Office Hours

Tuesdays 9-2PM

Thursdays 9-2PM

Scrip is now available during regular office hours



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Save The Dates:
Sun Jan 25 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Sun Jan 25 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sat Jan 31 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Shabbat Morning Services
Sun Feb 01 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun Feb 08 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun Feb 08 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Makers, Bakers, and Digital Creators Teen Event
Sun Feb 22 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Click here to shop our new online Judaica store!!
Volunteer Corner


Interested in joing a new fun(d)raising committee?

Interested? Click here to email SurayaRose Sarae.

Welcome to Temple Israel


Temple Israel is located in beautiful Greenfield, MA. You are welcome to visit or to attend our services and community events. The office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am–2pm.

Contact us



We warmly welcome Susan Elkodsi, who will spend one weekend a month with the congregation through the spring. Susan is a senior rabbinical student at The Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY an independent, pluralistic rabbinical and cantorial seminary. She has served as rabbi, cantor and spiritual leader in synagogues in New York and Connecticut, and is a chaplain intern. Her first visit to Greenfield will be the weekend of January 23-25th.

Susan Elkodsi will begin the weekend with the Friday evening service at 6 p.m., followed by a pot-luck dinner. Please bring only food that is either dairy or vegan.

Join us for the Sabbath morning service which she will lead, beginning at ten a.m., followed by kiddush.

On Saturday evening, everyone is invited to an informal gathering at the Temple at 7:30 p.m. to have a chance to personally meet Susan.

Refreshments will be served.

She will speak at our Semi-Annual Meeting. Join us for brunch at 9:30 and the meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

During each weekend she will lead services on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. She will teach about and chant the Torah reading during the morning service. She will teach and lead discussions or educational events for adults, children and families at other times during each weekend. The e-mail bulletin and web site,, will publish a complete schedule for each weekend.

The Board of Directors invites all to enjoy, learn and be inspired by her leadership, singing and teaching. All are welcome.




Although Temple Israel's by-laws define membership as available to Jews only, we wish to acknowledge the dedication and connections others have to the Temple community.  Temple Israel welcomes non-Jews and organizations who wish to affiliate with the Congregation to become "Friends of Temple Israel."  We also welcome non-Jewish spouses and other family members to become a "Friend of Temple Israel." 

Anyone who wishes to become a Friend of Temple Israel should do the following:
Fill out the application form available from the Temple office.   The application must be accompanied by a donation to Temple Israel.  The full requested amount is $480, but a lower amount may be requested by arrangement.  No additional amount is required when the person is part of a family already paying family dues.

After enrollment as a Friend of Temple Israel, renewal notices will be sent out at the same time that bills for Temple voting memberships are sent.  To continue as a Friend of Temple, the  renewal must be returned with a new annual donation.

Friends of Temple israel are entitled to:  

A reduced rate to rent space in the building by arrangement of the Building Committee, which reviews each request on an individual basis.

Member admission rate for events or classes.

High holiday seating.  
May serve on most committees.  
Inclusion in the Temple membership directory.  
"Friends of Temple Israel" is a non-voting category of membership.


Check it out! 

Sunday Feb 8: Makers, Bakers and Digital Creators: A Program for Jewish Teens and their Friends.  

We'll provide the supplies for this new Maker Space...sewing machines and material, baking supplies, equipment for digital storytelling (folks will be encouraged to bring personal cameras too).   All 6-12 grade Jewish teens and their friends are invited. Secrets of the 7th year included. *~ 

Beginners and Advanced welcome to this New Teen Workshop Space.  

Sunday Feb 8, 1-4pm, $5 TI members; $8 non-members.

Please RSVP to David at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Thursday Feb. 5th. Please specify number of teens, phone number and area of most interest.  I look forward to talking with you.


Messages From Our Bulletin





Franklin Community Co-operative is excited to now offer local, pasture raised, organic, kosher whole chickens by Robariah Farms in South Deerfield.  Robariah Farms is a small scale farm that specializes in using sustainable, rotational grazing practices so that their chickens enjoy fresh pasture every day while receiving plenty of exercise, sunlight, and clean air.  No antibiotic or hormones are ever used.  For a balanced diet, the chickens benefit from a daily rotation of organic non-GMO grains.  Robariah Farms focus on the full life-cycle of their chickens, from how they are raised to how they are processed and cleaned.  They use kosher processing practices to ensure the highest ethical principles and practices.  This kosher process involves multiple salting cycles to thoroughly clean and brine the chicken, which also adds to the meat's deep, rich flavor.


We are offering these special chickens in limited quantities at both Green Fields Market in Greenfield and at our second location, McCusker's Market in Shelburne Falls.  You will find them in the freezer sections at both stores specially priced at $7.99 per pound, while supplies last.  We are happy to accommodate orders.  For more information please contact Kim Nyiri, our Meat and Cheese Department Buyer at Green Fields Market, 413-773-9567,  ext. 1020 or you may contact Robert at Robariah Farms at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it














Unfortunately, the Gift Shop is CLOSING.

20% Discount on everything, excluding
Kosher Parchments, CD's and Tapes.

We have electric menorahs, kippos, dreydles, kiddush cups, Passover Seder plate, miriam's cup, chanukah stickers and much more.  Once everything is gone, no more will be ordered.

Come look and see what you can get!
Lenore Glaser, Co-ordinator



Scrip is a great way to purchase things you normally buy and help Temple Israel raise money.  For each Scrip sold, Temple Israel makes a profit. We have added Food City in Turners Falls to our list of scrips.  We carry $25, $50 and $75 cards.We continue to carry scrip for Foster's, Big Y, Stop & Shop, Co-op in Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, and Sunoco.  Remember Sunoco cards can be used at every Sunoco  gas station in all states.Scrip is not just for members, let your non-member friends know that we have gift cards available and that their purchase helps to raise money for our temple.Scrip is available for purchase at the Temple Office during regualr business hours.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to2.Please call ahead to make sure your desired scrip is available.  413-773-5884.


BJ’s now carries a Kosher meat item

In the ready to eat cooler at BJs Hungarian style stuffed cabbage with beef glatt kosher orthodox union.

Around town: Greenfield's Market has a sign for kosher meat - take a look!




Tuesday noon Torah Study

with Rabbi Efraim Eisen







Israel Dialogue Project

Events include films, book discussion, speakers.  Date & time TBA