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Originally a minor civil observation in ancient Israel, Tu Bishvat has been a meaningful Jewish holiday to kabbalists for at least 500 years. Starting from that kabbalistic tradition, our seder will address modern ecological concerns and how Jewish teaching and values inform our relationship with the natural world. Participants are invited to bring their favorite brief poem, quote, song, etc on the subjects of trees and/or nature.
Potluck dinner to follow, please bring a vegetarian dish to share if you are able.
Please join us for a Friday Night Service honoring our fabulous Chevra Kadisha! Details to follow.
We are getting ready for a song filled Shabbat morning service January 19, Shabbat Shira, when Prophetesses Miriam and Deborah both lead the people in their unique ways, including song, dancing and poetry. We will constitute a Shabbat Shira chorus and have our "practice" January 4.
Any of you who have agreed to participate in Shabbat Shira, please try to attend THIS Friday dinner January 4 for a chance to learn and sing some of the music for the Shabbat Shira service. Music will also be available as a sound file for those who wish to be in the Shabbat Shira chorus.
Yosl Kurland will lead a traditional Shabbos morning service at 10 am followed at noon by a dairy/vegetarian potluck kiddush lunch and mini-concert/discussion of Yiddish songs. You don't need to attend the service to come to the lunch and music.
This shabbat, which celebrates the role of Miriam and Deborah the prophetesses, we will be led in our traditional service by the able women leaders of our community. Followed by a celebratory kiddush luncheon. Plan to attend and bring your dancing shoes!
We will be observing Human Rights Shabbat with a First Friday Shabbat dinner Friday, December 7. Come at 6 pm for Shabbat blessings, prayers and a dvar torah on human rights, followed by a delicious and nutritious potluck Shabbat dinner.
A traditional erev Shabbos (Friday evening) service and dinner at Temple Israel of Greenfield. The evening begins with a short service, about 45 minutes, followed by dinner. The Shabbos observance will continue during the meal with kiddush, d'var Torah with discussion, singing of nigunim (wordless tunes) zmires (Shabbos songs) and Yiddish songs, and a short version of benching (blessings after eating). All are welcome to join for this joyful & musical Shabbos celebration!
Please be aware that there is NO First Friday dinner this month. See you on November 2!
Please join us after services on Saturday October 13th as we begin a study of The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel.
This is a beautifully written book that can enrich our understanding and practice of the central spiritual ideal of Judaism. "Judaism is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that the Sabbath is our great cathedral." from The Sabbath.