Weekly Bulletin: May 14

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Tag Sale


Bring donations to the Temple during office hours this week: Tuesday May 14th and Thursday May 16th - 10a - 2p 
Items accepted - housewares, jewelry, glass items, books, small furniture, limited seasonal clothing, etc., etc.

We reserve the right to decline items that we know won't sell!! Please No Golf Club sets, big carpets, bulky computer items, etc..

If you need pickups or alternate drop times, please contact Marsha: 773-0201 or cell: 617-538-7478 /

Looking for helpers for sorting, pricing, setting up on Tuesday and Thursday.  Please call or email me to schedule. Also, many workers needed for the two day sale hours. We have lots of fun and camaraderie while doing a Mitzvah for the Temple and for the Refugee Support Project.

Hope to also see you there - find a good bargain and support the Temple programs.

Thanks very much,
Marsha Stone

Shabbat Shalom

This Friday, May 17, at 7 PM ~ Come enjoy the music and spirit of welcoming shabbat with the leadership of Justin Sundell-Thomas, a student of classical and Jewish music. Followed by kiddush.

Saturday, May 18, 10 AM: 
Join Maggid David Arfa for an awe-inspired, Shabbat induced, quiet and contemplative strolling service at High Ledges, Shelburne Falls.RSVP to if you would like to join in. Click here for a fuller description.

Elves! Gnomes! Fairies!
And Shretelech?

Nature Hike for Families with Maggid David!
This Sunday May 19, 10:30 AM
Green River Recreation Area, Greenfield
Maggid David Arfa will lead us on a mini-expedition in search of the kindly Shretelech, the Yiddish word for elves. We'll explore the natural world through the eyes of children, hear stories of the magical Shretelech, and build them shelters. Along the way, we'll explore the colors and textures of nature and introduce Jewish blessings for the natural world. After the hike, we'll gather for insect-themed snacks.
For preschool and elementary aged kids and their families. Free and open to all.
Supported by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Preparing for Revelation
with Rabbi Shefa

Rabbi Shefa Gold will join us at Temple Israel on Thursday, June 6, 7-9 PM to joyfully prepare for revelation with an evening of Hebrew Chant. 
In counting the days of the Omer, we are preparing ourselves to become the vessels for God's Presence and messengers for the Divine Word. God instructs Moses to tell us to make ourselves holy for the Day of Revelation, to wash our garments and get ready! The Chant will help us connect with our longing for Truth, clear our minds, open our hearts and strengthen our commitment to receive Torah anew. 
$10-18 Suggested Donation.
RSVP by responding to this email!

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Mi Sheberach

Please join us in prayer for mom of new member Joe Arshawsky, Isabel Aarons. Her Hebrew is Itah Esther bat Golda. 

Community Announcements

Wednesday, May 15, 6-8PM: Israel and Beyond: Culture Celebration @ JCA

Admission is free! Cooking, Dinner, Dancing, Discussion, Music! Hosted by JCA World Jewish Concerns Committee and co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, and Partnership2Gether Israel emissaries at the JCA. Children are welcome. The Israeli emissaries will spend the evening cooking fresh food and introducing themselves and the story behind their special dishes.

Thursday, May 16 (RSVP by May 6), 6-8:30PM: JFS Fund-a-need Blossom Bash @ Quonquont Farm

A fun evening of food, cocktails, and our very first Fund-A-Need event! Fund-A-Need is a special auction that invites you to make a donation in support of specific Jewish Family Service needs and JFS programs. All bids are accepted as donations to JFS, and are fully tax-deductible. Featuring Catering by Meital, open bar, and jazz piano with Jeff Bucs. $50 per person, please RSVP by Monday, May 6. For details, visit

Thursday, May 16, 7 PM: Peacemaker Awards Honor Local Teens @ Greenfield Community College

Come for the music, the food and the inspiring stories of caring teens who are peace builders and healers in their school communities. Sponsored for 19 years by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, in these hard times, treat yourself to this soul food! 7:00PM at the Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College 1 College Drive.

Sunday, May 19, 1-5:30 PM: BAJC's Fifth Annual Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Day @ 118 Elliot St, Brattleboro

Find out the value of your heirlooms & keepsakes with the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's 5th annual appraisal day! $7 per item, $36 for the max of 6 items. For more info:

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 PM: Rachel's Table's Bountiful Bowls @ Sinai Temple, Springfield

Join a gala dessert reception celebrating the achievements of Rachel's Table. Tickets per person $30; tables of 9 can be reserved. Please reserve early as seating is limited. For reservations, call 413-372-9755.

Thursday, May 30 (Rain Date June 6), 8AM-4PM: Build Community Labyrinth @ Sts. James & Andrew Campus Federal/Church Streets, Greenfield

A team of volunteers will build a community labyrinth at the corner of Church and Federal Streets. Sign up to help by emailing or at Temple Israel.

Friday, May 31: Kirtan Shabbat Service @ CBI Northampton

There will be three Kirtan Shabbat services with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, sponsored by CBI. All the last Friday evening of the month from 6-7:30pm, with kiddish, food and maybe more singing afterwards. The kirtans will be held in the LGA auditorium. They will be free and open to all—no need to know Hebrew or be Jewish. Any help, though, with funding for the food would be so appreciated! Please contact Amy Meltzer, if you can volunteer, help, and/or have ideas for food funding.

Saturday June 22, 7 PM: Out! For Reel LGBTQ Comedy Show: The El-Salomons! @ Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton

Starring the funniest, smartest, Jewish-Palestinian, lesbian, feminist, married couple on Earth (hyperbole so noted), “The El-Salomons!” is a hilarious, must-see comedy show. Talented comedians Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini entertain with laugh out loud humor as they bash stereotypes, anti-semitism, islamophobia, homophobia, and sexism. Tickets: $20 Advance / $25 Door. More information:

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