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It may sound like a Disney game, but "Superbia" is a real-life approach to actual neighborhoods -- and how neighbors can make them more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.For the neighorhood stretching five blocks or more in either direction from Temple Israel on Pierce Street, people of various religions and backgrounds are coming together for a "Superbia" project that's working on finding ways to build connections in "a neighborhood re-design for growing community and...
Monday, February 27, 2017
Temple israel, 27 Pierce Street, will hold a Shabbaton on Friday, Feb. 27 - Sunday Mar 1, led by interim student rabbi Susan Elkodsi.Friday night, Feb. 27 will feature a 6 p.m. pot-luck dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. followed by an oneg. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Shabbat morning service at 10 a.m. will be followed by kiddush at noon. Torah study will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Susan Elkodsi will guide the congregation through this last portion of the day of rest. Shabbat...
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Your review of the film, "There Are Jews Here," hit close to home for Temple Israel of Greenfield, the center for Jewish life in Franklin County. TI is one of those small, historic communities, similar to those featured in the film. We are proud to serve our congregation and the wider Franklin County community with a range of spiritual, educational, cultural, and justice programming.We are proud to afffiliate with the Interfaith Council of Franklin County in its important work. The public is...
Friday, March 24, 2017
Temple Israel of Greenfield continues its 11th season of Yiddish classes, "What Yiddish Tells Us about Being Jewish," Sunday morning, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled for April 23rd and May 7 and 14. You can drop in any time. The class is taught by Yosl Kurland. Classes focus on the relationship between the Yiddish language and Jewish religion, culture, and philosophy and are designed to accomodate students with some, little, or no familiarity with the language....
Friday, April 14, 2017
"One recent afternoon, more than two dozen backpacks filled with school supplies sat in a room at Temple Israel among linens and household cleaning supplies, ready to be shipped to Springfield and distributed among arriving refugee families. ..."The above is the first paragraph of an article that appeared in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Written by Aviva Luttrell, this is the story of Temple Israel's Refugee Support Project. The accompanying photograph is by Paul...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Miranda Davis, The RecorderGREENFIELD -- Jess Rigollaud spent Sunday afternoon teaching an upcycling class where she and others made scarves and bags out of old T-shirts.Her class was one of 18 at Temple Israel's first Art, Creativity & Community event this weekend. Rigollaud said upcycling items may not seem overtly religious, but there is a connection."It's not in and of itself Jewish, but you know there are parts of our text that say to take care of our world," Rigollaud said.The event...
Sunday, March 26, 2017
It is with sadness that we announce that Miriam, our office manager, will be leaving her position as of December 16, 2016. She has accepted a full-time job in her field as museum exhibit designer in New Mexico. Miriam has done a wonderful job of developing new systems and keeping us running smoothly. Please join us in wishing Miriam well in her new position. The Personnel Committee: Susan Sprung, Chair Peggy Davis Jim Kessler Heather RoseMiriam writes, "I have enjoyed...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Rabbi Andrea was guest editorialist in a summer 2016 edition of the Just Roots newsletter. Read the whole article here:http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5a749734fe7a59d8c7e30dc67&id=c2b5e09baf
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Thank you to everyone who donated money, household goods, and their time to the Refugee Support Project. We made our first delivery, a trailer full of new and gently-used goods to Springfield. More than a dozen members helped make this happen, and we had donations from both inside and outside the Greenfield community.According to Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts, "some of [the supplies] were delivered immediately to newly resettled refugees who have recently arrived from Syria,...
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Rabbi Andrea gave a talk on a You Tube station dedicated to Gnosticism. You can view that here
Monday, June 20, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Click here for Rabbi Andrea's editorial in the June 9 Recorder, My Turn column: http://www.recorder.com/my-turn-tone-of-talk-2691611
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Members of the Refugee Support Project of Temple Israel were featured in the recorder on May 31. http://www.recorder.com/Archives/2016/02/SyriaSpeaker-GR-021616.Phyllis Nahman and Ellen Kaufmann and some of the allies they have cultivated through their work are beautifully quoted. Thank you RSP for your good works!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Our matzoh-making in Colrain was feature on GCTV recently. Temple Israel Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener and Heritage Grain Conservancy founder Eli Rogosa share how important the tradition of making Passover matzoh is to them and to their faith. Watch the segment here.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Our Hebrew school met for a matzo bake it-take it this Sunday which was covered by the Recorder and Greenfield Public Access television (stay tuned for the broadcast). Thanks to Rhonda (as always) Eli and CR who hosted and taught this wonderful class; thanks also to Rachel Huggett and Judy Colin who helped with the music and story of the passover seder.
