Community Calendar

Wednesday, 9th April

INDEPENDENT CITY OF HOMES PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING NIGHT
SPRINGFIELD – Independent City of Homes Second Annual Professional Networking Night, with guest speaker Jason McClellan, owner of Burnside Brewing Co., 6-8 p.m., Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., http//independentcityofhomes.weebly.com.

Friday, 11th April

ADULT KOSHER LUNCH PROGRAM
PITTSFIELD – Adult Kosher Lunch & Program, “Perspectives on Local Government, Democracy and Community,” with Jennifer Tabakin, Greater Barrington Town Manager, lunch at noon, program 1-3 p.m., at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road; Reservations by April 8: (413) 442-4360, ext. 15. Program only: $3; Meal & Program: $2/60+, $6/59 & under.

Saturday, 12th April

YIDDISHKEIT KLEZMER ENSEMBLE
AMHERST – Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble Concert, 7:30-10 a.m., Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Road, (413) 834-3459. $10-$20 (sliding scale).
TOT SHABBAT AT BETH ISRAEL IN WORCESTER
WORCESTER – Tot Shabbat for children Pre-K – 2; 11-11:55 a.m., Cong. Beth Israel, 15 Jamesway St., (508) 756-6204.

Sunday, 13th April

SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP
AMHERST – Special Needs/Jewish Identity Support Group for parents and grandparents of Jewish children with special needs, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160.
"SHALOM Y'ALL"
AMHERST – Screening of “Shalom Y’all,” about Jews in the American South, 2-3 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Tickets: (413) 256-4900.
PRE-PASSOVER DINNER AT SPRINGFIELD JCC
SPRINGFIELD – Pre-Passover Dinner and Child-Friendly Passover fun, 5-7 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., RSVP: (413) 739-4715. $5/person; FREE/children under 2.

Monday, 14th April

FIRST NIGHT SEDER AT LYA
LONGMEADOW – First Night Seder at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, hosted by Rabbi Noach Kosofsky and family, 8 p.m., LYA, 1148 Converse St., RSVP: (413) 567-8665 or info@lya.org. $15/adults; $7.50/children; $45/family price.
PASSOVER SEDER AT RODPHEY SHOLOM
HOLYOKE – Passover Seder at Rodphey Sholom featuring seder and full course holiday meal, 1800 Northampton St.; Reservations: (413) 534-5262. Open to the community.

Tuesday, 15th April

SECOND SEDER AT B'NAI TORAH
LONGMEADOW - Second Seder at Congregation B’nai Torah, 8 p.m., 2 Eunice Drive, Must RSVP by April 7: (413) 567-0036.
$18/person ; $10/Children ages 6-13
SECOND NIGHT SEDER IN GREENFIELD
GREENFIELD – Second Night Passover Seder at Temple Israel, 6-8 p.m., 27 Pierce St., (413) 625-6206.
SECOND NIGHT SEDER AT LYA
LONGMEADOW – Second Night Seder at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, hosted by Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky and family, 8 p.m., LYA, 1148 Converse St., RSVP: (413) 567-8665 or info@lya.org. $15/adults; $7.50/children; $45/family price.
SEDER IN WESTFIELD
WESTFIELD – Community Passover Seder at Cong. Ahavath Achim, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Second Congregational Church, 487 Western Ave., (413) 575-8465. $18/adults; $12/teens; $8/children (5 to 12); FREE/under 5; $25/non-members.
PASSOVER SEDER AT RODPHEY SHOLOM
HOLYOKE – Passover Seder at Rodphey Sholom featuring seder and full course holiday meal, 1800 Northampton St.; Reservations: (413) 534-5262. Open to the community.

Thursday, 17th April

PASSOVER DINNER AT JGS
LONGMEADOW – Passover Dinner with Jewish Geriatric Sevices (JGS), with wine bar and hor d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., Gloth Auditorium, JGS, 770 Converse St., (413) 567-3949. $30
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK & FILM DISCUSSION
AMHERST – People of the Book & Film Discussion Group, “The Natural,” by Bernard Malamud, with a discussion led by Ilan Stavans of Amherst College, 7 p.m., (film will be shown Tuesday, April 22 at Amherst Cinema) Jones Library, Amherst Room, 2nd Floor, (413) 545-3981.
"THE CASE OF AN ARMENIAN SOLDIER IN THE OTTOMAN ARMY" AT CLARK U
WORCESTER – “On Truth and Memoirs: The Case of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Army,” with Prof. Taner Akcam, 7:30 p.m., Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center, 950 Main St., (508) 793-8897. FREE & open to the community.

