Weekly Bulletin: July 2

Please note that the Temple Israel Office will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4, in observation of the federal holiday. 

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Jewish Mysticism 101

We have room for a few more students in Rabbi Andrea's two part class on Jewish Mysticism July 11 & 18, 7-8:30PM. Free to members; $15 per class/$20 for the set for not-yet-members. Register: or 413-773-5884.

Jewish Mysticism 101 will cover basic Jewish cosmology, answering the age-old questions of: what we are made of and what we are here for. We will also explore the basic vocabulary of The Tree of Life (The Ten Sephirot), one of the most well known symbol sets in Jewish mysticism.

Come! This will be fun and illuminating. 

Film Screening:
Accidental Courtesy

The first installment of Love Your Neighbor, our summer film series, will be a screening of Accidental Courtesy on Sunday, July 21, 4-6 PM @ All Soul's Church, 399 Main Street, Greenfield. 

Accidental Courtesy follows the activism of musician Daryl Davis as he confronts klansmen with the simple question: How can you hate me when you don't even know me?

Davis' work and personal story are inspiring and controversial. Come explore this brave man and his path to racial reconciliation.

Suggested donation $5-18 - no one turned away for lack of funds.

Please note we will meet at All Soul's Church - 399 Main Street in Greenfield in the social hall.

Awakening Through
Jewish Meditation

We are excited to welcome Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks to Temple Israel on August 5, 7-8:30PM for an evening of transformational teaching, heart-opening Hebrew chanting, and deep silence. $10-$20 donation requested. Space is very limited - RSVP to

Community Announcements

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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