Weekly Bulletin: November 26

The Temple Office will be CLOSED
This Thursday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving. 

Upcoming Gatherings

Visit our Website Calendar for the fullest list!

From the Rabbi

Rabbi Andrea's latest blog post is about Basic Jewish Mysticism. She writes,

I like to share a basic idea that has very helpful insights for people who are beginners or people who are deeply immersed in Jewish practice and sources. The simple idea is called The Four Worlds. The concept is that we humans are layered beings with four centers or brains or levels. In each of these four levels, we are, of course, participating in the layered universe, generated by The Creator.
Click Here to Read the Full Post!

Sing the Songs of Leonard

First 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.


Book Discussion with
Amy Leos-Urbel: Antisemitism: Why Is It Everyone's Concern?

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.

Attention: Temple Kitchen Users

Please clean the kitchen thoroughly after EACH use. 
Pay attention to stove and oven spills.

When using the dishwasher, check the tray underneath the machine and empty it as needed - it becomes full of food and debris.  Also follow the instructions about how
to turn the dishwasher on and off - fill the basin as instructed and remember to empty it when finished using it by pulling the large plug and shutting off the machine.

Also, please help taking tablecloths home to launder - we do not have a service! If you bring them home, return within a few days, so they're available for others to use.

Many hands make light work - let's keep our kitchen in tip top shape.
Call me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Marsha S

Community Announcements

December 2 & 3: Rabbi Michael Lerner in the Boston Area

Social theorist, psychotherapist and editor of Tikkun magazine, Rabbi Michael Lerner, will speak about a strategy for a new kind of society built on love, kindness, and compassion for each other. He is coming to Boston the Monday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd and December 3rd, to speak about his new book Revolutionary Love: a Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World. He will be speaking Monday December 2nd at First Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 7:30, located at 11 Garden St, next to the Sheraton Commander Hotel, and Tuesday, December 3rd, at Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge at 7:00 pm. More information at

Wednesday, December 4, 6-8PM: Alice Thomas Art Reception @ Forbes Library, Northampton

Temple Israel Member Alice Thomas presents her works Coalesce (Premier) & Precarious at the Forbes Library. Contact Alice for more information.

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

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