What’s Happening

FRIDAY, JULY 20      

Florence – Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-Potluck, musical hour led by Marlene Rachelle and Rabbi Riqi welcoming the Sabbath for families with kids 0-6 years and their friends; bring a nut-free vegetarian dish to share, pizza is provided; 5:15 – 6:15 p.m., Beit Ahavah, 130 Pine St., (413) 587-3770 or info@beitahavah.org. ALSO Aug. 3

Great Barrington – Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knish & Knowledge with historian Jerimi Suri speaking on, “The History and Future of Western Democracy in an Age of Populism,” 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road. *Advance lunch reservations required by July 19 before noon: (413) 442-4360, ext. 15 or federation@jewishberkshires.org.

Northampton – Shabbat Shabloom! With Felicia Sloin & Friends; with music, movement, and farm activities for kids aged 0-5; Begins at 10 a.m. on Abundance Farm, 253 Prospect St., suggested donation $5 per family; shabloom@abundancefarm.org. ALSO: July 27 & Aug. 3, 10, 17 & Aug. 24 (at 5 p.m.)

Worcester – TGIF: Torah Goodness It’s Friday, new weekly Torah Study with Rabbi Aviva Fellman, 10 a.m., at Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St. *Every Friday; FREE & open to the public. ALSO July 27 & Aug. 3 & 10.

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, JULY 21

Pittsfield – “Moving through the Morning Service,” easy to follow movements to help pray with body and spirit to prepare for the Torah service, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, (413) 445-4872, ext. 10.

 

MONDAY, JULY 23

Lenox – Film: “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” part of Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, presented by Knesset Israel; 4 p.m. at Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St.; $7; for more information about the films: BerkshireJewishFilmFestival.org.

Lenox – Film: “Foxtrot,” part of Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, presented by Knesset Israel; 8 p.m. at Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St.; $10; for more information about the films: BerkshireJewishFilmFestival.org.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Israeli Authors”: Dr. Avraham Horowitz will discuss the novel A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman; 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, JULY 25

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Israeli Authors,” with Fedora Horowitz discussing two books by Mizrahi women: All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan and The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsabari; 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 – The Ethical Life, three classes at Congregation Beth Israel on ethical and moral concern through a Jewish lens; Class 2: Surrogacy, 7:30 p.m., at BI, 15 Jamesbury Drive; Free for those who took the class this past fall; $10/members; $36/non-members. ALSO 8/1

 

THURSDAY, JULY 26

Great Barrington – Author Francine Klagsbrun discusses Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, her award-winning biography, 7-8:30 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 528-6378. $20

 

FRIDAY, JULY 27

Great Barrington – Paula Shoyer, author of The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, shares stories and recipes from her latest cookbook, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 528-6378.

Great Barrington – “Moving from Hillel to Heschel: The V’ahavta and the Challenge of Loving our Neighbor,” with Rabbi Judy Schindler, 6:15 p.m., Shabbat service, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 528-6378.

Lenox – JTS in the Berkshires: Renowned Scholars on Judaism and the Natural World, “Watering the Soul: Rain, Dew, and Spiritual Care,” with Rabbi Mychal Springer, Director of the Center for Pastoral Education, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Shakespeare & Company, Bernstein Theater, 70 Kemble St., Register: www.jtsa.edu/berkshires; $25/in advance.

Pittsfield – Kabbalat Shabbat service at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and “Modern Music of Prayer” sing-along at 7:30 p.m., Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, (413) 445-4872, ext. 16. *Dinner: $20/adults; $15/teens; FREE for children.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 28

Great Barrington – “Shabbat Nachamu: Finding Comfort by Creating Change,” with Rabbi Judy Schindler, 10 a.m. Shabbat service and noon discussion and kiddush lunch, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 528-6378.

Great Barrington – “Sparkle Havdallah,” a reading of Leslea Newman’s “Sparkle Boy” by Drag Queen Robin from Human Resources; 4-5:30 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 528-6378.

Lenox – Join Temple Anshe Amunim for “A Tanglewood Havdallah,” a service followed by David Newman conducting Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” with the newly re-mastered film on big screens, 7 p.m., 297 West St., Tickets: www.bso.org or (413) 637-1666.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 29

Amherst – Film: “Iom Romi (A Day in Rome) & Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana,” 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900 or yiddishbookcenter.org/events.

Great Barrington – Brunch and discussion with Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink, 10 a.m. – noon, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, (413) 528-6378. $20

 

MONDAY, JULY 30

Lenox – Film: “Keep the Change”, part of Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, presented by Knesset Israel; with guest speaker, director Rachel Israel, 4 p.m. at Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St.; $7; for more information about the films: BerkshireJewishFilmFestival.org.

