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Temple israel of boston

Temple israel of boston

Virtual kabbalat shabbat 3/13/20

Temple Israel is a lively and friendly community of 400 families hailing from 22 neighborhoods west of Boston. Conservative Judaism is shifting, becoming more accepting, and inclusive. We aim to create a sacred community (Kehillah Kedoshah) that embraces each member’s individual Jewish journey by offering several mental and spiritual gateways along the way.
Cantor Richmond and Rabbi Liben offer us a wealth of wisdom, spirituality, warmth, and friendship. You’ll find a large library of sermons and musical recordings here, along with their biographies, that convey our rabbi and cantor’s central presence in our lives.
The Judy Gordon Early Learning Center is a developmentally acceptable, progressive early education curriculum for all children. We provide full-day and full-year learning in a warm, lively atmosphere where each child is given individual attention.
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The Crawford Street Shul (Beth Hamidrash Hagodol) was built in 1913 in a small house on Harold Street in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts. The synagogue’s cornerstone was laid at 105 Crawford Street in Roxbury’s Elm Hill District in 1915. In 1918, the congregation appointed Louis M. Epstein as their first Rabbi. This collection includes correspondence, financial documents, ledgers, yearbooks, souvenir books, and meeting minutes from Beth Hamidrash Hagodol’s company, activity, and social records.
The materials in this set come from Congregation Adath Jeshurun, the first Jewish congregation in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. The key materials cover the congregation’s final twenty years, a time marked by the decline of Roxbury’s Jewish community, which eventually contributed to the congregation’s demise. The bulk of the collection consists of minute books that chart the congregation’s activities as well as the steps taken toward its eventual dissolution during this time period.

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Temple Israel has been a significant force in Boston and American Jewish life since its founding in 1854 as a traditional German shul. It is now the largest Reform synagogue in New England. The congregation’s ongoing attempts to respond to changes in American society while maintaining balance—between tradition and creativity, between acculturation and distinctiveness—exemplify the new American Reform Judaism’s transformations in religious worship, education, and social justice. The stories of the men, women, and children who have established and sustained this vital Jewish community for more than 150 years are brought to life in this volume, which is based on hundreds of archival records, demographic data, and oral histories, and illustrated with more than 200 photographs.
Rabbi Ronne Friedman’s foreword • Acknowledgements • Preface • The Synagogue and the Community, 1842–1874 • Becoming a Reform Temple, 1874–1911 • The Era of Optimism, 1911–1928 • The “Menace of These Tragic Times,” 1928–1953 • Prophetic Judaism and the “Symphony of American Life,” 1953–1973 • “A Home for Every Constituency,” 1973–1988 • “A Community of Communities,” 1988–2009

Rabbi ronne friedman | healing our city

“Temple Israel has been an important force in Boston and American Jewish life since its establishment in 1854 as a traditional German shul. It is now the largest Reform Synagogue in New England. The congregation’s ongoing attempts to respond to changes in American society while maintaining a sense of balance – between tradition and novelty, acculturation and distinctiveness – exemplify the new American Reform Judaism’s transitions in religious worship traditions, education, and social justice.” 1st
TIkkun Central is the umbrella organization for all Temple Israel justice and compassion programs, whether oriented inward or outward to the broader communities in which Temple Israel is located.
Tikkun Central is a place where members of the community can start and grow acts that help Temple Israel accomplish its mission of living Judaism through righteous effects. Many Temple Israel members participate in Tikkun Central to make meaningful connections within the community and address root causes of injustice, such as through grassroots organizing, book groups and discussions about racial justice, improving Temple Israel’s environmental sustainability efforts, and providing support for community members in times of need.