Are you tired of reading Hebrew in transliteration? Do you regret never having learned the Hebrew alphabet and vowels? Is this the time you’d like to learn something new? Then this class is appropriate for you. It is for absolute beginners who want to learn the alef bet. This class will be a perfect supplement for participants in Temple Isaiah’s Intro to Judaism class and in Temple Emunah’s Adult B’nei Mitzvah class. People who are not involved in either of these classes are also welcome. You do not even have to live in the Lexington area as this is a Zoom class and you can join the class from anywhere! Classes start the week of June 1st.
Presented by The Emunah Hineni Connecting Team & Inclusion Committee on Thursday, June 4, 8:00 PM. The weeks we’ve spent physically distancing, not physically connecting with each other, affects us all. While we’re experiencing this separation in different ways, the feelings of loneliness are shared by so many. Before COVID-19, loneliness was on the rise, and gradually emerging into the public view. Presently, it seems to affect us in greater numbers, no matter if you’re a pre-schooler, millennial, middle age or senior adult.
This unique program will address what it means to be lonely, how loneliness touches our physical, mental and spiritual health, how to recognize it, coping skills, including what are positive aspects of this pandemic within the pandemic. The program will feature text study, learning what our tradition teaches us about loneliness, and an expert talk with the opportunity for questions and chance to connect with each other on this important and timely issue.
Discussion will featuring both Mary Curlew, LICSW, Community Education and Training Specialist at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and Becca Weintraub, our soon to be ordained, Hebrew College Rabbinical student.
The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. Many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world, and we at Temple Emunah will be recognizing this month in a variety of ways as well.
On Saturday, June 6, Rachel Grossman, who grew up attending Temple Emunah and who recently rejoined our community as an adult member will be our virtual speaker. Rachel is a PsyD candidate and will speak on the results of her research while attending Antioch University New England. Her research focuses on the the impact of a supportive religious environment on young adults who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Rachel will also share some personal stories growing up gay and Jewish. The virtual kiddish will follow services and congregants will have the opportunity to share thoughts and questions with Rachel during that time.
PRIDE Shabbat is sponsored by the Temple Emunah Keruv Committee. We acknowledge the generous contributions of Julie Greenberg and Ron Chaney in supporting this committee.
Temple Emunah Sisterhood is recommended a series of entertaining films of Jewish interest which we hope you will watch throughout the summer. This series debuts Sunday Morning, June 7, 10:00 AM with a Zoom discussion on the film, “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskill Resort,” a 2014 documentary.
One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher’s was family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, until its sale and demolition in 2014. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience through a close-up look at Kutsher’s rise and fall, this award-winning film captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears. This film is available on Amazon Prime or other rental locations. We ask that you watch the film in advance and join us with your bagel brunch meal which you will provide in the comfort of your own home.
Be on the lookout for future movies to watch and dates to discuss them!
All are invited to a musical evening of fun and enjoyment!
Temple Emunah is thrilled to be hosting a virtual discussion with author and transgender rights activist Mimi Lemay on Wednesday, June 17, 8:00 PM. Mimi Lemay is an author, advocate for transgender rights and a member of Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council. She has written for The Boston Globe and has appeared on both national and international television, including an NBC Nightly News segment: Jacob's Journey: Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old, that holds the title of the network's most viewed segment on Facebook.
Mimi and the entire Lemay family fought for passage of an equal access public accommodations law in Massachusetts in 2015-2016, against the repeal of the law in 2017-2018 and for a successful conversion therapy ban (2019). She holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University and is the author of an acclaimed memoir, What We Will Become: A Mother, A Son and A Journey of Transformation, released in November 2019, and a finalist for the 2020 Massachusetts Book Awards.
We welcome all to participate in this important discussion! This event is Sponsored by The Temple Emunah Sisterhood, in collaboration with the Keruv Committee and Lex Pride.
Have you thought, “I’d love to write, if only I had the time?” Are you feeling like these crazy times are giving you much to say, but you’re not sure how to say it? Or do you want to start a writing practice but don’t know where to begin?
Join author and writing instructor Jennifer S. Brown for a weekly 45-minute creative writing session to put your thoughts and feelings to paper. We’ll use this mid-day break for short writing exercises that you can tailor to memoir, fiction, or poetry. Each session will have a prompt, time to write, and a chance, for those who’d like, to share their writing. These sessions are open to both experienced writers and to those writing for the very first time. The sessions are stand-alone so you are welcome to drop in on a single class or come every week. Class will meet on Thursdays, 12:00 - 12:45 PM.
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 many experiences throughout Shabbat to help engage all people. We hope you can join us for our different services and programs, such as the Learning Minyan on Saturday mornings and our Niggun Saloon, at 1:00 PM on various dates. These services and experiences are open to all and no RSVP is necessary! For more information, please contact Rabbi Leora Kling Perkins.
Niggun Saloon Via Zoom: Want to get a head start on getting ready for Shabbat? Join Rabbi Kling Perkins to sing your heart out with a group of your fellow Temple Emunah community members on Friday afternoons at 1:00 PM! We'll get ourselves ready for Shabbat, learn some new tunes, and enjoy the chance to connect with each other.
Temple Emunah Wants You! Are you interested in brushing up on your Torah leyning, haftarah reading, and davening skills? We will help you become a more confident Torah and haftarah reader or davenner by matching you up with a coach who will guide you step by step through the process at your own pace until you are ready to participate publicly. Here is a great opportunity to strengthen your community by gaining the skills to participate more fully in synagogue services.
Upcoming dates: Sunday, May 31, 9:45 AM, at Temple Emunah; Thursday, June 18, 8:00 PM, at someone's home.
Back by popular demand! Vinyasa Yoga with Jen Geller is now being offered on-line, every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. 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!
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
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