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.

* Gann Academy High School Info Session for Middle School Families: May 15, 7:00-8:30pm
Be Challenged, Be Known, Love School
Are you starting to plan for life after middle school?  Please join our upcoming Information Session at Gann Academy, Boston’s independent Jewish high school.  Come meet Gann Academy leaders, faculty, students, and parents to gain a flavor for life at Gann—a place where learning is academically rigorous but also collaborative, and where students are not only smart and ambitious, but also happy and kind.  Gann Academy is located in Waltham and attracts families from throughout Massachusetts and from all Jewish backgrounds.  Our info session will be held on May 15, from 7:00-8:30 at Gann, at 333 Forest Street, Waltham.  Parents are welcome to come with their children or alone.  Register online at or call Gann’s Admissions team at 781-642-6800.   

* Ramah Family Camp
Bring your Family to Ramah this Memorial Day Weekend! Join Camp Ramah in New England for an unforgettable Family Camp weekend from May 24th-27th! We offer camp activities, like sports and arts, a ride on our Alpine Tower Swing, rafting on our agam (lake), and an unforgettable Ramah Shabbat. We will have excellent childcare for children of all ages from toddler on up, and we will even have shmirah (babysitting) at night so the adults can go experience camp on their own.  There will be programs for adults, children, both together, and anyone in between. Family Camp is always a blast, and we’d be thrilled if you’d join us! Email Simon Luxemburg at with any questions! You can learn more about the program on our website here, watch our Family Camp video, and can sign up through this form. We hope to see you there!

* Zamir Chorale of Boston presents: A Gala Golden Anniversary Concert Honoring Founder and Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson - featuring TI Members Larry Sandberg, Jill Sandberg, and Julie Smily.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7:30 pm, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
In celebration of our golden anniversary, the Zamir Chorale of Boston will honor its founder and artistic director Josh Jacobson and showcase the best of Zamir’s repertoire. The premiere performances of commissioned works from composers Jeremiah Klarman, Ken Lampl, Jonathan Leshnoff, Charles Osborne, Nick Page and Benjie Ellen Schiller will dazzle and delight. Plus you will hear some of Zamir’s all-time favorite pieces from the past 50 years performed by the 60 voices of our award-winning chorale, assisted by dozens of Zamir alumni who will join us on stage.
Tickets: $10-$54,, 617-496-2222; Sponsorship opportunities:
Add your tribute to Josh Jacobson:

* Camp Ramah Prospective Family Day
Sunday, July 14th or Sunday, August 4th, 10:30am - 2:00pm
Come see for yourself where all of the Ramah magic happens!  Check out our beautiful lake, refurbished tennis courts and sports fields, newly designed arts and crafts and woodworking studios, our thrilling ropes and adventure course and so much more.  Tour our spacious bunks and see where our campers eat, pray and play!  Learn about the unique Jewish education program which enables our campers to learn Hebrew and study their Jewish heritage in an informal setting. 
Meet the Director, Assistant Director and other key staff who will be there to answer questions and tell you about the extraordinary opportunities that await your child at Camp Ramah. Camp Ramah offers two-week sessions for children currently in grades 2-3 and four or eight-week sessions for children in grades 3-10. 
To learn more or to RSVP, contact Lori Fish Bard at

* 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 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.