Weekly Bulletin: January 26

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Coping with Covid

From Rabbi Andrea:
I have been having a virtual shabbos dinner with different friends and family members.  This keeps a nice weekly structure for me.  I clean my house for shabbat as if people are actually going to see the dust bunnies.... Sometimes we do blessings and have kiddush and just hang out over the wine and chat. Other times, we take our meal together or get off line for the actual eating.  Something about the slow pace and no-agenda is a nice break from our usual zoom gatherings.
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Tu B'Shvat

Three opportunities to honor the birthday for trees!

Friday, January 29, 7 PM: Join us for Shabbat and a Tu B'Shevat Seder.  This seder will reflect Gershon Winkler's kabbalistic inspired seder, a little different than the "traditional". If you are able, bring along your own ritual items: candles, red , yellow, and white wine or juice, the three fruits (fruits with an inedible center like a mango, fruits with an inedible exterior like walnuts, and those that are almost completely edible, like oranges.) We will also include seeds such as pomegranate, sunflower or pumpkin.

With our voices and intentions we can connect our hopes and dreams with their fruition. If you would like to contribute to the ritual contact Mark Benjamin - leapingfrogfarm[at]

Saturday, February 6, 7 PM: Tu B'Shevat, Havdalah, and Poetry. We invite you to join for a celebration of Tu B'Shevat - The New Year for the Trees. We will begin at 7 p.m. with Havdalah ( the ritual at the end of Shabbat) and then we will share poems that celebrate trees, nature, growth, winter, hope and renewal. This is just a partial list of the themes of our wonderful winter holiday that honors the trees and their actual and symbolic importance in our lives. We invite you to read a poem that you love or a poem that you have written that speaks to any of these themes or others that have meaning for you. Please RSVP if you would like to read to marian.kelner[at] We hope to see you then!

Sunday, February 7, 1-4 PM: Herbal Walk in Honor of the Trees of Life. Just before we usually tap the maples for sugar season, we can take some time to honor some old maples in a stream side grove. Through prayer, song, chanting, movement, and community (safely spaced) sharing, we find ways to bless the trees and give them gratitude, in sacred acts. With Herbal Educator Clara Bloom Sarr, we'll learn medicinal properties of five local trees, and make simple skin and hair care potions to bring home for use over the coming months. This family program is FREE and open to all ages. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by emailing and please include the names and ages of all who will be attending.

Alchemy & Jewish History with Dr. Justin Sledge

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 30, 7PM: 

Jews, across the continents and in many centuries, have come across the great teachings and traditions of many ages. In this talk, Dr Sledge will track the philosophy-slash-technology-science of alchemy as it interested with the Jewish communities of the middle east, Egypt and Europe.

Please support this special talk! Members $5-10; Non-members $18-20. You can mail a check or donate online using this link.

Dr. Sledge's work engages with Religious Studies specifically in the so-called "Western Esoteric Tradition" or Hermetic Tradition in religious and philosophical thought. In this line of research he seeks to grasps the philosophical commitments which underpin the alleged workings of magic, esoteric influence, spirit possession, alchemy, etc. His work also intersection between metaphysics, ethics and radical political philosophy.
He is currently preparing material on the Ancient Near Eastern Prophetic Tradition, spirit possession in the early modern Jewish world, and is slowly working through the Zohar (which he will be doing the rest of his life).
Outside of his academic and YouTube work, Justin is a calligrapher, home brewer, Go player, DM, HAM radio technician (KE8NAW) and habitual trouble-maker. He lives in Detroit, Michigan with his amazing partner Rabbi Alana Alpert, kiddo Nei'lah, and pup Mississippi.

Social Justice Shabbat with Leah Penniman

Join us for a series of third Friday shabbat gatherings. We'll share blessings and songs and then learn with a featured speaker on a theme of social justice. These Shabbat gatherings are free to attend; please consider a donation to support this and other programs at TIG! You can contribute by mailing a check or using our online donation page

February 19: Farming While Black with Leah Penniman
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil and organizing for an anti-racist food system for over 20 years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works toward food and land justice. Her book is Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. Find out more about Leah's work and follow her @soulfirefarm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Click Here to Register for Leah Penniman's Talk!

Thank You!

We are grateful for the generous support of our wonderful community. Thank you for making our work at TIG possible!
Building Fund
  • Lenore & Marty Glaser
Program Seed Fund
  • Ellen Nuffer
    to bring music to the shul
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
  • Margie Sobil
Refugee Support Fund
  • Herbert & Janet Hodos
Spiro Tzedaka Fund
  • Lucia Spiro
    In memory of George Spiro
  • Marcia Abrahamson, Jeffrey Abrahamson, and Debi Roberts
    In memory of Stanton Abrahamson
  • Laurel & Terry Dun
    In memory of Meyer Brownstein, father of Laurel Dun
  • Archie & Phyllis Nahman
    In memory of Ethel Hechler Rubin & Mickey Silver

Community News/Events

Jews of Color Initiative Survey:

If you identify as a Jew of Color, take the survey at to share your experiences and perspectives on Jewish identity, systemic racism, what you want to see in the Jewish community, and more! We want 1,000 Jews of Color to participate in the survey to help make change in our communities!

Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice Newsletter:

Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice have recently published the Inauguration Issue of their newsletter: click here to read the JAIJ newsletter

Monday, Jan. 25, 7:30-8:30 PM: DAYENU CIRCLE Climate Action Launch Party!

Take action for Climate Justice & launch a new partnership with Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action. Hosted by the CBI and JCA Tikkun Olam Committees

Dayenu circles are groups that meet regularly to engage in climate campaigns and to grapple with the spiritual and existential questions raised by the climate crisis. Follow these links to find out more about Dayenu: A Jewish Call to
Climate Action
, and Dayenu Circles.

This is both an action meeting and an opportunity to imagine what might be. Members from at least four different synagogues and several other Jewish groups, including TIG, will be present.
Monday, January 25 at 7:30 pm Via Zoom

The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest

January 27-31 / Tu BiShvat 5781

The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest is a free, virtual and collaborative festival by and for people who want to activate Jewish values to move the needle on climate change. We believe the time has come to make climate action a central moral issue of our community, and our current moment is a unique opportunity for collaboration and engagement that might otherwise not have been possible.

The festival is free and open to all: no experience or prior knowledge required.


Jewish Farmer Network

Cultivating Culture: A (virtual) Gathering of Jewish Farmers

Consider this your silver lining amidst an otherwise dark and uncertain winter.  We are excited to be able to welcome hundreds of Jewish farmers from around the world to join us.  Geographic stumbling blocks are nothing to us now; get ready to tune in from the comfort of your living room. 

In order to reduce zoom fatigue, we’ll be gathering over the course of two consecutive Sundays: January 24th & 31st . These two Sundays straddle Tu B’Shvat, the “Birthday of the Trees” or  “Jewish Earth Day.”

Check out our evolving schedule!

Whether you’re a farmer, farm educator, homesteader, parent of a farmer, home gardener, academic, butcher, miller, seed keeper or other food system professional, this conference is for you. And if you’re not, and you’re just curious, this conference is STILL for you! 

We are gathering to:

  • Continue nurturing the connections that have germinated in our community.

  • Offer brave, timely and relevant content at the intersection of Jewish wisdom, land stewardship and food justice. 

  • Springboard our community into a conscious commitment to new and creative ways of applying shmitah in their work as modern farmers (the next shmitah year will begin in the fall of 2021).

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