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into Temple Israel of Boston

Entering the New Year 5777 by Rabbi Elaine Zecher (page 4)

How Awesome Is This Place (page 8) Doomed to Succeed (pages 12-13) Kindling the Light of Diversity (page 15)

Temple Israel of Boston may your gates be open always

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ISAIAH 60:11


“Enlighten our eyes with Your teaching, and let


our hearts embrace Your commandments.” - Morning Liturgy


build community and encounter the sacred through relationships embrace Torah in all its dimensions as our enduring source for inquiry, discovery, and inspriation. explore spirituality and innovate our traditions of ritual and prayer. pursue justice, in partnership with others, to realize our vision of what the world ought to be. A New Qabbalat Shabbat Experience

Our synagogue is our home where we engage in Teshuvah, in the act of turning and returning in the sacred work of this holiday season. Read more on page 4.

IN THIS ISSUE... The TI Scene..............................................................3 Entering the New Year 5777.....................................4 A Colorful Array of Services.......................................5 Messages from Vice President & Executive Director..6 Spirit that Reality.......................................................7 How Awesome Is This Place......................................8 Welcome to our New Members.................................9 Summer with Temple Israel....................................10 Me’ah Graduation Reflections.................................11 Doomed to Succeed...........................................12-13 The Justice League...................................................14 Kindling the Light of Diversity..................................15 The Center for Adult Jewish Learning.....................16 Life Cycles, Yahrzeits & Contributions......................17 Calendar............................................................27


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Spring 2016 TILLI Leaders pose during the May Lunch & Learn

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson with TI Teens Lilli Silverston and Emma Driscoll at Camp Eisner in the Berkshires

Participants at a Riverway Project Soul Food Friday

Rabbis Zecher, Gubitz, and Jacobson

Officers and Clergy at the Farewell to Rabbi Friedman weekend

Annual Gathering 2016

The dedication of the FJECC bench in honor of Rabbi Friedman

Temple Israel’s new Clergy Team

Temple Israel’s first Outdoor Qabbalat Shabbat Experience on Nessel Way | 617-566-3960


ENTERING THE NEW YEAR By Rabbi Elaine Zecher


Transformation does not have a beginning, a middle, or an end. We never reach the end of Teshuvah. It is always going on…Teshuvah seems to proceed in a circular motion. Every step away is also a step toward home. (Rabbi Alan Lew, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared, page 154)

“Every step away is a step toward home.” The idea of home is also about Teshuvah.

Teshuvah comes from the Hebrew word, shuv. It appears more than 1,000 times in the Bible. It means to return, to come back and revisit a place, an idea, or a person. It also refers to behavior toward Over the summer, a number of God and sometimes even away Temple Israel members spent a from God. The plentiful usage of Our synagogue is our Shabbat on a bike trip, stopping the word and all its noun and verb along the way for Torah study and home where we engage forms tell us of its significance. then later for lunch. We call it ShaThe ancient rabbis understood Bike Shalom. On one Shabbat, a wise in Teshuvah, in the act of that each human being starts pure fellow rider told me that we should and that one’s behavior could place a sign on the Riverway similar move him or her further from this turning and returning in to the one at the end of Storrow state of being. They focused its Drive, but ours would say, “If you meaning on the human ability to the sacred work of this belonged here, you would be home return to rediscover our purest, by now!” best selves. They composed the holiday season. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Temple Israel is our home. It is where prayers that remind us we have no we belong, as members and as a single trajectory in our lives but place to live and experience Judaism a constant turning and returning. We revolve and evolve together. back toward ourselves. Any synagogue is described with the word for home, Teshuvah is also a place of warmth and welcome, even bayit. It is a house of prayer, a house of study, and a when it challenges us. It is where we find our best selves. Meeting House as well, as the words carved into the front façade on the Riverway remind us. The idea of home Our synagogue is our home where we engage in Teshuvah, signifies a place of warmth and welcome. This is our in the act of turning and returning in the sacred work of shared home. It is also the place where we can return to this holiday season. It is here where we can turn to one again and again through the cycle of the year and through another and turn out to face the world around us. the high, low and everything in between moments of our As we enter into this season of great opportunities for our lives. We continue in a cyclical, circular motion toward this congregation and ourselves, my clergy colleagues join me home. in wishing you and your families much goodness in the New Year 5777.


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others’ physical presence and our spiritual place within this community.

By Ellen Steinbaum “This was the instruction as we entered for the afternoon service: on the small red index card on our seat write down a transgression and then place it beside the Torah scroll, laid open in a symbol of vulnerability. Lining up to lay these offerings of human frailty on the altar felt unexpectedly—breathtakingly—powerful. Likewise, the power of standing for Neilah, chairs pushed back, closing the spaces between us so we could feel each

Orange, Yellow, and Silver Services By Susan Edgman-Levitan and Richard Levitan “TI is blessed with learned and inspirational clergy. We had the good fortune at last year’s Yom Kippur Orange service to hear Rabbi Zecher ask “what are we willing to be wounded for in the name of repairing the world?” Fresh back from a march from Selma to D.C. for voters’ rights and racial justice, Rabbi Zecher transfixed us with the significance of symbols and both the relevance and responsibility of being “chosen.” It was the first time we found out the distinction between gumption and chutzpah, the latter being the “willingness to show moral grandeur and spiritual audacity, even rightful indignation for the sake of justice and kindness.” Repairing this world and country seem more urgent then ever. We know Rabbi Zecher’s perspective and wisdom will help pave the way.”

This is what I appreciate most about the purple service, the creative ways in which the clergy rethinks each aspect of the service to uncover new meaning and the brave willingness of the participants to open themselves to it. Does it always work for me? No. But, maybe it works for the person next to me. And maybe the next word, the next song, the next newly-interpreted action will touch me in a way this service never has before. There is comfort in repetition—of the seasonal melodies, of liturgy so familiar I can recite it with the prayer book closed, but changing up our expectations offers a new entry point and the possibility of finding new meaning.”

Blue Service By Jen Weber and Laurence Bailen “We have attended the Blue Service as a family for the past several years. It is a perfect experience for young children and families. The liturgy is designed for kids using a “home grown” siddur specifically for families, and the music and fun keeps everyone engaged. We usually sit together as a family, but often our kids find friends from Religious School to sit with. It is a very interactive service that gets everyone involved: from passing the Torah through the entire congregation to the Rabbis and Cantor getting input from parents or kids during the “sermon.” The sermon time itself has never felt like a traditional sermon. It is always appropriate for kids but the themes and message always hit home for families. We have enjoyed the Blue Service as a way to share the High Holy Days together as a family.”

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MESSAGE FROM GARY PFORZHEIMER, VICE PRESIDENT As we enjoy the last few lazy days of summer and return from the beach, lake, and mountains to resume our work as lay leaders of the congregation, the officers thought that this was a good opportunity to provide a brief overview of Temple Israel’s governance structure. Like all not-for-profits, Temple Israel has by-laws that guide us in our governance. The by-laws under which we are currently operating were last revised in 2005, having been revised several times before that in our 162 year history to reflect changes in the times. Among a variety of other specific instructions, the by-laws provide rules about the qualifications of members, how money should be handled, the composition of the Board of Trustees and Leadership Council and how to nominate and vote for those groups, how to vote for Senior Rabbi, and, indeed, how to make amendments. The most modern change to the by-laws in 2005 was made to reflect a sentiment that a smaller working board was in the best interests of the congregation. The smaller size was consistent with evolving best practices at not-for-profits generally and synagogues in particular. A more typical board of 15 members and 3 officers replaced one with more than 100 people. A new body called the Leadership Council was added and the specific charges of each of these two groups was prescribed. The Leadership Council serves as the guardians of the congregation’s mission and a forum in which the plans

and priorities of the congregation are considered and measured. The Board of Trustees has the default authority to conduct business on behalf of Temple Israel, but in some instances, input from a larger set of people is necessary. Hence the Leadership Council votes on certain issues, such as approval of the annual operating and capital budgets, approval of contracts, amendments to the by-laws, and the recommendation of Senior Rabbi. Another interesting aspect of the by-laws has to do with the shared authority between the board, the Senior Rabbi, and the Executive Director. Both the Senior Rabbi and the Executive Director report to the board, both have responsibility for hiring and firing of their staff, and both have autonomy in their own operations. The Board and Council set a budget and approve theirs and other long-term contracts, but the freedom of the pulpit and the latitude to run the organization are specifically delegated to those who can best perform these critical tasks. This sharing of work is typical for large congregations. We hope you have found this overview useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at On behalf of all the officers, it is an honor to serve our congregation.

MESSAGE FROM DAN DEUTSCH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As we close the books on this past fiscal year at Temple Israel, I’m pleased to report that we had a terrific year on many levels. The development strategy group (chaired by past president Leah Rosovsky) has worked together with the Friends Annual Fund chairs, the Stepping Out committee, and the Rabbi Ronne Friedman Innovative Programming Fund committee to raise over $1.7 million dollars. This is an amazing accomplishment for Temple Israel. We are now focused on working on a fundraising plan for fiscal year 2017 focusing on ways that we can increase donations, member participation, and how to sustain Temple Israel for the next generation. This next year promises to be a prosperous one for our community. I want to extend an invitation to join us on Friday evening, September 16, as we install Rabbi Zecher as our new Senior


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Rabbi. It will be an evening to remember as our congregation starts the next chapter of our 160+ years of tradition. This is a once in a generation opportunity to collectively launch Rabbi Zecher into the next phase of her rabbinate. In this issue of Insight, you will get a taste of some new programs that are in the works like the Justice League - a new and exciting social justice program for our Temple Israel youth, the re-launch of our adult education program, and more. We are also looking to hear your Temple Israel story: let us know just how awesome this place is.



By Gabriella Salvatore Strecker

Are you kidding me? The assignment is to write on spirituality? Um, hi? We have rabbis for that? That’s kind of their thing, no? Pacing and muttering pursue me: Spirit-U-ality. Spiritchyouality. SpiritJewality. Jewality? Is that a word? It should be if it isn’t.

