Weekly Bulletin: December 23

Upcoming Gatherings

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Shabbat Shalom

Join us for a traditional Shabbat morning service led by Yosl Kurland this Saturday, December 28, at 10 AM. Followed by kiddush and conversations.

Light The Night

The fabulous Greenfield Chanukah Party is right around the corner! We'll be at Hawks & Reed on December 29, starting at 4 PM enjoying latkes made by Stone Soup Cafe, storytime with PJ Library and music from the Wholesale Klezmer Band!
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As part of this event, we encourage families to bring new pajamas in any kid's size to benefit HelpOurKids, a local organization that provides goods and services to foster kids in Western Mass. We are doing this effort in collaboration with PJ Library of Western Mass. and Women's Philanthropy. We will also take pajama donations at Temple Israel through the end of the month. The donation bin will be located in the Temple library.

Thank You!

We are grateful to our community for their generous contributions that help keep Temple Israel running. Thank you!
Colbert Educational Fund
  • Dr. Paul J. and Laurel Hoffman
Commmunity Meal
  • Mark & Wendy Abramson
  • Ellen & Mark Berson
  • Cynthia Carr-Kramer
  • Lenore & Marty Glaser
  • Shirin Morris
  • Gail & Gary Weiss
Program Seed Fund
  • Bryan & Leslie Lorber
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
  • Lew Becker & Rhonda Wainshilbaum, in honor of Rabbi Andrea's new grandchild
Refugee Support Project
  • Charles Ghizzi
  • Sharon Brower
  • Peter Kramer - Kramer Fund; in memory of Len Kramer
  • Lucia Spiro - Spiro Tzedakah Fund; in memory of George Spiro
  • Barbara Wizwer

Community Announcements

December 25, 2-6:30 PM: "Festive and Healthy Dishes for Hanukah" - Cooking Class in Shutesbury

Join Leslie Cerier, “The Organic Gourmet” renown farm to table vegetarian chef, cookbook author and cooking teacher for a hands-on cooking class featuring several delicious seasonal, vegetarian dishes cooked with healthy fats (ghee and virgin coconut oil) to enhance the flavor of your Hanukah parties. Thanks to the Generous Sponsorship from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation; the cost of this class is only $20 per person. Class is limited to 15 People. Email Leslie for more info and to register: More information at:

December 22-29: Shine A Light for Social Justice with BAJC

This holiday season, The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) will stand strong for social justice with the second annual Shine A Light for Social Justice project, held from December 22nd -29th . Shine A Light was a great success last year, with a diverse group of over 200 people participating in candle lighting at eight different locations in Brattleboro.

Local businesses will host a night of candle lighting and share the uplifting message of Hanukkah with a wider audience in support of Human Rights issues.  All are welcome to stand with us at 5:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Sunday December 22nd at Sam’s Army/Navy for Religious Freedom

  • Monday December 23rd at Centre Congregational Church for Climate Crisis

  • Tuesday December 24th at the Brattleboro Food Coop for Mental Health

  • Wednesday December 25th at the Latchis Theatre for LGBTQ Rights

  • Thursday December 26th at Elliot Street Fish ‘n Chips for Equality for Women.  

  • Friday December 27th at the Brooks House Atrium for Homelessness

  • Saturday December 28th at Gallery in the Woods for Racial Justice

  • Sunday December 29th at Everyone’s Books for Immigrant Justice

For more information about the Shine a Light events or about BAJC, contact Laura Berkowitz at

January 3 & 17, 5:30-6:30 PM: Jewish Meditation and Spirituality @ BAJC 

Jewish Meditation and Spirituality at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will resume in January on the first and third Tuesdays of every month as a regular practice. All are welcome to join Rabbi Lee's teachings about Jewish spiritual practices and to sit together in a contemplative learning atmosphere. January meetings are on the 3rd and the 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Saturday January 11, 7:30 PM: Yosl Kurland: A Jewish Perspective on Social Justice: Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and English @ Mt. Toby Friends Meeting

Mount Toby Peace & Social Concerns Committee and the Concert Series presents the 3rd event in their Quaker/Jewish Relationship Study. Many Yiddish poets wrote songs calling for social Justice, based on biblical commandments to care for the poor and the stranger because we ourselves were strangers in the land of Egypt, and the Yiddish song repertoire includes much in that vein. In tonight's program, Yosl will perform songs by these "sweatshop" poets as well as his own compositions that reflect the Jewish experience in calling for justice for both workers and refugees. Yiddish songs will have translations projected for the audience. Aaron Bousel will accompany on Accordion. Suggested donation $10 to $30. More info and reservations at

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