Weekly Bulletin: April 6

Upcoming ONLINE Gatherings

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How to Attend Virtual Services and Classes

We are grateful that we have the option to gather for services and classes in virtual spaces. Many of us are learning how to use this technology for the first time, and we wanted to review some of the details about how to participate. 

We are conducting most services and classes over Zoom, which is a videoconferencing software that is free to use. Please carefully read the details of the event you want to participate in. Different events have different leaders and most events will contain the email address of the leader so you can be directly in touch with them. If you email the office, we will do our best to connect you but we may not see your email in time. 

For the events that Rabbi Andrea is leading, she will send out the link via email several moments before the class, so as to best accommodate last-minute signups. Other leaders will have their own systems.

Thank you all for your participation in these virtual gatherings, and many thanks to our community members who have stepped up to lead! 

Virtual Seder Options

Although we cannot sit physically together at the Seder table this year, congregations and individuals across the world are hosting Seders via Zoom or other virtual technology. Here are some that we know of. There are many more out there, and this is a great opportunity to check out the website of a favorite faraway shul to see what they may be offering.

Wednesday, April 8 (first night):

  • 6PM: Ellen Bernstein is hosting an Earth Seder off her new haggadah the Promise of the Land. Please fill out the Google questionnaire to let her know you are coming.  You can purchase your haggadah at Barnes & Noble or Behrman House, and an electronic version should be available by April 3.  

Thursday, April 9 (second night):

Passover Prep Conversation:

Jan Rabinowicz is leading a conversation about preparing for Passover tomorrow, Tuesday April 7, at 6 PM. If you would like to join this conversation, please let Jan know via email: jrabinowicz[at]

Scrip Gift Cards

Although the Temple office is currently closed to the public, we can arrange for the purchase of gift cards to local grocery stores and gas stations. A percentage of the value of these gift cards benefits the Temple's operational budget. Please respond to this email or call 413-773-5884 if you are interested in purchasing. We will arrange for contactless pickup; limited drop-off also available. We have gift cards for: 
Big Y 
Food City
Franklin Community Co-op (Green Fields Market & McCusker's Market)
Stop & Shop
Sunoco Gas Stations

2020 Census

The U.S. Government is currently conducting the 2020 Census. This is a thorough count of every person living in the United States that happens every ten years. The census is used to draw congressional districts as well as allocate federal funding, so it's very important that all residents participate! You can get your household counted by visiting:
It is quick and easy to fill out even if you don't have your "Census ID."

Community Announcements

Jewish Historical Society Western Massachusetts: Oral History Videos

Our community member Ken Schoen shared that the website of the Jewish Historical Society of Western MA is packed with videos and interviews of folks from the Greenfield area. In his words, we can "take pleasure in the history of the shul and people's remembrances as we look towards the future."

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30:  Online Jewish Meditation and Spirituality with Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's Meditation and Spirituality class is now online, every Tuesday. Contact for more information.

Common Good Offers & Needs Board

Common Good, a non-profit based in Franklin County that develops tools for an economy built on community resilience and mutual aid (you may know them through their debit card), has created an Offers & Needs board designed to help us aid one another right now.  These offers and needs are not about stuff, but about help, be it getting groceries for someone, shoveling snow, or showing up once a day to care for a pet. Visit the Common Ground Offers & Needs Board


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