Watermelon Wednesdays 2017

Join the Temple Staff for ice-cold watermelon and music! We meet in the front of the building after lunch (1:00-1:30 PM) on the following dates: July 19, 26, and August 2, 9, 2017. This program is free and open to all. Feel free to hang out on our playground afterwards! FLYER.


 

Stroller Walks and Photo Shoot

Everyone is welcome to join us on Thursday mornings in July as we meet at 10:00 AM at The Kickstand Cafe in Arlington (594 Mass Ave) for schmoozing and a casual stroller walk! At 10:15 we will start walking along the Arlington Bike Path. After walking, parents have the option to bring their kids to the Spy Pond Playground! This program is recommended for parents with children 0-3 years old. We will meet all four Thursdays in July. Free and no RSVP necessary! 

On July 20 and 27 family photographer Deborah Fischman will be at the playground and available for individual photos of your child(ren). Sign up in advance to take advantage of this opportunity! For more details, contact Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or SEE HERE.


 

Lexington Interfaith Garden Spring 2017

The Lexington Interfaith Garden is now in its 8th 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! Click HERE to see our Summer 2017 schedule. Upcoming dates: July 18, August 8, 22, and September 5, 2017.


 

Talmud Torah - Studying Aggadah Texts In Hebrew

Join us for a bi-weekly Hebrew group study of selected Aggadah texts from the Talmud and Midrash. These beautiful stories, elusively short and simple, unfold the world of Chazal ideas and wisdom. Study material will be given in the meetings. Free and open to all! Classes will be held at Temple Emunah on Wednesdays, 8:00-9:30 PM on the following dates: July 19, August 2, 16, & 30, and September 13 & 27, 2017. This event is co-sponsored by Temple Emunah and the Israeli American Council. For questions, contact Revital Rotlevy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HERE for our flyer.


 

Second Annual Hat Shabbat

Please honor the memory of Debby Brosgol by wearing a hat to shul - women AND menShabbat morning, July 22, 2017. Questions?  Contact Kathy Macdonald at 781-862-6494 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HERE for our flyer.


 

Young Family Volunteer Opportunity at the IF Garden

Bring your tots and join us at The Interfaith Garden, across from The Lexington Green, on Tuesday, July 25, 4:30-6:00 PM for planting, harvesting, and playing! The Lexington Interfaith Garden is now in its 8th year of growing and distributing food via the Lexington Food Pantry. Our work involves planting, weeding, and harvesting, all 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!

This program is free and open to all families with young children, but please RSVP in advance to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you think you might attend. Parking is in the lot behind the First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington. See our FLYER.


 

Meet the Changemakers of Kids4Peace

Hear personal stories of interfaith peacebuilding by Israeli, Palestinian, and Boston Teens on Monday, July 24, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Temple Emunah. Learn how these 10th graders take action for peace in Jerusalem and in Boston, and join them for a special panel and discussion on their 2 weeks of advocacy training at the Kids4Peace Global Institute in Washington, DC. Kids4Peace makes an effort to connect Muslim, Christian, and Jewish youth and their families in Boston and Jerusalem to work together for change. FLYER HERE.

Light dinner will be provided (suggested $10 fee collected at the door). The evening will include a panel with Q&A, discussion, and activities with the teens. Please RSVP with THIS FORM. For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Israel Movie Night - GETT

The Israeli Committee invites everyone to join them as they present the film GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem on Wednesday, July 26, 8:00 PM (after Evening Minyan at 7:30 PM).  In addition to showing this wonderful film, we are privileged to have Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, a member of Temple Emunah, introduce and lead a Q&A after the showing of the film. Fishbayn Joffe became the next director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) effective July 1, 2017. In her new role, she succeeds Shulamit Reinharz, founding director of HBI. In addition to her much-lauded Jewish feminist scholarly work, Fishbayn Joffe is also trained as a lawyer with three degrees that include a doctorate in the philosophy of law from Harvard. In recent years, Fishbayn Joffe has focused on gender equality issues in family law. She also co-founded the Boston Agunah Task Force, providing advice, education and support on Jewish divorce. She will enable us to more fully comprehend the impact of the many issues raised by this award winning film. Click HERE for our flyer.

In this film Vivian Amsalem, an Israeli woman, is seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband, and finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem has been applying for a divorce for three years but her religiously devout husband, Elisha, continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity and everything is brought out into the open for judgment.