Friday, 18th April

TOT SHABBAT AT SINAI TEMPLE
SPRINGFIELD – Tot Shabbat & Dinner for young children and their families, with 30-minute service followed by dinner, 6-7 p.m., Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., RSVP by April 17: mnkle17@gmail.com. Donation of $6 suggested to STUFF (Sinai Temple Under Five Families).

Saturday, 19th April

LITTLE FRIENDS CIRCLE AT JCA
AMHERST – Havurah K’tana: Little Friends Circle for Jewish Community of Amherst members and non-members with children aged 5 and younger, 4-6 p.m., at various homes, (413) 256-0160.

Tuesday, 22nd April

"THE NATURAL"
AMHERST – People of the Book and Film, film screening: “The Natural” with discussion by Ilan Stavans of Amherst College, 7 p.m., Amherst Cinemas, (413) 545-3981.

Wednesday, 23rd April

BOARD MEETING AT SONS OF ZION
HOLYKE – Meeting of Board of Directors of Sons of Zion, 7:30 p.m., 378 Maple St., (413) 534-3369.

Friday, 25th April

SHABBAT POTLUCK DINNER
GREENFIELD – Shabbat service and vegetarian potluck dinner, 6-8 p.m., Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., (413) 624-5175.
"LEAVING EGYPT EVERY SHABBAT"
Northampton – “Leaving Egypt Every Shabbat,” discussion led by Rabbi Nancy Flam, 6-8 p.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., (413) 584-3593.

Sunday, 27th April

DR. RICHARD FREUND LECTURE IN LONGMEADOW
LONGMEADOW - Annual Izenstein Family lecture, featuring Dr. Richard Freund on the subject of comparative medical ethics in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, 7:30 p.m., Cong. B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, (413) 567-0036.
FREE & open to the public
"HEART HEALTH AND GRACEFUL AGING"
AGAWAM – “Heart Health and Graceful Aging,” Hadassah donor brunch, honoring Anne Robinson on her 90th birthday and featuring a panel of experts on health and nutrition,9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Chez Josef, 176 Shoemaker Lane, (413) 567-8116.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL COMMEMORATION IN AMHERST
AMHERST – Holocaust Memorial Commemoration, with film screening of “One Flight for Us,” and candle-lighting ceremony honoring the Righteous Among the Nations who helped save Jewish children, 7-9 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 253-7756.
OPEN HOUSE AT YIDDISH BOOK CENTER
AMHERST – Community Open House at the Yiddish Book Center, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with 2014 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture by Prof. Ruth Wisse, “Is Yiddish a Funny Language?” at 2 p.m., 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900. FREE & open to the public
SONS OF ZION OPERA SERIES
HOLYOKE – Sons of Zion Opera Series, Simulcast of “The Girl of the Gold West,” 10:30 a.m., 378 Maple St., (413) 534-3369.
YOM HASHOAH IN SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD – Community Yom Hashoah Observance, led by Rabbis Amy Katz, Mark Shapiro and Max Davis; with music by children from the community, reading from the Shoah Scroll and a candle-lighting ceremony, 7-8 p.m., Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., (413) 733-4149
ADULT AND CHILD CPR
SPRINGFIELD – Adult and Child First Aid/CPR classes, 9 a.m. – noon, Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.
GREATER WORCESTER HADASSAH 81ST ANNUAL DONOR EVENT
WORCESTER – Greater Worcester Hadassah 81st Annual Donor Event honoring “5 Women of Distinction,” with lunch and raffle prizes, 11:30 a.m., The Willows of Worcester, 101 Barry Road, francesfriedman1@aol.com.

Monday, 28th April

TRIP TO BOSTON MUSEUM
SPRINGFIELD – Trip to Boston Museum of Fine Arts to see annual Art in Bloom Festival, part of JCC’s Life Lessons, RSVP by 4/14: (413) 739-4715 or bnadler@springfieldjcc.org.

