Community Events

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Thursday, Sep 21st 9:30am - 10:15am

Sep
21

Thursday, Sep 21st 10:15am - 10:45am

Sep
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Thursday, Sep 21st 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Sep
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Friday, Sep 22nd 9:30am - 10:15am

Sep
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Friday, Sep 22nd 10:15am - 11:00am

Sep
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Sunday, Sep 24th

Sep
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Monday, Sep 25th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

High Holidays, Sukkot, and Simhat Torah

The High Holy Days are almost upon us and information will be mailed to all Temple members the third week of August. By early September we will mail out nametags (which will act as your tickets) to all members in good standing with their dues. 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). Since they serve as tickets, please bring them with you to all High Holy Day services

 

As in past years, Temple Emunah seeks to provide its members and guests across the entire age spectrum with meaningful and heimish religious experiences. THIS CALENDAR contains descriptions of our service options. These include:

• The Main Service - starting at 8:20 AM on Rosh Hashanah and at 9:00 AM on Yom Kippur
The Family Prayer and Learning Experience, with our Rabbis (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
The Tot Experience, with Sharon Levin (9:30 - 10:15 AM)
The Kindergarten to Grade 2 Service, with Angela Schatz (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
• The Teen Service on both days of Rosh Hashanah, on Kol Nidrei and on Yom Kippur

To sign up for tickets to the various services, babysitting or reserved parking, please fill out THIS FORM and return it to the Temple Office. 

 

OTHER HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES AND EXPERIENCES:

 

SELIHOT: The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days. Tradition teaches that the month of Elul is a particularly propitious time for repentance. This mood of repentance builds through the month of Elul to the period of Selihot, to Rosh Hashanah, and finally to Yom Kippur. As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for forgiveness called Selihot are added to the daily cycle of religious services. Selihot are recited from the Sunday before Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur. The first Selihot service of the holiday season is usually a large community service, held around midnight on Motzei Shabbat (after nightfall on Saturday).

We will celebrate Selihot this year on Saturday, September 16 in the evening with Temple Isaiah members (at Temple Emunah). We will start with minhah at 5:30 PM, then have a Seudah Shlisheet meal at 6:00, sponsored by The Ladle Fund. At 7:00 PM we will begin study sessions with with Rabbis Lerner and Fel from Temple Emunah, and Rabbis Jaffe and Perlman and Cantor Doob from Temple Isaiah. Following the study sessions we will have Havdalah and Selihot services. All are welcome to attend this free event!

 

Tashlikh: 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.

 

Kol Nidre Programs for Teens and Kids: On Friday, September 29 we have two programs for kids - a teen Kol Nidre experience, as well as a special program geared towards kids in grades 2 through 6. These services will be led by our Education staff: Me'ir Sherer, Beni Summers, and Tova Weinronk, and will be from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Email Me'ir for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MEDITATIVE MARTYROLOGY: 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.

 

Ne'ilah Youth Program: Join our staff for a special Ne'ilah service and program on Saturday, September 30, 5:45 - 7:00 PM. This program is open to all kids and teens, starting at 2nd grade. Please stay for our Community Breakfast after the service ends!

 

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.   

 

SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH INFORMATION

 

Lulav Orders: If you would like to order a lulav and etrog set, please contact Jodie Parmer by Wednesday, September 13. Cost is $55 for a pre-assembled set, $40 for a make-your-own lulav. This year we are also selling reusable plastic lulav bags for $10! All pre-ordered lulav and etrog sets can be picked up at our Sukkot Market and Lulav Pick Up on Sunday, October 1st, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the Upper Lobby. This year, in addition to sukkot decorations, we have a limited supply of Lulav bags for $10 each!

 

TOT Sukkot Program: All young families are invited to join Rabbi Fel on Thursday, October 5, for a special Tot service celebrating Sukkot! There will be stories, songs, prayers, and fun! This service will meet at 11:00 for an hour, and all families are welcome to participate in the Progressive Sukkot Lunch, beginning at noon in the Temple Emunah Garber Sukkah.

 

Sukkot Progressive Lunch: 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. 

 

Shabbat Open House in the Sukkah: 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. 

 

Sukkah Open House for Families with Young ChildrenAll 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!

 

Sukkot Shelanu: Everyone is welcome to celebrate Sukkot on Sunday, October 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM with games, crafts, snacks, learning, and fun! Temple Emunah, the Israeli Community of Lexington, and the IAC (Israeli American Council) invite all families to join us for a variety of activities, including making Ushpizin puppets, edible sukkahs, kites for peace to honor Janusz Korczak, bubble-making, and more! There will also be interactive learning stations, snacks, and schmoozing. Cost to attend is $5 / person (free for children 0-2 years), with a $15 family cap.

 

Sisterhood Soup in the Sukkah: 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!

 

Simhat Torah Celebration: Come join us on Thursday, October 12, 2017, as we rejoice in the Torah and honor our Kindergarten students at our Kabbalat Panim. There will be activities for kids of all ages as we head into Ma'ariv and Kabbalat Panim (welcoming our Kindergarten students). The evening will end with lots of dancing with the Torahs (Hakafot), dessert, and fun! Please note that the dinner is subsidized by The Ladle Fund and costs $10 / family. Please RSVP for the dinner to Jodie Parmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Simhat Torah Morning: Be sure to come back the next morning, Friday, October 13, starting at 9:15 AM for more Yom Tov services with Hakafot, dancing, and celebrating as we honor this year's Hatan Torah, Hal Miller-Jacobs, and Kallat Bereisheet, Judith Himber!

 

Tot Simhat Torah: Share the merriment of our Simhat Torah celebration with other young families! Join the Torah parade, k’vell (feel the pride) as our children are called to the Torah for an aliyah (Torah blessing), sing, dance, listen to a holiday story, have a special snack, and more as Shelley Rossman, our Pre-School Director, leads us in an interactive holiday experience! This service and program is on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 11:00 AM; everyone is invited to stay after services for a community Kiddush lunch and time on our playground! This event is free and open to non-Temple or Pre-School families, but please RSVP in advance to the Pre-School office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0708.

 


With the ongoing security concerns in Israel and throughout the world, we will continue to be vigilant about security this year, so please bring your name tags as we will absolutely be checking them at the door. Please understand that the members who will be checking tickets have volunteered their time - time away from family and friends. Some of our newer member volunteers may not recognize our long-time members. In the spirit of the High Holy Days, please be patient and understanding.