A calendar of events throughout Connecticut and Western & Central Massachusetts.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
Longmeadow, Mass. – LYA’s Annual Sizzlin’ Summer Barbecue, 5-7 p.m. at LYA, 1148 Converse St., featuring a bubble show with Bubbledad and bubble play, and other activities. A BBQ dinner will be available for sale. Vegan options are available. Bubble show and activities are FREE. The Community Barbecue will be held rain or shine. Reservations requested but not required. For information or to RSVP, call (413) 567-8665, email email@example.com or visit www.LYA.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11
Northampton, Mass. – Live Tu b’Av Kirtan Call-and-Response, fully-participatory concert at Abundance Farm, 8 p.m. Bring your joyous hearts, dancing feet and white clothing (and a lawn chair) and join Kirtan Rabbi Shoshana Jedwab and a live band to celebrate Tu b’Av—the Holiday of Love—in song and exultation. This hybrid event take place both outdoors in-person in Northampton and via Zoom stream on the Aleph platform; Also includes a special teaching about the holiday by Rabbi Jill Hammer. Sponsored by Congregation B’nai Israel. Co-sponsors include Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton; the Ohel Minyan; and ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal. FREE both in-person and online. Registration requested. Suggested donation: $18. Link: https://aleph.org/civicrm/event/register/?reset=1&id=473
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
Springfield, Mass. – PJ Library presents a family-friendly Shabbat program featuring bounce houses, singing, and light refreshments. This family-friendly program will include fun Shabbat singing, jumping on bounce houses (ages 3+), chances to play on the playground, a light kosher supper including challah, grape juice, and adult beverages for adults ages 21+, and schmoozing and getting to know other families; 5-6 p.m., at Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. Presented by PJ Library Western Massachusetts and the Springfield JCC. Contact: Elise: firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 739-4715.
THROUGH MONDAY, AUGUST 15
Pittsfield, MA — The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, all films virtual; for dates, times and film descriptions, visit www.berkshirejewishfilmfestival.org
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Sherman, Conn.—Upcycling Home Decor Workshop;10 a.m.; Join Candlewood Trading Company for a 3-hour workshop featuring fun and unique ways to elevate used or vintage household items into beautiful home décor pieces. Participants will choose from materials provided to create their own unique version of one of two possible projects: a farmhouse pedestal dish or bowl, or decorative planter. No experience necessary; $40/person. Group limited to 10 participants. To purchase tickets, visit jccinsherman.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
Becket, Mass. – Visit Jacob’s Pillow with PJ Library Western Massachusetts, 11a.m. -1:30 p.m., Take a special class with Beat Ya Feet Academy, experience an exclusive tour of the Jacob Pillow campus, eat together, read a book. Presented by PJ Library Western Massachusetts, PJ Library of the Berkshires, the Springfield JCC, and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires; located at 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass. For more information, contact email@example.com or call (413) 739-4715
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23
Southbury, CT– Larry Garneau Quartet returns to the Federation for a celebration of the 53rd anniversary of the famous Woodstock Music and Art Fair that took place in 1969 in Bethel, N.Y. and is widely regarded as an pivotal moment in music history as well as a defining event for the counterculture generation. At 6 p.m. Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St., N. For tickets or more information, visit: jfed.net. $10
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
Southbury, Conn.— Senator Richard Blumenthal will be guest speaker at the Annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast hosted by Jewish Federation of Western CT; breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; program at 10:15 a.m. To be held at the Walzer Family Jewish Community Campus, 444 Main Street North. The Kickoff will also honor the Builders (Habonim) of Jewish life throughout Western and Northwestern CT with the Burton Albert Habonim Award. Each synagogue, school, and other Jewish organization will have the opportunity to designate an individual to be honored for his or her unwavering support of that institution over the year. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 26. $18
Springfield, Mass. —Temple Beth El presents the Crystal Concert Celebration honoring Rabbi Amy S. Wallk for her 15 years of commitment to the community, 4-7 p.m., 979 Dickinson St. The cocktail reception will feature entertainment from the Shalom Orchestra and a concert featuring Cantor Magda Fishman, followed by a dessert buffet. RSVP. by August 14. Virtual Link: email@example.com; (413) 733-4149; www.tbespringfield.org
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Madison, Conn. – Western Massachusetts families with kids under the age of 8 are invited by the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. and Camp Laurelwood for an all-inclusive weekend to meet new friends, celebrate Shabbat, and enjoy activities planned just for you. Arrive at Camp Laurelwood, 463 Summer Hill Road, in Madison, Conn., at 3 p.m. on Friday and depart 11 a.m. on Monday; RSVP by Aug. 24:
www.camplaurelwood.org/programs/jfam/ or contact Elizabeth Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 816-2005.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Northampton, Mass – Mak’hela, the award-winning Jewish Chorus of Western MA, begins rehearsals for the 2022-2023 season. New members are welcome to join at this time. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:15 – 9 p.m. and are located at the Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St, in Northampton, MA. For more information, please contact MakhelaWMA@gmail.com or go to https://makhela.org. Note: vaccinations and masks required.
