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Tu Bishvat Seder and Potluck

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.

Sing-A-Long Shabbat Dinner

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.

Shabbat Shalaym: A Country Shabbos

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!

Study of The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

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.


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