Weekly Bulletin: January 19

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Learning About Tu B'Shvat

Please join Temple Israel TV for a family Tu B'Shvat celebration on January 24, from 9:30-10:15 AM. We will celebrate the "Birthday of the Trees" with songs, stories, and movement. Please join us with nuts and a piece of fruit ready to cut up and eat and a small container with soil I it. If possible, bring a fruit that grows in Israel, such as a pomegranate, carob or dates. We hope you can join us for this day to honor our tree friends!
Email for the link to join.

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.

Social Justice Shabbat with Leah Penniman

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

February 19: Farming While Black with Leah Penniman
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil and organizing for an anti-racist food system for over 20 years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works toward food and land justice. Her book is Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. Find out more about Leah's work and follow her @soulfirefarm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Click Here to Register for Leah Penniman's Talk!

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, including TIG, will be present.
Monday, January 25 at 7:30 pm Via Zoom

The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest

January 27-31 / Tu BiShvat 5781

The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest is a free, virtual and collaborative festival by and for people who want to activate Jewish values to move the needle on climate change. We believe the time has come to make climate action a central moral issue of our community, and our current moment is a unique opportunity for collaboration and engagement that might otherwise not have been possible.

The festival is free and open to all: no experience or prior knowledge required.


Jewish Farmer Network

Cultivating Culture: A (virtual) Gathering of Jewish Farmers

Consider this your silver lining amidst an otherwise dark and uncertain winter.  We are excited to be able to welcome hundreds of Jewish farmers from around the world to join us.  Geographic stumbling blocks are nothing to us now; get ready to tune in from the comfort of your living room. 

In order to reduce zoom fatigue, we’ll be gathering over the course of two consecutive Sundays: January 24th & 31st . These two Sundays straddle Tu B’Shvat, the “Birthday of the Trees” or  “Jewish Earth Day.”

Check out our evolving schedule!

Whether you’re a farmer, farm educator, homesteader, parent of a farmer, home gardener, academic, butcher, miller, seed keeper or other food system professional, this conference is for you. And if you’re not, and you’re just curious, this conference is STILL for you! 

We are gathering to:

  • Continue nurturing the connections that have germinated in our community.

  • Offer brave, timely and relevant content at the intersection of Jewish wisdom, land stewardship and food justice. 

  • Springboard our community into a conscious commitment to new and creative ways of applying shmitah in their work as modern farmers (the next shmitah year will begin in the fall of 2021).

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