Weekly Bulletin: December 29

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

To receive participation links, subscribe to our "How to Participate" email!
Visit our Website Calendar!

 Community Forum

We want to hear from the circle of our community how we are all faring in the pandemic.
What are your best home cooked meals? (send pictures!)
How are you keeping the kids engaged?
What is your favorite walk or exercise activity?
Are you using any specific meditations or self-care tools to stay balanced and engaged?
What insights or new skills have you developed in this time?
Please share these with Kate by replying to this email and we'll include them in future newsletters.

Your Life is in Your Hands: Intro to Palmistry

Friday, January 1, 2-3 PM: 

Rabbi Andrea has been an amateur student of palmistry for many years. On New Year's Day, she'll share with interested parties an overview of how the hand is read. She'll share the map of the hand and offer some clues for your own study. For entertainment purposes only.
Free of Charge; donations always appreciated via check or online via Stripe.

6 Part Video Class for Teens

Filmmaking From Home!

Have dreams of making work for the big, or small, screen? Join us! In this 6-week course, we'll work with the resources we have in our homes or immediate surroundings to make original short films. We'll complete exercises to unlock our creative brains and learn storytelling techniques to help us shape our ideas. Throughout, we'll learn the basics of using select apps to shoot, edit, and create videos with effects (transitions, cuts, color correction, text/ titles) on our smartphones, computers or personal cameras. Films made will be showcased at a screening during the last class.

Sunday afternoons in January; Showcase February 7
4-5PM.  On Zoom
Open to area teens, both Jews and non-Jewish friends
Simply respond to this email to reserve your spot in this class. 
Class size is limited!

The program is sponsored by Real Teen Theater of Temple Israel with award winning director Melissa McClung. There is no charge for the program which is supported by a generous grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 

Instructor, Melissa McClung is an award winning director and a staff member at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts. Bio below.

MELISSA McCLUNG is an award-winning filmmaker based in Western Massachusetts. Her short documentary, LOUIE’S ANTIQUES, was an Official Selection of the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Melbourne Documentary Festival, and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, among others, and it will be preserved in Historic Northampton's permanent archive. Melissa won three national Hometown Media Awards from the Alliance for Community Media and was a 2020 recipient of the New England Film Star Award. She has won numerous local awards and grants. Melissa teaches film at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public High School, serves on the board of Northampton Open Media, and co-owns Ghost Hit Recording Studio with her husband, audio engineer Andrew Oedel. Melissa received her Master of Fine Arts in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Tikkun Olam Circle

The Tikkun Olam Circle at Temple Israel Greenfield is an initiative, begun in 2020, bringing people together who feel a responsibility to learn, share, and work toward racial and social justice. We are in a particular and powerful moment— climate crisis, pandemic, racial justice uprisings, and rising white nationalism, which has its roots in anti-semitism. Oppressive systems of the past are alive in the policies, institutions, and norms of today, now unveiled.

As individuals with intersectional identities, we acknowledge our participation in systems of privilege and oppression, and commit to doing our part to dismantle those systems. We focus on education, activism, and advisement to the Temple Israel community.

The Tikkun Olam Circle is a diverse intergenerational group that welcomes all. We understand that people have different backgrounds and interests, and we learn from each other. We address issues of racial and social justice both in our local community and across the country.

Our style of meetings provides for listening, sharing, and participation of everyone. Anyone interested can contact Alyssa Bauer agvbauer (at) Notes from previous meetings and other resource materials are shared.

“Who is wise? One who learns from all. 

Who is honored? One who honors others.” 

--Pirkei Avot 4:1

Emergency Aid from Jewish Federation

The Jewish Federation of Western Mass is distributing emergency aid for some financial and other emotional and human needs during this winter of pandemic.  The simple application is here, under "Healthy Community Emergency Fund" and "Covid Response." Requests are forwarded to Jewish Family Service and a p[erson from JFS will contact you.
Our real human needs to both give and receive are what allow us to have authentic connection. Please do not hesitate to request help when needed.
R. Andrea

Community News & Events

Job Opportunity @ JALSA

Jewish Alliance of Law and Social Action (JALSA) is looking to hire a new organizer for Western Mass. Job Description can be found here on

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