Weekly Bulletin 
January 15, 2019

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Shabbat Shira

This 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.

Tu B'Shvat Seders

Temple Israel is offering two opportunities this Sunday to observe Tu B'Shvat - the New Year for Trees.

Sunday, January 20, 11 AM: Families with young children are invited for a fun, age-appropriate Tu B'Shvat Seder. This holiday is a time for reaffirming our connection to the natural world. Rabbi Andrea will lead the youngest children in a tree-themed coloring & sticker craft at 11 AM, and we will join the Hebrew School students for the Seder from 11:30-12:30.
RSVP appreciated by Friday 1/18: 

Sunday, January 20, 5 PM: Tu Bishvat Seder and Potluck. Originally a minor civil observation in ancient Israel, Tu Bishvat has been a meaningful Jewish holiday to kabbalists for at least 500 years. Starting from that kabbalistic tradition, our seder will address modern ecological concerns and how Jewish teaching and values inform our relationship with the natural world. Participants are invited to bring their favorite brief poem, quote, song, etc on the subjects of trees and/or nature. Potluck dinner to follow, please bring a vegetarian dish to share if you are able.Snow date TBA.
RSVP by Friday 1/18: 

Temple Members:
Please Vote!

A reminder to all Temple Israel congregation members: The Semi Annual meeting is coming up on Sunday January 27 beginning with breakfast at 9:30 AM, and your vote is needed on crucial issues. Please refer to the mailing you received via postal and electronic mail, and return your proxy vote to the Temple office or let us know you are planning to attend in person. We appreciate your participation! 

Community Announcements

Tuesdays beginning January 29, 7PM: “A Little Love in Big Manhattan”: An Introduction to Early-20th-Century American Yiddish Poetry @ JCA

Rabbi Benjamin Weiner leads a four-session clas in early 20th century American Yiddish Poetry, based on Ruth Wisse's book A Little Love in Big Manhattan. Registration required, suggestion contribution $54. Register online

Sunday, February 3, 4-5:30PM: Meet Me at The Well: The Girls & Women of the Bible by Jane Yolen & Barbara Diamond Goldin @ Beit Ahavah

Beit Ahavah hosts nationally-renowned Jewish authors Jane Yolden & Barbara Diamond Goldin to talk about their book Meet Me at the Well, which shines a light on female heroes in Jewish history. Join us to meet the authors, discuss the book, and get your copy signed! This is a free event with refreshments, sponsored by Beit Ahavah’s Adult Programming committee and the Springfield Jewish Community Center. Children preK-6th grade welcome to join RUACH community school activities upstairs on related topics inspired by the book. For more information, see the Facebook event at or contact Naomi at

Mondays beginning February 4, 7PM: Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners @ JCA

Janis Levy leads this class on Mondays in February and March for those of with some exposure to the Hebrew alphabet, who do not necessarily read out loud smoothly or have comprehension of the text.Registration required. Suggested contribution: $36, not including the textbook cost. Register and contribute online at

March 3, 3 PM: Mak'hela performs Sacred & Secular Music of Salamone Rossi @ JCA

Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western MA, in collaboration with the Five College Early Music Collegium, presents a concert that will transport you to a time long ago! Salamone Rossi (ca. 1570–1630) was an Italian Jewish composer during the late Renaissance/early Baroque. He revitalized ancient Jewish prayers with contemporary compositions, and in addition wrote many secular works. Rossi’s liturgical music is an intoxicating blend of traditional Hebrew prayer and quintessential Renaissance sounds. We will bring you a selection of his choral works, joined by instruments that would have originally accompanied them.

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