Weekly Bulletin: December 22

No office hours or Adult Ed this Thursday

There will be no office hours, Hebrew class, or Torah study this Thursday, December 24. Classes are also on break December 31 - see you in the New Year!

Upcoming Gatherings

Locations (virtual/real) noted in brackets after event name. To receive Zoom links, ask us to subscribe you to our "How to Participate" Email!
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Zoom Links are sent out twice a week for upcoming events. If you haven't received "How To Participate" before, please reply to this email and we will add you! Thank you.

My Life Road Map: A Creative Visioning Art Experience

Sunday, December 27, 7 PM: Teens, adults and motivated children are invited to a creative art project to formulate and live into our highest vision for ourselves for the new year. Our guide is art educator Rhonda Wainshilbaum. Rhonda is a supportive teacher who makes art accessible to all, even those of us who failed kindergarten cut and paste classes.
Materials required at home will be paper and a pencil or pen - that's it!

Participation link will be shared in our weekly "How to Participate" email. Suggested donation for non-members $10-18, payable online via Stripe.

6 Part Video Class for Teens

Filmmaking From Home!

Have dreams of making work for the big, or small, screen? Join us! In this 6-week course, we'll work with the resources we have in our homes or immediate surroundings to make original short films. We'll complete exercises to unlock our creative brains and learn storytelling techniques to help us shape our ideas. Throughout, we'll learn the basics of using select apps to shoot, edit, and create videos with effects (transitions, cuts, color correction, text/ titles) on our smartphones, computers or personal cameras. Films made will be showcased at a screening during the last class.

Sunday afternoons in January; Showcase February 7
4-5PM.  On Zoom
Open to area teens, both Jews and non-Jewish friends
Simply respond to this email to reserve your spot in this class. 
Class size is limited!

The program is sponsored by Real Teen Theater of Temple Israel with award winning director Melissa McClung. There is no charge for the program which is supported by a generous grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 

Instructor, Melissa McClung is an award winning director and a staff member at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts. Bio below.

MELISSA McCLUNG is an award-winning filmmaker based in Western Massachusetts. Her short documentary, LOUIE’S ANTIQUES, was an Official Selection of the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Melbourne Documentary Festival, and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, among others, and it will be preserved in Historic Northampton's permanent archive. Melissa won three national Hometown Media Awards from the Alliance for Community Media and was a 2020 recipient of the New England Film Star Award. She has won numerous local awards and grants. Melissa teaches film at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public High School, serves on the board of Northampton Open Media, and co-owns Ghost Hit Recording Studio with her husband, audio engineer Andrew Oedel. Melissa received her Master of Fine Arts in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Community News & Events

Job Opportunity @ JALSA

Jewish Alliance of Law and Social Action (JALSA) is looking to hire a new organizer for Western Mass. Job Description can be found here on

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