What’s Happening

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

Florence – Mak’hela Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service and dedication of Klara Grape Memorial Music Fund, 6-7:30 p.m., 160 Pine St., (413) 587-3770.

Springfield – Music Class for Babies and Toddlers, presented by PJ Library and Springfield JCC; 10:30-11:15 a.m., at JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Register: (413) 739-4715.

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.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 –SUNDAY, MARCH 19

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

Florence – Shabbat B’Yachad – The Shabbos Sugar Shack, service led by Rabbi Riqi, Marlene Rachelle, and RUACH teacher Sonia Wilk, followed by challah French toast Kiddush, 9:30 a.m. – noon, Beit Ahavah, 160 Pine St., (413) 587-3770.

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.

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.

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

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

Great Barrington – Hevreh Morning at the Movies: “Dough,” 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., For tickets call Hevreh: (413) 528-6378. $15/person; babysitting available at Hevreh.

Worcester – PJ Library Books and Bagels, 10-11:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesway Drive, mhall@JFCM.org.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 20

Longmeadow – Cooking with Parents and Grandparents III, at LYA, “Meal Time Munchies” focusing on snack foods; includes a craft, 3:30-5 p.m., 1148 Converse St., RSVP: (413) 567-8665 or info@lya.org. FREE & open to the public.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “Silver Wellness Series: Nutrition for Seniors,” with Thea Basis; 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, MARCH 21

Northampton – “Cooking Up a Dialogue: Israeli and Arab Cooking Tour,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Register by March 18: at (413) 739-4313, ext. 261 or rjackowitz@jewishwesternmass.org.

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.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

Great Barrington – Yoga Class at Hevreh, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 270 State Road. FREE for members; nominal fee for non-members. ALSO 3/29

Greenfield – “Moos,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Greenfield Garden Cinemas, pvjff.org.

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 3/29

Springfield/Longmeadow – “Cooking Up a Dialogue: Israeli and Arab Cooking Tour,” 11 a.m. at Glenmeadow in Longmeadow; 7 p.m. at Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Register by March 18: at (413) 739-4313, ext. 261 or rjackowitz@jewishwesternmass.org.

Worcester – Jewish Film Festival: “A Matter of Size,” a comedy about overweight Israelis who embrace Sumo wrestling, 1 p.m., Worcester JCC Auditorium, 633 Salisbury St., RSVP: (508) 756-7109, ext. 232 or ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org. FREE

Worcester – YAD Supper Club, 6:30 p.m., (first drink is on YAD), at Basil and Spice, Shrewsbury Street, RSVP: mhall@jfcm.

 

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.

Longmeadow – Lecture: “Alzheimer’s Disease: Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life,” by Marcia McKenzie of the Alzheimer’s Association, JGS Lifecare, 10 a.m. – noon, 770 Converse St., Gloth Family Auditorium, Register: info@JGSLifecare.org. FREE & open to the public, but space is limited.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “The Story of Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet) with historical interpreter Ann-Elizabeth Barnes; 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.

West Springfield – “The Pickle Recipe,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Rave Cinemas, pvjff.org.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 24- SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Greenfield – “Art, Creativity & Community: A Celebratory Weekend,” at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., (413) 773-5884 or office@templeisraelgreenfield.org. (SEE PAGE 10)

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

Great Barrington – Guest Rabbi Bethie Miller, 6-7:30 p.m., Hevreh, 270 State Road.

Longmeadow – “To Life!” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 1:30 p.m., Glenmeadow Retirement, pvjff.org.

Springfield – Music Class for Babies and Toddlers, presented by PJ Library and Springfield JCC; 10:30-11:15 a.m., at JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Register: (413) 739-4715. ALSO 3/31

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

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, MARCH 25

Great Barrington – Tot Shabbat at Hevreh, 9-10 a.m.; join the rabbis for a Shabbat morning with singing, play, blessings and a special Shabbat snack; 270 State Road; *All families and friends welcome.

Northampton – “The Freedom to Marry,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College, pvjff.org.

Springfield – Carol’s Beit Café at Temple Beth El; an evening of performances by members, 7 p.m., (if you sing or play an instrument and want to perform, contact cantorbarber@tbespringfield.org or call office). Reservations: (413) 733-4149. FREE & open to all.

Worcester – Jewish Federation of Central Mass. Chaverim Ball, an evening of bowling for adults, couples and singles in their 40’s-60’s, at AMF Bowling, Route 9 in Shrewsbury, RSVP by March 17: www.jewishcentralmass.org/chaverimball, mhall@jfcm.org or (508) 756-1543.

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

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Amherst – Film: “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict,” 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 356-4900.

