THURSDAY, FEB. 23
Amherst – Concert of Unity with musician and peace activist Yuval Ron, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Tickets: finartscenter.com or 1-800-999-UMAS.
Amherst – People of the Book discussion group with James Young, professor emeritus, UMass-Amherst, author of The Stages of Memory, 7-8 p.m., Jones Library, UMass.
Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “FDR and the MS St. Louis,” with Jay S. Zeif, (NOT KOSHER LUNCH SERVED FOR THIS PROGRAM) 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, (413) 442-4200.
Worcester – Kosher Take-out at Central Mass. Chabad, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 22 Newton Ave., (508) 579-1852. *Takes place every Thursday evening
Bloomfield, Conn. – Hanefesh USY Neon Dance and Overnight; starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, ends at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, at B’nai Tikvoh Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield, Register for either Neon Dance (dance only) or Neon Overnight (dance and overnight) by Feb. 21: www.tinyurl.com/hanefesh1617. $18/dance only (8-11 p.m.); $25/dance and overnight.
SUNDAY, FEB. 26
Amherst – Film: “Tangled up in Bob,” 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 356-4900.
Amherst – JCA Teva Torah: Climbing at Central Rock Gym with Teva Torah, a teen program designed to build community, practice earth living and wilderness skills and explore nature-based Jewish traditions and teachings, (413) 256-0160, ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amherst – “Contemporary U.S. and Israeli Relations,” with Dr. Jesse Ferris, vice president of strategy at the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160.
Holyoke – “What the New Administration Will Mean to Us and Greater Holyoke,” a discussion with local elected officials, 11:30 a.m., Sons of Zion, 378 Maple St., (413) 534-3369.
MONDAY, FEB. 27
Springfield – Evening with Jill Stewart of Squiggle Studio, make tile coasters using your own photos, part of Life Lessons, the William & Margery Sadowsky Center of Adult Learning, 7 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.
TUESDAY, FEB. 28
Amherst – “Staying Connected: Judaism’s Online Presence,” with educator Jody Rosenbloom, 7-8:30 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., email@example.com, Register online: https//goo.gl/forms/jIOgmrRxglSADUTs2.
Worcester – JCC Author Series: Barbara Kreiger, author of The Dead Sea and the River Jordan, 7 p.m., Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St., firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 756-7109, ext. 232.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, special guest speaker Qes Ephraim Zion Lawi, the first Israeli-born Ethiopian Rabbi (co-sponsored by Berkshire Hills Hadassah), with hot kosher lunch, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. March 2: (413) 442-4200. $2/suggested lunch for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
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.
Holyoke – Shabbat Across America service followed by Shabbat dinner, co-sponsored by Congregation Rodphey Sholom and Sons of Zion, 5:15 p.m., at Rodphey Sholom, 1800 Northampton St., Reservations: (413) 534-5262. *nominal fee
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
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. ALSO 3/18
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
Amherst – Hebrew Calligraphy Workshop with Jane Trigere, 2-5 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160. Register online: https//goo.gl/forms/jIOgmrRxglSADUTs2.
Amherst – “Being Jewish in Ireland,” with Rabbi Ben Weiner, 2 p.m., followed by “Tea & Tunes,” 3-4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 N. Pleasant St., www.amherstirish.org. $5/suggested donation.
Amherst – PJ Preschool Pals Purim program led by Lander-Grinspoon Academy’s Kindergarten teacher Amy Meltzer at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, with songs, stories and crafts, 10 a.m. 125 West Bay Road, *Space is limited. This is a fee based event and pre-registration is required at www.eventbrite.com.
Springfield – The 9th Annual Nechamen/Chernick Breakfast at Temple Beth El, honoring Allen Mackler, chair of the Cemetery Committee, minyan: 8:30 a.m., breakfast: 9:15 a.m., 979 Dickinson St., Reservations: (413) 733-4149 or email@example.com.
MONDAY, MARCH 6
Florence – Community Torah Study of the parsha “Tetzaveh,” 7-8:30 p.m., Beit Ahavah – Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton, 1430 Pine St., (413) 587-3770.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7
Springfield – Literatour Jewish Book Event with Douglas Stark, author of Wartime Basketball, 7 p.m., Basketball Hall of Fame, Tickets: FREE for JCC members with pre-registration, $5 at the door, $5/general public with pre-registration, $8/at the door, (413) 739-4715.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
Amherst – “A Rubric of Pain Words: Holocaust Yiddish Glossaries and Postwar Language Work,” with Hannah Pollin-Galay, UMass Amherst, 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
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., firstname.lastname@example.org. ALSO, 3/15, 3/22 & 3/29
THURSDAY, MARCH 9
Worcester – YAD Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m., For more information, contact email@example.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
Worcester – YAD Purim Party, 7 p.m., For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12
Amherst – Film: “There are Jews Here,” 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 356-4900.
Springfield – Community-wide Purim Safari Family Celebration, 12:30 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715 or email@example.com.
TUESDAY, MARCH 14
Springfield – Kosher for Passover Free Wine Tasting at Springfield JCC, 6-8 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., download order forms at www.springfieldjcc.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
Springfield – Hebrew Free Loan Assoc. College Financial Planning workshop with guest speaker Adam Metsch, president of The College Advisor of New England Inc., 7-8:30 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Advance registration advised: (413) 739-4715.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 – THURSDAY, MARCH 16
Springfield – Informal Passover kosher wine tastings, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Springfield JCC lobby, 1160 Dickinson St., www.springfieldjcc.org.
Amherst – Bread and Torah Shabbaton with Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein, Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-1060. Register online: https//goo.gl/forms/jIOgmrRxglSADUTs2.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18
Springfield – Opening night of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival at the Basketball Hall of Fame, featuring “On the Map,” 8:15 p.m., preceded by reception and Q&A with Israeli basketball legend Tal Brody, 7:30-8 p.m., pvjff.org. (See page 8 for film description.)
Worcester – Temple Emanuel Sinai Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Valerie and Cantor Rachel; child-centered Shabbat service for young families with children 5 years and under (siblings welcome), 11 a.m., includes child-friendly Shabbat meal or snack, 661 Salisbury St., (508) 755-1257 or www.emanuelsinai.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19
Worcester – PJ Library Books and Bagels, 10-11:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesway Drive. mhall@JFCM.org.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21
Springfield – “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 1:30 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Springfield JCC, pvjff.org. (See page 8 for film description.)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
Greenfield – “Moos,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Greenfield Garden Cinemas, pvjff.org. (See page 8 for film description.)
THURSDAY, MARCH 23
Amherst – People of the Book discussion group Still Here by Lara Vapnyar, led by Prof. Olga Gershenson, 7-8 p.m., Jones Library, UMass.
West Springfield – “The Pickle Recipe,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Rave Cinemas, pvjff.org. (See page 8 for film description.)
FRIDAY, MARCH 24
Longmeadow – “To Life!,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 1:30 p.m., Glenmeadow Retirement, pvjff.org. (See page 8 for film description.)
Worcester – YAD Shabbat Dinner, 7 p.m., For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.