Weekly Bulletin 
February 5, 2019

Michael Hoberman speaks about his new book A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History
 this past Saturday at Temple Israel.

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, February 15, at 6 PM: Join us for a modern, song-filled, participatory approach to the traditional Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv service, led by Justin Sundell-Thomas. Vegetarian potluck meal to follow, please bring something to share if you are able. RSVP to
RSVP for Kabbalat Shabbat on 2/15

Vacation Week Arts Day

Come to Temple Israel Thursday, February 21, 10-1:30 for a day of arts, craft, food, and music for ALL AGES! $10 requested per family to help us cover materials; no one turned away. We request that kids under 2 be accompanied by a caretaker during the crafts. Minimum of 10 participants to run this program so please pre-register by emailing
RSVP for Vacation Week Arts Day!

With the Community

Condolences to the family of George Farber, a former member of Temple Israel who passed away last week in Connecticut. George's obituary is here.

Prayers for Rabbi Andrea's mom, Fayge Tziporah bat Leah on the process of her treatment.

Community Announcements

Tuesday, February 5, 7 PM: Again and Again: The History and Politics of Antisemitism with Susannah Heschel @ Smith College 

Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, will speak in conjunction with the Kahn Institute short-term project "Antisemitism." The rise of antisemitism throughout the world has sparked renewed debates among historians about the history and nature of antisemitism. How should we, as scholars, evaluate antisemitic attacks, both physical and verbal? Does antisemitism constitute a two thousand year history or should each episode be analyzed as an independent expression of contemporary politics or social unrest? This lecture will focus on how scholars might undertake an analysis of antisemitism. Open to all. Read more...

Saturday, February 9, 7 PM: House Music Treble A Cappella Festival @ Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College

Treble a cappella groups from the Five Colleges and community come together to help homeless youth of the Pioneer Valley. Featuring Smith Blackappella, Smith Groove, the Smith Noteables, the Smiffenpoofs, the Smith Smithereens, the Smith College Vibes, the Amherst College Bluestockings, the Mount Holyoke M&Cs, The Chill Harmonics, and Tonal Eclipse. All proceeds benefit a Friends of the Homeless - DIAL/SELF program to provide supportive affordable housing for unaccompanied youth, ages 18-24. For details, visit

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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