TI Weekly: Sept. 18, 2018

Shalom spelled with Hebrew lettersShalom! Yom Kippur begins this evening, so let this email be a reminder to drink plenty of water today so that you're well hydrated if you're planning to fast - or even if you're not!

Construction in the basement has completed and the Temple building is officially re-open for business! Please note that the office will be closed on Tuesdays for the next two weeks due to holidays. Office hours will be: Th 9/20 10-2, W 9/26 9-1, Th 9/27 10-2, W 10/3 1-5, Th 10/4 10-2. After that we will return to our regular T/Th 10-2 schedule. 

Read on for our Yom Kippur schedule, fall adult education announcement, family friendly activities, Sukkah building & Sukkot celebrations, silent auction updates, and more...

Upcoming Happenings At A  Glance

Yom Kippur Schedule

All are welcome at Temple Israel's Yom Kippur services. Tickets are not required. If you wish to make a donation at this time, you may drop off or mail a check to the office.
  • Kol Nidrei Service: TONIGHT, Sept. 18, 6:30 PM
    Led by Rabbi Andrea and Ellen Nuffer
  • Yom Kippur Services: TOMORROW, Sept. 19, 9:15 AM
    Childcare provided 10-2; children's service 11 AM. Yoga at 4 PM followed by a contemplative Mincha and Torah service led by Rabbi Andrea, Neilah Service led by cantorial soloist Yosl Kurland, and 7:30 Havdallah and potluck break fast. See website for more detail.

Adult Education

Announcing Temple Israel's schedule of adult learning for this Fall 2018. You are welcome to respond to this email or call 413-773-5884 with any questions, or to register. Text descriptions below flyer.
TI's Adult Education Flyer
Beginning Hebrew
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM - Starts October 11
Beautifully designed adult beginner Hebrew class for those with little or no familiarity with Hebrew. Free and open to all. Texts provided by National Jewish Outreach Partnership. Advance registration required - email or call 413-773-5884 to register.

Continuing Hebrew
Thursdays, 6-7:30 PM - Starts September 20
Rabbi Andrea leads this class for those who can read Hebrew letters and want to expand their grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Lessons are based on classic Hebrew texts like the Mishnah and Torah and students work to understand the meanings of the letters, words, and contexts of these texts. Free to members; non-members $15/ class. 

Rich Rituals: Build Your Own Home Practice
Sundays, October 21 & November 18, 10:30 AM
Justin Sundell-Thomas leads this workshop on building your own home ritual. The October 21 session focuses on Shabbat; the November 18 session on Chanukah. Snacks and schmoozing at 10:30 AM; class starts at 11. Open to all, childcare provided. $15/class or $20/series of 2; Free to TI members.

Night of Shattered Glass: A Remembrance, 80 Years Since Kristallnacht
Sunday, November 11, 3-8 PM
A full afternoon of rememberance on the 80th year since Kristallnacht featuring a screening of the film Who Will Write Our History, David Arfa's award-winning storytelling performance The Jar of Tears, and a text study led by Rabbi Andrea. Suggested donation $10-40. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For details, please visit our website.

Readers Theater
Saturday, December 15, 7 PM
Readers Theater is a form of theater where the actors do not memorize parts. Plans are underway to introduce Readers Theater at TI this year--starting with one play that has a Jewish theme. If you'd be interested in participating, email


The Harvest holiday of Sukkot begins Sunday, Sept 23 - we'll be kicking things off with a festive, family-friendly dinner in the sukkah! Here are some of the ways you can celebrate Sukkot with TI:

This Thursday, Sept. 20, 3-5 PM: Join the tool belt team and set up our community sukkah!
Sunday, Sept. 23: All are invited for a family friendly Sukkah decorating and shared dinner. Gather at 5:30; Dinner at 6.
Friday, Sept. 28, 4 PM: Jewish Community Family Apple Picking @ Clarkdale Fruit Farms
Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 AM: Rabbi Andrea will lead a traditional Shabbat service in the sukkah, followed by a kiddush lunch. Stick around after lunch to read the book of Ecclesiastes.

Hebrew School
& Family-Friendly Fun

Hebrew School kicked off this past Sunday with a lovely class led by Rhonda Wainshilbaum. The students got to know each other, created beautiful greeting cards, played outside, and learned the blessings to say when sitting down to snack time. There is space for a few additional students - contact the office for more information.

Upcoming Family Friendly Events
Supported by major funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Refugee Support
Silent Auction

There are 6 weeks left until our  Silent Auction 10/27 to benefit NuDay Syria.   Still time to donate - create a gift basket or let us know of a business that you might approach for a gift card. You can bid on Breakfast and Birding at TI members Norm & Marsha's house. Can also include overnight stay - if you want to offer it as a gift to some city folk, friends or family. We also just received a gift certificate for a computer tuneup from Fix My Bleeping Computer! 10/27 will surely be a festive evening for a cause that desperately needs our help. For all inquiries please email

Community Calendar

October 5, 5:30 PM: Alice Thomas Art Opening Reception @ Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield

TI member Alice Thomas has an art exhibit at the Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Rd, Greenfield, from October 5-November 9. Join her for an artist's talk October 4 at 7 PM, and/or the opening reception October 5, 5:30 PM!

JCA's Fall Adult Ed Schedule

Jewish Community of Amherst's Fall Adult Ed Schedule is now available, and includes great programs on Israeli dance, prayerbook literacy, Sephardic civilization, Israeli film, and more. Click here to see their full list of offerings, or to register. 

October 30-November 3: Cantor Linda Hirschorn artist-in-residence @ Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

BAJC welcomes nationally famed performer, teacher, and composer Cantor Linda Hirschhorn for a weeklong artist-in-residence program. Cantor Hirschhorn will offer three three-hour workshop/rehearsals for people of all ages and backgrounds. At the end of the week the intergenerational choir that has been working to learn Cantor Hirschhorn’s songs will sing at a Friday night service with her and share in a final concert program with her on Saturday night.  Workshops are open to all, regardless of age, musical background, or religious affiliation.

April 28: Teen Trip to Poland and Israel w/ Springfield JCC

Jewish teens in 10th-12th grade are invited to join teens from across the world in the March of The Living, 2019! To apply, e-mail Sonia Wilk- More information:

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