What’s Happening

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Pittsfield – Temple Anshe Amunim Commemorates the Legacy of the Holocaust, an intergenerational program with music, poetry and reflections, and display of loved ones who lives were lost (email eba@ansheamunim.org to include names), 5-6 p.m., 26 Broad St., (413) 442-5910.

Springfield – Lox and Lyrics Series: 60’s Folk Revival, a lecture and performance by Cantor Jeff Klepper, with brunch, 10:30 a.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. $8/members; $12/general public.

Worcester – JFCM Young Adult Division (YAD) program, “God Baggage: Can You Still Be Jewish and Not Believe in God?” brunch and discussion with Rabbi Valerie Cohen, 11 a.m., at Café Reyes, 421 Shrewsbury St., Tickets by April 16: www.jewishcentralmass.org/yad. $18/person

 

MONDAY, APRIL 24

Amherst – “Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence,” with Amos Morris-Reich, University of Haifa, part of speaker series at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies,” 5 p.m., 758 N. Pleasant St., (413) 835-0221. FREE & open to the public.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “The Butcher’s Daughter: Echoes of the Shoah,” with author and poet Florence Grende; with hot kosher lunch, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. morning of program, (413) 442-4200. $2/suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 25

Amherst – Talk: “The New American Reality,” with Ilan Stavans, first in a three-part series about the ways anti-Semitism manifests in regions as diverse as Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, 7 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900. *Continues 5/2 & 5/9

Worcester – Worcester JCC Author Series with Miriam Weinstein, author of All Set for Black, Thanks: A New Look At Mourning, followed by book signing and dessert reception, 7:30 p.m., The Willows at Worcester, Great Room, 101 Barry Road, RSVP: (508) 756-7109, ext. 232 or ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

Worcester – “Witness to the Shoah: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration,” with Aucshwitz survivor Thea Aschkenase, 3:30-5 p.m., Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

Amherst – People of the Book discussion group, The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh, led by Prof. Malcolm Sen, 7-8 p.m., Jones Library, UMass.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “Straight Answers to Gay Questions,” with Ed Sedarbaum, founder of Rainbow Seniors; with hot kosher lunch, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. morning of program, (413) 442-4200. $2/suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

Springfield – Literatour event, Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel, with Dov Waxman, 7 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

Worcester – Kosher Take-Out, 5:30-7:30 p.m., walk-in, order online, or over the phone, Central Mass Chabad, 22 Newton Ave., (508) 752-0904.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Great Barrington – Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knosh & Knowledge, “Keeping it Local,” with Judge Fredric Rutberg, 1:45 a.m. – noon, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Advanced lunch reservations by April 27 before noon: (413) 442-4360, ext. 10 or jfb.officemanager@verizon.net.

Worcester – Friday Night Live: 4-Course Shabbat Dinner at home of Rabbi Mendel and Chanie Fogelman, 53 Midland St., RSVP: Rabbi@CentralMassChabad.com. *Walk-ins welcome

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Worcester – Pizzeria with Entertainment at Central Mass. Chabad, 7-10 p.m., 22 Newton Ave., (508) 579-1852.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 30

Amherst – Community Open House at the Yiddish Book Center, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; 11 a.m: Gallery Talk: “Beyond the Forest” with Loli Kantor; 2 p.m.: The 2017 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: “Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History,” with Steven Zipperstein; 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900.

Florence – Open house for RUACH Arts! A new program for K-2nd graders at Beit Ahavah, set to start in Fall 2017, 4-5:30 p.m., 130 Pine St., (413) 587-3770.

Holyoke – Reading by Leslea Newman, author of the book of poems, I Carry My Mother, 11 a.m., Sons of Zion, 378 Maple St., with refreshments and a chance to meet the author and purchase book, (413) 534-3369.

 

MONDAY, MAY 1

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “Let’s Get Away from it All,” celebrating the joys and challenges of travel through music with Jane Rosen; with hot kosher lunch, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. morning of program, (413) 442-4200. $2/suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3

Northampton – “Jewish Family Jam” with Felicia Sloin, for young children and their parents/caretakers, sing, drum, dance and explore musical play, 10:30-11:15 a.m., LGA Library, 257 Prospect St., r.torrey@jfswm.org. ALSO 4/26

 

THURSDAY, MAY 4

Holyoke – Holocaust Remembrance, “Smuggled out of the Ghetto,” the survival story of “hidden child” Henny Lewin, with performance by Holyoke High School Madrigal Chorus, 6:45 p.m., Holyoke Senior Center, Pine Street

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “The Animal and Divine Souls in Jewish Thought” with Netanel Miles-Yepez; with hot kosher lunch, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. morning of program, (413) 442-4200. $2/suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 5

Florence – Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-Potluck, a musical hour welcoming Shabbat and the holidays for families of kids ages 0-6; includes cheese pizza, feel free to bring a healthy vegetarian potluck item (no nuts); 5:15-6:15 p.m., Beit Ahavah, 130 Pine St., (413) 587-3770.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 6

Westborough – Wine and Whiskey Tasting event to benefit Greater Boroughs Hadassah, honoring past president Jody Fredman, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Julio’s Liquors, 140 Turnpike Road, RSVP: Hadassahboroughsmembers@gmail.com.