Northampton – Short Film Showcase, part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, in collaboration with PJ Our Way, pizza at 12:30 p.m. and film at 1 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College, pvjff.org. *Films recommended for age 11 and older.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 27

Springfield – Rachel’s Table Teen Board Hunger Awareness ArtsFest at the Basketball Hall of Fame, 4-6 p.m., with music and dance pieces, visual arts projects and refreshments. *Admission is a donation of a non-perishable food.

Springfield – “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Marsh Chapel, Springfield College, pvjff.org.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 27

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “The Songs We Cherish,” with musician Joel Blumert; 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, MARCH 28

Chicopee – “Cloudy Sunday,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Liberty Theater, Elms College, pvjff.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29

Amherst – “Café Nagler,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Flavin Auditorium, Isenberg 137 UMass., pvjff.org.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 30

Amherst – “Labyrinth of Lies,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Stirm Auditorium, Amherst College, pvjff.org.

Longmeadow – Lecture: “Alzheimer’s Disease: What to do Legally & Financially,” by Todd Ratner, Bacon & Wilson Attorneys at Law, 10 a.m. – noon, 770 Converse St., Gloth Family Auditorium, Register: info @JGSLifecare.org. FREE & open to the public, but space is limited.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 31

Amherst – Charoset Taste-Off and Potluck supper after Shabbat services, Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-1060.

Florence – Musical Kabbalat Shabbat, 6-7 p.m., Beit Ahavah, 160 Pine St., (413) 587-3770.

Worcester – The 2017 Central Mass. Jewish Film Festival, “Nicky’s Family,” 1 p.m., Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St., Tickets: worcesterjcc.org; at the Worcester JCC, 
633 Salisbury St., or at the door (subject to availability); (508) 756-7109. FREE

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 1

Shelburne Falls – “Young Frankenstein,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 8 p.m., Pothole Pictures, Memorial Hall, pvjff.org.

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.

Springfield – “Remember,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 8 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Springfield Jewish Community Center, pvjff.org.

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

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

Amherst – Passover Preparation: An Experiential Workshop led by Cara Silverberg, 1-5 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., (413) 256-0160.

Amherst – Talk: “The Borsht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland,” with photographer Marisa Scheinfeld, 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900.

South Hadley – “The Women’s Balcony,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, pvjff.org.

Springfield – “The Man Who Saved the Louvre,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 2 p.m., Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, pvjff.org.

Worcester – YAD Goes Bowling, 6 p.m., AMF Town and Country Lanes in Shrewsbury, mhall@jfcm.org.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 3

Great Barrington – Winter Film Series at Hevreh, “The Band’s Visit,” 5-8 p.m., 270 State Road; FREE, bring your own dinner.

Greenfield – “Disturbing the Peace,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Greenfield Garden Cinemas, pvjff.org.

Longmeadow – “Sabena Hijacking: My Version,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 7 p.m., Longmeadow High School, pvjff.org

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, “The Process of Aging” with Maggie Bittman; 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 4

Amherst – “Finding Babel,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, with Directors Talk by David Novack, 7 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, pvjff.org.

Springfield – “Moos,” part of the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, 1:30 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Springfield JCC, pvjff.org.

Worcester – Worcester JCC Author Series with Dr. Mache Seibel, author of The Estrogen Window about menopause, 7:30 p.m., Worcester JCC Auditorium, 633 Salisbury St., RSVP: (508) 756-7109, ext. 232 or ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org. FREE & open to the public.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

Great Barrington – Yoga Class at Hevreh, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 270 State Road. FREE for members; nominal fee for non-members.

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 4/19 & 4/26

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 6

Amherst – “Musar after the Holocaust: Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler and the Rebuilding of Jewish Pietism,” with Shaul Magid, Indiana University, 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.

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

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

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.

Springfield – Music Class for Babies and Toddlers, presented by PJ Library and Springfield JCC; 10:30-11:15 a.m., at JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Register: (413) 739-4715. ALSO 4/14 & 4/28

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 8

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

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Westborough – PJ Library Mini Minyan Playgroup, 9:30-11 a.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St., mindyhall@jfcm.org.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 10 –

TUESDAY, APRIL 11

Worcester – YAD Passover Seders, For more information, contact mhall@jfcm.org.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community, Film: “When Comedy Went to School”; 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.

Westfield – Passover Seder presented by Congregation Ahavas Achim with Westfield State University students (and all members of the community), 6 p.m., at Scanlon Banquet Hall at WSU; interactive Seder led by Rabbi Efraim Eisen, Reservations by April 7: Fran at (413) 575-8465 or volleyfran@comcast.net. $21.50/members; $26.50/non-members.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 –

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Amherst – “The World of Yiddish Theater,” weekend program looking at the origins and development of the Yiddish theater, with lectures, a workshop on Yiddish theater songs, film, shared dinners and tour of the Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Register by April 7: yiddishbookcenter.org/educational-programs.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

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

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

MARCH 19 – 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.


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