Weekly Bulletin 
January 22, 2019

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Members: Please Vote!

A reminder to all Temple Israel congregation members: The Semi Annual meeting is coming up this Sunday beginning with breakfast at 9:30 AM, and your vote is needed on crucial issues. Please refer to the mailing you received via postal and electronic mail, and return your proxy vote to the Temple office or let us know you are planning to attend in person. We appreciate your participation! 

Tu B'Shvat Seder & Potluck

Rescheduled due to the storm, join us on Sunday, January 27 at 5 PM for a Tu Bishvat Seder and Potluck. Originally a minor civil observation in ancient Israel, Tu Bishvat has been a meaningful Jewish holiday to kabbalists for at least 500 years. Starting from that kabbalistic tradition, our seder will address modern ecological concerns and how Jewish teaching and values inform our relationship with the natural world. Participants are invited to bring their favorite brief poem, quote, song, etc on the subjects of trees and/or nature. Potluck dinner to follow, please bring a vegetarian dish to share if you are able.
RSVP by Friday 1/25: 

Klezmer Learners

After a brief hiatus, the Klezmer Learners are back to meeting Mondays 4-5:30 PM. 

Veteran Yiddish musician and singer Yosl Kurland of the Wholesale Klezmer Band teaches the elements of Yiddish music that make it distinctive and "Jewish." 

Anyone with basic skill on their instrument is welcome, especially teenagers. Free for Temple Israel members. $30 for each 6 class series for non-members.

Michael Hoberman
Book Talk

Saturday, February 2, at 7 PM, Local author Michael Hoberman will talk about his new book, A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History. From the book's description: "...Hoberman combines literary history and geography to restore Jewish American writers to their roles as critical members of the American literary landscape from the 1850s to the present, and to argue that Jewish history, American literary history, and the inhabitation of American geography are, and always have been, contiguous entities. " All are welcome to attend this free discussion and Q&A. Books will be available for sale.

Read article in the Greenfield Recorder about Michael's book!

Snow date: February 9

Hebrew Learning Continues

We continue to have vibrant learning groups meeting at the Temple on Thursday evenings. At 6pm our Hebrew Classes meet, Continuing and Intermediate. This week, which is January 24, is the first session of Rabbi Andrea's 4-part class on Tikkun Olam. Let us know by responding to this email if you'd like to join Thursday evening learning!

Community Announcements

Tuesdays beginning January 29, 7PM: “A Little Love in Big Manhattan”: An Introduction to Early-20th-Century American Yiddish Poetry @ JCA

Rabbi Benjamin Weiner leads a four-session clas in early 20th century American Yiddish Poetry, based on Ruth Wisse's book A Little Love in Big Manhattan. Registration required, suggestion contribution $54. Register online

Sunday, February 3, 4-5:30PM: Meet Me at The Well: The Girls & Women of the Bible by Jane Yolen & Barbara Diamond Goldin @ Beit Ahavah

Beit Ahavah hosts nationally-renowned Jewish authors Jane Yolden & Barbara Diamond Goldin to talk about their book Meet Me at the Well, which shines a light on female heroes in Jewish history. Join us to meet the authors, discuss the book, and get your copy signed! This is a free event with refreshments, sponsored by Beit Ahavah’s Adult Programming committee and the Springfield Jewish Community Center. Children preK-6th grade welcome to join RUACH community school activities upstairs on related topics inspired by the book. For more information, see the Facebook event at or contact Naomi at

Mondays beginning February 4, 7PM: Prayerbook Hebrew Literacy for Advanced Beginners @ JCA

Janis Levy leads this class on Mondays in February and March for those of with some exposure to the Hebrew alphabet, who do not necessarily read out loud smoothly or have comprehension of the text.Registration required. Suggested contribution: $36, not including the textbook cost. Register and contribute online at

March 3, 3 PM: Mak'hela performs Sacred & Secular Music of Salamone Rossi @ JCA

Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western MA, in collaboration with the Five College Early Music Collegium, presents a concert that will transport you to a time long ago! Salamone Rossi (ca. 1570–1630) was an Italian Jewish composer during the late Renaissance/early Baroque. He revitalized ancient Jewish prayers with contemporary compositions, and in addition wrote many secular works. Rossi’s liturgical music is an intoxicating blend of traditional Hebrew prayer and quintessential Renaissance sounds. We will bring you a selection of his choral works, joined by instruments that would have originally accompanied them.

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