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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!