Summer Speaker Series

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


Rosh Hashanah Honey Fundraiser

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!

For more information, email Cindy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FLYER


Pasta and Prayers

Temple Emunah invites all families with young children for a special Friday night Shabbat experience and dinner on Friday, August 17. We will start at 5:30 PM with a casual pasta dinner with salads and sides, then come together for musical services led by Rabbi Michael Fel with songs, stories, dancing, and more! After services we will do Shabbat rituals and have a yummy dessert, ending by 7:00 PM. All are welcome to join us! See our FLYER for more details. Email Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or fill out THIS RSVP form.


Interfaith Garden 2018 Schedule

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! 

Our next date is August 21, 2018. As always, our assigned times are all on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. The garden is at 5 Harrington Rd. Parking is available next door at First Parish Church in their back lot. For questions or to sign up, contact Larry Marin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Flyer with Upcoming dates.


Defending Transgender Rights

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 (; and transgender people who will share personal stories.

If you would like to participate in phone banking at Temple Isaiah, they are hosting two nights: Wednesday, August 22 and September 5, starting at 6:00 PM, including a full training. To sign up, email Zachary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More details HERE.


Cyber Security: In the Context of Israel and the Middle East

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.


Welcome BBQ and Barekhu

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.



Selihot 2018

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 See more details HERE.


High Holy Days

This year Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday, September 9, and Yom Kippur is September 18-19, 2018. At Temple Emunah we provide a variety of services and experiences to celebrate the High Holy Days in many ways. Please see THIS PAGE of our website for up-to-date information regarding services and programs. For questions regarding tickets to the main services, contact Marilyn Pappo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Camp-Israel Shabbat 2018

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.


Sukkot Events

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, 5 days after Yom Kippur, which on this year falls on Sunday, September 23 in the evening. We transition from a very solemn day of atonement to one of the most joyous times of year. Sukkot is even referred to as z’man simhateinu – the season of rejoicing. To celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emunah we host a variety of community events for all ages. Please see THIS PAGE of our website for information on each program! If you would like to order a lulav and etrog set, email Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 13; let her know if you would like a Make-Your-Own set for $40 or a Pre-Assembled one for $55.



I Remember When...Writing Your Life Story

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.


Simhat Torah 2018

Rejoice in the Torah and honor our Kindergarten students at our evening Simhat Torah celebration on Monday, October 1, 2018. There will be a community dinner sponsored by The Ladle Fund and activities for kids of all ages as we head into Ma'ariv and our Kabbalat Panim ceremony (welcoming our Kindergarten students). The evening will end with lots of dancing with the Torahs (Hakafot), dessert, and fun! 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, September 20. More details, including pricing information, HERE.

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.

For little ones there is a Tot Simhat Torah service and program with Shelley Rossman on Tuesday morning, October 2, 11:00 AM. 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!  Everyone is invited to stay after services for a community Kiddush lunch and time on our playground! This event is free and open to non-Temple or Pre-School families, but please RSVP in advance to the Pre-School office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-861-0708.


Selected Short Stories of Agnon, LIJS Class

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

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  


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 2018-19 year, click HERE.


Wednesday Morning Breakfast & Learning

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


ME'AH Select with Dr. Jacob Meskin

Most of us learn the history of Jews and Judaism in the modern period from scholarly history texts and original documents. Such learning provides an invaluable view of the big picture, but also leaves out the lived dimension of the events and developments.  In this ME'AH Select class, The Modern Jewish Experience Through the Lens of Short Stories with Dr. Jacob Meskin, we will use short stories to explore the experiences of Jews facing modernity's exciting opportunities and often agonizing trials. The class is 10 sessions long and begins October 18, 2018. We will meet at Temple Emunah on Thursdays, 9:30 AM - Noon. See more details HERE. THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ON A WAITING LIST, EMAIL LINNA AT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Me'ah Select with Rabbi Leonard Gordon

From Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, to Joseph, Moses, Miriam, King David, and the Queen of Sheba, biblical figures loom large in classic stories of Christians and Muslim. Do these shared stories connect us, divide us, or both? In this class - Shared Stories: The Afterlife of Biblical Heroes and Heroines in the New Testament and Quran, we will offer a basic introduction to Christianity and Islam as we read these fascinating stories. We will also address several larger issues, such as the nature of the Bible as a literary work of art and the shifting political and religious roles of prophet, judge, priest, and king over Books of Samuel. This class will meet at Temple Isaiah on Mondays, 9:30 AM - Noon, starting February 11, 2019. Please register through or email Rabbi Amy Hertz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, click HERE.


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.