Community Calendar

Thursday, 30th October


Amherst -Screening of "I think this is the closest to how the footage looked," by filmmaker Yuval Hameiri, winner of 2014 Sundance Short Film Jury Award, 1 p.m., sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., at The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, UMass, 758 Pleasant St., ihgms@acad.umass.edu
FREE & open to the public

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.

Worcester - Temple Emanuel Sinai Breakfast/Speaker Series with James Welu, "The Monuments Men: Heroes Home and Abroad," 9:45-11:30 a.m., Salisbury Street Campus

Tuesday, 4th November


Amherst - A reading by John Clayton of his new book, Many Seconds into the Future," 7 p.m., The Jones Library, 43 Amity St., (413) 259-3223

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

Worcester - Guest speaker Alkyson Richman, author of The Garden of Letters7 p.m., part of Worcester JCC Author Series, at Worcester JCC, 633 Saliabury St., (508) 756-7109.

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

Longmeadow - "Whodunit? Mystery Night" at LYA, interactive party where guests witness and try to solve a fictitious murder; includes buffet dinner and auction, 7:30 p.m., 1148 Converse St., RSVP by Nov. 5 is check payable to LYA PTO, (413) 567-8665 or info@lya.org;
$25/person; $45/a couple

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.