Shalom! We've got a special Shabbat morning service this weekend: Resting in the Land: An Elemental Sabbath. Interfaith Minister Dori Midnight and Andrea will lead us through a celebration and study of the torah portion Emor, which describes the seasonal arc and the cycles of seven which organize the ancient Jewish calendar. Starts at 10am.
We recently announced an Amazing On-Line Adult Ed Class - Rabbi Andrea and Rabbi Natan Margalit will share teachings from the work of Reb Kalanymous Kalman Shapira. Read on for more information.
Coming Up This Week...
- Sat May 13, 10am: Resting in the Land: An Elemental Sabbath with Dori Midnight
- Sat May 13, 7:30pm: Lag BaOmer Bon Fire & Circle West County
- Sun May 14, 10:30am: Yiddish Class
- Tue May 16, 12:30pm: Torah Study
- Thu May 18, 7:30pm: Amazing On-Line Adult Ed Class!
Amazing On-Line Adult Ed Class!
"The Royal Road to Connecting with the Divine"
Teachings on Spiritual Practice and Wisdom for Life from Sefer Derekh HaMelekh, by Rabbi Kalanymous Kalman Shapira
6 Thursdays: May 18, 25, June 8 15, 22, 29
Derekh HaMelekh-- "The Royal Road"--is a collection of Shabbat and holiday teachings by Reb Kalanymous Kalman Shapira, who was the "Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto" as well as a major spiritual leader before the war. These teachings are deeply informed by Jewish tradition, psychological insights and the Rebbe's own spiritual search. The wisdom he shares is multi-faceted and stunningly contemporary. He sheds light on current paradigm-shift thinking, meditation and radical concepts of God.
Rabbis Andrea Cohen Kiener and Natan Margalit will work together to share selections . Each session will include an introduction to the main ideas of the Rebbe as they emerge in that week's selection, a close reading of portions on the selection and a time to interact together about applications, insights and questions garnered from the reading.
Sample topics include: How to Work with Community Discord, Developing the Intuitive Mind, The Value of Wholeness, Insights into the Culture of Addiction, and more.
The classes will be taught via Zoom, a free (to students) on-line classroom application. Hand-outs will be shared on Zoom and as email attachments. Sessions will be recorded and made available to participants and auditors.
$95 for individual
$80 per person if you come as a hevruta or more (2 or more)
$55 per person if you come as a class -- at least 8 people. Temple Israel MEMBERS can join at this rate!
$45 if you only want to audit by listening to the recordings.
Lag B'Omer holiday will be celebrated at Mark Benjamin's back forty. Weather permitting, we will have an outdoor fire, song, and talk, celebrating the revelation of Kabbalah from Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
We will gather for Havdallah, a potluck desert, and a fire:
Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 pm
3325 Shelburne Falls Rd.
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Wednesday, May 24, 7pm
Tikkun Layl Shavuot and Yizkor
Tikkun Layl Shavuot: Tuesday May 30, 8pm
There is a custom on this first night commemorating Shavuot, the time of receiving the torah, to gather and learn together until midnigth or even dawn.... or in our case... until our respective bedtimes!
Your contributions are welcome. What Torah teachings do you love? DO you have a prayer dance or poem that enlivens torah in you? Contact rabbi(@)templeisraelgreenfield.org to slot a time to share your torah teaching.
Yizkor: Wednesday, June 1, 10am - 12pm
This is especially for folks who wish to say the Yizkor/memorial service. Please come to help make a minyan!
Save The Date - TI Community Dinner
News from the Library
Our librarian, Michael Hurwitz, has recently added some new books to our collection! Come by to see what's new, or visit the library page on our website.
Michael has been hard at work creating cards for all our books, and creating a separate listing for all our non-book media items - LPs, slides, VHS, cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs - so you'll be able to look through those items to see what you might want to enjoy.
Click here to view our collection (Google Spreadsheet)
Celebrate Mother's Day and Lag B'Omer at Abundance Farm
Sunday, May 14, 10am - 4pm
Come help Abundance Farm get ready for the season! Our annual spring celebration and volunteer party will also celebrate mothers and the Jewish holiday Lag B'Omer! Everyone is welcome - Free.
The event will run 10:00-4:00, with special opportunities for families with young children from 10-12.
We will have meaningful volunteer projects for all ages and abilities.
Festivities will include:
10AM: Spring Shabloom! Joyful Music and Movement for kids 0-6 withFelicia Tzipora Sloin and Amy Meltzer
10AM : Wild Edibles Walk with Blanche Derby
Holyoke Hummus Company Food Truck
Cob Oven Pizza Baking
Arts and Games for Kids
Flowers for mothers
Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1881598455449839/
The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to Perform Mendelssohn's Elijah
Saturday, May 20, 7pm
This last and powerful performance of the season will provide you with an informed insight into Mendelssohn's Elijah as provided by a pre-concert talk at 6:15 pm: Elijah the Prophet as viewed by the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths.
For more information visit the PVSOC website.