Across the Pioneer Valley, Jews will connect with each other and their tradition with music, conversation, kid-friendly activities, and picnic in beautiful outdoor settings as part of the Rekindle Shabbat program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Friday night picnics will be held on Aug. 5 in Amherst’s Groff Park off Route 116; Aug. 19 at East Longmeadow’s Heritage Park; and either of two picnics on Aug. 26 in Greenfield at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area, Nash’s Mill Road or Look Park in Northampton. All take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. rain or shine. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish liturgy is needed. The picnics are free and open to the public, although Look Park charges a per car entry fee. Walkers can come free via the Bike Trail.
The gatherings will include shofar blowing practice for the upcoming Jewish New Year. Three picnics will offer a puppet show and the fourth a jam by local musicians. The Greenfield picnic features a swimming hole to cool off. Each program includes a short, guided musical service to welcome the Sabbath. Organizers will provide challah bread, juice, and dessert. Participants should bring their own vegetarian picnic dinner or in Greenfield, a vegetarian potluck item. The East Longmeadow picnic offers the option of purchasing sandwich wraps if pre-ordered by Aug. 10.
For more details and directions visit www.RekindleShabbat.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org