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Join Temple Israrel, 27 Pierce St., for a special Shabbat dinner for families with preschool and elementary-age children on Friday, Jan. 5. We will learn and sing songs about Shabbat, make challah, and share a delicious, healthy dinner. Main course and soup provided; side dishes and beverages welcome. Family program starts at 5 p.m.; all are welcome for dinner at 6. Pre-registration is appreciated but noto required: [email protected] or call 413-773-5884.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
From Saturday's (December 9) Greenfield Recorder:Celebrate Chanukah with light, latkes, and community, Sunday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St. Music and dancing with the Wholesale Klezmer Band, Chanukah games, family-friendly crafts and a candle-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Bring your menorah! $5 admission. $10 gets you admission plus a plate of latkes.Brought to you by Hawks & Reed and the Roots & Branches Family Education program...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Temple Israel is hosting a Shabbat Morning Service on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. followed by lunch and a discussion on the Jewish roots of Western esotericism. Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener will start the conversation by sharing the role of Judaism in the transmission of esoteric traditions from east to west. Come for services and stay for lunch, or come at 2 p.m. for this discussion.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Temple Israel is hosting a workshop based on the teachings of Joanna Macy on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m., facilitated by Sarah Pirtle and Emily Koster. This workshop is helpful for people taking part in many kinds of community building, and activist work. This is a sliding scale cost of $10 to $40 and registration is requested. For more information, visit
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Temple Israel's Rabbi, Andrea Cohen-Kiener, will teach a class on basic Jewish beliefs and customs beginningnThursday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. This four-week series will cover the cycle of the holidays, ethics, mysticism, communication skills, pointers for living more sustainable life, and other fundamental Jewish principles. The class is appropriate for beginners as well as those with more experience, open to Jews and others and especially those considering conversion. There is a fee for non-...
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Temple Israel is offering a crash course in learning Hebrew; open to all and free of charge. The first class is Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St. It will meet on five Thursday evenings through November 16. For more information, email Temple Israel at [email protected] or call 917-615-2955.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Temple Israel is holding its second annual Fall Barbeque on Sunday, Oct. 15 from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at Camp Lion Knoll in Greenfield. This is an event for members, prospective members and friends of all ages. Vegetarian portobello mushroom burgers, kosher hot dogs, and kosher hamburgers will be provided. There will be hiking, games, and crafts. This is an opportunity for those interested in learning more about Temple Israel to meet Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener and enjoy then good...
Saturday, September 30, 2017
GREENFIELD -- Temple Israel has planned a full schedule of services, meals, and celebrations for the High Holidays. All are welcome -- please feel free to join for all or part of these community gatherings. No tickets needed, but donations gratefully accepted. For more details, visit HASHANAHThe Jewish New Year runs from the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 20, until the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 22. Temple Israel is hosting a community meal and evening...
Saturday, September 9, 2017
From The Greenfield Recorder, Saturday, August 5, 2017 -- Faith Matters seriesBy Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, Temple Israel, GreenfieldWe are, too many of us, uninterested in understanding people with whom we disagree. We are afraid to air our ideas at family dinners and across backyard fences. How can this be good for us? How did we get this way? How can we gain widsom when we cannot examine many points of view? How can we feel connected when we silo ourselves in echo chambers that repeat...
Friday, August 4, 2017
From Thursday's Recorder; article by Richie Davis, photo by Paul FranzIn the beginning, there was the garden.This Sunday, as part of the beginning of its "Superbia" project with neighbors in the larger community, Temple Israel will have a tour of gardens around the community from 4 to 7 p.m.The seed for this was planted at a series of community meetings last winter to gauge interest among neighbors of the Pierce Street synagogue about finding on (sic) ways to build local connections in "a...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
From The Greenfield Recorder "Religion in the News" section --Temple Israel is hosting a four-week storytelling workshop in preparation for Tisha B'Av, the Jewish holiday of mourning and hope. The workshops will be led by Maggid David Arfa and Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener. All levels of experience are invited. We'll use story circles, personal reflection, texts, art and time outdoors to find our own stories of brokenness and of hope. By the end, we will create one long story filled with both...
