Temple Beth El begins the High Holy Day season with Selihot film and service
SPRINGFIELD – The High Holy Day season begins with a film and service in observance of Selihot on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with Havdalah, followed by the film, “Wasserman – the Rain Man.” The film will be followed by a dessert reception at 9 p.m. and Selihot services at 9:30 p.m., to be led by Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz and Cantor Elise Barber. For more information, call the temple office at (413) 733-4149.
Upper Valley Selihot Services
Combined Selichot services will be held and led by the rabbis of Beit Ahavah of Florence, Congregation B’nai Israel of Northampton and the Jewish Community of Amherst. The program will take place at 130 Pine St., in Florence on Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (413) 587-3770.
Free Services at Beit Ahavah
NORTHAMPTON – Beit Ahavah, the Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton, under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, invites the community to High Holyday services. There will be no charge for tickets to High Holyday services. The community is welcome to join Beit Ahavah throughout the the High Holyday period, including the preparation (Sleichot) leading up to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, celebration of the Harvest (Sukkot), and the celebration of the Torah (Simchat Torah).
Beit Ahavah’s High Holyday Family Services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be led by puppeteer Anna Sobel. In addition to puppetry, Anna may play guitar, sing or read a poem as part of the service. Beit Ahavah also invites the community to attend the luncheon Oneg following Rosh Hashanah services. The community is also invited to closing the High Holydays at our break-fast. Beit Ahavah is located at the Florence Congregational Church, 130 Pine Street in Florence. For more information, visit www.beitahavah.org.
Hazzan Shlomo Barnoon at Rodphey Sholom
HOLYOKE – Hazzan Shlomo Barnoon will be the guest cantor at High Holiday services at Congregation Rodphey Sholom in Holyoke. Hazzan Barnoon, the brother of Cantor Yitzhak Barnoon, spiritual leader of Rodphey Sholom, served as cantor at CBI for more than 25 years.
The public is welcome to attend High Holiday services at Rodphey Sholom free of charge. For more information, call (413) 534-5262.
LYA Presents Cooking With Parents
LONGMEADOW – Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) will present Cooking with Parents a hands-on cooking program where families will create and enjoy eating holiday recipes. on Monday, Sept. 19 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., This program is free and open to the public.
Cooking With Parents I will showcase recipes from the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Participants will bake honey cake and apple treats. In addition to cooking there will be fun High Holiday activities that incorporate PJLibrary books.
Cooking with Parents is a family education program funded with support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For more information or to RSVP call LYA at (413) 567-8665 or email info@LYA.org.
The Rosh Hashana Experience
AMHERST – The Rosh Hashana Experience, a hands-on educational family program with shofar making, music workshop, crafts and storytelling, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Chabad House, 30 North Hadley Road.
For more information, call (413) 549-8749.
Guest Cantor to Lead Cong. B’nai Torah during Holidays
LONGMEADOW – Kenneth Abrahams, president of Congregation B’nai Torah in Longmeadow, has announced that Cantor Menachem Bazian will lead the congregation in prayer for the upcoming High Holidays.
Cantor Bazian has been leading services at congregations across the United States for almost 30 years. He has worked with congregations from New York to Minnesota. Cantor Bazian comes from a family of cantors — his grandfather, Cantor Shmuel Bazian was a cantor in his native Bessarabia, his father, Cantor Moshe Bazian, was a cantor of international renown, and his brother is a noted cantor serving in Maryland.
Cantor Bazian lives in Passaic, N.J. with his wife and family.
The public is invited to attend services.