TI Weekly: Sept. 26, 2018

~ Todah Rabah ~

A huge ~ thank you ~ to all who worked to co-create uplifting, strong, meaningful High Holidays services and celebrations this year! Thank you to Marc Weinberger for contributing the beautiful flower arrangements for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Thank you to Flo Stahl for contributing the new directional signs for guiding people around our building. 

Rabbi Andrea would especially like to thank Shirin Morris & Sher Sweet for heading up a strong Ritual Committee team, and all the angels Shirin rounded up to greet and welcome service-goers. 

What angels do you know of who did those special hidden jobs over high holidays? Please let us know about them so we can show them how grateful we are!  

Upcoming Happenings At A  Glance

Shabbat in the Sukkah

Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 AM: Rabbi Andrea will lead a traditional Shabbat service in the sukkah, followed by a potluck kiddush lunch. Stick around after lunch to read the book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes, a scripture that is traditionally read during Sukkot because of its theme of impermanence. Bring your favorite translation and/or favorite passage if you have one!

Yizkor/Simchat Torah

Monday, October 1, we will have a Yizkor service at 10 AM. Our Simchat Torah celebration will kick off at 6 PM with substantive snacks/light dinner, music and dancing at 6:30, and Kiddush at 7:30, followed by more dancing. 

Refugee Support
Silent Auction

There are 5 weeks left until our  Silent Auction 10/27 to benefit NuDay Syria.  You will not believe the beautiful pieces that our generous community is bringing to us to auction off that evening! 2 handmade quilts from our talented members are one example of many. 10/27 will surely be a festive evening for a cause that desperately needs our help. For all inquiries please email

Letter from the Membership Team

Dear amazing TI members:

Remember when you first joined TI, and wanted to connect with other amazing beings such as yourself? Well, we remember, and we at the Membership Team want to help people make the transition from non-member to member a welcoming one. So - who would like to be either (or both) a host to a new person or family, or a buddy to a new person or family? Here is the general expectation: 

Host - Host a Shabbat meal at your home for the new person or family. The membership team will work with you to find people with common interests or goals so that all, including you, feel excited and connected. 

Buddy - Check in with the new person or family at various times throughout the year - through email, phone or in person. Perhaps, meet with them at a Temple event so that they (and you) can build our caring and welcoming community.

If you have an interest in being either a Host or Buddy, or both, please contact Kate at the Temple, 

Special Events in November/December!

Mark your calendars for a few very special events we are working on for this late fall/winter.

What's Your Mitzvah?

Current volunteer opportunities at TI:
  • Gleaning: Our gleaning project continues through October, 8:30 AM Sunday mornings. Everyone who harvests takes home food. In addition food is collected and donated to various service organizations. Contact Rabbi Andrea if you want to be added to that list.
  • Refugee Support: Refugee Support Project needs volunteers to help set up for our fabulous silent auction October 27, which will help provide direct humanitarian support to Syrian refugees. Email to volunteer.

Community Calendar

October 5, 5:30 PM: Alice Thomas Art Opening Reception @ Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield

TI member Alice Thomas has an art exhibit at the Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Rd, Greenfield, from October 5-November 9. Join her for an artist's talk October 4 at 7 PM, and/or the opening reception October 5, 5:30 PM!

JCA's Fall Adult Ed Schedule

Jewish Community of Amherst's Fall Adult Ed Schedule is now available, and includes great programs on Israeli dance, prayerbook literacy, Sephardic civilization, Israeli film, and more. Click here to see their full list of offerings, or to register. 

October 30-November 3: Cantor Linda Hirschorn artist-in-residence @ Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

BAJC welcomes nationally famed performer, teacher, and composer Cantor Linda Hirschhorn for a weeklong artist-in-residence program. Cantor Hirschhorn will offer three three-hour workshop/rehearsals for people of all ages and backgrounds. At the end of the week the intergenerational choir that has been working to learn Cantor Hirschhorn’s songs will sing at a Friday night service with her and share in a final concert program with her on Saturday night.  Workshops are open to all, regardless of age, musical background, or religious affiliation.

April 28: Teen Trip to Poland and Israel w/ Springfield JCC

Jewish teens in 10th-12th grade are invited to join teens from across the world in the March of The Living, 2019! To apply, e-mail Sonia Wilk- More information:

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