Weekly Bulletin: July 30

Happy Summer! We hope you can join us for some of our full weekend coming up at Temple Israel. We'll be hosting a grief ritual & circle Saturday Night, a film screening Sunday afternoon (at All Soul's Church), and a meditation session Monday evening. Hope to see you there!!

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

A Time to Mourn

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00pm, at Temple Israel - 27 Pierce Street
The Saturday evening at the start of the month of Av is the beginning of a time of mourning in the Jewish calendar. 

Everyone with empathy feels both delight and grief at the states of miracle and disrepair we face together in planetary life. One way to avoid despair is to allowing our feelings to move and flow - they are our wired-in connection with life!

In this simple grief ritual and circle, we'll touch our deep connections to the world and life which are the root of our caring and concern. 

Come to support and be supported. Sher, Margie, and Andrea are convening.

Exclusive Film Premiere plus Q&A w/ Director Fred Finkelstein

Join us on August 4, 4 PM at All Soul's Church for an exclusive East Coast premiere of Leaving Memel - Refugees from the Reich. Director Fred Finkelstein will be with us to describe the making of the film and the stories behind his family's journey from Germany to the US during World War II.

The film tells the story of Judith Golden's family and what they experienced when the times changed and Hitler began demonizing Jews, homosexuals and Romani people in Europe. It's a small, personal memoir tucked inside a much larger, darker tale and has strong resonance today as anti-immigration fervor reaches new highs under our present leadership. It's also a story of survival, great timing and strong family bonds that make the difference between life and death.

Suggested donation $5-18 - no one turned away for lack of funds. Part of Temple Israel's Love Your Neighbor summer film series.

Please note that this screening will take place at All Souls Church, 399 Main Street in Greenfield, in the social hall.

Awakening Through Jewish Meditation 

Monday, August 5, 7-8:30 PM: Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks will lead a session in Awakening Through Jewish Meditation at Temple Israel. Reb Brian is a Jewish spiritual teacher and musician who has been teaching the practice of Presence (meditation, mindfulness) and Judaism since 2006, and founded Torah of Awakening in 2015.

Participants will receive a direct taste of awakening through transformational teaching, heart-opening Hebrew chanting, and deep silence.

$10-$20 donation requested. RSVP to

Readers & Leaders Needed

Have you ever considered adding to your synagogue skills? Torah readers and leaders for short discrete parts of the service are needed for the High Holidays.  If this is the year fro you to add a new skill, please contact Rabbi Andrea.

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