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July 17th - July 31st

July Dates to Remember


20 Shabbat service 10:00
25 “Within the Eye of a Storm"  6:00 at 118 Elliot
27 fundraiser for Marygold Village 2:00
       at the Putney Community Center
Mah jongg every Wednesday at 2:00

What's in This Week's Message? 

BAJC "Board Briefs"
Supporting Pastor Shayna
Carbon Fasting for Lent
Helping Teens Understand Where they Fit In
Sharing good news From Rabbi Kitty
Jewish Friends Working with Carmelite Monastics in India
Peace Building
Cantor Kate- House Rental Opportunity

BAJC “Board Briefs”

July 11, 2019


The BAJC Board met on July 11, 2019 to discuss the following items:

  • Update on finding a bookkeeper for BAJC
  • An update from the fundraising committee on the status of the VT Welcome Center Event on Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • The idea of a “Carbon Fast” during the month of Elul, in coordination with the Quaker community
  • Reflections on the process for hiring our interim Rabbi
  • An update from the membership committee on pledge status
  • The BAJC Board will meet again on Thursday August 8, 2019 at 6pm

A copy of the Board meeting minutes will be posted on the bulletin board at the shul, and if any member has any questions, please feel free to contact any Board member for additional information.

Supporting Pastor Shayna
 Pastor Shayna Apple (pictured her with her friend Arlo), the spiritual leader of our “home away from home” All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is currently undergoing treatment and has an excellent prognosis for recovery.
Pastor Shayna has established a Caring Bridge site so those who wish can follow along with her treatment and offer her support – or, as she puts it, so she can “kick the living !$%&#! out of this cancer!”
Here is the link to the site. Please send notes of support here:

Social Justice At BAJC

by Jim Levinson & Laura Berkowitz

Some years back our Brattleboro Interfaith Initiative developed the idea of a "carbon fast" which church members could do during Lent - one eco-friendly action a day. The idea has gone viral. Just Google on Carbon Fast to check it out.

But why should this idea be limited to the church goers?!? Why not commemorate the month of Elul - before the High Holidays (a time of reflection and preparation) with a BAJC Save-The-Planet-for-our-Kids action program. This means that every morning during Elul, BAJC members and others who sign up would receive an "action" to carry out during the day.

 Here are some examples:

 ·        Remove one light bulb from a light in your home (without creating an unsafe situation).

·        Ensure that your cell phone charger is unplugged when not in use. Many electronics and appliances   

       continue to draw power even when they are off.

·        Set a timer for 5 minutes before your shower, and see how your normal shower length compares.

·        Only run your washing machine when you have a full load. Using the cold water setting saves energy.

·        Take a walk in your community. Greet your neighbors with a smile. Listen to the birds, look at the 

       trees, and feel the rain, snow, or sun on your face. Rejoice in all creation!

 As we did when we brought the speaker on Human Trafficking, we would publicize our project and seek co-sponsorship with our Compassionate Brattleboro committee, and the Brattleboro Interfaith Leadership Alliance so that all of its churches might do the same during Lent. 

Let’s put BAJC on the Social Action map!


It’s a pleasure to let you know that Rabbi Noah Kitty, our rabbi at BAJC for seven years, has received a special honorary degree at graduation exercises at he Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in May at its 50h anniversary of the founding of the college.  Because f her many contributions, Rabbi Kitty has been awarded the Doctorate of Divinity, an honorary degree reserved for those who have served as a rabbi for more than 25 year-end have acted for the betterment of the Reconstructionist movement and the world Jewish community.  If you’d like to celebrate Rabbi Kitty’s incredible work in diverse and varied congregations, including ours, you can send a donation gift and your good wishes to 
Reconstructing Judaism at 1299 Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. 
Jewish Friends working with Carmelite Monastics in India

BAJC’s Teresa Savel and Elia Gilbert spent over one month with the Carmelite Monastics in the South India states of Andhra-Pradesh and Telangana.  Teresa has worked and maintained a friendship with these Monastics since 1995, when she turned 27 and lived in India for a year teaching and training teachers in a small village there.  

Together they have formed Marygold Village (MGV), an inclusive non-profit initiative in Southern India, acting in partnership with the local Carmelite Monastics, and embedded in the rich and diverse cultures of this region. Marygold Village is focused on the needs of the local families, providing physical health and well-being through organic and biodynamic food production, clean water, play-based education for the very young child, sponsorship of school-aged children's education, family support services, vocational training, and care of the elderly through multi-generational community life. This work has a long term goal of sustainability and aims for self-sufficiency, meaning the work would require their on-the-ground presence less and less, and in time be able to operate fully under the direction and leadership of the South Indian communities. Teresa and Elia will return to India in October. 

BAJC and friends are invited to enjoy an Indian cultural feast for the senses on Saturday, July 27th at the Putney Community Center, 2-4:30pm.  This will be a fundraiser for the Marygold Village work.

The event will host the Triveni Classical Indian Dancers from Boston and there will be traditional Indian refreshments. Many donation based gifts will be available.  All donations are tax deductible. The Provincial Monastic from India who Teresa and Elia are working with will be at the event.

Suggested donation of $5 for Seniors and students, $10 for individuals, $25 for families and children under 5 are free.

For more information: Contact: 

Follow Marygold Village on face book and Instagram

Cantor Kate is Still Looking
House Rental Still Available!

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
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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