Weekly Bulletin: September 3

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

First Friday

Join us this Friday, September 6, 6 PM, for a First Friday reading, conversation and signing of Making Love While Farming with the authors: Ricky Baruch and Deb Habib, co-founders of Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center.

The book talk will be followed by a simple supper. The Rabbi will supply soup and bread - your contributions of salads, sides, and desserts are much appreciated. The Temple Kitchen is under construction, so please bring your own bowl & silverware for this meal. Let us know you are coming by responding to this email.

Please note that we mistakenly listed the date of this event as September 7 last week - it is This Friday, September 6!

Klezmer Learners

The Temple Israel Klezmer Learners Group will reconvene after a summer hiatus next Monday, September 9, 4 PM! 

If you have basic skill on an instrument, we invite you to Join The Band! We will be hard at work this fall practicing to be the house band for Simchat Torah.

Veteran Yiddish musician and singer Yosl Kurland of the Wholesale Klezmer Band teaches the elements of Yiddish music that make it distinctive and "Jewish." We'll work on melody, countermelody, accompaniment, ornamentation, and rhythm. Students will learn to play variations on base melodies, how to tell a story with their instruments, how to accompany traditional Ashkenazic dance. They will incorporate Yiddish style into their playing through singing tunes before playing them.

Free for Temple Israel members. $30 for each series for non-members.

First Day of Hebrew School

Sunday, September 15 is the first day of Hebrew School for younger elementary, and Thursday, September 19 is the first day for the B Mitzvah students! If you know a child aged 5-13 who is interested in enrolling, please contact the Temple office by replying to this email.

Plant, Taste & Celebrate
Biblical & Caucasus Mountain Ancient Grains

Plant, Taste & Celebrate 
Biblical & Caucasus Mountain
Ancient Grains

on the verge of extinction

Sept 8 and 15, 10 am - 4 pm

with discussion on Neolithic & Biblical food & farming traditions
Plant the authentic Five Holy Chametz Grains of Ancient Israel
Potluck Lunch with Einkorn Pizza baked in our Wood-burning Oven
For location and more info, email:

Order Your Etrogim

If you would like to order an etrogim set for Sukkot this year, please let us know by responding to this email by Monday, September 23. Cost for the set is $36, which includes shipping.

Weekly Vigil in Support of Detainees at the Border

The Refugee Support Project invites all to join us on The Commons each Saturday at 10 AM to stand in support of asylum seekers at our borders. For more information, contact Liz Kelner - 575-779-0282 or

Community Announcements

JCA Adult Education Fall Brochure Now Available

The Jewish Community of Amherst has just released their fall 2019 Adult Education Brochure. Vist to view their fall offerings and register.

September 3, 10, 17 & 24, 7:15-9PM: Mak'hela Open Rehearsals

Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, holds open rehearsals for anyone interested in exploring whether they want to join. More info: or

September 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21: Ropes Play @Memorial Hall, Shelburne

Temple Member Marc Kaufmann will be in a play called Ropes, showing at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge Street, in Shelburne Falls, on September 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21. The evening performances are at 7 p.m. The one matinee (9/15) is at 2 p.m. Tickets (cash or check) are $12 for the evening performances, and $6 for the matinee. Ropes is about three brothers, mostly on their way through airports, to get to their father’s last tightrope act. There’s a bit of both drama and comedy. It’s fairly short - less than 1 1/2 hours, including intermission.

Thursday, September 19, 2-4 PM: Author Talk with Lesléa Newman @ Jewish Family Service

Lesléa will talk about her journey to become a children’s book writer, and present and discuss some of her Jewish children’s books including Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. Lesléa will also show a short film entitled “We Are a Country of Immigrants” in which she interviews Phyllis Rubin, her godmother and daughter of the real Gittel. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books by the author will be available for purchase. Location: Jewish Family Services’ Community Room, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA (parking lot is on the Converse Street side). More info:

September 25, 12-1 PM: Moving Wisdom ~ Hidden Lives: Unlocking Elders Stories @ Cohn Family Dining Commons, GCC

Jodi Falk and Leena Newcomb present a free exihibition and presentation on reimagining healthcare through movement & music.

September 28, 12:15-2PM: Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle @ CBI

Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle will be at the CBI Library on September 28th, where she'll be talking about her experiences after a week in Israel. More info:

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