Glatzer Memorial Weekend
January 26-28, 2018
We are happy to share with you the exciting plans for this year’s Glatzer Memorial Weekend at Temple Emunah January 28-28 with scholar Rabbi Ed Feinstein. This year marks the 40th year since the inception of the Glatzer Fund at Temple Emunah. As part of a select group of Temple members who have faithfully supported the Glatzer Memorial Weekend, we are grateful for your generous sponsorship. We hope you will also join this year’s Friends of Glatzer to honor the memories of Anne and Nahum Glatzer, distinguished and active members of Temple Emunah.
Rabbi Feinstein serves as senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He is an instructor at the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University, and serves on the faculties of the Wexner Heritage Program and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Formerly, Rabbi Feinstein was the founding director of the Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas, Texas, associate rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas, and director of Camp Ramah in California. He holds degrees from the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Judaism, Columbia University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained in 1981, and completed his doctorate in 2017. In recognition of service to the Jewish community, he was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by the American Jewish University and by the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Feinstein is the author of four books. “Tough Questions Jews Ask – A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life”, taught in Jewish schools across North America, was recognized as a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and chosen among the Top Ten books on Religion by the American Library Association. “Jews and Judaism in the 21st Century”, was also a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. “Capturing the Moon” retells the best of classic and modern Jewish folktales. His latest book, “The Chutzpah Imperative,” traces the history of Jewish humanism.
Professor Nahum Glatzer and Anne Glatzer were long-standing members of Temple Emunah. Anne Glatzer was trained as a teacher and worked with students in Germany and then in the US, where she taught at the prestigious Shady Hill School for approximately 20 years. Until his death, Professor Glatzer was a religious leader at Temple Emunah, leading services and chanting Torah and Haftarah. In the academic world, Professor Glatzer was an internationally renowned scholar and teacher of Judaica. He was a disciple of Franz Rosenzweig and succeeded Martin Buber as the University of Frankfort Chair of Jewish Philosophy and Ethics. Professor Glatzer was a highly respected member of the faculties of Brandeis University and Boston University.
Save the dates, January 26-28, 2018, for this year’s Glatzer Weekend. You can support this year’s Glatzer Weekend with your donation either made electronically (by November 22 if possible!) by clicking HERE or printing THIS FORM with your check to the Temple Emunah office. All Friends of Glatzer donors are invited to attend a complimentary Seudat Shlisheet on Saturday evening.
Thank you for your continued support.
Terri Swartz Russell and Lois Bruss
Glatzer Memorial Weekend Chairs
|The Hebrew Bible, the central text of ancient Israel and the foundational text for Judaism through the ages.|
|The Rabbinic Period, when new Jewish sages and rabbis developed a profound legal and religious way of life.|
|The Medieval Period, where we will consider the remarkable achievements of Jews living under Islamic or Christian rule.|
|The Modern Period, wherein differing ideological viewpoints mirror issues facing Jews from the 18th century to the present.|
“Me’ah works no matter where you are on the continuum of Jewish learning. It is the perfect mix of history, philosophy and the showcasing of important personalities…it gives a real sense of the narrative of a people over time.” - Me'ah participant
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- Sunday 9:00 - 1:00
- Monday 3:30 - 5:30
- Tuesday 3:30 - 5:30
- Wednesday 3:30 - 7:30
- Thursday 3:30 - 5:30
- Saturday noon - 1:30 (self checkout)
The Temple Emunah library features a great collection of adult and children's books, DVDs, CDs and tapes. We have a computer that visitors can use to do their own research, with a printer available as well. This computer, generously donated by the Sisterhood, can also be used to search for books in our collection. Or you can bring your own laptop and use our wireless connection.
The library is always available during the week. Someone in the office will unlock the door for you, if it is locked, and if no one is there a number of other people can let you in. Officially, we are open during Hebrew school hours, and on Shabbat from noon to 1:30 pm. On Shabbat, you can borrow books by placing the book card in a preprinted envelope with your name on it, and leaving it to be entered into the computer later.
Recently, the Temple Emunah Library was endowed in memory of Lillian and Carl Bines by the Bines Family.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Temple Brotherhood, the library now has a subscription to the newest online edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica.
Rules for usage:
The EJ is meant for the use of the Temple community, both in the building and at your home. It is password protected.
What does this mean?
- Can I use it for my public school projects? Yes, absolutely.
