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.
I look forward to seeing you this Shabbat at 10 am for our morning service. Our Torah portion this week Lech lecha is God's instruction to Abraham to leave his home and follow God to wherever God leads him. It also can be interpreted as "go to yourself."
I am preparing a class in Jewish wisdom which will begin Tuesday evening, Nov. 11th at 7 PM. and continue on November 18th at the same time. Please bring an object that represents holiness in your life. In this class we will explore:
What is wisdom? What is the beginning of wisdom? How do our sages synthesize the 613 mitzvot into a workable number?The Noahide laws....The laws of holiness..The essence of Judaism. Essential quotes from Pirkei Avot, the saying of our ancestors.
Hope to see you there.
FALL 2014 YIDDISH CLASSES
Yiddish Class Begins Sunday October 5th, 6:30 PM
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF GREENFIELD
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.
New Time: Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm
October 26, 2014
November 2, 2014
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
REGISTRATION FOR HEBREW CLASSES
Please register this week for Hebrew Classes taught by Peggy Davis.
Five Thursdays, beginning October 23, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
No charge for this class; thanks to NJOP for the free learning materials.
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$25 tuition for the 5-session class
To register, call Peggy 413-624-3204.
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.
FRIENDS OF TEMPLE ISRAEL
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
KOSHER CHICKEN NOW AVAILABLE AT FOOD CO-OP
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.
GIFT SHOP OF TEMPLE ISRAEL
Unfortunately, the Gift Shop is CLOSING.
20% Discount on everything, excludingKosher 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