Tuesday, 29th April

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE
SPRINGFIELD – AARP Smart Driver Course to learn defensive driving techniques, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., part of Springfield JCC’s Life Lessons, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715 or bnadler@springfieldjcc.org.

Thursday, 1st May

13 EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN
HOLYOKE – “13 Extraordinary Women” tell their secrets of success in three minutes each, selected by Women’s Philanthropy/Jewish Federation of Western Mass., 7-9 p.m. Mill One at Open Square, 4 Open Square Way, (413) 737-4313, ext. 160. Open to the public; attendees will be asked to make a donation to the 2014 Federation annual campaign.
"MAH JONGG: THE TILES THAT BIND"
PITTSFIELD – Adult Kosher Lunch & Program, “Mah Jongg: The Tiles that Bind,” with Beth Radsken, lunch at noon, program 1-3 p.m., at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road; Reservations before 9 a.m. on the day you wish to attend: (413) 442-4360, ext. 15. Program only: $3; Meal & Program: $2/60+, $6/59 & under.

Friday, 2nd May

TOT SHABBAT & DINNER AT JCA
AMHERST – Tot Shabbat & Potluck at Jewish Community of Amherst; vegetarian, no-nut, no-seed dinner, 5:30 p.m., 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160.
TOT SHABBAT AND DINNER IN FLORENCE
FLORENCE – Tot Shabbat & Potluck for families of kids ages 0-6, led by Marlene Rachelle, service followed by vegetarian, no-nuts dinner, 5:15 p.m., Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue, 130 Pine St., (413) 587-3770.

Saturday, 3rd May

SHABBAT FAMILY JAM
NORTHAMPTON – Shabbat Family Jam with Felicia Sloin and Rabbi Jacob Fine, 11:15 a.m. – noon, Congregation B’nai Israel, (413) 584-3593.

Sunday, 4th May

INTRO TO JUDAISM
HOLYOKE – Introduction to Judaism course with video presentation and discussion led by Joseph Boucher, 11 a.m., Sons of Zion, 378 Maple St., (413) 534-3369.
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING
HOLYOKE – Meeting of the Western Mass. Jewish Genealogical Society, “Visiting a Jewish Cemetery” with Rabbi Joshua Segal, author of Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery, 2-4 p.m., Congregation Sons of Zion, 378 Maple St., (413) 534-3369. Open to the public.
ADULT AND CHILD CPR
SPRINGFIELD – Adult and Child First Aid/CPR classes, 9 a.m. – noon, Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.
YAD NEWCOMERS BRUNCH IN WORCESTER
noon, Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.
WORCESTER

Monday, 5th May

PJ LIBRARY MULTIGENERATIONAL PRORAM
PITTSFIELD – “PJ Library, Multigenerational,” program on “Ometz Lev” (courage) with educational consultant Vivian Newman; for senior adults, young children (1-8) and their families; with reading, games, craft project and snacks, 1-3 p.m., Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road; (Part of Adult Kosher Lunch & Program); Reservations before 9 a.m. on the day you wish to attend: (413) 442-4360, ext. 15. Program only: $3; Meal & Program: $2/60+, $6/59 & under.
ADULT KOSHER LUNCH & PROGRAM
PITTSFIELD – Adult Kosher Lunch & Program, “A Secret Star” author discussion with Sharon Flitterman-King, lunch at noon, program 1-3 p.m., Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road; Reservations before 9 a.m. on the day you wish to attend: (413) 442-4360.

Wednesday, 7th May

HOLYOKE HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION
HOLYOKE – Holyoke Holocaust Commemoration with talk by survivor Anita Schorr, an inmate at three concentration camps, and featuring the Holyoke High School Madrigal Chorus and candle-lighting, 6:45 p.m., Holyoke Senior Center, Pine Street. Open to the public.

