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”?

December 2019

Dear Friends,

As November comes to a close, I continue to be thankful for your support, hard work, and great energy.

There are so many fabulous things going on, but I’d like to draw your special attention to a few of them. First, MetroWest Monday Minyans have been happening one Monday/month and are going great. We are blessed to have the Day School as our partners in this building, and love every opportunity to share programs with them. All are welcome at our monthly Monday minyan, and it is a lovely way to start your week. Second, our Wednesday morning adult ed class is continuing our deep investigation of Jewish Bioethics. We also have some off-site learning going on, including our monthly Torah on Tap at Jack’s Abby and our Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class.

Looking ahead, I am very excited for December. First, you might have noticed that we’ve scheduled a Friday evening dinner, shabbat service, and Chanukah celebration for Friday 12/20. Come for a light bagels and cream cheese and latkes dinner at 6, followed by musical services. We would love all our religious school students to attend, as we’ll be celebrating consecration this evening. When the Maccabees re-captured the Temple in Jerusalem, they had to re-consecrate it, meaning they had to make it holy again after what the Greeks had done. Luckily we don’t have to “re”-do anything, but we’re excited to take this opportunity to give our new students their first mini-Torahs and celebrate their commitment to Jewish learning.

Keep up the awesome energy and great ideas! You are what makes our community so special, and it’s wonderful to be leading so many fabulous programs with you.

Rabbi Poirier