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“A Night in the Old City” at Heritage

LONGMEADOW – Celebrate Tu B’Shvat in “A Night in the Old City” on Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 pm at Heritage Academy, 594 Converse St, Longmeadow.

Tu B’Shvat is one of the four New Years mentioned in the Mishnah. Please join together for a delicious festive meal featuring fruits in honor of this holiday. You will learn a bit of history of the Tu B’Shvat Seder, where it originated and how it has evolved through the years.

Tickets are $40 each. There is limited seating. Reserve a table with friends or come and meet new acquaintances. Reserve with payment by Jan. 15. Call 413-567-1517 for more information and for reservations.

The evening will be filled with raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Babysitting for youngsters ages 3 and up is available with a reservation.


Go Red Shabbat at CBI

WORCESTER – Go Red Shabbat will take place at Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesway Drive in Worcester on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m.- noon.

National Go Red for Women Day is Friday, Feb. 5. Seven years ago the Beth Israel Sisterhood started Go Red Shabbat to extend support into Shabbat the next day by inviting everyone to wear red and enjoy a heart healthy luncheon. On Go Red Shabbat, pull out your favorite red sweater, tie, dress, kippot – any touch of red to show support in the fight against for the #1 killer of women.

A kiddush luncheon will follow services.

This year’s Go Red Shabbat will be sponsored by BI Sisterhood and the Chai Kiddush Club.

For more information about this event or to volunteer to help, contact Lydia Borenstein at or (508) 688-7926.


Women’s Kallah at CBS to feature Eva Grayzel 

WESTBOROUGH – The Sisterhood of Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough, will host motivational Speaker and cancer survivor, Eva Grayzel, at their annual Women’s Kallah on Saturday, Jan. 30h. Grayzel is a nationally recognized Master Storyteller. At the peak of her career, she was diagnosed with stage IV tongue cancer. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to give survivorship a voice and communicate the wisdom of moving above and beyond. Her dynamic presentations empower audiences of all ages. In her signature style, Eva offers creative strategies to enrich Jewish learning.

The Kallah begins at noon with a catered dairy lunch. Grayzel will share her survivorship story in the first session of the afternoon. Following a tea break she will entertain and inspire using the art of interactive storytelling. The Kallah ends with song and Havdalah.

For more information contact Sisterhood Co-President Janice Hirshon at The cost is $25 for members of B’nai Shalom Sisterhood and $36 for all others.


J-ART Cafe presents “Closer Than Ever”

SPRINGFIELD – J-ART café will present a performance of “Closer Than Ever” on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Goldstein Auditorium of the Springfield JCC, Neal Webber Building, 1160 Dickinson St.

“Closer Than Ever,” developed at the Williamstown Theater Festival is a nonstop exploration of everyday struggles in the “modern world.” Both funny and serious, topics range from unrequited adoration… to aging… to Muzak – all tackled with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity.  Each song is a unique story told by a new character taking audiences not only into the songbook of Richard Maltby and David Shire, but into the minds of the individuals facing these completely universal challenges.

The J-ART production is directed by Becca Coolong, with musical direction by Bill Martin, and starring Ben Ashley, Devon Bakum, Luis Manzi, and Lisa Rizzo.

J-ART Cafe includes short run productions featuring performance opportunities for all age groups as well as lesser-known works.  Each performance includes made-to-order pizzas and desserts.

For tickerts, call (413) 739-4715. Tickets are $10/Child, $15/Adult, $20/Patron Reserved.


Annual Worcester-Florida Reunion 

DELRAY, FLA. –  The Annual Worcester-Florida Reunion will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at the Delray Country Club, 2200 Highland Ave. This intergenerational gathering brings together 300 friends from a lifetime, and will feature greetings by Howard Borer, executive directgor of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass., Steve Willens, director of Jewish Healthcare, and Rabbi Baruch Goldstein.

The  reunion’s social hour will take place at 11 a.m., and lunch will be at 12:30 p.m.

All proceeds will go to the Jewish Healthcare of Worcester in honor of its 100th Anniversary.

The cost of admission is $28 per person. For reservations contact or (954) 720-0372. Checks may be sent to Marilyn Shreiar, 10216 Lombardy Drive, Tamarac, Fla., 33321.

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