We all have stories, whether big stories of careers and life-altering events or little stories of favorite friends and special moments. If you've ever thought about writing those stories down, this class with Jenny Brown is your opportunity. We'll use writing prompts, read examples of memoir, and discuss good memoir writing techniques, as you creat a story of your life in this six-week class. No writing experience necessary and all writing will be done in class. You only need paper and pen (or laptop) and your memories. Everyone has a story. Now is the time to tell yours. Class will meet on Mondays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM on the following dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 19, 26, 2018. Class fee is $18 and space is limited so RSVP soon! Click HERE for our flyer with more details.
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, who was born in Buczacz, Austrio-Hungary (now Ukraine) in 1888 received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966 for his Hebrew fiction. Agnon moved to Palestine as a young man and died in 1970. His stories narrate the vanished Jewish life of the old country, as well as tales of life in 20th century Israel. His language has resonances of Biblical and Rabbinic texts. A complex person, Agnon was torn between two worlds, and his stories often have a hidden and sometimes subversive subtext.
This LIJS class will meet on Wednesday evenings, 7:45 - 9:30 PM, October 17 through November 14 at Temple Emunah. Light Kosher refreshments will be served. Over the course of these 5 evenings, we will read and discuss eight of Agnon's short stories in English translation. The discussions will be lead by David Link and Michael Bohnen and participants will be asked to read one or two short stories and one article prior to each session. All the stories (except one) are in A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories. The articles (and one extra story) will be available via Dropbox. Cost of the class is $75. More details and registration information can be found HERE.
Join fellow congregant Jen Geller for yoga on Thursday mornings, 9:30 - 10:30 AM in the Temple Emunah Rubinovitz Social Hall. 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 yoga practitioners- beginners, veterans, young and old. Bring your own yoga mat and an open mind!
Class will meet October 18 through December 13 (it will not meet on Thanksgiving). The cost is $50 for the entire class or $10 drop-in rate per session. Checks should be made out to The Temple Emunah Sisterhood. More details HERE.
When we read parashat Lekh Lekha, we see God tell Abram: "Go forth from your native land and from your father's house to the land that I will show you;" and we are reminded that Jews have a history of wandering and being strangers in their lands. On Saturday, October 20 we join many other congregations to stand with HIAS (Hebrew Immigration Aid Society) and dedicate this Shabbat weekend to refugees.
We hope this Shabbat will help us deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis, connect Judaism with the cause of refugees, and commit to taking action. We will hear from Guest speaker Susan Cohen, Temple Emunah member who is a nationally recognized immigration lawyer and Chair of Immigration Practice at Mintz, a successful law firm founded in Boston 85 years ago. She will describe the experiences of refugees her firm has helped over the years, and discuss ways we can become involved in this issue.
There will also be representatives from the following organizations here with tables at kiddush to answer questions and provide information: The PAIR (Political Asylum / Immigration Representation) Project, Open Avenues Foundation, RIM (Refugee Immigration Ministry), and Together & Free.
ALSO this day: We will be having all of our youth services (Junior Congregation, Mini Minyan, and Tot Shabbat) which will come together in the aula at 11:45 for a Ruah Rally. There is also a Minyan Katan Service in the Wolk Family Chapel, which will end in time to hear our speaker in the Main Sanctuary. FLYER HERE.
Join the Emunah Connect Network Group on Sunday, October 21, 10:00 AM for an opportunity to network with other professionals in your own field and/or other fields in which you might be interested. Networking will be preceded by an update on the status of Temple Emunah's brand new Emunah Connect On-Line Professional Networking Directory, soon to be available to Emunah members & their families! For those willing to be a resource for career advice, we'll show you how to be added to the directory. And a big thank you to those who have already contributed! FLYER HERE.
How do you talk to your children about racism? On Sunday, October 21, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Follen Church is hosting a panel discussion on this topic at Diamond Middle School, and The Temple Emunah Social Action Committee is one of the sponsors of this program. The discussion will be moderated by The Reverand Liz Walker, an esteemed minister and communications specialist, and the panelists include: Celeste Freeman, LICSW, MPH, Katie O'Hare Gibson, M.Ed., April Daciuk, co-founder of the Korean KOLex group, and Maria-Veronica A. Barnes, M.Econ. This program is free and open to all. More details HERE.
