Every Summer at Temple Emunah we welcome different congregants to speak on Shabbat on a variety of topics. This year our Summer Shabbat Speaker Series will begin on Saturday, June 30 and run through September 15, 2018. Full line up HERE
Support the Temple Emunah Sisterhood and send sweet wishes to your family and friends for the New Year! Order a distinctive 8-oz jar of kosher honey, decorated with a festive label and including a personalized card reading "l'Shana Tova, Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year." Cost is $17 / jar, including shipping and handling (within the United States - they can mail outside the U.S. for an additional fee). Order today at this website!
The Interfaith Garden is now in its 9th year of growing and distributing food via the Lexington Food Pantry. All of the work, including planting, weeding, and harvesting, is done under the direction of our expert head gardener, so no gardening knowledge is necessary, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty!
Since 2016, Massachusetts law has protected transgender people from discrimination in public places such as stores, restaurants, medical offices, parks, and restrooms. Now, anti-transgender activists have placed a question on the November 2018 ballot to put this civil rights law to popular vote. A YES vote keeps the law in place. A NO vote repeals the law. Come learn more at a forum, Defending Transgender Rights, on Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 pm at Temple Isaiah, organized by Tzedek Isaiah and co-sponsored with Temple Emunah. Our speakers will include Rabbi Perlman; a leader of Freedom for All Massachusetts (www.freedommassachusetts.org); and transgender people who will share personal stories.
Come hear a talk by Temple member Matthew S. Cohen, PhD, and enjoy beer and nachos on Tuesday August 28, after Evening Minyan. Matthew S. Cohen earned his PhD in political science at Northeastern University. He currently serves as a Lecturer at Merrimack College. Matthew’s research is focused on emerging security threats, and his dissertation examined Israeli policy in cyber-space. He has previously published on cyber-space, Israeli security policy, delegitimization and lawfare, Turkish-Israeli relations, Turkish politics, Russian politics, international relations theory, and public policy theory. This event is jointly sponsored by The Brotherhood and The Israel Committee. It is free and open to all. Please RSVP on our Google Form. More details HERE.
Come celebrate Shabbat on Friday, August 31, with music, singing, great food, friends and fun! We will have a BBQ dinner outside (weather permitting), Kabbalat Shabbat with singing and music, ending with Ma’ariv, Kiddush (with Shabbat rituals), dessert, singing, and schmoozing. All are invited! For more details, click HERE.
The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and this mood builds throughout the season. Prayers for forgiveness called selihot are added to the daily cycle of religious services during this time. As in years past, we are joining forces with Temple Isaiah to observe Selihot on Saturday, September 1, starting with a community dinner at 6:00 PM. This event is hosted by Temple Isaiah; please RSVP at www.templeisaiah.net. See more details HERE.
Hear the stories! Sing the songs! Feel the magic! Learn what Jewish camp is all about by hearing speeches by our own teens who have attended Jewish overnight camps or gone on Israel trips on Saturday, September 22. If you have even been to a Jewish camp, are thinking about sending your child to camp, or simply love ruah-filled services, this is the Shabbat for you - come celebrate everything about Jewish camping. Questions? Contact Me'ir Sherer.
We all have stories, whether big stories of careers and life-altering events or little stories of favorite friends and special moments. If you've ever thought about writing those stories down, this class with Jenny Brown is your opportunity. We'll use writing prompts, read examples of memoir, and discuss good memoir writing techniques, as you creat a story of your life in this six-week class. No writing experience necessary and all writing will be done in class. You only need paper and pen (or laptop) and your memories. Everyone has a story. Now is the time to tell yours. Class will meet on Mondays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM on the following dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 19, 26, 2018. Class fee is $18 and space is limited so RSVP soon! Click HERE for our flyer with more details.
Be sure to come back the next morning, Tuesday, October 2, starting at 9:15 AM for more Yom Tov services with Hakafot, dancing, and celebrating as we honor this year's Hatan Torah, Howard Epstein, and Kallat Bereisheet, Barbara Neustadt.
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, who was born in Buczacz, Austrio-Hungary (now Ukraine) in 1888 received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966 for his Hebrew fiction. Agnon moved to Palestine as a young man and died in 1970. His stories narrate the vanished Jewish life of the old country, as well as tales of life in 20th century Israel. His language has resonances of Biblical and Rabbinic texts. A complex person, Agnon was torn between two worlds, and his stories often have a hidden and sometimes subversive subtext.
This LIJS class will meet on Wednesday evenings, 7:45 - 9:30 PM, October 17 through November 14 at Temple Emunah. Light Kosher refreshments will be served. Over the course of these 5 evenings, we will read and discuss eight of Agnon's short stories in English translation. The discussions will be lead by David Link and Michael Bohnen and participants will be asked to read one or two short stories and one article prior to each session. All the stories (except one) are in A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories. The articles (and one extra story) will be available via Dropbox. Cost of the class is $75. More details and registration information can be found HERE.
The Wisdom Project: Discover wisdom and strength you didn't realize you had! Please join Toni Stechler on Sunday afternoons once a month for a discussion on promoting personal wisdom within our community at Temple Emunah. We meet in the Pious Chapel; upcoming dates TBD
Mindfulness meditation groups are a wonderful way of connecting with others to share and deepen your meditation practice. We have guided meditations with themes such as the joys, difficulties, and insights experienced in meditation practice. We also explore the multitude of ways to bring mindfulness into our relationships, work, and daily lives, and into our Jewish practices.
Every Wednesday morning Rabbis Lerner and Fel teach about the Halakhah (Jewish legal) and spiritual aspects of prayer over a light breakfast. Join us each week for minyan at 7:00 AM followed by breakfast and learning at 7:30 AM. This event is free of charge. Please join us! FLYER
The Temple Emunah Talmud Study Group, led by Dr. I Ely Stillman invites you to join our ongoing study of Tractate Berakhot on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM in the Temple Library. All who are interested are welcome to join; knowledge of Hebrew is not required, since Dr. Stillman translates all Hebrew source materials during the study group sessions. Dr. Stillman teaches Talmud and rabbinic thought throughout the Boston area; his approach reflects the multi-faceted potential of Torah study, exploring fundamental principals and esoteric concepts within a historical context. He is on staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, where he practices surgical and renal pathology.