TI Weekly: December 4, 2018

This Sunday, December 9, is the second annual FABULOUS Light the Night Chanukah party at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street, Greenfield! The party begins at 4 PM and we'll enjoy music and dancing with the Wholesale Klezmer Band, candlemaking and other arts & crafts, and latkes galore! Bring your menorahs for the candlelighting at 5:30 PM.
$10 adults / $5 kids 5-18 / kids under 5 free. Buy tickets online, or stop by the Temple Israel office Tuesday or Thursday, 10-2, and avoid the convenience fee.

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Join the Klezmer Learners!

Human Rights Shabbat

We will be observing Human Rights Shabbat with a First Friday Shabbat dinner Friday, December 7. Come at 6 pm for Shabbat blessings, prayers and a dvar torah on human rights, followed by a delicious and nutritious potluck Shabbat dinner. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share if you can. Help with set up, clean up, and sharing of prayers and songs related to human rights is also very welcome!

Human Rights Shabbat is observed on the Shabbat closest to International Human Rights Day, December 10, which is the anniversary of the UN's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Declaration.

Read more about Human Rights Shabbat at
RSVP for Human Rights Shabbat December 7

Adult Ed Get Together

An open gathering for folks who are interested in learning more traditional Jewish topics. The main goal of the evening will be to learn a bit together and then see what learning we can set up going forward. We are blessed with individuals at differing levels of Jewish and Hebrew learning so it is possible that we can meet many different learning interests. We'll end the gathering with hadlakat nerot/Hanukkah candle lighting, at around 7:30. Light refreshments.

If you cannot make it, please write to Rabbi Andrea:, about what you might be interested in and what times work better for you. And if you cannot make it but are interested in teaching, please let Rabbi Andrea know of your interests and offerings. She will collate that and bring your info to the other learners.

Community Announcements

November 29-December 18: Projected Impressions Group Art Exhibit @ Artspace, 15 Mill Street, Greenfield

Temple Israel Member Alice Thomas is part of a group exhibit by GCC Students at Artspace in Greenfield. The show is up until December 18.

December 4, 7:30PM: Author Gerri Chanel on her new book Saving Mona Lisa @ Yiddish Book Center

Saving Mona Lisa tells the compelling true story of art, intrigue, and remarkable courage in the face of one of the most fearful enemies in history. Visit the Yiddish Book Center's Website for more information.

December 4, 6PM: Daniel Cantor Yalowitz @ Greenfield Public Library

TI member Daniel Cantor Yalowitz will present on his new book, Journeying with Your Archetypes: The Search for Deeper Meaning in Daily Life as part of the Celebrate Local Authors series at the Greenfield Public Library.

Two Upcoming Webinars from Jewish Climate Action Network

JCAN, the Jewish Climate Action Network, is offering two webinars this month. Webinars are free, but donations are appreciated. A suggested donation is $18. Sign up for any of these webinars by emailing

R’fuah shleima - Healing Ourselves in a Time of Climate Disruption: Thursday, December 6, 7:30 PM
This is the first in what is intended to become a series of web-conversations for those struggling with despair and seeking resiliency and a way forward into an unknown future. Join together with others who are concerned about the future for inspiration and deep conversation. Each session will begin with a resource from Jewish tradition that suggests a pathway toward resiliency at difficult times and will be followed by a facilitated conversation.

Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 PM
There are many steps we can take to hold planetary temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures. One of the easiest is to simply stop supporting the fossil fuel industry! In addition to making reductions in our energy usage, one place where we can easily eliminate support is in our retirement funds and other savings investments. We can divest from fossil fuel exposure and move our funds to renewable energy and even get better returns. Join socially and environmentally responsible investment specialist David Schreiber to learn how.

December 6-8; 13-15: Rags, a play about the Jewish immigrant experience @ New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro

Several of our friends from the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community are involved with a theater production of Rags, an uplifting musical about Jewish immigrants during the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from Eastern Europe in 1910. Rags performs at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro on December 6-8 and 13-15 at 7pm, and December 8-9 and 15-16 at 2pm. Tickets for these performances are $15 Adults, $13 Seniors, and $13 Students. Tickets available at, at the NEYT Box Office, or by phone (802) 246-6398 from 12-5pm on Wednesdays.

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