Minyan in Kaifeng: Dinner and a Movie

Save the date for another wonderful evening of Dinner and a Movie, sponsored by the Sisterhood! On Sunday, January 26, the Sisterhood will be showing the film Minyan in Kaifeng: A Modern Journey to an Ancient Chinese Jewish Communit, with an introduction by current Temple Emunah member Matthew Stephenson, starting at 5:00 PM.  

In 1997-1998, Matthew Stephenson spent the year after his college graduation studying in Beijing. During that time he became an active member of Kehillat Beijing, a small but vibrant community of Jewish expats. The history of Jews in China dates back at least eight centuries, when a group of Sephardic Jews traveled across the Silk Road and settled in Kaifeng, then the capital of the Chinese empire. By the early 20th century the community had all but disappeared. Eager to explore more of this little-known but fascinating strand of Jewish history, a group of Kehillat Beijing members, led by two young amateur filmmakers, set out to visit Kaifeng, hold the first Shabbat minyan in Kaifeng in close to a century, and meet some of the descendants of the Kaifeng Jews. The documentary “Minyan in Kaifeng” is the product of this expedition. Matthew is currently the Eli Goldston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and will be sharing memories and reflections after the screening of the documentary.

This event is open to the whole community; cost is $15/ person, which includes a delicious Chinese meal cooked by our own volunteers! The movie will begin promptly at 5:15 PM, with dinner immediately following. RSVP to Joelle Gunther at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 20. See our FLYER


 

Parent Conversations

The Billy Dalwin Pre-School is hosting a series of conversations for parents of young children. Each of these conversations will focus on ways to address challenging topics with your children. The first session will be led by Pre-School parent Samarrah Clayman, who will read her new children's book Will Jax Be Home for Thanksgiving? Samarrah and Pre-School Director Shelley Rossman will lead this discussion on Tuesday, January 28, 7:45 - 9:00 PM. 

Samarrah wrote this sensitive and beautifully illustrated book, based upon her own family’s experience, to help other families with children who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor or other serious illness. Upcoming Parent Conversation topics and dates to be announced soon. Contact Shelley Rossman to get more information or to RSVP: 781-861-0708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These discussions are free to attend. FLYER


 

Israeli TV: Theme Night at Minyan

It started with Srugim, then moved on to Shtisel - who knew American and Israeli audiences would both become so attached to Orthodox families living in Israel! On Netflix it's Fauda - a hard look at the pains on both sides of the Palestinian issue, as well as When Heros Fly - an engaging and realistic view of PTSD. Based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza is Our Boys - a controversial and painful HBO production; and now we wait with anticipation for A Touch Away and Shabanikim.

All are invited to this Theme Night at Minyan on Wednesday, January 29 (snow date February 12) with Rachel Raz and Joelle Gunther, as we discuss the themes and popularity of these TV shows, as well as the impact they have on audiences, both Israelis and Jewish Americans. Theme Nights at Minyan begin at 7:30 PM with evening minyan and include light snacks, sponsored by The Ladle Fund. They are free to attend and all ages are encouraged to participate! FLYER


 

ME'AH Select: Winter 2020 Classes

Me’ah Select is a one semester, in-depth exploration of a specific theme, text, personality, or slice of Jewish history, taught by outstanding faculty from Hebrew College. Starting this winter there are two wonderful classes meeting in Lexington - don't miss out on these great opportunities for adult Jewish learning!

Starting on January 30 and meeting on Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon at Temple Emunah is the class From The Secular to the Religious: How Leading Jewish Thinkers Shaped Judaism and Modernism, with Rabbi Leonard Gordon, D.Min. Beginning with Spinoza and concluding with contemporary Jewish feminists, this class will consider how secular and religious Jews shaped modern Judaism and modernism itself. Learn more about this class HERE.

 Beginning February 10 and meeting on Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30 PM at Temple Isaiah is Standing on One Foot: Essential Jewish Values and Core Ideas, with Rabbi Benjamin Samuels. What does it mean to be Jewish? Jewish life hopscotches across four different types of relationships: between the individual and God, between ourselves and others, between us and our world, and between each of us and ourselves. Learn more about this class HERE.


 

Intergenerational Shabbat with Temple Presidents

Emunah 60 is celebrating the 60th anniversary of our community with a Shabbat dinner on January 31st! During and after dinner there will be interactive community-building games, and Temple Emunah current and past presidents will give brief remarks, recounting their favorite memories of Emunah over the past 6 decades. All are welcome to attend! This event is generously sponsored by The Bess Ezekiel Memorial Fund. See flyer for more details.


 

 

World Wide Wrap and Supperbowl

The World Wide Wrap unites men, women, and children in prayer; it's an opportunity for the entire community to partcipate with Jews all over the world to fulfill the mitzvah of tefillin. All are invited on Sunday, February 2, 8:30 AM to join Rabbi Lerner and Rabbi Kling Perkins as they teach about this mitzvah, how to bind tefillin, and discuss how tefillin are integrated into our daily services. The Wrap is open to all ages, with a special invitation to 5th through 7th grade families. A light community breakfast will follow services. 

The fun doesn't stop in the morning! At 6:00 PM the Brotherhood is hosting their annual Supper Bowl Party. There will be game food and drinks, a play area for kids, and viewing of the football game in the Rubinovitz Social Hall. Please RSVP to Howard Epstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-863-8747. Admission to the Supper Bowl is free, food and drinks are $5 / person, but free to all who attend the World Wide Wrap that morning. Family cap of $20; please make checks out to the Temple Emunah Brotherhood. More details HERE.


 

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: February 2, March 22, April 19, and May 17, 2020. For more details, see our 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.


 

Ivrit LaKol (Hebrew for All) 5780

Ivrit la-Kol: Hebrew for All, an adult Hebrew literacy collaborative, is now in 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. Winter classes start the week of January 6.


 

"Emunah 60" Decades Shabbat

Celebrate "Emunah 60" by the decades! We will be recognizing Temple Emunah members one Shabbat morning a month with a special blessing after an aliyah during services. 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.

Upcoming Dates are: December 14—Members who joined 10—19 years ago (2000 —2009), January 4—Members who joined 20—29 years ago (1990—1999), February 1—Members who joined 30—39 years ago (1980—1989), March 7—Members who joined 40—49 years ago (1970—1979), and April 18—Members who joined 50—60 years ago (1959—1969)

We hope that you will join us each month so we can celebrate all our members of 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.) and see our flyer for dates and details!

Also, if you would like to make a donation to the "Emunah 60" fundraising efforts, you can do so with this link.


 

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.


 

Myth and Midrash: Monthly Discussions

Join us for monthly discussions over lunch (bring your own dairy lunch) as we learn 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. Discussion will be led by Temple Emunah congregant Rose Myers.

Meet us in the Rubenstein Conference Room on Wednesdays at noon on the following dates: 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.


 

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


 

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


 

Perek Yomi Study Group

All are invited to join Temple Emunah’s Perek Yomi study group, which meets on a regular basis to read and discuss the Bible. This group meets the first Thursday of the month at 8:00 PM in the Temple Emunah Library. The original perek yomi (daily chapter) concept, promoted by the Conservative movement, was to read one chapter a day, eventually covering the entire
Hebrew Bible. Our group has modified this approach since 30 chapters is too much to discuss in one meeting. It is instead proceeding at a more leisurely pace of about 12 chapters per month. To find out what chapters we are currently reading, contact Larry Marin at (781) 861-7855 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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