Weekly Bulletin: April 30

A very successful training was held this past Sunday regarding being appropriately alert to possible security threats. Many helpful ideas were shared, including some that we can implement immediately. More training and sharing around this will unfold as we need to continue to face this together. Thank you to Eric Stratton for teaching our community, to Subway of North Greenfield locally owned by Mary and Ira Mitchel for sponsoring, and to the Kramer Fund for the refreshments.

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

May Events for Families

We have two events coming up this May designed for preschool and young elementary children and their families. Community members of all ages are welcome to join. Your RSVP is appreciated! 

This Friday, May 3, 5:30 PM: Our monthly First Friday gathering, join us for Challah cover decorating, Shabbat songs and a delicious Shabbat Dinner provided by Temple Israel. You are welcome to bring a side or dessert to share if you wish. Art & Schmoozing at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 6.  

Sunday, May 19, 10:30 AM, join us at Green River Recreation Area for a mini-expedition in search of the kindly Shretelech, the Yiddish word for elves! Maggid David Arfa will tell us stories of the magical Shretelech, and we will build shelters for them. Along the way, we'll explore the colors and textures of nature and introduce Jewish blessings for the natural world. After the hike, we'll gather for healthy insect-themed snacks. 

Both of these events are part of our Roots & Branches preschool program. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Klezmer Learners

After a break, Klezmer Learners will reconvene Monday May 6 and following Mondays, 4-5:30 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." 

Anyone with basic skill on their instrument is welcome! Free for Temple Israel members; $30 for each 6 class series requested from non-members.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Just Announced! Justin Sundell-Thomas will lead Kabbalat Shabbat Services on May 17 and Pride Shabbat, June 14, at 7 PM. Come enjoy the music and spirit of welcoming shabbat with the leadership of Justin Sundell-Thomas, a student of classical and Jewish music. Followed by kiddush refreshments.

Tag Sale


Bring donations to the Temple during office hours on
Tuesday May 14th and Thursday May 16th, 10a - 2p (DONATIONS NOT ACCEPTED DURING THE SALE HOURS)

Items accepted - housewares, jewelry, glass items, books, small furniture, limited seasonal clothing, etc., etc.

We reserve the right to decline items that we know won't sell!!
Please No Golf Club sets, big carpets, bulky computer items, etc..

If you need pickups, please contact Marsha:
773-0201 or cell: 617-538-7478

Looking for helpers for sorting, pricing, setting up on Tuesday and Thursday.  Please call or email me to schedule.
Also, many workers needed for the two day sale hours. We have lots of fun and camaraderie while doing a Mitzvah for the Temple and for the Refugee Support Project.

Hope to also see you there - find a good bargain and support the Temple programs.

Thanks very much,
Marsha Stone

Community Announcements

Thursday, May 2, 7-9 PM: Honoring Henny Lewin @ CBI Northampton

Join CBI for an evening of reflection as they present Henny Lewin with the Oyneg Shabbos Award for Holocaust Education and celebrate her tireless and passionate commitment. Henny will tell her story of survival and participate in a Q&A. At CBI Northampton, 253 Prospect St. Call 413-584-3593 for more information.

Saturday, May 4, 11AM: Shabbat Service in Solidarity with Poway Jewish Community @ Chabad of Southern VT

Chabad of Southern VT is hosting services in solidarity with the Poway CA Jewish community this Saturday at 11 AM. Followed by lunch and kiddush. At the Chabad Jewish center, 59 Country Hill, Brattleboro.

Sunday, May 5, 10 AM: Read Write Run: 5K Run and 2K Walk to Benefit the Literacy Project @ Maines Field, Florence MA

A run/walk to benefit the work of the Literacy Project. Registration at 10 AM / 2K Walk 11 AM / 5K Run 11:30 AM. Registation: Run $25 / Walk $15 / Under 12 Free. For more information visit

Sunday, May 5, 1-3 PM: "As You Write It" Writers' Performance @ Gill-Montague Senior Center

A reading from the As You Write It Writers, featuring Estelle Cade, Joan Hopkins Coughlin, Sally Fairfield, Penny Jordan, Laura Rodley, Alice Thomas. This event is free, wheelchair accessible, and features raffles & delicious free desserts.

Wednesday, May 8, 7-8 PM: Community Yom Haatzmaut Celebration @ Springfield JCC

Join for a Yom Iyuun (evening of learning) celebrating Israel's birthday. Free and open to all. For more information contact Rabbi James Greene - 413-739-4715 /

Thursday, May 16 (RSVP by May 6), 6-8:30PM: JFS Fund-a-need Blossom Bash @ Quonquont Farm

A fun evening of food, cocktails, and our very first Fund-A-Need event! Fund-A-Need is a special auction that invites you to make a donation in support of specific Jewish Family Service needs and JFS programs. All bids are accepted as donations to JFS, and are fully tax-deductible. Featuring Catering by Meital, open bar, and jazz piano with Jeff Bucs. $50 per person, please RSVP by Monday, May 6. For details, visit

Thursday, May 16, 7 PM: Peacemaker Awards Honor Local Teens @ Greenfield Community College

Come for the music, the food and the inspiring stories of caring teens who are peace builders and healers in their school communities. Sponsored for 19 years by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, in these hard times, treat yourself to this soul food! 7:00PM at the Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College 1 College Drive.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 PM: Rachel's Table's Bountiful Bowls @ Sinai Temple, Springfield

Join a gala dessert reception celebrating the achievements of Rachel's Table. Tickets per person $30; tables of 9 can be reserved. Please reserve early as seating is limited. For reservations, call 413-372-9755.

Thursday, May 30 (Rain Date June 6), 8AM-4PM: Build Community Labyrinth @ Sts. James & Andrew Campus Federal/Church Streets, Greenfield

A team of volunteers will build a community labyrinth at the corner of Church and Federal Streets. Sign up to help by emailing or at Temple Israel.

May 31: Kirtan Shabbat Service @ CBI Northampton

There will be three Kirtan Shabbat services with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, sponsored by CBI. All the last Friday evening of the month from 6-7:30pm, with kiddish, food and maybe more singing afterwards. The kirtans will be held in the LGA auditorium. They will be free and open to all—no need to know Hebrew or be Jewish. Any help, though, with funding for the food would be so appreciated! Please contact Amy Meltzer, if you can volunteer, help, and/or have ideas for food funding.

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