Weekly Bulletin: December 3

Upcoming Gatherings

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RSVP for Book Discussion with Amy Leos-Urbel

Sunday, December 8, 12:30-2:00PM: Amy Leos-Urbel will lead this time to share our insights about reading the booklet: Anti-Semitism: Why is it Everyone's Concern?

This booklet is about how anti-Semitism is used to divide Jews from other groups -- and from each other -- and how to educate non-Jews to be our allies. It was written by Cherie Brown and Amy Leos-Urbel and published by Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism.

Suggested donation: $6 - $36

Please contact the TI office for copies of the booklet.

RSVP by responding to this email.

This program is co-sponsored by Temple Israel and Greenfield Hadassah, and supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Leonard Cohen

This Friday December 6, we will celebrate & study the poetry & philosophy of Leonard Cohen, as told through his songs. Participants will learn and sing some of Cohen's music, & Rabbi Andrea will lead a table talk on the kabbalistic & philosophical underpinnings of his songwriting.

If you would like to help set up, come at 5:30. Dinner & blessings at 6 PM, followed by songs.

Temple Israel will provide a Simple Supper, please bring sides, drinks, or desserts to share if you are able to.


Film / Talk Back On the Detention of Migrant Children

Community Announcements

Wednesday, December 4, 7 PM: A Conversation With Israeli Progressive Leaders @ CBI Northampton

Join J Street New England and three young progressive Israeli leaders as they describe what’s at stake for Israel’s political future and shed light on the rising generation’s movements for social change. More information at this link.

December 6-9: Creating an Anti-Racist Jewish Community: A Series @ CBI Northampton

Join Congregation Bnai Israel for a long weekend spent setting the foundation for an anti-racist Jewish community! In Partnership with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, Resource Generation, Abundance Farm, Showing Up For Racial Justice, Equity Trust and Land For Good and put on by Congregation B'Nai Israel's Tikkun Olam Committee.

Guests include Rabbi Mira Rivera, a Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow at Romemu in NYC, and a co-chair of the Rabbinical Council of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Leah Penniman, the co-director and program manager of Soul Fire Farm and author of the book Farming While Black. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Friday, December 13, 7 PM: Early Chanukah Celebration with the Wholesale Klezmer Band @ Sinai Temple, Springfield 

 A special early Chanukah service and concert with western Massachusetts' own Wholesale Klezmer Band. Admission is free and open to the public. Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St, Springfield, MA. For more information: Please contact Esta Sobey, Music Committee Chair -, 413-427-1625

Friday, December 20, 2019, 8-11 AM: Greenfield High School Community Service Learning Day - Drive-Up Drop-off Donations @ Greenfield High School

Drive-up Drop-off Donations.....pull up to the front of GHS on Barr Avenue to drop-off - Non-Perishable Food Items for our local food pantry, the Center for Self-Reliance, and Winter Gear - new or gently used gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, coats, boots for adults and children

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

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