Interfaith Garden 2018 Schedule

It may not feel this way yet, but Spring is here! And that means that the Interfaith Garden is ready to start up, something I’m sure you have been waiting for. I now have the schedule for spring, showing the dates that have been assigned to Temple Emunah. So take time out from your preparations for Passover, check which dates you are available and let me know.

This is your chance to get your hands dirty growing food under expert direction which will then be provided via the Lexington Food Pantry to those in need. Our assigned dates are as follows: April 10 and 24, May 8 and 22, and June 5 (Summer dates coming soon). As always, our assigned times are all on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. The garden is at 5 Harrington Rd. Parking is available next door at First Parish Church in their back lot. You can then walk through to the garden. For questions or to sign up, contact Larry Marin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.FLYER


Wine Gladdens the Human Heart

“Wine gladdens the human heart,” as proclaimed in the Psalms. Wine plays an important role in the Jewish practice and has been a key crop in the land of Israel since antiquity. We will partake of this joy in a lively evening of tasting and learning.

Join us on Sunday, April 22, starting at 6:00 PM for a 3 course meal with 4 cups of wine with David Bernat, PhD. We will drink 4 different world class Israeli wine with accompanying foods. The presentation and conversation will focus on wine appreciation, wine and food pairing, wine in Jewish tradition, and most importantly, the history of Israel through the lens of wine culture. This event is a shared Sisterhood and Adult Ed Eventcosts $25 / person and space is limited! RSVP through chaverweb or contact Janet Goldberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 617-489-7175. Please RSVP by April 15th. More details HERE.


Sephardic Melodies: Theme Night at Minyan

Many of the lyrics for our prayers were composed by Sephardim. For example, Dror Yikra is attributed to Dunash ben Labrat (915-970) in Cordoba Spain. Other examples are in the Kabbalat Shabbat Service, such as Lecha Dodi and Yedid Nefesh. Have you enjoyed singing Sephardic melodies at our Services? Listen to this familiar rendition of the latter.

Cinco de Mayo” — the 5th of May holiday in Mexico — has become associated with Latin Culture.  To celebrate this holiday, we will have a Theme Night at Minyan on Wednesday, April 25 at which you will learn several melodies in the Sephardic Tradition — a tradition associated with Jews whose backgrounds were from the Iberian Peninsula. These melodies will be used at the Minyan Katan Shabbat Service on May 5, 2018.

Come to learn, sing, or just listen! No experience is necessary. You need not be a strong singer; this is simply for your enjoyment! For questions or if you are interested in assisting with this Theme Night after Minyan, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER


Cafe Emunah Lunch & A Movie

Save the date for our two upcoming Cafe Emunah Lunches, another program that is part of our new Daytime Programming Initiative! Everyone is welcome to join us at Temple Emunah on Thursday, April 26, and Thursday, May 10 at noon for an informal $5 lunch followed by a movie at 1:00 PM. A chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones in a casual, fun setting! RSVP for each lunch to Janet Goldberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and and let her know if you have any dietary restrictions. These events are co-sponsored by The Sisterhood. 


Emunah Connect Breakfast & Speakers

Come join us for our first Sunday Breakfast Series on Sunday, April 29, 10:00 AM in the Rubinovitz Social Hall. This breakfast will focus on Entrepreneurs. Come hear from a panel speakers in our own community about how they got started in their business, how they decided to become entrepreneurs, what advice they’d give to others who are thinking of starting their own business and more! If you have ever thought of becoming an entrepreneur and would like to network with other people who may have the same questions, concerns that you have, this is the event for you!

The lineup of speakers includes: Jon Hirschtick – Founder of SolidWorks and OnShape; Fred Ezekiel – Founder of ServoFlo; and Miriam Cohen Franzen – Founder of Waltham Popcorn. There will be time for questions and answers as well as time to network with each other. A light breakfast will be served. This event is free of charge but please RSVP to Pete Fordham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Yeladim Yoga - 6 Week Session

It is never too early to start practicing yoga! Child-friendly yoga poses, songs, breathing exercises and calming techniques are incorporated into this 60-minute yoga class for children between the ages of 1 to 4. Children are natural yogis; they have a blast exploring their new moves while building a strong body, breath awareness, cooperative skills, and self-confidence. This class will meet for 6 sessions on Mondays at 10:00 AM, April 30, May 7, 14, and June 4, 11, and 18, with certified yoga instructor Janine Duffy. Kids must come with a care-giver and payment is made directly to the teacher. Namaste, kids! 



