Reading the Christian Bible Through a Jewish Lens

Join Rabbis Lerner and Fel at Brookhaven (1010 Waltham St in Lexington) as they reveal Jewish connections to famous Christian passages as a means of deepening our understanding of both traditions and ourselves. Class meets in the auditorium at Brookhaven on Tuesdays, 9:30—10:30 AM, November 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2018. FLYER HERE.


Jewish Journeys and Connections

Calling all parents of children ages 0 through 8 years old: Do you want to learn more about the Temple Emunah Religious School? What services the Temple runs on Shabbat that are geared towards kids and families? Which other congregants send their kids to a Jewish Day School or Summer Camp?

Join Rabbi Lerner, Shelley Rossman, Me’ir Sherer, and Jodie Parmer at a private home in Lexington on Thursday, November 29, 8:00 – 9:30 PM to meet Temple Emunah staff and other parents to learn about the Jewish experiences and options available to you! This is an informal meeting with parents of children from birth through 2nd grade to learn more about Jewish choices we can make. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. Email Jodie Parmer to find out more, including location. FLYER



Hanukkah STEAM Fair

All families with kids ages 0-10 years are invited to a Hanukkah STEAM Fair at JCDS on Sunday, December 2, 2:00 - 3:30 PM, co-sponsored by JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School, and Temple Emunah. There will be hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities, including Scratch Jr, a dreidel competition, and more! We will have snacks, songs, and Hanukkah blessings at 3:15 PM. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to Gavi Elkind at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  See our FLYER for more details.


Sisterhood Hanukkah and Decadent Chocolate Night

All women are invited to join the Temple Emunah Sisterhood on Monday, December 3, 6:30 PM for a holiday dinner (with latkes, of course!), and a decadent chocolate take-home craft led by Helen Marcus. Free for Sisterhood members, $5 for non-members. Please RSVP to Janet Goldberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be sure to bring your hanukkiah so we can light up the night! FLYER


Hanukkah Stories and Songs at Barnes and Noble

Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah on Tuesday, December 4, at the Barnes and Noble in Burlington with Temple Emunah! We will be there twice - at 4:00 for younger families, and again at 7:00 for families with older children and adults. We will be leading songs, reading stories, and sharing our favorite Hanukkah traditions. ALSO: All purchases made at the store that day support our Religious School! If you mention Temple Emunah when checking out we get a percentage of your sale—Even at the Starbucks Café!

Can't make it that day? Don't worry! We are also participating in an on-line book fair during Hanukkah! If you order gifts on-line at Barnes and Noble anytime from December 4th through December 9th, we will get a percentage of those sales as well. When on the Payment Page, scroll to the bottom and check “Check this box if this is a book-fair order” then add in our voucher number:12330007.  Thank you for your support! FLYER


Hanukkah 2018 Celebration & Dinner

Join us on Wednesday, December 5, starting at 6:00 PM for a festive community celebration on the 4th Night of Hanukkah for all ages! In addition to a holiday dinner including latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), we will have crafts and games for kids, Israeli dancing, and spirits available for adults. There will also be a community lighting of our Hanukkiyot, so be sure to bring yours! ALSO: Please consider bringing NEW socks and underwear for kids or adults, which we will bring to a shelter following the event and cash for great raffle prizes that will support scholarships for our Billy Dalwin Pre-School!

This program is co-sponsored by The Sisterhood, the Family Ed Committee of Temple Emunah, The Israeli School of Lexington, and is part of Celebrating Together—the initiative of the Jewish-American and Israeli-American communities to create a shared Jewish experience. FLYER


Jewish Journeys: Theme Night at Minyan

Most of us have had different relationships to Judaism through the different phases of our lives. What affiliation with Judaism did you have growing up? How has your attachment changed over the years? Are you curious about the paths others have taken in their Jewish lives?

Come to evening minyan Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 PM, and afterwards, join us for Theme Night to share your journey and learn about the paths others have taken. This evening is hosted by Annette Koren and is sponsored by The Ladle Fund. FLYER.


Shalom Hartman Series: Dilemmas of Faith

This year the Adult Ed Committee is running two parallel tracks of the Shalom Hartman Institute video lecture series - a Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Lerner (Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:30 PM), and Dessert and Discussion with Rabbi Fel (Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:30 PM). Through videos, 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.

