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Friday, September 6, 2019

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Sep 6 2019 - 4:45pm
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Shelburne Mikvah is Back! All are invited to a watery immersion to mark the freshness of Shabbat. Our first Mikvah of the season is happening this Friday, May 31, at 4:45. These Deerfield River Immersions (co-ed- with swimwear), are brief and refreshing; our ceremony is simple . The River shares her power with all who dare.

Please RSVP to [email protected] if you can make it. If you can't, remember the words of the Seer of Lublin and feel free to immerse yourself in the 'Rivers of Fire', the holy rivers of prayer and intention. Once, the Holy Seer had no Mikvah or River to immerse within. And yet, his beard was dripping wet when his students came. Why? "I did my immersions in the River of Fire; one for getting rid of the schmutz of the week, another for claiming the holy garment that is Shabbat".

FYI- our custom is to immerse three times: 1. to rid ourselves of the schmutz from the week, 2. to bring in Shabbat blessing and 3. To bring in a blessing for our soul filled world.

Directions to Gardeners Falls from Greenfield: Rt 2 West, cross the Deerfield River and take a left on State Street, Follow past Bridge of Flowers and McCuskers; Bear left onto Conway Street, follow Conway St zigzagging through town (about 1 mile) and first left is Gardners Falls Rd. Follow road around the curve and park immediately on left (about 200ft). When looking at River, walk left until you see the stairs. Follow on down to the river.

 
 
 
 
Sep 6 2019 - 6:00pm
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Join us on the First Friday in September for a reading, conversation and signing of Making Love While Farming with the authors: Ricky Baruch and Deb Habib, co-founders of Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center. Books will be available for sale before sundown.

The book talk will be followed by a simple supper. The Rabbi will supply soup and bread - your contributions of salads, sides, and desserts are much appreciated. The Temple Kitchen is under construction, so please bring your own bowl & silverware for this meal. Let us know you are coming with an email to [email protected]

Making Love While Farming: A Field Guide to a Life of Passion and Purpose is the savory story of a couple who challenged convention to shape a self-created life and grow a loving relationship and family. Described in reviews as equal parts memoir, inspiration, and handbook, it is rich with stories that recount the humorous and harsh realities of a honeymoon of thousands of miles walked on pilgrimage from Auschwitz to Hiroshima; sixty combined years in the farm fields; adventures building and living off the grid; and the launch of a garlic and arts festival with neighbors and a hundred bucks. These, plus 'field guides' with practical DIY ideas, contemplative practices, and seasonal recipes unite under one cover to inspire readers to cultivate resilient and vibrant lives and communities. Rooted in the authors' three decades of experience in the field and as educators and community organizers, the book affirms the possibility and necessity of lives and livelihoods that respond to environmental and social justice issues with creativity, love, and balance.