Weekly Bulletin: March 2

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Upcoming Gatherings

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Community Story Circle & Havdallah

Saturday, March 13, 7 PM: Modeling ourselves after a storytelling project launched by the US Department of Arts and Culture, we invite the TIG community to take part in a story circle. Story circles are often understood to derive from indigenous traditions, and take many forms. Come share a story, five minutes or less, evoking this time in our lives:
  • A time when the arts played an essential role in your life.
  • A time when you creatively connected with someone while remaining socially distanced.
  • How you and your community have been affected by the government response to COVID-19.
  • About the future you envision for all of us this year. What do our communities look like? What has changed?

Don't have a story? Come celebrate Havdalah and cheer on your fellow TIG members. Please note that this event will be taped and posted on our own TIG YouTube channel. For the Zoom link or to reserve a time Questions about the event can be sent to christinebenvenuto(@)

The Lost World of African-American Cantors 1915-1953

Sunday, March 14, 10 AM: Join us for a talk by Henry Sapoznik, award winning record and radio producer, author, ethnomusicologist in the fields of Yiddish and American popular and traditional culture.

The history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music -- ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc. --as performers, promoters, managers, club owners and record labels. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters on record, radio and in concert between the World Wars. The talk wil lhonor the memory of now forgotten Black cantors - Mendele der Shvartzer Khazn, Reb Dovid Kalistrita, Abraham Ben Benjamin Franklin, Thomas LaRue Jones and Goldye di Shvartze Khaznte the first - and only -- Black woman cantor. The talk will feature dozens of historic graphics and translations of period Yiddish newspaper previews, ads and reviews and the playing of the one known 1923 Yiddish and Hebrew recording of Thomas Jones LaRue.

Suggested donation: $5-10 TIG members; $10-18 non-members

Film Watch and Panel Discussion: To Right the Wrong

Monday, March 15, 7-8:30 PM: TIG is a co-sponspor on this film watch and panel discussion hosted by Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice Western MA.
To Right the Wrong*, By Richard Barber
Panel Discussion:
Melanie Nezer, HIAS ( Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)-Opening 
Charlene D’Cruz, Lawyers for Good Government, Project Corazon
Sergio Cordova, Team Brownsville
Eddie Calderon, Arizona Jews for Justice
Click here for FILM LINK

Even as immigration policies change, immigrants continue to experience hardship and trauma. Learn how you can join with others to make a difference and advocate for a just and compassionate asylum system. 
to register for virtual event
Click Here for more Info!

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

Wednesday, March 3, 7-8:15 PM: A Conversation with the Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network

CBI member Miriam Kudler-Flam and the locally-based TASSN will discuss the network's support of trans asylum seekers rebuilding their lives in Western MA, including the unique challenges faced by trans people.  Learn about opportunities to become involved with TASSN's life-saving and affirming work.Register here to get the Zoom link


Thursday, March 11, 10-11:30 AM: Forgotten Dreams: Tapping into the Power of Sleep and Dreams for Self Care

Join Jewish Family Service for a a special presentation by dream expert and author, Tzivia Gover. Tzivia will share her own story, along with easy to follow tips and techniques for self-care and caregivers. Pre-register and more information: or call 413.737.2601

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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