True Story Once I went to my rabbi, and said, “I don’t feel G*d smiling down on my mortal choices. Tell me where to find G*d. Do you have a book I can read?” The kindest of sighs reflected back to me: “There is nothing you can read. Ask yourself: where do you feel G*d and go there.” Where to? I wondered. Can we count the moments of unexpected/unplanned quiet—like waiting for the dry cleaning guy to take my ticket or sitting at a red light or smiling at the lady walking towards me or staying an extra minute in the bathroom just to be in silent non-motion?

scary experience, because it is different. And yet here we are, courageous to try, as we stop and see what there is; as we let the world see who we are. We have a hunch and we’re betting on it— if we lead with connection and love, and ritual and prayer, the world around us, the one we touch every day, where we live, will follow.

Coming Out (side) Never a political activist, too shy for all those rallying cries, I am surprised by the feeling of strength that comes with coming out (side). There is an act of justice happening when we sing our prayers into the open sky as the motorcycle revs. There is a localization, a multi-way recognition. We are neighbors. We are getting to know each other.

Summer in the City Friday nights on Nessel Way—schvitzy, hot, or freezing cold—are creating this kind of pop-up-when-you-leastexpect-it-relax-into-being thing, this praying in the street thing. It is true that Qabbalat Shabbat, in the middle of the summer city, is louder even than High Holiday Purple services! Yet we are not distracted. Our urban dweller selves seem to forget that we are in a high traffic spot. How does this work—this deafening to the world’s distraction, this heightening to our own focus? Maybe this is the spirituality we seek? We are available, viewable, accessible for all as they pass by, pause, or pull over. And sure it is a kind, yet sometimes

Our temple is hosting a spiritual block party every Friday night this Summer. Using the world around us for walls, and the streets and people as our altar, we amplify the sound and spirit of Shabbat. Come. Let’s Spirit that Reality. | 617-566-3960



AW ESOME IS THIS PLACE! We are excited to tell you about a new exhibit this fall in the Wyner Museum we’re calling: “Mah Norah Ha-Makom Ha-zeh!” – or “How Awesome Is This Place!” The title comes from the Biblical passage in Genesis when the patriarch, Jacob, awakes from his dream of a ladder ascending to heaven. He recognizes the sacred nature of that location and says, “Mah Norah Ha-Makom Ha-zeh!” – or “How Awesome Is This Place!” With this statement, we want to lift up how amazing and wonderful Temple Israel is for all of us. We want to showcase our members whose lives have experienced just how awesome this place is. The first exhibit will go up in the early fall, and will be displayed for approximately three months. Then, a new set of Temple Israel members and their stories will fill the space. We look forward to celebrating our members in this awesome way. Ann Abrams, Librarian Barbara Cevallos, Working Group Harriet Greenfield, Museum Committee Rabbi Elaine Zecher, Senior Rabbi


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PARTICIPATE IN OUR CONGREGATIONAL READ: This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared! By Rabbi Alan Lew It might feel like September is very early this year. Or, it may feel as if Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are arriving much later than usual. Either way, we will gather in the beginning of October, which is also the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, to usher in the Days of Awe. But, we won’t really begin then. Just as we train before an athletic event or prepare before a huge presentation, we have the opportunity to ready our inner lives for the work we engage in during the High Holy Days. This year, we recommend to you an insightful book entitled, This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared. If you are able and willing, we hope you will purchase the book and allow it to carry you through toward our sacred season.

What our Board thinks of when they think of Temple Israel…

Chris Noe

Gary Pforzheimer

Marc Rysman

Laurence Bailen

Sara Barcan

Susan Ebert

Naomi Gordon

Richard Kalish



Mark Goodman






Daniel Saul



Sara Scarloff

Ben Stern

Carol Targum

Tony Tauber

Greg Ribatt

Valerie Zimber

New and Rejoining Temple Israel Members: Leah Berk, Daniel Lasry, and Eva Lasry Jonathan Cohen Zachary Cohen and Diane Grinnell Diane Frank David and Nancy Frank Kimberly, Jason, and Jack Leviton

Rachel Lieberman Beth and Fred Monaco Sam Plotkin and Daniela Jacobson Dan, Erica, Sophie, and Paige Queen Alex, Rachel, Ethan, and Ryder Weiss Mark and Torrey Young | 617-566-3960





By Elsie Bernaiche

By Joan Rachlin

June’s Shabike Shalom event was a wonderfully unique experience— indeed, I had a lot of firsts on that day. It was my first major distance bike ride— 27.3 miles later my Fitbit indicated I had hit my step goal and then some—my heart rate averaged 103bpm, most likely due to my efforts trying to keep up with some of the other bikers in the group. It was also my first D’var Torah outside the sanctuary, and my first trip along Jerusalem Road on the South Shore. The route lead us along gorgeous coastal views and we stopped at a beach that was a different kind sanctuary for our D’var Torah. The quiet and crystal clear waves held our thoughts as we digested the tragedy of the Orlando shooting. It was a poignant note to observe the water beating relentlessly on the seawall across from our group, as we reflected on the resilience of the LGBTQ community, both closer to home and across our nation. It was a physical and spiritual comfort to be in that space. We then continued biking on the road to our lunch destination to eat pizzas together, it was a nice meal shared among friends. When we got back to our starting point, I think we would all agree it was an exhilarating and rejuvenating ride, a feeling to be replicated on future rides. I volunteered to plan the next ride, feeling truly inspired by the community to continue to make time to connect to the greater picture.

Every Tuesday, Nessel Way is transformed into a farm stand for those who have signed up for our inaugural CSA (community supported agriculture) to pick up their shares of the Buckle Farm harvest. Jim Buckle, an experienced, environmentally responsible, and affable farmer, can be found helping our congregants (and a few CSA shareholders from Temple Sinai, Ohabei Shalom, and MASCO) gather their just-harvested bounty and learn about what they’re taking home that day. Each week’s offering is picked that same morning at the Buckle Farm in Unity, Maine and includes a fresh and lush rotation based on the growing cycle of the respective vegetables. Jim also sets up a table so that those who work in the area or are just passing by can buy farm fresh veggies, fruit, herbs, and eggs “a la carte.” Jim Buckle has been struck by the friendliness of the TI shareholders and commented that “this is a really nice community.” We feel lucky to have found a farmer who not only raises delicious and nutritious food, but who has great reverence for the land and the environment. We hope to offer the CSA year after year, so let us know if you’d like to join in 2017 by contacting Joan Rachlin at

JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT AT FENWAY PARK By Barbara Cevallos On a gorgeous evening in June, members of TI joined together to share a meal and root for our hometown baseball team. The Red Sox played the Chicago White Sox with over 37,000 fans attending. Our group of TI members, clergy, and staff had a great time watching the game together from the grandstands. We met at TI for dinner, and enjoyed catching up with friends and getting to know new people.


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At Fenway we were given our terrific T-shirts —Red Sox spelled out in red Hebrew letters on a navy T. At the special pre-game celebration, a Jewish choir sang the national anthem. My family loves going to Sox games—the atmosphere, the game, the weather, and friends and family always make for a good night. It’s better when they win, and we are a little melancholy when they lose. This time, despite the late inning drama and disappointing loss, the experience was special—we got to enjoy the game with our TI family.


An abbreviated version of the student speech delivered at Hebrew College on May 8, 2016 When I was a teen, I had an uneasy relationship with Jewish education. At Hebrew High School in Michigan, I was kicked out of class for asking questions. It was not until studying Torah as an adult at Temple Israel that I began to appreciate the wisdom, beauty—and challenges—of Jewish text. When Me’ah came to Temple Israel with Rabbi Morrison teaching Bible in the first semester, I signed up. The Koran calls the Jews “the People of the Book.” Although that particular Book is the Bible, the common heritage of the three Abrahamic religions, in fact the phrase has broader significance for us. The Midrash tells us at Exodus Rabbah that at Sinai God handed down the entire Bible, but also the Mishnah, the Talmud and Aggadah. In the introduction to his Mishneh Torah, Maimonides wrote that Moses also received the Oral Law at Sinai. Me’ah taught us each text has an author or authors, a place of origin and a historical context that together inform meaning. But whether the words were Divinely written or inspired, or simply human-made, Jewish texts have been at the core of our religion and central to our people over the millennia. Me’ah gave us the gift of those texts. As my classmate, Anne Chalmers, wrote, we learned in Bible that “narrative and legal passages often alternate, mirroring and explicating each other” and that “metaphor conveys meaning to our emotional and physical selves that our rational selves struggle to absorb.” In Rabbinics, we studied how the Jewish people responded to exile by creating the Judaism we know today through the Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash and more. In Medieval, we examined how Jews adopted Islamic forms of expression

For most of us, Me’ah sparked a desire for continued Jewish study and we’re looking forward to future classes

at Temple Israel.

for their own Hebrew poetry, generally faring better under Muslim than under Christian rule. In Modern, we grappled with the impact of the Enlightenment on the Jewish people; it afforded Jews greater freedom to practice their religion, but also for divergent practices and thought. As fellow student, Dru Greenwood observed, “Now, after learning in bits and pieces, I have a coherent framework of the sweep of the Jewish experience as it evolved and continues to evolve. The pieces fit into a whole!” But Me’ah wasn’t just about studying the words on the page. We also learned from those described by Leslie Blachman as “outstanding and inspiring” instructors, and from our classmates, whom Alice Leidner called “a wonderful group of bright, energetic, interesting people.” For most of us, Me’ah sparked a desire for continued Jewish study and we’re looking forward to future classes at Temple Israel. I know I speak for all the graduates in thanking Hebrew College and CJP for creating this innovative program and inviting us to learn and, yes, to question together. | 617-566-3960




By Mark Goodman

The voice, humble but authoritative, was unmistakable. I had heard Dennis Ross on NPR enough times to know that I was standing next to him. I glanced to my right and there he was: a voice of reason in America’s long running Israel debate. And here we were, standing in a crowd ten deep, shoulder to shoulder, trying to catch a glimpse of President Obama as he lit the menorah at the White House Hanukah party. I had a lot of questions, but it didn’t seem like the time and place. The title of Ross’s new book, Doomed to Succeed, captures the paradox and frustration inherent in the long-running peace process, a title with its own tragic irony. Beginning with the creation of the State of Israel, Ross analyzes events in the Middle East, American responses and the “mindset” that characterized each administration from Truman to Obama. Among other benefits, Ross’s book provides historical context for current debates about what it means to be “pro-Israel.” A polarized version of that debate seems to predominate: either the U.S. is an uncritical enabler of Israeli domination of the Palestinians (view from the Left) or the U.S. under Obama has created a distance between the two countries which threatens Israel’s


