TI Weekly: Nov 27, 2018

Chanukah begins at sundown this Sunday, December 2. We hope you'll join TI for our community-wide Chanukah party December 9 at Hawks & Reed, or for Human Rights Shabbat on December 7, or for one or more of the other fabulous events we're planning in December.

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Klezmer Learners Group

The Klezmer Learners of Temple Israel of Greenfield meets Monday afternoons 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Veteran Yiddish musician and singer Yosl Kurland of the Wholesale Klezmer Band teaches the elements of Yiddish music that make it distinctive and "Jewish." We'll work on melody, countermelody, accompaniment, ornamentation, and rhythm. Students will learn to play variations on base melodies, how to tell a story with their instruments, how to accompany traditional Ashkenazic dance. They will incorporate Yiddish style into their playing through singing tunes before playing them.

Anyone with basic skill on their instrument is welcome, especially teenagers. Free for Temple Israel members. $30 for each 6 class series for non-members.

Join the Klezmer Learners!

Human Rights Shabbat

Human Rights Shabbat is observed on the Shabbat closest to International Human Rights Day, December 10, which is the anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Declaration.

We will be observing Human Rights Shabbat with a First Friday Shabbat dinner Friday, December 7. Come at 6 pm for Shabbat blessings, prayers and a dvar torah on human rights, followed by a delicious and nutritious community Shabbat dinner. 

We are looking for a few more team members to help us make our Human Rights Shabbat a success. If you'd like to lend a hand with cooking, set up, clean up, have a human rights prayer or other fabulous ideas to share, please let us know!

Read more about Human Rights Shabbat at
RSVP for Human Rights Shabbat December 7

Light The Night

Tickets are available for our 2nd Annual Light the Night Chanukah Celebration! 

Sunday, December 9, 4-6:30 PM, join us at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street Greenfield for candle making and lighting, music and dancing with the Wholesale Klezmer Band, and delicious latkes with all the fixings.

Cost of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available online via this link, or you can buy them from us with cash or check and skip the convenience fee! Stop by the Temple office Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10-2, call 413-773-5884, or respond to this email to order tickets.

Bring your menorahs for the candlelighting at 5:30 PM. Latkes sold separately.

Community Announcements

December 1, 8PM: Ilene Stahl's Klezperanto @ New City Brewery, Easthampton

With solid klezmer roots, spectacular technical virtuosity, and a wry sense of humor, Ilene Stahl and an all-star line-up of Boston's best musicians re-groove traditional klezmer and Mediterranean melodies, rip up Romanian surf tunes, cover cop show themes and cumbias, slay a few standards, and burnish it all to a funky finish. Ilene is our local klezmer all-star; she is often found playing with Itzhak Perlman and the Klezmer Conservatory Band. With Klezperanto, she takes the genre entirely out of the box and into the dance hall, so make sure you're dressed to boogie Tickets are $15 adv / $20 door, available at Kids under 12 free.

December 2, 1-3 PM: Rabbi Lila Kagedan @ JCA

The JCA is honored to welcome Rabbi Lila Kagedan, a female orthodox rabbi, to the JCA for a public conversation with Rabbi Weiner, in which they will discuss her professional and spiritual journey, the achievements and challenges of her trailblazing path, changes and variations in the roles for women in modern Jewish orthodoxy, and other aspects of her remarkably diverse and accomplished work. More info at the JCA's website.

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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