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Celebrate the arts with us this weekend!

IT'S ALMOST HERE!! Temple Israel's Art, Creativity, & Community weekend of programs celebrating the arts in a Jewish context is happening this weekend! Check out the event's link & see what you won't want to miss!
Take 5 minutes & learn about the wonderful artwork of TIG's very own Archie Nahman, who will be leading a Sunday afternoon workshop in metal assemblage:
Bring a friend.
Spread the word.
Share in the celebration!!!
Full schedule of events below.
Once you're recovered from the fun of the arts weekend, you may find yourself considering Passover. We are organizing the great Passover match-up of 2017, in which we will match hosts and guests from the TI community for Seders. Register here: - or via a paper form available at the synagogue. We will also be selling artisanal Chrain (horseradish sauce) - proceeds to benefit the Hebrew School. Get or pre-order your jar this weekend at the vendor showcase. Thanks to Rabbi Andrea, Janice Colbert, and Kim Audette - our amazing Chrain-making team!

Art, Creativity, & Community

It's Almost Here!! Temple Israel of Greenfield, the Center of Jewish Life in Franklin County, will host a weekend exploring the themes of Art, Creativity, & Community in a Jewish context. REGISTER for services & workshops:

The Dancing Bear Bed & Breakfast in Shelburne Falls, MA is offering a discount to its guests attending the Temple Israel Arts Weekend. Call 413-625-9281.


Shabbat Worship

Shabbat Worship:
Friday, 7:30pm Musical evening service with teaching: 'Creativity, Community, & Abundance'
Saturday, 10:00am
Creative Torah service: 'Everyone's Contribution Counts'

Shabbat Afternoon Menucha:
FREE TIME including optional activities at the synagogue (music & conversation) and contemplative hiking @ High Ledges, Shelburne, MA. Meet at second parking area; down the hill at 3:30pm. Facilitated by Maggid David Arfa.

Music & Storytelling Performances:Saturday Evening Concert
Saturday, 7:00pm
Havdalah & Performances from:
ReBelle, an intergenerational and intercultural band from Africa and America
Sue Kranz & Friends, a gifted singer-songwriter, guitarist and flutist
Yosl Kurland, who has been involved with Jewish music for nearly sixty years and founded the Wholesale Klezmer Band.
David Arfa, Maggid (Mah-geed/Storyteller), who is dedicated to Judaism's storytelling heritage and ancient environmental wisdom.

Vendor Showcase

Artists' Showcase & Vendor Sales


Saturday Evening and All Day Sunday

There will be: storytelling CDs, children books, Judaica books, photography, music CDs, knitware, cards, Tshirts, jewelry, pottery, paper cuts, felted goods, illuminations, coloring books, and much more!!

Bagel BrunchBrunch & Panel Discussion:
Sunday, 10:30-12:00
Bagels & Beauty: 'Making Jewish Art & Art-making as Jews
The Panelists: Molly Cantor, maker of one-of-a-kind functional objects; Ilene Stahl, internationally acclaimed clarinetist & founder of Klezperanto; Mark Liebowitz, stained glass fabricator; Peggy Davis, artist and calligrapher; Yosl Kurland, composer and singer. Moderated by Nancy Katz.

Jewish Art WorkshopsWorkshops
Sunday, 12:30-2:00 & 2:30-4:00

Join us for one or two sets of 1.5 hour long hands-on, lecture style, & discussion workshops led by members of our community.

To ensure a spot in your chosen workshop, pre-register at

Session 1: 12:30-2:00pm. Choices:
1A Hebrew Letters for Textile Art Jane Trigere
1B Kvetch & Stretch: Discover your Personal Gift Jodi Falk
1C UpCycling for Families & Others Jess Rigollaud
1D Photography as Metaphor for Life Daniel Yalowitz
1E Humor as Art Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener
1F Illuminating Genocide Amy Fagin
1G Stained Glass: One Jew's Perspective Mark Liebowitz
1H Jewish Music from "Sinai" to Swing Yosl Kurland
1I Bagelfest - Let's Make Bagels Local Baker

Session 2: 2:30-4:00pm. Choices:
2A Introduction to the World of Paper Cutting Edith Bingham
2B 3 Quilters, 3 Approaches Ann Feitelson, Elaine Parmett, Nancy Katz
2C Easy Embroidery for Young Ones (w/ Adult) Melissa Pincus
2D Magical Mandalas Emily Gopen
2E ReStorying Jewish Life (like its always been done) David Arfa
2F The Corkscrew Pharoah and other Discoveries Kol Goodstein
2G Creating Metal Assemblage Archie Nahman
2H Vintage Hebrew Songs of the Pioneers Peggy Davis
2I The Art of Food - Demo and Tasting Chef Marty

Kids programming

Children's Programming

Sunday, 12:30-5pm Featuring performances by Anna Sobel at 1:00 & 3:30, and Felicia Sloin at 3:00.
Barbara Diamond will be storytelling from her books at 1:30 & 2:30

Plus the following family friendly workshops:
Session 1 (12:30-2):
UpCycling for Families and Others

Session 2 (2:30-4):
Easy Embroidery for Young Ones
Magical Mandalas
Metal Assemblage

Closing Ritual and Celebration
Sunday, 4:15-5:00
with the Lander Grinspoon Academy Chorus