TI Weekly: September 4, 2018

Shalom! We've put together a sweet medley of events for the High Holidays, with accessible & inclusive services, festive community meals, and family-friendly activities. No tickets are required for any of the events listed herein, and all are welcome to join. If you wish to make a donation during this time, donation cards will be available or you can contact the office. If you have any questions or comments get in touch by replying to this email or calling 413-773-5884. 

Pre-Shabbat Mikveh

Friday, September 7, 5 PM, @ Green River Recreation Area, Nash's Mill Road
A pre-Shabbat, pre-High Holidays mikveh led by Amanda Smith, Mark Benjamin, David Arfa and Andrea Cohen Kiener will meet at the Greenfield Pool at 5PM. Bring a picnic dinner of you are so inclined and we will set a backup location in case the weather does not cooperate.

This mikveh will include a short reflection on the week's Torah portion, followed by a sharing of our intentions for what we would like to let go and what we would like to call into our lives and our community. Then we will immerse in the river three times, reciting traditional blessings each time. We should be done in an hour, maybe less. Feel free to join for as much as you can.

Please visit our website for more information.

Welcome the New Year!
Dinner & Services

Sunday, September 9, 6PM.
Welcome the New Year 5779 with a festive community-wide dinner, followed by services at 7:15 and a sermon from Rabbi Andrea. The Rabbi will be providing a hearty soup and breads - if you can, please bring a salad, side or dessert.

Rosh Hashanah Services

Monday, September 10 & Tuesday, September 11, beginning at 9:30 AM.
Childcare will be provided both days 10 AM - 1 PM. There will be a special children's service on Monday 9/10, at 11 AM.
Visit Our Website for more Details

Rosh Hashanah Meal

If you will stay for the pot luck lunch after services on the first day of Rosh HaShanna,  please contact Rhonda with an idea of what food item you will contribute. All foods should be veggie/dairy. Rhonda would also love some helpers to prepare food and set up the Social Hall. Please email or call Rhonda at:, or 413-624-5175.  Thank You!

Tashlich @ Green River

Monday, September 10, 4:30 PM

Come for a lovely all ages gathering and a short sweet ceremony of releasing what is not helpful, what is holding us back and holding us down. Materials for casting away our sins will be provided. Please do not bring bread crumbs. Bring snacks or a picnic.

This family friendly outdoor ceremony is open to all; there will be special activities for young children.

This event is partially supported by our Roots & Branches preschool program with major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Shabbat Shuva

Saturday, September 15, 10 AM:
Rabbi Andrea and Maggid David Arfa will lead a Shabbat Morning outdoor service & hike in observation of Shabbat Shuva at High Ledges, Shelburne Falls.

Bring your own water, and snacks to share at Kiddush. Challah and grape juice will be provided.

These 'services' will be experiential and meditative with the goal of connecting us to the land, tradition, each other and remembering the ever-present Source of Life.

Kiddush on the ledges; Back by 12:30ish.


Kol Nidrei

Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 PM
We will stand for Kol Nidre in sacred community - many dressed in white - wearing our tallises for the ancient prayer of release, beginning at 6:30 PM sharp. Ellen (Liss) Nuffer will represent us in prayer for the Kol Nidre and the Yom Kippur evening service. It is tradition to avoid wearing leather.

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 19
A full day of prayer and reflection is planned for Yom Kippur. Childcare provided 10-2. Children's service 11 AM.
  • 9:15 AM: Arrival/meditation
  • 10 AM: Services: morning service, Yom Kippur liturgies, Torah reading, and sermon.
  • 1:30 PM: Yizkor
  • 4 PM: Yoga
  • 5 PM: Yom Kippur Mincha and Torah service
  • 6 PM Neilah Service
  • 7:30 Havdallah and potluck break fast

Office Hours

The TI Office is CLOSED for all major Jewish Holidays. A number of holidays fall on Tuesdays this year, so we are offering alternate office hours on several Wednesdays. Below are the dates affected.
  • Tuesday, Sept 11 is Rosh Hashanah, office CLOSED. 
    Office open Wednesday, Sept 12, 9 AM-1PM
  • Tuesday, Sept 25 is Sukkot, Office CLOSED.
    Office open Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 AM-1PM.
  • Tuesday, Oct 2 is Simchat Torah, Office CLOSED.
    Office open Wednesday, Oct 3, 1-5 PM. (NOTE DIFFERENT TIME)

Community Calendar

Host an International Student

Jackie Walsh of Shelburne Falls is coordinating homes for several high school students coming from abroad to study at Western MA schools. There are students from Northern Mexico, Spain, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and more. Transportation for the students to and from school is provided. If you're interested in hosting a student this year, please contact Jackie at 413-625-9413 or

Tuesday, September 4, 7:15-9:00 PM: Mak'hela Open Rehearsal @ Lander-Grinspoon Academy

Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, launches their 16th season with an Open Rehearsal. Join them to welcome new members and reunite with returning singers. Auditions are quick and extremely painless. If you think you might be interested in joining, contact Membership Coordinator Bonnie Mikesh (, or conductor Elaine "Lainee" Broad Ginsberg ( Mak'hela rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7:15-9:00 p.m. at the Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street in Northampton. Visit Mak'hela's website for more information.

September 12: Who Is Our Neighbor? IFCFC meeting @ Episcopal Church of Saint James and Andrew

The September monthly meeting of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County will focus on the homeless in Franklin County and the role of faith communities in dealing with homelessness in the county. We have invited Justin Costa from the Center for Self-Reliance, Mary McClintock from Community Action, Madelynn Malloy from the Community on the Common, and other agency representatives. Email with any questions.

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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