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security and emboldens its Arab enemies (view from the Right). The discussion would benefit from some historical nuance. U.S. support for Israel has, in fact, ebbed and flowed over the years. We remember that Truman recognized Israel 11 minutes after the UN vote, but we may forget that he maintained an arms embargo and that his national security establishment was against supporting statehood. Anti-Jewish animus was rarely the driving force when American officials sought to distance the US from Israel. While U.S. State Departments over the decades may not have been bastions of philo-Semitism, the primary motivation for pro-Arab initiatives or distancing from Israel has been strategic calculation. Presidents and their State Departments (not always in sync) have feared alienating Arab regimes (or creating an advantage for the Soviets) and thereby jeopardizing our national interests. Ross’s thesis is that this calculation consistently has been proven wrong. We don’t get a return on our investment when we appease Arab interests at the expense of Israel because Arab regimes don’t base their actions on our relationship to Israel; they act from their own perceived interests which are influenced primarily by regional rivalries as well as their own need for American good will. Ross himself is an important actor in the history he recounts. As a lead negotiator at Camp David in 2000 he was instrumental in bringing the two sides as close as they’ve ever been to a resolution of the conflict. After negotiations broke down and violence ensued, the history writing began, with each side trying to characterize the other as the major obstacle. For Ross, most of the blame belonged to Arafat, and he sought to correct what he saw as exculpatory revisionism by some of his co-negotiators. In a letter to the editor of the New York Review of Books in 2001, Ross also looked forward,

S UCC E E D noting that, “…given the damage done by nine months of violence, it will take a long time to create the conditions in which solutions can again be discussed. And that day will not emerge as long as the Palestinians avoid facing painful truths, and leveling with their own public about what is possible and what is not. They, too, must assume responsibility and be accountable.” No doubt. But security conditions eventually did improve, and Israelis responded with the Netanyahu regime.

Ross is attempting to correct the view, persistent in the American national security establishment, that the IsraelPalestinian conflict is at the center of the region’s problems.

As a member of the Obama administration, did Ambassador Ross hold our ally Israel to the same standards of responsibility and constructive dialogue? Obama has been harshly criticized by many in the self-described pro-Israel community as insufficiently supportive of Israel and overly sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. But while the president has sought rhetorical balance in discussing the conflict, his actions—increasing military support, protecting Israel from punitive measures in the U.N.—have followed the traditional pro-Israel script, even when he has been grossly disrespected by Netanyahu. As the Obama administration comes to a close, we are left with the status quo.


support for Israel in the U.S. could change as minority groups with little connection to Israel eventually constitute a majority. The younger generation as well, non-Jewish and Jewish, is more likely to question Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Ross sees a need to counter these trends through “outreach and education” and by not making Israel a partisan issue. It appears that he views these challenges as problems of perception, not policy. He advises countering right-wing trends in Israel that are threatening its civic foundation because “the last thing Israel needs now is to have its basic democratic character called into question.” Similarly, Ross suggests that Israel “take an initiative on peace” in order to “undercut the delegitimization movement.” In a sense, Doomed to Succeed is about correcting misperceptions—flawed assumptions that lead to errors in policy. Ross is attempting to correct the view, persistent in the American national security establishment, that the IsraeliPalestinian conflict is at the center of the region’s problems. In the larger context of radical Islam and regional turmoil, solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Ross, “would not be a game changer in the region.” Perhaps, but Ross’s apparent lack of urgency bears a strong resemblance to the tendencies of the current Israeli administration which has factions that reject even the idea of a Palestinian state. So in the end, Doomed to Succeed takes on another level of irony: the fate of Israel if it maintains the status quo and loses its Jewish democratic soul.

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A JOURNEY TO B’NEI MITZVAH AND BEYOND Rabbi Suzie Jacobson and Roberta Bergstein Over the last year, clergy and education staff have been busy cooking up something fun for our 5th through 7th graders. The Justice League (JL) is an inter-disciplinary community designed to incorporate religious education, social justice experiences, and youth group style fun to prepare our 5th-7th grade students for b’nei mitzvah and beyond. JL is designed for all Temple Israel 5th-7th graders who will become b’nei mitzvah at Temple Israel, whether they are enrolled in our religious school or a local Jewish day school. The JL’s mission is to bring together energetic 5th-7th graders to create dynamic opportunities to explore and become their best selves as they prepare for b’nei mitzvah and beyond. In the JL, kids will: • Discover their own voice within our wisdom tradition; • Realize their unique abilities to impact our world; and • Find their place within our community. JL core programs will include shul-in sleepovers at TI, Sunday Fundays (social justice excursions), Kallot (weekends at camp), and social justice in action projects where students have the opportunity to choose how they want to make a difference in the world. The JL will be led by Education Program Manager Roberta Bergstein, Justice Educator and Organizer Tali Puterman, and a newly created JL “kid-committee.” This fall we will also unveil a new “Justice League Lair,” a space for all JL members to hang out anytime they are at Temple Israel. We can’t wait to kick off a year filled with fun, meaningful justice work, and new friendships.


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by Rabbi Matthew Soffer

On July 8th I led my final “Soul Food Friday” Shabbat service as the Director of the Riverway Project, our community’s 20’s and 30’s engagement initiative. Unlike the 67 prior Soul Food Fridays that I led, this time I made a simple request—that instead of gathering separately at our usual 7:30 p.m. time, we take a “leap of faith” and share our worship experience with the broader Temple Israel community, at 6:00 p.m. outside on Nessel Way. When our Temple Israel leadership founded the Riverway Project in 2001, it was a counter-cultural venture. No synagogue in America had yet invested its resources so stoutly in connecting young adults to Jewish life. But the problem was blaring and dire. You could enter virtually any synagogue in the country, look around on Friday night, and see practically no one in his or her late teens to late-30’s. That is a 20-year absence in connection to synagogues. If synagogues are meant to be centers for lifelong connection to the Jewish community, then complacency with a 20-year gap of engagement is the very definition of negligence. In the face of this reality, TI had the guts to do what no other community had done: invest; let go of the assumption that “if you build it they will come,” and instead “meet them where they’re at;” hire a rabbi to reach out into neighborhoods; build community from the ground up. This zealous commitment to engagement is largely what attracted me to enter this community seven years ago. Nevertheless, it took me that length of time to realize that Temple Israel’s investment in Riverway wasn’t only about ensuring that young adults had a synagogue to go to. It was equally about making sure that this community had young adults among us. It was about Diversity. Temple Israel has a prophetic hunger for Diversity. We kindle Diversity like a Sabbath candle: if we neglect it, we lose part of our soul. Diversity shines upon all areas of our community. In our education work, under the leadership of Rabbi Jacobson and our devoted

lay leaders, we continually recognize and celebrate the differences among our students; differences in backgrounds, learning processes, and all sorts of identities. We see every single student as uniquely endowed with his or her own sacred gifts. In our worship and prayer culture, our communication with God encompasses what Rabbi Zecher aptly calls “integrative theology,” embracing the wondrously variegated ways that our people connect with meaning and holiness. We also celebrate—not just tolerate but cherish—the interfaith aspects of our community. We have family members in the “Jewish orb” of TI who are Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims, and so many of these families have found peace and spiritual authenticity within the warmth of TI’s inclusive embrace. And the value of Diversity fuels our voracious pursuit of justice. Internalizing Deuteronomy’s injunction, “v’ahavtem et hageir ki geirim hayitem b’Eretz Mitzrayimyou shall love the Other, for you were the Other in the land of Egypt” (10:19), we will never be satisfied until loving appreciation for the “otherness of the Other” becomes manifest in the streets of our cities and the social policies of our land. In that joint Qabbalat Shabbat service, looking out upon the community of some 300 people, I saw: half were between the ages of 22-40; Jews and non-Jews, multiple races, ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. I saw congregants who are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. I saw members above the age of 80, and I saw my five-week-old daughter. I saw strangers showing up for the first time, with curiosity on their faces, as they wondered: who are these people singing in the middle of the street? And then I saw that we had volunteers standing at the entrance, smiling, ready to tell them: “welcome to Temple Israel of Boston.” | 617-566-3960





By Rabbi Suzie Jacobson Since Temple Israel’s inception in 1854, we have been a center for Jewish living and learning in the greater Boston area. We are known as a place committed to deep Jewish scholarship, a community that is unafraid to ask the difficult questions and think about Judaism in new and exciting ways. Temple Israel is a synagogue where some of the greatest Jewish teachers, preachers and learners have gathered to find deeper meaning, understand our shared history and incubate ideas for a new generation. Building upon the wonderful Torah study, clergy teaching and learning opportunities that are already staples in our yearly calendar, in the 5777 year we will be piloting an educational structure for our generation: The Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel. This center is initiated by clergy and the newly re-launched adult education committee led by co-chairs Gabriella Strecker and Ted Greenwood. The Center will organize adult learning in four primary “locations” throughout our calendar: • The Open Door, introductory courses and content such as introduction to Judaism and basic Hebrew classes; • The Town Hall, large events for the whole community, including our endowed lecture series; • The Classroom, varied opportunities to learn Jewish content in small groups with TI clergy, and local rabbis and scholars; and • The Beit Midrash, learning experiences cultivated and facilitated by TI members, particularly TILLI our initiative for life-long learners.


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Though there will be new learning opportunities in each setting, we are excited to pilot a new structure for classroom learning. On Monday evenings we will offer courses in Jewish history, philosophy, theology, and culture, taught by eminent scholars in the Boston area. On Thursday evenings we will hold text study courses in Bible and Rabbinics, led by local rabbis and rabbinical students. On Sundays we will debut our “Spiritual Practice Lab,” which will include a series on prayer and alternative spirituality led by Rabbi Suzie Jacobson, classes in Jewish meditation, yoga, Israeli Dance and Jewish singing, half day spiritual retreats with leaders in Jewish spirituality, and more. In addition, our TI clergy will each hold monthly, early morning study groups and will continue to offer Torah study each Shabbat morning. No matter your schedule, interest, or background in Judaics, you will find a course that works for you. The introduction of the Center for Adult Jewish Learning represents Temple Israel’s commitment to remain a central location for Jewish education in the Boston area. Through strategic partnerships with Jewish organizations such as Hebrew College, The Jewish Arts Collaborative, and Israeli Stage, we will highlight the best of Jewish Boston within our gates and create opportunities for all to deepen their connection to Judaism, enhance personal knowledge and encourage spiritual and intellectual growth. In Pirkei Avot, the rabbis give this advice for our Torah study –“Turn it, and turn it, for everything is in it. Reflect on it and grow old and gray with it. Don’t turn from it, for nothing is better than it.” Join us as we mine the richness of our tradition, turning it and exploring it as we discover new wisdom for our generation.

