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No office hours tomorrow! But plenty to do in coming weeks...

Brrrr.... Due to the impending blizzard, we will NOT be having office hours tomorrow, Tuesday March 14. Please save your Temple business for Thursday, when we will all hopefully be shoveled out and back at work.

Keep on reading for details of whats to come this week, and come to our big arts weekend at the end of the month!

Table of Contents

  • THIS WEDNESDAY: Hot Topics: A Practice in Handling Heated Conversations
  • Shabbat Evening Service
  • Yiddish Class
  • 3/20 'White Helmets' Film Screening on Syrian First Responders @ 2nd Cong. Church. Plus, an update from the Refugee Support Project
  • Arts Weekend is Nigh
  • The Passover Match-Up
  • Community Announcements

Hot Topics: A Practice in Handling Heated Conversations

Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm

Please join us this Wednesday for Hot Topics, an on-going training and practice in listening skills. Concentrating this month on opening questions.

Shabbat Evening Service

Friday, March 17, 7:00pm

Joyous and song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat/Entering Shabbat Service.
Spiritual support for challenging times.
Monthly on Third Fridays at 7:00PM

Yiddish Class

Sunday, March 19, 10:30am

What Yiddish Tells Us About Being Jewish

Yosl Kurland's Yiddish Class will continue on March 19. Classes focus on the relationship between the Yiddish language and Jewish religion, culture and philosophy, and make use of songs, poetry, idiomatic expressions, vocabulary building games and grammatical examples taken from the literature we are studying.

'White Helmets' Film Screening on Syrian First Responders @ 2nd Cong. Church

Monday, March 20, 7:00pm
At 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield

Consider attending the screening of the powerful film 'White Helmets' at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield

The White Helmets, which recently won the Academy Award for Best Short Documentary, is about the 3000 Syrian civilians who work as first responders. They are credited with saving over 60,000 people from rubble in war-torm Syria.

Co-sponsored by Temple Israel's Refugee Support Project. This activity is coordinated with Valley Refugee Relief, a Pioneer Valley coalition to reduce suffering and support human needs of Syrians in Syria and in this region.

Also, an important message from the Refugee Support Project:

We are shifting focus due to the major shift in immigration policy of the U.S. The Jewish Family Service has not been receiving many refugees all lately, so we are NOT collecting housewares at the Temple. There is now a need to protect our local immigrant community, mostly in Turners Falls and Greenfield. To find out how to help, call Ellen Kaufmann at 625-9708.

Arts Weekend is Nigh!

Our Art, Creativity, & Community weekend is March 24-26. We hope you'll join us for part of this weekend exploring the arts in a Jewish context.

Shabbat services, workshops, performances, vendor sales, a panel discussion, and plenty of conversation and community!

The Dancing Bear Bed & Breakfast in Shelburne Falls, MA is offering a discount to its guests attending Temple Israel's Arts Weekend. Call 413-625-9281.
A hearty THANK YOU to Edith Bingham and Philip Bragdon for this generous offer!

Visit our website for more details:
Visit the facebook event and share with your friends:

The Great Passover Match-Up

Need a seat for Passover? Want to host a Seder? We are connecting TI community members with each other for both first and second night Seders. If you are interested in participating in our match-up, fill out the form online: - Paper forms are also available at the synagogue. If you'd like one mailed to you, please call the office.

Community Announcements

Upcoming Events at Brandeis University

Upcoming events at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and beyond. All are free and open to the public. The first event is this Wednesday. These and other events can also be found online at
Jews and Israel on Campus: Between a Nightmare and a Field of Dreams
A Talk by Rabbi Chaim Seidler-

Wednesday, March 15th, 4:30-6:00 PM
Mandel Reading Room, Mandel Center for the Humanities (3rd Floor), Brandeis

Chaim Seidler-Feller was executive director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA for 40 years. Currently he is the director of the Hartman Fellowship for Campus Professionals. Cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Hillel at Brandeis. Facebook event page:


The Last Words: The Fate of the Ladino Language in Turkey
Meet the Fillmmaker, Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, March 22nd, 3:00-5:00 PM
Perlman Lounge, in Pearlman Hall, Brandeis
Filmmaker Rita Ender will screen and speak about her short film, followed by commentary from Dr. Andre Levy, Visiting Professor at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University. Cosponsored with the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. Facecbook event page:

Lander-Grinspoon Academy's Night Around the Table March 19, 22, 23, and 26

Lander-Grinspoon Academy's Night Around the Table; dinners and conversations with luminaries will take place over four nights March 19, 22, 23 and 26. Tickets are still available.

March 28 "Censored Voices" film screening at CBI Northampton

"Censored Voices," an Israeli film made from previously censored audio tapes made by returning soldiers from the 1967 Six Day War and featuring author Amos Oz will be shown at Congregation B'nai Israel at 7 pm Tuesday March 28th.

In the weeks following the Six-Day War in 1967, the conflict that reshaped a victorious Israel, two kibbutzniks, Amos Oz and Avraham Shapira, recorded a series of talks with other soldiers just coming home. Mr. Shapira assembled those conversations into a book, "The Seventh Day," which came out later that year and was remarkably reflective given the national euphoria. But the Israeli military permitted only about 30 percent of the material to be published then.

In Mor Loushy's 2015 film "Censored Voices," Mr. Oz, now perhaps Israel's best-known author, and Mr. Shapira, an editor, along with some of their interviewees, listen almost a half-century later to tapes of their younger selves and have a fascinating discussion among themselves about how they see the impact of that war on the current situation.

Filmmaker Ms. Loushy skillfully uses war footage taken by the military itself. She also gives the older subjects the film's last words: One says that these days he's "less of a Zionist," another that he's "much more right wing."

The event is co-sponsored by the CBI Israel Committee and Congregation Beit Ahavah.

The event is free of charge and handicapped accessible . All are welcome.