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Dismantling Racism: A 3-Part Public Conversation

Temple Israel is convening a 3 part public conversation exploring racial bias and the work of dismantling racism We'll meet during the semi-mouring period in the Jewish calendar, before Tisha B'Av.
July 12 10-11:30 We'll explore basic terms and structures of institutionalized racism and unconcsious bias.
July 19 10-11:30 We'll work reflectively to dismantle our own racial conditioning.
July 26 10-11:30 We'll look at the particular affinities and obstacles in Jewish-Black reconciliation.

Chaplain and Maggid David Arfa and Rabbi Andrea co-facilitate.

Jewish Magic and Medicine for Times of Crisis

Join us in August for our Fifth Shabbat programming on esoterica and Judaism. August's guest will be Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser. Rabbi Rhonda is doing primary research on materials from the Cairo genizah/depository for sacred texts. She is currently deciphering chants and incantation to ward off plague and disasters. We hope you can come for this exciting program on the roots of Jewish magic and medicine.
This program is free of charge; donations to TI's programming fund are welcome.

The Amida/Standing Prayer: What Do You Stand For?

The core of Hebrew liturgy is the Amida or Standing Prayer. It is one of the oldest prayers and one of the few prayers that is not simply lifted directly from the Bible. It was composed by our earliest proto-rabbinic leaders.
In this 2 part class we'll discuss the structure, history and themes of the daily and Shabbat Amida. This class is open to pre-bar-mitzvah folks thru adults.
The class is free to members of TI. Non-members are asked to donate $10-18 per class.
Rabbi Andrea is the instructor. She hopes to see you there!

Community Discussion of Crescendo

Please plan to view Crescendo via Garden Cinema. It is loosely based on a true story of an effort to gather Palestinian and Israeli musicians. I found it both profound in parts and simplistic. But it does give empathetc voice to perspectives that we may not have easy access to.

We'll discuss the challenges confronted by the musicians, the techniques used by the organizers and the complexities faced by all.

Oy! A Play by Rich Orloff from Real Teen Theater and Reader's Theater of TI


JUNE 28, 2020 7 PM

Live Streaming on You Tube

Laugh, cry, groan, and test your knowledge of Yiddish!

Join us for a series of scenes exploring relationships - familial, romantic, human-divine - with humor and pathos.

Presented by Real Teen Theater and Real Adult Theater, projects of Temple Israel Greenfield, with the generous support of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Understanding Structural Racism

We in the community of Temple Israel are of all colors. Some of us more than others have a deep and personal understanding of the issues of structural racism. It is a study that I need to undertake. I wish to share that conversation with you.

Please join me for a first event Sunday June 14 at 10:00AM to discuss this article and view a short film. Please RSVP by June 11 at 10AM to be invited.

Family Shabbat Blessing Circle

Welcoming all TI families, especially those with little ones, to a Shabbat Blessing Circle, 5:30-6:00. These sweet gatherings will include simple shabbat songs, a word of Torah or a story, a time to exchange blesisngs and appreciations and all the basic shabbat table blessings, co-led by Rabbi Andrea and the families!

People are also welcome to show off their home made challah, beautiful kiddush cups, decorative place settings or any other shabbat delights you want to share.

Text Study: Lag b'Omer

The weekly text study group focuses on Lag b'Omer, a festive and mystical holiday connected to devastating historical events of the early rabbinic era as well as to the Zohar, a key text in medieval Kabbalah. To join the class, email jrabinowicz[at]


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