Saturday, July 8, 2017
From the Greenfield Recorder Religion News:RSVP by May 26.Temple Israel is holding a community Shabbat dinner, open to all and free of charge, on Friday, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Temple Israel at 27 Pierce Street. It will be a catered, sit-down meal to celebrate Shabbat and the Temple Israel community. Those interested in learning more about Temple Israel are welcome to participate, as well as Temple members, prospective members, and friends of all ages. To attend, RSVP by Friday, May 26...
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The Beit Ahavah will be hossting a series of events in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Rabbi Riqi Kosovske's ordination and of her leadership at Beit Ahavah as well as forty years of women in the rabbinate.Women in the Rabbinate: Shifting the Paradigm, Sunday, May 7, 4 to 5:30 p.m. A community-wide panel of accomplished women rabbis will share their triumphs, challenges, and visions of women rabbis' impact on Judaism. Rabbis will include Rabbi Kosovske, Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener of...
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Temple Israel of Greenfield continues its 11th season of Yiddish classes, "What Yiddish Tells Us about Being Jewish," Sunday morning, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled for April 23rd and May 7 and 14. You can drop in any time. The class is taught by Yosl Kurland. Classes focus on the relationship between the Yiddish language and Jewish religion, culture, and philosophy and are designed to accomodate students with some, little, or no familiarity with the language....
Friday, April 14, 2017
Miranda Davis, The RecorderGREENFIELD -- Jess Rigollaud spent Sunday afternoon teaching an upcycling class where she and others made scarves and bags out of old T-shirts.Her class was one of 18 at Temple Israel's first Art, Creativity & Community event this weekend. Rigollaud said upcycling items may not seem overtly religious, but there is a connection."It's not in and of itself Jewish, but you know there are parts of our text that say to take care of our world," Rigollaud said.The event...
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Your review of the film, "There Are Jews Here," hit close to home for Temple Israel of Greenfield, the center for Jewish life in Franklin County. TI is one of those small, historic communities, similar to those featured in the film. We are proud to serve our congregation and the wider Franklin County community with a range of spiritual, educational, cultural, and justice programming.We are proud to afffiliate with the Interfaith Council of Franklin County in its important work. The public is...
Friday, March 24, 2017
It may sound like a Disney game, but "Superbia" is a real-life approach to actual neighborhoods -- and how neighbors can make them more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.For the neighorhood stretching five blocks or more in either direction from Temple Israel on Pierce Street, people of various religions and backgrounds are coming together for a "Superbia" project that's working on finding ways to build connections in "a neighborhood re-design for growing community and...
Monday, February 27, 2017
"One recent afternoon, more than two dozen backpacks filled with school supplies sat in a room at Temple Israel among linens and household cleaning supplies, ready to be shipped to Springfield and distributed among arriving refugee families. ..."The above is the first paragraph of an article that appeared in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Written by Aviva Luttrell, this is the story of Temple Israel's Refugee Support Project. The accompanying photograph is by Paul...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Rabbi Andrea was guest editorialist in a summer 2016 edition of the Just Roots newsletter. Read the whole article here:
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Rabbi Andrea gave a talk on a You Tube station dedicated to Gnosticism. You can view that here
Monday, June 20, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Click here for Rabbi Andrea's editorial in the June 9 Recorder, My Turn column:
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Members of the Refugee Support Project of Temple Israel were featured in the recorder on May 31. Nahman and Ellen Kaufmann and some of the allies they have cultivated through their work are beautifully quoted. Thank you RSP for your good works!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Our matzoh-making in Colrain was feature on GCTV recently. Temple Israel Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener and Heritage Grain Conservancy founder Eli Rogosa share how important the tradition of making Passover matzoh is to them and to their faith. Watch the segment here.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Our Hebrew school met for a matzo bake it-take it this Sunday which was covered by the Recorder and Greenfield Public Access television (stay tuned for the broadcast). Thanks to Rhonda (as always) Eli and CR who hosted and taught this wonderful class; thanks also to Rachel Huggett and Judy Colin who helped with the music and story of the passover seder.
Monday, April 18, 2016