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STEM to be Infused into J-Camp Experience 

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Summer Camp (J-Camp) announces STEM-Fusion for the summer of 2019.  

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. At J-Camps, STEM activities will be presented in an enjoyable manner for more than 500 campers. 

Presented by Mercedes Benz of Chicopee, STEM-Fusion will immerse campers in dozens of STEM-inspired projects. Campers will take part in multiple projects weekly, under the supervision of engineers from Mercedes Benz, and specialists and interns from Bay Path University, Smith College, UMass Amherst, and 4-H.

For more information about J-Camps, go to or contact J-Camp Director Seth Stutman at or (413) 739-4515.


With All My Heart

The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) and Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) is offering With All My Heart, a new six-session that will examine the Jewish art of prayer and spiritual experience.

Participants in the course will study the history and philosophy of Jewish worship, seeking to discover the deep, elegant structure embedded within the Jewish prayer book and within Judaism’s ancient synagogue traditions.

The course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without a background in Jewish learning. It is open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. To register call
(413) 348-4978 or visit
The fee, including textbook is $100 (couple’s price $180.) The course will also be offered at law offices of James Smith, 1331 Main St., Springfield, on Thursdays from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.


The B’Shalom Chorale Invites Singers For 6th Season

The B’Shalom Chorale, the Berkshires’ only chorale showcasing Jewish music, has announced its 6th season. Its 10 weekly rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, May 29 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road in Great Barrington.

This season, the B’Shalom Chorale will present two concerts. The first one will be held on Wednesday evening, Aug. 14 at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington. The second concert, which will be interfaith, will be at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge, on Thursday evening, Aug. 15.

The chorale will be singing music of Jewish and secular themes, written by Jewish and non-Jewish composers of various eras and genres. 

The B’Shalom Chorale is open to all men and women, Jewish or not, who have a pleasant singing voice and the ability to stay on pitch. Choral experience is preferred, as is a love of singing 4-part music. The ability to read music is helpful, though not mandatory. Dues are $50.

The founder and coordinator of the chorale is Cantor Emily Sleeper Mekler. If you are interested in singing in the B’Shalom Chorale or wish to make a contribution, either call (413) 418-1836 or send an email to


Congregation B’nai Torah to welcome Dr. Mordechai Kedar

LONGMEADOW — Dr. Mordechai Kedar, the well known lecturer on Arabic and Islamic studies, will speak at Congregation B’nai Torah on Sunday, June 2 as part of its Yom Yerushalayim celebrations.

B’nai Torah will hold a special Shacharit service with full Hallel at 8 a.m., and the community is invited. Dr. Kedar will give three lectures at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m.    

The first lecture pertains to Yom Yerushalayim. The second and third lectures will dwell on Middle East realities, with the third lecture directed toward young adults and NCSY.

Dr. Kedar is an assistant professor at Bar Ilan University in Israel, with a BA and Ph.D from Bar Ilan University. His areas of research include Islam, the Islamic movement, gender issues in Islam, Arabic mass media, popular culture and state and society in the Arab world. Dr. Kedar is a weekly columnist about the Middle East in the Israeli publication Makor Rishon and is an analyst on the Middle East for Yom le Yom. He is the director of the Center for the study of the Middle East and Islam and served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces and in Military Intelligence. 

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information call the office at Congregation B’nai Torah at (413) 567-0036.

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