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Family and Friends

"Reyim" means friends, and our friendships are the life of our community.

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Learning and Prayer

We look to the stories, wisdom, spiritual insights, and halacha of our tradition to bring meaning into our lives.

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Compassion and Social Action

Our community is defined by the core Jewish value of gemilut hasadim, compassion and loving kindness.

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Reyim's Racial Justice Initiative

Thursday July 23 at 7:30 PM

Our Areyvut Social Action and Social Justice Committee invites you to participate in a series of programs focused on understanding the history and current state of racial discrimination in our country, learning about the responses of the Jewish community, and determining how our community can participate in achieving a more just society. As a first step, please view the webinar produced by the Anti Defamation League: “Fighting Racism as a Multiracial Jewish Community.” The webinar provides a foundation from which to launch our racial justice initiative. We will be having a facilitated discussion on Thursday July 23 at 7:30 PM here. PW 18. Please join us!

A Week Of Community Service

July 20 through 26

Reyim's Areyvut Social Action and Social Justice Committee invites you to come together for an action-packed week to infuse our lives with the core Jewish values of chesed (compassion), tzedakah (charity), and tikkun olam (repairing our world). This year we will be writing letters, making cards, making calls for the Census Bureau, writing letters in support of a critical civil rights legislation, preparing food, and driving to collect and deliver. We hope there is something for everyone among these opportunities. You can learn much more about the events and register here.

My Two Cities: A Story Of Immigration & Inspiration

Monday, July 20 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Our community member Robin Stein will be speaking about her book, "My Two Cities: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration" at the Brookline Public Library. She will be in conversation with Hanni Myers, the subject of the book, a Newton resident who escaped from Vienna with her family in 1938 and made a new life in the U.S. If you would like to register for this free program, please click here.

"Siporei Reyim" A New Reyim Initiative Recording Personal Histories

Reyim's New Legacy Project

This summer we are starting a storytelling and legacy project, developed and led by Elie Berman. We will conduct interviews with our members, focusing on biographical elements (for example, "Where did you grow up?" and "How did your family come to this country?") as well as stories that hold special personal meaning.

We will record the interviews (via Zoom or another remote technology platform) and edit the videos, creating a Reyim legacy archive that will hold the stories of our members' lives, and can be shared with family and friends. Would you like to participate as a teller or as a listener? Please email Elie here.

Talmudic Responses To Times Of Crisis With Yael Werber

Every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM

What does the third chapter of the Talmudic tractate of Ta’anit have to do with this moment in history? Turns out, a lot. In this seven-part series, we will delve into ancient rabbinic stories of plagues, prayers and miracles, and examine the Talmud’s response to times of crisis. What do these stories teach us about our own response to the current crisis? Join Yael Tuesday evenings by Zoom here.

Reyim Pandemic Fundraiser

Please consider supporting our Pandemic Relief Fundraiser. We hope this Fund will help us endure the economic impact of COVID-19. We are very fortunate and grateful that a few families have already committed to a generous gift. However, our needs remain great. We ask you to consider supporting our community in this entirely new and very difficult reality. You can make a gift by using the PayPal button below, or by sending a check to the shul office noting your gift is to support this fundraiser.

Rabbi's Berman's Sermon on Racial Inequality

On Shabbat morning, June 6, Rabbi Berman shared a sermon entitled "Awakening," responding to the death of George Floyd and reflecting on questions of racial justice. You can find his sermon here.

You can find a recording of the Shabbat morning service broadcast including the "Awakening" sermon (starting at 1:01:00) here. Follow the instructions at the top of the page to view a previous broadcast.

Live Streaming Shabbat Morning Services

Every Shabbat Morning from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Please join us for Shabbat services, which Rabbi Berman will lead from our chapel. We hope to develop a Shabbat morning experience that feels meaningful to those who are viewing remotely. This will be an iterative process, as we experiment with different forms of prayer, Torah, divrei tefila and divrei Torah.

You can join us here.


Support and Resources for Our Community

As we face challenges of distance and illness due to COVID-19, we want to be sure to meet the needs that may arise for our community members. Please take a moment to complete this form if a need arises or if you feel you can support others' needs. Responses are confidential.

In addition, you can find many more resources for mental health, emergency services, and parent coaching here.

If you need anything at all, please be in touch with Rabbi Berman at rabbiberman@reyim.org and Claire Gerstein Chair of our Chesed Committee, at cgerstein@verizon.net.

Shabbat Services: Apart, Together

  • Family Shabbat Singing with Rabbi Berman

    Friday Evening 5:00-5:30 PM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Online

    Friday Evening 6:00 PM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Shabbat Morning Live Streaming

    Saturday Morning 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

    Join by livestream here

Kabbalat Shabbat

Morning Prayer

  • Every Monday through Friday 7:00 AM

    National holidays, including upcoming Memorial Day 8:00 AM

    Join by Zoom here

  • Every Sunday Morning 9:00 AM

    Join by Zoom here

Jewish Family & Children's Service

We are committed to delivering 25 boxes of raisins and 30 boxes of cereal each month to JF&CS. Ordinarily our community would purchase these items and drop them off individually but given the current circumstances, we are asking our community to donate funds that we can use to buy the items. Any amount is welcome!.

You can use the PayPal button below to donate. Please indicate on the payment form ("Add a note") that this donation is for JF&CS.



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