Lag Ba'Omer - Rain or Shine!

Temple Emunah and The Israeli School of Lexington invite you to our community Lag Ba’Omer BBQ dinner, Bonfire, and Celebration on Thursday, May 3, starting at 5:00 PM!

Included in the fun will be:
*Relay Races, outdoor games, hot potatoes & more
*Roasted potatoes and marshmallows
*Sing-along around the Bonfire, overseen by Fire Marshal Fel

Cost for the event is $10/adult, $5/kid (4-12 years old, free for 0-3 years). Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer by April 25, 2018.


Israel Shabbat 2018

Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, May 5 for Shabbat services with special guest speaker Amir Grinstein. Grinstein is Associate Professor of Marketing at Northeastern University and VU Amsterdam. He holds BA, MBA and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and he was a post-doctorate fellow at Harvard Business School. Professor Grinstein’s research and teaching interests are focused on two core issues: (1) the interface between marketing and society/public policy, especially various social and environmental contexts such as the enhancement of “green”, healthy or other socially-desirable behaviors and the effectiveness of de-marketing; and (2) marketing strategy, including the study of strategic orientations and international marketing topics such as country branding.

Following his passion for Israel and its innovative culture, Professor Grinstein has been engaged in multiple initiatives in the last few years. First, he has developed a program in which Northeastern students travel to Israel and together with Ben-Gurion University students consult local startups. Second, together with other volunteers in the Boston area he has organized the Israel Inspired Hope Makers events – a form of local TED-like talks of inspiring speakers related to Israel. Finally, he is part of the leadership team of 50 50 Startups, an accelerator and an impact fund in the making that aims to be the first to create, mentor and invest in equally owned Israeli-Palestinian technology startups.

Also on this date is a special Minyan Katan service in the Wolk Family Chapel where they will be singing prayers and songs with Sephardic melodies in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Special Mexican food at Kiddush as well!


Ha Papar - A Moth-like Story Telling Event

The Ladle Fund is thrilled to be sponsoring a Story Telling Night in the style of Moth Radio Hour with live, true stories, told by our congregants. All story tellers will have up to 5 minutes to share their true, life changing stories, after which they will be ’hugged off the stage.’ We hope this becomes the first of many such events! We hope you can join us for this fun, communal event on Sunday, May 6, starting with dinner at 6:30 PM. We will break for Minyan at 7:30 PM, then come together at 8:00 for dessert and stories. The cost for the dinner is $10 / person and the RSVP link is HERE. For questions, or if interested in being a story teller, please contact Linda Skolnik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Healthy Plants: Theme Night at Minyan

Come share your interest in houseplants and gardening by taking part in this interactive Theme Night at Minyan! (This event is rescheduled from the March date.) Everyone is invited on Wednesday, May 9, starting with Evening Minyan at 7:30 PM for an engaging night of discussion, of sharing our interest in and knowledge of plants, as well as hands on experience starting an indoor herb garden. Come to learn, share, and have fun, and be ready to get your hands dirty! No experience necessary. For questions or if interested in assisting with this Theme Night at Minyan, contact Judy Lipperman 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. Next sessions are April 15th and May 13th at noon in the Pious Chapel. FLYER


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 session of this Adult Ed program, but will always begin by soliciting your queries. Nothing is out of bounds! Come explore, and leave enriched, enlightened, and energized.  Contact Linna Ettinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. See our upcoming dates and topics 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 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 26, 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, see our flyer or contact Miriam Sadofsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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. 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!

Upcoming Open House dates for the year are: February 6, March 6, April 10, and May 8 (all Tuesday mornings, 8:15 - 9:30 AM).


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).  Click HERE for more details and registration information.


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.