TI Weekly: Oct. 4, 2018

Events to Look Forward To in October!

No First Friday Shabbat Dinner Tomorrow

There will not be a First Friday Shabbat Dinner this Friday. Our First Friday series will start up on November 2 with a festive, family-friendly gathering & nourishing dinner. We hope you'll join us for this next month!

Study The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Please join us after services on Saturday October 13th as we begin a 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.

Come for services at 10am and stay or just bring some lunch to share at 12pm and join in for the study.  Either way just come!  We will have copies of the book to share and will be reading it together as we study. 

Are You A Kiddush Elf?

A "Kiddish Elves" committee is forming. Elves make sure there is food for kiddish, and set and clean it up, taking the burden off of Rabbi Andrea. If you are interested in helping out occasionally, Rhonda will put you on the list for doing this holy work. Please contact Rhonda at: to join the group. Thank You.

Film Screening: Food for Change

Please join us for a screening of the film Food For Change, a documentary film about Food Coops. The Director, Steve Alves, will be present at this screening! Presented in collaboration with Green Fields Market. Doors at 6:30; Screening at 7. Suggested donation $5-18; no one turned away for lack of funds. Light refreshments will be served. View the trailer at:

Refugee Support
Silent Auction

There are 4 weeks left 
until our Silent Auction 10/27 to benefit NuDay Syria.  We Have Excellent items to bid on and....we are Still Accepting Donations - until 10/10! 10/27 will surely be a festive evening for a cause that desperately needs our help. For all inquiries please email

UnExplained: A Spooky Story Concert

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 PM
At Hawks & Reed, Main St Greenfield

Please join Rabbi Andrea and 6 other featured tellers at UnExplained: A Spooky Story Concert and Story Swap, October 18, door at 7; show at 7:30. Tickets here.

The Rabbi will be telling her famous Ouija Board Story and we'll have other true tales of unexplained mysteries and magic.

After an intermission with a psychic fair, we'll gather again into smaller groups and you can share YOUR scary story!

Brough to you by Local Dirt Productions, to wit, Andrea Cohen Kiener and Vanessa Cerillo.


20 different people from TI and the Greenfield community have harvested most Sundays this summer and fall, distributing food to 6 different agencies around town.  Contact Rabbi Andrea to be added to the gleaning list.  Gleaning takes about an hour, starting at 8:30 AM on Sundays.  And it counts as exercise!

Community Calendar

October 5, 5:30 PM: Alice Thomas Art Opening Reception @ Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield

TI member Alice Thomas has an art exhibit at the Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Rd, Greenfield, from October 5-November 9. Join her for an artist's talk October 4 at 7 PM, and/or the opening reception October 5, 5:30 PM!

October 10, 6:00 PM: Who is Our Neighbor? Monthly Meeting of IFCFC @ The Brick House, Turners Falls

As federal agencies continue to tighten restrictions on immigrant status and increase raids and deportations across the country, the Interfaith Council of Franklin County will meet in Turners Falls on Wednesday, October 10, to explore how local groups are responding to needs in the local immigrant community. Continuing the theme of “Who Is My Neighbor?” taken up in a public forum on homelessness in September, speakers from the Center for New Americans, Montague Catholic Social Ministries and Mount Toby Friends Immigrant Solidarity will report on current efforts to provide support and how local residents may help. The event is free and open to the public. Email with any questions.

October 14, 4-8 PM: Village Neighbors Launch Party @ Shutesbury Athletic Club

Village Neighbors, a non-profit volunteer organization to help elders in Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem and Wendell age in place, will hold its Grand Opening Party on October 14, 2018, at the Shutesbury Athletic Club from 4 to 8 pm. The event, free to residents of the four towns, will include dinner, raffles, promotional gifts and oldies musicRSVP to or 413-345-6894 to be entered in the raffle and to request a song from the DJ. Visit us at

October 30-November 3: Cantor Linda Hirschorn artist-in-residence @ Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

BAJC welcomes nationally famed performer, teacher, and composer Cantor Linda Hirschhorn for a weeklong artist-in-residence program. Cantor Hirschhorn will offer three three-hour workshop/rehearsals for people of all ages and backgrounds. At the end of the week the intergenerational choir that has been working to learn Cantor Hirschhorn’s songs will sing at a Friday night service with her and share in a final concert program with her on Saturday night.  Workshops are open to all, regardless of age, musical background, or religious affiliation.

April 28: Teen Trip to Poland and Israel w/ Springfield JCC

Jewish teens in 10th-12th grade are invited to join teens from across the world in the March of The Living, 2019! To apply, e-mail Sonia Wilk- More information:

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