Monday, April 18, 2016
The Israel Dialogue Project of Greenfield's Temple Israel hosted a screening April 13 of the new film A Third Way. Director Harvey Stein was present for a talk back after the screening. The film represents efforts towards justice, equality and reconciliation between West Bank settlers and their Palestinian neighbors. This balanced and affecting film represents many voices, often contradictory, within both the Jewish and Palestinian communities. These contradicitions - and the search for a...
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Rabbi Andrea was interviewed prior to Passover to dsicuss themes of freedom and the seasonal nature of Jewish holidays on the Bill Newman Show on WHMP.Listen here
Monday, March 28, 2016
Dear All,Inadvertently a shorter version of our introduction ran in the last newsletter.The Personnel Committee is very happy to announce that we have completed the hiring process for the newly designed Office Manager position. Chrissy O'Connor, our executive direction consultant, did a stellar job of attracting a broad range of candidates. We had 29 applicants and held second interviews with 5 candidates. All had very strong office and computer skills. We included Rabbi Andrea and Carol...
Friday, March 4, 2016
Two reminders: Scrip is available for sale in the Temple Israel office. Right now we have gift cards available for Green Fields Market, Stop 'n' Shop, Fosters, and Sunoco. The proceeds from these gift cards benefit the Temple! Also, are you planning a party or a group event? The Temple Building is available! Please Contact the Building Use Committee for for information.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
GREENFIELD -- Temple Israel Greenfield just created a new website for itself -- for free.After many difficulties with external providers, the Temple's IT Committee -- joined by new member Bram Moreinis and new consultant Chrissy O'Connor -- decided to take matters into their own hands, choosing "Open Church" - a free site for religious organizations built with Drupal, an open source platform popular with Valley developers and universities."The look and layout of our former website just was not...
Friday, January 1, 2016
By CHRIS CURTISRecorder StaffSunday, December 21, 2014 (Published in print: Monday, December 22, 2014)GREENFIELD -- With the sun down and the electric lights dimmed, a laughing group celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah with candles and song Sunday, lighting seven candles on each of six menorahs and adding the smells of burning wax to those of fried potato pancakes, doughnuts and cookies in the Temple Israel basement on Pierce Street.Songs in Hebrew and English and the lighting of the...
Sunday, December 21, 2014
GREENFIELD - The holiday of Chanukah, which celebrates the rededication of the Hebrew temple in Jerusalem some 2200 years ago has a special relevance for Temple Israel of Greenfield this year. The congregation installs Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 7-9 p.m. on the seventh night of Chanukah, a time of renewal for Temple Israel as well.That weekend, Temple Israel will also hold a Chanukah workshop called "Rekindling the Light: Opening to Miracles," led by Rabbi Shefa Gold....
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Brown/My Turn: Behind the Visceral Reaction [to the Confederate Flag incident]Op/Ed - Greenfield RecorderBy Daniel A. BrownWednesday, December 9, 2015 (Published in print: Thursday, December 10, 2015)The controversy surrounding the Confederate flag began while I was in Greenfield over Thanksgiving and I have been following its progress ever since. Chris Collins's recent well-written column rightly warns us not to rush so easily to judgment in these hyper-charged times. As a friend of the...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff Sunday, November 29, 2015 (Published in print: Monday, November 30, 2015)The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is, in fact, indicative of more than one set of issues. And there are no simple answers, beyond the need for intensive, compassionate listening.Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, who became spiritual leader of Greenfield's Temple Israel this summer, knows that deeply, from leading tours of groups of Jews and non-Jews to hear each other out, try to understand the many...
By RABBI ANDREA COHEN-KIENER Temple Israel Greenfield Friday, October 9, 2015 (Published in print: Saturday, October 10, 2015)(Editor's note: The following is a submission to The Recorder's weekly column titled "Faith Matters." Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this series, email religion@recorder...