Weekly Bulletin 
January 29, 2019

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Rabbi Andrea's Blog

Read the latest issue of Rabbi Andrea's blog, recently published on our website!

We learn in Leviticus 19:23 "When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden... it must not be eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the LORD your God."

Trees are a long-view crop. For the first three years, they may not be harvested at all, as they establish strong roots and adapt to their environment. In year 4, the whole harvest is dedicated, raised up to its holy source, as a sacrificial offering. In year 5 and following, the original purpose, for human nourishment, is fulfilled.

I often feel that I am a gardener at Temple Israel..... 

Read the Rabbi's Blog at!

Shabbat Dinner
& Puppet Show

We are thrilled to welcome Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre to our First Friday Shabbat Dinner on February 1! Anna will perform her show 'Fairies of the Seasons,' which which tells a fun and magical story about how the trees change at different times of the year. We'll enjoy many fruits of the trees in honor of Tu B'Shvat, and then gather for Shabbat dinner, blessings, and songs.

Puppet Show at 5:30 PM
Dinner at 6 PM

Although we are planning this evening with our youngest friends in mind, community members of all ages are welcome to join! We will be providing main courses, and appreciate your contributions of a salad, dessert, or beverage, if you are able. 

RSVP: Hit "reply" to this email and let us know we'll see you on Friday.

Supported by a Family Education Grant and Rekindle Shabbat Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Michael Hoberman
Book Talk

Saturday, February 2, at 7 PM, Local author Michael Hoberman will talk about his new book, A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History. From the book's description: "...Hoberman combines literary history and geography to restore Jewish American writers to their roles as critical members of the American literary landscape from the 1850s to the present, and to argue that Jewish history, American literary history, and the inhabitation of American geography are, and always have been, contiguous entities. " All are welcome to attend this free discussion and Q&A. Books will be available for sale.

Read article in the Greenfield Recorder about Michael's book!

Snow date: February 9

Teen Movie Screening:
Accidental Courtesy

Calling all Teens! Temple Israel's teen group is screening the film Accidental Courtesy on Sunday, February 3 at 11 AM. The film tells the story of Daryl Davis, an accomplished musician who has played all over the world. He also has an unusual hobby, particularly for a middle aged black man. When not displaying his musical chops, Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. When many of these people eventually leave the Klan with Daryl's support, Daryl keeps their robes and hoods; building his collection piece by piece, story by story, person by person, in hopes of one day opening a museum of the Klan.

The movie will be followed by a short discussion. Refreshments Provided. Open to teens of all faiths.

Hebrew Free Loan Association

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Springfield offers interest-free loans to Jewish individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through normal financial resources. Interest-free loans, instead of charity handouts, fill an important gap in our social system by promoting self-sufficiency with dignity.  HFLA affirms the ancient biblical requirement for interest-free lending by offering assistance to people in need, with the goal of helping them to lead more rewarding and responsible lives. Visit their website to learn more.

Community Announcements

Sundays in February: the People's Beth Midrash with Mimi Farb @ CBI

Registration is live for the February stand alone workshops with People's Beth Midrash! Please register here by next Thursday, Jan 31. 6-8:30 Sunday nights at CBI. Sun, Feb 3: Torah roots of cities of refuge; Sun, Feb 10: Mishnah on cities of refuge; Sun, Feb 17: Queering Hebrew grammar & its applications for Talmud study part 1: vowels, numbers, tenses, persons, genders; Sun, Feb 24: Queering Hebrew grammar & its applications for Talmud study part 2: binyanim (conjugation!) Description: The first two classes are on Cities of Refuge (don't know what they are? come find out!), a study that will deepen our wisdom, compassion, and sensitivity in how the topic bears on restorative justice. The second two are grammar workshops in which we will learn basic structures and offer a schema to broaden the gender options in the grammar traditions. All questions: Email Emily Peagle Bloch at 

Sunday, February 3, 4-5:30PM: Meet Me at The Well: The Girls & Women of the Bible by Jane Yolen & Barbara Diamond Goldin @ Beit Ahavah

Beit Ahavah hosts nationally-renowned Jewish authors Jane Yolden & Barbara Diamond Goldin to talk about their book Meet Me at the Well, which shines a light on female heroes in Jewish history. Join us to meet the authors, discuss the book, and get your copy signed! This is a free event with refreshments, sponsored by Beit Ahavah’s Adult Programming committee and the Springfield Jewish Community Center. Children preK-6th grade welcome to join RUACH community school activities upstairs on related topics inspired by the book. For more information, see the Facebook event at or contact Naomi at

Mondays beginning February 4, 7PM: Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners @ JCA

Janis Levy leads this class on Mondays in February and March for those of with some exposure to the Hebrew alphabet, who do not necessarily read out loud smoothly or have comprehension of the text.Registration required. Suggested contribution: $36, not including the textbook cost. Register and contribute online at

Saturday, February 9, 7 PM: House Music Treble A Cappella Festival @ Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College

Treble a cappella groups from the Five Colleges and community come together to help homeless youth of the Pioneer Valley. Featuring Smith Blackappella, Smith Groove, the Smith Noteables, the Smiffenpoofs, the Smith Smithereens, the Smith College Vibes, the Amherst College Bluestockings, the Mount Holyoke M&Cs, The Chill Harmonics, and Tonal Eclipse. All proceeds benefit a Friends of the Homeless - DIAL/SELF program to provide supportive affordable housing for unaccompanied youth, ages 18-24. For details, visit

March 3, 3 PM: Mak'hela performs Sacred & Secular Music of Salamone Rossi @ JCA

Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western MA, in collaboration with the Five College Early Music Collegium, presents a concert that will transport you to a time long ago! Salamone Rossi (ca. 1570–1630) was an Italian Jewish composer during the late Renaissance/early Baroque. He revitalized ancient Jewish prayers with contemporary compositions, and in addition wrote many secular works. Rossi’s liturgical music is an intoxicating blend of traditional Hebrew prayer and quintessential Renaissance sounds. We will bring you a selection of his choral works, joined by instruments that would have originally accompanied them.

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