Lenox – Film: “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta,” part of Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, presented by Knesset Israel; 8 p.m. at Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St.; $10; for more information about the films: BerkshireJewishFilmFestival.org.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Using Theater to Extend Community & Deepen Empathy,” with Daniel Elihu Kramer, producing artist director of Chester Theatre Company and chiar of the theater department at Smith College; 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, AUG. 1 – SUNDAY, AUG. 5

Falls Village, Conn. – Hazon Food Conference; Develop a deeper relationship with your food and where it comes from; learn with world-class experts, activists, artists, chefs and community leaders, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, 116 Johnson Road, hazon.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1

Worcester – The Ethical Life, three classes at Congregation Beth Israel, on ethical and moral concern through a Jewish lens; Class 3: Better than Normal; 7:30 p.m., at BI, 15 Jamesbury Drive; Free for those who took the class this past fall; $10/members; $36/non-members.

 

THURSDAY, AUG. 2

Great Barrington – Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knish & Knowledge with Turkish-Sephardic-American philosopher Seyla Benhabib presenting “The Jews of Turkey: Yesterday, Today and Maybe Tomorrow,” 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road. *Advance lunch reservations required by July 19 before noon: (413) 442-4360, ext. 15 or federation@jewishberkshires.org.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Current Affairs: Topics in Contemporary American and International Politics,” with Steven J. Rubin, professor emeritus of international studies and former deal of the College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University ; 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.

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 5

Amherst – Film: “Restoring Tomorrow,” about the restoration of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900 or yiddishbookcenter.org/events.

 

MONDAY, AUG. 6

Lenox – Film: “A Classy Broad,” part of Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, presented by Knesset Israel; 4 p.m. at Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St.; $7; for more information about the films: BerkshireJewishFilmFestival.org.

Lenox – Film: “The Cakemaker,” part of Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, presented by Knesset Israel; 8 p.m. at Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St.; $10; for more information about the films: BerkshireJewishFilmFestival.org.

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Amy Herzog: A New Talent of American Theater,” presented by Diane Steinbrink; 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, AUG. 8

Worcester – Jewish Cooking class, three classes, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Drive, RSVP: (508) 756-6204. ALSO 8/15 & 8/30; $10/members per class or $20 for all 3; $15/non-members or $30 for all three.

 

THURSDAY, AUG. 9

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “North Korea: The Road to Infamy,” with historian and author David Rutstein; 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, AUG. 10

Lenox – JTS in the Berkshires: Renowned Scholars on Judaism and the Natural World, “Thinking with Trees: What One Biblical Verse Reveals About Our Relationship to Nature,” with Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Shakespeare & Company, Bernstein Theater, 70 Kemble St., Register: www.jtsa.edu/berkshires; $25/in advance.

Springfield – Shabbat Zimrah service at TBE featuring Cantor Barber and guest musicians, 6 p.m., 979 Dickinson St., (413) 733-4149.

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 12

Worcester – Annual YAD BBQ, mhall@JFCM.org.

 

MONDAY, AUG. 13

Lenox – Films: the short “Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion,” and “To Be a Child Again – Israel,” part of Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, presented by Knesset Israel; 4 p.m. at Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St.; $7; for more information about the films: BerkshireJewishFilmFestival.org.

Lenox – Film: “The Last Suit,” part of Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, presented by Knesset Israel; 8 p.m. at Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St.; $10; for more information about the films: BerkshireJewishFilmFestival.org.

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.

 

THURSDAY, AUG. 16

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Beyond the Hora: How Israeli Contemporary Dance Became World Famous,” with arts & culture journalist Brian Schaefer; 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.

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 19

Amherst – Film: “L’Antiquaire,” 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900 or yiddishbookcenter.org/events.

 

MONDAY, AUG. 20

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Decoding the Bible for Modern Readers,” with Dr. Jon Greenberg; 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.

 

THURSDAY, AUG. 23

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Current Affairs: Topics in Contemporary American and International Politics,” with Steven J. Rubin, professor emeritus of international studies and former deal of the College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University; 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, AUG. 24 – SUNDAY, AUG. 26

Falls Village, Conn. – “Let My People Sing!” a weekend retreat of Jewish song singing and sharing, davenoing and a tour of the farm with Adamah Fellows, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, 116 Johnson Road, hazon.org.

 

FRIDAY, AUG. 24

Lenox – JTS in the Berkshires: Renowned Scholars on Judaism and the Natural World, “Gardens of the Golden Age: The Pleasures and Perils of Nature in Medieval Hebrew Literature,” with Dr. Raymond Scheindlin, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Shakespeare & Company, Bernstein Theater, 70 Kemble St., Register: www.jtsa.edu/berkshires; $25/in advance.

 

TUESDAY, AUG. 28

Springfield – Cooking with Tina Wasserman, exploring fall holiday food traditions; cook with Tina between 2 – 5 p.m. ($18); taste what was prepared at 7 p.m., 979 Dickinson St., (413) 733-4149.

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4

Northampton – Open Rehearsal of Mak’hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Mass., 7:15-9 p.m., at LGA, 257 Prospect St., bpmikesh@comcast.net.


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