Weekly Bulletin: November 19

Upcoming Gatherings

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Come For Supper

Wednesday, November 20, 5:30-7:30 PM: The Interfaith Council and Greenfield Community College invite you to a Community Meal celebrating the cultures, traditions, and ethnicities of our region! FREE and open to the public. More info: 413-775-1221.

Rabbi Andrea and Liz Kelner have collaborated with our Kids Cook series to bring tzimmes to this event!

Shabbat with Sher Sweet

This Saturday, November 23, 10 AM: Sher Sweet will give the D'var Torah at the traditional Shabbat Morning Service to honor the memory and life of her brother Larry who died two years ago. The Torah Portion is Chayei Sarah.

In addition, Sher will provide some food to nosh on (other offerings of food would be great!) while she does some teaching on archaeological evidence from Marije Gimbutas of a Great Goddess centuries before God the Father emerges and what the implications of that are for us as Jews. Though our tradition has expunged most references to a femimine God, there are still some traces of that in our Torah. Come and learn and discuss!

Casting Call

Are you interested in joining a reading of 25 Questions for A Jewish Mother in Orange, Feb 2 at 3PM?

We are open to new and returning cast members for this easy to produce reading. Memorization is not necessary.

If you haven't seen the play: It contains vignettes of Jewish Mothers - a real variety. The mothers are interspersed around a conversation with the "Author" and her Mom.

We'll plan a few readthroughs after we find out who is interested. It's fine to share this invitation with others who may be interested.

RSVP by responding to this email.

Circle of Prayer

Several members of our community are attending parents and other beloveds that are nearing death. I ask you to join me in enveloping them in a circle of love, praying for support and light; gentle presence and easy transitions.  Amen. 
-Rabbi Andrea

Thank You!

We are grateful to our community for their generous contributions that keep Temple Israel going. Thank you - we couldn't do it without you!
High Holidays
Sheryl Knopf
Peter Kramer
Claudia Mansbach
Ann & Charles Mick
Sandy Rosenberg
Sher Sweet
Gail & Gary Weiss
Susan Worgaftik
Mark & Wendy Abramson
In memory of Leonard Abramson
Barb & Stan Bernstein
In memory of Milton Bernstein
Peter Kramer
In memory of Esther Slonim & Lee Kramer
Archie & Phyllis Nahman
In memory of Bessie Rubin Silver, Rebecca Chase Rubin, Zimbul & Elie Nahman
Sher Sweet
In memory of Larry Sweet

Community Announcements

Wednesday, November 20, 12:30-2 PM: Judaism, Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual and Faith-Based Approach with Rabbi Richard Eisenberg @ CBI Northampton

December 2 & 3: Rabbi Michael Lerner in the Boston Area

Social theorist, psychotherapist and editor of Tikkun magazine, Rabbi Michael Lerner, will speak about a strategy for a new kind of society built on love, kindness, and compassion for each other. He is coming to Boston the Monday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd and December 3rd, to speak about his new book Revolutionary Love: a Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World. He will be speaking Monday December 2nd at First Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 7:30, located at 11 Garden St, next to the Sheraton Commander Hotel, and Tuesday, December 3rd, at Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge at 7:00 pm. More information at

December 6-9: Creating an Anti-Racist Jewish Community: A Series @ CBI Northampton

Join Congregation Bnai Israel for a long weekend spent setting the foundation for an anti-racist Jewish community! In Partnership with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, Resource Generation, Abundance Farm, Showing Up For Racial Justice, Equity Trust and Land For Good and put on by Congregation B'Nai Israel's Tikkun Olam Committee.

Guests include Rabbi Mira Rivera, a Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow at Romemu in NYC, and a co-chair of the Rabbinical Council of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Leah Penniman, the co-director and program manager of Soul Fire Farm and author of the book Farming While Black. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Friday, December 13 7 PM: Early Chanukah Celebration with the Wholesale Klezmer Band @ Sinai Temple, Springfield 

 A special early Chanukah service and concert with western Massachusetts' own Wholesale Klezmer Band. Admission is free and open to the public. Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St, Springfield, MA. For more information: Please contact Esta Sobey, Music Committee Chair -, 413-427-1625

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