Office Hours

Tuesdays 9-2PM

Thursdays 9-2PM

Scrip is now available during regular office hours



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Thu May 28 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sun May 31 @10:00AM - 04:30PM
Sun Jun 07 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Sun Jun 14 @10:00AM - 12:00PM

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.

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Thanks to all of the congregants and community members who have given us feedback about the rabbinical candidates. If you have comments to make and have not yet sent them in, please deliver them to the Temple or e-mail comments to Peggy: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5 p.m. Thursday, 5/28. Please send them in the e-mail letter, not as attachments. If the Temple office is closed, put your paper(s) in the mail slot.

There are a few more steps to the process, but our hope is that the board will be able to make a decision during the first half of June and bring that to the Annual Meeting on June 28th for ratification by the congregation. Mark that date on your calendar.

Peggy Davis

Search Committee Chair




Susan Reimer-Torn

June 14, 10 a.m.

Susan Reimer-Torn will read excerpts from her acclaimed memoir Maybe Not Such a Good Girl and invite others to share in the archetypal journey of rupture and return.

In Maybe Not Such a Good Girl she writes about her journey from a Jewish Orthodox upbringing to an alienated, secular lifestyle in France, and then her return to a progressive and spiritual Jewish life. This is a story of rupture, return and of finding the ever-evolving possibilities for growth and relationship in all the spaces in between.

Reimer-Torn, who lives in New York City and Shelburne Falls, writes: "From readers' responses to my book, I learned that everyone has a version of this story. We begin in different places but we are all looking to 'find a way home again.' We don't always know how our lives will look when we get there or even where home/wholeness is, but it is meaningful to share the journey."

Her reading will be followed by participatory discussion and exercises. The brunch is open to the public. There is no charge; donations are welcome. Susan will have copies of the book available for sale.



historical context, land connection, & contemorary applications

When:  SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015
Where:  Temple Israel Greenfield
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost:  Sliding Scale $15 - $50
Other:  Please bring your own lunch
Call 413-773-5884 to register
Questions?  Contact workshop leader. Abrah Dresdale at 512-415-2751.
What is SHMITA?  Shmita is the Hebrew word for 'release,' wherein every seven years Jews in Israel observe an agricultural and economic release.  It is also know as the sabbatical year or the Shabbat of the land, the  Shabbat Shabbation.
Morning session:  Context & Land Connection
 - engage with historical texts
 - explore our own connection to the land, both its cultivated and wild places
Afternoon session: Contemporary Applications 
- identify our existing practices that embody the principles of Shmita
 - articulate acts of solidarity and ways to reestablish our connectio
n to the commons as a way to consciously honor Shmita





To a Celebratory Brunch
Celebrate Janice's contributions to Temple Israel over the years!  As Hebrew School and Family Education Director she brought love, enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism to her work with our children, youth and families.  She served as gabbai, as a founding member of the Stressed out Committee, & coordinated many other celebrations & functions.  We'll toast her with songs, games, food & presentations just like those she created for us...but this time with a focus on her!
10:00 a.m . to 12:30 p.m.
In her honor we will be inaugurating the "Janice Colbert Education Fund" and presenting her with a gift.  Plerase help us by making a donation.  You can send it or bring it with you to the event.
Number attending __________________
Name ____________________________
Phone # __________________________
Return to:  Temple Israel, 27 Pierce Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Please note:  the zip code on the RSVP was printed in error.  The correct zip code is 01301.


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.

Messages From Our Bulletin


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.







Excerpts from Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service to Serve as Centerpiece of May 31 Concert at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst.


Mak’hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, will conclude its 2014-15 season with “Songs of Heaven and Earth” on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 2:00pm at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst.


The program will feature a diverse selection of Jewish choral music, including the third movement of Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh). A 20th century Swiss-born American composer, Bloch wrote the Sacred Service as a liturgical work to be performed in the synagogue. The third movement, which Mak’hela will perform accompanied by a small orchestra, begins with the Silent Devotion and Response, and concludes with the prayers that the congregation recites when the Torah is removed from the ark.