FRIDAY, AUG. 18
Lenox – JTS in the Berkshires: Dr. Avinoam Patt, JTS Fellow and Professor of Modern Jewish History at University of Hartford
“Not Like Sheep to the Slaughter: Writing About Resistance in the Aftermath of the Holocaust,” 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Bernstein Theater at Shakespeare and Company campus, 70 Kemble St., (413) 445-4872, ext. 16
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.
SUNDAY, AUG. 20
Amherst – Film: “Dough,” 2 p.m., Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900 or yiddishbookcenter.org/events.
Great Barrington – Hevreh annual summer film screening, “Steit’s Matzo and the American Dream,” screening and talk back with director Michael Levine, 10:30 a.m., The Triplex Cinema, Main Street.
Westborough – Beth Tikvah Synagogue Open House, meet the rabbi, co-presidents, and members of the board and congregation; 4-6 p.m., 45 Oak St., RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, AUG. 21
Pittsfield – “Created Equal,” an evening of short plays by Jesse Waldinger exploring struggles against oppression in American history, 7-8:30 p.m., followed by reception and talkback with Rabbi Josh Breindel, Rabbi David Weiner, and Pastor Shelia Sholes-Ross, Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., (413) 442-5910.
THURSDAY, AUG. 24
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
FRIDAY, AUG. 25
Great Barrington – Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knosh & Knowledge with Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Deep Dive in Jewish Time, 10:45 a.m. – noon, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Advanced lunch reservations by Aug. 24 before noon: (413) 442-4360, ext. 10 or email@example.com. $11/lunch and program; $5/program only.
Springfield – Temple Beth El Sisterhood BBQ, 7 p.m., and joint service with Sinai Temple at 6 p.m., with food The Crown Market, 979 Dickinson St., RSVP by Aug. 18: (413) 733-4149. $20/ages 10 and older; $15/ages 5-9; Under 5/FREE; household max/$60
SUNDAY, AUG. 27
Pittsfield – “Global View: Forces Changing Our World,” the 50th Annual Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Memorial Lecture with speaker Bret Stephens, oped columnist for the New York Times and former author of “Global View” the foreign affairs column for the Wall Street Journal, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE & open to the public
Worcester – Congregation Beth Israel Membership Picnic, with music activities for kids and adults, 5-7 p.m., BYODD – Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner, (watermelon, cookies and beverages will be provided), 15 Jamesway Drive, (508) 688-7926
MONDAY, AUG. 28
Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, the film, “A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho: The Untold Story of Samuel Harrison,” 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, AUG. 29
Westborough – En-CHANT-ment Circle, a monthly musical meditation group with Hebrew chanting, No musical background needed. 7:30, Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., (508) 212-9460 or email@example.com.
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community program, “Rabbi Alan Lew’s This is Real and You Are Totally Unprepared,” with Rabbi Jodie Gordon; 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 – Temple Emanuel Sinai Open House, meet the clergy, religious school director and members, 6-8 p.m., 661 Salisbury St., RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
Worcester – “So Jew Think You Can Dance?” a program of Chaverim, for adults 40’s-60’s, 7:30 p.m., The Country Music Ranch and Saloon, 70 James St., RSVP: email@example.com or (508) 756-1543. $10/person; (bring dairy or veggie apps or dessert), cash bar
SUNDAY, SEPT. 10
Worcester – Jewish Federation of Central Mass. Walking Tour of Historical Jewish Worcester, 11 a.m – 1 p.m., Meet at Oak Hill CDC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Worcester – “Songs of Hope,” a Musical Expression of Hope, Endurance and Triumph, 4 p.m., Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois St. (See Page 5).
TUESDAY SEPT. 12
Northampton – Mak’hela, The Jewish Chorus of Western Mass.’s opening rehearsal, open to new singers, 7:30 – 9:15 p.m., Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., (413) 567-3927.
Worcester – Annual meeting of Jewish Federation of Central Mass., 7-8:30 p.m., Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St.
Springfield –Celebration of 10 Years of Springfield JCC’s Kehillah program for special needs; with cocktails, live music, prizes and hors d’oeuvres, 5:30 p.m., Mass Mutual Room at Max’s Tavern, tickets: www.kehillah-sjcc.org/cheers
Worcester – Young Adult Division First Night Rosh Hashana Dinner, 7-9 p.m., home of Sara and Alisa, RSVP: email@example.com
SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
Worcester – WUSY Opening Event: An Evening of Sports, with pizza dinner, ice cream, havdalah, 5:45-8:45 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesway Drive, RSVP by Sept. 8: (774) 479-8330 ort Hannah@contentpr.com
Worcester – Community Slichot Night of Learning, Conversation and Prayer, with sessions facilitated by Rabbis Swarttz, Fellman, Cohen, Gurevitz, Cantor Rachel Reeef-Simpson and Steven Schimmel, 7:45 p.m., at Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Drive
SUNDAY, SEPT. 17
Westborough – Mini Minyan Playgroup, a PJ Library program, 9:30-11 A.M., Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St., Register: www.bethtikvahsynagogue.org
MONDAY, SEPT. 18
Longmeadow – Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., 6:30 p.m., JGS Lifecare, 770 Converse St., RSVP: (413) 737-4313, ext. 2367, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.jewishwesternmass.org