2019 Summer Service Series

Join us this summer on Shabbat mornings as our members take on leadership roles as Shabbat service leaders and speakers! Our dates are July 6 through August 24, 2019. Click HERE for the full list.


 

Emunah Everywhere

Join our Rabbis, staff, and members of our community this summer all over town for a variety of fun, low-key social events! From ice cream at Rancatores in Lexington Center, to the Bike Path, to the Interfaith Garden, there is something for everyone!To see our list of dates and activities, click HERE.

Upcoming dates: On Tuesday, August 20, 10:00 AM: Perk-up with Rabbi Leora Kling Perkins at the Starbucks in Lexington (60 Bedford Street). Join her for some coffee talk! Then, on the following Tuesday, August 27, 3:00 PM: Enjoy Milkshakes with Me’ir, Jodie, and the Rabbis—Join us at Rancatores for a sweet treat in the afternoon. No RSVP is necessary and non-members are welcome to join us. Please bring your own money to pay for your treats.


 

August BBQ and Barekhu

Celebrate Shabbat on Friday, August 30, starting at 5:30 PM (5:15 Minhah) 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! FLYER


 

 

Honey and Hearts

Temple Emunah’s Hineni Connecting Team aims to spread extra care and support to fellow Emunah members during difficult times in their lives. This Rosh Hashanah, young families are invited to participate in a Hineni mitzvah project on Sunday, September 8, 10:00 - 11:30 AM to help put together sweet New Year packages to be delivered to congregants who have lost a loved one this past year. 

Come learn about the mitzvah of helping those who are mourning, put together loving packages, hear stories, & participate in a hands-on Rosh Hashanah experience engaging all 5 of your senses! We are also looking for people to volunteer to deliver some of the packages to their neighbors at their convenience. Do a mitzvah project, engage in fun Rosh Hashanah learning activities, and end with a sweet treat from Mo’s Ice Cream Truck and time on our playground! Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 4th. FLYER


 

From Baghdad to Boston

Come to the Temple Emunah office today to get your complimentary copy of Fred Ezekiel's Memoir "What You Put in the Pot," as told by Jenny Brown. It's a great read!

And mark your calendar for Sunday, September 8, 10:30 AM when Fred Ezekiel will discuss his childhood in Iraq and his experiences as an immigrant in the U.S. He’ll take questions about growing up in Iraq, sign copies of his book, and answer questions about his life. His cowriter, Jenny Brown, will explain the process of writing the memoir and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by The Ladle Fund. Please RSVP by September 3rd to Arleen Chase at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 617-312-7258. FLYER


 

Israel's New Nation State Law - Breakfast and Speaker

Join us on Sunday, September 15, starting at 9:45 (morning minyan at 9:00 AM) for a community breakfast with Rabbi Dr. Alexander Kaye, who will speak on "Israel’s New Nation State Law: Consequences for Jewish Democracy." 

Rabbi Dr. Alexander Kaye is a faculty member at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Rabbi Kaye received a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University, and a B.A. and M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge. He is ordained as a rabbi, having received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, and served as Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York.

Previously he taught at Princeton University and The Ohio State University. Dr. Kaye’s research is on Jewish intellectual history and the history of political and legal thought. With David N. Myers, he co-edited The Faith of Fallen Jews, a collection of works by the late Prof. Yosef H. Yerushalmi. His new book, The Invention of Jewish Theocracy, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is a history of the idea, espoused by many religious Zionists, that the State of Israel should be run by halakha.

Fee for this event is $8 for Sisterhood and Brotherhood members; $10 for all others. Please RSVP to Janet Goldberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 10.


 

What's Cooking? Theme Night at Minyan

Are you a foodie who loves to cook and eat? Do you read cookbooks for fun like they're novels? Join us Wednesday, September 18., 7:30 PM, for a delicious discussion about favorite recipes and cookbooks, and ways to nurture your interest in cooking. Bring your favorite recipes or cookbook to share! Hosted by Robin Goldstein and Miriam Sadofsky, and sponsored by The Ladle Fund. Light refreshments will be served.


 

Welcome Shabbat

On Saturday, September 21, Rabbi Leora Kling Perkins will give a sermon as the congregation officially welcomes her as our new Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emunah. This will also be our first installment of our new Shabbat service for kids known as Minyan L'Noar. This year, Mini Minyan and Junior Congregation have been combined to form Minyan L’Noar. Twice a month children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to join Tova Weinronk, Me’ir Sherer, and other youth educators for an engaging Shabbat Morning service. Our first service of the year will be on September 21 at 10:30 AM and will be held in the Pious Chapel.


 

Woodland Garden Dedication

When entering the parking lot at Temple Emunah, drivers are greeted by a "Welcome to Temple Emunah" sign and a lovely garden. Continuing along the drive, members can now enjoy the newly planted beautiful hydrangea trees and woodland greenery known at the "Woodland Garden." Further toward the synagogue, we now see beautiful roses, red stemmed dogwood, and a memorial red maple tree. These gardens are now known as Gan Shalom, Garden of Peace.

On Saturday, September 21, 12:45 PM, Rabbi Lerner will be unveiling and dedicating a plaque in the main lobby of the temple, in appreciation to those members whose generosity helped to make the Woodland Garden a reality.  Please join those donors and the Landscape Committee at this meaningful ceremony! Admire the beautiful design of Ruth Super and the artistry of Leon Goldman who made this plaque possible.


 

Selihot 2019

The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days. Tradition teaches that the month of Elul is a particularly propitious time for repentance. This mood of repentance builds through the month of Elul to the period of Selihot, to Rosh Hashanah, and finally to Yom Kippur. As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for Forgiveness, called Selihot, are added to the daily cycle of religious services. Selihot are recited from the Sunday before Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur. The first Selihot service of the holiday season is usually a large community service, held around midnight on Motzei Shabbat (after nightfall on Saturday).

This year Temple Emunah will host a communal evening on Saturday, September 21, starting with Minhah at 5:30 PM, inviting members of Temple Isaiah to join us for learning, a light meal sponsored by The Ladle Fund, and special Selihot services. This event is free of charge, but please RSVP to Jodie Parmer by September 17.


 

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: September 15, October 20, November 10, December 8, 2019 and January 12, 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.


 

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


 

September in the Garden

The Lexington Interfaith Garden is now in its 10th 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 needed, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty! We work on Tuesday afternoons, 4:30-6:00 PM, in conjunction with another faith community. We hope you can participate this year with us! Our September 2019 schedule is: September 3, 10, and 24, 2019. For more information see our FLYER and to sign up, contact Larry Marin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..