Community Calendar

Wednesday, 22nd October


Great Barrington – B’Shalom Chorale of the Berkshires planning meeting for potential singers or those who want to help organize and fundraise, 7 p.m., Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 15 North St., (413) 531-8706.

Friday, 24th October


Great Barrington – Knosh and Knowledge program, “Portraits in Writing,” with author Dick Macht, followed by lunch, 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 442-4360. $11/lunch and program; $5/program alone.

Longmeadow – Community Shabbat Dinner, 7 p.m. Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., (Shabbat services at 6 p.m. at B’nai Torah (Orthodox) and joint service of Temple Beth El and Sinai at Sinai Temple, PJ Library program for children at 6 p.m. at B’nai Torah, RSVP by Oct. 20: (413) 737-4313. $20/adults; children 3-10/$10 (your payment is your reservation; space is limited, no walk-ins.) Open to the community.

Sunday, 26th October


Amherst – A Conversation with Sen. Stan Rosenberg, “What We can do to Promote Economic and Environmental Justice in Massachusetts,” 4 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst Tikun Olam Committee, 742 Main St., (413) 253-9625. FREE & open to the public.

Great Barrington – “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sects,” a discussion series on Jewish History with Al Steiner, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 15 North St., (413) 435-2821. FREE

Longmeadow – Grand Flea Market at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy to benefit school’s art program, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1148 Converse St., (413) 567-8665.

Northampton – Israeli dance class with Iris Berkman, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St.

Worcester – Brunch and private screening for YAD of Central Mass. members, “I THINK This is the Closest to How the Footage Looked,” by Yuval Hameiri, winner of the Sundance Film Festival for Best Short Experimental Documentary Film, 10:15 a.m. – noon, Jewish Federation of Central Mass., 633 Salisbury St., 2nd floor, (508) 756-1543.

Monday, 27th October


Longmeadow – Cooking with Parents and Grandparents, Cooking with Color featuring the color green, 3:30-5 p.m., Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, 1148 Converse St., RSVP: (413) 567-8665. FREE & open to the public

Worcester – Meet members of The Tarbut Community of young artists working in the Afula-Gilboa region, 7:30 p.m., Beth Israel Library, 15 Jamesway Drive, (508) 756-1543.

Tuesday, 28th October


Great Barrington – Two by Malamud: Two Nights and Two Short Stories, discussion about “The Magic Barrel,” led by Prof. Alan Price, 7-8:30 p.m., Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 15 North St., (413) 435-2821.

Springfield – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival, Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: Inside the Food Network and Laura Silver, author of Knish, 7 p.m. Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC members; $5/general public.

Wednesday, 29th October


Springfield – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival, Susan Jane Gilman, author of The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, 7 p.m. Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC members; $5/general public.

Thursday, 30th October


Amherst – Klezmer workshop; all instruments welcome, 7-8:30 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 367-9900. $10

Pittsfield – JFB Program, “Swimming in Air,” with acupuncturist and Qigong Qigong instructor Jeffrey Gordon, 1-2:30 p.m., Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, (413) 442-4360, ext. 15. $3

Springfield – “Basics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” workshop on early detection, causes, risk factors and treatments, 10 – 11 a.m., JFS, Jewish Community Campus, 1160 Dickinson St., Pre-registration strongly encouraged: (413) 737-2601. FREE & open to the public

Saturday, 1st November


Westborough – Mitzvah Pajama Party and Havdallah for families with children 6 months to 8 years; with candle lighting, storytelling, singing, crafts, pizza and family tzedakah project to benefit the Department of Youth Services; donate new or gently used pajamas from newborn-adult sizes for gift bags for children in need, 5-7 p.m., Boroughs JCC, 45 Oak St., mhall@jfcm.org.

Sunday, 2nd November


Amherst – Rabin Memorial Commemoration, with guest speaker Gershon Baskin, “Removing Obstacles to Peace Between Israelis and Arabs: How Can Hearts and Minds be Changed?” followed by panel discussion with Howard Sumka, Micha Peleg, and David Gurevich, 1:30-4 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., zahavakore@yahoo.com.

Northampton – Israeli dance class with Iris Berkman, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St.

Northampton – PJ Pals @LGA for families of children ages 3-5, Autumn Leaf Walk & Make a Beautiful Art Project, 10 – 11 a.m., Tumble and Play 11-11:30 a.m., 257 Prospect St., glansky@lgaschechter.org. FREE & open to the public.

Tuesday, 4th November


Longmeadow – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival, Allyson Richman, author of The Garden of Letters, Glenmeadow Retirement Community, 24 Tabor Crossing, (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC members & Glenmeadow residents; $5/general public.

Pittsfield – JFS program, “Life Experience as Legacy,” with Sharon Strassfeld, author of “The Jewish Catalog,” 1-2:30 p.m., Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, (413) 442-4360, ext. 15. $3

Wednesday, 5th November


Holyoke – Celebrate Jewish Book Month with Rodphey Sholom Sisterhood; Suzanne Chorowski will review what is new in Jewish literature, breakfast will be served, 10 a.m., 1800 Northampton St., Reservations: (413) 534-5262.

