TI Weekly: Nov 6, 2018

Temple Israel would like to thank all who came together at our vigil last Monday to remember those killed in Pittsburgh. We have received cards, flowers, supportive phone calls and visits from our non Jewish community members. Thank you.

Thank you to Ben Clark of Clarkdale Orchards for dropping by at our gathering to deliver a bushel of apples to us.  

It's Voting Day in the United States today. If you've ever wondered about the relationship between Judaism and voting, perhaps you'll enjoy these answers from 3 rabbis on whether or not there is a specific Jewish obligation to vote

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Shabbat Shalom

Join us this Saturday, November 10, at 10 AM for a creative and uplifting Shabbat morning service. Childcare provided. Services will be followed by a potluck lunch and continuation of our study of The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel.

This is a beautifully written book that can enrich our understanding and practice of the central spiritual ideal of Judaism.

"Judaism is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that the Sabbath is our great cathedral." from The Sabbath.

Don White

Songwriter & storyteller Don White will return to Temple Israel on Saturday, November 10! He'll make you laugh, cry, and everything in between - join us for a fun fundraising concert that is sure to entertain. Doors open at 6:30, concert at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at World Eye Bookshop or at the door.

Night of Broken Glass

This Sunday, November 11, 2-8 PM, we are hosting a full afternoon of reflections on suffering, resilience, and identity. We'll be focusing on the late 1930s in the Warsaw Ghetto, specifically on the life on Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro, and his 'theology of weeping' and other spiritual tools he developed to stay human in the most difficult of times.  Come to learn about a important and difficult piece of history, process this collective trauma, and gain tools and lessons to carry with you in the present day.

Read the article in the Greenfield Recorder about Maggid David's storytelling performance The Jar of Tears, which will be performed this Sunday!

All are welcome to come for all or part of this afternoon. Suggested donation: $10-40. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

  • 2:00-3:15 p.m Introduction to the life and theology of Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. Text study led by Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener and Maggid David Arfa.
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m. Break and snacks
  • 3:30-5:30 The Jar of Tears: A Memorial for the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. A storytelling performance by Maggid David Arfa followed by audience reflection on Rabbi Shapiro's "theology of weeping."
  • 5:30-6:00 Light supper
  • 6:00-8:00 Screening of Who Will Write Our History? Followed by reflections, closing with Mourner's Kaddish

Shabbat Shalaym:  A Country Shabbos

Joe Kurland & Peggy Davis invite the congregation to join their family for Shabbat service and dinner in honor of their son Aaron's 25th birthday, and Peggy's brother Saul, who will join them for his 60th birthday. Joe will lead the evening service at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. RSVP by phone 413-624-3204 or This is important so there will be the right amount of food. 

Community Calendar

November 10, 1-4 PM: Stolen Identities: The Mashpee Wampanoag, Defined Out of Rightful Inheritance @ Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls

Nolumbeka Project presents Hartman Deetz, Mashpee Wampanoag activist will speak about recent actions taken by the federal government to define the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe out of existence and take their land out of trust. For more info visit the Nolumbeka Project's website or the event page on Facebook.

November 10, 6-8 PM: TRASH art exhibit opening @ The Art Garden, Shelburne Falls

TI Member Alice Thomas is part of a group art exhibit on TRASH - making art about, with, or from trash. The opening is this Saturday from 6-8 PM. Visit for more details.

November 11, 3-5 PM: Healing Across the Divide @ Edwards Church, Northampton

Healing Across the Divides (HATD), Critical Connections and Edwards Church present a program about the inspiring and successful grassroots public health initiatives serving vulnerable populations in Israel and the occupied territories of Palestine supported by HATD. Join Mehlaqa Samdani, Executive Director, Critical Connections, as she interviews the Israeli and Palestinian Program Directors of Healing Across the Divides. For more information:

November 14, 1:00-2:30 PM: Funeral Planning Workshop @ Jewish Family Service, Springfield.

Give a gift to your survivors by making your final wishes clear. Come learn about your options and rights to choose meaningful, dignified, and affordable final arrangements. Hear about transformations underway in the funeral industry, green alternatives preferred by environmentalists, and home-based death care. Bring your questions! Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please pre-register online or call 413.737.2601

December 4, 6PM: Daniel Cantor Yalowitz @ Greenfield Public Library

TI member Daniel Cantor Yalowitz will present on his new book, Journeying with Your Archetypes: The Search for Deeper Meaning in Daily Life as part of the Celebrate Local Authors series at the Greenfield Public Library.

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