Weekly Bulletin: October 23

Upcoming Gatherings

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Shabbat Bereshit

This Saturday, October 26, 10 AM: Led by Justin Sundell-Thomas, this morning service will blend traditional Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and contemporary nusach and tunes for a rousing beginning to this year's Torah cycle. Followed by kiddush.

November First Friday

Friday, November 1, 6 PM: On our regular First Friday Shabbat dinner together, Maya Laur and Sara Schley will report back on an impactful trip they took in August to San Antonio to work directly with Asylum seekers and immigrants in partnership with the non profit RAICES. Maya will share her writing to help "put a face on" a corner of the international migration challenges. 

Followed by a pot-luck supper with shabbat table blessings and songs. Rabbi Andrea will provide "simple supper," a hearty soup, breads and spreads. Feel free to supplement with other dishes if your schedule allows.

Hillula for Rabbi Kalonymus

Sunday, November 3, 10:30 AM: Rabbi Andrea and her study partner, Connie Smilowitz, will lead a morning minyan and study of the work of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the "Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto" in honor of the 76th anniversary of his death. Followed by kiddush. All are welcome.

Community Announcements

Thursday, October 24, 1-2:30 PM: Home Your Own Way: Should I Stay or Should I Go? @ Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service will host a workshop which will focus on answering the questions many elders begin to ask as they age. Should I stay in my longtime home or choose another place in which to age? The workshop will be held at JFS, in our Community Room at 1160 Dickinson Street, on Thursday, October 24th, 1:00-2:30pm. More information on JFS website.

Thursday, October 24, 7 PM: The UnExplained Spooky Story Concert @ Hawks & Reed

Get your tickets now for The UnExplained spooky story concert! This year will feature a full blown psychic fair with readers - cards, palms, stars and tea leaves, interspersed with the show. Teller David Bulley is back, with his warped and wonderful stories from rural Maine (what the heck goes on up there, David?) We have, not one, not two, but THREE ghost trackers in the line up this year! We'll also hear from two clergy, who have stories of the movement from this life to the Beyond, and much much more. Halloween themed cocktails and food. All proceeds will benefit The Literacy Project - bringing words and stories alive for adult learners. The UnExplained is brought to you again this year by Local Dirt Productions, the creative partnership of Vanessa Cerillo and Andrea CK. Tickets are available now here

Tuesday, October 29, 7PM: Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America @ Springfield JCC

Join us as local author, educator, and psychotherapist Karen Zilberstein discusses her latest book Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America. Zilberstein offers a candid look at how parents contending with poverty, illness, disability, or other constraints are expected to do so much with so little - and the price they and society have to pay. This event is free and open to the public. To register, call 413-739-4715 or email

Sunday, November 3, 10 AM - Noon: Rachel's Table Foodraiser @ Big Y Longmeadow

Join the community and put your shopping skills to use to feed our hungry neighbors. See if you can buy the most food for the least amount of dollars spent. Prizes are awarded for the greatest savings. All the food purchased will be donated directly to the agencies of Rachel’s Table. At our last Foodraiser, smart shoppers gathered more than $13,000 worth of much needed groceries. You can take advantage of the buy 1, get 2 at Big Y that day and your dollar donation will triple in value and serve more people. Your $5 entrance fee includes an awesome t-shirt and refreshments too. Everyone wins! More information at Rachel's Table's website

November 9-10: Crafts of Colrain!

The Crafts of Colrain Open Studio tour is on Nov. 9-10 this year. Peggy Davis and Joe Kurland invite you to visit their studio/gallery. They will be open only on Sunday, 10-5. Special offer for the Temple community: Come before 1 p.m. and get a 10% discount! If you need a gift or something for your home you might just find it in their gallery or in any of the eighteen other studios on the tour. 

Peggy's work includes Hebrew and English calligraphic art, ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts), invitations, cards, jewelry, kipot, upcycled cloth and other fiber work. Joe exhibits photographs with themes of trains and trolleys, scenes from the Colrain countryside and elsewhere, and creative portraiture.

Saturday, November 16, 5:45 PM: Torathon: Legendary Jews Who Inspire Us @ Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester

Rabbis, cantors, educators, and musicians from across New England will join together in an evening of music and study. Includes a meaningful and spirited klezmer concert led by Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band and three 50-minute sessions of almost two dozen offerings of adult Jewish study. Tickets are $20.00 in advance until Thursday, November 14th, and $25.00 at the door. For high school and college students, prices are $5.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. To view the entire evening's program and to purchase tickets in advance go to

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