Weekly Bulletin: September 29

How To Participate

Zoom Links are sent out twice a week for upcoming events. If you haven't received "How To Participate" before, please reply to this email and we will add you! Thank you.

Upcoming Gatherings

Locations (virtual/real) noted in brackets after event name. In person gatherings will be physically distanced with masks required. Remember, to receive Zoom links, ask us to subscribe you to our "How to Participate" Email!
Visit our Website Calendar!

Apple Challah

Beautiful round apple challahs from Red Fire North will be available by pre-order only for Erev Sukkot, October 2. Whole wheat, low sugar!
The cost is $6 per loaf, payable via cash or check payable to Red Fire North. If paying with cash, please bring exact change.
Pick up is Friday, October 2, 4-6 PM, at the Temple Israel Sukkah.
Orders must be received by Thursday October 1 at 1PM. You can place your order by replying to this email or leaving a message at 413-773-5884.

Food Drive ~ Continues through Sukkot

We are encouraging you all to participate in a non-perishable food drive, which will continue until the end of Sukkot (October 11).  When you come by to check out the TI Sukkah, consider dropping off a bag of shelf-stable food which we will distribute to appropriate agencies in Franklin County.

There is a plastic bin placed outside the Office entrance for you to deposit non-perishables at a time convenient to you. Thank you for supporting local hunger relief efforts!

Our liturgy teaches us that 3 things sweeten the karma we may have accrued over the year: Tzedaka, Tefilla and Teshuva. Generosity, Sincere Prayer and Remorse break through our more self-centered tendencies.  Please share generously - for your own selfish purpose!

JALSA Postcard Campaign

Our Postcard Writing Team has shared the below letter from JALSA about how to participate in their next postcarding campaign!

Dear Friends

As a follow up from the CBI/JALSA conversation with Eric Ward about combatting racism and anti-semitism, we are planning to bring our Western MA community together for two evenings of communal work to combat voter suppression. 

On Wednesday, September 30 and Monday, October 5 we will be joining together on a Zoom call while we phone bank, text bank, and write postcards to voters in southern states who are in danger of having their votes not be counted in this election.

There are several ways to participate:


If you would like to write postcards to voters, please follow this two-step process to order a postcard packet:

Order your postcards here - JALSA Voter Outreach -- 125K Challenge

Make your $15 donation to cover the cost of postcards and shipping here -

Your Postcard Packet will include the following:

·         A bundle of 15 to 30 postcards

·         A corresponding list of names and addresses (Provided by JALSA)

·         A sheet of Labels printed on (Avery 5160), with critical Voter Registration and local contact information for postcard recipients

·         A script (Provided by ROV)

·         Instructions for completion

To reserve your postcard packet please complete the order form as soon as possible so we have time to mail you your packet. In the event that we do not have enough postcards for the event, you will receive your packet by mail at a later date, but please do join us to take part in the event as a phone banker or texter.

Phoning and Texting

Information for phoning and texting (if it is an option) will be made available on the Zoom call on September 30 and October 5.

To join us on either the 30th or the 5th you can use this zoom link: 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Maria Isabel Rosario at, or David Albright at

Thank you for joining us in the movement to combat voter suppression. Your engagement matters!


Sara Weinberger and Amy Leos-Urbel, on behalf of The Congregation B'nai Israel Tikkun Olam/Social Justice Committee 

Cindy Rowe and David Morse, on behalf of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action West Steering Committee

Contribution Link

This link may be used to contribute online for the High Holidays or any Temple class/program. Simply note the purpose of the contribution in the "Notes" field. Checks may also be mailed to 27 Pierce Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.

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