LIFE CYCLES Please note: the birthdays and anniversaries listed are celebrating milestones whose year ends in 0 or 5. AUGUST ANNIVERSARIES


15 Years Andrew and Allyson Jaffe Lisa and Jeffrey Kerrigan Ralf & Fiona Kuriyel

10 Years Adam and Rita Weiner

20 Years Abby and Brett Gordon 25 Years Tom and Bonnie Leighton Gary & Melissa Tearney 30 Years Susan and Mitchell Halpert David and Lisa Hartstein 45 Years Robert and Glenda Fishman David and Rhoda Trietsch 50 Years Boris and Svetlana Libman 55 Years Donald and Louise Brightman

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES 10 Years Allison Blecker and Liz Kleinerman Seth and Staci Kosto Erica and Dan Queen 20 Years Robert and Gloria Ricles 30 Years James Cooper and Susan Horwitz 45 Years Celia and Richard Kaplan 50 Years Bernard and Janet Aserkoff 55 Years Irving and Sharon Gates David and Nancy Kaplan

20 Years Ellen Sigman and Howard Marget Steven and Sarah Smith 30 Years Malcolm and Nadene Freeman 35 Years Bradley Gerratt and Susan Powers Jose and Amy Sicairos Ronald White and Andrea Stern 40 Years Maureen and Michael Kerstein 60 Years Joan and Richard Benjamin Carl and Joan Shiffman 65 Years Judge Herbert and Joan Abrams 70 Years Alexander and Julia Feinberg

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS Remi Dansinger Stacy Doniger Betya Dybner Paula Folkman Sara Forster Sara Gewurz Kate Goldfield Robert Gray Wendy Jacobs Linda Kay Lyudmila Klimovitsky Alexandr Klimovitsky Helen Kolsky Jonathan Krasner Saul Kurlat Jennifer Lerman Charles Levin Richard Levine Paul Lipsitt Sharen Litwin Ricki Morell Robert Pozen Ashley Raven William Renthal

Leah Rosen Maggie Samuels Samuel Schneider Madelyn Schreider Adam Siegel Stanley Siegel Carol Silver Robert Solomon Benjamin Sorrell Iris Tomlak Gil Walter Laurie Yoken Torrey Young Ben Zeskind

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS Tracy Alexander Eric Aronson Lizzie Bell Amy Branger Ronnie Bretholtz Stanley Cavell George Demetri Candace Feldman Alisa Finkel Marsha Frenkel Marcia Gilman Deborah Green Sabrina Karpe Seth Kosto Ross Krasnow Brent Levinson Mark Miller Elizabeth Pozen Dana Proyect Gloria Ricles Andrea Roberts Michael Shepsis Grigoriy Shteyntsayg Roger Sperber Lisa Sturtz Steve Subrin Tony Swartz-Lloyd Melissa Tearney Cindy Varga Emily Weber Jacob Wessel Jonathan Wheeler

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS Gail Ames Jodi Anthony Jean Aserkoff Natanya Auerbach Rose Bell-Ramos Stephanie Berkson Stephanie Bloom John Bookston Amy Booxbaum Rick Borovoy Marilyn Burnes Cherina Eisenberg John Fisher Andrew Franks Matthew Friedman Serena Fujita Chris Garabedian Roger Gottlieb Lisa Grobstein Jonathan Hurwitz James Hyde Shirley Kressel Rachel Krupsky Michael Kuchta Tom Leighton Robert Lepson Bluma Lesch Shirley Levy Nicole Lipson Robert Marcus Lillian Marshall Michelle Oksman Marilyn Pritikin David Rosenberg Carol Rumpler Michelle Schlesinger Joanna Shapiro Rebecca Shuffain Dina Siegal Marlene Skvirsky Susan Smith Benjamin Smith Jordan Smoller Richard Speyer Courtney Stano Lillian Stern Sara Strand Laura Unflat Beth Waisburd Michael Wexler Marilyn Winer Lorraine Zimmerman | 617-566-3960


LIFE CYCLES AUGUST B’NEI MITZVAH • Emma Shaich daughter of Nancy and Ron Shaich on August 27

RECENT DEATHS • Ruth Backman sister of Robert Fanger • Harvey Burstein

SEPTEMBER B’NEI MITZVAH • Ava Linas daughter of Deborah Goldman and Benjamin Linas on September 3 • Louise Goldenberg daughter of Eve Goldenberg on September 10

• Maureen Coyne sister of Christine Bierbrier • Bernice “Bunny” Davis mother of Jonathan Davis • Estelle H. Falik mother of Janet Aserkoff

• Sabrina Charlotte Smith daughter of Lisa Danetz and Craig Smith on September 17 • Jeremy Jacobson son of Daniel and Nannette Jacobson on September 24

OCTOBER B’NEI MITZVAH • Jonathan Ellis Haber and Caroline Esther Haber children of Ellen Cohen and Daniel Haber on October 1 • Marta Celeste Abrams daughter of Debra Lefkovic-Abrams and Joshua Abrams on October 8 • Iris Beatrice Bishins daughter of Sarah and Andrew Bishins on October 15 • Greta Huang daughter of Nicole Monahan and SiJing Huang on October 22 • Laura Lowe daughter of Susan Mann and David Lowe on October 22 • Rayna Chase Rose daughter of Sharon Broder and David Rose on October 29

NOVEMBER B’NEI MITZVAH • Oliver Max Wyner son of Giang and James Wyner on November 5 • Olivia Gordon daughter of Abby and Brett Gordon on November 12 • Daniel Kremer son of Rachel Glennerster and Michael Kremer on November 19 • Zachary Solem son of Jennifer and Eric Solem on November 26


• Kalman Fellman father of Deborah Gandre • Hannah Felder sister of Gabe Padawer • Ellie Jacobson sister of JoJo Schwartz Jacobson • Melvin Kitt uncle of Sarah Minden • Marilyn Lass grandmother of Eric Lass and great-grandmother of Hannah and Abby • Charles Landay father of Lori Landay and grandfather of Sammy and Jason Cownie • Judie Leventhal mother of Nancy Leventhal and grandmother of Lilli Silverston

• Sarah and Alexander Bick on the birth of their daughter Amelia Elizabeth • Ellen Clegg and Ellen Zucker on their marriage • Rachel Cohen and Ari Mervis on the birth of their daughter Dani Jordan Covis • Michael and Jill Glazer on the birth of their grandson Gavin Howard Hittman • Fran and John Godine on the marriage of their son Josh to Karen Meyers • Elizabeth and Robert Katz, parents, John and Amy Berylson, grandparents, Richard and Susan Smith, great-grandparents, Jennifer and Jonathan Block, aunt and uncle, Dana and Robert Smith, great-aunt and uncle and Debbie Knez, great-aunt, on the birth of Sara Elizabeth Katz • Jessica Klapman and Sam Slater on the birth of their son James Phillip Slater • Lenny and Helen Krulewich on the birth of their granddaughter Sawyer Lexington Krulewich

• Carol Levin

• Richard and Susan Edman-Levitan on the engagement of their daughter Amelia to Joe Bayley

• Peter Monahan father of Nicole Monahan and grandfather of Petra, Greta, Marcalla and Isa Huang

• Jordana and Jarrod Needle, parents, and Susan Shief, grandmother, on the birth of Berel Edward

• Michael Plotkin grandfather of Slava Menn

• Cantors Roy Einhorn and Jodi Sufrin on the birth of their grandson Kai Raymond Kusida

• Richard (Dick) Rachins husband of Arlene Rachins • Sylvia Salzman Richlin mother of Dean Richlin • Richard Weintraub brother of Robert Weintraub

WE CONGRATULATE • Anita Bender on the birth of her twin great-grandsons Joseph Zachary Tumolo and Joshua Ralph Tumolo

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• George and Ellen Fishman on the birth of their grandson Jacob Earl Gero • Kelly and David-Alexandre Gros on the birth of their son Nathaniel • Mark and Stephanie Kalb on the birth of their son Ezra Nelson • Debra Kocar and Jerry Davidson on the engagement of their daughter Rachel to Benjamin Tornatore • Glen and Lori Laffel on the marriage of their daughter Corey to Benjamin Solon

LIFE CYCLES • Peter Miller and Elizabeth Kwo on the birth of their son Aiden Kwo Miller • Amy Richman and Jim Caron on the birth of their granddaughter Amelia Caron Lim • Mark Rysman and Michelle Ephraim on the birth of their daughter Maya Camille

• Alexandra and Chris Saltis, parents, and Sy and Debby Raboy, great-grandparents, on the birth of Evelyn Rose Saltis

• Brigid Samburg and Andy Tarsy on the birth of their daughter Hazel Samburg Tarsy

• Arthur Segel and Patti Saris, grandparents, Ruth Saris, great-grandmother and Jim and Mimi Segel, great-uncle and aunt, on the birth of Julian Clay Thaler

• Amy and Jose Sicairos on the birth of their granddaughter Liliana Frances McCarthy

• Rabbi Matt and Nicole Vengrove Soffer on the birth of their daughter Carmel Phoebe

• Julie Unger and Matthew Wallace on the birth of their son Lennox Allston

YAHRZEITS July 31 - August 6

Sarah Abrahamson Rabbi David Bear Alpert Benjamin Banks Evelyn Barlow Irene Goldbarg Bennett Stanley Joseph Berkman Benjamin Bernson Herman Cofman Nathan Daniels Herman Feffer Leona Fishel Frederick Frank Ida Carolyn Goldman Hannah Leah Gorin Laurence Gross William Harting Mary Hitt Hyman Hubbard Isabel Baker Hurwitz Tekla Huvos Bernard Kaplan Irving Klein H. Louis Kramer Sidney Lampert Frank Lanes Anna Simons Levin S. Bernard “Buddy” Lieberman Mary Mades Joseph Margolis Fannie Barban Mehlman Leo Milner David Nadell Saul Norman Nectow Elizabeth Pfeffer Frances Greenberg Polin David A. Ramler Ella Frankfurter Rogers Ellen Berman Sandler Abraham Schilder Dorothy Shapiro Gertrude Sherman Grace Cohen Shohet Edna Shpiner Pauline Singer Frances Steinberg Marion Rutt Steinberg Berthold Stern

