Rabbi Allison Poirier

Rabbi Allison Poirier joined the Temple Beth Sholom community in July 2019, and is TBS’s first female rabbi. Rabbi Poirier brings to our community great energy, creativity, and the ability to make immediate connections with people of all ages. She embraces TBS’s goal of continued growth through outreach and innovating programming.

Rabbi Poirier has dual undergraduate degrees from Barnard College and the Albert A. List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary. After graduation, she spent two years traveling the south as an Education Fellow with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. She has also returned to the south to lead several small-town seders for the ISJL Passover Pilgrimage.

She received her Rabbinical Ordination and Master’s of Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Newton. Rabbi Poirier’s Master’s Thesis explored the use of the Torah Godly Play curriculum with elderly populations, and she is eager to share Torah Godly Play with students of all ages at TBS. While in rabbinical school, she also served as Rabbinic Intern at Temple Israel in Sharon where she created the Chevra, a group for young professionals.

A native of Medfield, Mass., Rabbi Poirier has just recently relocated to Framingham with her husband, Matthew, and their daughter, Maya. When she’s not at TBS, Rabbi Poirier can be found hiking, reading, and cheering enthusiastically for all the Boston sports teams.

Read Rabbi Poirier’s High Holy Day Sermons from 5780/2019

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Fear and/or Awe

Rosh Hashanah: Rosh Hashanah and the Joy of Tidying Up

Rosh Hashanah: Climate Change on the Birthday of the World

Kol Nidre 5780_ Forgive and Forget

Yom Kippur/Yizkor: What is “Real”?

February 2020

Tu B’Shvat is one of the most under-celebrated Jewish holidays, in my opinion. It gained a special place in my heart in Mrs. Weisman’s kindergarten class, where we watched the cartoon version of The Lorax (the old one!) and has remained one of my favorite holidays to this day. As a child, I thought the idea of having a birthday for trees was so silly, but I’ve come to appreciate just how special trees are to us, and just how much we take them for granted.

Like Passover, Tu B’Shvat celebrations include a seder. The Tu B’Shvat seder includes a lot of mystical traditions, like mixing red and white wine to represent the progression of seasons, eating different kinds of fruits to represent inner and outer beauty, and many other embodied experiences that connect us to the natural world. I hope you will take this opportunity to try a new fruit, and take on a new way of committing to the conservation of this wonderful planet that gives us so much.

Rabbi Poirier