Office Hours

Tuesdays 9-2PM

Thursdays 9-2PM

Scrip is now available during regular office hours



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Fri Apr 24 @ 5:30PM - 02:00PM
Student Rabbi Weekend
Sat Apr 25 @ 5:30PM - 02:00PM
Student Rabbi Weekend
Sun Apr 26 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun Apr 26 @ 5:30PM - 02:00PM
Student Rabbi Weekend
Sun Apr 26 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri May 01 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Sat May 02 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Sun May 03 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Sun May 03 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun May 17 @10:00AM - 12:30PM

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




The Search Committee has invited two candidates for the position of Rabbi at Temple Israel to spend a weekend each with us, giving us an opportunity to meet them and see how they lead prayer, teach and inspire. The committee asks everyone, whether a Temple member or not, to attend whichever activities they can and to fill out an evaluation form for each candidate. These forms will be available at the Temple and on the web site. Here are invitations from each of them  for you to be present on those weekends, giving the schedule. Please check the next bulletins for  information on time and location in case there are any changes. We look forward to seeing you.



Susan Elkodsi is a student at the Academy of Jewish Religion in NYC, an independent rabbinical college. She is currently serving as our student rabbi, and will graduate this spring.



I'm looking forward to spending Shabbat with you April 24-26!

Friday evening will include a "Tot Shabbat" and vegetarian pot luck dinner at 6 p.m., geared towards young children. Everyone is welcome to join us. At 7:30 p.m., I will lead traditional Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv services followed by an Oneg Shabbat.

A Modern/Traditional Shabbat morning service will begin at 10 a.m. and be followed by a light kiddush luncheon.


On Saturday evening we'll be gathering at the home of Nancy Katz and Mark Leibowitz in Buckland, near Shelburne Falls, for seudah shlishit (the traditional third meal of Shabbat) along with a discussion about The Shmitah Year. Every seventh year the Torah commands us to let the land lie fallow in order to be replenished and to remind us that we don't own the land, we are leasing it from God. While this commandment only applies to the Land of Israel, we'll look at some brief rabbinic sources and consider how we, living in 21st century America, might apply these concepts to our lives. Please check next week's bulletin for time and address.


Following on the theme of caring for the land, join me Sunday morning from 10-noon at the Temple for "coffee and..." or "nosh and drash" as we look at Sustainability in Jewish Tradition. Concern for the environment didn't start in the 1960s! Many of the issues of ecology, conservation and pollution were concerns hundreds of years ago as well. While there may be some Hebrew texts provided, no knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is necessary.


Susan Elkodsi




Ora Weiss is a student at Hebrew College, an independent rabbinical college in Newton, Mass., and will graduate this spring.


"Celebrate Shabbat"! 

We'll delve into the joy, mysteries, and meaning of Shabbat. Together we will bring it alive, immersing in an experience of the holiness of these hours, some filled with song and grateful prayer, some of quieter contemplation and discussion, some of sharing delicious food. Finally, we will share the bittersweet parting of Shabbat and of our time together, yet still holding onto the threads of the experience that will life and carry us into the week.


We begin on Friday night, May 1 at 7:30 p.m., with a traditional, song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv.


Saturday morning, May 2 at 10:00 a.m., will be a celebratory Shabbat with joyful melody, prayer and Torah. 


Saturday at 6:30 p.m., we will enjoy se'udah shlishit, the third meal of Shabbat, accompanied by mystical teachings for the end of Shabbat.


We will hold the Havdalah ceremony at about 8:30 p.m.


For more information, contact Peggy Davis 

-at 413-624-3204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



 DON'T FORGET..................



 April 15, 2015

2nd Congregational Church

16 Court Square

Greenfield, MA


If you would like to contribute to the meal, we could use a few more desserts.  Please be sure to get your food to the Church by 5:00 p.m.

Many Thanks!

For more information, please call Jean Cherdack, 413-625-6206, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Shirin Morris at 413-625-9855, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it






SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

7:00 P.M.

(Doors open at 6:30)



27 Pierce Street

Greenfield, MA


Tickets for sale at World Eye Bookstore or available at the door - $20.

Refreshments available for purchase.

For more information or to make reservations,

413-773-0201 or 617-538-7478



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


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!






A workshop at the "Leyden Cafe"
APRIL 19, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Make, design and glaze for firing your own platter at this workship taught by Leyden Artist Rhonda Wainshilbaum.  You will roll and form your platter, add texture and glaze your work for firing and have your own special functional art to keep or gift.
 This  workshop makes a great Mother's Days gift!
Why not come with your Mom?

Coffee and snacks available at the Cafe.
Pre-registration is required.  Participation is limited.  Cost:  $65 prepaid.  Call or email to register:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 1-413-624-5175 by April 15.


Keeping Faith at End of Life

Caring Decisions for Ourselves and Our Loved Ones


A community discussion to promote awareness and understanding of critical decisions, care giving choices and how our faith can guide us


Tuesday, April 21, 7 pm

First Congregational Church of Montague

4 North Street


Free and open to the public.

Presented by Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice.


--Dr. Jeffrey Zesiger, Medical Director of the Cooley Dickinson Palliative Care Program

--Maureen Groden, RN, MS, CHPN, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care

--Ben Tousley, M.Div, Spiritual Counselor/Faith Community Outreach Coordinator


For information, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 413-582-5309



Beginner's Hebrew Calligraphy
Instructor: Jane Trigère
ages 16-adults

Sunday, April 26 (3:30-6:30 p.m.)

Fee: $50 materials included

Description: In 3 hours, you will learn one entire font and how to center and quiet yourself for this concentrated and satisfying skill. You will learn to focus alternatively on the black lines as well as the white spaces-both of which you create. You will be ready to continue to a level 2 class or simply continue creating on your own. Familiarity with Hebrew is certainly useful but not necessary.


Level-2 Hebrew Calligraphy

Instructor: Peggy Davis
5 Thursdays (April 30-May 28) 7:00-8:45 p.m.
Fee: $125

Description: Learn the principles of Hebrew Calligraphy with the study of a graceful, contemporary style of Hebrew lettering. Enjoy the study of an ancient alphabet still used today in art, ritual and casual writing. We will examine many examples of Hebrew lettering used in old manuscripts and in today's lettering.

Deerfield Arts Bank

3 Sugarloaf St. South Deerfield, MA 01373




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.