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Film Screening this Weekend!

Shalom! We are hosting a film screening this Saturday, May 6, at 6:15pm. Hope you can join us for 'Up and Running', or another fabulous event.

Read on for upcoming events and community announcements...

Upcoming Events & Classes at TI

'Up and Running' Film Screening

'Off and Running' Film Screening Poster

Saturday, May 6, 6:15pm

Off and Running is an award winning documentary about a young adopted woman coming of age and seeking a fuller understanding of her own race, identity and family. Free and Open to the public.

Meet, greet, eat 6:15, 7:15 Screening, Followed by discussion

Resting in the Land: An Elemental Sabbath

Dori Midnight

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00am to 12:00pm

Dori Midnight is an interfaith minister, Kohenet/priestess (in training), and healer whose practice is grounded in her ancestral traditions (Sephardi/Ashkenazi) and in her commitment to social justice and collective liberation. Dori and Andrea will journey with us thru the four elements - which are an integral and built in part of Jewish cosmology and ritual.

Thru song, movement and meditation come with us on this celebration and study of the torah portion Emor, which describes the seasonal arc and the cycles of seven which organize the ancient Jewish calendar.

10am service followed by Kiddush and conversation.

Lag B'Omer Bonfire & Circle West County

Lag B'Omer holiday will be celebrated at Mark Benjamin's back forty. Weather permitting, we will have an outdoor fire, song, and talk, celebrating the revelation of Kabbalah from Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
We will gather for Havdallah, a potluck desert, and a fire:
Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 pm
3325 Shelburne Falls Rd.
Shelburne Falls
Questions? 413-625-6528

Thank You to our awesome Garden Crew!!

Thanks to Lisa, Marsha, Rhonda, Archie, Ann Marie, Paul, Wendy, Marc, and especially to master gardener Nancee Bershof for a great, productive afternoon of cleaning up and mulching our garden! The crew will meet again in the garden this Sunday, May 7 from 2-4 pm. Please feel free to bring garden tools and join us! Thanks, Rhonda

Community Announcements

Pride Shabbat in Noho May 5 & 6

Join Beit Ahavah for a whole Pride Shabbat weekend of great events to celebrate with the Jewish community of greater Northampton!

Schedule is below. For more information, email Justin Sundell-Thomas - [email protected] or visit the Facebook event page -

Kabbalat Shabbat Pride Service
When: Fri, May 5, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Where: Beit Ahavah, 130 Pine Street, Florence, MA 01062
Description: Community-wide "Erev Pride" Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske & lay leaders. Oneg and rainbow cake to follow the service.

Shabbat Morning Services
When: Sat, May 6, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Congregation B'nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Description: Parashat Aharei Mot - K'doshim

Northampton Pride Parade & Festival
When: Sat, May 6, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Downtown Northampton/Three County Fairgrounds
Description: Parade begins at noon marching up Old South St. to Main St. to the Pride Festival site at the fairgrounds (54 Fair Street, Northampton, MA). Speakers and performances begin at 1:30pm

Friday, May 12, 6:00-7:30pm, NAVA TEHILA Musical Kabbalat Shabbat!

We'll come together with Nava Tehila's musical ensemble bringing Jewish Renewal from the heart of Jerusalem, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rabbi Riqi Kosovske and Beit Ahavah - for an uplifting service by Nava Tehila and a night of blessings, with a beautiful celebration Oneg to follow. All are welcome!

Mak'hela Spring Concert to honor Jewish Family Services' work with refugees

May 21 @ Community Music School of Springfield

Mak'hela: The Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, will conclude its 14th season with its first-ever concert in Robyn Newhouse Hall at the Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS). The "Building Bridges of Peace" concert, which will take place Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 2:00pm, will also feature members of the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble, a Massachusetts-based group of musicians specializing in Arabic music, and will honor the New American Program, an initiative of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Western Massachusetts dedicated to resettling refugees in the local area. For more information contact Peter Steinberg - [email protected]

Jewish Genetics 101: What you should know about breast cancer and inheritance

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
in Temple Beth El Social Hall, 979 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA.

Staff from the Family Cancer Risk Program of Baystate Medical Center will present on the BRCA genes, associated cancer risks, when to test, family history, options for treatment, emotional consequences and insurance concerns. National resources will be available and time will be set aside for questions and answers with experts in the field. Light refreshments will be served. Please pre-register. Email [email protected] or call 413.737.2601.

Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Western MA, Family Cancer Risk Program of Baystate Medical Center, and Temple Beth El.

CBI'S Annual Spring Gala Fundraiser

Sunday, June 4th, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

at Valley View Farm 16 Walpole Road, Haydenville

Price before or on May 15th

$75 per person

$725 for a table of 10 friends/family

Price after May 15 and by May 26, 2017

$90 per person

$850 for a table of friends/family

For more information, contact CBI office at 413-584-3593 or [email protected]

Online registration at