Weekly Bulletin: June 18

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

New Blog Post from Rabbi Andrea

My Dear Community-

I came to TI 4 years ago now, with a seven-year plan in mind. I felt I had one more good piece of work in me. My time here has been amazing and interesting. I am challenged on many levels, in a good way. I feel my main purpose here - embedded in the davening and the administration and the education and the pastoral care and the social justice work - is to effect human development and organizational development. ...
Read the whole post on our website!

Astrology, Magic & Esoterica
in the Jewish Tradition

We hope you'll join us this Saturday, 6/29 at 7:30 PM for a fascinating lecture on Astrology, Magic and Esoterica in the Jewish Tradition. Rabbis Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser and Andrea Cohen Kiener will share information about folk wisdom and mysticism in the rabbinic tradition. For more information, visit our website:

We are requesting a donation of $5-18 to support this program. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Annual Meeting

This Sunday, June 30 is the Temple Israel Annual Meeting. Members will gather at 9:30 for breakfast provided by the Board of Directors, and meet from 10 AM - 12 PM to discuss and vote on next year's budget and other important business matters of the congregation. Temple Israel Members: Please check your email and postal mail for the agenda and supplemental information. We especially appreciate your returned proxy forms so we can count your vote in reaching a 2/3 majority for the changes to the Bylaws, Article XVIII.  Thank you!

Film Preview

Come see clips from “Green Rebel - the Adventures of Kaptain Sunshine” an impact movie project about green energy in Israel and Africa

WHEN?: Sunday, June 30, 4-6PM at Temple Israel: Join film maker Harvey Stein as he raises interest in his next film project: “Green Rebel - the Adventures of Kaptain Sunshine”. The new film follows the career, hopes and anxieties of Israeli solar entrepreneur Yossi Abramowitz as he works to bring solar power to rural Africa. You can see an early trailer and read a synopsis here: 

Harvey is soliciting interest and crowd sourcing support for this next project. His previous film, “A Third Way”, about the Israel-Palestine conflict, was screened 2 years ago to a full house at Greenfield Cinema. Scenes from the new film will be shared and Harvey will describe his project. Donations appreciated! 

Endings and Beginnings

From Rabbi Andrea: With appreciation, I write to inform the congregation that the Tuesday lay-led Torah study is ending. Torah study was established under Efraim Eisen's tenure and run by Jack Cuthbertson for many years.

The group will be on hiatus for a while while programming and adult ed committees determine how best to meet the learning needs of the community. Thank you to Jack and all who kept the ship afloat for so many years. 

Shabbat Gatherings at the Arbors

A core group has come together to respond to requests from residents of the Arbors to visit and offer Jewish activities there. Rabbi Andrea is heading up the team, beginning in July. We hope that by establishing a regular meeting, relationships will form that go beyond our program offerings.

Others are invited to join us for "Shabbat Gathering" at 10:30 on the second and fourth Friday each month. Let us know if you would like to be added to the group that is reminded about these gatherings so you can attend from time to time.

Community Announcements

Farming Workshops @ Laughing Dog Farm

Laughing Dog Farm in Gill is offering several exciting farming workshops this summer. Space limited, RSVP or call for more info: 413-863-8696. Suggested donation for each is $25-35, no one turned away. The workshops are: "Backyard Goat Husbandry" with Farmer Dan June 29th, 9:00-12:00; "Backyard Mushroom Cultivation" with Graham Skorupa Sunday, July 7th, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM; "Guerrilla Gardening Tactics" with Farmer Dan Sunday, July 14th, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Tuesday, July 2, 7PM: American Jewish Radicals Talk @ CBI Northampton

Elaine Leeder, MSW, MPH, PhD, will tell stories of the radicals she has interviewed and the relevance that our foremothers and forefathers in Jewish activism have on our current political and social social times. More information: 413-584-3593 or 

July 11-14: Yidstock @ Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst hosts Yidstock, the festival of new Yiddish music. For more information visit

July 22: The Soap Myth Play Reading @ Williamstown Theatre Festival

Seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and two-time Emmy and four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony) join the Festival for a special one-night-only reading of The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen and directed by Pam Berlin, July 22nd at 7pm on the Main Stage. The reading will be followed by a talkback with the playwright, cast, and Williams College Professor Jeffrey Israel. More information on the festival website.

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