About The Temple

     Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop is an unaffiliated Jewish congregation. We provide a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for our congregants and visitors. The Congregation is committed to preserving Jewish values and traditions.
     The Temple is located just north of Boston and is adjacent to East Boston, Logan Airport, Revere, and Chelsea. Winthrop has a population of approximately 20,000, is largely residential and is a peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean to the East and Boston Harbor to the West.
     Public transportation provides convenient low cost access to Boston, while road access to Boston, points west and south is provided by 3 tunnels below Boston Harbor. Points north of Boston, including New Hampshire and Maine, are easily reached by highways adjacent to Winthrop.

PRESIDENT: Sandra (Goldstein) Pellegrino
VICE PRESIDENTS: Dana Stone, Steven Miller
TREASURER: Dana Stone


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HYBRID HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES

Due to the ongoing Covid situation, we will be holding our High Holiday services this year in a hybrid format, with an option to participate in person in our sanctuary, or through Zoom.

For in-person services, we request that participants wear masks, as per the CDC's recommendation for indoor public gatherings.

To attend via Zoom, register in advance at:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtfu6vrDwpHdJi8pBsC8kHhkG43uOjy4KT.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



COME JOIN WITH US

PUT ASIDE ALL THE CARES OF THE WEEK
JOIN US FOR A SHORT SERVICE ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY MORNING.
SERVICES START AT 9:30 AM.
STAY FOR A NO-COST BREAKFAST ON SUNDAY MORNING.
RELAX AND TALK WITH OLD AND NEW FRIENDS.
TEMPLE TIFERETH ISRAEL OF WINTHROP WELCOMES ALL.

REMEMBER FROM WHENCE YOU COME AND WHO YOU ARE.


SEPTEMBER YAHRZEITS

On the NEWSLETTER page, we have listed the yahrzeits which will occur during the month of September. If you have a yahrzeit plaque at the Temple, you can check the date of the yahrzeit and the location of the yahrzeit plaque.

WE ARE STILL HERE!

In September of 2012, Tifereth Israel Congregation of Winthrop was born.

Over a century later, in 2021, Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop continues to stand as a tribute to those who have gone before us in establishing and maintaining a Jewish presence in the town of Winthrop. Our temple stands as a powerful reminder that religious and ethnic intolerance, wherever and however practiced in America or elsewhere, cannot destroy that which is good. Back in 2012-2013, there was a miniscule minority in Winthrop that opposed the renovation of our Jewish Temple and the construction of the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare's affordable senior housing facility on the property of the Temple.

Those few resisted, protested and persistently complained from the inception of the project throughout its implementation. They and an ignorant few who even vandalized the Temple during its renovation caused minor delays and created additional work for those overseeing the project and those doing the actual work. But, in the end, those who have opposed the project - for whatever their motivation - failed. Today our Temple is better than ever. Our resolve is as firm as ever. We will not go away!

For thousands of years, there have been those who have tried to destroy the Jewish people – from the Biblical Amalek, to the Greeks, the Romans, and the 20th century Nazis. Today, Jews are still being attacked by anti-Semites here in America and from around the world. And there are those who rail against the Jewish State of Israel and, openly or covertly, desire the elimination of that Jewish homeland and the sole democracy in the Middle-east where all religions are welcomed. But, just like Haman in ancient Persia, those who would destroy the Jewish people have failed and they will continue to fail!

There is a Yiddish song titled the “The Partisans Song” which was adopted as the Jewish partisans’ official anthem in their fight against Adolph Hitler’s virulent anti-Semitic Nazi regime in World War II. Inspired by the story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, the song remains a powerful tribute to the commitment of the Jewish people to fighting for their survival. The translated lyrics of the song are reprinted below. In Yiddish, the first line of the song is: “Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg”.

Never say that you are walking the final road,
Though leaden skies obscure blue days;
The hour we have been longing for will still come,
Our steps will drum – we are here!

From green palm-land to distant land of snow,
We arrive with our pain, with our sorrow,
And where a spurt of our blood has fallen,
There will sprout our strength, our courage.

The morning sun will tinge our today with gold,
And yesterday will vanish with the enemy,
But if the sun and the dawn are delayed –
Like a watchword this song will go from generation to generation.

This song is written with blood and not with lead,
It’s not a song about a bird that is free,
A people, between falling walls,
Sang this song with pistols in their hands.

So never say that you are walking the final road,
Though leaden skies obscure blue days.
The hour we have been longing for will still come –
Our steps will drum – we are here!


To hear the song sung in Yiddish, go to any of the following web sites:

http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/music/vilna_partisans_zog_nit_keyn_mol.asp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wgYnYSg3Zs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dZESa1NavU

So, in spite of the obstructions, hindrances, ill-will, and animosity of a few in our community – whatever their motivations – our Temple renovation project was successfully completed and Winthrop has an affordable senior housing facility to accommodate its senior citizens. We and Winthrop are both beneficiaries of the efforts of the Temple, the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, the project administrators, the project architects, and the construction team - all of whom made a dream into a reality.

To paraphrase the final words of the The Partisans Song in this year of 2021:

TEMPLE TIFERETH ISRAEL IS STILL HERE!!!


1 September 2021
               

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