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“Should I Add Cannabis to my Investment Portfolio?”

LONGMEADOW, Mass. – David Fedor, Certified Financial Planner, and Practitioner, will outline the potential risks and rewards of investing in the cannabis industry at Ruth’s House, an assisted-living residence at JGS Lifecare on Monday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at 780 Converse St.  

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  Guests are encouraged to RSVP by calling (413) 567-3949, ext. 3105 or email For more information, visit


Kirtan Shabbat in Northampton

Photo by Joan Beard

NORTHAMPTON – Kirtan Shabbat, a series of three, chant-infused Friday night community gatherings led by Rabbi Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, will be held March 29, April 26 and May 31 at and sponsored by Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton. Kirtan, continual call-and-response chant, is a prayer form developed in India from the Sanskrit tradition. Hebrew Kirtan, focuses on short, sacred phrases from the Bible, prayerbook and Jewish mysticism. There is no need to know any Hebrew (or be Jewish) to participate.

Candle-lighting and services are from 6-7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5:45.  Everyone is welcome to stay for wine/juice, challah, and a light vegan meal. For more information, call (413) 584-3593.


Springfield Jewish Community Center Presents Upcoming Adult Class Offerings 

SPRINGFIELD — Life Lessons: The William and Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning at the Springfield Jewish Community Center (JCC) announces two classes starting in April.

Join historian Stuart Greene as he examines America’s War in “Afghanistan: The Longest War in U.S. History.” Learn about Afghanistan’s history, the importance of its geographical location, and much more. Classes meet Thursdays, April 4 – May 9 (5 weeks – no class April 18), 10 a.m. – noon, or 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Get your creative juices flowing in Telling Your Story through Writing. This supportive environment will allow you to and experiment with fiction and non-fiction. Taught by writer Bob Chipkin, this class meets Mondays, April 8 – June 3 (8 weeks – no class May 27), 10 – 11:30 a.m. 

Both classes will be held at the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. Parking is available in the JCC parking lot on Converse Street.

More details and a larger list of offerings can be found at To enroll, call (413) 739-4715. 


TES Religious School Open House

WORCESTER – Come learn about Temple Emanuel Sinai Religious School Grades K-7 at Open House on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m.  noon at the Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St.

There will be a vibrant, all ages Shabbat service. Immediately following, the children can join their individual grade in the classroom to see what religious school is like. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with the director of the school, connect with other parents, and converse with the clergy while the children are in their classrooms. To register for this event or to ask for more information, contact Tali Mugg at 


Scholar In Residence Weekend at Sinai Temple, March 29-30 

SPRINGFIELD, MA — Sinai Temple announces an upcoming Scholar In Residence Weekend, March 29-30, with Cantor Ellen Dreskin (, an innovative worship leader in the liberal Jewish movement. The weekend, titled “Worship with the Wires Exposed: A Closer Look at the Words, Music, and Relevance of Jewish Communal Prayer,” includes study, prayer, music, meals, and family activities.

On March 29 at 6 p.m. there will be a Middle Eastern dinner from Saray Restaurant. ($10 suggested donation). At 7 p.m., an Innovative Shabbat Service will be held filled with new music and new insights.

Dreskin’s expertise extends from music to synagogue transformation, from experiential education to enlivened liturgy and mysticism. She is a synagogue consultant and clergy coach in the areas of liturgical innovation, personal prayer practice, and communal worship skills. On March 30 at 9 a.m. Dreskin will discuss “What do our prayers tell us about who we are and why we are here?” followed by Shabbat brunch at 11 a.m. At 5 p.m., there will be an all ages “Interactive Havdallah: Stories and Songs for Shabbat and the Week Ahead,” preceded by pizza dinner; $5 suggested donation. 

This weekend is supported in part by Carol and David Tivoli in honor of Carol’s parents, George and Phyllis Brindas, and by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

RSVP by calling 413-736-3619 or visiting


Springfield Jewish Community Center Presents Kosher Wine Tasting & Sale 

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Annual Passover Wine Tasting & Sale, part of Life Lessons: The William and Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning, will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. 

Sample over 100 different wines and choose from the area’s best assortment of Kosher for Passover wines. 

JGS’ Bubbies Catering will also be offering samples and accepting orders for Passover food. In addition to the formal wine tasting on March 26, there will be two informal tastings on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the JCC lobby. Order forms must be submitted by April 4. Purchased wines will be available for pickup from April 15 – April 17 at the Springfield JCC. A 10% case discount will be available for orders of 12 or more bottles. Order forms are available for download at 

Parking is available in the JCC’s parking lot on Converse Street.

For more information, visit  


Author Rachel Kadish to speak at Hadassah’s 86th Annual Donor Luncheon

WORCESTER – The Greater Worcester Chapter of Hadassah will holds its 86th annual donor luncheon on Sunday, April 28 at The Willows of Worcester. Keynote speakers will be Past National President Marcie Natan and award-winning author Rachel Kadish.

Rachel Kadish is the author of the novels From a Sealed Room and Tolstoy Lied: a Love Story, as well as the novella I Was Here. Her most recent work,
The Weight of Ink, is the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. She has also won the Association of Jewish Libraries Fiction Award and the John Gardner Fiction Award, and was the Koret Writer-in-Residence at Stanford University. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and Tin House, and has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and elsewhere. Toni Morrison has called her “a gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion.” 

Marcie Natan served as President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region and rose through the ranks of the national organization, including positions as National Vice President, National Secretary, National Treasurer, and Chair of Hadassah College. She will discuss Hadassah’s work in saving children’s lives, both in the organization’s world-renowned hospitals and through its at-risk youth program, Youth Aliyah.

Cost of the event is $60 per member, $45 for guests, and includes a vegetarian Chinese luncheon menu. Proceeds from the event will support Hadassah’s life-saving medical and child rescue work.

For more information, contact Donor Chair Barbara Patashnik at or (508) 856-9042.


Rich Michelson to be honored with Samuel Minot Jones Award 

AMHERST – The Jones Library and its Sixth Annual Samuel Minot Jones Awards for Literary Achievement will honor poet Richard Michelson and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. at Converse Hall at Amherst College. The Sammys is Amherst’s signature event honoring the community’s vibrant literary heritage. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres, beer from local breweries, wine, a new signature cocktail, and live music. The awards ceremony will follow the reception. The evening will end with a dessert and cocktail pairing, book signings by the honorees, and the results of this year’s special silent auction. 

The silent auction is available online at until noon on the day of the Sammys.  Bidding will continue at the gala event, and winners will be announced after the awards ceremony.

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