Michael Miller Sulkin Jo Ann Tackeff Toledano Frank Wallace David Weintraub Charles Yallum

August 7 - 13

Bessie Strauss Abraham Sylvia Hanauer Adelson Gerald Auerbach Louis Berenberg Ellen Lois Berman Charles Brown Maurice Cherazie Celia Davis Bessie Fellman Israel Fellman Phyllis Hyde Fisher Irving Flax Gerald Flaxer Leah Nataupsky Freedman Joseph Goldman Evelyn Goodman Adele Adler Gordon Rebecca Gorin Louis Hermanson Siegfried Horowitz Jacob Kaplan Maurice Keezer Murray Koblenzer Lena Salter Kulvin Fannie Freedman Leavitt Leon Levenson Milton Linden Lewis Martinson Laurence Meyer Rhea Miller Barbara Astroff Morse Sandra Vogel Nagelberg Morris Narva Wendy Jane Nessel Aaron Perlmutter Evelyn Poretsky Rebecca Leven Roberts Rhoda Rosenthal Ruth Rothenberg Betsy Rubin Anna Sandler

David Seder Ruth Segel Harvey Shwartz Benjamin Sieve Ronald David Sigel Benjamin Spelfogel Hyman Stern Sumner Stroyman Arthur Tapper Pauline Bunshaft Wasby Abraham Weisberg Betty Kahn White

August 14 - 20

Arnold Bernard Adelman Nathan Bierbrier Esther Cibel Eleanor Grossman Cohen Bella Diamond Adolph Freedman Max Geller Benjamin Goldberg Eva A. Goldberg Charlotte Goodman Montie Gordon William Irving Gorfinkle Helaine Gorin Joyce Forman Groper Stella Sydeman Grossman Albert Gutterman Sally Frank Kaplan Judy Bailen Kateman Nan Bennett Kay Saul Maurice Marcus. Frances Michaelson Maurice Miller Howard Muellner Lorna Marilyn Phillips Charlotte (Dolly) Rabb Bernard Morris Rivkin Samuel Rosenberg Fay Rotenberg Minna Dreyfus Rubenstein Claire Sandberg Fannie Saxe Faye Zeichik Schenk Burton Donald Segal Harry Benjamin Shpiner

Lillian Rosenberg Silbert Selma R. Singer Jacob George Sloane Melvin Starensier Emanuel Starr Yetta Steinfeld Arthur Stroyman Bertha Swartz Russell Lee Theise Harold I. Trietsch Paul Allan Weiner Fred H. Wolff Meyer Victor Wunsch Herschel I. Yesley Taffy Zimbler

August 21 - 27

Sally Laskoff Abrams Doris Stern Bacharach Henry Jacob Bakst Florence Berke Samuel Berkman Alice Bloomberg Harriett Slome Brownstein Irving Canner Florence Bloomberg Cerf Henrietta Nast Cofman Walter Corty Lena Damon Zelda Davis Frances Ebert Mitchell Roy Emers Rose Escovitz Milton Feinberg Philip Furshman Molly Galpert Abraham Gashin Jerry Nathan Goldberg Meyer Harold Goldman Jacob Bernard Gordon Naomi Virginia Hambro Audrey Hoffman Richard Loring Hyde Maurice Jacobs Stanley Kaplan Leon Kessler Anna Klein Emmanuel Kurland | 617-566-3960


YAHRZEITS Walter Landau Norman Levin Sam Levin Aaron Levin Bernard Levine Fannie Loitman Edward Markell Andrew McAfee Frances Mordecai Carolyn Levin Morrill Viola Myers Sidney Palder Frank Popper Bella Porter Irving Rabb Avner Rakov Joseph Rapaport Sylvia Rice Adele Robbins Sumner “Sonny� Rodman Ralph Harold Schein Isaac M. Sholkin Joseph Moses Shurdut Bessie Slesinger Jeanette Snyder Simon Dr. Herman M. Strauss Julia Goodman Thurman Mae Vernon Efrem Weinreb Florence Mendelsohn Weiss Rose Wekstein Florence Esther Winograd Abraham Joseph Wolfe Albert David Zecher Miriam Zuckerman

August 28 - September 3 Gustaf Abrams Shirley Zolloto Abrams Frank Alter Miriam Aserkoff Paul Barrabee Herbert Quint Bayard Gabriel Becker Gertrude Berman Harry Braude Etta Casson Anna Burstein Cohen David Einhorn Rae Goldman Sophia Goldstein Marcia Greenglass Jacob Gruberger Paul Haas Benjamin Helman Esther Hershkovitz Ruth Horwitz Omar King Isidore Kressel Rae Krokyn Walter Lewis Elaine Marcus


Harry Marks Beatrice Miller Anna Mitnick Otto Myers Barnet Nemrow Joseph Parker David Passer Beatrice Hirsh Poorvu Ida Droker Queen Irving Rosner Samuel Sackman Charlotte S. Sallinger Daniel Saltzberg Sally Viola Sieve Rebecca Silverman Rose Silverstein Lila Ginsburg Simberg Annie Snyder Ida Snyder Miriam Brief Solomovitz Hyman Sperber Martha Alland Sperber Oscar Sterman Myra Bresky Ullman Sarah Werner Anna Frank Wolfman Robert Yallum

September 4 - 10

Donald Howard Alberts Elizabeth Davidson Alland Linda Lurie Alpers Peter Belfer Marshall L. Berkman Max S. Bloom Morris Bronstein Matthew Brown Melissa Remedi Brown Frances Goldman Dana Sylvia Kanter Davis Irene Grass Faneuil Martin Faurer Sidney Fish Benjamin Gargill Isaac Goldstein Ida Standel Greenberg Harry Harpel Fannie Horwitz Morton Jolles Florence Kahn Joseph Maurice Krasnoff Harry Krosner Ida Levensohn Harold Margolis Kimberly Anne Markell Mathilde Queen Rose S. Rachlin Helmer Raphael Frank Reinherz Samuel Schaffer Sarah Shain Alan Shoolman

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Esther Singer Alan David Solar Hyman Swig Mildred Tarshish Edith Trietsch Ellen Wilf Lilla Morse Wolfson Mark Yesley Albert Zolloto

September 11 - 17

Sara Ackerman Billie Bernhard Belloff David Berkman Robert Bookston Edith Reinstein Bufferd Marie Coyne Morris Feldberg Laurence Fine Benjamin Finn Hyman Freedman Sylvia Gilman Marion Goldman Alfred Grossman Ida Mae Kahn Meier Karp Elizabeth Kirshen Joseph Bernard Klein Nick Knez Herbert Monroe Kramer Jennie Levine Lillian Levy Clarence Lipman James Lippman Eli London Esther Brief Maixner Maurice Masters Paul Milch Jessica Miller Luba Okun Doris Panoff Maynard Petkun Louis Pinkos Ernestine Potter Mary Price Nathan Rodman Richard Ross Ellsworth Sherin Belle Shine Beatrice Diana Sigel Minna Steinfeld Helen Marion Ulin Simon Vorenberg Jacob Wallace Abe Leon Wise

September 18 - 24 Lawrence Baker Ralph Bender Saul Berman Nancy Bower Herman Brightman

Justin Livingston Bromberg Harvey Chopp Samuel Cline Robert Feer Anne Rubin Feinberg Philip Frieze Maurice Gans Samuel Leon Gargill Goldie Gilbert David Ginsburg Lester Glasser Louis Lazar Goldstein Edna Grace Marjorie Gunner Barry Lass Sarah Levensohn Walter Sabin Levenson David Lewis Seymour Logan Judith Sabin Meisel Max Miller Marcel Pfeffer Harold Isaac Reingold Selma Rosen Rachael Gertrude Rosenberg Mollie Sagansky Bertha Levene Schein Leonard Leo Schulman Gerald Segel Nathan Shiffman Leo Sieve Ruth Eleanor Silver Rose Mary Sloane Rebecca Smilg Morris Tarlin Herman Louis Tritter Augustus Weiscopf Charles Weiscopf Lester Werman Samuel Winograd

September 25 - October 1 Aaron Alpern Deborah Barron Blazar Mina Bloom Benjamin Chefitz Samson Cohen Adolph Dinner Celia Traister Feldman Theodore Feldman Lena Frank Reeva Porter Freeman Rosalind Sperber Frye Edith Gargill Joseph Samuel Ginsburg Beryl David Gorin Celia Hodess Harold Horvitz Louis Hyneman Ida Sarah Kanter William Koster Pauline Kuhn

YAHRZEITS Celia Kupferman Bernard Kusmin Jacob Lerman Hyman Levensohn Inez Werman Levenson Dorothy June Levy Frances Levy Sarah Libin Andrew Mark Lippard Joseph Marder Myer Marder Rita May Amelia Spring Morris Naima Simha Murad Elsie Porter Fannie Ramler Ethel Rogal Herbert Warren Rubin Michael Rudnick Abraham Sapers Joel Neal Shapiro Marian Smith Meyer Tattenbaum Jacob Toochinsky Theodore Towvim Elmore Yallum

October 2 - 8

Louis Barron Maria Benado Jean Benjamin Bessie Ruth Berman Tal Berman Ida Bornstein Ralph Brody Morris Zavel Burstein Charles Cohen Harry Aaron Cohen Adolph Ehrlich Gary Fisher Robert Forrest Charles Augustus Goldman Jack Gottlieb Morris Hershkovitz Morris Holtz Lena Holzman Reuben Kaplan Anna Wasserman Kohn Ethel Krosner Leonard Lappin Harry Liebmann Abraham Leopold Loewenstein Celia London Sarah Lotto Arthur Benjamin Lourie Gertrude Martinson Gary Mendelson Louis Milender Harold Miller Lewis Miller Louis Edward Morse Arthur Moser Joel Mark Noe

Benjamin George Phillips Abraham Edward Pinanski Michael Porter Joseph Rosen Louis Rosenthal Harold Dana Rudginsky Harry Otis Sandberg Hyman Schatz Arthur Schein Joan Baylor Schilder Charlotte Grass Schneider Joseph Segal Clarence Shapero Robert Sherer Isadore Silverman Frieda Mikels Smith Paul Sobel Julius Stern David Stoneman Daniel Swerling Sherry Jill Tucker Howard Jay Wolfe