Show your love for the arts during our first ever Arts Matter Shabbat on Saturday, October 27, part of #ArtsMatterDay, a program of Jewish Arts Collaborative! We will start at 9:30 with yoga in the Aula with Ed Soloway, as a way to warm up our bodies and connect our whole selves with Shabbat. During services we will be dedicating a new Torah scroll that the community has attained, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Bleich family, and we will discuss how the writing of a new Torah is a special art form. We will also have guest speakers Michael Zell and Heidi Lack-Zell. Finally, all families with children in grades K through 6th are invited to participate in a Family Minyan service, starting at 10:45 and led by both Rabbi Michael Fel and Rabbinic Intern Rebecca Weintraub. It will be a wonderful Shabbat filled with movement, songs, fun, art, and Torah!
Deli Man is a documentary film produced and directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou; the third work in his trilogy about Jewish culture. The principal guide of Deli Man is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston. Join us to watch this fun film, to reminisce about Jewish culture, and to share a great meal with friends! More details HERE.
The Temple Emunah Brotherhood and the New England Region Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs request the honor of your company and offer you the opportunity to record a tribute as we recognize Hal Miller-Jacobs, together with a group of exceptional men from across our Region, as our 5779 Keeper of the Flame on Sunday, October 28. This event will take place at Temple Emanuel in Newton, with wine and hors d'oeuvres at 4:00 PM, awards at 5:00 PM, followed by dessert reception. The cost is $36 / adult, $20 / child. Please register on-line HERE. Click HERE for a paper copy of the registration form.
On Election Day, November 6, 2018, Ballot Question #3 will ask Massachusetts voters to uphold a law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public spaces. The referendum would repeal our state law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public places, including restaurants, stores, and doctors’ offices. A YES vote on Question 3 keeps the current law as it is.
Join us on Tuesday evening, October 30 for a thoughtful conversation on this topic. We will discuss the history of question #3 and how discrimination affects transgender individuals and their families. There will be an opportunity to hear from transgender persons and parents of transgender children. A question and answer period will follow. FLYER HERE.
Every year the Sisterhood hosts a Rummage Sale to raise funds that support mitzvah projects & youth programs. This year our sale will start Sunday, November 4, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, and will continue on Monday morning, November 5, 9:30 AM - Noon. Please pass the word to all your friends who like to shop, and consider donating items, especially children’s clothes, warm items for winter, and more. Games, books, and household items always appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in Founders Hall on Sunday morning, November 4, starting at 9:00 AM. All leftover items will be sent out for donation, and a Jewish agency’s will be taking all warm items and sending them to the Ukraine. Please no used shoes.
Our Rummage Chair Sylvie Haffer is looking for volunteers to help with this event on both Sunday and Monday. If you’re able to help or have any questions about the event, please contact Sylvie at 617-484-3488. More details HERE.
Looking for new gift ideas for the holidays? Want a kosher treat that is sure to delight your taste buds? Order gift bags of delicious Waltham Popcorn & support the Billy Dalwin Pre-School Scholarship Fund! We’ll be offering 3 flavors and 3 size bags. Each bag will be wrapped in silver ribbon and is fresh for four months, making this the perfect gift any time of year!
All orders are due by Friday, November 9, 2018. Pick up will be in the Pre-School on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27 and 28, or in the Temple Emunah Lobby on Sunday, December 2. See more details on our Order Form, or you can place your ordeer On-Line HERE.
Join the Temple Emunah community and the Israeli School of Lexington on Friday, November 9th, for a unique and joyous family Shabbat dinner with an Israeli vibe! Enjoy a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service and a Shishi (Shabbat) dinner with great food, great company and fun activities for all ages. This event is an initiative of "Celebrating Together," the collaboration between the Jewish-American and Israeli-American communities to create a shared Shabbat experience. Click HERE for more details!
This program is sponsored by the IAC (Israeli American Council) and the Ladle Fund - what you put in the pot comes out in the ladle!
The Ladle Fund is thrilled to be sponsoring another Story Telling Event in the style of Moth Radio Hour with live, true stories, told by our congregants and MC'ed by Bob Russman-Halperin. This program will be on Sunday morning, November 18, starting after Shaharit services, and will include brunch. All story tellers will have up to 5 minutes to share their true, life changing stories, after which they will be ’hugged off the stage.’ We hope everyone will join us for another great event! More details HERE. Please RSVP with THIS ON-LINE FORM.
The Wisdom Project: Discover wisdom and strength you didn't realize you had! Please join Toni Stechler on Sunday afternoons once a month for a discussion on promoting personal wisdom within our community at Temple Emunah. We meet in the Pious Chapel; upcoming dates HERE
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.
The Interfaith Garden is now in its 9th 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 necessary, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty!
Every Wednesday morning Rabbis Lerner and Fel 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. This event is free of charge. Please join us! 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 2018-19 Schedule