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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...
By RABBI ANDREA COHEN-KIENER Temple Israel Greenfield Friday, October 9, 2015 (Published in print: Saturday, October 10, 2015)(Editor's note: The following is a submission to The Recorder's weekly column titled "Faith Matters." Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this series, email [email protected]
Jewish practice of periodic rest for farmland — the ‘shmita’ year — has wider social, economic resonance
By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff Friday, October 2, 2015 (Published in print: Saturday, October 3, 2015)Just as Sabbath is a day of rest in Judaism and Christianity, the "shmita" year is defined in the Jewish Torah as a sabbatical year as part of a seven-year cycle, to give the land a rest.But the concept of shmita isn't just for Jews, who just welcomed year 5776, and it isn't just for farmers.With climate disruption, desertification, a growing rift between wealth and poverty, and other problems...
By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff Friday, September 11, 2015 (Published in print: Saturday, September 12, 2015)For Franklin County's Jewish community, like those around the world, it's a new year, marked by the observance of Rosh Hashana beginning Sunday at sunset. And Temple Israel in Greenfield also has a new rabbi -- Franklin County's first woman in that role.Andrea Cohen-Kiener, who was named rabbi of the Greenfield synagogue last month, has been the spiritual leader of a Jewish Renewal...
Temple israel, 27 Pierce Street, will hold a Shabbaton on Friday, Feb. 27 - Sunday Mar 1, led by interim student rabbi Susan Elkodsi.Friday night, Feb. 27 will feature a 6 p.m. pot-luck dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. followed by an oneg. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Shabbat morning service at 10 a.m. will be followed by kiddush at noon. Torah study will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Susan Elkodsi will guide the congregation through this last portion of the day of rest. Shabbat...
Thursday, February 26, 2015