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Waking Us From Our Complacency: An Elul Event on Immigration Justice and Racial Justice

JEWISH ACTIVISTS FOR IMMIGRATION JUSTICE OF WESTERN MA and NEVER AGAIN ACTION BOSTON PRESENT:
Co-Sponsored bt Temple Israel, Greenfield

WAKING US FROM OUR COMPLACENCY
A performance by
JONATHAN MENDOZA AWARD-WINNING LATINO-JEWISH POET on
"LATINX AND JEWISH: IMMIGRANT NARRATIVES AND ACTIVISM"
AN ON-LINE EVENT AUGUST 25, 2020 7PM

Begin Again: Preparing for the High Holidays

Join Shirin Morris and Frances Welson for a four week class on the traditional Jewish practice of preparing oneself for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This practice takes place during the Hebrew month of Elul, which begins on August 21 this year. Shirin and Fran will share some techniques that they have learned to assist in this process. Using motifs from Kabbalah, Musar practice, middot (spiritual qualities) and mindfulness meditation, these sessions will enable you to deepen a process of self-awareness and Tikun Olam that you can continue to use through the High Holidays and beyond.

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.

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

OY! A PLAY BY RICH ORLOFF

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.

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