Weekly Bulletin: October 2

Shana Tovah! We hope you had a meaningful and sweet Rosh Hashanah. The High Holidays continue throughout this month, and we hope to see you at an upcoming event.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, in particular its Jewish Endowment Foundation, for helping to ensure the safety of our congregation during our High Holidays services.

Upcoming Gatherings

Visit our Website Calendar for more events!

High Holiday Rally
For Immigration Justice

Visit the Facebook Event

Jews & Allies: Interfaith Gathering

Donations of non-perishables for those in need

Temple Israel is collecting donations of non-perishable foods and hygiene products, which we bring to the shelter on Leonard Street. Items that cannot be purchased with SNAP (diapers, pads, etc) are especially appreciated. This Yom Kippur, as you fast, think of others who may be going hungry. There will be a collection box at Temple Israel. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Save the Date
for Don White's Return

Don White, folksinger, songwriter, humorist and all around entertainer returns to the Temple for another fun filled performance.  You'll laugh, cry, be moved and uplifted as Don entertains us again with his unique way of storytelling and songwriting.

Opening Act: Rabbi Andrea!

Sat. Nov. 9th
7:30 pm - Doors open at 7p
Admission: $20

Check out his website for more information about Don.
Come and bring friends.  This also is a fundraiser for the Temple.

More info or to reserve tickets,
Marsha Stone

Thank You!!

Many of our wonderful community members contributed to our High Holidays Services, for which we are very grateful. We would like to take a moment to thank them here. If you noticed someone do something for which you'd like them to be publicly thanked, please let us know!

Thank you to Bob Cherdack for your masterful work creating a third banister on the bima stairs. We can't tell the difference between the new one and the originals!

Thank you to Marc Weinberger for donating the lovely flowers. Our sanctuary looks so beautiful thanks to your generosity!

Thank you to Flo Stahl for cleaning the gift shop - it truly sparkles and shines!

Thank you to Rhonda Wainshilbaum for your leadership on a wonderful potluck Rosh Hashanah lunch! 

Community Announcements

Sunday, October 6, 6 PM: Wholesale Klezmer Band @ Hawks & Reed

The Wholesale Klezmer Band, just back from playing for the wedding of a couple with Jewish roots in Baghdad and Eastern Europe, will bring new music from the wedding to Hawks & Reed on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Hebrew texts set to Arabic melodies and Sephardic songs from Morocco and London will join their usual mix of Jewish wedding, vaudeville and social justice songs. So let loose between Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur with lively Yiddish song and dance music. Translations accompany the songs.

October 13, 1 PM: A Match Made in Heaven: Uncovering A Jewish Immigrant’s Love Story @ Springfield JCC

WMJGS, in partnership with the Springfield JCC, presents "A Match Made in Heaven: Uncovering A Jewish Immigrant’s Love Story," a fascinating program by noted professional genealogist Keren Weiner (who's from Pittsfield, MA). Free admission - Please pre-register for the talk at 413-739-4715.

October 17, 10-11:15 AM: Challah & Jam begins @ JCA

Jam with Felicia and braid challah with Sam of Backyard Bread! For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Class meets at the Jewish Community of Amherst. Classes begin October 17th, 2019! Challah & Jam is open to all- no experience necessary. More information:

Oct 17-19: Trio Sephardi in VT, Noho

Trio Sefardi, which performs Sephardi Jewish songs in Ladino, has several concerts coming up in the area. For more information visit

Thursday, October 24, 7 PM: The UnExplained Spooky Story Concert @ Hawks & Reed

Get your tickets now for The UnExplained spooky story concert! This year will feature a full blown psychic fair with readers - cards, palms, stars and tea leaves, interspersed with the show. Teller David Bulley is back, with his warped and wonderful stories from rural Maine (what the heck goes on up there, David?) We have, not one, not two, but THREE ghost trackers in the line up this year! We'll also hear from two clergy, who have stories of the movement from this life to the Beyond, and much much more. Halloween themed cocktails and food. All proceeds will benefit The Literacy Project - bringing words and stories alive for adult learners. The UnExplained is brought to you again this year by Local Dirt Productions, the creative partnership of Vanessa Cerillo and Andrea CK. Tickets are available now here

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

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