Weekly Bulletin: January 11

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Coping with Covid

Our new column Coping with Covid publishes reflections from the community on how they are getting through these difficult times. Today's strategy comes from TIG member Joan Featherman:

One of the delights of Chanukah-in-pandemic this year:  Ed and I and 8 other family members were gifted (by Mike and Emily)  a Zoom cooking class offered by 3 Italian women.  In attendance besides us, were daughter Emily and her husband Greg (Oregon), son Mike and his wife Emily (San Francisco), and her parents (Detroit) and brother and sister-in-law (Denver). The ten of us had all the ingredients and made delicious spinach and ricotta ravioli and then shared the meal together.  It was quite the adventure, complete with lots of laughs and the rare opportunity to spend time with family members from all over the country safely.  This Airbnb experience is called “Pasta with the (Italian) Grandmas” and it was a sweet and delicious time together.  I highly recommend it as a way to cope with being separated from loved ones during this difficult era.

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Social Justice Shabbat 

Join us for a series of third Friday shabbat gatherings. We'll share blessings and songs and then learn with a featured speaker on a theme of social justice. These Shabbat gatherings are free to attend; please consider a donation to support this and other programs at TIG! You can contribute by mailing a check or using our online donation page

January 15 at 7PM: Storytelling and Social Healing with Lauren Wolkstein.
(Full disclosure: Lauren is Rabbi Andrea's Daughter in Law!)
Lauren Wolkstein is a director and a professor at Temple University in Philadephia, in the department of Theater, Film and Visual Arts. Lauren has just completed her second round of directing for Ava DuVernay's series, Queen Sugar, for the Oprah Network. Lauren will reflect on the role of film as storytelling, with a goal of opening minds and hearts. Musical guest Yosl Kurland for brief Shabbat rituals.

Coming up:

February 19: Farming While Black with Leah Penniman
March 19: Resilience and Hope in a Pandemic Year with Amy Leos-Urbel

Alchemy & Jewish History with Dr. Justin Sledge

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 30, 7PM: 

Jews, across the continents and in many centuries, have come across the great teachings and traditions of many ages. In this talk, Dr Sledge will track the philosophy-slash-technology-science of alchemy as it interested with the Jewish communities of the middle east, Egypt and Europe.

Please support this special talk! Members $5-10; Non-members $18-20. You can mail a check or donate online using this link.

Dr. Sledge's work engages with Religious Studies specifically in the so-called "Western Esoteric Tradition" or Hermetic Tradition in religious and philosophical thought. In this line of research he seeks to grasps the philosophical commitments which underpin the alleged workings of magic, esoteric influence, spirit possession, alchemy, etc. His work also intersection between metaphysics, ethics and radical political philosophy.
He is currently preparing material on the Ancient Near Eastern Prophetic Tradition, spirit possession in the early modern Jewish world, and is slowly working through the Zohar (which he will be doing the rest of his life).
Outside of his academic and YouTube work, Justin is a calligrapher, home brewer, Go player, DM, HAM radio technician (KE8NAW) and habitual trouble-maker. He lives in Detroit, Michigan with his amazing partner Rabbi Alana Alpert, kiddo Nei'lah, and pup Mississippi.

Community News/Events

Jews of Color Initiative Survey:

If you identify as a Jew of Color, take the survey at to share your experiences and perspectives on Jewish identity, systemic racism, what you want to see in the Jewish community, and more! We want 1,000 Jews of Color to participate in the survey to help make change in our communities!

Monday, Jan. 25, 7:30-8:30 PM: DAYENU CIRCLE Climate Action Launch Party!

Take action for Climate Justice & launch a new partnership with Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action. Hosted by the CBI and JCA Tikkun Olam Committees

Dayenu circles are groups that meet regularly to engage in climate campaigns and to grapple with the spiritual and existential questions raised by the climate crisis. Follow these links to find out more about Dayenu: A Jewish Call to
Climate Action
, and Dayenu Circles.

This is both an action meeting and an opportunity to imagine what might be. Members from at least four different synagogues and several other Jewish groups, will be present.
For more info: Stan Schapiro, Chair of the CBI Climate Team:

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