Weekly Bulletin: August 13

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

~High Holidays Schedule~

Temple Israel does not sell tickets for the high holidays. Donations (and new members) are welcome. All events below are at Temple Israel unless otherwise noted.

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 29, 5:00 PM: Welcome the New Year! Puppet Show & Community Dinner

All are welcome to celebrate the New Year 5780 with a festive community-wide meal and puppet show for all ages.

  • 5:15PM: Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre will present The Rosh Hashanah Table for the young and young at heart! Doors at 5:15, Show at 5:30. Part of our Roots & Branches preschool program, which receives major funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
  • 6PM: Dinner

  • 7:15PM: Services and a sermon from Rabbi Andrea

Monday, September 30, 9:30 AM: Rosh Hashanah Services

A full day of Rosh Hashanah programming beginning at 9:30 am. All times approximate. All are welcome. Childcare provided 10 AM-2 PM.

  • 9:30 AM: Morning Blessings & traditional liturgy led by Rabbi Andrea and Yosl Kurland

  • 12:00 PM: Torah & Shofarot service

  • 1:00 PM: Community Lunch. We will enjoy a veggie-dairy pot luck lunch. We will also need helpers to set up and clean up. Please let us know what you can contribute.

Monday, September 30, 4:00 PM: Tashlich @ Green River

Come for a lovely all ages gathering and a short sweet ceremony of releasing what is not helpful, what is holding us back and holding us down. Bring snacks or a picnic. This event is part of our Roots & Branches preschool program, but open to the wider community. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Tuesday, October 1, 9:30 AM: Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Services

Morning blessings begin at 9:30 AM followed by an inclusive accessible liturgy, Torah service and community kiddush. 

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 PM: Kol Nidrei Services
We will stand for Kol Nidre in sacred community - many dressed in white - wearing our tallises for the ancient prayer of release, beginning at 6:00 PM sharp. Ellen (Liss) Nuffer will represent us in prayer for the Kol Nidre and the Yom Kippur evening service. It is tradition to avoid wearing leather.
Wednesday, October 9, 9:15 AM: Yom Kippur Service
A full day of prayer and reflection is planned for Yom Kippur. Childcare will be provided 10 AM - 2 PM. 
  • 9:15 AM: Arrival/meditation
  • 10 AM: Services: morning service, Yom Kippur liturgies, Torah reading, and sermon.

  • 11 AM-12 PM Children’s Service led by Kim Audette

  • 1:30 PM: Yizkor

  • 4 PM: Yoga

  • 5:30 PM: Yom Kippur Mincha and Torah service

  • 6:15 PM Neilah Service

  • 7:15 Havdallah and potluck break fast

Film Screening

Join us on August 18, 7:30 PM for a screening of Two Sided Story. The film follows newly bereaved Palestinian and Israeli parents as they participate in bi-national weekend seminars run by facilitators who had previously lost children to the conflict.The final in our summer film series, Love Your Neighbor, is a deep and difficult exploration of the price of war.

The wrenching and emotional film brings us into the pain and the context of this heart-breaking conflict.

Suggested donation $5-18 - no one turned away for lack of funds. Part of Temple Israel's Love Your Neighbor summer film series.

Please note, this screening will take place at Temple Israel in the library.

Please note change of time from original announcement. The film will be screened at 7:30 PM.

View the Trailer for 'Two Sided Story'

Shabbat @ High Ledges

The next Shabbat Service at High Ledges will be Saturday, August 24, at 10 AM. Maggid David Arfa leads this awe-inspired, Shabbat induced, quiet and contemplative strolling service. All are welcome to this High Ledges Shabbat experience!

Please RSVP to if you would like to join in. More information on our website.

Weekly Vigil in Support of Detainees at the Border

The Refugee Support Project invites all to join us on The Commons each Saturday at 10 AM to stand in support of asylum seekers at our borders. For more information, contact Liz Kelner - 575-779-0282 or

Readers & Leaders Needed

Have you ever considered adding to your synagogue skills? Torah readers and leaders for short discrete parts of the service are needed for the High Holidays.  If this is the year fro you to add a new skill, please contact Rabbi Andrea.

Community Announcements

August 23 & 24: Giant Tag Sale @ Saint Joseph Parish in Shelburne

St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls will hold a “Giant Tag Sale” on Saturday, August 24 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm and Sunday, August 25 from 9:00 am - Noon at 34 Monroe Avenue.  The Tag sale will offer SCORES of AFFORDABLE as well as NOT TO BE MISSED Quality Items, plus Homemade Baked Goods, Tea Cup Auction, Jewelry and Collectibles, Book Sale and a delicious Food Concessions Stand.  A Big Raffle featuring a $250 Big Y gift card, $250 Taste of Shelburne Falls Restaurant(s) gift cards and a 50/50 raffle will round out the offerings. Come Explore! You won’t be disappointed! For more information call 413-625-6405.

September 3, 10, 17 & 24, 7:15-9PM: Mak'hela Open Rehearsals

Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, holds open rehearsals for anyone interested in exploring whether they want to join. More info: or


September 28, 12:15-2PM: Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle @ CBI

Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle will be at the CBI Library on September 28th, where she'll be talking about her experiences after a week in Israel. More info:

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