Shabbat Minhah Learning: The Amidah

The Amidah is the central liturgical moment in every prayer service. It is sometimes referred to as HaTefillah, or The Prayer. The word Amidah means, “standing,” and it refers to a series of blessings recited while standing up.

Using the image of master and servant, the Rabbis declared that a worshipper should come before his or her master first with words of praise, then should ask one’s petitions, and finally should withdraw with words of thanks. Thus, every Amidah is divided into three central sections: praise, petitions and thanks. (Information from MyJewishLearning.com.) Join both Rabbis Lerner and Fel as they lead a Shabbat Minhah teaching on the subject of the Amidah prayer on January 20, 2018. See more details HERE.


 

Temple Emunah Hoe Down

Kick your heels up at the Temple Emunah Hoe down on Saturday night, January 20, starting at 7:00 PM. Join us for a casual night with friends and fun! Dance, eat, shmooze, and connect with the whole Emunah community. Cost is $18/adult, $10/youth, free for kids 8 and under OR pay what you can, no one should stay away. RSVP today to Marilyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0300. This event is sponsored by The Ladle Fund and all ages are invited! FLYER HERE.

Want to help plan this fun event? Contact Terri Swartz Russell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Sunday Spiritual Shaharit

Join Rabbi Lerner on Sunday mornings, 9:00-9:40 AM for a service that will include learning & meditation elements. Start your week with communal blessings of gratitude, meaningful recitation of psalms, & meditative Barekhu, Sh’ma, and Amidah experiences. No prior meditation experience necessary! This Emunat HaLev program is open to adults of all ages, as well as 7th grade students and their families. This year we will meet on the following dates: January 21, 28, February 11, and March 11 and 18, 2018.


 

What’s All This Prayer Stuff About?

Everyone is invited for this introduction to the Morning, Afternoon and Evening Services with Rabbi Lerner. This adult education course will give an overview of the 3 services that take place on weekdays. It will cover the history and meaning of the services and individual prayers. Rabbi Lerner will demystify the many body movements used during the service, explain why some prayers are said silently and some out loud, and delve into why we say them and what they are intended to do for us. This course is designed for beginners who want to feel comfortable in the service and for regular attendees who want to increase their understanding of the prayers. Whether a beginner or a regular, the concepts taught in this class are intended to enhance your appreciation of the service. And, as a bonus, since the weekday prayer services form the core of the Shabbat prayer experience, this class will provide insight into the Shabbat service as well. This class will meet on Sunday mornings, 9:45 - 11:00 AM on January 21, 2018, and  10:00 - 11:15 AM on Feb 4, 2018. There is an optional Spiritual Shaharit service with Rabbi Lerner and January 7 and 21, and February 4 is the World Wide Wrap. FLYER HERE.


 

Emunah Connect Meeting

Have you ever thought that you might be a valuable resource for a networking group in our community to support members and their families who may have 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, Ken Bruss, and Risa Bressler to discuss the next steps to build this great community resource on Wednesday, January 24 starting with Evening Minyan at 7:30 PMFLYER


 

Ivrit laKol Mini Sessions

Make your winter warmer and come study Hebrew with Ivrit LaKol! Everyone is welcome to join a continuing class: Intermediate Advanced Hebrew taught by Sigalit Davis meets Monday evenings at Temple Isaiah 7:30 - 9:00 PM. Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Biblical Hebrew taught by Michael Singer meets Thursday evenings at Temple Isaiah, 7:30 - 9:00 PM.

ALSO, check out our special Winter Mini-Sessions: Hebrew for Travelers, Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, January 25, February 1 and 8, and Temple Emunah, and Kaddish, Sundays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, January 28, February 4 and 11, also at Temple Emunah. See our brochure for more details! FLYER


 

Glatzer Memorial Weekend 2018

Everyone is invited for our annual weekend of learning at our Glatzer Memorial Weekend, January 26 - 28, 2018. Our guest this year is Rabbi Ed Feinstein, who will be with us from Friday through Sunday! On Friday night there is a dinner and talk, "How to Argue with God and Win;" he will be giving a d'var Torah on Saturday morning as well as a post-Kiddush talk, "The Secret to Jewish Survival;" there will be a program for teens on Saturday at 4:00 PM, followed by a Melavah Malkah (post-Shabbat meal) and talk at 6:00 PM, "Healing God." On Sunday morning there will be a light breakfast at 9:45 AM and a discussion at 10:15 AM, "Like a Fiddler on the Roof."

