Too cold to get out of the house? Don't like driving at night? Bring the warmth and light of Torah directly into your home with Thursday Night Live (TNL)! Join Rabbis Fel and Lerner for a lightning round of learning: 7 aliyot, 7 life-lessons from the weekly Torah Portion, all streamed to the comfort of your home. Streaming details to follow!
All sessions will be from 8:15 until 8:45 PM on Thursday evenings, February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2018. Streaming details will be sent the week before the first class. You do not need to have a facebook account to participate. FLYER
ALSO, don't forget to fulfill one of the mitzvot of Purim by making a donation to Yad Chessed! Yad Chessed works with synagogues, minyanim, colleges, and day schools to collect and give away matanot l'evyonim (gifts to the poor) to Jewish families in need in Massachusetts. You are welcome to bring cash or a check to our Purim evening celebration or to make your donation on-line by March 1st.
Join us as we honor JDAIM (Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month) by hosting An Inclusion Shabbat on Saturday, March 3rd. We are excited to have both Dr. Daniel Jackson of MIT as well as his wife, Claudia Marbach, a 4th year student at Yeshivat Maharat, the first Orthodox Yeshiva granting semihah (rabbinic ordination) to women in the US.
Daniel will talk about his newly published book, Portraits of Resilience. This book, published by MIT Press, details Daniel's extraordinary effort in writing and depicting MIT students, faculty, and staff struggle with depression and mental illness and how their journey has led them to a deeper meaning in their lives. You can learn more about the book and Professor Jackson at www.portraitsofresilience.com.
Daniel will be speaking during Shabbat morning services, which begin at 9:30 AM, and Claudia will be doing a post-Kiddush text study on: “The Evolution of Halakhah - A Case Study in Disability.” Please note that this is also New Babies Shabbat, and at 11:50 we will be officially welcoming all the new babies born into our community with a special ceremony on the bima. FLYER
Temple Emunah invites all members who welcomed children, grandchildren and great‐grandchildren into their family during the 2017 calendar year to celebrate with the congregation at our annual New Babies Shabbat on Saturday, March 3rd! Families will be called up for an introduction during Shabbat services in the Main Sanctuary and babies will be presented with a special welcome gift. Kiddush to follow with lots of kid‐friendly foods!
Grab your costumes and get ready for games, bouncy houses, treats, and MORE! Our annual Purim Carnival is Sunday, March 4 and wristbands will be on-sale soon! Beat the line and pre-order a wristband for $25, which gets you unlimited access to all the games and as many turns as you want in the bouncy houses, as well as one cotton candy and one popcorn. Lunch is sold separately, so please bring cash. You can also purchase a wristband or tickets that day for $0.50.
Young families are welcome to come at 9:30 AM for a special Purim Tot program run by Shelley Rossman, Pre-School Director, followed by a special hour of the Carnival open only to families with children ages 0-5 years old. The carnival opens at 11:00 AM for all ages, and will run until 1:00 PM, with lunch being sold in the room.
Once again the Sisterhood is selling Fair Trade Chocolate that is Kosher for Passover! We will begin selling the chocolate during the Purim Carnival on Sunday March 4, at 10:00 AM. The last day to order chocolate is Sunday March 18. See more details on our ORDER FORM.
Why use Fair Trade? Fair Trade Judaica is building a Fair Trade movement in the Jewish community, linking Jewish values of human dignity, self-sufficiency, and environmental sustainability with Fair Trade standards assuring fair and livable wages, no child labor, and healthy and safe working conditions. We accomplish this through outreach/education, and expanding the production, distribution, and sale of Fair Trade Judaica products. Help support this wonderful movement, while also getting delicious chocolate to eat during the week of Passover!
Join us on Wednesday evening, March 7, 14, and 21, as our own Jonathan Krasner will be teaching on The Dreams of American Jews in Film, 7:45 - 9:30 PM. American Jews have been dreaming about the Land of Israel for as long as there have been Jews in America. Every year at the seder we say "L'shanah Haba'ah b'Yerushalayim," - "Next Year in Jerusalem." But the actual American encounter with Israel has often been far more complex than American Jewish dreams. In fact, we can say that the American Jews' evolving image of Zion through the decades tells us a lot more about American Jews themselves than it does about Israel. Join us as we explore these questions through three Hollywood films: Exodus (1960), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), Munich (2005). See our FLYER for more details!
Having Winter Gardening Blues? Here’s a Remedy: Come share your interest in houseplants and gardening by taking part in this interactive Theme Night at Minyan! Everyone is invited on Thursday, March 8, starting with Evening Minyan at 7:30 PM for an engaging night of discussion, sharing our interest in and knowledge of plants, as well as hands on experience starting an indoor herb garden.
For the month of March we are encouraging everyone to celebrate Shabbat and to ‘unplug’ as much as you can! On March 9th—10th we have taken the pledge with REBOOT to unplug for 25 hours by doing our best to put away our phones and other electronics in order to relax, reflect on our week, and to connect with loved ones. On that Shabbat we will have our Intergenerational Shabbat dinner with games and programs run by staff from Camp Ramah, and sponsored by the Bess Ezekiel Memorial Fund, and we will hold yoga with a Jewish Twist with our own Ed Soloway on Saturday morning, March 10, as a way to unwind and recharge.