Thursday, 8th May

"A TALK ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR HOLOCAUST STUDIES AT UMASS"
PITTSFIELD – Adult Kosher Lunch & Program, “A Talk about the Institute for Holocaust Studies at UMass,” with Director James Young and Assistant Director Lara Curtis, lunch at noon, program 1-3 p.m., at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road; Reservations before 9 a.m. on the day you wish to attend: (413) 442-4360, ext. 15. Program only: $3; Meal & Program: $2/60+, $6/59 & under.

Friday, 9th May

"NEW ISRAEL/NEW ENGLAND: JEWS AND PURITANS IN EARLY AMERICA"
GREAT BARRINGTON – “New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America,” with Michael Hoberman, followed by lunch, 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 442-4360. $11/with lunch; $5/program alone.

Saturday, 10th May

THE MAKING OF A MAHZOR"
AMHERST – The Making of a Mahzor with Rabbi Ed Feld, 1:30-3 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160.
TOT SHABBAT IN WORCESTER
WORCESTER – Tot Shabbat for children Pre-K – 2; 11-11:55 a.m., Cong. Beth Israel, 15 Jamesway St., (508) 756-6204.

Sunday, 11th May

SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP
AMHERST – Special Needs/Jewish Identity Support Group for parents and grandparents of Jewish children with special needs, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160.

Monday, 12th May

MEXICAN COOKING AT LYA
LONGMEADOW – Mexican Cooking with Parents & Grandparents, 3:30-5 p.m., Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, 1148 Converse St., Reservations: (413) 567-8665. FREE & open to the public.
B'NAI SHALOM KIDDUSH CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT
WESTBOROUGH – Congregation B’nai Shalom Third Annual Kiddush Cup Golf Tournament; with a concluding buffet dinner and cash bar; 1 p.m., Cyprian Keyes Golf Course in Boylston, (508) 366-7191 or kiddushcup@cbnaishalom.org.

Thursday, 15th May

ARTIST TALK WITH MICHEL PAUL RICHARD
PITTSFIELD – Adult Kosher Lunch & Program, “A Career in Review: Artist Talk” with Michel Paul Richard, lunch at noon, program 1-3 p.m., at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road; Reservations before 9 a.m. on the day you wish to attend: (413) 442-4360, ext. 15. Program only: $3; Meal & Program: $2/60+, $6/59 & under.

Saturday, 17th May

LITTLE FRIENDS CIRCLE
AMHERST – Havurah K’tana: Little Friends Circle for Jewish Community of Amherst members and non-members with children aged 5 and younger, 4-6 p.m., at various homes, (413) 256-0160.

Monday, 19th May


PITTSFIELD – Adult Kosher Lunch & Program, “Great Jewish Opera Singers” with Peter Podol, Ph.D., lunch at noon, program 1-3 p.m., at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road; Reservations before 9 a.m. on the day you wish to attend: (413) 442-4360, ext. 15. Program only: $3; Meal & Program: $2/60+, $6/59 & under.

Tuesday, 20th May

WORCESTER JCC AUTHOR SERIES
WORCESTER – Worcester JCC Author Series with Michael Lowenthal, author of The Paternity Test, 7 p.m., Temple Emanuel Sinai, 661 Salisbury St., (508) 756-7109, ext. 232.

Thursday, 22nd May

HERITAGE ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP DINNER
LONGMEADOW – Heritage Academy Annual Scholarship Dinner honoring Ze’ev and Meredith Dragon and Rabbi Max and Dahlia Davis, 6:30 p.m., B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, (413) 567-1517.

Monday, 26th May

SCREENING OF "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF"
AMHERST – Screening of “Fiddler on the Roof,” 1-4 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900. $6/members; $4/students; $8/general admission.

Tuesday, 27th May

LYA SCHOLARSHIP DINNER
LONGMEADOW – “Generations of Goodness” Scholarship reception for Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, 6 p.m., at Cong. B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, (413) 567-8665. $90

Thursday, 29th May

SEPHARDIC WEEKEND IN WORCESTER
Thursday, May 29 –
Saturday, May 31
WORCESTER – Scholar-in-Residence weekend with Gerard Edery, Sephardic musician and scholar; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.: Cantor’s concert featuring Ladino and Sephardic music; Friday at 6 p.m.: Kabbalat Shabbat with Edery and BI children; Saturday morning: workshop during Kiddush, Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Drive, (508) 756-6204.