Weekly Bulletin: March 10

A Blessing For Washing Hands During a Pandemic

By Trisha Arlin

As we wash our hands
We pray,
Blessed is the Soul of the Universe,
Breathing us in and breathing us out.
May our breaths continue
And our health and the health of all
Be preserved
In this time of sickness and fear of sickness.
Holy Wholeness,
We take as much responsibility for this as we can
By observing the obligation to wash our hands
For as long as it takes to say this prayer.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה הָ׳ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל נְטִילַת יָדַיִם

Thanks to our friends at Ritualwell for sharing this prayer!

Upcoming Gatherings

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Make It Take It Arts Day

Come on Sunday March 15, 10:30 AM -12:30 PM for a morning of arts and crafts workshops! Rhonda will lead tinfoil hamsa (traditional good luck amulet) making, Rabbi Andrea will lead pizza-making, Madeline will lead origami and Peggy & Jess will lead upcycling. Full schedule (subject to change) available on our website. $10 per family for TI members, $12 per family for non-members.

Open to youth and adult learners! Come one, come all!

Supported by a Family Education Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Song for Australia

Thursday, March 16, 7 PM: Song for Australia - Bringing it Home

Temple Israel is hosting an interfaith ceremony to honor the preciousness of life and to commit ourselves to our unique role in caring for creation.

Our grief over global catastrophes is commensurate with our love for creation.

Organized by an ad hoc group in 2020 & co-sponsored by Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Greening Greenfield.

Resisting White Supremacy

Wednesday, March 25, 7-9 PM at Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St Northampton: Lecia Brooks, chief workplace transformation officer for the Southern Poverty Law Center will speak on the rise of antisemitism and racism in the United States. She will suggest actions to strengthen alliances among diverse communities to stand together against hate. Rabbi Justin David of Congregation B'nai Israel will moderate. Free and open to the public.

Temple Israel is co-sponsoring along with an extensive list of faith and justice organizations in the Valley. See our website for more details.

2020 Census!

Invitations to participate in the 2020 Census are being sent out starting this week. Keep your eyes out for yours and remind your friends and neighbors of the importance of being counted in the U.S. census, which is only conducted once a decade. 

Community Announcements

Sunday, March 15, 1:30–3:30 PM: Research Sunday: Finding Your Roots, Jewish-Style @ Chicopee Public Library

Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society sponsored. Sign up for a 30-minute private session with one of our volunteer experts and bring your query. You can ask for: tips on getting started or using genealogy software; help finding that shtetl or mystery relative; assistance translating documents/gravestones/old letters; advice about DNA testing and results. Register by March 8 at Members get priority. Some open slots may be available for walk-ins, but no guarantee. Last appointments at 3:15. 

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 PM: Journeying with your Archetypes: The Search for Deeper Meaning in Life Book Talk with Daniel Yalowitz @ Sunderland Public Library

Daniel Cantor Yalowitz Ed. D. will present his book Journeying with Your Archetypes, which takes readers on a personal tour: a narrated and curated adventure and journey into the land of C.G. Jung’s psychology, focusing on his conception of archetypes. Intended for those unfamiliar with Jungian terminology and psychology, the lucid writing in this book invites beginners as well as those with experience with Jung to look deeply into the meaning beyond one’s daily activities in expanding one’s understanding of themselves and the world. Books will be available for signing and
purchase following the program. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St, Sunderland

Thursday, March 19, 7PM: Song for Australia: Bringing it Home @ Temple Israel

Our grief over global catastrophes is commensurate with our love for creation. Join us for a ceremony to honor the preciousness of life - and to commit ourselves to our unique role in caring for creation. Organized by an ad hoc group in 2020 & co-sponsored by Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Greening Greenfield.

Sunday, April 19, 6:30-9PM: An Evening of Israeli Comedy with Noam Shuster-Eliassi @ CBI Northampton

The CBI Israel Committee presents Noam Shuster-Eliassi, named "Best New Jewish Comedian" by London's JCC. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Temple Israel and others!

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