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Our Arts Weekend is coming up fast! And lots of events in between...

Shalom! We had over 100 people come through the Temple for events this past weekend, and we're keeping the momentum going for the rest of March - culminating with our Arts, Creativity, & Community weekend the 24-26. As part of that weekend we've put together a delicious array of workshops. You can secure your spot in the workshop of your choice by registering at the following link:

Important Passover Note: As mentioned in the email last week, in lieu of a community Seder this year, we are organizing a great Passover Match-Up. If you would like to host a Seder, or be a guest at someone else's Seder, please complete the form at: . At this stage we especially want to encourage hosts - so if you've ever wanted to host a Seder, now's your chance! If you want to host but leading isn't your thing, we can match you up with a guest who can lead. We also have Hagaddahs to lend out if needed.

  • Upcoming Events:
    • THIS THURSDAY 3/9 Active Bystanders' Training: Creating Safety in Contentious Times
    • 3/11 Shabbat Creative Morning Service
    • 3/11 Purim Shpeil
    • 3/15 Hot Topics: A Practice in Handling Heated Conversations
    • 3/19 Yiddish Class
    • 3/20 'White Helmets' Film Screening on Syrian First Responders @ 2nd Cong. Church
  • Arts Weekend 3/24-3/26 Workshops
  • Thanks to our clean-up crew!
  • Community Announcements

Active Bystanders' Training: Creating Safety in Contentious Times

THIS THURSDAY, March 9, 7:00pm

If you are a bystander witnessing a harmful situation, you have a choice to make. Do you do something? What do you do?

Suggested donation $10-20 (but no one turned away).

Active Bystanders' Training helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze situations, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. The training heightens bystanders' power. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others. Active bystandership does not mean aggression against the harm doer. It means taking responsible action to help people in need instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit. Bystanders gain competencies they need if they decide to act when they witness something they feel is unfair, or wrong, or troubling.

If needed, snow date will be 3/16

Presented by Quabbin Mediation, 13 South Main St., Orange, MA;
Please register for the 3/9 training by calling (978) 544-6142 or emailing [email protected]

Shabbat Morning Creative Service

Saturday, March 11, 10am

Rabbi Andrea and other guest leaders bring their unique contributions to a creative Shabbat morning service, 10 AM each second Shabbat morning of the month, followed by kiddush and conversations.

Purim Shpeil

Saturday, March 11, 7pm

The Book of Ester will be retold this year by a cast of local characters. This ancient story - set in Persia - about the eternal struggle between right and wrong use of power is as relevant as ever. Come witness and participate in this lively retelling. Bring snacks and libations if you got 'em.

Contact [email protected] if you wish to be in this year's cast.

Hot Topics: A Practice in Handling Heated Conversations

Wednesday, March 15, 7pm

Hot Topics is a monthly training and practice group in conducting heated or controversial conversations.

Academy Award Winning Film 'White Helmets' @ 2nd Cong. Church

Monday, March 20, 7pm

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.

Arts Weekend Workshops

Our Arts, Creativity, & Community weekend is coming up fast! We've put together a magical schedule of workshops for all to enjoy. Register for your favorite at

Arts, Creativity, & Community Workshops
March 26, 12:30-2:00pm & 2:30-4:00pm

Session 1: 12:30-2:00pm
Hebrew Letters for Textile Art Jane Trigere
Kvetch & Stretch: Discover Your Personal Gift Jodi Falk
UpCycling for Families & Others Jess Rigollaud
Photography as Metaphor for Life Daniel Yalowitz
Humor as Art Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener
Illuminating Genocide Amy Fagin
Stained Glass: One Jew's Perspective Mark Liebowitz
Jewish Music from "Sinai" to Swing Yosl Kurland
Bagelfest - Let's Make Bagels Local Baker

Session 2: 2:30-4:00pm
Introduction to the world of Paper Cutting Edith Bingham
3 Quilters, 3 Approaches A Feitelson, E Parmett, N Katz
Easy Embroidery for Young Ones (w/ adult) Melissa Pincus
Magical Mandalas Emily Gopen
ReStorying Jewish Life (like it's always been done) David Arfa
Bring-your-own-Instrument Klezmer Workshop Brian Bender
Creating Metal Assemblage Archie Nahman
Vintage Hebrew Songs of the Pioneers Peggy Davis
The Art of Food - Demo and Tasting Chef Marty

Sign up at

A Hearty 'Thank You' to our Fab Cleanup Crew!

We had a Temple clean-up day on February 28. Our wonderful crew went through the archives and made incredible progress beautifying our library and office space. THANK YOU to Lauren Dun, Marsha Stone, Barb Levy, Lenore Styler, Rhea Salsberg, Andrea Cohen-Kiener, and Phyllis Nahman! You rock!

Photos of interest discovered during clean up are in a box in the library. Please look at them and take what you'd like. Lots of good memories of TI.

Community Announcements

Thursday, 6pm at the Springfield JCC

FREE bus from Northampton -- see information below
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE -- please share widely

Friday, March 3rd a bomb threat was received by the Springfield Jewish Community Center. We must stand together against hate. We must stand in solidarity. Anti-semitism will not be tolerated in our communities. The Interfaith community is joining together to say: We are one. We will stand together for ALL.

As a community, we take care of everyone in our community no matter their background or identity. We as a community say: No More. No violence in our community. ALL are welcome here.

Please join Jews, Christians, Muslims, LGBTQ, People of Color and our entire community for an interfaith rally in solidarity. No violence in our community.

Join us THIS Thursday, March 9th from 6pm - 7pm at the Springfield Jewish Community Center.

To Prepare:
1. Wear warm clothing- rally will take place outside
2. Bring a Flashlight
3. In celebration of Purim (a Jewish holiday that celebrates religious freedom), please bring a box of macaroni and cheese or pasta to act as a grogger (noise maker) so we can drown out hate!

Following the rally, food boxes will be donated to Rachel's Table.
Overflow parking is available at each of the area synagogues.

This event is being planned in partnership with:
The Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Springfield Jewish Community Center, and other local community organizations.

Speakers will include community leaders and elected officials.


Leaving from Sheldon Field, Northampton
RSVP immediately to save a seat!

ALL invited.
Donations welcome.
Please share.


March 11 - Standing with Standing Rock on Greenfield Common

Gather on the Greenfield Town Common on Saturday, March 11 at Noon for a Rally to Stand With Standing Rock and Native Nations.

March 17 - Klara Grape Memorial Shabbat at Beit Ahavah in Florence

Join Beit Ahavah in Florence, Friday March 17th, 6-7:30, for the Klara Grape Memorial Music Fund Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Klara Grape was a long time Beit Ahavah member and member of Mak'hela, the Jewish chorus of Western MA.

To honor Klara and the music fund she started at Beit Ahavah with her Legacy commitment, Mak'hela will be offering us their wonderful music and voices during the service.

March 19 - Tallis-Making Workshop

March 19, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Temple Israel, 107 Walnut St., Athol MA

Make your own tallis/tallit. Workshop led by Peggy Davis and Rabbi Bob Sternberg. To register, or for more information, call Peggy 413-624-3204.
Registration deadline: March 8 to ensure we have enough materials.
Supplies: Bring a large piece(s) of cloth to make the tallis itself, a smaller contrasting cloth for the atarah (collar) and four corner patches, and thread to match the cloth. Recommended fabrics are cotton, silk or light wool. Do not use a fabric that mixes wool and linen.
Cost: $15 per household plus $5 for each set of tsitsis threads, the four knotted tassels in the corners.
You will learn how to do the knotted pattern.
Please bring needles, pins, sewing machine, iron and/or ironing board if you are able.