Weekly Bulletin: November 3

How To Participate

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Upcoming Gatherings

Locations (virtual/real) noted in brackets after event name. To receive Zoom links, ask us to subscribe you to our "How to Participate" Email!
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Jewish Values: Welcoming Guests

Sunday, November 8, 9:30 AM:

Learn about the Jewish value of welcoming guests. We will tell the Torah story of Abraham and Sarah, and welcoming guests. Children will practice being guests and hosts with their stuffed animals, and have time to interact with their friends.

The Zoom link for this event will be shared to our Families and How to Participate lists. If you're not on these lists, please email for the link.

Don White Concert


November 19 at 7 p.m.

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He's an award-winning singer/songwriter, a comedian, an author, and a storyteller. He's been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for thirty years, released ten CDs, three live DVDs, and a book, Memoirs of a C Student. For more information about Don's work, please check out the videos and music here:

We've had the pleasure of hosting Don for a live concert the past several Novembers. This year, he is doing a concert to benefit Temple Israel live on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube!

Visit our website for all the details.

To watch Don in action, enjoy the Accordion Door Story!

TIG Gleaners Complete Fourth Year

We are just finishing our 4th year of gleaning with Atlas Farm with fresh food distributions going to around a dozen food programs and pantries. We are grateful to Atlas Farm for their generous sharing. Our crew of a dozen or so folks, members and non-members, many faiths and philosophies, work together with the resilience of the earth to contribute our small share to increase food security for all.  We have supported these wonderful organizations:
  • Stone Soup
  • Salvation Army lunch program
  • Center for Self-Reliance
  • Voices From Inside
  • Second Helpings meal program
  • John Zon Senior Center
  • Brick House
  • Franklin County Community Meals Program site at Our Lady of Peace Church
  • Great Falls Apple Corps and Harvest
  • Northfield Food Pantry
  • Family Center in Springfield VT
  • Neighbors in Leyden Woods and Elm Court
  • Good Neighbors Food Pantry
Hip, hip, hooray for all the gleaners! And let us know if you would like to join the Gleaners list.

Little Free Library at the Temple?

There is interest among several Temple members to create a Little Free Library outside the Temple for people to exchange books with each other. If you would like to contribute skills or funds towards making this project a reality, please respond to this email and the office will connect you with the organizing group. Many thanks!

Thank You!

Many thanks to our generous community, whose contributions make our work possible.
Braff Educational Fund
In memory of Richard Braff

Deborah, Joyce, and Jonathan August
Cheryl Garfinkel
Lenore & Marty Glaser
Ann E. Marcus
McCarthy Funeral Home
Jerome M. Schwartzman
Mark & Veronica Wolfe

High Holiday
Lew Becker
Susan Breite
Jean Cherdack
Sara Cohen & Jim Kessler
Richie Davis
Laurel & Terry Dun
Carroll Durand
Marian Kelner
Beth Manion
Howard & Rosemary Natenshon
Norman Pfeifer
Judith Roberts
Lynne Rudie
Linda & Dave Singer
Marsha Stone

Security Fund
Sara Cohen & Jim Kessler 
In memory of their parents

Uncategorized Donation
Andrea Griswold
Marcia Abrahamson
In memory of Martin Cookish

Carole Arkush
In memory of Samuel Weiss

Marion Cotton
In memory of Sanford Cotton and Sarah Zeldis

Lenore & Marty Glaser
In memory of Miriam Berson and Elsie Berson

Peter Kramer
In memory of Isador Kramer

Archie & Phyllis Nahman
In memory of Sydney Hechler, Myer Rubin, Alfred Nahman, Elie Nahman, Bessie Silver, Violet Zimbul Nahman, Rebecca Rubin

Larry & Donna Pfeffer
In memory of Abe & Ann Gold

Margie Sobil
In memory of Richard Sobil

Marlene & Sheldon Wein
in memory of: Julia & Abe Wein, Esther & Henry Singer
and in thanks for the Rabbi's efforts during this difficult time

Anna-Beth Winograd
In memory of Leah, Carl, Mike and Eliot Winograd


Community Events

Thursday, November 5, 4:00-5:15PM: Join the JCA Tzedek Racial Justice Initiative Conversation on Zoom

Join the JCA Tzedek Racial Justice Initiative's live zoom conversation with Lois Ahrens, founder and director of the Real Cost of Prisons Project and our JCA hosts. You may enter your own questions in the chat function. If you can’t
make this time, know that the entire conversation will be available on Amherst
Media within a week. (
Topic: JCA Tzedek Conversation with Lois Ahrens, of the Real Cost of Prisons Project
Time: Nov 5, 2020 04:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 978 002 9804
Passcode: 595954

Ethiopian Kabbalat Shabbat
in Honor of Sigd
Friday, November 13 / 12pm PT
Be'chol Lashon presents a special Ethiopian Kabbalat Shabbat service with music, prayer, and storytelling. Featuring Rudy Beinsin from "The Voice Israel," Sigdiyada festival founder Shai Ferdu, Prof. Ephraim Isaac, and Be'chol Lashon's Beza Abebe. Cosponsored by PJ Library.


Silverthorne Theater is honored to once again bring to audiences an important piece of dramatic writing, The Tattooed Man Tells All - a vital voice in the telling of the stories of the Holocaust.  Peter Wortsman's gripping solo piece, was woven from a series of interviews conducted, on a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, in Vienna in 1975 with witnesses to and survivors of the Holocaust, the scene of Western Civilization's worst excesses.
Silverthorne's filmed version of the play will be broadcast online by Silverthorne Theater Company on November 13-14, 2020 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at This production is a fundraiser for Silverthorne Theater Company. There will be a free live Zoom discussion with the playwright immediately following the viewing on Friday, November 13th. The Zoom link will be posted closer to the show. 

Sunday, November 15, 11 AM - 4:30 PM: LimmudBoston eFestival 2020

Sign up now for LimmudFest 2020, a unique and inspiring online festival being held on Sunday, November 15 from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm. The eFest features superstars from across the Jewish world, like Israeli Educator Rachel Korazim, Racial Justice Activist MaNishtana, former White House chef Susan Barocas, rabbi and musician Menachem Creditor, Virginia-based musical group Trio Sefardi, and 30 additional teachers and performers. 
Special this year will be several sessions that celebrate the racial diversity within Judaism and explore issues of identity, justice, and acceptance here, and in Israel. Register at

Click here for tickets

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