Temple Beth Israel is a vibrant, diverse, traditional and close-knit congregation. We are an independent synagogue that seeks to provide spiritual, social and physical access to and inclusion in meaningful Jewish life and tradition. We enjoy a full calendar of religious, social, educational and social justice dialogue and activities for the many ways our congregants and friends connect to Judaism, to their community, and to the world at large. With a 100+ year history in Waltham, on any given day we find members who were born into Temple Beth Israel warmly embracing newcomers.
- Check out our December Newsletter here. We gather in person and online. Direct links for online attendance at all events are posted in our weekly emails, and links to repeating events appear below. To receive our weekly email, click here to contact the office.
Weekly Service Zoom Links
- Friday Night Shabbat online only, 5:30 pm: Click Here
- Or use Zoom Meeting ID 860 9408 8277
- Beginning on Friday Night November 5 we will hold our Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat with Maariv – in-house and online beginning at 5:30pm. This service is on the first Friday of every month. All other Friday night services will remain online only through the winter.
- Saturday Morning Shabbat, 9:30 am online and in person: Click Here
- Thursday Morning Minyan, online only, 8:00 am: Click Here
Meet with Rabbi David
- Office Hours, Click Here Check out our bulletin for November dates
- Monthly Talmud Study, 3rd Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 pm Click here
- We will continue our study of the more accessible ethical and inspirational teachings, many of them narrative, in the Talmud’s Tractate Taanit. In November, we will begin from Taanit 7a. Guided by the Eyn Yaakov, Rabbi Yaakov ibn Chaviv’s 16th century compilation, this study group reads together and follows the organic flow of group discussion. Rabbi David provides literary, historical, and linguistic insight, and ensures equal participation. English is the primary language of study; Hebrew is provided. All are welcome.
- Monthly Torah Study, 2nd Thursday, Noon-1:30 pm Click here
- On November 11th, we will study selections from Genesis chapter 24, where Abraham’s servant travels outside the land of Canaan on his master’s command to find a wife for his son Isaac. After his father bound him on an altar and held a knife over him at God’s request, is it possible that Isaac will now carry his father’s relationship with God into the future? Does Abraham believe Isaac will carry the covenant, or will that be Rebekah’s job? Who are Isaac and Rebekah, anyway? English is the primary language of study; the original Hebrew is also provided. All are welcome.
“My house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” (Isaiah 56:7)