Office Hours

Tuesdays 9-2PM

Thursdays 9-2PM

Scrip is now available during regular office hours



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Wed Apr 01 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Sun Apr 05 @ 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat Apr 11 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Shabbat morning service with Yizkor
Sun Apr 12 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wed Apr 15 @ 5:30PM - 06:00PM
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

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



Friday, MARCH 27 - Sunday, MARCH 29

Our Rabbi Intern- Susan Elkodsi will spend the weekend before the start of Passover with us.  Please consider attending any or all of the following events that she will be leading.


Friday, March 27

Erev Shabbat service 7:30 p.m. followed by oneg shabbat


Sat., March 28

Shabbat service, service at 10:00 a.m., followed by a light kiddush lunch.

Please bring food to share for the kiddush.

Torah study will follow from about 12:30- 1:30 p.m.

New Member/Potential Member Gathering

3-5 p.m.

We welcome new members and those considering membership to have an opportunity to meet with our Student Rabbi Saturday afternoon at the Rigollaud home in Greenfield. Please let any friends and acquaintances interested in membership know about this gathering. RSVP to Jess 774-7254 for directions and to let us know if you would like child care.


Sunday, March 29

Susan will join the Hebrew School at 10 a.m. for a model seder

and then she will hold a workshop for adults "Creating Lively Seders" from 10:30-12 p.m. 

            "Have you ever wondered why the "Four Questions" are such a central part of the Passover seder? Has the tried and true Maxwell House Haggadah lost its relevance, but "The 30 Minute Seder" just doesn't have enough substance? Let's get together and talk about how we can make this year's seders more relevant, lively, interactive, child and adult friendly, and more! Unlike the Torah, the Haggadah was NOT handed down at Mt. Sinai! We can add, subtract, substitute and do lots of fun and creative things to keep everyone interested and have a great time. Come prepared to be creative, bring your favorite haggadah, readings, and ideas to share, and I'll bring mine.”  Susan Elkodsi


Community Seder 2015




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

2nd Congregational Church

16 Court Square

Greenfield, MA

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This year we will again serve a Spring Community Meal on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the 2nd Congregational Church in Greenfield.  It will be very much like the meal we served at Christmas time so we will need lots of volunteers willing to help set up, serve, share and clean up after the meal.

We plan to buy and cook chicken so we need donations for the chicken, as well as donations of cooked food for the side dishes and desserts. 

Donations of cooked food for the side dishes ad desserts must be delivered by 5:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and call Jean at 625-6206

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or Shirin at 625-9855,

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We look forward to hearing from you.



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!