In an age of radical polarization in modern society, with a rise in religious fundamentalism on the one hand and a rise of atheism on the other, how does Jewish tradition approach dilemmas of faith? In this series, Hartman scholars explore the foundational issue of faith, engaging in broad and deep analysis of some of the many dilemmas that faith in the modern world raises. Based on classical Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish thought and life, Dilemmas of Faith addresses the big questions raised by the intersection of faith and reason, faith and history, faith and politics, and the faith experience. More details HERE!


Women in STEM: Theme Night at Minyan

Are you a woman in a STEM profession? Considering a STEM career? Interested in hearing about the experiences of women in STEM? Everyone is invited to join in this discussion of the experiences, joys, and challenges of being a woman in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, hosted by Barbara Posnick on Wednesday, December 12, 7:30 PM.

Barbara Posnick grew up loving math, science, and Hebrew School. She was a math major in college, and went on to a career as a health insurance actuary. In her time as Temple Emunah President, as you might imagine, Barbara particularly enjoyed working with financial reports and budgets. FLYER


Brotherhood Brew Fest 2018

Everyone is invited to join the Brotherhood for our big December event - our annual Brewfest on Sunday, December 16! At 10:30 AM we will have an open Board Meeting, which includes time for the softball teams to discuss the upcoming season.

Starting at Noon will be lunch, along with brewing beer in the kitchen and watching football in the Social Hall. The beer brewing includes beer that we will serve at our Man of the Year dinner. If you enjoy brewing beer, or if you're interested in learning more about it or about our Softball League, then this is the event for you! RSVP to Larry Bressler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER


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 HERE.


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 2018-19 year, click HERE.


Vinyasa Yoga with Jen Geller

Join fellow congregant Jen Geller for yoga on Thursday mornings, 9:30 - 10:30 AM in the Temple Emunah Rubinovitz Social Hall. 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 yoga practitioners- beginners, veterans, young and old. Bring your own yoga mat and an open mind!

Class will meet October 18 through December 13 (it will not meet on Thanksgiving). The cost is $50 for the entire class or $10 drop-in rate per session. Checks should be made out to The Temple Emunah Sisterhood. More details HERE.


I Remember When...Writing Your Life Story

We all have stories, whether big stories of careers and life-altering events or little stories of favorite friends and special moments. If you've ever thought about writing those stories down, this class with Jenny Brown is your opportunity. We'll use writing prompts, read examples of memoir, and discuss good memoir writing techniques, as you creat a story of your life in this six-week class. No writing experience necessary and all writing will be done in class. You only need paper and pen (or laptop) and your memories. Everyone has a story. Now is the time to tell yours. Class will meet on Mondays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM on the following dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 19, 26, 2018. Class fee is $18 and space is limited so RSVP soon! Click HERE for our flyer with more details.


Wednesday Morning Breakfast & Learning

Every Wednesday morning Rabbis Lerner and Fel 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. This event is free of charge. Please join us! FLYER


ME'AH Select with Dr. Jacob Meskin

Most of us learn the history of Jews and Judaism in the modern period from scholarly history texts and original documents. Such learning provides an invaluable view of the big picture, but also leaves out the lived dimension of the events and developments.  In this ME'AH Select class, The Modern Jewish Experience Through the Lens of Short Stories with Dr. Jacob Meskin, we will use short stories to explore the experiences of Jews facing modernity's exciting opportunities and often agonizing trials. The class is 10 sessions long and begins October 18, 2018. We will meet at Temple Emunah on Thursdays, 9:30 AM - Noon. See more details HERE. THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ON A WAITING LIST, EMAIL LINNA AT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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


Me'ah Select with Rabbi Leonard Gordon

From Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, to Joseph, Moses, Miriam, King David, and the Queen of Sheba, biblical figures loom large in classic stories of Christians and Muslim. Do these shared stories connect us, divide us, or both? In this class - Shared Stories: The Afterlife of Biblical Heroes and Heroines in the New Testament and Quran, we will offer a basic introduction to Christianity and Islam as we read these fascinating stories. We will also address several larger issues, such as the nature of the Bible as a literary work of art and the shifting political and religious roles of prophet, judge, priest, and king over Books of Samuel. This class will meet at Temple Isaiah on Mondays, 9:30 AM - Noon, starting February 11, 2019. Please register through or email Rabbi Amy Hertz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, click HERE.


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 2018-19 Schedule