October 9 - 15

Leah Banash Samuel Barkin James Berns Margareta Bernson Newman Biller Lottie Caplan Hope Lynn Edinburg Beth Einhorn Gertrude Mazur Feldman Max Goldman Zelda Grass Carl M. Haas Bertha Herman Harris Bertha Holtz George Nathaniel Kalish Ethylene Winberg Kaplan Ida Kirsner Helene Kramer Gallagher Murray Bernard Lepie Colman Levin Irving Levy Lillian Loeb Kattie Marder Harry Meilman Goldie Novins Max Plutzky Sidney Rabb Sophia Charak Reinherz Jacob Riemer Ida Robinson Estelle Rosenberg Dorothy Rosenthal Maurice Savitz Lotte Scheiberg Diana Karr Schrager Ruth Gordon Shapiro Bess Weisberg Silver Harold Singer Laila Karnes Slater

Samuel Sidney Stoneman Ruth Sondheim Vigman Louis Wax Aaron Weissman Wilfred Werner Dianne Wilderman Hy Winer Louise Zelermyer

October 16 - 22

Ruth Sleeper Adler Robert Benjamin Hyman Berkman Ernestine Birnbaum Nathan Brezner Jack Goddard Brown Phyllis Levine Dana Marjorie Edenfeld Spencer Frankl Florence Silverman Franks Otto Fromholz Blanche Gass Manuel Morris Glazier Pearl Goldshine Aaron Lee Goodman Abraham Gordon Alfred Grass Julia Greenberg Rose Greenberg Arthur Halpern Rezso Robert Hidasi Leonard Kaplan Sarah Karp Gertrude Wasserman Korshak Dora Lanes Edith Kohn Levine Mark Levine Norman Mandel Susan Strauss Manello Ida Marder Ralph May Michael Michael Harriet Phillips Morse David Murad Vivian Neyman Esther Roslind Norman Gertrude Popper Ethel Presson Ellen Raphael Dora Richmond Milton Robinson Joseph Rogers Roy Ross Frances Finn Rothberg Morris Shapiro Myron Silbert Edith Winter Sperber Carl Albert Steinbaum Louis Strauss Rose Swartz Frieda Silbert Ullian Ida Wallick Sadie Cohen Weinreb

October 23 - 29

Quincy Abrams Ida Allen Herman Blum Bessie Braude S. Sydney DeYoung Violet Eisenberg Harry Elbinger Isabelle Epstein Sadie Freedland Robert Eliot Freeman Sarah Gordon Captain Mack Greenberg Herman Grollman Joseph Guttentag Elise Lottie Haas Fannie Hanauer Melvin Hanauer Belle Helman Steven Helman Bernard “Bud� Hodess Frances Maxine Jacobson Joseph Kaplowitz Golda Rudner Karlin David Karp Leon Knapp Phyllis Knez Max Kotler Irving Kotlier Frances Kramer Ralph Jon Krensky Gerda Lanes James Levensohn Dora Levin Harriet Levin Rose Winer Levin Edward William Levine Jacob Levy Faye Buchhalter Lewis Samuel Lurie Richard Muellner David Pokross William Rodman Pokross Bessie Printz Morris Rostau Stanley Sandberg Jessie Harris Savitz Helen Miller Shamus Roy Sheinwald Dorothy Hoffman Sherin Freda Silver Charles Singer Esther Small David Saul Smith Elihu Smulow Judith Rodgers Smulow Herman Steinfeld Mark Steinfeld Ethel Tishler Barbara Yamins Weinreb Murray Weiss | 617-566-3960



In loving memory of Phillip F. Faneuil on his yahrzeit • From Robert Faneuil • From Nancy Faneuil King


In honor of Macey Miller’s 85th birthday • From Harriet and Richard Steinberg • From Sue and Mark Misselbeck • From Barry Weisman and Michele Fishel • From Arthur and Natalie Schatz

In loving memory of Pearl Seegel on her yahrzeit • From Richard and Virginia Seegel In appreciation of Rabbi Friedman for his officiation at the funeral of Eleanor Levine • From Bill and Vicki Abrams In loving memory of Harry and Pearl Young, Luba and Murray Lepie and Jeffrey Lepie • From Sara and Michael Lepie In loving memory of my father, Reginald Morse, and my grandfather, Jacob Charles Morse, on their yahrzeits • From Janet Morse Fox In appreciation of Rabbi Friedman, Rabbi Zecher and Cantor Einhorn for officiating at our grandson, Avi’s, Bar Mitzvah • From Paul and Janet Kramer In memory of my friend, Walter Cahners, husband of Sue Cahners • From Dr. Edward Sleeper In memory of Estelle Falik, mother of Janet Aserkoff • From Sue Misselbeck • From Arthur Segel In honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Jeffrey Isaac Perrin, grandson of Sandy and Don Perrin • From Mark and Sue Misselbeck In honor of Rabbi Zecher • From The Wexler-Lipman Families A donation • From An Anonymous Donor In memory of Sylvia Rosen, mother of Carol Kur • From Sandy and Don Perrin

In memory of my beloved husband, Alvan D. Finn, on his yahrzeit • From Lois Finn In appreciation of Rabbi Ronne Friedman for his meaningful leadership of the Shiva Minyan for my mother, Estelle Falik • From Janet and Bernie Aserkoff In appreciation of Rabbis Bernard Mehlman, Matthew Soffer and Elaine Zecher for a sweet weekend celebrating Jake Zucker’s Bar Mitzvah and the wedding of Ellen Clegg and Ellen Zucker • From Ellen Clegg and Ellen Zucker In honor of my incredible granddaughter, Abigail Lily Sommers, daughter of Marilyn and Sam Sommers, who became a Bat Mitzvah on June 18 • From Linda Samuels In honor of Rabbi Friedman’s many years of service to Temple Israel • From Ralph and Jean Aserkoff In memory of our beloved mothers, Rosemarie Misselbeck and Ruth Rudnick, on their yahrzeits • From Mark and Sue Misselbeck In appreciation of Cantor Einhorn for his officiation at the funeral of my sister Liz Schwartz • From Doug Schwartz and Beth Marcus In honor of Don Putnoi’s special birthday and in honor of Fran and Don’s anniversary • From Sue and Mark Misselbeck

In honor of Don Putnoi’s special birthday • From Ellen Rovner and Michael Zimman • From Carol and Mitch Kur In appreciation of Rabbis Friedman and Zecher and Cantor Einhorn for their loving and joyous participation in our daughterin-law Randi’s conversion to Judaism • From Ellen Rovner and Michael Zimman In appreciation of Rabbi Zecher • From Sue Cahners In appreciation for the parts Rabbi Zecher and Cantor Einhorn played in supporting our family in mourning and in the beautiful and moving funeral service for my father Arnold Levin • From Loretta Wieczner A donation • From An Anonymous Donor In appreciation of Rabbi Zecher for her officiation at the unveiling of my mother Alma Tarlow • From Lisbeth Tarlow In memory of Boris G. Guralnik on his yahrzeit • From Perla Guralnik In honor of the birth of Kai Raymond Kusida • From Ellen Steinbaum and Jim Dalsimer • From Ellen Rovner and Michael Zimman In appreciation of Rabbi Jacobson and Cantor Einhorn for their loving involvement in Libby Glazer’s Bat Mitzvah • From Paul and Liane Clamen Glazer In appreciation of Cantor Einhorn and Rabbi Zecher for officiating at our daughter, Jenny’s, Bat Mitzvah. Their support and encouragement both before and during the service added warmth and made it personal • From Steve and Nancy Gerber

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CONTRIBUTIONS In memory of Sylvia Richlin, mother of Dean Richlin • From Arthur Segel

In appreciation of Rabbi Mehlman and Sue Misselbeck for their support with Ayla’s Aliyah application • From Tracy Rich


In memory of our beloved parents, Shirley and Maurice Krasnoff and Bernice and Herman Snyder • From Stephen and Rosalie Snyder

In appreciation of Rabbi Friedman for his officiation at the wedding of our daughter Alexandra to Richard Smith • From Suzanne Salamon and Alan Einhorn

In memory of Hannah Felder, sister of Gabe Padawer • From Sue Misselbeck

In honor of Rabbi Friedman to wish him Kol ha-Kavod for his rabbinic career at Temple Israel • From Robert and Barbara Koppel

In honor of Anita Bender for all her years of devoted service • From Robert Abrams

In memory of Estelle Falik, mother of Janet Aserkoff • From Don and Fran Putnoi

A donation • From Anita Bender • From Paula Folkman • From Seymour Small and Joan Rachlin • From Ellen Steinbaum and Jim Dalsimer

In appreciation of Rabbi Friedman and all he has done for my family • From Diane Rose

With congratulations to Rabbi Zecher for becoming senior rabbi of Temple Israel • From Robert and Barbara Koppel In memory of Kalman Fellman, father of Deborah Gandre • From Jeanne Traxler and Robert Goisman In loving memory of my mother, Rose Freedman, on her yahrzeit • From Barbara Cohen A donation • From An Anonymous Donor In memory of my beloved father, George I. Kaplan, on his yahrzeit • From Ellen Kaplan Kardon In honor of the birth of Julian Clay Thaler, grandson of Patti Saris and Arthur Segel • From Sue Misselbeck In memory of Ellie Jacobson, sister of JoJo Schwartz Jacobson • From Sue Misselbeck In memory of Bernice “Bunny” Davis, mother of Jonathan Davis • From Sandy and Don Perrin • From Arthur Segel In memory of Carol Levin • From Janet Fox



In memory of Ellie Jacobson sister of JoJo Schwartz Jacobson • From Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer


In honor of the special birthday of Robert Sage • From Louise Freedman In honor of the special birthday of Claire Saxe • From Louise Freedman In honor of the special birthday of Nancy Raphael • From Louise Freedman In honor of the special anniversary of Bert and Faye Romm • From Louise Freedman


In loving memory of our grandson, Jesse Friedman, on his yahrzeit • From Sam and Ina Friedman Starobin

In honor of Rabbi Friedman for his years of sensitive and much appreciated friendship • From Rosalie and Stephen Snyder

