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”?

March 2020

Dear Friends,

There is so much happening in March, it’s hard to know where to begin!

I am particularly excited about our “Open Book Shabbat” on Saturday mornings for the month of March. We use the Siddur every week, but we can always use a refresher on what’s in it. On these three Saturday mornings, I’ll be teaching throughout the service, highlighting the history and meaning of some of our most important prayers.

I am also looking forward to our Havdallah celebration at the Framingham State University McAuliffe planetarium. As you know, Shabbat officially ends when we see three stars in the night sky, and on March 14 we will see them up close.

And most importantly, Purim. I. Love. Purim. The final piece of my costume just arrived in the mail, and it is perfect. (What is it? A surprise, that’s what!) Don’t be fooled, Purim shenanigans are not just for children. There are four mitzvot (commandments) of Purim, and adults are just as obligated as children!

1) send mishloach manot, gifts of food goodies, to friends and family.

2) give charitable gifts to those in need, typically on this holiday we focus on giving to causes that combat hunger and poverty.

3) hear the Megillah

4) celebrate with a festive meal

Everyone is encouraged to join us Monday evening to hear the Megillah, eat some hamentaschen, and of course, enter our costume contest. There are kids’ prizes for the cutest and most creative costume, adult prizes for the funniest and most creative, and a prize for the best group as well. The Ritual Committee already has a fabulous group costume planned, so get your triangle-shaped thinking-caps on and start planning yours!

Rabbi Poirier