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Shabbat Dinner Report from the U.S./Mexico border

Members of Western Massachusetts Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice will join our First Friday Shabbat Dinner to report on their recent experience witnessing, protesting and providing humanitarian aid to asylum-seekers who are being forced to wait for months in crowded and unsafe refugee camps on the Brownsville/Matamoros Border under the controversial "MPP" (aka Wait in Mexico) Program.

Shabbat Dinner in honor of Rhonda & Lew, plus Enneagram Teaching with Rabbi Andrea

The theme of the January First Friday is the Enneagram. Come for dinner & blessings at 6 PM, and when we are nicely satiated, Rabbi Andrea will present on the Enneagram, a fascinating system for understanding our motivations and tendencies. Enneagram is a very helpful tool for working with others and spotting your own unhelpful habits ~ as if you have any!

Light the Night: A Chanukah Celebration @ Hawks & Reed

Franklin County's fabulous community wide Hanukkah party celebrates the power of light over darkness. Join us at Hawks & Reed on Main Street, Greenfield for music, dancing, candle making & lighting, crafts, storytime and more!

Craft and activity tables will be active the entire party.

4 PM: Storytime with PJ Library
4:30 PM: Khaneke Music & Dancing with the Wholesale Klezmer Band
5:30 PM: Community Menorah Lighting - Bring Your Menorahs!

A Hillula for Leonard Cohen

At first Friday Shabbat Dinner this month we will celebrate & study the poetry & philosophy of Leonard Cohen, as told through his songs. Participants will learn and sing some of Cohen's music, & Rabbi Andrea will lead a table talk on the kabbalistic & philosophical underpinnings of his songwriting.

If you would like to help set up, come at 5:30. Dinner & blessings at 6 PM, followed by songs.

Temple Israel will provide a Simple Supper, please bring sides, drinks, or desserts to share if you are able to.

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