In appreciation of Rabbi Friedman for his officiation at the funeral of our mother, Anna Castleman • From Paul Castleman, Jean Chase and Ruth Griffin In appreciation of Sue Misselbeck for her emotional support and her practical advice through the illness and death of our mother Anna Castleman • From Paul Castleman, Jean Chase and Ruth Griffin We are grateful for the many years Rabbi Friedman was part of our family life cycle events, with his warmth, kindness and rabbinic “presence” that enriched us all • From Bernie and Janet Aserkoff A small token of an enormous appreciation and gratitude for all Rabbi Friedman has done for us and for the Temple community • From Howard Levine With gratitude • From the Jeanne (z’l) and Jonathan Benjamin Family In memory of Dr. Justin L. Richman on his yahrzeit • From Donna Richman and Mike Ehrenberg

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CONTRIBUTIONS In honor of the Bar Mitzvah of our grandson Jeffrey Isaac Perrin and with special thanks to Rabbi Bernard Mehlman, Rabbi Ronne Friedman and Rabbi Edgar Nof • From Sandy and Don Perrin In honor of Rabbi Ronne and Irene Friedman and in appreciation of their love and friendship • From Hara Waldman and Hal Stern In memory of Shirley Miller, mother of Marilyn Suzanne Miller • From Roberta Steinberg and Avishai Shafrir In honor of Don Putnoi’s special birthday • From Lisa Leavitt and Steve Jermanok A Donation • From Richard and Wendy Levine


From April 5, 2016-June 30, 2016

Kindness $5,000-$9,999 William & Denise Finard Stephanie & Brian Spector Justin & Genevieve Wyner Inspiration $3,600-$4,999 Century Bank Marshall and Barbara Sloane Jonathan and Linda Kay Barry Weisman & Michele Fishel Vision $1,800-$3,599 Laurence Bailen & Jennifer Weber Dayl Cohen Andrew & Allyson Jaffe Jason & Erinn Rhodes Gregg & Polly Ribatt David & Terry Yoffie Michael Zimman & Ellen Rovner Connection $1,000-$1,799 Alan Einhorn & Suzanne Salamon David & Donna Frieze Friends up to $999 Anonymous (3) David Banash Richard & Linda Barnes Joseph & Deborah Bates Caroline & Josh Beer Carl & Barbara Berke

Ellen Beth & Detlev Suderow David Boymel Mallory Bram Irma Bubis Camp Micah Richard & Wendy Cohen Nancy & Gerald Cutler David Dalgarno & Brenda Hochberg James Dalsimer & Ellen Steinbaum Lisa Danetz & Craig Smith Daniel & Lisa Davis Dan & Amy Deutsch Marsha Feinberg Georgia & Jesse Feldman Todd & Andrea Finard Joan Florsheim Janet Fox Louise Freedman Ralph Freidin Rabbi Ronne & Irene Friedman Elsa Galdston Jeffrey & Amy Glass Friedhelm Glauner & David HaidacherBassong John & Frances Godine Andrew & Shoshanna Goldberg Tanya Goldwyn Naomi Gordon Sylvia Green Jessica Greenfield & Paul Hummel Lisa Gross & Richard Hoffman Marvin & Joanne Grossman Holly Gunner & Anne Chalmers Benjamin Holtz Ellen Kardon Judith Katz & Grant Rhode Yoram & Sharon Katz Christine Keegan Marisa Greenwald Kenney & Keith Kenney Sarah Kianovsky & Frank Friedman Ruth Klepper Benjamin Konoff Isabel & Russell Kushner Ruth Lappin Eric & Lori Lass Eleanor Lewis Doris Lewis Robert & Sandra Marcus Todd & Alice Markson Jerome Medalie & Beth Lowd Macey & Lenore Miller Sarah Minden & Stephen Wright Lisa Mirowitz & Bruce Ehrlich Paul & Lynn Morris Peggy Morrison Mike Offner & Lonna Steinberg Donald & Frances Putnoi Arlene Rachins Dean & Pamela Richlin

Leah Rosovsky Judi Ross Zuker & Edward Zuker Marc Rysman & Michelle Ephraim Diane Schoenfeld Mark & Marie Schwartz James & Miriam Segel Sharon & Craig Sender Maureen & Stanley Siegel Seymour Small & Joan Rachlin Lisa Smith Kristin Sokol & Ross Krasnow Rob & Jodi Sokoloff Leo Sorokin & Pamela Wolf David & Patricia Squire Gabriella & John Strecker Andrew Tarsy & Bridget Samburg Jeane Ungerleider & William Stone James Waldroop & Valerie Zimber Helene Weitzenkorn Marc & Sarah Zimman


In loving memory of my father, James D. Glunts, on his yahrzeit • From Shirley Libby


In memory of Denise Keegan, sister of Chris Keegan • From Priscilla Golding

In appreciation of Michael, Lenny, and Jon for the Minyan Service at the Temple during the period of our Shelosheim for Janet’s mother Estelle Falik • From Bernie and Janet Aserkoff In memory of Judie Leventhal, mother of Nancy Leventhal • From The Dansinger Family In honor of the birth of Michelle Ephraim and Marc Rysman’s daughter, Maya • From Susan and Paul Ridker


In honor of the retirement of Rabbi Ronne Friedman • From Beverly Brody Barisano and Dena Barisano

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In honor of the birth of Kai, grandson of Cantors Roy Einhorn and Jodi Sufrin • From Leon (z’l) and Judy Rothenberg

A donation • From Daria Traulo • From Lara Pollack • From Rebecca Loewenstein-Harting • From Pete Ziegler

In loving memory of Dr. Justin L. Richman on his yahrzeit • From Sue Richman


In honor of our granddaughter, Talia Putnoi, graduating from high school • From Elaine and David Polansky In memory of Eric Lass’ grandmother • From Lisa Leavitt and Steve Jermanok In memory of our beloved son, Paul S. Darman • From Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Darman In memory of my grandfather, Abraham Botkin, on his yahrzeit • From Linda Okun


In loving memory of my father, Newell B. Kurson, on his yahrzeit • From Nancy and Richard Lubin


In loving memory pf my beloved niece, Rachael Traub • From Helen Kolsky In honor of Don Putnoi’s 75th birthday • From Carol Michael


In honor of our granddaughters, Talia Putnoi and Liv Berlin, graduating from high school • From Don and Fran Putnoi


In honor of my granddaughter, Sara Baker Jacobi’s Bat Mitzvah in Bethesda, Maryland on April 17 • From Phyllis Baker

In loving memory of my mother and Michelle’s grandmother, Ruth Botkin Morse, on her yahrzeit • From Linda and Henry Okun


In honor of the marriage of Karen Meyers to Josh Godine, son of Fran and John Godine • From Cindy and Martin Rowe • From Alan and Pam Goodman In honor of Don Putnoi’s special birthday • From Elaine and David Polansky • From Frank Friedman and Sarah Kianovsky In honor of the birth of Carmel Phoebe Soffer, daughter of Rabbi Matt and Nicole Soffer • From Janet Fox


In memory of Estelle Falik, mother of Janet Aserkoff • From Natalie Pelavin A donation • From Joseph and Susan Wise Miller In honor of the marriage of Ellen Zuker and Ellen Clegg • From Hortense Kabel In honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Zucker, son of Ellen Zucker and Ellen Clegg • From Hortense Kabel In loving memory of Sara Berkman on her yahrzeit • From Bernard and Nancy Berkman

In loving memory of Samuel Seegel on his yahrzeit • From Bernard and Nancy Berkman In loving memory of Pearl Seegel and Betsy Berkman Marcus on their yahrzeits • From Bernard and Nancy Berkman In loving memory of Albert Salter on his yahrzeit • From Mrs. Raymond King Myerson In loving memory of Charlotte Cahners Glass on her yahrzeit • From Sue Cahners In loving memory of my brother, Robert Gargill, on his yahrzeit • From Myra Kolton In loving memory of our father, Harold I. Fruitman, on his yahrzeit • From Nancy and Joe Marglin In loving memory of Isaac Trueman on his yahrzeit • From Sharlene and Steven Grossman In loving memory of Beatrice Schlager on her yahrzeit • From S. Lawrence Schalger In loving memory of S. David Ellenbogen on his yahrzeit • From Elaine Ellenbogen In honor of Macey Miller’s special birthday • From Martin and Arlene Wolf In loving memory of Gertrude B. Singer on her yahrzeit • From Sylvia Cooper In loving memory of Harvey Olenberg on his yahrzeit • From Marjorie Bloom In loving memory of Ethel Jacobson on her yahrzeit • From Alan Jacobson

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CONTRIBUTIONS In loving memory of Louis Hodess on his yahrzeit • From Annette and Paul Hodess

In loving memory of Gertrude Ann Mendelson on her yahrzeit • From Mr. and Mrs. William Mendelson

In memory of Denise Keegan, sister of Chris Keegan • From Paula Folkman

In memory of my beloved daughter, Barbara, on her yahrzeit • From Sylvia Levine

In loving memory of Nettie Cotter Stein on her yahrzeit • From Arlene Tuck

In loving memory of Lillian Hall on her yahrzeit • From Brian Gordon

In memory of my daughter Sukey who died before her time on May 15, 2014 • From Gabe Padawer

In loving memory of David Brian Smith on his yahrzeit • From Lisa Smith

In memory of my spouse, companion and friend, Martha Tirzah, who died on July 16, 2012 • From Gabe Padawer

In memory of Barney Israel • From Adele and Howard Israel

In honor of the engagement of Rachel Davidson, daughter of Jerry Davidson and Deb Kocar • From Alan and Pam Goodman In honor of Don Putnoi’s special birthday • From Wayne Diamond In memory of Stanley Rosenbaum on his yahrzeit • From Robert Rosenbaum In loving memory of Jeanne Benjamin on her yahrzeit • From Jonathan Benjamin In loving memory of my brother, Harry Fienman, on his yahrzeit • From Mollie Ceder In loving memory of Sylvia Dane Nathanson on her yahrzeit • From Isobel Dane Bertman In loving memory of Joseph Jacob Kot on his yahrzeit • From Rhea Kot Bufferd In loving memory of Annette Fritz Dollin and Harry Dollin on their yahrzeits • From Amy Kaplowitz

