High Holy Day 2017 Information

The High Holy Days are almost upon us! Please contact Marilyn at the main office with any questions (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0300) regarding tickets to our various services. As in past years, we are offering a variety of services to engage people of all ages. Please see our calendar for details, as well as our High Holy Day section of our website. We wish everyone a Shanah Tovah and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Students: if you need a letter excusing you from school during the Jewish holidays, please print THIS Letter from our rabbis.


Tashlikh 2017

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.


Temple Emunah Networking Group

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!

Please join Dan Pion, Pete Fordham, and Risa Bressler to discuss the next best steps to build this great community resource. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 27 at 8:00 PM, following Evening Minyan at 7:30 PM. This will be a planning meeting, and we hope you can join us! Our next meeting will be October 18. Questions? Contact Pete Fordham atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HERE for our flyer.


Meditative Martyrology on Yom Kippur

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.


Community Break-Fast

Come eat, laugh, and spill some lox on your clean slate! All Temple members are invited to join us in the Aula on Saturday, September 30, immediately following Ne'ilah Services (the end of Yom Kippur). This program is free and is sponsored by The Ladle Fund. To RSVP, contact Marilyn Pappo at the Main Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0300 by Monday, September 25, 2017. Flyer HERE.


Sukkah Market and Lulav Pick Up

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


A Tasting Tour of Whisky

The Temple Emunah Brotherhood invites everyone to a Tasting Tour of Scotch Whisky on Sunday, October 1, immediately following Evening Minyan at 7:30 PM. Cost is $20 / person and space is limited! RSVP to Mark Bobrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER.


TOT Sukkot Program

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.


Sukkot Progressive Lunch with the Rabbis

Join all your friends on the first day of Sukkot, Thursday, October 5, 2017 for a free community lunch, sponsored by The Ladle Fund! We will start at noon in The Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah for kiddush and snacks, then walk to Rabbi Michael and Shayna Fel's sukkah for a dairy lunch. We will close with dessert at Rabbi David Lerner and Sharon Levin's sukkah. This event is free, but please RSVP to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, September 25th. More information HERE.


Shabbat-Sukkot Open House at the Lerner-Levin Home

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.


Sukkah Open House for Families with Young Children

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.


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. Our first sessions will be on October 7, 14, 21, and 28, on Saturday evening during Minhah/Ma'ariv (check the calendar for exact times) and the topic will be There are Two: God and the Covenants with Abraham. See more information HERE or contact Linna Ettinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


Soup in the Sukkah with the Sisterhood

The Temple Emunah Sisterhood invites all women to join them for Soup in the Sukkah on Tuesday, October 10, starting at 7:00 PM! We will be serving soup, appetizers, dessert, and wine. This event is FREE, but please RSVP to Cindy Bobrow 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 HERE.


Simhat Torah Celebration

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! 


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. 


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. The deadline to register for the fall is October 10, 2017.


Lexington Interfaith Garden Fall 2017

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.


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 October 21, 2017.


Talmud Torah - Studying Aggadah Texts In Hebrew

Join us for a bi-weekly Hebrew group study of selected Aggadah texts from the Talmud and Midrash. These beautiful stories, elusively short and simple, unfold the world of Chazal ideas and wisdom. Study material will be given in the meetings. Free and open to all! Classes will be held at Temple Emunah on Wednesdays, 8:00-9:30 PM on the following dates: September 13 & 27, 2017. This event is co-sponsored by Temple Emunah and the Israeli American Council. For questions, contact Revital Rotlevy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HERE for our 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. To learn more and to see our 2017-18 calendar, click HERE.


Jewish Spirituality Group at Temple Emunah

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.


The Wisdom Project

The Wisdom Project: Discover wisdom and strength you didn't realize you had! Please join Arnie Kerzner and 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.


Morning Meditation Group

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!

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.