Weekly Bulletin: October 16

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Jews & Allies

TODAY, October 16, 5:30 PM @ St James & Andrew, 8 Church St, Greenfield

Jews and Allies: an Interfaith Workshop
sponsored by The Interfaith Council of Franklin County
with trainers Amy Leos-Urbel & Betsy L. Ames

The classic example of divide and conquer, anti-Semitism has been used for centuries to separate groups of people from each other. This mechanism continues to derail our work for social justice today, and keeps us from coming together to effectively challenge and change an oppressive system. In this interactive workshop, Jews and allies will learn to recognize and counteract anti-Semitism. We will explore the roots of anti-Semitism, why it is so confusing and hard to talk about, and what it means to be an ally, including how it makes your life better and how to take a stand against blame, isolation, and terror.

Pot Luck Dinner: 5:30
Program at 6:15
All are welcome

More Information about Jews & Allies on Our Website

Circle in the Sukkah

This Friday, October 18, 6 PM, in the TI Sukkah:  

This pot-luck supper, Circle In The Sukkah, has a special theme of sharing our Jewish stories. The story circle is free & open to Jews and fellow travelers. Come share your and your families' story of escaping, reclaiming renewing, disconnecting and reconnecting to aspects of Jewish life, community and culture.

Vegetarian main dishes, sides, and desserts welcome. 

Diary of Anne Frank Play

Silverthorne Theater Company is staging a production of The Diary of Anne Frank, performed by local actors in late October at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center. We have arranged group ticket prices for the matinee performance this Sunday, October 20, 2 PM. Please contact the office to purchase tickets at $16 for seniors and youth; $23 for general admission. This is $2 off the regular price. Checks should be made out to Silverthorne Theater.

For more details or to purchase tickets for other performances (not at the group rate), visit

Open Sukkah in Heath

Saturday, October 19th ~ Open Sukkah in Heath!
3:30 pm: snacks, lawn games, kid-friendly hanging out 
6:00 pm: potluck dinner in the sukkah (please no pork, shellfish, nuts, eggs, or mixed meat and milk)
7:30 pm: fire & s'mores
For address or more information please email Ryan or Justin 

Peggy & Joe's Sukkah

Peggy Davis & Joe Kurland wish to invite guests to join them for a meal in their sukkah. If you'd like to come on one of these days for lunch or supper, please call: 413-624-3204.
Friday 10/18 supper only
Saturday 10/19
Sunday 10/20 High tea at about 4 p.m.

Refugee Support

On the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, when Jews across the country demonstrated to protest the U.S. government’s inhumane treatment of Central America asylum seekers, over 300 people from temples in the Pioneer Valley, including Temple Israel and friends, marched from places in Northampton and Hadley and met on the banks of the Connecticut River below the Coolidge Bridge to support immigrants and protest the U.S. government’s inhumane treatment of Central American asylum seekers. Speakers included a Holocaust survivor, an immigrant who is now a college student, a professor, a rabbi, and others.  Heartfelt songs were sung. The inspirational event ended with a Tashlich service on the bank of the river and the stirring blasts of many shofars. Elie Wiesel said “If we are silent, we are helping the oppressor, not the oppressed."  We must not be silent. Participants were given a list of actions we can take to move forward in our support of humane treatment for refugees and other immigrants.

The Refugee Support Project would also like to share this video about the ongoing situation in Syria.

Thank You!!

We are grateful to our wonderful community for their generous contributions during this holday season!
High Holidays
  • Eve Brown-Waite
  • Angus & Laurel Dun
  • Caroll Durand
  • Jean Erlbaum & Richard J. Rumelt
  • Lisa Galer & Gary Huggett
  • Karen Green
  • Herbert & Janet Hodos
  • Madeline Liebling
  • Beth Manion
  • Jodi Lacoff & Cynthia Roberts
  • Howard & Rosemary Natenshon
  • Norman Pfeifer
  • Hena Susha Schiffman
Security Fund
  • Marlene & Sheldon Wein
  • Cathy Abrams
    in memory of Clifford Desch
  • Howard & Carole Arkush
    Blue Smolensky Fund
    in memory of Samuel Weiss
  • Angus & Laurel Dun
    Colbert Educational Fund
    in memory of Pearl Brownstein
  • Peter Kramer
    Kramer Fund
    in memory of Isador Kramer
A special Thank You to Elisheva Rogosa who donated einkorn and wheat flour to Kids Cook! Melissa, Sara Bracha, and the kids made delicious Apple Cake for Sukkot, and will use it again for matzo balls, challah, and more!

