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Weekly Message
 May 22nd - May 29nd

May Dates to Remember
May 22nd Mah Jong, 1:30 pm
May 24th Welcoming New Members
and Shabbat, 6:00 pm
May 26th Hebrew School, canceled! 
B'not Mitzvah, 5:15 pm 
May 29th Mah Jong, 1:30 pm

What's in This Week's Message? 
Join us for A New Member Meet and Greet
Jewish Mysticism
Gardening at BAJC
Cantor Kate- House Rental Opportunity
Search for a Metal Detector
Shefa Gold Shavuot Retreat
Share Shabbat Dinner with New Members
May 24th

BAJC is a warm, heymische, Vermonty place that we are lucky to have. It’s a great community in which to connect with whatever aspect of Judaism you are interested in and to hang out with fellow Jews. The more I travel and experience other synagogues, the more I feel grateful for what we have here and excited about the possibilities to grow and develop our community in different directions.

This Friday, May 24, at 6 pm, we’ll be welcoming some of our new members to the BAJC family. Come share Shabbat together! We’ll light candles, sing songs, and eat a delicious dinner. (There will be gluten free and dairy free options.) Then we’ll tell some of our stories and get to know each other better.

Reservations are appreciated but not required. It would help if we had an idea of how many people will attend so we know how much food to prepare.  

Please RSVP to or 464-2632, but come on the 24th even if you haven’t responded.

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.

The Significant Jewish Books Club has postponed its May 11th meeting to May 22nd at 6:00—a Wednesday evening starting with a potluck supper at the shul, followed by a discussion of  Spinning Silver and selection of a new book for the next meeting.  Watch the weekly messages or the June newsletter for the book and the date, which will be either at the end of June or early in July.  If you have a recommendation for future books or if you’d like more information about the club, contact Selma Schiffer at 802-464-5803.  You don’t have to be a member of BAJC to participate; new members or drop-in visitors are always welcome.

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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