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Weekly Newsletter for July 25, 2017

Shalom! We are getting together our pizza order for Superbia's Neighborhood Garden Tour on July 30, so if you haven't already, please let us know if you'll be coming. We are looking forward to a joyful afternoon of enjoying gardens in our community.

As you may have noticed, we have been experiencing some technical difficulties with our email bulletins in the past few weeks. Thank you for your patience as we work that out. We have decided to move our weekly email over to a new platform, which we hope will resolve all issues.

Please note that next Tuesday, August 1 is Tisha B'Av, so the office will be closed.

To list something in TI's weekly email, please email copy to [email protected] by Sunday.

Friday Mikvah River Immersions at Gardeners Falls

Fridays, 4:15-5pm.

These gatherings are simple. We start with setting the kavanah, the intention for our immersion, for getting ready to move from weekday into Shabbat. Combining short check-ins, teachings and visualizations, we prepare together for immersion. Immersing is the most important part, letting the river re-freshen. We immerse in pairs or trio's, with bathing suits...(it is a public beach after all).

Please note: We are adapting the traditional ritual form. We gather as a coed group and wearing swimsuits. Everyone creates their own experience in a shared, supportive space. If Mikvah is new to you, like it is for most of us, do not worry. All are welcome for this simple renewing ceremony.

We meet at Gardeners Falls in SF: Just travel from Shelburne Falls South, towards Conway, and take the first left onto Gardeners Falls Road. Barely a half mile south of town. Park on the left right away, past the woodpile and follow the trail down the steps (behind the woodpile).

Superbia Neighborhood Garden Tour and Pizza Party

Sunday, July 30, 4-7pm
Meet at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce Street a few minutes before 4.

Join Temple Israel's Superbia Project for a neighborhood walking tour! We will explore some of the wonderful gardens in our area and share in our hosts' gardening wisdom. We'll close out the evening at the home of a TI member with pizza and more. Great if you can bring fruit, dessert, or a beverage to share. RSVP by replying to this email or calling 413-773-5884.

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Shabbat Lunch & Study at Sher's House

Sher Sweet and Peggy Davis invite you to kiddush, lunch and traditional Sabbath table songs on Saturday, August 5 at 12 p.m. Following lunch, at about 1:15, they will lead Torah study to honor the memory of the late rabbi, feminist and brilliant scholar, Bonna Haberman. Please bring a vegetarian contribution to the lunch. At Sher's home in Greenfield -- for address, email [email protected] or call 413-773-5884.

Enneagram Self-Study: Brunch and Conversation

Ennegram is an ancient system for self-study, a sort of spiritual Meyers-Briggs. Enneagram has been used in monastaries and other spiritual communities for centuries. Rabbi Andrea will present an overview of the system and lead an exchange about using the system for self-awareness and improved communication.

Enneagram is of wide interest and attendance is not limited to TI members.

Donation requested of $10-$15 for brunch and class. 10-12 AM.

RSVP appreciated for food and xerox planning; [email protected] or "reply" to this email

Job Openings at Temple Israel's Hebrew School

Temple Israel, Greenfield, is developing a pre-school program for families with young children and is seeking a teacher/outreach worker to design and develop a monthly program.

The Temple Hebrew School has an opening for a teacher's assistant for the elementary-age Hebrew School which meets on Sunday mornings.

Descriptions of these jobs are on the Temple web site are available on our website.

Please send by mail or e-mail a letter expressing your interest in a position to the Temple office: [email protected], 27 Pierce St, Greenfield MA 01301 by August 3, 2017.

Summer Reading with Temple Israel

The Temple Israel Book Group is on!! This summer we are reading Jonathan Safran Foer's newest novel Here I Am. Everyone is welcome to join us, just read the book between now and the High Holy days and then at a date TBA in October we will meet to discuss it. If you are interested in purchasing the book and want to support a local business while saving money, let the office know - TI can purchase the book for you from the World Eye Book Store for a 10% discount. We will pass the savings on to you.

Or, borrow the book from your local library - Book | E-Book, or via Amazon as a book or for Kindle.