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Tu b'Shvat, the 15th day of the month of Shvat, is the date each year from which the age of a tree would be counted, and is called the New Year of the Trees. In Israel, it is the time that the sap starts running and the almond trees blossom.
It has been a meaningful Jewish holiday to kabbalists for at least 500 years, Jewish mystics who initiated the custom of having a seder meal with fruit for the holiday.
Join in person at Temple Israel Greenfield or via Zoom for choir practice for the Neo-Levitical Chorus. 7:30-9:00.
This interactive class led by Justin Sundell-Thomas will explore the basics of tefilah, or Jewish prayer, with the goal of providing tools for developing deeper personal and communal prayer practice. Using the siddur as a jumping off point, we will familiarize ourselves with traditional and contemporary elements of daily Jewish prayer, consider ways to create a personally meaningful daily practice, discuss barriers we may face integrating regular tefilah into our lives, and strategize to overcome those barriers.
We're setting aside two Sunday evenings before Purim to stage and act out some of the scenes and music of a Purim tale. Show time is Purim eve, Monday March 9, 5-7PM.
Teens and Adults, the playful and the prayerful are all welcome to help with the story telling.
Changing Our Minds: How We Can Reflect and Grow
Rabbi Andrea will help with the music and liturgy and offer the sermon this Sunday at All Soul's Church on Main Street in Greenfield.
All are welcome
TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM
Amy Leos-Urbel leads this practical session for parents and educators who wish to learn ways to help children describe, understand and combat anti-Semitism.
Suggested donation $6-36
Co-sponsored with Hadassah and supported by a generous grant from the Grinspoon Foundation of Western MA.
Sunday, February 9 5-7pm at Temple Israel
Real Teens/Real Adults
Temple Israel invites thespians of all ages to join in a dynamic improv workshop with Mandy Anderson of Happier Valley Comedy Theater. Mandy is a terrific performer and teacher. In this second visit to Temple Israel she will lead all comers in playful and fun theater games, improv exercises, character and monologue building and more. No experience necessary. Join us!
Rabbi Andrea will be the coffee hour guest at St Andrew's and St James this Sunday. Her topic is What Do Jews Believe? In this talk Rabbi Andrea discusses the historical roots of Christianity and the eventual divergence of these two faith groups. She highlights some of the points of rhetoric and interpretation on key ideas, such as faith, acts and messiah.
The talk is open to all.
Friend and congregant Liz Kelner will lead a discussion on The Relevance of Jewish Jesus in the Context of Antisemitism and Our Place in a Christian World after services and kiddush lunch. Liz's approach to this topic offers the opportunity for personal integration and interfaith reconciliation.
Temple Israel will provide a main course, please bring sides or desserts to supplement if you are able.
Workshop on the Sacred Work of Grief
Sher Sweet invites you to an exploration of ideas presented in Francis Weller's book The Wild Edge of Sorrow. This workshop will include Sher's presentation of key ideas in the book, discussion and writing exercises. Sher is a spiritual counselor for Hospice.
Join us on Monday, January 27th, 6:30-8:30. Light refreshments will be provided.