Weekly Bulletin 
December 18, 2018

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Shabbat Services & Yiddish Song Study

Yosl Kurland sits at the pianoThis Saturday, December 22, Yosl Kurland will lead a traditional Shabbos morning service at 10 am followed at noon by a dairy/vegetarian potluck kiddush lunch and mini-concert/discussion of Yiddish songs. You don't need to attend the service to come to the lunch and music.

Let Yosl know ( if you would like to lead or co-lead any particular prayers and if you would like to be coached in advance.

There is no charge and you do not need to be a member of Temple Israel to attend services and related activities. Childcare will be provided.

Offices Closed 12/25 & 1/1

The Temple Israel Business Office and Rabbi's Office will be closed on the next two Tuesdays, December 25, and January 1. We will be open for business on Thursdays, December 27 and January 3, from 10-2. To arrange a meeting with Rabbi Andrea, please email her at

Adult Education
Meeting Report

From Rabbi Andrea:
About 10 of us attended the Adult Ed meeting Dec 13.  The snacks were great! It was fun to meet everyone and hear about what people had in mind.  Here is my read-out of the follow up:

There is a cluster of folks at or near beginning Hebrew who will continue to work together to learn letters, decoding and reading fluency.  This class will meet at 6:00PM on Thursdays for 45 minutes. (Ryan, Justin, Rhonda, Anne, Jan & Andrea instructing)

There is a cluster of folks who are building Hebrew vocabulary and literacy.  This group will pick a text and learn together on Thursdays starting at 6:45. (This group will be on break, Jan 24-Feb 14) (Andrea, Anne and/or Jan instructing)

January 24-February 14: Rabbi Andrea will be teaching an adult ed class (in English) on Tikkun Olam: The Why and How of Jewish Social Justice Engagement. A fee is requested from not-yet-members of $15 per class and $45 for the set. Space is limited. Details to follow.

There are a few other folks who wish to build up their familiarity with classical Jewish literature and practice. The exact shape and content of this group (in English) is not yet clear.  Some of the people who are interested but could not attend the meeting may also be interested in this approach so all hope is not yet lost! Write me or show up Thursday at 7:30 and we will see if we have a cluster of learners.

We are planning to meet this Thursday, Dec 20, skip Dec 27 and meet up again January 3.  The cost of these classes is covered thru February. We may need to request a fee or donation for non-members after that time.

Regards and thanks for sharing your interest.

Message From Refugee Support Committee

The members of the Refugee Support Project are deeply concerned about the imprisonment of immigrant teens in the desert of Tornillo Texas. As Jews we feel compelled to offer support and/or help to free these children. Please email the Temple at if you want to be part of deciding how to proceed  Go to facebook:  Witness: Tornillo to learn more.  

Thank You

We are grateful for the generosity of our community. Your support enables us to continue our spiritual, educational, and justice work in Franklin County.
Thank You! 
Mark Abramson, in memory of Leonard Abramson
Sharon Brower, in memory of Sidney Osofsky
Peter Kramer, in memory of Lee Kramer and Len Kramer
Archie & Phyllis Nahman, in memory of Zimbul Moussafir Nahman and Rebecca Chase Rubin
Adult Education
Marcus Fifield

Community Meal
Lenore & Marty Glaser
Peter Kramer

Uncategorized Donation
Richie Davis & Susan Levine
Brian Smith

Community Announcements

Wednesday, December 19, 4PM: Interfaith Memorial for Those Who Have Died on the Streets @ the Greenfield Green

All are welcome to an Interfaith Memorial for Those Who Have Died on the Streets, on the Greenfield Green this Wednesday at 4 PM.

Sunday, January 6, 2-4:30 PM: Jewish Genealogy Resource Fair @ JCA

Wondering how to find your family roots but don’t know how to get started? Or are you ready to move to the next level in your search? This event will have great information for all! For more info: or call 413-268-2147 No admission fee; donations welcome 

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