Weekly Bulletin: February 9

How To Participate in Virtual Gatherings

Participation links for upcoming events are sent out twice a week in an email titled "How To Participate." If you haven't received that email before, we will gladly add you to the list - simply hit "reply" and let us know!

Upcoming Gatherings

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Coping with Covid

Rhonda Wainshilbaum shares a tip that is helping her cope with Covid:

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality has wonderful online meditation sessions and classes. There are beautiful short podcasts about making prayer meaningful here:

Share the ways you're coping with Covid by emailing us!

Family Shabbat Circle

Friday, February 12, 5:30 PM: Peggy, Rhonda, and Rabbi Andrea lead Shabbat with kiddush, hamotzi, and candles. We'll sing songs and explore themes of Shabbat.

The Zoom link for this event will go out in an email to our Families list. If would you like the link and you're not on that list, or you're not sure, email

Love at the Center:
A Creative Shabbat

Saturday, February 13, 10 AM: This Shabbat of Valentine's Day weekend, we will open to love by raising chants, prayers, poems and meditations that warm and support our hearts. Please join with guest liturgists and poets. Details about participating will be sent in the How To Participate email. Please contact our office to be added the the HTP email.

Dislocation, Justice and Renewal: A Comparative Study of Three Exiles with Jan Flaska

Sunday, February 14, 10 AM:

Dr. Flaska on sabbatical in eastern Europe, turned his attention to forced migrations in a variety of places and times with a view towards injustice and resilience. In this talk, he will consider Lakota in South Dakota; Jews in Central Europe; and the Kanienkeha:ka Mohwak community near Montreal.

Jan Flaska is the Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life at Deerfield Academy. Though a big title, he holds familiar and perhaps formative roles in the community by teaching, coaching and supporting the spiritual lives of students. Taking great interest in the spiritual formation of adolescents, Jan studied and continues to explore the impact of technology on personal adolescent spirituality. Jan's self-proclaimed soul-mate is Teresa of Avila who was both deeply rooted in the world she knew and way ahead of her time.

No charge for TIG members; non-members are requested to support our programming with a donation of $5-10: Donate online using this link. Please sign up for our How To Participate emails for access to this and other Temple Israel programming.

Community News/Events

Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice Newsletter: Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice have recently published the Inauguration Issue of their newsletter: click here to read the JAIJ newsletter

Thursday, March 22, 6:30-8:30 PM: Sunderland Public Library hosts a Conversation About Racism

On Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 PM, the Sunderland Public Library will host a program titled “Conversation About Racism: Staying Curious, Moving Forward, and Being Part of the Solution.” Three African-American residents of Greenfield — Gloria Matlock, Jeanne Hall, and Richard Hall — will share their experiences of what it means to be Black in Franklin County, in Massachusetts, and in the U.S. generally. The program will take place online, over Zoom. For the Zoom link and more information:

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