For more information and to register, click HERE. This weekend is sponsored by The Adult Education Glatzer Weekend Committee. For more questions, contact Linna Ettinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Tu B'Shevat Community Celebration

Join us in celebrating a special Tu B'Shevat Seder where we will plant, create, taste, sing, and dance together! All ages are invited and encouraged to attend for this program to honor nature, Israel, and the cycle of the year. This event will take place at Temple Emunah on Sunday, January 28, at 11:30 AM and includes a lunch for $5.00 / person. Children ages three and under are free and there is a family cap of $20. Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer by January 23 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Flyer HERE.


 

Israel Hofsheet - Promoting Jewish Pluralism in Israel

Come hear a talk by Uri Keidar, Director of the organization Israel Hofsheet, which advocates for religious pluralism and democracy in Israel, on Tuesday, January 30, 8:00 PM, sponsored by The Israel Committee. Founded in 2009, Israel Hofsheet is the only non partisan Israeli grassroots movement whose mission is promoting freedom of religion and Jewish pluralism in Israel. They believe that all forms of Jewish belief and practice are legitimate and should be accepted equally by the State of Israel. Israel Hofsheet also sponsors Havaya, which provides support for Israelis who are not allowed to marry in Israel.

Come learn more about their work! This event is free and open to all. Flyer HERE.


 

 

World Wide Wrap and Supper Bowl 2018

The World Wide Wrap on Sunday, February 4, is an opportunity for the entire community to participate with Jews all over the world to fulfill the mitzvah of tefillin. This is one of the first mitzvot a Bar- or Bat- Mitzvah fulfills. Rabbi Lerner and Rabbi Fel have graciously agreed to help give Temple members and all Jews the opportunity to learn about tefillin, how to bind them, and discuss how tefillin are integrated into the daily service. The “Wrap” is open to all, with a special invitation to 5th through 7th grade families to attend. A light community breakfast follows at 9:45 AM.

Join the Brotherhood again that night for an evening of relaxation and fun! Ping pong, a play area and videos for the kids will be set up making the event family friendly. Game food and drinks will be served. Rumor has it; there will be a football game on TV that we will broadcast in the social hall. Enjoy schmoozing with friends and family! Please RSVP to Howard Epstein at (781) 863-8747 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admission to Supper Bowl Party: Free! Food and Drink Fees: $5 / Person, Family Cap $20. FREE for kids 0-5 years and for all World Wide Wrap attendees. Please make your checks out to: Temple Emunah Brotherhood. FLYER HERE


 

Lunch and Learn for Minyan Leader, Daveners, and Gabbai

Are you a shivah minyan leader or would you like to be? Come and join Rabbis Lerner and Fel and the Religious Committee on Sunday, February 4, 11:30 AM to learn best practices for leading a minyan and performing this invaluable mitzvah. In addition, we hope to explore our Emunah practices vis a vis Siddur Lev Shalem and we invite all gabbaim to join us to review best practices. A light lunch will be served and please RSVP to Ellen Weene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Thursday Night Live - Winter Edition!

Too cold to get out of the house? Don't like driving at night? Bring the warmth and light of Torah directly into your home with Thursday Night Live (TNL)! Join Rabbis Fel and Lerner for a lightning round of learning: 7 aliyot, 7 life-lessons from the weekly Torah Portion, all streamed to the comfort of your home. Streaming details to follow!

All sessions will be from 8:15 until 8:45 PM on Thursday evenings, February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2018. Streaming details will be sent the week before the first class. You do not need to have a facebook account to participate. 


 

 

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 January 21st 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 January 20, 2018.


 

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 February 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. FLYER.


 

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 Minhah Meditation Group which meets monthly on Thursday afternoons, 4:00 - 4:50 PM, on the following dates in 2018: January 18, February 15, March 22, April 25, and May 10. 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, 9:30 - 10:15 AM on the following dates in 2017-18: December 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.


 

Running with the Rabbis

Join Rabbi Lerner for a fun Shabbat morning run around the neighborhood; meet at Rabbi Lerner's home (5 Blossom St.) at 7:30 AM for a 3.65 mile run. We hope to have two groups if possible a faster group around 9 minutes per mile and another group around 11 minutes per mile. We will vary speeds and distances depending on who shows up. And we make sure we are back in plenty of time to make it to shul on time! Email Ellen in Rabbi Lerner's Office for details and updates: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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.


 

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.