TI Weekly: Oct. 23, 2018

Shalom! With the High Holidays behind us, this is a big month for Tikkun Olam / Healing the World work at Temple Israel. We hope you'll join us tomorrow evening for a screening of Food for Change, Saturday morning for a Traditional Shabbat Service, Saturday Evening for a Silent Auction to benefit NuDay Syria, or next month on November 11 for a full afternoon processing trauma and resilience in memory of the events of Kristallnacht.

On the note of Tikkun Olam, read on for a reflection on this summer's gleaning project by TI member Tamara Kaplan.

On Gleaning 

On Sunday mornings, we glean.  We meet at Atlas Farm and pick potatoes or kale or dandelion greens or cilantro or squash or whatever is leftover and will not be harvested by the farmer or anyone else. We donate the food to the Salvation Army, the Senior Center, Stone Soup, Center for Self Reliance, or neighbors in need. We take a little home for ourselves. There is so much food. The earth is so productive; it is overwhelming.  

I don’t know exactly what the Bible says about gleaning, but I do know what my gut tells me – that this is good for the community and good for the earth. Gleaning is one way for me to connect to Judaism. I am curious to learn more about the biblical references, but out in the field on the foggy mornings, I mostly feel grateful to the earth and the farmers for growing this food and grateful for being able to participate in this project.

- Tamara Kaplan

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Food for Change
Film Screening

Please join us for a screening of the film Food For Change, a documentary film about Food Coops. The Director, Steve Alves, will be present at this screening! Presented in collaboration with Green Fields Market. Doors at 6:30; Screening at 7. Suggested donation $5-18; no one turned away for lack of funds. Light refreshments will be served.

View the Trailer

Silent Auction
For Refugee Support

is our Silent Auction 10/27 to benefit NuDay Syria. Please come with a generous heart to bid on beautiful material goods, services, and gift cards from local businesses. Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d'oeurves. It all starts at 7PM this Saturday, October 27. For all inquiries please email

Night of Shattered Glass
Afternoon of Remembrance

Please join us for an afternoon of reflections on suffering, resilience, and identity - November 11, 2-8 PM.
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m. Introduction to the life and theology of Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. Text study led by Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener and Maggid David Arfa.
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m. Break and snacks
  • 3:30-5:30 The Jar of Tears: A Memorial for the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. A storytelling performance by Maggid David Arfa followed by audience reflection on Rabbi Shapiro's "theology of weeping."
  • 5:30-6:00 Light supper
  • 6:00-8:00 Screening of the film Who Will Write Our History? Followed by reflections, closing with Mourner's Kaddish
Open to all! Suggested donation $10-40. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For more information respond to this email or call 413-773-5884.

Readers Theater

A play has been chosen for our Readers Theater on December 15 at 7 PM. Would you like to help us put on this production of 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, by Judy Gold? We need actors, technical & logistical support, and any other talents you may have. If you'd like to be a part of this please respond to this email or call 413-773-5884. 

Guilt-Free Gelt!

T'Ruah - the Rabbinic call for Human Rights has partnered with Divine Chocolate to create Fair Trade Chanukah Gelt! This kosher gelt is guaranteed to come from companies that do not engage in the child labor or slavery endemic to the chocolate industry. Read more about, and purchase, Guilt-Free Gelt - here.

Thank You!

We are grateful to our community for their generous contributions. Thank you for supporting TI's services, programming, and justice work in Franklin County!
High Holidays
David Butler
Laurel & Angus Dun
Emily Eller
Jean Erlbaum
Lisa Galer
Karen Green
Jodi Lacoff & Cynthia Roberts
Madeline Liebling
Ann F. & Charles A. Mick
Emma Morgan
Howard & Rosemary Natenshon
Norman Pfeifer
Johanna Rosen
Sandy Rosenberg
Karel Rubenstein & Howard Tennen
HenaSusha Schiffman
Gail & Gary Weiss
Anna-Beth Winograd

Marcia & Stanton Abrahamson

Braff Educational Fund
Barbara & Richard Braff

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Arthur Cohen
Cathy Abrams, in memory of Blossom Berke
Carole & Howard Arkush, in memory of Samuel Weiss
Kim Audette, in memory of Annette, Irving & Richard Scolnick
Barbara & Stanley Bernstein, in memory of Milton Bernstein
Jean Conway, in memory of Blue Smolensky
Marion Cotton, in memory of Sanford Cotton & Sarah Zeldis
Laurel & Angus Dun, in memory of Pearl Brownstein
Lenore & Marty Glaser, in memory of Elsie Berson, Miriam Ruth Berson, Irving Berson, Dr. Samuel Glaser
Peter Kramer, in memory of Esther Slonim
Archie & Phyllis Nahman, in memory of Eli Nahman & Bessie Rubin Silver

Kristallnacht Event
Jean Cherdack

Refugee Support Project
Randy Kehler & Betsy Corner

Community Calendar

November 1, 4:30-6:00 PM: Alice Thomas "Whispers" Opening Reception @ Amherst College

Alice Thomas' art show opening reception for "Whispers" is November 1 at the Robert Frost Library, Amherst College

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