Weekly Bulletin: November 5

Upcoming Gatherings

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Listening Session on Antisemitism

This Friday, November 15, 6 PM: 

A pot luck Shabbat Dinner, followed by a listening session for Jews and fellow travelers to share and express their concerns, observations and experiences of anti-semitism. The session will be facilitated by Susan Sprung and Rabbi Andrea.

Temple Israel will provide a Simple Supper and we invite you to bring enhancements if you are able. RSVP to or 413-773-5884.

This program is part of the series What Is Antisemitism and What Can We Do? co-sponsored by Temple Israel and Greenfield Hadassah, and supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 
Other upcoming sessions:
December 8: Book Talk with Amy Leos-Urbel
January 19: Interactive Workshop with Amy Leos-Urbel 
February 23: Talking to Children about Antisemitism with Amy Leos-Urbel (this event will have a parallel program for children, provided by PJ Library - more information to follow!)

Come For Supper

Wednesday, November 20, 5:30-7:30 PM: The Interfaith Council and Greenfield Community College invite you to a Community Meal celebrating the cultures, traditions, and ethnicities of our region! FREE and open to the public. More info: 413-775-1221.

Rabbi Andrea and Liz Kelner are collaborating with our Kids Cook series to bring tzimmes to this event. 

Shabbat with Sher Sweet

Sher Sweet will give the D'var Torah at the traditional Shabbat service on November 23rd to honor the memory and life of her brother Larry who died two years ago. The Torah Portion is Chayei Sarah.

In addition, Sher will provide some food to nosh on (other offerings of food would be great!) while she does some teaching on archaeological evidence from Marije Gimbutas of a Great Goddess centuries before God the Father emerges and what the implications of that are for us as Jews. Though our tradition has expunged most references to a femimine God, there are still some traces of that in our Torah. Come and learn and discuss!

Did You Know??

Did You Know??... One of the benefits of membership with Temple Israel is a couple hours of time with our Rabbi for deep listening, exploring the imponderables, or constulation about cermony and family events? Email Rabbi Andrea to schedule your session, or email the office for more information about becoming a member!

Did You Know??... Temple Israel has a whole bookcase full of FREE BOOKS for you for you to enjoy! The bookcase in the "Couch Room" is brimming with great selections, come take a peek!

Community Announcements

Saturday, November 16, 5:45 PM: Torathon: Legendary Jews Who Inspire Us @ Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester

Rabbis, cantors, educators, and musicians from across New England will join together in an evening of music and study. Includes a meaningful and spirited klezmer concert led by Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band and three 50-minute sessions of almost two dozen offerings of adult Jewish study. Tickets are $20.00 in advance until Thursday, November 14th, and $25.00 at the door. For high school and college students, prices are $5.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. To view the entire evening's program and to purchase tickets in advance go to

Wednesday, November 20, 12:30-2 PM: Judaism, Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual and Faith-Based Approach with Rabbi Richard Eisenberg @ CBI Northampton

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

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.


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