Popcorn Fundraiser

Looking for new gift ideas for the holidays? Want a kosher treat that is sure to delight your taste buds? Order gift bags of delicious Waltham Popcorn & support the Billy Dalwin Pre-School Scholarship Fund! We’ll be offering 3 flavors and 3 size bags. Each bag will be wrapped in silver ribbon and is good for four months, making this the perfect gift any time of year!

All orders are due by Friday, November 17 2017. Pick up will be on December 3rd, 4th, and 5th at the pre-school. See more details on the order form. Questions? Contact Judi Ross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Afternoon Monthly Meditation

Join Rabbi Lerner and Barbara Neustadt for a special AFTERNOON meditation group. This group will meet monthly on Thursday afternoons, starting on Thursday, October 19 from 4:00 - 4:50 PM. Meditation experience is not required.

Mindfulness meditation groups are a wonderful way of connecting with others to share and deepen your meditation practice. There will be guided meditations and themes will include the joys, difficulties, and insights experienced in meditation practice and the multitude of ways to bring mindfulness alive in relationships, work and daily life and into our Jewish practices. We hope this afternoon group will meet once a month on Thursdays.

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Phyllis Klein Thrope Memorial Programs

Following Phyllis Klein Thrope's death in 1986 at the age of 33, her family established the Phyllis Klein Thrope Memorial Fund to honor her memory. The Fund's purpose is to build bridges and promote better understanding between the Jewish community and its neighbors. It seeks to achieve these goals by sponsoring programs that bring together people from throughout the community to examine issues and concerns shared by all. All Phyllis Klein Thrope Memorial Programs are free and open to the public. You are encouraged to invite your neighbors and friends! 

This year, we will be doing a series of talks throughout the Fall. Our first one is on Thursday, October 19, 8:00 - 9:30 PM and the topic is "Current Concepts in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease," with Temple Emunah member Dr. Rebecca Amariglio. On November 30, 8:00 - 9:30 PM, Dr. Kathryn Papp will present "Can We Stop Alzheimer's?" A NOVA Program. Finally, on December 21, 8:00 - 9:30 PM, Dr. Seth Gale and Hope Schwartz will present "Pathways to Prevention: Maximizing Brain-Healthy Behavior to Protect from Cognitive Decline."

For more information, see our FLYER and contact Linna Ettinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Cliff's Notes: An Excursion into Our Bible & Rabbinic Judaism

The weekly sedra, the Haftarah, upcoming holidays, the Hebrew Bible, and the breadth of our inherited tradition all are fair game - as are your questions! Rabbi Cliff Librach will have a topic for each Saturday evening session of this new Adult Ed program, but will always begin by soliciting your queries. Nothing is out of bounds! Come explore, and leave enriched, enlightened, and energized. Our upcoming sessions are October  21, and 28, on Saturday evening during Minhah/Ma'ariv (check the calendar for exact times) and the topic will be There are Two: God and the Covenants with Abraham. See more information HERE or contact Linna Ettinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


Lexington Institute of Jewish Studies 2017-18

Founded over 20 years ago, the LIJS is the fruit of a longstanding collaboration between the Adult Education Committee of Temples Emunah and Isaiah. The LIJS provides classes in Jewish history, the Bible, sacred Jewish text and Judaic culture and is open to the entire community, regardless of affiliation. This year, we have three different classes running, and we hope you can join us for all of them!

The first class is with Rachel Korazim on Thursday, October 26, 7:45 - 9:30 PM at Temple Emunah. Her topic is "On the Way to the City - Convoys, Secret Roads, and Metal Relics on the Way to Jerusalem." Fee for the evening is $15.

The second class is with David Bernat, PhD, and will be on Wednesday nights, November 8, 15, 29, and December 13, 7:45 - 9:30 PM at Temple Isaiah. His topic is "In the Footsteps of our Ancestors: An Archaeological Journey." Fee is $60 for all 4 sessions.

The final class for this year is with our own Jonathan Krasner on Wednesdays, March 7, 14, and 21, 7:45 - 9:30 PM at Temple Emunah. His topic is "The Dreams of American Jews in Film." The fee for his three classes is $45. For more details and to register for the classes, see our FLYER.


