Weekly Bulletin: November 17

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Upcoming Gatherings

Locations (virtual/real) noted in brackets after event name. To receive Zoom links, ask us to subscribe you to our "How to Participate" Email!
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Latke Kit Fundraiser

Just in time for Hanukkah!

Rabbi Andrea's Home Grown Potatoes are available with a cruse of oil for your Hanukkah observances.
2-3 pounds of satina white potatoes will come with a cruse of oil and a box of candles.
A recipe for potato latkes and a link to a short video Called Bubbe Makes Latkes will be included, as well.
A donation of $18+ is your ticket to this unique offer.
Deadline for orders is noon on 12/3; order by emailing
Pickup 12/7 or 12/10 at TI, with some delivery available.
Proceeds will support Social Justice programming at Temple Israel.

Don White Concert


November 19 at 7 p.m.

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He's an award-winning singer/songwriter, a comedian, an author, and a storyteller. He's been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for thirty years, released ten CDs, three live DVDs, and a book, Memoirs of a C Student. For more information about Don's work, please check out the videos and music here:

We've had the pleasure of hosting Don for a live concert the past several Novembers. This year, he is doing a concert to benefit Temple Israel live on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube!


  • Paypal: (mention Temple Israel in the notes)
  • Venmo: @donwhitefolk (mention Temple Israel in the notes)
  • Check: Payable to Temple Israel and mailed to TI at 27 Pierce Street, Greenfield, MA 01301. Please write "Don White" in the memo

Dream Interpretation
in the Jewish Tradition

Saturday, November 21, 7 PM:

Rabbi Andrea leads a study of Biblical and Talmudic sources about dream interpretation as we head into the winter months and their long nights. All are welcome. 

Zoom link will be shared in our How to Participate email - check in with us if you are not on that list.

Suggested donation for not-yet-members $10-18 payable via check or online at this link

The Great Judaica Book Give Away and Exchange Celebration

The Great Judaica Book Give Away and Exchange Celebration
L'kvod HaSefer
November 22, 1-3 PM
Schoen Books, 7 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield
(next to thrift store and across from town cemetery)

Free books and book exchange. Build your library and keep books circulating!
Please no moldy books or books not in good condition.
A tzedakah box will be out to support local food banks....
Please let your shul mates and friends know....
If weather is inclement snow etc. the event will be rescheduled;
if not sure 413 665-0066 after 9am that morning.

Mask wearing will be mandatory and social distancing.

Parking available at the thrift store next door.
Volunteers are needed for set up and break down.  Leftover books can be dropped at Roundabout Books at 26 Kenwood, Greenfield. Please email rabbi[@] if you can help at 12 or 3

Little Free Library

A few folks started an idea about creating an informal lending library for members of the community as so many of us are finding more time and need to read these days!  There was then a suggestion to host one those Little “Free Library: boxes outside the Temple so we can easily share books we’re done reading and invite the local community to do so as well.  Perhaps it could go up to replace one of the gorgeous trees we lost to construction project recently?
Kim Audette and Christine Benvenuto would be happy to coordinate the process of building the Kiosk but need to know there is support for this project from more of the Temple Community.  If so, Christine would bring this idea formally to the Board for approval. 
Please drop Kim or Christine a short email if you are in favor of the box or if you have questions or reservations about it.
Kim Audette –
Christine Benvenuto –

Action Now

Reposted from Jewish Community of Amherst's Tzedek Email. Please email ellenruthk[@] for more information

This "postcard"/letter" action was initiated by asylum seekers in the tent camp in Matamoros, MX, at the US/MX border, who are stuck there under MPP, the Migrant Protection Protocol, also called "Remain in Mexico". 600 postcards were written by people in the camp urging an end to the inhumane MPP, and delivered to Representative Vela of Texas, who gave them to Dr. Jill Biden. 
The idea is to urge Dr. Biden to take on Ending MPP as her special First Lady Project. She visited the migrants in Matamoros in late 2019 and saw the horrible reality for herself. Now this action has become nationwide, and here is where we come in. Letters in support of the migrants’ pleas to end MPP will be flowing in from all over the US to Dr. Jill Biden, delivered to her by individual US congressional representatives.
The plan locally is to collect as many "postcards"/letters as possible, which then will be sent to Congressman McGovern's office; Congressman McGovern has agreed to get those to Dr. Jill Biden.
Please print out this POSTCARD/LETTER on your computer, and then sign your name, and write the name of your town and zip code after your signature. Please then send it in an envelope to:
Annique Boomsma
66 Harkness Rd.,
Pelham MA 01002
Annique will collect them all and send to the contact at Congressman McGovern's office, who has agreed to make sure they will get delivered to Dr. Jill Biden. 
Thank you for participating. Please feel free to share this request with your networks!
All the best,
Karen Levine. Joan Epstein, Annique Boomsma
JCA Tikkun Olam and Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice of Western MA

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