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Reflection, Gratitude, Celebration

Events honoring Rabbi Jaffe and Irene Rosenzweig and celebrating the Temple Isaiah community.

We have all been thinking about change—but now it is more immediate and more personal. How do I say farewell to my senior rabbi, to thank him and those close to him for being part of our lives? Is there an opportunity for me to spend time with Rabbi Jaffe and Irene? How do I find a way to express myself and share my thoughts? Is there an opportunity to reflect? To study? To pray? To celebrate?

Knowing for the better part of a year that this moment would come, we have crafted a series of opportunities which we hope will give everyone a chance to engage in this transition.

Community Wide Gatherings

Musical Celebration with Rabbi Dan Freelander, Cantor Jeff Klepper, and Friends
May 15, 7:00 pm
As we close Temple Isaiah's Mitzvah Day with this event, all are encouraged to bring rice or crackers for a Family Table collection at the concert entrance. Masks will be required during the performance.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Honoring Rabbi Jaffe
June 17, 7:30 pm, Multi-access
Register to attend in-person
A special Shabbat service honoring Rabbi Jaffe followed by a community oneg.

Hava Nagilah: Let's Rejoice
June 18, 5:30 pm, In-person
Let’s Rejoice. A community-wide outdoor grand finale of celebration and gratitude to Rabbi Jaffe and Irene. Dancing, music, refreshments, libations, and Havdalah.

Small Group Gatherings

Celebration for Religious School Students and Families
May 1, 10:45 am
Beginning at 10:45 am, outdoors in the Temple Isaiah upper parking lot, students and families are invited to gather as each class will share a special blessing for Rabbi Jaffe. Light refreshments will be served. 

In-Person Farewell Gathering
Lexington: May 22, 4:00 - 5:30 pm (Registration has closed)
Bedford: May 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Registration has closed)
Arlington: June 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Registration has closed)

Join us for a backyard gathering to wish Rabbi Jaffe and Irene all the best as they move forward into the next chapter of their lives. Light refreshments will be served and participants will have the opportunity to chat with Rabbi Jaffe and Irene. 

Space is limited and registration is required. Any questions, please contact Ilene Benghiat at

And More!

Still Standing Comedy Night
May 21, 7:30 pm
Join us for an evening of community and comedy featuring:

- Our very own Rabbi Jaffe presenting
- George Silverman as our Master of Ceremonies
- Sandy & Hal Miller Jacobs, who have both won first prize in Boston’s Mass Mouth contest
- Esther Isenberg and her very special stories
- Jeff Goldberg with the story of his adventures
- Pam Awrach for her debut performance
- "Robear", who has now published two books, will entertain throughout the evening

Contribute Your Message to a Community-Wide Box of Memories!

Now's the time to express your gratitude, let Rabbi Jaffe and Irene know how much they mean to you and share a favorite memory or two!  We are creating a special Temple Isaiah and Lexington community-wide "AwesomeBox" of memories for Rabbi Jaffe and Irene.

Simply follow this link to create a card with your own personal message (up to 700 characters). You can add a photo and a musical track too! If you need assistance with your submission or prefer submitting your message on paper, please contact either  or Bonnie Brodner (preferably text) at 781-223-6885.  

Messages will be put together in both a beautiful box and a digital file to be presented during Rabbi Jaffe's farewell Shabbat service in June. Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you think would like to express their gratitude and share a memory! The deadline to contribute to this special gift is Sunday, June 5, so please don't delay adding your thanks and well wishes today!

From Strength to Strength: Celebrating a Legacy

Have you honored Rabbi Jaffe and made your commitment to the campaign? Every single gift makes our community stronger. Your investment is essential to achieving our goal of 100% participation, illustrating your commitment to strengthening the congregation’s future and solidifying Rabbi Jaffe’s legacy. Click here to donate today.

Fri, March 31 2023 9 Nisan 5783