Keeper of the Flame 2017

The Temple Emunah Brotherhood and the New England Region Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs request the honor of your company and offer you the opportunity to record a tribute as we recognize Mike Rosenberg together with a group of exceptional men from across our Region as our 5778 Keeper of the Flame on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Temple Emunah. Wine and hors d'oeuvres at 4:00 PM, Awards at 5:00 PM followed by a dessert reception. Cost is $36 / adult, $20 / child. Please register on-line at the New England Federation website.


iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings

This course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 – following the 1917 Balfour Declaration – as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. The course engages participants in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics and theology as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation, and moral red lines.
Please bring your own kosher dairy lunch for Lunch and Learn. Participants take turns bringing in kosher dessert for the group. For more information, contact Linna Ettinger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

This year we will be running TWO parallel tracks of iEngage – one during the daytime with Rabbi Lerner (Lunch and Learn), and one in the evening with Rabbi Fel (Dessert and Discussion). Both sessions start November 1, 2017. Click HERE for more details and registration information.

Through video lectures, text study, and lively group discussion, we welcome back the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into the Temple Emunah community this fall.


Justice and Healing, with Maura Healey and Rev. Liz Walker

Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley is hosting Attorney General Maura Healey and Reverand Liz Walker on Thursday, November 2, 7:00 PM to hear about Healey's efforts to prevent gun violence and Walker's program to heal those traumatized by gun violence. This program is free but pre-registration is preferred. For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to register, click HERE. Temple Emunah is a supportor of this event, which is presented by the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun ViolenceFLYER.


Sisterhood Rummage Sale 2017

On Sunday, November 5 and Monday, November 6, The Temple Emumah Sisterhood is having their annual Rummage Sale! Please consider donating your unused items, especially children’s clothes, warm items for the winter, and more. Games, books, and household items are always appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at the top level of Founders Hall on Saturday night, November 4, after Shabbat, 7:00-8:00 PM, and on Sunday morning, November 5, beginning at 9:00 AM. Please try to sort items as best as possible and please remember no shoes, underwear or clothing with expired elastic or that otherwise can’t be worn.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could make sure that boxes delivered to the temple are clean and have not been sitting in the garage for years collecting dust and other things. All leftover items will be sent out for donation, and a Jewish agency’s will be taking all warm items and sending them to the Ukraine. Our rummage chair Sylvie Haffer is looking for volunteers to help with this event on both Sunday and Monday. If you’re able to help or have any questions about the event, please contact Sylvie at 617-484-3488. Flyer HERE.


Jews in Space

In 1996 astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman brought a small Torah scroll with him on space shuttle Colombia. On Shabbat, while orbiting Earth, he read from the book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” This was the first time a Torah was brought into space, and in a video recording from that flight, Jeff explained the significance of this event: “Space didn’t make the Torah special...rather the Torah made space special, bringing humanity into space.” 

Please join us on Sunday, November 5 at 8:00 PM as Temple Emunah member Rachel Raz describes this amazing event and shares her passion for bringing this story to the general public. Rachel will be joined by Janna Kaplan, M.S. is Lecturer in Psychology and Senior Research Associate at Brandeis University’s Graybiel Lab, specializing in Neuropsychology and Space Research, who will speak on her personal journey and experiences as a Jewish refugee coming to America from the former Soviet Union, as well as her involvement with the emerging commercial spaceflight industry.

Together we will examine what we can learn about space exploration and how it relates to our identity. This is also a story of humanity, voyages and journeys in time and space.  To learn more about the effort to create a documentary movie about this extradonary story, go to The Space Torah Project website.  Click HERE for our flyer.


Dinner and A Movie: Doing Jewish, A Story from Ghana

Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday, November 12, starting at 5:00 PM for another installment of our popular Sisterhood Dinner and A Movie night! The film Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana, depicts the story of the lives of the Sefwis’ and their efforts to forge ties with other Jews worldwide. We meet their leader, Alex Armah, who dreams of achieving official status for his tiny congregation. We also meet Gabrielle Zilkha, a volunteer who found herself a lone Canadian Jew awash in a sea of Christians in Africa as the Jewish New Year approached. She makes a stunning discovery when she connects with the people of remote Sefwi Wiawso village in Ghana.

Cost for the evening is $15 for Sisterhood Members and their guests, and $18 for all others. Please RSVP to Joelle Gunther at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 6 at 5:00 PM. Space is limited! Flyer HERE.


Sh'ma Pajama Party

All families with young children are invited to our annual Pajama Party with the Pre-School! Join us on Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 - 7:00 PM for an art project, a bedtime story, a brief discussion about bedtime rituals, and a little learning about the Sh’ma with Rabbi Lerner. We will end with milk and cookies!

This event also includes a mitzvah opportunity! The Billy Dalwin Pre-School is collecting items for families in need, and we encourage families to bring a pair of new children’s pajamas (of any size) and/or new or gently used books to donate.