Note From Investment Cmte

Temple Israel's Investment Committee would like to encourage members to return their Legacy Fund pledge cards, regardless of what action they plan to take. This helps the committee as they plan for the financial future of our congregation. Thank you!

Congregational Directories

Temple Israel members - thank you for picking up your congregational directories over the high holidays! We will leave them out in the lobby until after Simchat Torah so you can grab yours if you haven't had the opportunity yet. Please note that the directories are labeled so we can keep track - if you accidentally picked up someone else's directory, let us know so we can straighten it out! 

Community Announcements

October 17, 10-11:15 AM: Challah & Jam begins @ JCA

Jam with Felicia and braid challah with Sam of Backyard Bread! For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Class meets at the Jewish Community of Amherst. Classes begin October 17th, 2019! Challah & Jam is open to all- no experience necessary. More information:

Oct 17-19: Trio Sephardi in VT, Noho

Trio Sefardi, which performs Sephardi Jewish songs in Ladino, has several concerts coming up in the area. For more information visit

Thursday, October 24, 1-2:30 PM: Home Your Own Way: Should I Stay or Should I Go? @ Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service will host a workshop which will focus on answering the questions many elders begin to ask as they age. Should I stay in my longtime home or choose another place in which to age? The workshop will be held at JFS, in our Community Room at 1160 Dickinson Street, on Thursday, October 24th, 1:00-2:30pm. More information on JFS website.

Thursday, October 24, 7 PM: The UnExplained Spooky Story Concert @ Hawks & Reed

Get your tickets now for The UnExplained spooky story concert! This year will feature a full blown psychic fair with readers - cards, palms, stars and tea leaves, interspersed with the show. Teller David Bulley is back, with his warped and wonderful stories from rural Maine (what the heck goes on up there, David?) We have, not one, not two, but THREE ghost trackers in the line up this year! We'll also hear from two clergy, who have stories of the movement from this life to the Beyond, and much much more. Halloween themed cocktails and food. All proceeds will benefit The Literacy Project - bringing words and stories alive for adult learners. The UnExplained is brought to you again this year by Local Dirt Productions, the creative partnership of Vanessa Cerillo and Andrea CK. Tickets are available now here

Tuesday, October 29, 7PM: Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America @ Springfield JCC

Join us as local author, educator, and psychotherapist Karen Zilberstein discusses her latest book Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America. Zilberstein offers a candid look at how parents contending with poverty, illness, disability, or other constraints are expected to do so much with so little - and the price they and society have to pay. This event is free and open to the public. To register, call 413-739-4715 or email

Sunday, November 3, 10 AM - Noon: Rachel's Table Foodraiser @ Big Y Longmeadow

Join the community and put your shopping skills to use to feed our hungry neighbors. See if you can buy the most food for the least amount of dollars spent. Prizes are awarded for the greatest savings. All the food purchased will be donated directly to the agencies of Rachel’s Table. At our last Foodraiser, smart shoppers gathered more than $13,000 worth of much needed groceries. You can take advantage of the buy 1, get 2 at Big Y that day and your dollar donation will triple in value and serve more people. Your $5 entrance fee includes an awesome t-shirt and refreshments too. Everyone wins! More information at Rachel's Table's website

Saturday, November 16, 5:45 PM: Torathon: Legendary Jews Who Inspire Us @ Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester

Rabbis, cantors, educators, and musicians from across New England will join together in an evening of music and study. Includes a meaningful and spirited klezmer concert led by Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band and three 50-minute sessions of almost two dozen offerings of adult Jewish study. Tickets are $20.00 in advance until Thursday, November 14th, and $25.00 at the door. For high school and college students, prices are $5.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. To view the entire evening's program and to purchase tickets in advance go to

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