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Summer Programs–2019

Will you be in the Berkshires for a week, a month, or two this summer? K.I. is a great place to find exciting events celebrating Jewish learning, culture and community. Whether your interests tend toward film, music, study or prayer, you are assured of a worthwhile experience and a warm welcome. Please consult the K.I. calendar for dates, locations and times.

 

Shirei Shabbat
Friday night, family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service. Visitors and guests are welcome to a lively musical service and dinner.

Meets: 6/21
Dinner: $20 for adults / $15 for teens / Children are free
Reservations: Must be made by 6/17

 

Aging with Joy and Wisdom 
A six-part series focused on ways to create a fulfilling transition to an older age.

Meets: Thursdays, 7/11, 7/22, 8/1, 8/8, and 8/15 
Time/Place: 3:30 to 5:30 pm at K.I.
Fees: $120 for the course (made to Cynthia Mann c/o Knesset Israel) + $18 (book)
Register: cloumann@comcast.net

More information: Drawing on the book, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, the 2-hour sessions will help create a new and positive model of aging, managing loss, cultivating nourishing relationships, finding meaning that is not work-centered and shaping one’s legacy. Cynthia Mann and Jody Rosenbloom have been trained by the Institute of Jewish Spirituality to conduct this course.  

 

Scholar Weekend
Featuring Dr. David Ellenson, currently serving as Interim President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Meets: Friday and Saturday, 7/19 and 7/20 at K.I.

More information: 
Friday, 7/19: 

Kabbalat Shabbat musical service
Dinner ($20 / Reservations necessary by 7/15. Call 413-445-4872)
• After dinner discussion: Dr. David Ellenson will speak on “One Rabbi’s Approach to Jewish Faith: A Personal Reflection.”
Saturday, 7/20: 
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Shabbat service begins at 9:30 am
Post-Shabbat discussion at 10:15 am: Dr. David Ellenson will speak on “Jewish Communal Belonging: What Responsa Have to Teach Us."
 Lunch is sponsored by Rabbi Jan Kaufman; reservations must be made no later than 7/15. For reservations call 413-445-4872. 
• Post-lunch discussion: Dr. David Ellenson will speak on: “Two Approaches to 19th Century Liberal Judaism and their Implications for the Jewish Community Today: Samuel Holdheim and Zacharias Frankel.”

 

Jewish Theological Seminary in the Berkshires
"Verdi in Terezin: A Composer’s Inspiration"

Meets: Friday, 7/12
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Place: Bernstein Theater / Shakespeare & Co. / 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Fees: Series of three programs / $15 per program / $45 for the series
Register: www.jtsa.edu/Berkshires2019 or pay at door

More information: JTS Composer/cantor Gerald Cohen tells the story of the determined prisoners in the Terezin concentration camp who courageously performed Verdi’s Requiem against all odds.  As his tribute to this historic effort, Cantor Cohen composed a string quartet, Playing for Our Lives, which will be performed during his presentation.

 

Jewish Theological Seminary in the Berkshires
"What Can the Bible Teach Us About Wagner? Jewish Views on the Imperfect Messenger”

Meets: Friday, 7/26
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Place: Bernstein Theater / Shakespeare & Co. / 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Fees: Series of three programs / $15 per program / $45 for the series
Register: www.jtsa.edu/Berkshires2019 or pay at door

More information:  JTS Professor, David Kraemer, questions if Judaism allows one to separate the “message” from the messenger.  Can the handiwork of the sinner, if not the sinner him/herself be allowed into the community?

 

Jewish Theological Seminary in the Berkshires
“Matchmaking and Midrash: A Hebrew Comedy from the Time of Shakespeare”

Meets: Friday, 8/9
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Place: Bernstein Theater / Shakespeare & Co. / 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Fees: Series of three programs / $15 per program / $45 for the series
Register: www.jtsa.edu/Berkshires2019 or pay at door

More information:  Dr. Stephanie Seigmund will introduce the oldest Hebrew play in
existence, “The Comedy of Betrothal.” Written in the 16th century Mantua, Italy, the plot has surprising modern themes while using biblical and Talmudic texts.  Dramatic reading of scenes by Berkshirites Steven Rosenthal and Amy Brentano will add delight to the presentation.

 

Lunch and Learn: "The Tragedy Test: Making Sense of a Life-changing Loss—A Rabbi's Journey"

Meets: Saturday, 7/13
Time/Place: Noon / After Shabbat service (9:30 am) / K.I.
Lunch: Free. Must call by 7/8 for a reservation

More information: Rabbi Richard Agler will share his journey as an author. The sudden, accidental death of his 26 year-old daughter, Talia, changed everything. The book, having earned endorsements from Harold S. Kushner, scholars and lay leaders alike, will be available in the K.I. office on weekdays. Portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Talia Fund.

 

Lunch and Learn: "The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook"

Meets: Saturday, 7/27
Time/Place: Noon / After Shabbat service (9:30 am) / K.I.
Lunch: Free. Must call by 7/22 for a reservation

More information: Lisa and Rob Bildner will preview their book due to be published in 2020. They celebrate stories of 42 local farmers and farm table chefs together with 135 delicious recipes inspired by the farmers’ produce and the chefs’ creativity. They collaborated with Brian Alberg, Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Development for Main Street Hospitality to produce the book. Yummmm.

 

Lunch and Learn: "My Journey of Discovery"

Meets: Saturday, 8/3
Time/Place: Noon / After Shabbat service (9:30 am) / K.I.
Lunch: Free. Must call by 7/29 for a reservation

More information: Yvonne Daniel was born of Jewish parents who fled to Shanghai following Nazi persecution.  Since her actual birthplace was Shanghai, far from her ancestral roots, as an adult she felt impelled to fully rediscover and understand her past.  Her story is shared by the 20,000 refugees from Germany, Austria, Poland and Lithuania in the largest haven for settlement on the planet in the 1930s.

 

Lunch and Learn: "Choosing Joy—Alzheimer's: A Book of Hope."

Meets: Saturday, 8/17
Time/Place: Noon / After Shabbat service (9:30 am) / K.I.
Lunch: Free. Must call by 8/12 for a reservation

More information: Helene’s about-to be published book title is clarified by her own words. “My husband (Ady) was unique. Whereas most accounts of Alzheimer’s describe a process of irreversible decline, Ady continued to improve. The book became a comprehensive guide describing why this regeneration was possible.” Although she was totally unprepared for this unwanted journey, she happily shares her incredible experience with us.

 

Shirei Shabbat
Friday night, family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service. Visitors and guests are welcome to a lively musical service and dinner.

Meets: 8/23
Dinner: $20 for adults / $15 for teens / Children are free
Reservations: Must be made by 8/19

 

Tue, June 18 2019 15 Sivan 5779