Weekly Bulletin: May 26

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Tikkun Layl Shavuot:
Extreme Torah

We have an extraordinarily interesting line up for our Tikkun Layl (all night study) for Shavuot this Thursday, May 28, starting at 8PM:
  • A round table on the Book of Ruth, including a special presentation from a new member of the Jewish community (mikveh was this week!) (All, with special contributions)
  • Hevtruta and Shiur/Small group study and summary class on midrash, the Jewish literature of imagination and commentary (All and Jan Rabinowicz)
  • A Paper Art Project (Glue, paper, scissors) with Rhonda Wainshilbaum
  • A class on Zohar with Maggid David Arfa: "Zohar calls this central kabbalistic text from the middle ages, a proto-novel of sacred fantasy with the Shechina, the Goddess as the main character. What does he mean?"
  • A class called Hebrew is Magic (Rabbi Andrea) 
  • Embracing Mortality: The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can
    Teach Us About Living Fully, Frank Ostaseski, presenter Sher Sweet
  • All interspersed with wonderful music/singing with Justin Sundell-Thomas and Ryan O'Donnell  

Please plan to provide your own cheese cake or other dairy treat, traditional for Shavuot. If you are on our Adult Ed or Ritual mailing lists, you will receive the link to join automatically. If you would like to be added to one of those lists, please reply to this email. 

Shavuot Yizkor Service

This Saturday, May 30, 10 AM: Rabbi Andrea will lead a Yizkor service. Shavuot, when the people received (and receive) the Torah is observed as a yontiff on this Shabbat. The service includes the memorial prayers. In this time when we cannot gather, our rituals of mourning and comforting have been altered. We'll try to draw together to hold each other in this time of so much unresolved grief during this year's observance of Shavuot.
If you are on our Ritual email list, you will receive the link to join on Saturday morning. Please join if you can so mourners can recite kaddish.

The Torah of Tarot for Self Exploration

Temple Israel has a tradition of studying esoteric topics when there is a 5th Saturday in a month and May is one of those months! We welcome special guest Myk Freedman to teach us about the symbolism and use of the Tarot deck. Tarot shares some roots with the Jewish tradition which Myk will also address.

Pre-registration is required at rabbi (at) to receive the Zoom invitation.

The session, which will include the recitation of the Havdallah ceremony (ending shabbat) is free and open to the public. Donations - appreciated - will be directed to the instructor.

More details on Myk's workshop are available on our website.

Comedy and Conversation with
Noam Shuster Eliassi

Leadership that can Make You Laugh

Comedy and Conversation with Noam Shuster Eliassi

Thursday, June 4th, 2020
3:00 p.m. Eastern


Email with your full name and email address to sign up.
(Zoom link to be shared on registration)

Join us for this rescheduled event, now taking place online! A comedy set to be followed by an interactive conversation with Israeli activist-turned-comedian Noam Shuster Eliassi. Noam uses humor to break down barriers and raise challenging issues – something that is becoming increasingly rare in Israel's shrinking democratic space. Her heartfelt comedy will leave you laughing and thinking long after we say goodbye. You don’t want to miss this! Noam will perform for us live from Israel and will share her experience of recovering from COVID-19 in one of Israel’s “Corona hotels” with other Israelis, both Jewish and Palestinian.
Supported by major grants from:
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Co-Sponsored by: Beit Ahavah, Northampton; Congregation, B’Nai Israel, Northampton; Congregation Sons of Zion, Holyoke, Jewish Community of Amherst; Sinai Temple, Springfield; Temple Beth El, Springfield; Temple Israel, Greenfield.

Sign In Log

We are implementing a sign in log for the Temple building, which will be located on the bulletin board inside the office entrance. If you enter the building for any reason, please sign in using this log so we can track who has been here. Thank you! 

Thank You!

We are grateful to our generous community, whose contributions help us in our work.  

In honor of Marsha Stone / In memory of Marsha's sister Frances Cargill:
  • Jean Cherdack
  • Lenore & Marty Glaser
  • Susan Sprung
Adult Education
  • Susan Hollins

Annual Appeal
  • Andrea Griswold
  • Beth Manion
  • Christine & Stephen Marglin
  • Carol Silver
Blassberg Children's Fund
  • Peggy Davis & Joe Kurland
Security Fund
  • Marlene & Sheldon Wein
    In memory of Dr. Stanley Wein
  • Peter Kramer
    In memory of Sid Kramer
  • Archie & Phyllis Nahman
    In memory of Benjamin Hechler, Albert Nahman, Joseph J. Nahman, Susie Rymill
  • Sher Sweet
    In memory of Frank and Millie Sweet

Rachel's Table Run/Walk Fundraiser

Rachel's Table is running a virtual race and self-challenge to fight hunger. For more information, please visit

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