Weekly Bulletin 
January 9, 2019

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Interfaith Council Gathering

Who Is Our Neighbor?

Temple Israel is hosting this month's gathering of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, tomorrow/Wednesday, January 9.

The topic is Transitions from Jail to Community. Come hear experienced voices share successes and difficulties of life during and after incarceration.

Vegetarian potuck at 5:30; panel and discussion 6:15. All are welcome. Please contact the Interfaith Council or email with any questions.

Shabbat Shalom

This Week - Shabbat Morning Chanting Service!

Join us this Saturday, January 12 at 10 AM for a meditative chanting service led by Rabbi Andrea. The perfect antidote for a busy, information filled week. All are welcome, childcare provided. Service followed by kiddush and conversations.

Next Week - Shabbat Shira!

Saturday, January 19, 10 AM, the women of Temple Israel will lead a traditional Shabbat morning service celebrating the role of Miriam and Deborah the prophetesses. Followed by a celebratory kiddush luncheon. Plan to attend and bring your dancing shoes! Childcare provided.

Hebrew Classes

We are offering two exciting Hebrew study opportunities this January!

Continuing Hebrew ~
We are offering a free Continuing Hebrew class for the month of January. It will run Thursdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 6-7:30 PM. This class is open to all, and will be taught by Anne Hartheimer. We'll be continuing to work on reading and grammar that helps you understand the prayerbook and eventually to be able to read from Torah and Tanach (the Bible). For those of you who are interested, we'll also learn how to write in cursive, so you can take notes as you learn more Hebrew. 

Intermediate Hebrew: Reading Mishnah ~ Some of our intermediate Hebrew students have begun reading Mishnah Avot, or "Ethics of the Fathers", a classic rabbinic text which traditionally serves as an introduction to the Talmud (and is full of quotes you will probably recognize even if you've never read it). We read line by line with the aid of reference materials in order to absorb the language holistically, and discuss the meaning of sayings attributed to the earliest rabbis in this oft-cited key text. This is an ongoing learning group. If you are interested in joining, please email

Family Shabbat Dinner
& Puppet Show

Families with young children are invited for a special First Friday Shabbat Dinner with Temple Israel's Hebrew School and Roots & Branches Preschool program. At 5:30 PM, puppeteer Anna Sobel will present her show 'Fairies of the Seasons,' which tells a fun and magical story about how the trees change at different times of the year. We'll talk about the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shvat and how the trees are preparing to come alive again. After the puppet show families will enjoy a simple, nourishing Shabbat dinner, blessings, and songs. Community members of all ages are welcome. Vegetarian potluck contributions appreciated, but not required.

Appearances by authors Michael Hoberman
& Daniel Yalowitz

We will be hosting two events in February featuring local authors (and Temple members!).  More details forthcoming - mark your calendars!

February 2, 7 PM: Historian Michael Hoberman will talk about his new book A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History. Snow Date: February 9.

February 17, 10:30 AM: From Aging to Saging: Journeying with Your Archetypes in the Second Half of Life. Daniel Yalowitz will present a workshop on Jungian archetypes, exploring those archetypes we are likely to encounter during the second half of our lives. Based on his new book, the workshop is open to all and presupposes no prior knowledge of Jung or psychology. Books will available for purchase and signing following the program. More info on our website. Snow Date: February 24

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