This event is open to families with young children from Temple Emunah, the Billy Dalwin Pre-School and the larger Lexington Jewish community. Children (and adults!) are encouraged to come in pjs, and kids can bring a sleeping bag or blanket and a stuffed animal as well. ALL ARE WELCOME! Walk-ins are welcome but RSVPs are appreciated to Shelley Rossman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER HERE.


Theme Night at Minyan: Healthy Eating and Living

Want to eliminate hunger pangs and cravings? Interested in improving your weight control and general health? Come to a “Blueprint for a Lifelong Eating Plan,” a theme night at minyan presentation and discussion on Thursday, November 16, 7:30 PM, led by Elizabeth Pressman and Marla Kahn. This is based on Dr. David Ludwig’s book Always Hungry. Refreshments will be based on recipes you can easily make at home. Some recipes will be available.

If you are interested in the book, which presents the basis for this plan and details of the studies on which it is based,it is available through Amazon. Arlington, Bedford and Arlington libraries all have copies of the book.There are also many excellent recipes in the book! For questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Shishi Israeli - Shabbat at Shul

Everyone is invited to join us for a unique and joyous family Shabbat dinner with an Israeli vibe on Friday, November 17! Enjoy a musical Kabbalat Shabbat and Shishi (Shabbat) dinner with great food, great company and fun activities for all ages. This event is an initiative of the Jewish-American and Israeli-American communities to create a shared Shabbat experience.

We will start with snacks and schmoozing at 5:15 PM, followed by a rousing Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Beni Summers. During Ma'ariv, young families are invited to hear stories and sing songs with our Rabbi, and then we all come back together for Shabbat rituals and dinner! This event is only $10 / Adult and $5 / Child (age 4-12), free for 0-3 year olds, and a family cap of $30. Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 10, and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. Flyer with more details HERE!


Shabbat Morning Meditation

Led by members of our community, our meditation group meets approximately once a month for a variety of meditative Shabbat experiences. This can include: guided meditation, singing niggunim (melodies), chanting prayers, or brief teachings on either meditation practices or the Torah portion. Click HERE for our 2017-2018 dates. We meet on Saturday mornings, 9:30 AM in the Pious Chapel. Questions? Contact Miriam Sadofsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our next date is October 21, 2017.


Ivrit LaKol - Hebrew for All

Ivrit LaKol: Hebrew For All, an adult Hebrew Literacy collaborative, will begin it's 21st year of providing and supporting Hebrew literacy in the community. The mission 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. Our Fall Session begins the week of October 15, 2017. For more information see our brochure, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.com.


ME'AH Classic, 2017-18

Join us this fall for ME'AH Classic in Lexington! Embark on a fascinating 2-year journey through the narrative of the Jewish people from ancient to present times. Explore the Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval, and Modern periods of Jewish history. The class meets on Monday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, starting October 16, 2017. The fall semester will meet at Temple Isaiah in Lexington and will be taught by Rabbi Benjamin Samuels of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton. For more details, see their FLYER


ME'AH SELECT - Crucial Moments in Israeli History

This course introduces students to certain critical moments in the history of the modern state of Israel through short stories. The stories range from the earliest days of the pioneers to the 21st century. Written by men and women, Ashkenazim and Sefardim/Mizrachim, Jews and Arabs, secularists and traditionalists, these stories open up for us uniquely visceral and imaginative windows on many of the compelling events that have shaped the history of Israel. The class will meet on Thursday mornings, 9:30 - 12:15 PM at Temple Emunah, starting October 19, 2017. See our flyer for more details. 


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. To learn more and to see our 2017-18 calendar, click HERE.


The Wisdom Project

The Wisdom Project: Discover wisdom and strength you didn't realize you had! Please join Toni Stechler on Sunday afternoons as they lead us in a discussion on promoting personal wisdom within our community at Temple Emunah. Our upcoming dates are Listed HERE.


Meditation at Temple Emunah

Join Rabbi Lerner and Barbara Neustadt for a weekly morning meditation group on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 - 9:20 AM or for our NEW Thursday afternoon group which meets monthly on the following dates: October 19, November 30, and December 21, 2017, 4:00 - 4:50 PM (future dates TBD). Come to either or BOTH! Meditation experience is not required!

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. Please contact Barbara Neustadt with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HERE for our flyer.

We also meet monthly on Shabbat, 9:0 - 10:15 AM on the following dates in 2017-18: October 21, November 18, December 9 and 23, January 20, February 10, April 7, and May 19. For questions about Shabbat meditation, contact Miriam Sadofsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.