- Can I let my friend use it if we are working on a group project? Yes, within reason.
- Can I post the link and the password on my website? - No. We will lose our license and the significant investment we have made in this ebook.
- How do I get the password? The password will be published in the bulletin.
Alternatively, you can request it using this feedback form: Request Encyclopedia Judaica Password
- Click here to open Encyclopedia Judaica in a new window.
The mission of the Temple Emunah Library is to provide Temple members, youth, clergy and staff with a wide variety of materials of Judaic interest. We aim to create a warm and relaxed atmosphere to encourage Jewish learning and promote Jewish culture.
The primary objectives of the collection are:
- To support and enrich the educational programs of the Temple
- To provide support to the Religious School and Pre-School by making available age-appropriate materials that reflect the varied abilities and maturity levels of students
- To encourage reading for pleasure as well as for information and spiritual guidance
- To promote Jewish culture
- To act as a resource to enhance members' abilities to celebrate the holidays, know themselves, and delight in being Jewish
The Temple Emunah library has about 4500 books, CDs and DVDs of Jewish interest or by Jewish authors.
The library has the following periodicals available. You are welcome to borrow them to read at home. Please return them when you are finished.
- Jerusalem Post
- Jewish Advocate
- Jewish Journal
- Jewish Review of Books
- World Jewish Digest
Israeli Easy-Hebrew Newpapers:
- Biblical Archaeology
- B'nai Brith Magazine
- CAMERA Media Report
- Pakn Treger
- Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judiasm
TO request more information, please click here to email the library.
The Family Education Committee sponsors and co-sponsors activities such as:
- Family-oriented Shabbat and Holiday services and programs
- Tot Shabbat - Saturday mornings, 2x month.
- High Holiday Services - Tot Services, K-2 Services, and Family Services
- Sukkot - Lulav Shake / Sukkot Marketplace, Open Sukkah Party, Progressive Sukkot Lunch
- Hanukkah Events - Simhat Tot, Community Dinner, Story Time at Barnes and Noble
- Purim Programs - Purim Night Celebration, Simhat Tot & Carnival!
- Passover Events - Pesah Simhat Tot, Matzah Meal Passover Dinner
- Friday Night Programs - BBQ and Barekhu Nights and Pasta and Prayers
- Sundaes on Shabbat with Rabbi Lerner
- Programs for Families with Young Children
- Parenting Class for Caregivers of Toddlers
- Classes for babies / toddlers on various subjects.
FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
This year we are working on a number of programs geared towards families with young children (ages 0-5 years old). We hope you join us for some of these wonderful opportunities to celebrate Judaism, enjoy a warm and engaging community, and meet other families! These programs are open to everyone (Temple Membership is NOT required!).
Tot Shabbat: Join families of children ages 0-5 as we share Shabbat together! Led by our lay leaders or rabbis, this one-hour experience (11:00 AM-Noon) allows families with young children to connect with each other while singing, praying, hearing stories, and marching with the Torah! The service concludes with hallah and juice, before everyone is invited to our communal kiddush lunch. We typically meet the 1st and 3rd Shabbat mornings of the month. This program is free and no RSVP is necessary. Click HERE for our 2017-18 dates.
Simhat Tot: Celebrating the Holidays: Simhat Tot is an experiential holiday program geared towards families with children ages 0-5 years old (siblings are welcome to attend!). We gather throughout the year on Sunday mornings, 9:30-11:00 AM, to prepare for upcoming Jewish holidays through crafts, songs, stories, and fun! Simhat Tot is a wonderful way to bring in the joy and excitement of our holidays to our little ones.
Sign and Play! Each year we collaborate with Sign and Play for a 6 or 8 week course for babies and toddlers (0-2 years old) and their care-givers to learn sign language in this fun, interactive, musical play group! Sign language engages your whole body in learning. It helps infants & toddlers communicate, and preschoolers build their literacy skills. Each week in this class we will have fun reading, signing, and playing games to learn American Sign Language vocabulary with Jillian Berlinski, who has a Masters of Education and is a certified elementary and special education teacher. Our next class will start Tuesday, September 12. Click HERE for more information!
Pasta and Prayers: Temple Emunah invites all families with young children for a special Friday night Shabbat experience and dinner. We will start with a casual pasta dinner with lots of salads and sides, then come together for musical services with songs, stories, dancing, and more! After services we will do Shabbat rituals and have a yummy dessert. The whole event takes place in our Social Hall. Cost is just $10/Adult, $5/Kid, Free for 0-3 year olds. All are welcome!
