Weekly Bulletin: October 2

Upcoming Gatherings

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Kol Nidrei

TODAY, October 8, 6 PM SHARP

We will stand for Kol Nidre in sacred community - many dressed in white - wearing our tallises for the ancient prayer of release, beginning at 6:00 PM sharp. Ellen Nuffer will represent us in prayer for the Kol Nidre and the Yom Kippur evening service. It is tradition to avoid wearing leather.

All are welcome, no tickets needed. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled, so we can start services right at 6.

Yom Kippur Services

TOMORROW, October 9, a full day of prayer and reflection is planned for Yom Kippur. Childcare will be provided 10 AM - 12 PM.
  • 9:15 AM: Arrival/meditation

  • 10 AM: Services: morning service, Yom Kippur liturgies, Torah reading, and sermon.

  • 11 AM-12 PM Children's Service led by Kim Audette

  • 1 PM: Yizkor

  • 4 PM: Yoga

  • 5:30 PM: Yom Kippur Mincha and Torah service

  • 6:15 PM Neilah Service

  • 7:15 Havdallah and potluck break fast

All are welcome, no tickets needed. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Also, please bring in donations of non-perishable foods and hygiene products for the shelter on Leonard Street. There will be a collection box at Temple Israel. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Shabbat Morning Service
Guest Leaders

This Saturday, October 12, 10 AM ~ Join guest prayer leaders, Sara Schley and Felicia Mednick for a musical journey thru the Shabbat morning liturgy and Torah readings. Followed by kiddush.

Office Hours

Please be aware that October 14/15 and 21/22 are major Jewish holidays (first and last two days of Sukkot) and the office will be closed both of those Tuesdays. The office will be open on the Wednesdays of those weeks instead, 10-2. Thanks for your flexibility!

Thank You!! Correction

Last week I made an error in thanking Marc Weinberger for the Rosh Hashanah flowers - the Rosh Hashanah flowers were actually contributed by Marcia Kramer, who has generously done this for our community for many years! Thank you Marcia! 

Marc & Sharon Weinberger are contributing the flowers for Yom Kippur, as they have done for many years. Thank you Marc & Sharon!!

Community Announcements

Jobs available at Servicenet's warming center this season

Servicenet, Inc is hiring for several positions helping at their warming center. Click here to learn more

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, 1-2:30 PM: Home Your Own Way: Should I Stay or Should I Go? @ Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service will host a workshop which will focus on answering the questions many elders begin to ask as they age. Should I stay in my longtime home or choose another place in which to age? The workshop will be held at JFS, in our Community Room at 1160 Dickinson Street, on Thursday, October 24th, 1:00-2:30pm. More information on JFS website.

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

Tuesday, October 29, 7PM: Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America @ Springfield JCC

Join us as local author, educator, and psychotherapist Karen Zilberstein discusses her latest book Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America. Zilberstein offers a candid look at how parents contending with poverty, illness, disability, or other constraints are expected to do so much with so little - and the price they and society have to pay. This event is free and open to the public. To register, call 413-739-4715 or email

Sunday, November 3, 10 AM - Noon: Rachel's Table Foodraiser @ Big Y Longmeadow

Join the community and put your shopping skills to use to feed our hungry neighbors. See if you can buy the most food for the least amount of dollars spent. Prizes are awarded for the greatest savings. All the food purchased will be donated directly to the agencies of Rachel’s Table. At our last Foodraiser, smart shoppers gathered more than $13,000 worth of much needed groceries. You can take advantage of the buy 1, get 2 at Big Y that day and your dollar donation will triple in value and serve more people. Your $5 entrance fee includes an awesome t-shirt and refreshments too. Everyone wins! More information at Rachel's Table's website

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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