In memory of Bernice Frieze • From Linda and Michael Frieze In memory of Leona Karp • From Nancy Karp In memory of Stanley S. Zelermyer • From B. Andrew Zelermyer and Daniel L. Romanow In memory of my father Joseph Wise • From Nancy and Joseph Cutler In memory of Betsey Dorothy Berkman Marcus • From Robert and Sandra Marcus In memory of Ralph A. De Jur • From Jacqueline and Steven Feinberg


In honor of Dr. Don Putnoi’s special birthday • From Drew Weber • From Ellen Steinbaum and Jim Dalsimer • From Michele Fishel and Barry Weisman • From Valya Shapiro • From Pam and Alan Goodman • From Maxine and Don Richman • From Deborah and Michael Troner • From Dale and Lou Epstein • From Marsha and Marc Slotnick In loving memory of Rachael Traub niece of Helen Kolsky • From Rhoada Wald In memory of Carol Levin • From Sylvia Green


In loving memory of Ida Geller on her yahrzeit • From Genevieve Wyner In loving memory of Mark Bortman on his yahrzeit • From Jane Larus In memory of Gussie Wyner • From Justin Wyner


In honor of Don Putnoi’s special birthday and his retirement • From Marlene Yesley

In memory of Edward Jacobson • From Alan Jacobson

In honor of Richard Goldman’s birthday • From Marlene Yesley • From

In memory of Dr. Harmon Shohet • From Marcia Shohet Zonis

In memory of Alan Rothstein, M.D. • From Marlene Yesley

In memory of Alice Winn • From Arthur M. Winn

In memory of Jerrold O. Young • From Sara and Joel Kane

In memory of Jack H. Bufferd • From Allan S. Bufferd

In memory of Mark Yesley • From Sara and Joel Kane

In memory of Isadore Green • From Alan Green

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9:30 AM Religious School

9:30 AM Justice League Grade 5-7 Sunday Funday


10:00 AM FYC Challah Baking

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

5:45 PM The TENT

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

4:00 PM Religious School

4:00 PM Buckle Farm CSA Pick Up

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

9:00 AM FJECC Shabbat Sing

27 Elul

7:00 PM Riverway Project Neighborhood Shabbat

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

4:00 PM Membership Committee Meeting

26 Elul 30 4:00 PM Religious School

25 Elul 29

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan 7:00 PM Dennis Ross Speaking and Book Signing

14 Elul

5:00 PM Justice League Fall Shul-In for 6th and 7th Grade

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bar Mitzvah - Jeremy Jacobson

9:00 AM Torah Study

21 Elul

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bat Mitzvah - Sabrina Charlotte Smith

9:00 AM T.G.I.S.

9:00 AM Torah Study

20 Elul 24 9:00 AM FJECC Shabbat Sing

19 Elul 23 4:00 PM Religious School

18 Elul 22

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

4:00 PM Religious School

13 Elul 17

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bat Mitzvah - Louise Goldenberg

9:00 AM Torah Study

7 Elul

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bat Mitzvah - Ava Linus

9:00 AM Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat! (T.G.I.S.)

6 Elul 10

9:00 AM FJECC Shabbat Sing 5:00 PM Welcome Back Shabbat Mishpachah 6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat - Installation of Senior Rabbi Elaine Zecher 7:30 PM Qabbalat Shabbat Oneg

12 Elul 16

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

30 Av

Saturday 9:00 AM Torah Study

29 Av 3

5:00 PM Tot Rock Shabbat 5:00 PM RYFTI Board Orientation 6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat 7:00 PM Soul Food Friday 7:00 PM Justice and Compassion Meeting

5 Elul 9

FJECC: First Day of School

11 Elul 15

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

24 Elul 28

12:00 PM Last Tuesday Book Group

23 Elul 27

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

4:00 PM Religious School

4:00 PM Buckle Farm CSA Pick Up

7:30 PM Green Team Meeting

Friday 6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

28 Av 2


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4 Elul 8

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17 Elul 21

7:00 PM Riverway Café

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16 Elul 20

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

5:45 PM The TENT

22 Elul 26

9:30 AM Grade 6 Parents B’nei Mitzvah Info Session


7:00 PM 477 Wine and Destinations

9:30 AM Religious School

15 Elul 19

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan


5:45 PM The TENT First Day

9:30 AM Religious School - First Day

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

10 Elul 14

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

6:00 PM FJECC Parent Orientation

9 Elul 13

5:15 PM Cemetery Committee

8 Elul 12

Labor Day Building Closed

4:00 PM Buckle Farm CSA Pick Up

3 Elul 7

Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m. Oneg

2 Elul 6

Book Signing

Sept. 16 at 6:00 p.m.

1 Elul 5

Lecture and

Qabbalat Shabbat

Wednesday Speaker: Dennis Ross Doomed to Succeed


Installation of Senior Rabbi Elaine Zecher


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6 Tishrei

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

4:00 PM Membership Committee Meeting

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bat Mitzvah Rayna Rose

9:00 AM Torah Study

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27 Tishrei 8 Grade Trip to NYC th

26 Tishrei 29 8 Grade Trip to NYC th

25 Tishrei 28 10:30 AM TILLI - Lifelong Learning Initiative 4:00 PM Religious School 6:15 PM Weekday Minyan 7:00 PM Justice and Compassion Meeting

24 Tishrei 27

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ B’nei Mitzvah Greta Huang and Laura Lowe 6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

6:00 PM 477: Celebrate Sukkot

9:00 AM Torah Study

9:00 AM FJECC Shabbat Sing

20 Tishrei Sukkot

19 Tishrei 22 Sukkot

18 Tishrei 21 Sukkot 10:30 AM TILLI - Lifelong Learning Initiative 4:00 PM Religious School 6:15 PM Weekday Minyan 6:30 PM Books and Beer

17 Tishrei 20

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ B’nei Mitzvah Rayna Chase Rose and Iris Beatrice Bishins

9:00 AM T.G.I.S.

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

13 Tishrei 9:00 AM Torah Study

12 Tishrei 15 9:00 AM FJECC Shabbat Sing

11 Tishrei 14

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bat Mitzvah - Marta Celeste Abrams

5 Tishrei 8

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ B’nei Mitzvah - Jonathan Ellis Haber and Caroline Esther Haber

9:00 AM Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat! (T.G.I.S.)

7:30 PM Green Team Meeting

10 Tishrei 13

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

28 Elul

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9:00 AM Torah Study

4 Tishrei 7


6:15 PM Weekday Minyan 9:00 AM FJECC Shabbat Sing

3 Tishrei 6

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan


23 Tishrei 26

12:00 PM Last Tuesday Book Group

22 Tishrei 25

5:45 PM The TENT

28 Tishrei 31

8th Grade Trip to NYC 9:30 AM Religious School


Simchat Torah

21 Tishrei 24

Sukkot Erev Simchat Torah


Yom Kippur

16 Tishrei 19

Sukkot 4:00 PM Buckle Farm CSA Pick Up 4:00 PM Religious School 5:00 PM Sukkot Harvest Festival 6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

15 Tishrei 18

Kol Nidre

Erev Yom Kippur - Offices Close at noon, re-open for evening services

9 Tishrei 12

4:00 PM Buckle Farm CSA Pick Up

8 Tishrei 11

Sukkot - Offices Closed, Temple Open for morning services

14 Tishrei 17

Columbus Day Temple Closed

7 Tishrei 10

9:30 AM Religious School Sukkot Program

Erev Sukkot



6:15 PM Erev Rosh Hashanah


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L’Shanah Tovah Best wishes for the New Year 5777!


6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

2 Tishrei 5


Rosh Hashanah - Offices open at noon and for layled morning services

1 Tishrei 4


First Day of Rosh Hashanah

29 Elul 3

Erev Rosh Hashanah Offices Closed - reopen for evening services






6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

29 Cheshvan

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bar Mitzvah - Zachary Solem

9:00 AM Torah Study

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6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

Qabbalat Shabbat, Dec. 18

TI Member, Michelle Ephraim will speak about

Joy Ungerleider Jewish Book Month Program:

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

4:00 PM Membership Committee Meeting

4:00 PM Religious School

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

28 Cheshvan 30

FJECC Closed for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day - Temple Closed

12:00 PM Last Tuesday Book Group

27 Cheshvan 29

5:45 PM The TENT

26 Cheshvan 28

9:30 AM Religious School

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

Temple Closes at Noon

25 Cheshvan

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bar Mitzvah Daniel Kremer

9:00 AM T.G.I.S.

9:00 AM Torah Study

24 Cheshvan 26

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat: Joy Ungerleider Jewish Book Month Program

23 Cheshvan 25

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

4:00 PM Religious School

5:00 PM Joy Ungerleider, Author Reception

9:00 AM FJECC Shabbat Sing

18 Cheshvan

10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bat Mitzvah Olivia Gordon

17 Cheshvan 19

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

16 Cheshvan 18

10:30 AM TILLI - Lifelong Learning Initiative

22 Cheshvan 24

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

21 Cheshvan 23

4:00 PM Religious School

20 Cheshvan 22

5:45 PM The TENT

19 Cheshvan 21

9:00 AM Justice League 5th Grade Sunday Funday


6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

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4:00 PM Religious School

5:45 PM The TENT

15 Cheshvan 17

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

4:00 PM Religious School

11 Cheshvan 9:00 AM Torah Study

10 Cheshvan 12

Veterans’ Day - Offices Closed, Temple open for evening services

9 Cheshvan 11

10:30 AM TILLI - Lifelong Learning Initiative

8 Cheshvan 10

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

14 Cheshvan 16

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

13 Cheshvan 15

6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

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12 Cheshvan 14

9:30 AM Religious School


10:00 AM FJECC and FYC Concert

9:30 AM Religious School

4:00 PM Religious School

7 Cheshvan 9

7:00 PM Soul Food Friday

6:00 PM Qabbalat Shabbat

5:00 PM Tot Rock Shabbat

9:00 AM FJECC Shabbat Sing

4 Cheshvan

Saturday RYFTI Fall Kallah 9:00 AM 477: Shabbat Hike 9:00 AM Torah Study 9:00 AM Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat! (T.G.I.S.) 10:15 AM Shabbat Service/ Bar Mitzvah Oliver Max Wyner

3 Cheshvan 5

Friday RYFTI Fall Kallah

2 Cheshvan 4


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Wednesday 6:15 PM Weekday Minyan

30 Tishrei 2

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5:15 PM Cemetery Committee

5 Cheshvan 7

RYFTI Fall Kallah





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