TI Weekly: Oct. 16, 2018

Shalom! With the modern world providing a relentless stream of information flowing into our brains, the ancient rhythms of Shabbat seem more relevant than ever. This coming weekend, TI is offering two opportunities to practice bringing Shabbat's peace into our lives: a community Shabbat gathering this Friday evening, and a workshop on creating meaningful Shabbat rituals at home on Sunday morning. Plus, spooky stories, the revival of our teen group, and the silent auction to benefit Syrian refugees is right around the corner...

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Shabbat Shalaym

This Friday, October 19, we are launching our new custom of traditional erev Shabbos (Friday evening) services and dinners. We'll observe a short service followed by a potluck dairy/vegetarian dinner. The Shabbos observance continues during the meal with kiddush, discussion, singing, and blessings. We hope you'll join us for this joyous observance!

Spooky Story Concert

Come see Rabbi Andrea tell her famous Ouija board story this Thursday, October 18, 7 PM @ Hawks & Reed! She will be sharing the stage with 6 other featured tellers at UnExplained: A Spooky Story Concert and Story Swap. Tickets here.

After an intermission with a psychic fair, we'll gather again into smaller groups and you can share YOUR scary story!

Proceeds to benefit the Literacy Project.

Build Your Own Rich Rituals: Shabbat Edition

Sunday, October 21, at 10:30 AM, join us for a bagel brunch and a workshop on building your own meaningful home rituals. Justin Sundell-Thomas will lead us in a discussion on meaningful Shabbat rituals, and we'll make our own beeswax candles and learn a Shabbat song.

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.

Teen Group Kickoff

Introducing our Teen Group kick off event! Calling all teens to come at 10:30 AM on Sunday, October 21 to eat bagels and schmooze with our new Teen Group Leader, Zora Berman, in the social hall.  After our bagel brunch teens will then spend time with Zora collaboratively vision boarding and planning the focus for the upcoming year. Join in the conversation to help create the exciting projects that Teens will embark on this year at Temple Israel. This event is open to all interested teens, even non-TI members!

Refugee Support
Silent Auction

There are 11 days left 
until our Silent Auction 10/27 to benefit NuDay Syria. We have a wonderful collection of items for you to bid on including gift certificates to local restaurants, one-of-a-kind pottery pieces, and a frankly priceless visit from Rabbi Andrea to help you clear your clutter! And much, much more. We hope you'll join us for this elegant and special event. For all inquiries please email

Community Calendar

Today, Tuesday October 16, 7 PM: Literatour presents Abigail Pogrebin @ Springfield JCC

Literatour presents author Abigail Pogrebin, who will be discussing her book My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. Abigail Pogrebin immersed herself in its rhythms for a full twelve months. Her riveting account of this experience serves as a lively introduction to Judaism's holidays and fast days and opens a window on how Judaism is actually lived in 21st century America. This event is free and open to the public. To register, please call 413-739-4715. At Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17, 7 PM: Greenfield City Council considers Plastic Bag Ban @ Greenfield High School cafeteria

The Greenfield City Council will be taking comments and possibly voting on an ordinance to ban plastic bags. For more information read the Recorder article here.

Oct 17 - 21: Rabbi Mike Moskowitz in Western Mass

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, scholar-in-residence at CBST in NYC, in doing a teaching tour on Torah and trans issues, with stops in North Adams, Pittsfield, Northampton and Springfield. Check out his tour at this link.

November 1, 4:30-6:00 PM: Alice Thomas "Whispers" Opening Reception @ Amherst College

Alice Thomas' art show opening reception for "Whispers" is November 1 at the Robert Frost Library, Amherst College

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