Weekly Bulletin: January 7

~ Baruch Dayan Emet ~

Our hearts are with the family of Stanton Abrahamson - his wife, Marcia, their children Debi Roberts and Jeff Abrahamson - as they mourn Stan's passing at the age of 94.

Stan was a lifelong resident of Greenfield and a longtime member of our congregation. His obituary may be viewed via Kostanski Funeral Home:


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Doing Jewish:
Exploring the Morning Liturgy

Our January class on the basics of tefilah, or Jewish prayer, led by Justin Sundell-Thomas begins this Thursday, January 9, 6-7:30 PM. Using the siddur as a jumping off point, we will familiarize ourselves with traditional and contemporary elements of daily Jewish prayer, consider ways to create a personally meaningful daily practice, discuss barriers we may face integrating regular tefilah into our lives, and strategize to overcome those barriers.

The first class, January 9, will focus on Shacharit, the morning service. Temple Israel Members: $5+ suggested donation per session; Broader Community: $10-18 suggested donation per session.

Respond to this email to sign up!

RSVP Now for Antisemitism Workshop

There are just a few spots left in the Interactive Workshop on Antisemitmsm with Amy Leos-Urbel, coming up on Sunday, January 19 from 12:30-5PM. This workshop is co-sponsored by Temple Israel and Greenfield Hadassah with generous support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 

Suggested donation: $12 - $50. Pre-registration required by responding to this email. 

Lunch provided, open to Jews & Allies. 

If you are thinking of coming, RSVP now to reserve your spot!

Join the Readers' Theater

Last Call for thespians of all genders to participate in next performance of 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Feb 2, 3 pm, at Stage on Main, 17 South Main Street, Orange.

This readers' theater production tells the story of a gay Jewish mother who is trying to figure out what makes a Jewish mother a Jewish mother. Her real interviews of many and diverse Jewish moms is crafted into this humorous and touching production.

Production values are simple. If you take a part you will be bringing one of the interviewees to life in a simple  costume of black tops and bottoms with one prop of your choosing.

Don't be shy! Rehearsal for new readers is THIS SUNDAY with Christine Benvenuto at noon. Please RSVP to to let us know you will be attending the rehearsal!

ICFC Program on the Climate Crisis

Community Announcements

January 7 & 21, 5:30-6:30 PM: Jewish Meditation and Spirituality @ BAJC 

Please Note Date Correction! Last week's email had the incorrect dates :) First session is TONIGHT!
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 7th and the 21st 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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