In Our Community

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

Camp Grossman Info Session
Sunday, January 21st and Sunday, February 25th, 2-4pm AT Leventhal-Sidman Center (333 Nahanton Street, Newton).
Meet the camp director and staff and learn how Camp Grossman is a place to be active, a place to make friends and a place for building skills and community. Varied activities give campers ages 4.5 to 15 years old a sense of the world around them—and supportive, experienced staff encourage exploration and growth in this vibrant Jewish camping environment. Located on 75 acres of the Hale Reservation in Dover. Bus transportation available from more than 40 communities throughout Greater Boston. Extended day available in Newton (at the Leventhal-Sidman Center). Financial assistance available. No charge for open house. Everyone welcome. A program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. For more information, visit or contact or 617-244-5124.

Soul Witness, The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project
January 25th, 7pm, at Coolidge Corner Theater,
in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
This film was screened at Temple Israel in May, 2016, in memory of Marion Katz z"l
Soul Witness is a documentary film based on over 80 hours of local holocaust testimonies conducted over 25 years ago. The testimonies, taken by one of the world's foremost authorities on Holocaust testimonies, Lawrence Langer, were locked in a metal closet for decades. The event will also feature: 
* A new video featuring recent interviews with family members and others connected with the 1990s project.
* Adam Strom of Re-Imagining Migration will moderate a Q&A discussion. 
* Q&A panel will include Margot Strom, Founder of Facing History and Ourselves, Janet Stein, President of Generations After and R. Harvey Bravman, Producer/Director of Soul Witness.
Ticket page and additional information:
More information including the Soul Witness Trailer can be found at
Facebook Event Page:

Coffee & Conversations

January 25: Caffe Nero, Jamaica Plain
February 7: Panera Bread, Cambridge
February 15: Gulu Gulu Café, Salem
February 28: Caffe Nero, Jamaica Plain
March 28: Caffe Nero, Jamaica Plain
Email Series
Wedding Email Series beginning March 5
Raising a Child with Judaism Email Series beginning April 2
More info at

UPCOMING SCHECHTER PALS (Pre-Schoolers and Little Siblings) Program
PALS is a program of Solomon Schechter Day School that provides a range of free activities and events for children ages 2-5 and their families. Please join us and bring s friend! Walk-ins welcome! All PALS programs are held at 60 Stein Circle, Newton. For more information, please contact Stephanie Maroun at 617-630-4625 or at
Tuesday, February 27 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Purim Fun by the Ton with Davey the Clown! A rubber chicken + a unicycle + costumes + balloons + hamantaschen = the annual PALS Purim party! It all adds up to big time kooky, comical fun and a little bit of serious business, too, as we assemble mishloach manot for a local nursing home. Please come in costume! ----------------------------------------------------------------
GUREI SCHECHTER (SCHECHTER CUBS): STROLLER WALK - Friday, February 16, 2017 - Meet at Starbucks at the Chestnut Hill Mall, 210 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, 10:00 a.m.
Gurei Schechter welcomes children ages 0-3 and their parents/caregivers to enjoy free, fun activities throughout the school year. Gurei Schechter offers an opportunity to engage children and to build a warm and connected social group among parents and caregivers. Monthly events will take place in various locations throughout the Greater Boston area. Enjoy music, movement, stroller walks, Shabbat celebrations and, most of all, community. For more information, please contact Shayna Fel at or 617.630.4608.

ALEXANDER MUSS HIGH SCHOOL IN ISRAEL is seeking student leaders for the 2018 Greater Boston Impact Fellowship. All entering their sophomore or junior year of high school at the time of travel, are invited to apply.THE FELLOWSHIP INCLUDES
·Full tuition,* housing, and meals
·Leadership training
·Workshops on critical thinking, social media, marketing and public speaking
Click here for more information.

6th Annual "Walk for ROFEH " Family Fun Walkathon
Sunday afternoon, June 3rd
 at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir
Contacts: 617-566-1900 Visit Us On Facebook

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: Joni Kusminsky (617-558-6535 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 Let 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

ONGOINGThe 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.