Northborough – PJ Library Neighborhood Dessert Havdalah in Pajamas, 6:30 p.m., contact mhall@jfcm.org for address by May 3 or (508) 756-1543.

Springfield – Tot Shabbat at Temple Beth El with Cantor Elise Barber, short, interactive musical services with stories, songs and movement for children under 5 and a parent or grandparent, non-members welcome, 11 a.m. – noon, 979 Dickinson St., (413) 733-4149.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 7

Amherst – Film and director talk: “Rosenwald,” about Julius Rosenwald, who without a high school diploma was president of Sears, and who helped build more than 5,300 schools in the Jim Crow South, with director Aviva Kempner, 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St.. (413) 256-4900.

Worcester – Worcester JCC Author Series with James Kirchick, author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Ages, followed by book signing and dessert reception, 3 p.m., Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury Road, RSVP: (508) 756-7109, ext. 232 or ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org.

Worcester – Jewish Film Festival: “The Women’s Balcony,” 7:30 p.m., Worcester JCC Auditorium, 633 Salisbury St., RSVP: (508) 756-7109, ext. 232 or ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org. $10

Worcester – “Communities of Song” concert featuring Shir Joy Chorus and other groups, 4 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St. FREE & open to the public

MONDAY, MAY 8

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, with Mass. State Sen. Adam G. Hinds, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. morning of program, (413) 442-4200. $2/suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 11

Longmeadow – JGS Lifecare presentation on advanced care planning, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Gloth Auditorium, JGS Lifecare, 770 Converse St., (413) 567-6211. FREE

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “The Family Geen: The Story of a Pittsfield Family’s Rare Disease and Fight for Life,” with Joselin Linder; with hot kosher lunch, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. morning of program, (413) 442-4200. $2/suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

Springfield – “Protect Seniors Online” presentation with Suzanne McElroy of Home Instead Senior Care, discussing how to identify online scams against seniors, what makes older adults vulnerable, how to protect older adults, (light refreshments served) 1-2:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service’s Community Room, 1160 Dickinson St., Register: (413) 737-2601 or www.jfswm.org, FREE & open to the public

 

Springfield – Literatour event, Lilac Girls, with Martha Hall Kelly, 7 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

Worcester – YAD Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m., For more information, contact mhall@jfcm.org.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 12

Great Barrington – Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knosh & Knowledge, “Museums that Matter and How they Grow,” with Ruth Abram, founder of New York’s Tenement Museum and BEHOLD! New Lebanon, 1:45 a.m. – noon, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Advanced lunch reservations by April 27 before noon: (413) 442-4360, ext. 10 or jfb.officemanager@verizon.net.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 13

Amherst – Mitzvah Day at JCA, 9:30 a.m., 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160, ext. 203.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 14

Amherst – Mother’s Day Event: “Chicken Soup in Chelm- Stories for Mom (and Everybpdy Else in the Family Too)” with Mark Binder, 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900.

Worcester – Lag B’omer Community Celebration, noon, Central Mass Chabad, 22 Newton Ave.

 

MONDAY, MAY 15

Great Barrington – Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knosh & Knowledge, “NAACP is not an ANACHRONISM” with Dennis Powell, president of Berkshire County NAACP; 1:45 a.m. – noon, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Advanced lunch reservations by April 27 before noon: (413) 442-4360, ext. 10 or jfb.officemanager@verizon.net.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 16

Springfield – Lox and Lyrics Series: Jews and Broadway, a lecture and performance by Cantor Elise Barber, with brunch, 10:30 a.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. $8/members; $12/general public.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 19

Worcester – YAD Shabbat Dinner, 7 p.m., For more information, contact mhall@jfcm.org.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21

Amherst – Author’s talk: Ruth Behar, author of Lucky Broken Girl, about her childhood as a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant, 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900.

Northampton – The Six-Day War: 50 Years Later with panelists Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government at Smith College, Emerita, Bethamie Horowitz- Research Assistant Professor of Jewish Education at NYU departments of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities, and Lara Friedman, president of The Foundation for Middle East Peace, 3 – 5:30 p.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., (413) 303-0479 or mordechai.kamel@gmail.com.

Springfield – Literatour event: Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life, with Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, 7 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

 

EXHIBITS

THROUGH APRIL 30

Amherst – Marius Sznajderman Art Exhibit – Paintings and collages, Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160; Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

THROUGH OCT. 15

Amherst – “Beyond the Forest: Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004-2012,” a photographic series looking at the fragile renewal of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the early 21st century by Israeli-American photographer Loli Kantor, Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900.


Back to Top ↑