Weekly Bulletin: December 15

How To Participate

Zoom Links are sent out twice a week for upcoming events. If you haven't received "How To Participate" before, please reply to this email and we will add you! Thank you.

Upcoming Gatherings

Locations (virtual/real) noted in brackets after event name. To receive Zoom links, ask us to subscribe you to our "How to Participate" Email!
Visit our Website Calendar!

No office hours 12/24

Please make a note that the Temple Office will be closed next Thursday, December 24. If you need to purchase gift cards or pick anything up from the Temple before then, please plan to do so this Thursday 12/17 or Monday 12/21. We will be open as usual 12/28 1-5 and 12/31 10-2.

My Life Road Map: A Creative Visioning Art Experience

Sunday, December 27, 7 PM: Teens, adults and motivated children are invited to a creative art project to formulate and live into our highest vision for ourselves for the new year. Our guide is art educator Rhonda Wainshilbaum. Rhonda is a supportive teacher who makes art accessible to all, even those of us who failed kindergarten cut and paste classes.
Materials required at home will be paper and a pencil or pen - that's it!

Participation link will be shared in our weekly "How to Participate" email. Suggested donation for non-members $10-18, payable online via Stripe.

6 Part Video Class for Teens

Filmmaking From Home!

Have dreams of making work for the big, or small, screen? Join us! In this 6-week course, we'll work with the resources we have in our homes or immediate surroundings to make original short films. We'll complete exercises to unlock our creative brains and learn storytelling techniques to help us shape our ideas. Throughout, we'll learn the basics of using select apps to shoot, edit, and create videos with effects (transitions, cuts, color correction, text/ titles) on our smartphones, computers or personal cameras. Films made will be showcased at a screening during the last class.

Sunday afternoons in January; Showcase February 7
4-5PM.  On Zoom
Open to area teens, both Jews and non-Jewish friends
Simply respond to this email to reserve your spot in this class. 
Class size is limited!

The program is sponsored by Real Teen Theater of Temple Israel with award winning director Melissa McClung. There is no charge for the program which is supported by a generous grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 

Instructor, Melissa McClung is an award winning director and a staff member at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts. Bio below.

MELISSA McCLUNG is an award-winning filmmaker based in Western Massachusetts. Her short documentary, LOUIE’S ANTIQUES, was an Official Selection of the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Melbourne Documentary Festival, and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, among others, and it will be preserved in Historic Northampton's permanent archive. Melissa won three national Hometown Media Awards from the Alliance for Community Media and was a 2020 recipient of the New England Film Star Award. She has won numerous local awards and grants. Melissa teaches film at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public High School, serves on the board of Northampton Open Media, and co-owns Ghost Hit Recording Studio with her husband, audio engineer Andrew Oedel. Melissa received her Master of Fine Arts in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Bubbe Makes Latkes

Check out the latest video premiered on TIG-TV, Bubbe Makes Latkes, starring Rabbi Andrea, Sara Kiener, and Evie Wolkner

& please consider a "subscribe" to our YouTube channel!

Thank You!

We are grateful to our community for your wonderful generosity that keeps us going!

A special thank you to everyone who supported our Latke Kit fundraiser: Cathy Abrams, Kim Audette, Lenore & Marty Glaser, Ellen & Marc Kaufmann, Jim Kessler & Sara Cohen, Tara Kurland, Gretchen Laise, Sara Evelyn Lane, Steve Finer & Barb Levy, Ann Marie Meltzer, Ryan O'Donnell, Jan Rabinowicz, Judith Roberts, Eileen Spira, Marsha Stone & Norm Hirschfeld, Lenore Styler, Alex Wenger. Your combined generosity brought in over $500 to support Social Justice Programming at Temple Israel! Thank you!

And many thanks to....

Adult Ed
  • Ann Mick
High Holidays
  • Emily Eller
  • Ronald Kiener
  • Sheryl Knopf
  • Susan Schwartz
  • Gary & Gail Weiss
Uncategorized Donation
  • The Lorber Foundation
  • Archie & Phyllis Nahman
    In memory of Violet Zimbul Nahman
  • Richie Davis
    in memory of Harold Davis
  • Sharon Brower
    in memory of Sidney Osofsky
  • Linda & David Singer
    in memory of Marvin Strauss
  • Sara Schley & Joe Laur
    in memory of Len Schley

Zoombombing -
What To Do

Jewish Zoom events are a target for 'Zoombombs' - uninvited guests showing up and wreaking havoc with hate speech and images. As a community we can all look out for this bad behavior and report any incidents to the authorities. Here is the reporting info for Secure Community Network, an organization that looks out for the safety and security of Jewish organizations:
Please report all relevant information and direct all media inquiries to the SCN Duty Desk: 
Email: | Phone: 844.SCN.DESK

Community News & Events

Job Opportunity @ JALSA

Jewish Alliance of Law and Social Action (JALSA) is looking to hire a new organizer for Western Mass. Job Description can be found here on

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