What’s Happening

FRIDAY, DEC. 8

Springfield – Shabbat Zimrah, musical Kabbalat Shabbat service blending Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrachi, Israeli, folk and other Jewish music traditions, 6-7 p.m., Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St.

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

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

Great Barrington – “Abraham’s Daughters: An Interfaith Conversation,” with guest speakers Carol Ascher, Eileen Epperson, Nancy Latif and Vjosa Qerimi, preceded by brief Shabbat service and followed by oneg, 10 a.m. – noon, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 15 North St., (413) 698-2975.

Northampton – Shabbat Shabloom, joyful music, movement and storytelling with Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer, followed by grape juice and challah, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., rabbijacob@abundancefarm.org.

Springfield – “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” presented by J-Art, 7-9 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Tickets: $5/child (5 and under); $10/students and seniors; $12 adults; $25/patron seats.

Worcester – “Pray and Play,” Temple Emanuel Sinai, an engaging, spirited and child-centered Shabbat experience for young families with children 5 years and under (siblings are welcome), presented by Temple Emanuel Sinai, 9 a.m., at Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbaury St., (508) 755-1257 or tmugg@emanuelsinai.org.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 10

Amherst – “God Loves the Stranger,” book reading and reception with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, 2 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, adultprog@comcast.net.

Springfield – “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” presented by J-Art, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Tickets: $5/child (5 and under); $10/students and seniors; $12 adults; $25/patron seats.

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

 

MONDAY, DEC. 11

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “A Look at the Balfour Declaration,” with Hugh Black; 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 lunch donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 12

Amherst – Israeli Dancing with Randi Stein, part of Jewish Community of Amherst Adult Education program, 7-8:15 p.m., JCA 742 Main St., barbruth@comcast.net.

Westborough – EnCHANTment Circle, musical meditation for inner calmness and centering, at Congregation B’nai Shalom, 7:30 p.m., 117 East Main St., eafriedner@verizon.net.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13

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. One time registration fee: $25

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 14

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Feng Shui for the New Year,” with Wahida Janice Young; 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 lunch donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

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.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

Northampton – Congregation B’nai Israel Winter Gala, with dancing, music, wine, soft drinks, delicious food, and an auction of very special items with Rachel Rubinstein as the auctioneer, 5:15 p.m., 253 Prospect St., Tickets: $20/in advance; $25/at the door. RSVP in advance: (413) 584-3593 or http://www.cbinorthampton.org/.

Worcester – “Pray and Play,” Temple Emanuel Sinai, an engaging, spirited and child-centered Shabbat experience for young families with children 5 years and under (siblings are welcome), presented by Temple Emanuel Sinai, 9 a.m., at Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St., (508) 755-1257 or tmugg@emanuelsinai.org.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 17

Northampton – Rosh Hodesh, a monthly group for 8th- and 9th-grade girls (8th grade: 2:30-4:30 p.m.; 9th grade: 5-7 p.m.), Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., RSVP: jfswm.org/rosh-hodesh.

Worcester – Congregation Beth Israel Brotherhood Breakfast, with guest speaker Jack Gold, “5 Emerging Technologies that Will Impact Your World,” 9:30 a.m., 15 Jamesbury Drive, (508) 756-6204.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 18

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “From Buddy to Bebop: Reflections of a Life” with Jay Zeif, 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 lunch donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

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. One time registration fee: $25.

Northampton – Valley Jewish Senior Luncheon and musical program with Yosl (Joe) Kurland, “Lakh kit Trem: Mostly Yiddish Songs of Khesed, Yoysher, Zikhroynes and Sholem,” (Laughter & Tears: Songs of Lovingkindness, Justice, Memory and Peace,” 12:30 p.m., CBI, 253 Prospect St., Reservations requested: (413) 584-3593, ext. 202; $5/suggested donation; open to all; transportation available upon request

Northampton – “Shabbat Family Jam” with Felicia Sloin, a musical participatory service for kids 5-12 and their families, 11:15 a.m. – noon, Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., rabbijacob@abundancefarm.org.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Yiddish Poetry in Translation,” with Diana Bregman Feld; 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 lunch donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

Longmeadow – “Darkness & Cold: The Good Side,” Shabbat dinner at Congregation B’nai Torah;  wonderful conversation and a delicious dinner; women’s candle lighting & Kabbalat service at 4 p.m., interactive study with Rabbi Yaffe at 5 p.m.; dinner at 5:30 p.m.; $10/adults; $5/children (ages 3-10);  Family Max./ $40

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

Worcester – BI Bingo, 6 p.m. Havdalah service, followed by bingo at 6:30 p.m., snacks and food for purchase at concession stand; Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesway Drive, Register by sending check to BI, Attn: Bingo; susan.sullivan@bethisraelworc.org; $10/person; $50/family max; extra books $5 each; Free raffle ticket (one per family) for advance paid registration by Dec. 21.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “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 lunch donation for adults over 60 years of age; $7/all others.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 6

Northampton – “Shabbat Family Jam” with Felicia Sloin, a musical participatory service for kids 5-12 and their families, 11:15 a.m. – noon, Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., rabbijacob@abundancefarm.org.

Springfield – Tot Shabbat at Temple Beth El for kids 5 and under, with a parent or grandparent, led by Cantor Elise Barber, celebrate Shabbat with songs, dance, instruments, stories and more; followed by TBE Kiddush lunch, 11 a.m. – noon, 979 Dickinson St., (413) 733-4149. *Non-members welcome.

 

FRIDAY, JAN. 12

Springfield – Shabbat Zimrah, musical Kabbalat Shabbat service blending Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrachi, Israeli, folk and other Jewish music traditions, 6-7 p.m., Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 13

Northampton – Shabbat Shabloom, joyful music, movement and storytelling with Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer, followed by grape juice and challah, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., rabbijacob@abundancefarm.org.

Westborough – Beth Tikvah Synagogue ‘s 6th Annual Coffee House with music by Brad Smith and the Nays, Mitch and Daye Gordon, and Louise Hetzler, 6:30 p.m., 45 Oak St., If  you are interested in performing contact wendysbg@aol.com; www.bethtikvahsynagogue,.org; Tickets: $5

 

SUNDAY, JAN. 14

Worcester – Federation Women’s Division Trip to Museum of Russian Icons for docent-led tour of the exhibit, “Migration and Memory: Jewish Artists of the Russian and Soviet Empires,” 10:30 a.m., with transportation to and from JCC and light snacks included, RSVP by Jan. 5: (508) 756-1543

 

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

Northampton – Rosh Hodesh, a monthly group for 8th- and 9th-grade girls (8th grade: 2:30-4:30 p.m.; 9th grade: 5-7 p.m.), Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., RSVP: jfswm.org/rosh-hodesh.

 

TUESDAY, JAN. 30

Westborough – EnCHANTment Circle, musical meditation for inner calmness and centering, at Congregation B’nai Shalom, 7:30 p.m., 117 East Main St., eafriedner@verizon.net.

 

THROUGH DEC. 15

Western Mass. – PJ Library Pajama Drive; drop off brand new pajamas (sizes newborn to teens) at any of these locations: Upper Valley: Beit Ahavah, Congregation B’nai Israel, Gan Keshet Preschool, Jewish Community of Amherst, Lander-Grinspoon Academy, Temple Israel. Lower Valley: First Church of Christ, Sinai Temple, Springfield JCC, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Storrs Library, Temple Beth El.

 


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