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Dislocation, Justice and Renewal: A Comparative Study of Three Exiles with Jan Flaska

Dislocation, Justice and Renewal: A Comparative Study of Three Exiles

Dr. Flaska on sabbatical in eastern Europe, turned his attention to forced migrations in a variety of places and times with a view towards injustice and resilience. In this talk, he will consider Lakota in South Dakota; Jews in Central Europe; and the Kanienkeha:ka Mohwak community near Montreal.

The Lost World of African-American Cantors 1915-1953

The history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music -- ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc. --as performers, promoters, managers, club owners and record labels. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters on record, radio and in concert between the World Wars.

Tikkun Olam Committee Meeting

The time is ripe for us to coalesce a new and coordinated effort of tikkun olam work at the synagogue around urgent and emergent opportunities to transform and repair racial inequities in our communities. By coordinating a cohesive tikkun olam initiative at the synagogue, we hope to engage members in our community to:

- Learn and live into our Jewish values around racial justice;
- Amplify and support local social justice initiatives;
- Self-study our own diversity and inclusion practices;

400 Years: Truth & Healing for the Next Seven Generations

We unite with the mission of the project of listening, connecting, and acting for justice. Being a partner is a way of publicly identifying your congregation with this project and its basic goals. Formally partnering is a way of showing solidarity with our Native neighbors in this region. Watch at 2PM here on October 18.

Helping raise funds for four projects that our Indigenous partners have chosen:

Apple Orchard Gleaning - Family Friendly

We invite you (all ages) to a special apple glean at a family orchard in Shutesbury. Please RSVP to receive the exact location.
We'll harvest apples (perfect and not quite perfect). Our intention is to donate the pristine ones to organizations that help alleviate hunger in our area. We'll have suggested places to receive the food, but you are welcome to do research in your own towns and donate thru your local agencies.
Gleaners are welcome to take home some apples as well, for eating or preserving. Temple Israel owns 3 canners which can be loaned out for your home projects.

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