Office Hours

Tuesdays 9-2PM

Thursdays 9-2PM

Scrip is now available during regular office hours



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Save The Dates:
Sun Dec 21 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun Jan 04 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun Jan 11 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun Jan 11 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
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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.

Contact us




Dear Friends,

Thank you for your outpouring of love and support on Friday evening and the beautiful Oneg and thoughtful gifts.  I have much appreciation for this community, which allowed me to lead for the past 13 years.

Many of you have asked me how to continue to worship, study and counsel with me; fortunately, there are many opportunities for each!  Mark these dates on your calendar and check for updates at

December 20, 5 PM: Havdalah and Chanukah celebration at the Pathways Community Room, at 10 Mountain Laurel Path in Northampton. Special guest Felicia Sloin. Please bring your family menorah and a wrapped children’s present for our "Yankee Swap."

 January 4th, 10:30 AM: Unitarian Church in Greenfield, 399 Main Street. I will be leading services and speaking on "The Mystery of Blessing", how to bring blessings into your new year.

January 23, at 6 PM: Prophetic Shabbat, honoring the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King and other past and present prophets. 436 Long Plain Road, Leverett at the home of Kalpana and Manou.

March 7 at 10:30 AM at the Log Cabin in Easthampton we will celebrate our first Pioneer Jewish Renewal Community (PVJR) community Bat Mitzvah. Everyone is invited as we honor Sadie Sunrise Mager as she is called up to the Torah. 

Dates/locations TBD:  TuBshvat Seder .  Jewmba /Jewish Zumba led by Jodi Falk  


Personal/Small Group Jewish education:

I am working with a number of students, primarily getting them ready for their Bnai Mitzvah. I welcome new students, children & adults (in person or Skype) and your referrals.


Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Practice (MFTC)

I am also expanding my private practice in Hadley, and add many years of rabbinic wisdom to my practice as a licensed MFCT. Some insurances accepted/sliding scale.

Please feel free to stay in touch. Best to reach me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 413-687-3420.


Rabbi Efraim 



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







Israel Dialogue Project

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