This event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Nancy Lefkowitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Magic Show and Pre-School Open House

Join us for a magic show with Bonaparte and tour the Billy Dalwin Pre-School on Monday, July 31 at 10:30 AM! Tour our school, visit classrooms, speak with our director, Shelley Rossman, meet members of our warm and wonderful staff, and enjoy the magic of Bonaparte, Boston’s most dazzling and entertaining magician!

RSVPs are appreciated but walk-ins are welcome! For more information or directions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at the Pre-School Office, 781-861-0708. See our flyer HERE.


 

Tish'ah B'Av 5777

Tish’ah B'Av, the Fast of the 9th of Av, is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which have occurred on the 9th of Av. Tish’ah B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the 9th of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 BCE; the second by the Romans in 70 CE). It is the culmination of a 3 week period of increasing mourning, beginning with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which commemorates the first breach in the walls of Jerusalem, before the First Temple was destroyed.

This year, Tish'ah B'Av takes place on Monday, July 31 - Tuesday, August 1, 2017. We begin our commemoration on Monday night at 7:45 PM with evening services, chanting of Megillat Eikhah (Scroll of Lamentations) and Kinot (songs for Tish'ah B'Av). Morning services on August 1 begin at 6:45 AM, with a mediation at 8:30 AM. Minhah will be at 1:30 (please wear tallit and tefillin), and evening services at 7:30 PM. For more information, click HERE.


 

A Taste of Stroller Strides

Are you looking for a great work-out, to meet other moms, and to entertain your little one? Stroller Strides is the perfect workout option for any mom looking to get in great shape, but doesn't want to leave their babe(s) behind. Join us on Thursday, August 3, 10:00 AM for a taste of Stroller Strides! The class will last one hour and costs $10 (please bring cash). We will meet in the parking of Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road in Lexington, MA. Please RSVP in advance by emailing Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 781-861-0300. Flyer HERE.


 

Sundaes on Shabbat - for Families with Young Children

All families with young children are invited to join us for a Shabbat afternoon schmooze at the home of Rabbi Lerner and Sharon Levin (5 Blossom St in Lexington). Play on their trampoline and swing set, and enjoy outdoor activities for an informal afternoon of fun! We will have a light dinner and make-your-own Sundae bar. Saturday, August 5, 4:30 - 6:30 PM. FREE and open to all young families! Please RSVP to Jodie Parmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Flyer HERE.


 

Play Reading Theme Nights at Minyan - a Mini Series

Calling All Play Readers (and Listeners)! We are happy to announce that our new Theme Night at Minyan Mini Series: Monthly Play Reading is a great success! Everyone is invited to join us on the second Wednesday of the month for an evening of reading plays, enjoying snacks, and having fun! (Evening Minyan at 7:30 PM. Readings and refreshments start at 8:00 PM.)

Copies of each play will be provided, but feel free to bring your own, if you have one. All are welcome to come, whether to read or listen. Also, we are seeking suggestions for subsequent nights, including one-act plays, and we encourage everyone to consider facilitating a future date! Please mark your calendar for August 9, 2017. Future dates to be determined. For questions or comments, contact Helen Marcus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The play we will be reading will be "The Ugly Duckling" by A.A. Milne.


 

CPR Training - Get Certified!

Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, with 88% of all cardiac arrests occurring in the home. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love.  If bystander CPR is not provided immediately, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival falls 7-10% for every minute of delay. HOWEVER, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Be someone who can make a difference!

Sign up for our 4-hour course on Sunday, August 13, starting at 1:00 PM (you must attend the entire course to be certified). The class includes training in CPR for Adults, Children, and Infants, the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), along with treatment of choking. The cost of the course is $50 ($38 for additional members of the same household), and we must have payment in advance by check made out to "Emergency Response Training." Checks should be mailed prior to the course to Jodie Parmer at Temple Emunah. 

We can only accomodate 20 people (teens are welcome to participate), so sign up today! Email Jodie to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HERE to see more details.


 

Jewish Spirituality Group at Temple Emunah

Are you interested in Jewish Meditation? Do you want to explore the world of Kabbalah and Hasidic thought? Join Barbara Neustadt for a Jewish Spirituality Group! Combining study of Jewish texts with experiences such as meditation, we will discover mystical Jewish spiritual practices. Our 2017 dates are still TBD. Flyer with more details HERE.


 

Morning Meditation Group

Join Rabbi Lerner and Barbara Neustadt for a weekly morning meditation group. We meet on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 - 9:20 AM (check the Temple Emunah calendar for cancellations). 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.