Statewide (Zoom) —Inside the Middle East: Entering A New Era,” a briefing with Avi Melamed, foundation and CEO of Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspective; 7-8:15 p.m. Presented by the Jewish Community Relations Councils of the Jewish Federations of Greater New Haven and Greater Hartford.FREE, advance registration required at bit.ly/AviMelamed96.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11
Easthampton, Mass. – Get ready for Rosh HaShanah with fall activities and apple picking. Learn to blow the shofar, hear a story, do a craft, and pick apples. This free event is a program of Lander-Grinspoon Academy and PJ Library, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, (Families who want to pick apples will need to purchase a bag.) For more information, contact Deborah at dseltzer@LanderGrinspoon.org or call (413) 584-6622.
West Hartford – Descendants of Shoah Conference, sponsored by Voices of Hope, at Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; To register and for additional information about sessions, go to www.ctvoicesofhope.org or call (860) 470-5591.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Greenwich, Conn. (virtual)—Davis Film Festival: “Forgiveness.” At 5 p.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. Presented by the Greenwich UJA-JCC. 104 minutes. Synopsis: In the south of Israel near the Gaza border, a place where the beleaguered citizens live with incoming rocket fire, longtime pals Shaul and Nissan attempt to pull off a heist. But they bungle the job and Shaul ends up behind bars. Years later, upon his release, Shaul is less than pleased to be greeted by the newly religious Nissan seeking his forgiveness during the Days of Awe. A warm-hearted and slightly zany buddy caper. $9. For information: ujajcc.org.
Holden, Mass. – The Greater Worcester Chapter of Hadassah’s annual Donor Event at 11 a.m. at Val’s Restaurant in Holden, 75 Reservoir St., with guest speaker Scott E. Casper, president of the American Antiquarian Society, who will speak on “Rebellious Immigrant: A Jewish Woman Writer of The Early 20th Century.” Jody Fredman, Organizational Vice President of the Southern New England Region of Hadassah, will provide an update on Hadassah’s life-saving work in medicine and child rescue. For more information, contact Barbara Patashnik, Donor Chair, at email@example.com.
Southbury, CT – Author Marc Gellman will discuss his book, Seven Days of Shiva. Seized with grief at the loss of his beloved and vibrant wife, Barbara, after a thirty-year battle with breast cancer, Marc Gellman does the only thing he finds he can do. He starts telling stories. This unique memoir is much more than a tribute to a departed love. Their story shows how a cancer journey seamlessly entwines through a four decades-long love story. At 1 p.m. Jewish Federation of Western CT., 444 Main St, N. For more information, visit jfed.net.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Springfield, Mass. – Event to honor Rachel’s Table volunteers, featuring dessert, speakers, gifts and gratitude, 7-9 p.m., at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. Send in Rachel’s Table volunteer photos from past years for a planned video montage to be presented at the event. For information: Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 733-0084.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
West Hartford, Conn.— “Jews of the Forest: A Story of Holocaust Resistance and Survival” with author Rebecca Frankel, 4-5:30 p.m., in the University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium; co-sponsored by the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut. New York Times best-selling author and West Hartford native, Rebecca Frankel, is best known locally for recording the inspiring story of the Rabinowitz family who narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest. Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love was named a 2021 National Jewish Book Award finalist and one of Smithsonian Magazine’s “Ten Best History Books of 2021.”