Office Hours

Tuesdays 9-2PM

Thursdays 9-2PM

Scrip is now available during regular office hours



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Save The Dates:
Sun Mar 01 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Sun Mar 01 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
DIY Make and Create
Sun Mar 01 @ 6:00PM -
Wed Mar 04 @ 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Purim Carnival and Megillah Reading
Fri Mar 13 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Sun Mar 15 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Mon Mar 16 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Fri Mar 20 @ 5:30PM - 02:00PM
Student Rabbi Weekend
Sat Mar 21 @ 5:30PM - 02:00PM
Student Rabbi Weekend
Sun Mar 22 @ 5:30PM - 02:00PM
Student Rabbi Weekend

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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 Friday February 27th- Sunday March 1st

with our interim Rabbinical Student- Susan Elkodsi

Friday night and Saturday will give us an opportunity to fully experience Shabbat with prayer, Torah, rest, chanting, meditation, song, study, community and of course delicious food!  Saturday night we will begin our preparation for the raucous holiday Purim with Bibliodrama for adults and teens.  On Sunday morning we will continue our preparation for Purim with an event for families with young children.  Please join us for all or any part of the weekend events that you are drawn to.  The schedule is as follows:

Friday night February 27

6 p.m.- Pot luck dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:30 followed by Oneg Shabbat

Saturday February 28th 

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Shabbat Morning Service followed by kiddush 

12:30-1:30 p.m. Torah Study; Please bring some lunch to share 

4 p.m. Traditional Mincha service with Chanting and Meditation

4:45 p.m. Se'udah Shlishit- the third meal of Shabbat including singing/ teaching and discussion

5:30 p.m. Maariv services

6 p.m. Dinner will be provided following Havdalah 

Saturday  afternoon-evening:

In our busy lives, the mellow late-afternoon time of Shabbat can be an antidote.  Susan Elkodsi will guide us through this last portion of the day of rest. We will conclude Shabbat with the afternoon and evening services with se'udah shlishit (shaleshudes), the traditional third meal of Shabbat in between them, accompanied by teaching and singing. Following the evening service we will celebrate Havdalah together followed by dinner and then our evening program.

7 p.m.  Bibliodrama  -Improv at the Shushan Palace!

 The Purim story as you've never heard or seen it before! During this evening, we'll have an opportunity to study Megillat Esther, the Scroll of Esther, in an interactive setting as we personally enter the story and take on the identities of the various characters, including some that may not be in the original story. No theatrical background is required, no Hebrew or Aramaic language skills are necessary. All we ask is that you bring a sense of playfulness, as Purim is a playful holiday. Costumes and masks are optional.  Due to the nature of the material, this event is appropriate for teens and adults and not for children under 12. 

Sunday March 1st  10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Preparing for Purim Program for Families with Young Children: preschool through 6th grade

10 a.m. Hebrew School meets at the usual time

10:30 a.m.  After an introduction by the Rabbi, parents will join her for discussion. Children will go in age-appropriate groups with teachers to do art, music, and story in preparation for Purim.

There will be a special program for pre-schoolers and child care for children under 2. 

Refreshments will be served.





A fun Evening for
Temple Israel, 27 Pierce Street,
MARCH 4, 2015
5:00-7:30 p.m.
ALL are welcome to this fun Jewish Holiday Celebration!  Come in costume if you like.  Megilla reading at 6:30 p.m.



Hadassah Chocolate Oneg
Friday Evening
March 13, 2015

More details to follow.





A Four Week Series in Greenfield:
 Mondays, March 16, 23, 30 and April 6
Temple Israel

 Drawing on a variety of creative expressions in a nurturing, safe environment, this four week series encourages personal exploration on the theme of forgiveness, whether you are struggling with forgiveness from someone who has hurt you, seeking forgiveness from someone you have hurt, needing to forgive yourself or wondering if there is some other way in a violent world.

Week One: Exploring Self Stories…I Am From Stories        

Week Two: Exploring Emotions… The Box of Sorrows

     Week Three: Exploring Choice and Possibility…The Shape of Forgiveness

                                  Week Four: Exploring Healing…Letting Go and Blessing                                          

                                                                        SLIDING FEE SCALE  $60 - $160 for the series

(Based on what you are comfortably able to pay: $15 per class, up to $40 per class)

Space is Limited…To sign up or for questions, please contact Susannah Crolius, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 413-348-2385.   This series is facilitated by Art & Soul, a program intersecting the arts, spirituality, community-building and social justice. For more information on Art & Soul, go to




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.


Check it out! 

Sunday March1: Makers, Bakers and Digital Creators: A Program for Jewish Teens. 

We'll provide the supplies for this new Maker Space...sewing machines and material, baking supplies, equipment for digital storytelling (folks will be encouraged to bring personal cameras too).   All 6-12 grade Jewish teens are invited. Secrets of the 7th year included. *~ 

Beginners and Advanced welcome to this New Teen Workshop Space.  

Sunday March 1, 1-4pm, $5 TI members; $8 non-members.

Please RSVP to David at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Thursday Feb. 25th. Please specify number of teens, phone number and area of most interest.  I look forward to talking with you.


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!