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Weekly Message
 May 29th - June 5th

May/June Dates to Remember
May 29th   Mah Jong, 1:30 Pm
June 1st Shacharit and Torah Services, 10:00 Am
June 5th  Mah Jong, 1:30 pm

What's in This Week's Message? 

New Member Meet and Greet was Fabulous!
Jewish Mysticism
Gardening at BAJC
Cantor Kate- House Rental Opportunity
Search for a Metal Detector
Shefa Gold Shavuot Retreat
We Shared a lovely Shabbat Dinner!
On Friday, May 24, at 6 pm, we welcomed some of our new members to the BAJC family. We schmoozed over some snacks provided by Moss Linder. Then we lit a table of “tea-light” candles, and welcomed the angels of Shabbos with “Shalom Aleichem”. At a large U-shaped table arrangement in the sanctuary, we introduced ourselves and said our brachot for the wine and bread (thank you, Faith, for the challah).  Then we settled down to enjoy delicious dinner with foods provided by Laura Berkowitz, Cantor Kate, Deb Schiller, and Faith.
         After an ample and yummy dessert provided by Stephan Brandstatter and Felicia Tober, we sang a rousing “Camp style” version of the blessing after meals. Then we said a kaddish for the mother of one of our visitors and finished the evening with stories, songs, and general conviviality. Thanks to everyone who stayed to help clean up!
         It was wonderful to see members new and old, as well as guests and visitors, enjoying a joyful Shabbat together. Attendees ranged in age from 4 to 92. Topics of conversation were wide-ranging, from the personal to the political. I'll be missing our Shabbat dinners while I am in Israel, but I look forward to returning and enjoying many more with my BAJC kahal.

Picture above provided by Deb Schilling.
Picture below provided byStephan Brandstatter. 

Jewish Mysticism: Teachings of the Kabbalah
June 6, Thursday, 7 p.m.
What are the physics and metaphysics of the universe?  What is the role of humans in creation? 


In this historical overview of Jewish mystical thought, Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener will share basic and universal ideas from the Jewish tradition, which parallel other world traditions and challenge us to participate meaningfully in planetary development. Rabbi Cohen-Kiener will share fundamental ideas from Jewish mysticism, especially the Kabbalistic (esoteric) teachings on cosmology, or how the world came into being.

Rabbi Cohen-Kiener is the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She was ordained by the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, a progressive spiritual stream of Jewish practice.


Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St, Brattleboro, VT 05301 and what else?

BAJC has a multi-season project to improve the path from our overflow parking in the lower field up to the sanctuary and to spruce up our outdoor classroom and event space.  Thanks to some amazing volunteers (Thank you Amanda, Eric, Moss, and scouts Phil and Zach!) we've removed multiple wheelbarrows worth of invasive plants and started planting out the hillside with low maintenance plants benefiting our native pollinators.  This year we'll be working more on the actual pathway and planting out the event space with flowers that our deer neighbors (ha ha, get it?) have indicated they'll let us grow.

Have more ideas for this year?  Please share!

Come help on the Second Sunday in the Summer, May 12 and June 9 from 3:30 - 5:15.  That's during Hebrew School, so stay, schmooze and work in the great outdoors.

Continue to join us for gardening in the heat of the Summer from (tentatively) 8:30-10am on Sundays July 14 and August 4 (1st Sunday due to Tish'a B'Av).  

Can't come but want to help?  Need more information?  Call Andrea 829-0811.

House Rental – September through May
Cantor Kate is looking for one or two people to rent her furnished home in West Brattleboro from Sept. 2019-May 2020. The house has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a basement with a washer and drier. On a country road, 1.5 acres with gardens and lawn. No pets.

Please contact Cantor Kate for more information. 380-1677
The BAJC Cemetery Committee is looking for a pre-owned used working metal detector for finding the pins marking plots in our cemetery, when selling a plot, or identifying pin markers for burial, and monument placement.  The pins were placed by the surveyor a number of years ago, and some are now well underground, especially in areas that are less populated. Since BAJC is a nonprofit organization. A donation of one that is no longer being used can be tax deductible.  
Contact: Carol Levin, 803-258-1723 <> for the Cemetery Committee. 
ARE YOU STILL A BAJC MEMBER? Your “gift from the heart,” no matter the size, signifies your intention to continue to be a member of BAJC, and to support its programs. Gifts can be sent to:
PO Box 2353, Brattleboro 05303.


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