Weekly Bulletin: February 4

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Shabbat Shira

Saturday, February 8, 10 AM: This Shabbat, which celebrates the role of Miriam and Deborah the prophetesses, we will be led in our traditional service by the able women leaders of our community. Followed by a celebratory kiddush luncheon. Plan to attend and bring your dancing shoes!

Tu B'Shvat

Tu B'Shvat is coming up this Sunday, February 9!  We are hosting two celebrations of the the New Year for Trees. Your RSVP is appreciated for these events.

10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Families with young children are invited to a Tu B'Shvat seder from 10:30-12:30. We'll celebrate by enjoying the fruits of many kinds fo trees and recalling their many blessings and benefits to us. 

3-5 PM: Tu B'Shvat has been a meaningful Jewish holiday for at least 500 years to kabbalists for at least 500 years, Jewish mystics who initiated the custom of having a seder meal with fruit for the holiday. 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.


This Sunday, February 9, 5-7 PM: Thespians of all ages are invited to join in a dynamic improv workshop with Mandy Anderson of Happier Valley Comedy Theater. Mandy is a terrific performer and teacher. In this second visit to Temple Israel she will lead all comers in playful and fun theater games, improv exercises, character and monologue building and more. No experience necessary. Join us!

Community Announcements

Friday, February 7, 7 PM: Musical Shabbat with Mak'hela @ Sinai Temple, Springfield

Sinai Temple in Springfield is pleased to announce a special musical Shabbat with the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, Mak'hela, February 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St, Springfield, MA. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, February 10, 11 AM - 1 PM: Finding Your Roots (for beginning and intermediate genealogy researchers) @ Springfield JCC

Experts from the Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society will be presenting two workshops on genealogical research. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors are the Springfield JCC and Bay Path University’s Kaleidoscope Series. To pre-register, call the JCC at 413-739-4715. For more information, email or visit us on Facebook: Western Mass Jewish Genealogical Society.

Thursday, February 20, 5:30 PM: ICFC Meeting on Loving Your Neighbors @ All Soul's Church

The Interfaith Council's regular meeting will be held this month on February 20 at All Soul's Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main Street. The theme is Loving our Neighbors: Spiritual Practices. More information on ICFC's Facebook Page.

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