Weekly Bulletin: February 23

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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Visit our Website Calendar!

Coping with Covid

From Rabbi Andrea via Twitter:

You can worship in your house!
You can worship with your spouse!
You can worship on a zoom!
You can worship in your room!
You don't need to be in church
when that leaves folks in a lurch!
Epidemics have their price!
Worship at home and be nice!

Critical Connections Film Screening: White Noise

Tuesday, February 23, 7 PM: TIG is co-sponsoring a film screening and discussion produced by Critical Connections:

Join filmmaker Daniel Lombroso, Professor Linda Tropp, and Attorney Tahirah Amatul Wadud to discuss the rise of the white nationalist movement, the underlying motives of its members, and its impact on targeted communities.

7:00PM - 8:15PM

Join Zoom Meeting

We are excited to welcome guests from Critical Connections for this screening and panel discussion for WHITE NOISE. You can stream the film from February 15-24 2021 and join us for our panel discussion LIVE on February 23 at 7pm ET.

The Atlantic's first feature documentary is the definitive inside story of the alt-right. With unprecedented, exclusive access, White Noise tracks the rise of far-right nationalism and the terrifying heart of the movement--explosive protests, riotous parties, and the rooms where populist and racist ideologies are refined, weaponized, and injected into the mainstream. As white nationalist violence surges in America and across the world, White Noise represents an urgent warning about the power of extremism, and where it's going next.

View trailer here

Visit This Link to Stream the Film

Lifting the Veil: Racism in Franklin County

Interfaith Council of Franklin County Present

A Three-Part Online Zoom Program

Lifting the Veil Racism in Franklin County

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7pm

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7pm

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7pm

Zoom link:

Meet local speakers sharing their personal experiences as African Americans, as members of interracial families, and as antiracism activists. Share conversation with the panelists as we all explore the realities of racism and the important work of antiracism in our towns.

We encourage congregations and community groups to engage in this series together.

All are welcome. Contact with questions.

Purim Celebrations

Purim is Coming!!! We will tell and retell the story of Esther's courage, Mordecai's faithfulness and the King's mad partying.
The Evil H****N is vanquished in this eerily political, feminist, resonant story.  
Come for the cute little ones in costumes at 5:30 and 
The adult retelling of the story at 6:00PM 
Thursday February 25
Bring your own vodka. No one has to drive home!
5:30 PM: Families! Join an early Purim celebration for the children. Children can dress as their favorite character from the story and have masks for as many characters as they want ready for our telling of the story. All are welcome to continue with the rest of the congregation when they join at 6 PM.

6 PM: Megilla Reading & Purim Shpeil:
This Purim we retell the ancient story of beauty, danger, intrigue and drama with a cast of thousands, a full musical score, and sock puppets. Intrigued? Intrigued enough to pop in to our zoom room at 6PM with your noise makers, beverages and snacks? It may not be the Super Bowl but it will be wild.

Email us or sign up for our How to Participate list to get the link to join!

Rabbi Andrea's Scary Stories

This Saturday, February 27, 7 PM: Rabbi Andrea has experienced unexplained phenomena since the age of 14, when a Ouija board message saved the life of a family member. Since then, she has experienced and collected stories from her own life and that of trusted friends which appear to demonstrate the power of predictive dreams, post death visits, tarot card messages and the like. Each story represents a teaching. The opposite of frightening, the stories offer comfort and ease in a mysterious universe.

Zoom link will be shared in 'How to Participate' - or send us an email!
Suggested donation $10-18+ -- Your contributions will benefit the Colbert Education Fund, which provides Hebrew School scholarships to our community! You can contribute online using this link or contribute via check.

Looking for helpers for High Holidays daycare

Hi Everybody,

I’m looking for a few new people to help next fall on the High Holiday daycare security team.    I’m looking for people able to carry a baby or toddler or two up and down stairs if necessary.    If you are interested, please reply to this email and Kate will put you in touch.

Thanks so much!
Sara Cohen

Be Alert for Scams

Members of religious congregations are frequent targets for scammers.  Often the leader's email is falsified and weird emergency requests go out to any emails the scammer can find related to the congregation's website.
Rabbi Andrea will not ever ask you to go buy a $200 gift card, as an example. Please do not respond to such requests.  It's sad that people take advantage of the trusting relationships within a congregation!

Community News/Events

Tuesday, February 23, 7PM: JALSA Community Town Meeting

Join the Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action (JALSA) to learn about how you and your congregation can take action on social, economic, environmental and racial justice issues.


Hear about JALSA's Action Teams and our issue workshops. Be part of the momentum to create meaningful change, acting on our Jewish values!


Sign up to get the Zoom link here:  JALSA’s Community Town Meeting 

Rachel's Table - Teen Board Artsfest - Art submissions wanted by March 10!

From Rebecca, Director of the Rachel's Table Teen Board: Every other year, the Teen Board has an Artsfest, where young community members are invited to submit art pieces on the topic of food insecurity. This year, the Artsfest is centered around the relationship between food insecurity and health. We are looking for art submissions from students of all ages. Pieces will be judged, and there will be prizes for winners based on age group. All those intending to submit a piece should email me with their intent ASAP, as there are limited spots! The art pieces will be due by March 10th, and the virtual award ceremony will be on March 21st.  For more information:

Hebrew Free Loan Association offering interest-free loans

From the Hebrew Free Loan Association: We offer interest-free loans to Jewish individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify for personal loans from a bank or other financial institution.

These loans have met critical needs such as emergencies, school tuition, car-related expenses, home repairs, life cycle events, medical expenses, and debt consolidation.

Loans range from $200-$7200 including Education Loans.
Loans under $3600 require ONE cosigner
Loans $3600-$7200 require TWO cosigners

Visit the HFLA website for more info!

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:

Sunday, May 2, 12:30 PM: 18th Annual Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture & Chai Celebration

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is honored to join lecture founder, Dr. Herbert Birnbaum and the Birnbaum family, in presenting the Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture. This year’s program features noted journalist and author, Yossi Klein HaLevi in conversation with Benjamin Birnbaum addressing the important and provocative topic, “Holding the Jewish Center.” An award-winning journalist, Ben is also Connie and Herb’s son. For more information, visit

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