, 60 State Street, Boston. Harvey has served as President and CEO of JBBBS for 21 years, and funds raised at this brunch will help establish the Harvey D. Lowell Fund for Inclusion. Learn more HERE


Brotherhood Beer Fest & Board Meeting

Everyone is invited to join the Brotherhood for their big December event - their annual Brewfest on Sunday, December 17! At 10:30 AM We will have an open Board Meeting, which includes time for the softball teams to discuss the upcoming season, and is open to everyone to attend. Starting at 11:00 will be brewing beer in the kitchen, followed by lunch at noon and watching football in the Social Hall while tasting our beer. The beer brewing includes beer that we will serve at our Man of the Year dinner in the spring. If you enjoy brewing beer, or if you're interested in learning more about it, then this is the event for you! More details HERE. Please RSVP for this event to Larry Bressler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our teams in the Men's Shul Softball League are open to all men at Temple Emunah who are at least 25 years old. For the past several years, we've had two teams in the league. Our teams are normally divided up based on how competitively the players want to take the games, with one "more serious" team, which made it to our division's championship game in the 2017 season, and one "less serious" team. The games are a lot of fun and a great way to build friendships with other members of Temple Emunah, so I highly encourage anyone who's interested in playing softball in the spring to come on December 17. If you can't make it that day, please contact Scott Lerman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Wisdom Project

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. Our upcoming dates are Listed HERE. Next session is December 10 at noon in the Pious Chapel.


Shabbat Morning Meditation

Led by members of our community, our meditation group meets approximately once a month for a variety of meditative Shabbat experiences. This can include: guided meditation, singing niggunim (melodies), chanting prayers, or brief teachings on either meditation practices or the Torah portion. Click HERE for our 2017-2018 dates. We meet on Saturday mornings, 9:30 AM in the Pious Chapel. Questions? Contact Miriam Sadofsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our next date is November 18, 2017.


iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

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.
Please bring your own kosher dairy lunch for Lunch and Learn. Participants take turns bringing in kosher dessert for the group. For more information, contact Linna Ettinger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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). Our next sessions are December 13 (lunch and learn) and December 20 (dessert and discussion) Click HERE for more details and registration information.

Through video lectures, text study, and lively group discussion, we welcome back the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into the Temple Emunah community this fall.


Ivrit LaKol - Hebrew for All

Ivrit LaKol: Hebrew For All, an adult Hebrew Literacy collaborative, will begin it's 21st year of providing and supporting Hebrew literacy in the community. The mission 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. Our Fall Session begins the week of October 15, 2017. For more information see our brochure, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.com.


ME'AH Classic, 2017-18

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


ME'AH SELECT - Crucial Moments in Israeli History

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. 


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. To learn more and to see our 2017-18 calendar, click HERE.


Meditation at Temple Emunah

Join Rabbi Lerner and Barbara Neustadt for a weekly morning meditation group on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 - 9:20 AM or for our NEW Thursday afternoon group which meets monthly on the following dates: October 19, November 30, and December 21, 2017, 4:00 - 4:50 PM (future dates TBD). Come to either or BOTH! Meditation experience is not required!

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. Please contact Barbara Neustadt with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HERE for our flyer.

We also meet monthly on Shabbat, 9:0 - 10:15 AM on the following dates in 2017-18: October 21, November 18, December 9 and 23, January 20, February 10, April 7, and May 19. For questions about Shabbat meditation, contact Miriam Sadofsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.