Yeladim Yoga: Every Winter we are thrilled to offer this class for toddlers and their caregivers. Together, we practice yoga, learn breathing and calming techniques, improve strength and balance, and have fun! Our teacher Abby is a mother, yoga teacher, and occupational therapist. In addition to teaching yoga to adults, she is trained in prenatal, toddler, and child yoga. Abby is excited to bring a toddler and parent/caregiver class to Temple Emunah. She believes that every yogi, of any age, should be met right where they are and encouraged to blossom. Toddlerhood and parenthood are challenging processes full of transitions and many ups and downs, and yoga mirrors this wavelike quality of life. We are thrilled that she is offering this opportunity to practice the transitions of everyday life for our children and ourselves!
Mitzvah Mouse Club: With this initiative we hope to engage families in a series of Mitzvah projects in which even the youngest can participate! We hope you can join us on one, two, or all three of our programs! At each event families will receive Mitzvah Mouse stickers, a book relating to a Mitzvah, and a packet of ideas for future Mitzvah projects! Details TBD.
Safta Story Time: Join us for stories, songs, and fun! Hebrew Teacher, Speech/Language Pathologist, Educational Specialist, and Safta (grandma) Sharon Zirkin-Dagan will lead us in a casual morning for all families with children ages 0-3 years old, 11:00 AM - Noon. After our stories and songs, we will have a kid-friendly snack and time to play and schmooze. FREE and open to all! Stay tuned for upcoming dates.
Playground Meet ups: Meet other families with young children and have a blast at various playgrounds in different local towns! This is a fun way to meet new friends in a casual setting. Stay tuned for more details for the coming year!
Watermelon Wednesdays: Each summer we host our popular Watermelon Wednesday series! For 6 Wednesdays we meet in front of our building from 1:00 until 1:30 PM for ice cold watermelon, music, and fun! Schmooze with our rabbis and staff and have a blast! Kids are welcome to play in our playground as well. No RSVP necessary!
Events Co-Sponsored with the JCC: Throughout the year we team up with the JCC to bring fun, family programs to the community! We meet at local venues such as libraries, play spaces, and more, to celebrate Shabbat and other holidays.
These programs are made possible through generous grants from Combined Jewish Philanthropies and by CJP's Innovation Grants Committee.
A past recipient of the GOLD Solomon Schechter Award for excellence in Adult Education programming, Temple Emunah's reputation as a center for adult education is known throughout the greater Boston area. The Adult Education Committee of Temple Emunah has been in existence for more than 20 years, and has evolved over the years from a program consisting of one educational series to a program boasting a myriad of formal and informal courses leveraging our access to scholars of nearby educational institutions, our success working cooperatively with other synagogues in the area, our learned Rabbis and our phenomenally educated and motivated congregants. Making full use of all of the available resources, we are able to provide multiple entry points for our diverse community, from beginner to advanced in subjects ranging from davenning, Hebrew literacy, Biblical text study and Philosophy. The caliber of the teachers for the formal programs is outstanding, most of whom have national if not international reputations in Jewish scholarship.
Our newest Adult Education Brochure provides information regarding all of our extensive adult education programs at Temple Emunah.
We look forward to learning with you! To learn more about the Adult Eduation Committee, click HERE
- Connecting At Emunah: Learning, Living & Laughing, our 5778 Adult Ed Brochure
- Our Rabbis Teach
- (LIJS) Lexington Institute of Jewish Studies
- Ivrit la-Kol 5778
- Click HERE to see our Ivrit La-Kol brochure for the 2017-2018 School Year!
- Contemporary Issues
- Synagogue Skills for All
- Scholar-in-Residence Weekends
- Glatzer Memorial Weekend - Scholar Rabbi Ed Feinstein
- Keruv (Outreach) Shabbat
- Informal Text Study
- Greater Boston Community Learning
Arts and Culture
- Jewish Discovery Institute
- Hebrew College
- Me'ah - A 100-hour Journey; starting Fall 2015 - for an application, click HERE.
- A Taste of Me'ah
- ME'AH SELECT - Fall 2017 Lexington Collaborative
- ME'AH CLASSIC - 2 year program, starting Fall 2017
- Young 20s & 30s Adult Programming
- DIARNA (Our Home): Uncovering and Preserving Hidden Jewish Treasures across the Middle East - Click HERE for their website.
