In Our Community

On this page, you'll find offerings that enhance our Temple Israel community or that are happening throughout

Kenneally Lecture: Anti-Semitism in the United States: Is America Different? A Historical Perspective
Featuring Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna
, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University.
Tuesday, September 17th, 6:00pm
at Stonehill College- May Welcome Center, McCarthy Auditorium. Free and open to all. Reception follows.

Lessons From Jimmy Carter's White House: Israel, The Middle East Peace Plan, and the Iranian Revolution
Featuring Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat
, author of President Carter: The White House Years
Thursday, Sept 19th, 5:00pm
at Brandeis University- Goldfarb-Farber Library, Rapaporte Treasure Hall. Info Here.

Bring a Buddy to Simcha - Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Join us at Simcha Thursday, September 19 to learn more about the BRCA gene mutation and meet Dr. Nadine Tung,
co-founder of the Bfor Study, pioneering online genetic counseling.

Nadine will explain why getting tested for BRCA is so important and so easy.  People of Jewish ancestry are 10X more likely to have the BRCA gene mutation, putting them at greater risk of breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers. Both men and women can carry the BRCA gene yet a simple blood test can give you the information that may save your life and that of your children.

We know that this is a whole lot easier when you have a buddy doing it with you, so we ask you to bring a friend, your sibling or partner, and your iPhone, iPad or Laptop to dinner so you can enroll in the study.  Rest assured, no blood tests that night!  Just an online Q & A.

The Bfor Study* offers a simple way to get tested at NO COST as long as you meet these requirements:

1) You have at least one grandparent of Jewish ancestry

2) You’ve never been tested for the BRCA gene mutation

3) You are at least 25 years or older

* The Bfor Study was co-founded by Dr. Nadine Tung, BIDMC and Dr. Judy Garber, DFCI. It is a non-therapeutic study being conducted in MA, NYC, PHL and LA. The study is looking at the feasibility of online genetic counseling. It is privately funded and does not support any for-profit entities. The study has no financial interests with respect to any companies or specific products.  

Reservations are required although there is no charge for the event. Dinner is graciously donated by Simcha’s chef/owner Avi Shemtov. You pay only for your drinks.

2019 Interfaith Mini-Walk for Hunger - September 22, 2019 at 2pm at Temple Beth David, Westwood
Members of multiple faith organizations in Westwood, Needham, Wellesley, Sharon, Canton, Norwood, Dedham, and other towns will come together to walk to help our neighbors who are hungry. The Walk is open to everyone - whether you are part of a faith organization or not, come join us!

Together, we can get one step closer to healing the world.  Together, we learn about the face of hunger and, by walking, help reduce the number of men, woman, and children in our community who go to bed with empty stomachs. Funds raised support Project Bread and connect hungry people in Massachusetts to healthy food every day.

CJP Women's Philanthropy Cookbook
Tradition. Community. Women. Food. These are the main ingredients of the newly released hardcover cookbook From Our Kitchens -- Recipes and Stories from the Boston Jewish Community.

From Our Kitchens is a compilation of food, memories, community and tradition culled by 150 women from Boston’s Jewish community. The pages are alive with the work of 12 test kitchens where friends and strangers came together as chefs and family. For over a year, these women worked diligently preparing, eating together, tweaking and perfecting the recipes that would eventually become this one-of-a-kind cookbook.

The book features more than 140 recipes, divided into the seasons of New England, along with stories and memories from the women who made this book possible. This book is filled with carefully tested recipes for holidays, family meals, dinner parties and seasonal occasions, including Noodle Kugel with Ginger, Cardamom, and Pistachios; Chanukah Brisket; Truffle Mac and Cheese; Molokhia Egyptian Beef Stew; Kugel Three Ways; and Cornbread Salad with Avocado.

The Solomon Schechter Day School is now accepting applications
Admission and financial aid applications are due February 1, 2019. Schechter boasts a robust community of families, faculty and staff as well as rigorous academics, Hebrew language instruction and immersive Jewish life and learning. Schechter offers a transformative partnership for day school inclusion with the The Fred and Gilda Slifka Family Foundation. To learn more about financial aid and Schechter's free transportation for Newton, Brookline, South Area, MetroWest (including Wellesley and Needham) and MetroNorth (including Cambridge, Lexington and Waltham) please go to To schedule your personal tour, please contact Shayna Fel at or 617.630.4608.  

ONGOING Sisterhood Shoes Collection (ongoing) supporting Action for post-Soviet Jewry
We welcome your donations of adult and children’s usable and clean shoes which are much needed for people in Eastern Ukraine.  Please take your gently worn shoes, boots and sneakers to the box in the hallway near Classroom 2, outside Rabbi Fish's office.

ONGOING Zayde's Market makes a donation to Sharon USY based on sales receipts put into USY's box. Keep one receipt for yourself and drop the duplicate in the USY box by the cash register. It costs nothing to donate and will help support USY programming. Thank you! For information on our youth group programs, TI's youth coordinator, Ariel Holman.

ONGOING Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters is urgently seeking new mentors in the South Area for a number of local waiting kids.
Contact: Tania Gray (617-558-6542 or or online at

ONGOING Visiting Moms is a free service that matches volunteers with moms or dads during the 1st year of baby's life.
Contact Debbie Whitehill at 781-693-5625 or or to learn about other JF&CS programs open to all parents of newborns and young children.

ONGOING Welcome Baby! welcome your family to the Jewish community with a home visit, gift package, and resource guides to programs and events in your area. Visit

ONGOING The Memory Cafe by the Lake meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 2:00-3:30pm.
RSVP preferred but not required: contact Susan or Kathie at 781-784-8000. Presented by the Sharon Adult Center and the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging.