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GREENFIELD -- 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. For more details, visit www.templeisraelgreenfield.org.ROSH HASHANAHThe Jewish New Year runs from the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 20, until the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 22. Temple Israel is hosting a community meal and evening...
Saturday, September 9, 2017
From The Greenfield Recorder, Saturday, August 5, 2017 -- Faith Matters seriesBy Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, Temple Israel, GreenfieldWe are, too many of us, uninterested in understanding people with whom we disagree. We are afraid to air our ideas at family dinners and across backyard fences. How can this be good for us? How did we get this way? How can we gain widsom when we cannot examine many points of view? How can we feel connected when we silo ourselves in echo chambers that repeat...
Friday, August 4, 2017
From Thursday's Recorder; article by Richie Davis, photo by Paul FranzIn the beginning, there was the garden.This Sunday, as part of the beginning of its "Superbia" project with neighbors in the larger community, Temple Israel will have a tour of gardens around the community from 4 to 7 p.m.The seed for this was planted at a series of community meetings last winter to gauge interest among neighbors of the Pierce Street synagogue about finding on (sic) ways to build local connections in "a...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
From The Greenfield Recorder "Religion in the News" section --Temple Israel is hosting a four-week storytelling workshop in preparation for Tisha B'Av, the Jewish holiday of mourning and hope. The workshops will be led by Maggid David Arfa and Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener. All levels of experience are invited. We'll use story circles, personal reflection, texts, art and time outdoors to find our own stories of brokenness and of hope. By the end, we will create one long story filled with both...
Saturday, July 8, 2017
From the Greenfield Recorder Religion News:RSVP by May 26.Temple Israel is holding a community Shabbat dinner, open to all and free of charge, on Friday, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Temple Israel at 27 Pierce Street. It will be a catered, sit-down meal to celebrate Shabbat and the Temple Israel community. Those interested in learning more about Temple Israel are welcome to participate, as well as Temple members, prospective members, and friends of all ages. To attend, RSVP by Friday, May 26...
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The Beit Ahavah will be hossting a series of events in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Rabbi Riqi Kosovske's ordination and of her leadership at Beit Ahavah as well as forty years of women in the rabbinate.Women in the Rabbinate: Shifting the Paradigm, Sunday, May 7, 4 to 5:30 p.m. A community-wide panel of accomplished women rabbis will share their triumphs, challenges, and visions of women rabbis' impact on Judaism. Rabbis will include Rabbi Kosovske, Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener of...
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Temple Israel of Greenfield continues its 11th season of Yiddish classes, "What Yiddish Tells Us about Being Jewish," Sunday morning, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled for April 23rd and May 7 and 14. You can drop in any time. The class is taught by Yosl Kurland. Classes focus on the relationship between the Yiddish language and Jewish religion, culture, and philosophy and are designed to accomodate students with some, little, or no familiarity with the language....
Friday, April 14, 2017
Miranda Davis, The RecorderGREENFIELD -- Jess Rigollaud spent Sunday afternoon teaching an upcycling class where she and others made scarves and bags out of old T-shirts.Her class was one of 18 at Temple Israel's first Art, Creativity & Community event this weekend. Rigollaud said upcycling items may not seem overtly religious, but there is a connection."It's not in and of itself Jewish, but you know there are parts of our text that say to take care of our world," Rigollaud said.The event...
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Your review of the film, "There Are Jews Here," hit close to home for Temple Israel of Greenfield, the center for Jewish life in Franklin County. TI is one of those small, historic communities, similar to those featured in the film. We are proud to serve our congregation and the wider Franklin County community with a range of spiritual, educational, cultural, and justice programming.We are proud to afffiliate with the Interfaith Council of Franklin County in its important work. The public is...
Friday, March 24, 2017
It may sound like a Disney game, but "Superbia" is a real-life approach to actual neighborhoods -- and how neighbors can make them more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.For the neighorhood stretching five blocks or more in either direction from Temple Israel on Pierce Street, people of various religions and backgrounds are coming together for a "Superbia" project that's working on finding ways to build connections in "a neighborhood re-design for growing community and...
Monday, February 27, 2017
"One recent afternoon, more than two dozen backpacks filled with school supplies sat in a room at Temple Israel among linens and household cleaning supplies, ready to be shipped to Springfield and distributed among arriving refugee families. ..."The above is the first paragraph of an article that appeared in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Written by Aviva Luttrell, this is the story of Temple Israel's Refugee Support Project. The accompanying photograph is by Paul...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Rabbi Andrea was guest editorialist in a summer 2016 edition of the Just Roots newsletter. Read the whole article here:http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5a749734fe7a59d8c7e30dc67&id=c2b5e09baf
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Rabbi Andrea gave a talk on a You Tube station dedicated to Gnosticism. You can view that here
Monday, June 20, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Click here for Rabbi Andrea's editorial in the June 9 Recorder, My Turn column: http://www.recorder.com/my-turn-tone-of-talk-2691611
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Members of the Refugee Support Project of Temple Israel were featured in the recorder on May 31. http://www.recorder.com/Archives/2016/02/SyriaSpeaker-GR-021616.Phyllis Nahman and Ellen Kaufmann and some of the allies they have cultivated through their work are beautifully quoted. Thank you RSP for your good works!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Our matzoh-making in Colrain was feature on GCTV recently. Temple Israel Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener and Heritage Grain Conservancy founder Eli Rogosa share how important the tradition of making Passover matzoh is to them and to their faith. Watch the segment here.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Our Hebrew school met for a matzo bake it-take it this Sunday which was covered by the Recorder and Greenfield Public Access television (stay tuned for the broadcast). Thanks to Rhonda (as always) Eli and CR who hosted and taught this wonderful class; thanks also to Rachel Huggett and Judy Colin who helped with the music and story of the passover seder.
Monday, April 18, 2016
The Israel Dialogue Project of Greenfield's Temple Israel hosted a screening April 13 of the new film A Third Way. Director Harvey Stein was present for a talk back after the screening. The film represents efforts towards justice, equality and reconciliation between West Bank settlers and their Palestinian neighbors. This balanced and affecting film represents many voices, often contradictory, within both the Jewish and Palestinian communities. These contradicitions - and the search for a...
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Rabbi Andrea was interviewed prior to Passover to dsicuss themes of freedom and the seasonal nature of Jewish holidays on the Bill Newman Show on WHMP.Listen here
Monday, March 28, 2016
GREENFIELD -- Temple Israel Greenfield just created a new website for itself -- for free.After many difficulties with external providers, the Temple's IT Committee -- joined by new member Bram Moreinis and new consultant Chrissy O'Connor -- decided to take matters into their own hands, choosing "Open Church" - a free site for religious organizations built with Drupal, an open source platform popular with Valley developers and universities."The look and layout of our former website just was not...
Friday, January 1, 2016
By CHRIS CURTISRecorder StaffSunday, December 21, 2014 (Published in print: Monday, December 22, 2014)GREENFIELD -- With the sun down and the electric lights dimmed, a laughing group celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah with candles and song Sunday, lighting seven candles on each of six menorahs and adding the smells of burning wax to those of fried potato pancakes, doughnuts and cookies in the Temple Israel basement on Pierce Street.Songs in Hebrew and English and the lighting of the...
Sunday, December 21, 2014
GREENFIELD - The holiday of Chanukah, which celebrates the rededication of the Hebrew temple in Jerusalem some 2200 years ago has a special relevance for Temple Israel of Greenfield this year. The congregation installs Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 7-9 p.m. on the seventh night of Chanukah, a time of renewal for Temple Israel as well.That weekend, Temple Israel will also hold a Chanukah workshop called "Rekindling the Light: Opening to Miracles," led by Rabbi Shefa Gold....
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Brown/My Turn: Behind the Visceral Reaction [to the Confederate Flag incident]Op/Ed - Greenfield RecorderBy Daniel A. BrownWednesday, December 9, 2015 (Published in print: Thursday, December 10, 2015)The controversy surrounding the Confederate flag began while I was in Greenfield over Thanksgiving and I have been following its progress ever since. Chris Collins's recent well-written column rightly warns us not to rush so easily to judgment in these hyper-charged times. As a friend of the...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff Sunday, November 29, 2015 (Published in print: Monday, November 30, 2015)The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is, in fact, indicative of more than one set of issues. And there are no simple answers, beyond the need for intensive, compassionate listening.Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, who became spiritual leader of Greenfield's Temple Israel this summer, knows that deeply, from leading tours of groups of Jews and non-Jews to hear each other out, try to understand the many...

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