Weekly Bulletin: December 31

Upcoming Gatherings

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First Friday

Our First Friday Shabbat Dinner on January 3 will be a celebration in honor of the wedding anniversary of Rhonda Wainshilbaum & Lew Becker! Rhonda & Lew will be sponsoring the main courses and your contributions of a side or dessert are much appreciated! 

After dinner, Rabbi Andrea will share teachings about the Enneagram, a fascinating system for understanding our motivations and tendencies. Enneagram is a very helpful tool for working with others and spotting your own unhelpful habits ~ as if you have any!

Dinner & blessings at 6. Come a bit early if you'd like to help set up.

Doing Jewish: Shacharit

Consider joining our January class on the basics of tefilah, or Jewish prayer, led by Justin Sundell-Thomas. This class will be held on Thursdays, 6-7:30 PM - January 9, 16, or 23. Using the siddur as a jumping off point, we will familiarize ourselves with traditional and contemporary elements of daily Jewish prayer, consider ways to create a personally meaningful daily practice, discuss barriers we may face integrating regular tefilah into our lives, and strategize to overcome those barriers.

The first class, January 9, will focus on Shacharit, the morning service. Temple Israel Members: $5+ suggested donation per session; Broader Community: $10-18 suggested donation per session.

Respond to this email to sign up!

RSVP Now for Antisemitism Workshop

There are just a few spots left in the Interactive Workshop on Antisemitmsm with Amy Leos-Urbel, coming up on Sunday, January 19 from 12:30-5PM. This workshop is co-sponsored by Temple Israel and Greenfield Hadassah with generous support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 

Suggested donation: $12 - $50. Pre-registration required by responding to this email. 

Lunch provided, open to Jews & Allies. 

If you are thinking of coming, RSVP now to reserve your spot!

Community Announcements

January 3 & 17, 5:30-6:30 PM: Jewish Meditation and Spirituality @ BAJC 

Jewish Meditation and Spirituality at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will resume in January on the first and third Tuesdays of every month as a regular practice. All are welcome to join Rabbi Lee's teachings about Jewish spiritual practices and to sit together in a contemplative learning atmosphere. January meetings are on the 3rd and the 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Saturday January 11, 7:30 PM: Yosl Kurland: A Jewish Perspective on Social Justice: Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and English @ Mt. Toby Friends Meeting

Mount Toby Peace & Social Concerns Committee and the Concert Series presents the 3rd event in their Quaker/Jewish Relationship Study. Many Yiddish poets wrote songs calling for social Justice, based on biblical commandments to care for the poor and the stranger because we ourselves were strangers in the land of Egypt, and the Yiddish song repertoire includes much in that vein. In tonight's program, Yosl will perform songs by these "sweatshop" poets as well as his own compositions that reflect the Jewish experience in calling for justice for both workers and refugees. Yiddish songs will have translations projected for the audience. Aaron Bousel will accompany on Accordion. Suggested donation $10 to $30. More info and reservations at

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