Chevre Friends,
The Jewish Arts Collaborative in partnership with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts are bringing together synagogues across Massachusetts for one shabbat and we want YOU to be a part of it. JArts is producing a special 12 minute film, Culture Connects Us, designed to be included in your online services for Creativity Connects Shabbat, October 23 and 24. Our goal is to involve as many synagogues as possible in a state-wide celebration of Jewish arts and culture. Clergy from over 20 synagogues of all denominations are involved in the film’s production.
To publicize your participation, we need some very basic info. Please complete the very brief form at so we can promote your community’s services. 
In turn, we ask you to promote this special celebration via emails, social media, and bimah announcements.
Very best wishes, 
Jewish Arts Collaborative and Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
SCM and Community Events*
JCAN Book Discussion Group

Our titles will explore our connection to soil, plants, trees, and wildlife, as well as the ways in which they can be part of the fight against climate change.

Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas Tallamy (moderated by Louise Quigley on October 13 at 7 PM) (NOTE: You can start the evening doing the JCAN/JALSA voting action and switch to the book club)
The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic America by Patricia Klindienst (moderated by Rabbi Katy Allen on November 9 at 7 PM)

Please contact with any questions
Join JALSA and JCAN for two exciting nights of Climate Action. On Tuesday, October 13 from 6-7:30 PM we will be text banking voters who are concerned about Environmental Justice and reminding them to vote and to help them make a plan to vote safely. And then on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 6-7:30 PM we will be phone banking to voters concerned about Environmental Justice. Join us to build bonds of community, and fight for a cleaner and better tomorrow. 

Please register by clicking this form. JALSA/JCAN Climate Action Night
Text and Violence in Jerusalem: Hebrew Graffiti on the Western Wall
Thursday, October 15
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT Zoom event

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites you to our next Schusterman Seminar, "Text and Violence in Jerusalem: Hebrew Graffiti on the Western Wall."

Yair Wallach is Senior Lecturer in Israeli Studies at SOAS, University of London, where he is also the head of the SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies. He is a cultural and social historian of modern Palestine/Israel, who has published articles in Hebrew, Arabic and English on urban and visual culture, and on Jewish-Arab relations. His book, A City in Fragments: Urban Text in Modern Jerusalem, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2020, looks at Arabic and Hebrew street texts (inscriptions, banners, graffiti and other media) in modern Jerusalem.

Dr. Wallach is currently (2020-2022) a Leverhulme Research Fellow, and his project "The Arab Ashkenazi" looks at Jewish Ashkenazi acculturation in the Arab Levant. Wallach has also published articles in Haaretz, the Guardian, and other media.

Schusterman Seminars are advanced seminars geared toward faculty and graduate students, and open to all, presenting the latest research in Israel Studies to the Schusterman Center community and beyond.
2020 ALS & MS Walk for Living
Sunday, October 18

How we wish we could see you in person this year!

While that is, unfortunately, not possible, your support can still be felt by registering as a virtual walker or with a donation - every little bit helps!

Every single dollar raised goes directly back to patient care and programs that allow for these very deserving individuals to continue to live as independently as possible.

Now more than ever, we need your help - together we can make a difference in the lives of our ALS & MS Residents.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy
October 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT – Zoom Meeting
Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. The second half will apply this information to a case study, demonstrating what you can find and how you can use it to tell your family story. Their core message is that you CAN research your family tree and will be off to a great start after you attend this workshop.

Lisa Cooper – A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale
October 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT – Zoom Meeting
What was life like in the old country? Through the eyes of Lisa Cooper’s grandmother Pearl, we experience family life in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Pearl’s son recorded his mother’s memories, which give a lively sense of life and culture in the Pale of our ancestors.

JGSGB paid members: Programs are free. Members do not need to register.
You can find the Zoom links by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the “What would you like to do” dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program.
These programs will be recorded, so members will be able to view it on the Members-only Page.
Click here to register and receive the Zoom link for October 18
Click here to register and receive the Zoom link for October 25
Rachel Korazim and Laura Mandel in Conversation: 
Windows to Israeli Society through Literature and Life

Sunday, October 18 at 11am
Zoom link provided upon registration

A maven of Israeli poetry and literature, and a delightfully engaging teacher, Rachel Korazim will be LimmudBoston’s special guest this year at its November 15th eFestival. Join us in October for a special preview, a chance to learn more about Rachel’s own story, and hear about her experiences teaching during the time of coronavirus.

Rachel will be in conversation with Laura Mandel, Executive Director of the Jewish Arts Collaborative.

Free and Open to the public. Sign up now.
LimmudFest Online

Sunday, November 15 from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join us for a day filled with Jewish culture, learning, music and so much more!

Take advantage of Early Bird discount for eFestival 2020 (Discount code LF2020EB good until 10.15.20): Click here to register.
Sunday November 22, 2020

Joyce & Michael Bohnen
Ellie & Barry Shrage



Fall 2020 Elie Wiesel Memorial Lectures on the theme of “Finding Moses.”

The series honors Professor Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) who often lectured on the great figures of the Jewish tradition. In the spirit of Elie Wiesel, we will convene–this year remotely–to hear from Aviva Zornberg (Israel) on Moses in Midrash, Shari Lowin (Stonehill College) on Moses in the Qur’an and early Muslim literature, and Herbert Marbury (Vanderbilt) on Moses in the African American tradition. We hope you will join us for these events, which will be held as webinars.

Dates and times for the Elie Wiesel Memorial Lectures Series will be announced very soon. Other events are in the works too. They will all be announced in upcoming newsletters. Click here to sign up for the newsletter.
Israeli American Council

The Israeli American Council offers events and programs for individuals of all ages. Explore their catalogue of educational offerings, activism programs, holiday celebrations and commemorations, festivals, gala, and more!

Yachad New England

This fall, Yachad New England is offering a wide range of virtual events. Enjoy programs based on varying themes, from meditation to sports to Torah, and so much more!

*If you have an event or initiative you'd like us to promote in a future bulletin, please email us at