ALSO, members of our Board and others have offered to host Shabbat dinners in their homes on March 2nd, 16th, and 23rd! If you would like to participate, email Jodie Parmer by February 16th and we will do our best to accommodate everyone.
For more details, click HERE.
Linna has been a dedicated Sisterhood member for over 25 years, during which she has been both a chair for the Torah Fund Luncheon as well as a benefactor for the Torah Fund. Linna has been instrumental to our Sisterhood, bringing creative programming suggestions that have allowed us to partner with other groups and succeed in our initiatives. Linna and her husband Gil have lived in Lexington for 25 years and are proud parents to Alyssa and Sharon. Linna works at Hebrew College’s Early Childhood Institute which provides professional development for early childhood educators.
When history fails to preserve stories from our past and present, it’s up to us to correct the record. Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is omitted from most history books despite ranking among revolutionary leaders like Harriet Tubman or Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an activist and a champion to a nation – and it’s time the world remembers her name. MANKILLER is a documentary by Producer Gale Hurd, celebrating a leader who defied all odds to make a difference for her people. During a time when American Indians found themselves disenfranchised and undervalued by the United States, Wilma emerged as a champion of the Cherokee Nation and became its first female Principal Chief in 1985.
Come schmooze over brunch on Sunday, March 18, and stay to watch this powerful documentary of a revolutionary woman whose story was almost lost. Wilma’s amazing journey highlights the struggles of both women and minorities, and is an inspiring tale of what one can accomplish with perseverance and unending dedication. This event is open to the entire Temple community. We hope you can join us!
Looking for something to do on a Thursday afternoon? Come to Temple Emunah on March 22, at 1:30 PM to hang out and watch a movie! There will be fresh popcorn, soda, and fun with friends! Movie TBD and no RSVP necessary. This is part of our new Daytime Programming Initiative. If you have ideas for other activities to do during the day on weekdays, let us know!
Join us on Shabbat morning on Saturday, March 24 as we welcome Consul General to Israel Yehuda Yaakov to speak about Israel's 70th Anniversary Celebration. Yaakov has been the Consul General of Israel to New England since February 2014. He has focused largely on strengthening values-driven partnerships between Israel and New England in the areas of business, academia and social justice. He is also involved in regionally-based coexistence projects.
Consul General Yaakov has spent most of his diplomatic career on issues pertinent to Israel’s security. This experience has included heading the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s department for non-conventional weapons prevention (2004-2007), as well as establishing and running the homeland security and counter-terrorism unit (2001-2004). In 2012, he received the Ministry's award for excellence for his work on the Iranian crisis. He has also served outside Israel in New York and New Zealand. We hope you can join us for this service and discussion! More details HERE.
Simhat Tot is an interactive holiday program geared toward families with children ages 0-5 years old. We gather on Sunday mornings at Temple Emunah to prepare for upcoming Jewish holidays through crafts, songs, stories, snacks, and fun!
This year we are thrilled to be partnering with the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston to bring you a special Passover Simhat Tot program! Everyone is welcome to attend this free event on Sunday, March 25, 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Temple Emunah (in Rubinovitz Social Hall 2) as part of our annual Pesah Palooza Celebration. There will be Passover-themed art projects, music, dramatic and interactive play, and more! This event is FREE and open to all families with young children. Please join us! More details HERE.
Please join us on Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 PM for a French Night Theme Minyan at Temple Emunah! We welcome all French speakers (native or not) or anybody who simply loves French language and culture, or France, or any francophone country. After minyan, we will exchange about our stories related to anything French, while enjoying Kosher French wine and cheese. Hosted by Anne Miller.
The Wisdom Project: Discover wisdom and strength you didn't realize you had! Please join Toni Stechler on Sunday afternoons as they lead us in a discussion on promoting personal wisdom within our community at Temple Emunah. Next session is March 18th at noon in the Pious Chapel. FLYER.
Join Rabbi Lerner on Sundays, 9:00-9:40 AM for a service that will include learning & meditation elements. Start your week with communal blessings of gratitude, meaningful recitation of psalms, & meditative Barekhu, Sh’ma, and Amidah experiences. No prior meditation experience necessary! This Emunat HaLev program is open to adults of all ages, as well as 7th grade students and their families. Upcoming dates: March 11 and 18, 2018.
Join Rabbi Lerner and Barbara Neustadt for a weekly morning meditation group on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 - 9:20 AM or for our NEW Minhah Meditation Group which meets monthly on Thursday afternoons, 4:00 - 4:50 PM, on the following dates in 2018: January 18, February 15, March 22, April 25, and May 10. Come to either or BOTH! Meditation experience is not required!
The Billy Dalwin Pre-School is a vibrant, warm and welcoming place for children ages two to five years old to learn and have fun. Daily curriculum provides an innovative and hands-on approach to learning that blends engaging Judaic and secular classroom activities tailored to the interests, abilities and needs of our students. Come see what we're about!
Upcoming Open House dates for the year are: February 6, March 6, April 10, and May 8 (all Tuesday mornings, 8:15 - 9:30 AM).