Weekly Bulletin: April 6

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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Spring into Shabbat

Join us this coming Shabbat for a full slate of events! These will all be held at our regular Shabbat Zoom link - look for How to Participate or email us to find the link.

Friday, April 9
5:30 PM: Join Peggy, Rhonda, & Rabbi Andrea for a family-friendly Shabbat welcome with blessings and songs.

7:00 PM: Join Molly Bajgot for a vibrant Shabbat prayer service. We will follow a traditional service structure with a twist. Come to hear new and familiar tunes, to sing, davven, and meditate.

Saturday, April 10
10:00 AM: Shabbat morning, April 10 will be the B'Mitzvah of Zachary Potik, coinciding with the regular chanting service at TIG. Zach will co-lead parts of the service and give a dvar torah.  Please join in the simcha of Zach, and parents, Karin and Leon Potik. Mazal tov from the whole community!

April Events on Reparations

Next week, TIG is hosting two important conversations on the topic of reparations.  Our first important moral obligation is to recognize the unpaid labor and other injustices that were experienced by enslaved African people and their descendants, many of which continue to this day in some form.  From that recognition we begin to contemplate how to repair the injustice. The recognition of the disgraceful legacy of African American servitude is the first step. Please join us for these important conversations. We hope you will be moved and inspired to continue your search for racial justice by these events.  ~Rabbi Andrea

Sunday, April 11, 10 AM:
Race and Reparations: A Jewish Imperative
Jeff Gold, co-chair of the Tzedek Racial Justice Initiative at the Jewish Community of Amherst, will open our conversation with some of the Jewish sources around the questions of reparations.  He will also update us to the on-going study and action steps that are emerging in Amherst. Some of us may wish to add our time and energy to those efforts. Meeting will be at our typical Zoom link & will be shared in 'How to Participate'

Friday, April 16, 7 PM: Racial Justice Shabbat: Reparations with presenter Alona Weimer

The Tikkun Olam Circle at Temple Israel is hosting Alona Weimer for a presentation and Q&A. Alona is a white, Asheknazi, Boston based educator, organizer and activist. She will present on the national dialogue around reparations, what it means to the black community and why now? The Tikun Olam Circle (TOC) is composed of members and non-members of TIG; they are hosting the conversation as part of our social/racial justice monthly shabbat series. The talk is financially supported by local chapters of the Mass Cultural Council. Click here to register
Our allies in the Interfaith Council of Franklin are hosting a related event. Dr. David Ragland will address Building a Culture of Reparations on Thursday April 8 at 7PM.

Tag Sale

SAVE THE DATE for a Temple Tag Sale Fun(d) Raiser
8a - 1p

at Marsha & Norm's house
41 Meadow Lane

All items need to be brought to our house the week of May 10th.
Due to the Temple not being opened at this point, this year we will again
offer our yard for the Tag Sale. 
Please let us know if you'd like to drop items off or need a pick up.

Accepted items are:
Housewares, small items of furniture, bric a bracs, limited books, children's items, etc., etc.

Seasonal clothing only.

Call or email for any questions.


Looking for helpers to sort, price and work the day of the sale!  It's always a fun time and there will be refreshments!

Marsha & Norm

Community News & Events

April 7 & April 8: Amherst Yom HaShoah Events

Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00 - 8:15 pm
We will join with our friends in the Jewish community of the Lower Valley for a service of commemoration, and learn from guest speaker, Rachel Korazim, who will guide us through a tour of Yad Vashem, the museum in Jerusalem that commemorates the Holocaust.
Rachel will discuss reading the site of Yad Vashem as an open textbook written in stones, trees and artwork. How do we remember - the one and the millions, the evil and the righteous, the heroes and the victims? The memory of the Shoah is intertwined with the creation of the State of Israel. Yad Vashem is a reflection of the struggle to shape Israel's way of remembering. 
Thursday, April 8 at 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Registration is required for this event at: https://umass 
You will be given the event link upon registration 
A conversation between Terry Kurgan and Marianne Hirsch on Kurgan’s book Everyone is Present (Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg, 2019), in which she uses diaries and photographs to tell her family’s Holocaust story. Terry Kurgan begins Everyone is Present with a family snapshot made by her Polish grandfather in 1939 on the eve of the war. Presenting this evocative image as a repository of multiple histories—public, private, domestic, familial, and generational—she sets off on a series of meditations on photography. What do photographs conceal, how do they mislead, what provocations do they contain? Her insights tell the story of her family across Europe as they flee, country by country, Nazi occupation until they reach Cape Town, South Africa.

Fridays, 9-9:30 AM: Jewish Family Zoom with Felicia Sloin

The second series of Jewish Family Zoom with Felicia Sloin begins on Friday, April 9th, 9am-9:30am! The Spring Jam will continue Friday mornings through May 28th.

Jewish Family Zoom! A weekly Jewish music class for kids 0-5 and their caregivers. Come rock and roll, and Zoom with us! Open to all - no experience necessary. Register for our eight week Spring Jam series, sing, dance, and have some fun!
Register here:
For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Roz Torrey at

Wednesday, April 21, 2:00 PM: Author Talk with Lesléa Newman

JFS will be presenting I Carry My Mother/I Wish My Father: A Caring Daughter’s Journey with Lesléa Newman live on Zoom, Wednesday, April 21st, 2:00pm-3pm. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required @


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