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Weekly Newsletter for 9/05

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Shalom! Team TI is having a blast getting ready for High Holidays and other fall offerings.

We are still looking for a few folks to help out with our tag sale on 9/15 and/or 9/17. If you are interested in helping please call Marsha at 773-0201.

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Weekly Shabbat Gatherings

With autumn's approach comes the return of our regular Shabbat schedule. In general, Temple Israel hosts a Shabbat gathering every week, rotating between Friday evenings and Saturday morning. Please visit our calendar for details on special Shabbats and exceptions.

First Fridays
We gather to bake and enjoy pizza and calzones together. Not just for families, definitely family friendly. Join us for the baking at 5pm and/or the meal at 6pm.

Second Saturdays
Creative shabbat morning service at 10am, followed by kiddush and conversations.

Third Fridays
A joyous and song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat/Entering Shabbat Service at 7pm.

Fourth Saturdays
10am services with inspiration from the torah reading will be followed by fellowship and kiddush. Spiritual support for anxious times.

Giant Tag Sale Next Week!

High Holidays Schedule
Please Note Tashlich Time Change

Temple Israel has planned a full schedule of services, meals, and celebrations for the High Holidays. All are welcome - please feel free to join for all or part of these community gatherings. No tickets needed, but donations gratefully accepted. Visit our website calendar for details.

Please note that there has been a change of time for Tashlich at the Green River. The ceremony and picnic will start at 5:00 p.m. Temple Israel will provide several main dishes; feel free to bring additional items to share if you wish. If you're on Facebook, visit our page for this event and invite your friends!

Also, we have added a Gentle Yoga Session at 4:00 p.m. on Yom Kippur - Sat. 9/30. Shay Cooper will lead a quiet restorative yoga class for those of us wanting to stretch into our fasting bodies. Dress in stretchy garb. If you have a mat, do bring it.

Help Wanted for Rosh Hashanah Potluck

We have a veggie-dairy pot luck lunch on Septemeber 21, after services, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. We will also need helpers to set up and clean up. Please let Rhonda know what you can contribute, Thanks. Rhonda an be reached at 413-624-5175.

High Holy Days Ushers Needed

We are looking for some good women and men to be ushers/greeters for the High Holy Days. If you are willing to help, please contact Sher Sweet at [email protected] or call: 413.522.8892. We will be looking for two ushers for each time slot. Below are the times available:

ROSH HASHANAH September 21, 2017
9:15 - 10:45 am
10:45 - 12:15
12:15 - 1:30 pm

Kol Nidre: September 29, 2017
5:30 - 7:15 pm

Yom Kippur Day, September 30, 2017
9:45 - 11:15 am
11:15 - 12:45
12:45 - 2:00 pm
2:00 - 3:00 pm
5:45 - 7:00 pm

Contact Sher Sweet at [email protected] or call: 413.522.8892

Support for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hadassah National's President, Ellen Hershkin, recently sent an email with a list of organizations that are working on the ground in Texas to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. Below is an excerpt from that email.

"Hadassah wants to do its part to alleviate Hurricane Harvey's devastation by directing you to the organizations listed below that have effective disaster response mechanisms in place to help families of all faiths in Texas:

In addition, if you're on Facebook, please follow this link to share your thoughts, comments, or words of encouragement for [Hadassah] members impacted by the storm."

Alice Thomas Art Exhibition

Alice Thomas, Artist and TI Member, will exhibit "FLOW" at

Smith College in the Nolen Art Lounge (Student Center)

September 1- 15, 2017

Closing Reception: September 15, 5-8pm

No credit cards, please.

Questions? [email protected]

Community Announcements

    Mak'hela: The Jewish Chorus of Western MA begins new season on Sept. 12!

    Mak'hela, The Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, welcomes new singers to its opening rehearsal on September 12thfrom 7:30pm to 9:15pm at the Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street, Northampton. Come check it out! Visit or email [email protected] or [email protected], or call Bonnie at 413 567-3927.

    Film Screening and Discussion of the new local chapter of Not In Our Town

    The PBS documentary "Not In Our Town: Billings, Montana" will be screened Monday, Sept. 18 at 7pm at Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield. After several hate incidents last year, residents got together to form a local Not In Our Town group.
    Co-sponsors: Northwestern District Attorney's Office and Communities that Care

    Rosh Chodesh Groups for Girls 8-9th grade returns Sept. 24

    Rosh Hodesh is the celebration of the birth of the new moon that occurs each month. This celebration has been an occasion for women to gather, learn, and explore spirituality together. Rosh Hodesh is founded on this practice. The groups are a place for girls to be safe, smart, strong, to try things out, mess up, eat together, laugh together, collaborate, and bat ideas around. It is a place for girls to explore their deepest concerns and challenges, while discovering the tools to bring confidence and joy into their daily lives. Through hearfelt and light discussion, arts & craft, creative rituals, and games, the girls and their leader draw on Jewish values and spirituality to explore the issues they care about most.

    The program is designed for small groups of girls to meet monthly and build a long-term mentoring relationship with their leader that will last as the participants grow from girls to young women. No previous knowledge required.

    For more information or to register visit the program's website.

    Tof Miriam Hand Drum Workshop at BAJC October 15

    Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is hosting a hand drum workshop on Sunday, October 15, 6:30-9:00pm. The workshop will be lead by Marla Goldstein, L.A. musician, Grammy-nominated percussionist and Frame Drum Specialist. The workshop is entitled 'Rhythm and Songs of the Tof Miriam Drum' - the Tof Miriam, played during the splitting of the Red Sea, is a very special and important instrument for Jews, symbolizing freedom, joy, and celebration. Fees for the workshop are on a sliding scale from $27 to $45.00 for adults and $20 to $38 for children ages 12-16. Reservations are highly recommended. To reserve or to ask questions, contact Stephan at [email protected].

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