Weekly Bulletin: May 7

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Shabbat Shalom

Join us this Saturday, May 11, at 10 AM, for a meditative chanting service led by Rabbi Andrea. Spiritual sustenance for our challenging times. All are welcome, childcare provided. Service followed by kiddush and conversations.

Adult Education

We've got a slew of interesting adult education programs coming up in the next few months. You may register for any of these by responding to this email. 

Thursdays, May 23 & 30, 6-7 PMHebrew Grammar is Your Friend!
Learn some of the secrets of Hebrew verb forms. Included with Temple Israel Membership; $10 requested from not-yet-members.

Thursday, June 6, 7-8:30 PM: Preparing for Revelation with Rabbi Shefa Gold
An evening of Hebrew Chant with Rabbi Shefa Gold. $10-18 suggested donation.

Saturday, June 8, 8 PM-??: enLighten the Night/Tikkun Layl Shavuot
enLighten the Night by learning Torah and teachings together on the evening of Shavuot. No fee.

Friday, June 14, 7 PM: Pride Shabbat with guest soloist Justin Sundell-Thomas
Join us to kick off the weekend of Franklin County Pride with a vibrant, participatory, and musical Kabbalat Shabbat service led by cantorial soloist Justin Sundell-Thomas!

Saturday, June 29, 7:30 PM: Astrology, Magic, and Esoterica in the Jewish Tradition
Rabbis Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser and Andrea Cohen Kiener will share information about folk wisdom, magic, and mysticism in the rabbinic tradition.

Thursdays, July 11 & July 18, 7-8:30 PM: Jewish Mysticism 101
Jewish Mysticism 101 will cover basic Jewish cosmology, answering the age-old questions of: what we are made of and what we are here for. Included with Temple Israel membership; $15/class or $20 for set of 2 requested from not-yet members. Limited Space Available!

Tag Sale


Bring donations to the Temple during office hours on Tuesday May 14th and Thursday May 16th - 10a - 2p 
Items accepted - housewares, jewelry, glass items, books, small furniture, limited seasonal clothing, etc., etc.

We reserve the right to decline items that we know won't sell!!
Please No Golf Club sets, big carpets, bulky computer items, etc..

If you need pickups, please contact Marsha:
773-0201 or cell: 617-538-7478

Looking for helpers for sorting, pricing, setting up on
Tuesday and Thursday.  Please call or email me to schedule.
Also, many workers needed for the two day sale hours.
We have lots of fun and camaraderie while doing a Mitzvah
for the Temple and for the Refugee Support Project.

Hope to also see you there - find a good bargain and support the Temple programs.

Thanks very much,
Marsha Stone

Shabbat at High Ledges

This awe-inspired, Shabbat induced, quiet and contemplative strolling service led by Maggid David Arfa is back for a new year. All are welcome to this High Ledges Shabbat experience! Next service: Saturday, May 18, 10 AM. RSVP to if you would like to join in. Click here for a fuller description.

Community Announcements

Wednesday, May 8, 7-8 PM: Community Yom Haatzmaut Celebration @ Springfield JCC

Join for a Yom Iyuun (evening of learning) celebrating Israel's birthday. Free and open to all. For more information contact Rabbi James Greene - 413-739-4715 /

Wednesday, May 15, 6-8PM: Israel and Beyond: Culture Celebration @ JCA

Admission is free! Cooking, Dinner, Dancing, Discussion, Music! Hosted by JCA World Jewish Concerns Committee and co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, and Partnership2Gether Israel emissaries at the JCA. Children are welcome. The Israeli emissaries will spend the evening cooking fresh food and introducing themselves and the story behind their special dishes.

Thursday, May 16 (RSVP by May 6), 6-8:30PM: JFS Fund-a-need Blossom Bash @ Quonquont Farm

A fun evening of food, cocktails, and our very first Fund-A-Need event! Fund-A-Need is a special auction that invites you to make a donation in support of specific Jewish Family Service needs and JFS programs. All bids are accepted as donations to JFS, and are fully tax-deductible. Featuring Catering by Meital, open bar, and jazz piano with Jeff Bucs. $50 per person, please RSVP by Monday, May 6. For details, visit

Thursday, May 16, 7 PM: Peacemaker Awards Honor Local Teens @ Greenfield Community College

Come for the music, the food and the inspiring stories of caring teens who are peace builders and healers in their school communities. Sponsored for 19 years by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, in these hard times, treat yourself to this soul food! 7:00PM at the Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College 1 College Drive.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 PM: Rachel's Table's Bountiful Bowls @ Sinai Temple, Springfield

Join a gala dessert reception celebrating the achievements of Rachel's Table. Tickets per person $30; tables of 9 can be reserved. Please reserve early as seating is limited. For reservations, call 413-372-9755.

Thursday, May 30 (Rain Date June 6), 8AM-4PM: Build Community Labyrinth @ Sts. James & Andrew Campus Federal/Church Streets, Greenfield

A team of volunteers will build a community labyrinth at the corner of Church and Federal Streets. Sign up to help by emailing or at Temple Israel.

Friday, May 31: Kirtan Shabbat Service @ CBI Northampton

There will be three Kirtan Shabbat services with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, sponsored by CBI. All the last Friday evening of the month from 6-7:30pm, with kiddish, food and maybe more singing afterwards. The kirtans will be held in the LGA auditorium. They will be free and open to all—no need to know Hebrew or be Jewish. Any help, though, with funding for the food would be so appreciated! Please contact Amy Meltzer, if you can volunteer, help, and/or have ideas for food funding.

Saturday June 22, 7 PM: Out! For Reel LGBTQ Comedy Show: The El-Salomons! @ Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton

Starring the funniest, smartest, Jewish-Palestinian, lesbian, feminist, married couple on Earth (hyperbole so noted), “The El-Salomons!” is a hilarious, must-see comedy show. Talented comedians Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini entertain with laugh out loud humor as they bash stereotypes, anti-semitism, islamophobia, homophobia, and sexism. Tickets: $20 Advance / $25 Door. More information:

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