- The Hammer and the Pickle: Soviet Jewish Humor
- Film: Shores of Light
- New Center Live: Joe Klein
- Women's Community Seder
- Adult B'nei Mitzvah Class - contact Rabbi Fel for details.
- The Wisdom Project - Sunday afternoons in the Pious Chapel
- Experience Israel
- Community Leadership Program
- IEngage: Jewish Values and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
- Hazon/Arava Institute Israel Ride
- Temple Emunah Trip to Israel
Prozdor creates a vibrant community for Jewish youth during their adolescent years. Through our diverse program, we help students develop strong Jewish identities and prepare them to be future leaders of American Jewry.
Our academic program is rich and varied, and students have the power to choose the subjects that they wish to study. Traditional texts, history, Israel, philosophy, literature, Hebrew and the arts are just some areas that engage our students as they gain a genuine love of Jewish learning from our faculty. Prozdor's commitment to Jewish experiential education provides students with additional opportunities to connect to their peers and to Judaism beyond the classroom, and our Jewish travel experiences serve to expose our students to Jewish life all over the world.
Prozdor promotes the value of ahavat Yisrael, culminating in Prozdor graduates who have a strong understanding of, and connection to, the State of Israel. Prozdor also promotes a community built on k'lal Yisrael and a respect for Jewish diversity. It allows students to find their place in am Yisrael and become aware of their responsibility to pass down Judaism to the next generation. Prozdor prepares students to enter their college years ready for the challenges of being a Jewish young adult in America and in the larger world.
- Facilitate the development of student intellectual and spiritual life through the study of Torah, Israel, rabbinics, Jewish history, ethics, literature and the Jewish arts in an open environment that encourages inquiry.
- Enable students to develop and expand their proficiency in the Hebrew language.
- Provide a variety of teaching methods to promote experiential learning and critical thinking; provide a nurturing environment where students may develop mentoring relationships with their teachers.
- Foster meaningful peer relationships.
- Create an environment that encourages respect for divergent opinions, where students may learn about and honor diversity in Jewish life and embrace k'lal Yisrael.
- Offer opportunities for social action and political activism through which students learn to value participating in ethical mitzvot and tikkun olam, and to understand that Judaism obligates them to "make the world a better place."
- Strengthen students' sense of their Jewish identities.
Under the guidance of Director of Congregational Learning, Me'ir Sherer, Temple Emunah provides educational opportunities for children and teens of the synagogue.
Temple Emunah hosts a kindergarten through twelfth grade Religious School for children and teens attending secular school. Children in Gan (kindergarten) through Kitah Zayin (seventh grade) attend our Kindergarten through Seventh Grade program. Children in Kitah Het (eighth grade) through Kitah Yud Bet (twelfth grade) continue with us and attend YAD (Y’mei Dalet), our Wednesday night program, Prozdor, which meets on Sundays, or a combination of the two.
The focus of our programs is on the whole Jewish child and/or teen, preparing him/her to be an engaged participant in Jewish life. To this end, we provide opportunities to: learn Hebrew, which will be used to participate in and lead services; learn Jewish Culture, including Israeli Folk Dancing, Jewish and Israeli Song, to study Jewish history, to learn about and engage with the modern State of Israel, and to learn about and celebrate Jewish holidays.
Temple Emunah's Religious School strives to create a nurturing atmosphere where children, teens and their families deepen their commitment to Jewish learning and living. Through rich experiences in formal and informal settings our students will develop confident Jewish identities and build a foundation for life-long learning and dedication to the Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world.
|Religious School Schedule|
There are also many opportuities for children and teens of our community, who attend Jewish day school, to engage alongside our children and teens attending our congregational schools. We run minyanim for children in grades 2 through 12: Mini-Minyan (grades 1 through 3), Junior Cong (grades 4 through 6) and Teen Minyan (grades 7 through 12). Mini-Minyan and Junior Cong are usually followed by K.N.I.S.H. There are Shul-Ins for children in grades three and four, and children in grades five and six, and our Religious School Retreat for children in grades 4 through 7.
All children in kindergarten through sixth grade are encouraged to take Temple Emunah's Communal Jewish Experience challenge. Children in grades three through twelve also invited to participate in any of the programs of TEY (Temple Emunah Youth).
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