Simhat Torah Evening Celebration 5780

Rejoice in the Torah and honor our Kindergarten students at this year's Simhat Torah evening celebration on Monday, October 21, starting with minhah at 5:45 PM and a community dinner at 6:00 PM. There will be activities for kids of all ages, including a Teen Ice Cream Social 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. Please RSVP for the dinner to Jodie Parmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, October 17. More details HERE.


Simhat Torah Morning Celebration 5780

Be sure to come back to Temple Emunah on Tuesday, October 22, for our Simhat Torah morning Yom Tov services, starting at 9:15 AM with Hakafot, dancing, and celebrating as we honor this year's Hatan Torah and Kallat Bereisheet, Leon Gunther and Joelle Gunther. More details HERE.


Tot Simhat Torah Celebration with Shelley

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 Billy Dalwin Pre-School Director, leads us in an interactive holiday experience fun for all on Tuesday, October 22, 11:00 AM! This event is free and open to all. Families are also welcome to stay for our community Kiddush lunch and to play on our playground after services. Please RSVP to Shelley, but walk-ins are welcome. More details HERE.


Myth and Midrash: The Golem

Join us for monthly discussions over lunch as we learning about Jewish values and tradition through Jewish children’s stories! Using children’s literature to introduce a variety of topics of Jewish interest, we will review books and examine the history of where the stories originate, study Midrash and other folklore that connect to the stories and highlight Biblical references.

In the first session on Wednesday, October 30, 12:00 Noon, we will explore the Golem, a supernatural man made of clay, as he appears in Jewish literature, secular stories and comic books. He can save the Jewish community when no one else can, but he can also destroy it if he runs amok. His secular cousins include Frankenstein’s monster, My Fair Lady, Asimov’s robots, and 2001’s HAL. Bring your own dairy lunch and meet us in the Rubenstein Conference Room on Wednesdays at noon on the following dates: October 30, November 20, December 18, 2019; January 29, February 26, March 18, April 22, May 27, 2020. Questions? Contact Rose Myers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see our flyer for more details.



Emunah@60 Decades Shabbat

Celebrate Emunah@60 with aliyot by the decades! Beginning on Shabbat, November 2 we will recognize Emunah members one Shabbat morning a month with a special blessing after an aliyah during services. In November, we will honor our newest members who have been part of the Temple Emunah community for up to 9 years (those who joined between 2010 and 2019.)

The festivities will proceed as follows: Your group will be called up to the Torah and a representative will chant the aliyah. Then our Rabbis will offer a blessing for your group. Another representative will share some brief remarks about their “Emunah experience.” Finally, there will be a special Emunah@60 birthday cake at kiddush to honor your membership decade.

We hope that you will join us November 2 so we can celebrate our newest members in the Emunah community! Feel free to contact Elise Richman Ezekiel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Marilyn Weil-Abelman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions. Please RSVP to Robin Goldstein (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)


Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals is a special moment to appreciate the sweet and tender animal companions that some of us share our lives with. It is a time to stop and recognize all they give and all they teach us through their love. This blessing will take place on Sunday, November 3 from 11:45-12:30 behind Temple Emunah. We'll have a brief service of thanksgiving at Noon followed by the opportunity to have our pets blessed by one of our rabbis. Children are welcome to bring a stuffed animal for this event if they prefer. Also, if there is a pet you would like blessed in memoriam, feel free to bring a photo or a story of them to share. Please contact Ellen Weene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. This event will be canceled if there is rain. FLYER


The Five Megillot - Me'ah Select Class

Five unusual biblical books - Ruth, Esther, The Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes - have a unique role in Jewish life: each provides a liturgy for a festival in the cycle of the year. Beyond that, each of these books is delightfully idiosyncratic compared to the rest of the Bible. Discover what makes these books so special and learn about them in context of Israel's experience in the ancient Near East! Class meets at Temple Isaiah on Monday evenings, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, November 4th through January 27th. For more information, see our FLYER or be in touch with Sara Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wise Investing in Turbulent Times

Investing wisely is a concern for all of us, whether we start a family, have kids on the way to college, or plan for retirement. Please come and join us for minyan on Wednesday, November 6, 7:30pm, to exchange ideas and best practices in investing wisely to meet your personal goals in these uncertain times The discussion will be moderated by Guy Weyl and Alan Fields. Light refreshments will be served, sponsored by the Ladle Fund. FLYER


Veterans Shabbat

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, we will honor all Veterans with a special ceremony during Shabbat morning services. We hope you can participate in this meaningful event. If you are a Veteran, or if you know of a Temple Emunah member or family member who is a Veteran, please let us know so we can acknowledge everyone during the service. Email Ellen at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details about your involvement in the armed services. FLYER


Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels - Dinner and a Movie!

Dinner and a Movie returns this time with a trip to Cuba! On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Sisterhood will be showing the movie “Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels,” followed by a semi-traditional Cuban meal (no pork). Arroz con pollo!

“Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels” is the story Marion Kreith told her daughter, co-director Judy Kreith, of her escape from Europe, evading Nazi capture and crossing the Atlantic to a tropical paradise. The movie presents her story along with the narratives of other refugees who recall their escape to Havana and the challenges they faced in an exotic and unfamiliar land.

