Office Hours

Tuesdays 9-2PM

Thursdays 9-2PM

Scrip is now available during regular office hours



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Save The Dates:
Tue Nov 25 @12:30PM - 02:00PM
Torah Study
Tue Nov 25 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Sat Nov 29 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Wed Dec 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Fri Dec 05 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Wed Dec 10 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Christmas Community Meal
Sun Dec 14 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun Dec 14 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Sun Dec 21 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
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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.

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Dear Friends,

Tonight, Tuesday, November 18th I will present my second class on Jewish wisdom.

My final morning service will take place on Saturday morning, November 29th at 10 am.

Hope you are all staying warm.


R Efraim




Friday Evening Shabbat Service
and Oneg in Honor of
Rabbi Efraim Eisen

Friday, December 5, 2014


We welcome you to join the Temple Israel community as we celebrate Rabbi Efraim Eisen and his thirteen years of service to our congregation.

Rabbi Eisen will lead the Friday Evening Shabbat service on December 5, beginning at 7:30pm.

An Oneg Shabbat in the Rabbi's honor will follow the service.

- The Temple Israel Board of Directors






Explore the delights of Yiddish poetry, song, story and idiomatic expressions with Yosl Kurland. Whether you're a beginner or a fluent Yiddish speaker, we'll explore together What Yiddish Tells Us about Being Jewish and what gets lost in translation.

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New Time: Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm

November 16, 2014
November 23, 2014 Save
December 14, 2014
Makeup class if needed

January 11, 2015

A gut, gezunt yor (May you have a good and a healthy year),

Yosl (Joe) Kurland


Notice from the Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee will be collecting non-perishable items for the Family Inn located on Leonard Street in Greenfield during the High Holidays.

As members of the Franklin County community and even more so as members of the Jewish Community, we have an obligation to help those in need. While this obligation is with us throughout the year, it is especially incumbent upon us to care for those less fortunate than ourselves as the High Holidays approach. We must not forget the words of Isaiah speaking of what is required of us, "this is the fast I desire ... to share your bread with the hungry ... offer your compassion to the hungry and satisfy the famished creature."

Whenever you come to the Temple, please remember to bring non-perishable items and place them in the beautiful wooden box to the right of the entrance door. They especially need diapers and baby wipes, but all contributions will be gratefully accepted such as cereal, tuna fish, pasta, peanut butter, etc. Please no glass jars. Thank you all and God bless.

For more information please contact Jean Cherdack at 413-625-6206 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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




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



We are EXCITED to announce that Co-op Scrip for Greenfield's Market and McCusker's Market is NOW available in dominations of $25, $50, and $100.  Members of the Co-op will continue to receive their discount as usual.  Co-op gift cards may be purchased from Fran at Temple Israel Office on Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, from Lenore Glaser at 413-863-9161 and Carol Silver at 413-773-5608. Gift cards for Foster's, Sunoco, Stop & Shop and Big Y are also available from Fran and Lenore.



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