Springfield – Bountiful Bowls, dessert reception and fundraiser for Rachel’s Table, honoring Judy Yaffe, Rebecca Baranovski, WWLP-22 News, and Hunger Awareness Art winners, 6:30 p.m., Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., Reservations: (413) 372-9755; $30/person.


Longmeadow – Lag B’omer at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, with inflatable rides and barbecue dinner, 4:30-7:30 p.m. (BBQ starts at 5 p.m.), 1148 Converse St., Reservations requested but not required: (413) 567-8665 or 


Great Barrington – B’Shalom Chorale rehearsal, first of 10 weekly sessions, 7-9 p.m., at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road; if interested in singing in chorale call Cantor Mekler at (413) 418-1836 or email

Worcester – Mikvah Class, learn about the mikvah and different traditions and alternate uses (with a visit to Mayyim Hayyim in Newton on June 2) 7 p.m., Worcester JCC; $10.


Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community; “Turkish Kurdistan,” with Chris Andersen; 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.

Springfield – 123rd Springfield JCC Annual Meeting, with election and installation of officers and annual award presentations, 6:30-8 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St., Reservations by May 28: or (413) 739-4715.


Great Barrington – Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Knosh & Knowledge, “Holy Ground: Woody Guthrie’s Yiddish Collection,” with his wife, Nora Guthrie, 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road; *Advanced reservations required by Thursday, May 30 before noon: (413) 442-4360, ext., 10 or; Program only is FREE; $11 includes lunch following program.

Northampton – Kirtan Shabbat at CBI, a series of three weekly chant-infused Friday night community gatherings, led by the Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahn, 6-7:30 p.m., at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St.,  (413) 584-3593.

Worcester – “TGIF: Torah Goodness It’s Friday,” weekly Torah study at the Worcester JCC, with Rabbi Aviva Fellman of Congregation Beth Israel, 10 a.m., 633 Salisbury St.; FREE & open to the public.

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


Longmeadow – Yom Yeryshalayim at Congregation B’nai Torah: Shacharit service with full Hallel at 8 a.m.; and guest speaker Dr. Mordechai Kedar, professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at Bar Ilan University, who will give three lectures: about Yom Yerusahalayim at 10 a.m., Middle East realities at 12 noon and 2 p.m. (2 p.m. lecture for young adults and NCSY), 2 Eunice Drive. 

Springfield – Hike or Bike and Celebrate in Concert, a Yom Yerushalayim Celebration of the Springfield JCC; Hike or Bike at 10 a.m., (departures from JCC parking lot); Ritasue Charlestein Concert at 4 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St., RSVP for concert: (413) 739-4715. Requested donation: $18 per household.

Westborough – “Songs of the Heart: Timeless Traditions in Jewish Music,” presented by Shir Joy Chorus, 7 p.m., Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E Main St., Tickets: or at the door, (508) 366-7175.

Worcester – Jewish Historical Society of Central Mass. program honoring Stanley Kunitz, Worcester-born poet laureate and tour of the Woodford Street house he grew up in, followed by recitations of Kunitz’s poetry in the backyard, 2 p.m., 4 Woodford St.,

Worcester – Visit to Mayyim Hayyim in Newton, part of Mikvah Class series, and different traditions and alternate uses,


Northampton – Yiddish Havurah: Yiddish lesson and singalong, open to all 6-8 p.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St.,

Pittsfield – Jewish Federation of Berkshires Connecting with Community; “Familiar Songs and Their Unfamiliar Stories,” with Sandy Schuman who will share tales about songwriters, historical sagas, and folk tales in the Jewish storytelling tradition; 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.


Florence – Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-Potluck, a musical hour on the first Friday of the month, celebrating Shabbat and holidays for families with kids 0-6 & their friends, led by Marlene Rachelle with Rabbi Riqi Kosovske; stay for Tot Sha-potluck vegetarian (no nuts) dinner – Cheese pizza provided, 5:15-6:30 p.m., Beit Ahavah music room & social hall, 130 Pine St., (413) 587-3770. ALSO: July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6. 


Longmeadow – Shavuot at Congregation B’nai Torah, light dairy Kiddush and study program with presentations by members, 2 Eunice Drive; Call (413) 567-0036 for more info.

Springfield – “The Supreme Court and Religion: What We Talk About and Why We Don’t,” a Shavuot program with guest speaker Dahlia Lithwick, a senior editor at Slate, 7 p.m., Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St.; Dessert reception and services to follow


Longmeadow – Shavuot services followed by dairy meal and study sesson, “Taking Ownership of the Torah, Congregation B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive; call (413) 567-0036 for more info.

Worcester – Dinner and Comedy Show featuring comedian Robin Fox (The Real New Jersey Housewife) benefitting Jewish Healthcare Center, honoring Auxiliary President Lois Singer, and nomination of directors, 5:30 p.m., with cocktails, hors d’ouevres, dinner and dessert, RSVP by May 28: or (508) 798-8653, ext. 2140. FREE for Presidents Club, Legacy members and JHC members; general public: $18/person.


Springfield – 41st Annual Father’s Day Road Race & Kids Fun Run/Family Health Walk; 10-K and 5K relay through Springfield at 8:30 a.m.; Kid’s one-mile fun run and family walk at 10 a.m., Register: 


Springfield – Touch a Truck & “Hello Summer” Family Carnival at the Springfield JCC, featuring balloon animals, bounce houses, face painting, goods for sale, music and real trucks, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St., $5/person; $20/family.


Longmeadow – Shabbat dinner and lecture by Judy Greene on Jewish relationship ethics in the aging community, as part of Congregation B’nai Torah’s Embracing Age Series, 2 Eunice Drive; Call (413) 567-0036 for more info.

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