Movie at 5:15 pm followed by dinner. Cost: $15/person. As always, this Sisterhood event is open to the entire community. Please RSVP to Joelle Gunther at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER


Literacy and Learning

November is Jewish Book Month! This tradition began in 1925 when Fanny Goldstein, a Boston librarian, decided to set up a display of Judaic books at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library for one week and call it “Jewish Book Week.” The idea quickly caught on, and in 1943 it was extended to a month. Temple Emunah will be celebrating Jewish Book Month by hosting an event at the Burlington Barnes and Noble on Veteran’s Day—November 11, 10:00 AM—11:30 AM, open to all!

Local author Josh Funk will be joining us at 10:30 AM to read and sign his books, and we will have a series of literacy games and activities. This event also has a mitzvah component and is a fundraiser for Temple Emunah. There will be a book drive for the holidays for a local school, and a percentage of everything you purchase will support the Temple Emunah Religious School! See our flyer for more details.


The Ethical Life - Adult Learning Class

The Adult Ed Committee invites everyone to join them for a year of learning with our rabbis, thanks to the Jewish Theological Seminary's course: The Ethical Life. The complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now, more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day.

Each session includes a short video lecture featuring JTS faculty members and other expert scholars, text study, and guided group discussion led by our rabbis. Join us for this unique opportunity to study the sources of Jewish ethics in their original and learn how we can apply them today. We meet monthly, November through June, and this year we have two tracks: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Lerner and Dessert and Discussion with Rabbi Kling Perkins. See dates and details HERE.


Public Health - Theme Night at Minyan

Did you know Paul Revere created the Board of Health to prevent infectious diseases? Please join Emunah Connect for Public Health Theme Night at Minyan on Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 PM. Wendy Heiger-Bernays, chair of the Lexington Board of Health, will answer questions about public health issues affecting us all – opioids, anti-vaxxing, EEE, CBD, marijuana shops, vaping, the resurgence of measles, and other issues. Please join us if you are a public health professional or interested in public health issues. Our goal is to get people of similar interests together and exchange ideas, thoughts, information, etc. See our flyer for more details.


Master Your Metabolism

All are welcome to attend Master Your Metabolism with Courtney Little, CN, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 , 8:00-9:30 PM, a Phyllis Klein Thrope Memorial Program at Temple Emunah. This seminar will expose the myths and truths regarding health & nutrition. You will leave this seminar feeling more empowered and educated on how to properly fuel your body and Master Your Metabolism. This seminar is open to the public and free of charge! See our FLYER for more details.



Ivrit LaKol (Hebrew for All) 5780

Ivrit la-Kol: Hebrew for All, an adult Hebrew literacy collaborative, will begin its 22nd year of providing and supporting Hebrew literacy in the community. The mission of Ivrit la-Kol is to enable all individuals, regardless of skill level, to acquire, improve or enhance their knowledge and comfort with Hebrew in a supportive and motivating learning environment.

Collaborative members include Temple Emunah and Temple Isaiah. The affiliating synagogue is Beth El Temple Center in Belmont. Ivrit la-Kol offers courses starting with Learning to Read Hebrew and progressing up to Advanced Hebrew. To see our 5780 Brochure, click HERE. Fall 2019 classes start the week of October 27, unless otherwise noted. 


The Wisdom Project

Studies have shown that older people are more skilled in resolving conflicts, and appreciate the dynamics and opportunities involved. Join us Sunday, once a month, noon to 1:30 PM, to discuss the challenges of aging and find creative solutionsFacilitated by Toni Stechler. We meet in the Pious Chapel, upcoming dates are: October 20, November 10, December 8, 2019 and January 12, February 2, March 22, April 19, and May 17, 2020. For more details, see our flyer.


Vinyasa Yoga Twice Weekly

Back by popular demand! Vinyasa Yoga with Jen Geller will now be offered two times per week - on Mondays at 9:30 AM and on Tuesdays at 4:00—5:00 PM for just $10 / class! Classes will run on an on-going basis. Drop off the kids at Pre-School or Religious School and enjoy an hour of yoga! Vinyasa yoga is a physical form of yoga where postures are combined to create a flow. By combining breath with movement, this flow can build strength, increase flexibility, and can also help calm the body, and bring clarity to the mind. Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic form of yoga but is accessible for all levels of practitioners- beginners, veterans, young and old. Bring a mat and an open mind!

This class meets weekly, unless otherwise noted. Payment goes directly to Jen and cannot be added to your Temple Bill. Please come with cash or a check made out to Jen Geller. FLYER


Meditation at Temple Emunah

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. 

At Temple Emunah we have three on-going meditation groups, and you are welcome to try them all - no experience necessary! We meet weekly on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 - 9:20 AM, monthly on Thursday afternoons, 4:00 - 4:50 PM, and monthly on Shabbat mornings, 9:30 - 10:15 AM. For questions about any of these sessions contact Barbara Neustadt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To see our schedule for the 2019-20 year, click HERE.


Wednesday Morning Breakfast & Learning

Every Wednesday morning Rabbis Lerner and Kling Perkins 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. All are welcome to attend. FLYER


Talmud Study Group

The Temple Emunah Talmud Study Group, led by Dr. I Ely Stillman invites you to join our ongoing study of Tractate Berakhot on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM in the Temple Library. All who are interested are welcome to join; knowledge of Hebrew is not required, since Dr. Stillman translates all Hebrew source materials during the study group sessions. Dr. Stillman teaches Talmud and rabbinic thought throughout the Boston area; his approach reflects the multi-faceted potential of Torah study, exploring fundamental principals and esoteric concepts within a historical context. He is on staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, where he practices surgical and renal pathology. Click HERE for our 2019-20 Schedule