Northampton – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival, Judith Frank, author of All I Know and Love, LGA, 257 Prospect St., (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC members; $5/general public.

Thursday, 6th November


Amherst - Opening of "The Letters Speak," collages and photographs by Randi Stein, 5-8 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St.

Springfield – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival, Kai Bird, author of The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, 7 p.m. Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC members; $5/general public.

Friday, 7th November


Great Barrington – JFB Knosh and Knowledge program, “Half Jewish,” with Daniel Martin Klein and Freke Vuijst, authors of The Half Jewish Book: A Celebration, 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 442-4360. $11/lunch; $5/program alone.

Worcester – Worcester JCC Author Series 2014-2015, with Randy Susan Myers, author of Accidents of Marriage, 7 p.m., Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St., (508) 756-7109, ext. 232.

Saturday, 8th November


Florence – “Still Trying to Get it Right: A Jewish Woman’s Journey,” a cabaret performance by Sharon Saline to benefit Beit Ahavah Synagogue, havdallah service and reception will follow, 7:30 p.m., 130 Pine St., (413) 587-3770 or www.stilltryinginba.eventbritecom; tickets also available at the door. $18

Great Barrington – RIMON presents Neshama Carlebach in concert, honoring the 20th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shlomo Carleback, with Rev. Milton Vann & The Glory to God Singers, 8-10 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Tickets: (413) 528-0100. $54 & $36

Worcester – Torathon: The Jewish Search for Meaning and Purpose, with three sessions of classes, havdallah ceremony, and keynote speaker Dr. Ron Wolfson, 5:20 – 10 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesway Drive, (508) 756-1543.

Sunday, 9th November


Northampton – Israeli dance class with Iris Berkman, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St.

Pittsfield – Kristallnacht: Readings and Remembrance of the Holocaust, 2-4 p.m., Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., (413) 442-5910.

Tuesday, 11th November


Springfield – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival, Mitchell Bard, author of Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam’s War Against the Jews, 7 p.m. Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC members; $5/general public.

Wednesday, 12th November


Springfield – JFS workshop, “Healthy Eating for Mind and Memory,” learn how healthy diet, exercise, cognitive stimulation and social involvement may help body and brain health, and may slow progression of Alzheimer’s, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., JFS, Jewish Community Campus Office, 1160 Dickinson St., Pre-registration strongly encouraged: (413) 737-2601. FREE & open to the public.

Springfield – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival, Lee Kravitz, author of Pilgrim: Risking the Life I Have for the Faith I Seek, noon (bring dairy lunch to Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St.), (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC & Temple Beth El members; $5/general public.

Thursday, 13th November


Springfield – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival, Gary Rosenblatt, author of Between the Lines, Reflections of the American Jewish Experience, 7 p.m. Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC & Sinai Temple members; $5/general public.

Worcester – Young Adult Division of Central Mass. Monthly Happy Hour; for location and time contact mhall@jfcm.org or visit www.facebook.com/groups/centralmassyad.

Sunday, 16th November


Amherst – B’tzelem Elohim: In God’s Image, support group for parents and grandparents of children with special needs, 10:15-11:30 a.m., JCA, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160.

Amherst – Jews and Climate Change, book discussion on Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, by Mark Hertsgaard, 2-4:30 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., adultprog@comcast.net.

Amherst – Mah Jongg Club, 7-9 p.m., JCA, 742 Main St., adultprog@comcast.net.

Northampton – “Riding into the Sunset,” book discussion with author Mickey Glazer, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Part of CBI Café: Learning Coffee, Inspiration, Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St.

Monday, 17th November


Worcester – Worcester JCC Author Series 2014-2015, with Poems by Judith Ferrara, Lessons from Stanley Kunitz, 7 p.m., Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St., (508) 756-7109, ext. 232.

Wednesday, 19th November


Springfield – Literatour: 2014 Jewish Book Festival’s Arts in the Afternoon series, Eddie Shapiro, author of Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater, 1:30 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. FREE/JCC members; $5/general public.

Thursday, 20th November


Amherst – People of the Book Discussion Group, Suddenly, Love by Aharon Appelfeld, led by Jim Wald, 7 p.m., Amherst Room, (second floor) Jones Library, 43 Amity St., (413) 545-3981.

Friday, 21st November


Worcester – Young Adult Division of Central Mass. Monthly Potluck Shabbat Dinner; for location and time contact mhall@jfcm.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/centralmassyad.

Saturday, 22nd November


Worcester – PJ Library Goes to Pardes, monthly storytime for parents and their children 6 months to 6 years, 10:15-11 a.m., Worcester JCC Preschool Room, 633 Salisbury St., mhall@jfcm.org. FREE & open to the community.

Thursday, 27th November


Amherst – Klezmer workshop; all instruments welcome, 7-8:30 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 367-9900. $10

Sunday, 30th November


Amherst – B’tzelem Elohim: In God’s Image, support group for parents and grandparents of children with special needs, 10:15-11:30 a.m., JCA, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160.