Does Judaism believe in the afterlife? Unequivocally, the answer is yes! Unfortunately, in contemporary Jewish life we have lost touch with traditional Jewish wisdom on the afterlife. In presentations throughout Shabbat on Saturday, December 7, Reb Simcha Raphael shall help us explore Judaism’s teachings on life after death, particularly in Kabbalah—Jewish mysticism.
Through discussion, story-telling, and study of mystical texts, we shall explore the relevance of these teachings in dealing with the human encounter with death. We shall also discover the connection between Jewish teachings on the afterlife and traditional Jewish death rituals.
Reb Simcha Raphael will give a D’var Torah during Shabbat morning services, will lead a discussion after Kiddush, and will give a talk on Kabbalah in the evening, starting at 7:30 PM. All discussions are free of charge and open to the public. We hope you join these insightful talks! See our flyer for more details.
Join JCDS, Temple Emunah, and Gore Place for Hanukkah-themed, hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities! Learn about light, create holiday crafts, challenge a friend in a dreidel competition, and much more. This FREE event will take place at the Jewish Community Day School in Watertown (57 Stanley Avenue), on Sunday, December 8, 1:30 - 3:00 PM. Hanukkah songs and blessings at 2:45 PM.
Come explore what Israeli dancing is all about on Monday, December 9, 8:00 - 10:00 PM in the Rubinovitz Social Hall with Dance Instructor Angela Schatz! See how much fun it is and why it's done all over the world. Don't wait for 2020 to enjoy life, meet new people and move your body. We are a warm and welcoming group eager to help you learn. Angela will guide you through the basic steps and before you know it you'll be dancing! Share the fun by bringing a friend. FLYER
Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. Temple Emunah is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, December 11, 2:00 - 7:00 PM in the Rubinovitz Social Hall. No appointment necessary! To see if you are eligible to donate your blood, look through the Red Cross website.
Come dance with Kfir! All are welcome to join in this YAD Israeli Folk Dance Class, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Upcoming dates: December 4, 11, and 18.) Class ends in time to attend evening minyan. Cost is $10 / session, payable with cash or check made out to Temple Emunah.
Kfir Mizrahi grew up in Jerusalem and currently lives in Framingham, MA. He started Israeli Folk Dancing when he was in second grade. Kfir has studied with the likes of Yehuda Tzadok, Haim Tzemach, Boaz Cohen and Rafi Ziv. He is a member of the Association of Israeli Dance Instructors in Israel. In Israel, Kfir led Israeli Folk Dancing at the Tel Aviv Municipal LGBT Community Center. He has served as the Israeli Folk Dance instructor in the religious schools at Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester, MA, Congregation Or Atid, Wayland, MA and Temple Emunah, Lexington, MA. Kfir has led Israeli Folk Dancing at Clark University Hillel, the MetroWest Jewish Day School, and the JCC of the North Shore. See our flyer.
Session 1: Creating a Prayer Experience, Thursday, December 12, 8:00 PM in the Pious Chapel.
Session 2: The Music: How to Find, Select, and Introduce New Melodies, Thursday, December 19, 8:00 PM in the Pious Chapel.
Everyone is invited to this community breakfast with local food writer for the Jewish Advocate, Joni Schockett on Sunday, December 15, 9:45 AM. She will speak about the history of bagels, cream cheese, and lox, and how they are not all Jewish in origin, yet together, they become an iconic Jewish delicacy. Joni grew up in Newton, attended Boston University and then earned a MEd in English from Framingham State University. Joni discovered her love of writing while working on the Daily Free Press at BU. She discovered her love of cooking much earlier when her dad made blueberry pancakes with blueberries she had picked in the backyard. She decided then that she wanted to do that too!
Joni continued to write, combining her developing passion for cooking and her long standing love of writing, in an organizational cookbook for Solomon Schechter Day School in 1989.
Everyone is invited to join the Brotherhood for our big December event - our annual Brewfest on Sunday, December 15! At 10:30 AM we will have an open Board Meeting, which includes time for the softball teams to discuss the upcoming season. Starting at Noon will be lunch, along with brewing beer in the kitchen and watching football in the Rubinovitz Social Hall. The beer brewing includes beer that we will serve at our Man of the Year dinner. If you enjoy brewing beer, or if you're interested in learning more about it or about our Softball League, then this is the event for you! Click HERE to see our flyer.
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.
Who can forget Carol Burnett as Scarlet O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind”? How about watching the Beatles for the first time on “The Ed Sullivan Show”? What are some of your favorite shows from decades past? “All in the Family”? ”Laugh-In”? Come to this Emunah 60 event on Sunday, December 22, 10:00 - Noon, where we will be showing some highlights from TV shows of the 60s and 70s and 80s and talk about culture shifts, eat a light breakfast, and yadda, yadda, yadda. We will continue in the Spring with shows from the 90s through the present. See our flyer for more!
This event is part of the Emunah60 year-long celebration of the synagogue's 60th birthday and is free of charge, thanks to sponsorship by the Brotherhood. If you would like to make a donation in honor of the Emunah60 Celebrations, please donate HERE.
Celebrate Hanukkah on Tuesday, December 24 with Chinese dinner and a movie! There will be plenty of latkes and Hanukkah crafts, followed by a family-friendly movie in the Rubinovitz Social Hall. Doors will open at 5:00 PM. Cost is $25 / adult, $15 / child (0-12). Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer by Tuesday, December 17. FLYER HERE.
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.
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)
Also, if you would like to make a donation to the "Emunah 60" fundraising efforts, you can do so with this link.
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.
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 solutions. Facilitated by Toni Stechler. We meet in the Pious Chapel, upcoming dates are: December 8, 2019 and January 12, February 2, March 22, April 19, and May 17, 2020. For more details, see our flyer.
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.
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
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
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
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