Mussar – Year 3


For experienced Mussar students
with Rabbi Eric Gurvis

This group builds on previous Mussar Va’ad experience in pursuit of this inspiring and rich Jewish spiritual discipline that helps us to nurture the depth of soul and spirit. In year 3 we circle back to a few middot (soul-traits) from previous years as well as expand our understanding practice with new middot to be chosen by the group.

Fall Course:

Thursday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am
8 Sessions: Oct 24, Nov 7, 21, Dec 5, 19, Jan 2, 16, 30

Winter/Spring  Course:

Thursday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am
8 Sessions: Feb 13, 27, Mar 12, 26, Apr 23, May 7,21 and Jun 4

Fee: $175 per semester

Class size is limited. Interested? Register Today

Register/Pay for the Winter/Spring course Online or register by sending your check to the synagogue’s Blum Executive office.

Questions? Please contact Terri Swartz Russell


Rabbi Eric Gurvis

is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, with a BA in Sociology and Judaic Studies, and was ordained as a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Eric has served congregations in New York City; Jackson, Mississippi; Teaneck, New Jersey; and in Newton, Massachusetts. In July 2019 he will begin serving Sha’arei Shalom – a Jewish congregation serving Ashland and Metrowest.

Eric has trained with The Mussar Institute and is a certified Mussar Va’ad leader. He has long been deeply involved in youth activities and Jewish camps, interfaith work, and Israel programming and education. Eric is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute in 2013, where he serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Council. Eric and his wife, Laura Kizner Gurvis have four children and a grandson in whom they take great delight.

Mussar – Year 3


For experienced Mussar students
with Rabbi Eric Gurvis

This group builds on previous Mussar Va’ad experience in pursuit of this inspiring and rich Jewish spiritual discipline that helps us to nurture the depth of soul and spirit. In year 3 we circle back to a few middot (soul-traits) from previous years as well as expand our understanding practice with new middot to be chosen by the group.

Fall Course:

Thursday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am
8 Sessions: Oct 24, Nov 7, 21, Dec 5, 19, Jan 2, 16, 30

Winter/Spring  Course:

Thursday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am
8 Sessions: Feb 13, 27, Mar 12, 26, Apr 23, May 7,21 and Jun 4

Fee: $175 per semester

Class size is limited. Interested? Register Today

Register/Pay for the Winter/Spring course Online or register by sending your check to the synagogue’s Blum Executive office.

Questions? Please contact Terri Swartz Russell


Rabbi Eric Gurvis

is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, with a BA in Sociology and Judaic Studies, and was ordained as a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Eric has served congregations in New York City; Jackson, Mississippi; Teaneck, New Jersey; and in Newton, Massachusetts. In July 2019 he will begin serving Sha’arei Shalom – a Jewish congregation serving Ashland and Metrowest.

Eric has trained with The Mussar Institute and is a certified Mussar Va’ad leader. He has long been deeply involved in youth activities and Jewish camps, interfaith work, and Israel programming and education. Eric is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute in 2013, where he serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Council. Eric and his wife, Laura Kizner Gurvis have four children and a grandson in whom they take great delight.

Mussar – Year 3


For experienced Mussar students
with Rabbi Eric Gurvis

This group builds on previous Mussar Va’ad experience in pursuit of this inspiring and rich Jewish spiritual discipline that helps us to nurture the depth of soul and spirit. In year 3 we circle back to a few middot (soul-traits) from previous years as well as expand our understanding practice with new middot to be chosen by the group.

Fall Course:

Thursday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am
8 Sessions: Oct 24, Nov 7, 21, Dec 5, 19, Jan 2, 16, 30

Winter/Spring  Course:

Thursday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am
8 Sessions: Feb 13, 27, Mar 12, 26, Apr 23, May 7,21 and Jun 4

Fee: $175 per semester

Class size is limited. Interested? Register Today

Register/Pay for the Winter/Spring course Online or register by sending your check to the synagogue’s Blum Executive office.

Questions? Please contact Terri Swartz Russell


Rabbi Eric Gurvis

is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, with a BA in Sociology and Judaic Studies, and was ordained as a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Eric has served congregations in New York City; Jackson, Mississippi; Teaneck, New Jersey; and in Newton, Massachusetts. In July 2019 he will begin serving Sha’arei Shalom – a Jewish congregation serving Ashland and Metrowest.

Eric has trained with The Mussar Institute and is a certified Mussar Va’ad leader. He has long been deeply involved in youth activities and Jewish camps, interfaith work, and Israel programming and education. Eric is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute in 2013, where he serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Council. Eric and his wife, Laura Kizner Gurvis have four children and a grandson in whom they take great delight.

Monthly Support Group for Adult Children of Aging Parents


Are you caring for an aging parent?
Is managing their care straining your life?
Are you looking for local resources and support?

Hebrew SeniorLife Social Worker Lori Feldman, LICSW, will facilitate monthly group sessions focused on helping adult children find support and resources as they care for aging parents. Each meeting will begin with a different topic for group discussion and then be driven by participant needs. This series is open to Temple Emanuel members as well as the broader community.

Refreshments provided. No cost to attend; space is limited.

Tuesday evenings | 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Jan 7. Feb 4, Mar 3, April 7 and May 5

For the best experience, participants are encouraged to attend regularly.

Registration required. RSVP to Tracy Schneider at 617-959-4928.

Sponsored by the Temple Emanuel Senior Fund, the Temple Emanuel Adult Education Department, the Newton Senior Center along with Hebrew SeniorLife and the Harvard Medical School Affilitate